Animals · Appetizers · Comfort Food · Recipes · Vegetarian

Hot Spinach & Artichoke Dip.

It’s been another busy weekend for me – Bryan and I went to the Pittsburgh Penguins hockey game Friday night down in Ft. Lauderdale, and I’ve also been dog sitting again.  Meaning, I haven’t slept much and I miss my pups!  I love dog sitting but the overnight stays can be a bit brutal for me – I don’t always sleep well at other people’s houses, and the dogs I’m watching are usually missing their mom and dad so they don’t always sleep well either.  Making for a very grumpy (and sleep deprived) Mandy.

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15 minutes or less · Photos · Quick Meals · Recipes · Salads · Sea Turtles · Vegetarian

Tomato Salad – Stuffed Avocados

Hi y’all!  I hope you had a nice weekend and your Tuesday is off to a good start.

What has everyone been up to?  I’ve been doing a lot of pet sitting – this time of year tends to get busy for that!  I also wrapped up my last week doing sea turtle surveys for the season.  It was a bittersweet ending for me because the last month of surveys consisted of zero new nests and zero hatchlings – they were all washed out by Irma.  Fortunately, the beaches are finally starting to look normal again, and we had a very successful season, regardless of how it ended.

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Breakfast Foods · Dairy Free · Health · Recipes · Vegetarian

Healthy Homemade Granola


Greetings from my new KING size Yogabed.  That’s right, Bryan finally budged (after months of me whining) and got us a king size bed.  It was our wedding gift for each other.  And I must say, after just one night of sleeping on it, I’m in heaven!

Speaking of heaven, I have another Homemade Granola recipe for y’all to try.  Yes, it’s very similar to my original recipe, but I did some tweaking and I like this one even better!  This homemade granola could run circles around any store-bought brand.  It’s also healthier. Duh.  Oh, and let’s not forget versatile.  You can play around with the mix-ins and spices to get just the flavor you want!  It’s hard to beat homemade granola.  Don’t you agree?

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Comfort Food · Photos · Recipes · Vegetarian

Veggie Rice Bowl.

One of my favorite things to do is to find delicious recipes and tweak them.  I tweak them because: 1- I don’t have all of the ingredients on hand or 2- I don’t like all of the ingredients in the original recipe.

I found today’s recipe on Lexi’s Clean Kitchen  and knew I had to try it, unfortunately I didn’t have all of the ingredients so…

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15 minutes or less · beverage · Breakfast Foods · Dairy Free · Quick Meals · Smoothies · Vegetarian

Wedding Pictures & PB Smoothie.

Hi y’all!  I’m back! Did you miss me?

I missed you…

It’s good to be back.

Bryan and I had a wonderful wedding weekend and every day since the wedding I’m finding myself more and more grateful for how lucky I am – I found a wonderful man to spend my life with, my family and best friends were there to witness me marry him, and we had such a good time.  It doesn’t get much better than that!

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15 minutes or less · How To's.

How to Make Natural Homemade Deodorant.

Things are finally starting to get back to normal here after hurricane Irma.  We have the yard and house all cleaned up and we worked on our fence this weekend.  I still feel a sense of sadness when I drive around town and see all of the fallen debris and dead trees, and when I walk the beaches in the morning for turtle surveys – so much of the beach has eroded and there is a lot of washed up coral and debris. Also, almost all of the remaining nests are also completely washed out.  😦

It’s sad.  But I know it could have been MUCH worse. And for that, I’m thankful.  I’m also ready to move forward and put Irma behind me.

Just like these little hatchlings…

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Hurricane Irma.

Hey y’all!  It’s been quite the week here in south Florida and to say, “I’m glad it’s over,” is an understatement.

Two Words: Hurricane Irma.

We found out Hurricane Irma was most likely going to hit south Florida at some capacity about a week before she was expected to, so we did as much preparing as we could – we filled up our gas tanks, put up our shutters, bought some extra non-perishable food and water,and continued to monitor the storm’s track.  At first, she was set to hit us in Palm Beach almost head on as a Category 5.  I. Was. Terrified.  Hurricane Irma was my first hurricane – I’ve been through a few hurricane threats (Matthew) and several tropical storms, but nothing like Irma.

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