Five easy tips to cook the Best. Steak. Ever.

Five easy tips to cook the Best. Steak. Ever.

When I want to treat myself, I don’t reach for chocolate or cake. I’m a savory girl. I go for steak. Or ribeyes to be specific. “The rib eye or “ribeye” was originally, as the name implies, the center best portion of the rib steak, without the bone. It is both flavorful and tender, coming from the lightly worked upper rib cage area. Its marbling of fat makes it very good for fast and hot cooking.” Ribeyes aren’t an inexpensive cut of meat. When I decide to treat myself I don’t look for the cheapest option; I want the best tasting steaks. IMHO the best place to find top quality beef is from a local farmer. Being a small business owner myself, I have made a conscious effort to support …

Copycat Chick-fil-A Grilled Market Salad Featuring The Produce Box

Copycat Chick-fil-A Market Salad Featuring The Produce Box

The Produce Box is a wonderful service here in North Carolina that provides you with fresh produce, meats, dairy, and bakery items directly from North Carolina farmers and other small business owners. Each week there is a different selection, depending on what’s available and in season, and unlike a CSA (Community-supported agriculture), you choose exactly what, and how much you want to purchase. It’s like a farmer’s market brought right to your door. (Want to become a member? Check it out here!) If you ask me what’s my favorite salad the answer will always be the Chick-fil-A Market Salad. It’s sooo good. The flavor combinations are bright and delicious, and honestly, I could eat one for breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day and not get tired of it! But it …

Printable Valentine's Day Cards

Printable Valentine’s Day Cards

I don’t know about you, but I ALWAYS seem to wait until the last minute to pick up classroom Valentine’s for my kids. You know how it goes, you see them in the stores and think “There’s still time to pick up something. I’ll buy them next time.” Then BOOM! it’s the night before the party and you really don’t want to run out at 10pm to pick up a box of pricey Valentine’s from the limited options at the corner store. With five daughter’s I’ve done this more times than I’d care to admit. So this year I decided to sit down with my girls and design our own Valentine’s. We had a lot of fun thinking of sayings and picking the images to use. We were so proud of what we created, we …

Quick Tips for Maintaining Your Car This Winter

Before heading out on your first road trip this winter, check out these quick car maintenance tips. When you are road tripping it to grandma’s house, you don’t want to be stranded on the side of the highway because of something that could have been easily prevented. Maintaining Your Car This Winter Tip # 1 Check the oil before you take a long trip and change on a regular schedule. This is one of the easiest and most effective ways of keeping your car running smoothly. Most mechanics recommend you change your oil every 3,000 to 5,000 miles, but check your owner’s manual to see how often it is recommended specifically for your car. You should NEVER neglect the oil light on your car, especially in cold weather! Tip # …

Last Minute Classroom Treat – Mummy Drink Pouches

Last Minute Classroom Treat – Mummy Drink Pouches

If you are anything like me, you wait until the VERY last minute to prepare for school events. I always end up volunteering to bring something easy like store bought cookies or pretzels and chips. This year I signed up to send in flavored water pouches. My daughter wasn’t impressed, so I decided to take a few minutes to jazz up the pouches… These Mummy Drink Pouches were successful in wowing my daughter, and the other kids in her class. They are super easy to make–all you need is some drink pouches, white crepe paper, googly eyes, and a hot glue gun (I also used a small black piece of black construction paper to glue on the eyes, but it’s not necessary). PS Be careful with the glue gun! I am a klutz and …

Quick and Easy Pumpkin Goody Bags

Quick and Easy Pumpkin Goody Bags

I don’t know about you, but I’m not exactly the craftiest person. I get frustrated when there are too many steps to follow or if it takes too long to complete. I REALLY wanted to make this wreath, but I knew I didn’t have the patience to finish the project. Gluing all those little putka pods would have taken FOREVER!!! That is why I was so excited when I found these cute pumpkin goody bags. They make adorable goody bags for a Halloween party, a fun classroom treat, or to give out to Trick-or-Treaters. You could even use them as a place card or table decoration for Thanksgiving. I love that they are super easy to make. I knocked out 20 of them while watching the latest Blacklist on demand. The best …