Tasty Tuesday – Tangy Apple Slaw

Tangy Apple Slaw

Two years ago I was fortunate enough to be a participant in the Food Lion Cook Off. The cook-off was like Master Chef, blogger edition. There were two teams of three bloggers who battled it out for the best plate of food. We had no idea what ingredients we would have to work with until we got onto the stage! It was nerve-wracking, but so much fun! We ended up choosing pork chops, which was awesome because I was able to make my Iowa Pork Tenderloin Sandwiches, and for sides we made my Tangy Apple Slaw, and Spicy Mexican Corn. While everything we made was delicious, we ended up losing by 1 point to the other team of bloggers. I blame the monotone color of our plate (see photo below). We didn’t have …

Boozy Shamrock Shake

Boozy Shamrock Shake – Adults Only St. Patrick’s Day Treat

St. Patrick’s Day is one of my favorite holidays. What’s not to love? It’s a lot of fun! The McDonald’s Shamrock Shake comes out of retirement, it’s a great excuse to have a cocktail or two, there are awesome parades in very Irish cities like Boston, New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, (wait Philadelphia? Yes! Philadelphia had it’s first St. Patrick’s Day parade in 1771!) and it doesn’t hurt that I look amazing in green. 😉 I’m lucky enough to be married to a true Irishman. We met 24 years ago, fittingly, in a dive Irish pub in Port Chester, New York. I was joking with the bartender about being Irish–trying to get a free drink–and he pointed to Colm and said “He’s from Ireland, maybe he’ll buy you one”. I started …

Carolina Sweet Tart

Carolina Sweet Tart

After we got engaged Colm and I talked a lot about where to get married. We had no family in Connecticut (we didn’t move to North Carolina until much later) and I really didn’t want to go back to Iowa to get married when most of our friends were out East. Colm joked that we should get married in Belfast (Northern Ireland, where he is from). And I said “Yes, we should! That would be amazing!” We arranged a trip to Ireland that February to make plans. Colm told me he knew the perfect place to have our wedding, Belfast Castle. We would be in Belfast on Valentine’s Day so Colm surprised me with reservations at their wonderfully extravagant prix fixe dinner. A friend of Colm’s worked at the castle and arranged for us to have …

Purple Passion Potion #5

Purple Passion Potion #5

Many moons ago, when I was in college, there was this “totally awesome” drink made out of Everclear called Purple Passion. It came in a 4 pack or a 2 liter bottle, tasted a little like grape soda on steroids and was very popular with college girls (of legal drinking age, of course) because it didn’t have a super strong taste of alcohol. The bonus was you only needed a couple drinks to feel buzzed. It made a resurgence in the mid-90’s and again in 2014, but they changed the recipe and it was never as good as the original. I was feeling very nostalgic for Purple Passion the other day looking through some old photos, so I decided to set out and recreate the recipe. I didn’t have any Everclear …

Simply Perfect Prime Rib Roast | Ninja Cow Farm #gottobeNCbeef

Simply Perfect Prime Rib Roast | Ninja Cow Farm

Disclosure: “Simply Perfect Prime Rib Roast | Ninja Cow Farm” is a post sponsored by the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Although I was supplied products and/or compensated for writing this post, all thoughts and opinions are my own. I only recommend products or services I believe in and use myself. Growing up in Iowa, in rural Iowa to be more precise, it’s pretty hard NOT to be a carnivore. Iowa is ranked 7th in the states for cattle production and 1st in hog production (North Carolina is 2nd). Although I grew up in town, I was a country girl at heart (still am!). My best friend lived on a farm and I spent as many weekends as I could with her, helping with her chores and riding horses every chance we got. In my …

High-Flying Fun at Sky Zone

Disclosure: “High-Flying Fun at Sky Zone” is a sponsored post. Although I was supplied products and/or compensated for writing this post, all thoughts and opinions are my own. I only recommend products or services I believe in and use myself. For a unique and memorable birthday party, or for the end-of-the-year team celebration, bring your group to Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park. Soar higher than ever before as you bounce across Sky Zone’s  patented, all-trampoline, walled playing courts. The wall-to-wall trampoline courts are designed as a fun and fit outing for all ages, shapes and sizes. This innovative trampoline park offers a variety of activities for everyone to enjoy including Open Jump, allowing guests to leap, bound and soar and play Ultimate Dodgeball, a friendly and healthy dodgeball competition. Food Advertising …

Back to School Shopping at Northlake Mall

Back to School Shopping at Northlake Mall

Disclosure: Back to School Shopping at Northlake Mall is a sponsored post. Although I was compensated by Starwood Retail Partners with a payment, product, or something else of value in exchange for writing this post, all thoughts and opinions are my own.  It’s that time of year again! (Need a little help with your back to school shopping? Enter to win a $50 Northlake Mall gift card using the form at the bottom of the post.) Food Advertising by I don’t know about you, but I started the count down to back to school about two weeks after my kids last day of school. Summer usually drags on FOREVER. Although with our recent move, this summer seemed to fly by. Now everywhere you look you are reminded that school is starting soon (if it hasn’t …

DoorDash – Food Delivered Directly to Your Door

DoorDash – Food Delivered Directly to Your Door

Disclosure: “DoorDash – Food Delivered Directly to Your Door” is a sponsored post. Although I was supplied products and/or compensated for writing this post, all thoughts and opinions are my own. I only recommend products or services I believe in, and use myself. While I absolutely adore Spring, especially in North Carolina (achoo–aside from the allergies) this is the busiest time of the year for me. Between robotics meetings and tournaments, Environmental Club, Science Club, and all the other after school activities, I spend more time in my car than I do at home. It’s especially difficult to get dinner on the table at a decent hour. And after all that running around I usually don’t feel much like cooking! Before our only options were pizza delivery or running out once again to pick …