pup cups

I have two boys in my house. Technically, three. But two are furry and love pup cups! Especially in the summer! I wanted to share this icy treat with other pet lovers in hopes it will make your dogs as happy as mine.


  • 32 oz vanilla yogurt
  • 1 banana
  • 2 tbsp peanut butter
  • 2 tbsp honey

Blend all ingredients together in a large mixing bowl until consistency is smooth.

Place mixture in containers. I bought my Beaba Multiportion Baby Food Freezer Trays containers from Williams-Sonoma, but I believe you can get them elsewhere. They are silicon container trays that have seven 2 oz cups, perfect for this project. I use two containers for this recipe.

Prior to getting the trays, I would use paper cups (Dixie cups), but it was a bigger mess for both the dogs and myself. My lab would shred the paper all over the house or yard and the pug would eat the paper. I found these great baby food containers to be the best. After mixing all the ingredients, spoon the contents into each cup.

Then, just freeze overnight.  Trust me, your pup will thank you!

These little containers make it easy to pop out the frosty treats and hand it to your pups. I suppose a silicon ice cube tray would work too, but I liked having a cover! As you can see, we enjoy our treats outside.

Happy Wednesday to my furry and human friends!

papoose lake

I’m back! Back from my midwest adventures, and yes, I’ll be sharing with you some of my goodness from that trip throughout this week and next! My apologies on the late post – I got back late, late Sunday and have been dealing with pink-eye ever since. I’m just thankful it happened now, opposed to midway through our trip! I would not have been able to get such fun pictures with just one working eye! ha!

The husband and I headed up north for back-to-back wedding weekends, which left us with a week between for our own exploration. We decided to spend some of our vacation at my generous aunt and uncle’s cabin in Manitowish Waters. A beautiful destination in northern Wisconsin, which I highly recommend for a little R&R. They gave us full reign of their cabin and water toys… I’m glad they don’t know my driving record. Just kidding.

We enjoyed every moment of our time up north, and I just couldn’t get enough of the interior design of this cabin. My Aunt Diane has a great eye for design, so I was excited to share some of her cabin style (and my uncle’s) with you! It has the true cabin feel: rustic, but modern with wood throughout, picturesque windows, and even an antler chandelier. Perfection.

The living room has a beautiful stone fireplace, which is used often during those cool Wisconsin nights. I love the old wooden TV that offsets the newer accessories.

Up a fight of stairs and you’re in the loft that sleeps four comfortably.

Here’s the aerial view from the loft.

Downstairs in the basement, my uncle has been working on this amazing sliding barn door that’s all the rage. He used reclaimed barn wood, planed the boards, and it looks absolutely wonderful! Obviously, he still needs to install the track but it looks amazing already! I can’t wait to get back to see it complete!

Besides the interior of the home, there are beautiful views from the dock, too! If you look closely, you can see Boston retrieving one of his many tennis balls during our stay.

We also took the pontoon out, even though I’m always leary of screwing something up … but it went really smooth. Mainly, we just spent time relaxing, while our boys swam.

Don’t worry, we actually left the cabin too, by heading into town for some bare essentials and dinner at Smokey’s, a fine restaurant where we ate WAY too much but had a great time!

The next morning I woke to the husband making breakfast in this beautiful kitchen! There’s nothing sexier than a man that can cook!

Again, I realize I’ve said this before, but truly there is nothing better than Wisconsin in the summer! I hope you all can go at least once! Enjoy the view, clear water, and great food!

Thank you again to my aunt and uncle for allowing our family to enjoy your beautiful space! I hope that someday we, too, have the luxury of paying it forward to one of our nieces or nephews. That would mean we would have to save up for a cabin first, but you get the idea.

