Sunday, August 28, 2011


I recently signed up to have a Birchbox mailed to me every month. For only $10, I get several beauty samples wrapped up in a pretty box.

Here is what I have gotten over the past 2 months:
  • AHAVA | Mineral Hand Cream
  • philosophy | purity made simple one-step facial cleanser
  • Redken | shine flash 02 Hairspray
  • Zoya | Touch Collection Nail Polish in Shay
  • KIND | Almond & Apricot bar
  • Amika | Obliphica Oil Treatment
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills | Lash Lifting Mascara
  • Atelier Cologne | Orange Sanguine Cologne Absolute
  • Earthen | InstantPeel
  • twistband | Hair Tie
You should check it out!

This Week's Menu

Sunday: Shrimp & Zucchini Wraps

Recipe here: Pinch of Yum

Monday: Angel Hair Pasta w/ Sweet Corn

Recipe here: The Creative Momma

Tuesday: Tacos
Wednesday: leftover Tacos
Thursday: Sweet Zucchini Pancakes w/ scrambled eggs & bacon

Friday: Flatbread Pizzas
Saturday: Burgers, Hot Dogs, Chips, Bacon Ranch Pulls, & Butterscotch Oatmeal Cookies

Added bonus: I had some leftover zucchini, so I made zucchini cakes and they were delicious!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

I'm back!

I've returned to the blogging world! :)

I made this pasta dish for Ryan tonight. His comment, "It's a weird meal, but it tastes good."

Avocado Bacon Orzo; serves 4

* about 10 oz. orzo pasta
* 1 cup frozen peas
* 2-3 avocados
* 1/2 cup crumbled bacon
* 1 tsp. minced garlic
* feta cheese crumbles
* salt and pepper to taste
* a little Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1. Cook orzo according to directions on package. Add peas during the last few minutes of boiling time. Drain peas and pasta and return to pan.
2. Slice avocados into cubes and use a spoon to scrape them out of the peel and into the orzo. Saute garlic in a pan of olive oil and pour onto orzo. Add garlic, crumbled bacon, salt, and pepper. Stir gently until mixed.
3. Sprinkle each serving with feta cheese. Serve warm, room temperature, or cold in an avocado peel.

Adapted from Pinch of Yum

We will definitely be eating this again sometime.