Lastly, here’s our attempt at a family picture. I think it’s us. Perfect.

midwest vacation


The husband and I have taken the week off to spend with family and have a mini-vacation of our own! I was going to not change my format this week and blog on my regular schedule: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday … But I’ve decided to take a blog-cation, too! I’ll be back next Monday with travel excitement and a kitchen update! I hope everyone has a wonderful week!

happy birthday


My birthday was last tuesday. I turned the big three-one and can’t quite grasp where those years have gone!? All-in-all, I’ve been blessed and have little to complain about. My life has been getting a little better with each passing year. Plus, the beauty of growing up is, you don’t have to make a big to-do about your birthday OR you can! That’s the fun! And you can buy yourself your own gift! Even better!

The husband and I are putting 100.00/wk starting this month, plus any money we get for our birthdays (His birthday is in August, too) toward bikes! Not top-of-the-line bikes, just some good used ones. We’ve been looking at Craigslist, and I can’t wait to finally pull the trigger!

Nonetheless, we still had to do something on my birthday, right? Of course, my wonderful office got me a cake and a Visa gift card! The husband got me two cookies from my favorite bakery in Dallas, Magnolia’s, and I decided to walk through West Elm for my after work treat! I just wanted to see the goodness and get some inspiration for the rooms we still need to fill! Afterwards, we headed to dinner at Royal Thai, our favorite Thai restaurant in the city!!

Honestly, this was a great way to start a new year. Nothing crazy! Nothing fancy. Just good conversation and great food. Plus, we’re heading north for a week to see both of our families! I’m considering this a birthday present, too!

If this is any indication of how 31 will be, I am super excited!


water, with sparkles? sure.

I’ll admit it. I’ve been addicted for way too long to Diet Coke! I would have one during lunch at work, then that turned into two during work, then one after work, then… well, you get it – it was getting bad! Plus, with all the uncertainty behind artificial sweeteners, I wanted to stop for good. I wanted to make it a treat, not a necessity. Here’s my nemesis.

I was talking with friends about my habit and wanting to stop… They asked if it was a caffeine or carbonation habit, and I hadn’t thought about it like that. Caffeine or Carbonation? I was pretty sure I wasn’t affected by caffeine… So, maybe carbonation?

They immediately referenced sparkling water, and I was intrigued. I’ve seen those fancy green San Pellegrino and Perrier bottles before but didn’t have much desire to try them until now. I went to the market and was so excited… All that water goodness! What a fun new world to explore!
It worked like a charm! This little glass during lunch or with dinner is such a refreshing, guilt-free treat! It’s been working for a couple of weeks now, and I really don’t have a desire for Diet Coke anymore!
Plus, that statement of “caffeine doesn’t affect me” couldn’t be further from the truth! I haven’t slept this well in years!!

So, if anyone out there is trying to kick their own soda habit, try sparkling water (I add a lime to mine) and see if that does the trick! Or does anyone out there like any particular flavor(s)? I would love suggestions!

Thanks J&A for the realization and thank you Central Market for the selection!

Watch out coffee, you might be next! 

apple pie oatmeal

I like try to eat healthy! Especially in the morning! The whole day goes a little smoother for me if I get in a good breakfast!

Maybe it’s my parents’ words ringing in my ears, “The most important meal of the day is breakfast!”

Apple pie oatmeal is one of my go-to’s for that “most important meal of the day”. It’s a recipe I stumbled across while reading Green Lite Bites. She (Roni) has great recipes for the whole family and such a great attitude!


  • 1/2 cup (40g) Old Fashioned Oats
  • 6 oz water
  • 1/2 tsp granulated sugar (optional) Roni uses one Truvia Packet
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 c unsweetened apple sauce


Put oats, water, sugar, and cinnamon in a small pot over medium/high heat.

Cook and stir until water is absorbed. About 5 minutes.

Mix the cooked oatmeal with apple sauce, sprinkle with cinnamon, and enjoy!

Sometimes I add the oatmeal, cinnamon, and sugar into snack-size bags, making for an even easier morning routine. Throw the contents of the bag in with 6oz of water, and you’re done! Add 1/2 c applesauce once it’s done cooking and what a fantastic-fast breakfast! Oh, and for all those Weight Watcher gurus, it’s 6 Point Plus points and will totally hold you over until lunch!

washington island

Happy Friday, Friends!

I saved the best for last! Bear with me, there are a lot of pictures in this posting, but I was in love with this whole day… So, I couldn’t stop myself!

We started out the day at my favorite breakfast spot, The Cookery. It had actually burned down in the five years since we were last there, but it was back and better than ever. More seating, outdoor patios, an endless array of menu goodness, and my favorite, their homemade jam! It was all there! Nothing says summer like strawberry rhubarb jam! Yum.

After we filled our tummies it was up the coast we went to Washington Island. You have to take a ferry across Lake Michigan to get there.

Our first stop, bike rental! I felt like a mix of The Sound of Music and Wedding Crashers! It was a beautiful day to ride, but we got a little sweaty!
We then headed to Schoolhouse Beach, a fine cove of picturesque water and a great way to cool off after a long (to us) ride. The icy water of Lake Michigan felt wonderful on a hot July day!

We were off again for lunch at an eclectic restaurant called Fiddler’s Green where Cowboy, a black lab greeted us.
We decided to share a cheese plate (we’re in Wisconsin people!) and Hummus! Here’s a couple pictures of our food and restaurant! So fun!

I actually bought a stemless wine glass and it made it all the way back to Dallas unscathed! My only regret: I should have gotten two!!

After lunch, we were all fueled up to bike back to the ferry, but first we wanted to stop at Nelsen’s Hall, a historic bar that was able to stay open during prohibition because of a clerical error! Only in Wisconsin! Ha. Nelsen’s Hall also takes part in a “bitters club”. We didn’t participate, but thinking back I wish we would have!
After our drinks, we headed back to the ferry. We got caught in a summer rain which was refreshing but a little wet for the ride home. Which be barely made. The ferry we got on, was the second-to-last! If we would have missed it, we would have been stuck on the island! Though, we did have time to skip a couple rocks!

Back in Fish Creek, we decided on a low-key dinner at Wild Tomatoes, a wood-fire pizza joint that did not disappoint! It had locally grown pizza toppings, a friendly staff, and an even better beer list! Oh… and cheese curds, get the cheese curds!!

Seeing these pictures again makes me want to go back!! Door County is a fabulous low-key destination for all ages. I picture us in a couple of years bringing our wee-ones and experiencing Door County in a whole other way!

linen closet

Recently, I was at my good friend Andrea’s home. I was heading to the shower, and she instructed me to grab a towel from the linen closet.

I opened the door to this. I was mesmerized!
I was really excited to have some motivation to clean up my own linen closet! My linen closet wasn’t bad, by any means, but I needed the organization and better visibility of the extra products we have available. Sometimes, I go out and buy something we already have in reserve! Annoying and wasteful!
I was ready to lay out all the things we had around the house and divide them into categories. I picked: essential travel size (my go-to travel products), hotel/travel size, cold/cough medication/allergy medication, band-aids and ointment (first aid), toiletries, shoe polish, and finally contact items… and of course a trash can nearby to disposed of all expired items.
This meant I needed 8 boxes. I then headed out to get my containers! I was on the hunt for clear, simple containers, on the cheap! Home Depot had great stackable ones ranging from 10.00-1.17/ea. I decided on the 1.17 ones. Score! I bought them and headed back home.

Now, onto the easy/fun part – assembling, labeling, and organizing everything into the boxes and on to the shelves.
It’s so nice to have everything we need at eye level, and I get such a rush having another area clean and organized!

I even went out and bought more boxes to do the same with all of our office supplies. They were in a big Rubbermaid tote which we never looked in, because it was heavy and disorganized… Now they are organized beautifully!

Happy Wednesday, Friends!

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