Monthly Archives: June 2013

Pin It Party!

I’m so excited that Lindsay at The Lean Green Bean decided to do another Pinterest Party! I am obsessed with Pinterest…I think I’ve mentioned it once or twice on here. Pinterest came into my life in February 2012 and it has never been the same.  I am slightly having an anxiety attack over what my life will be after I am done pinning wedding ideas on Pinterest. So sad.

Anyways, the idea of the Pin It Party is to help us bloggers get exposure by sharing pinnable images and then visiting other sites to pin what we like! Great idea. Pinterest is actually how I got into blogging. Pinterest brought me to blogs, which in turn made my read more, which made me want to start my own. So- needless to say I think it’s pretty sweet.

Here are my five Pin-able images:


Strawberry Almond Flax Smoothie


Spinach Garlic Pizza


Banana Peanut Butter Stuffed French Toast


PB & J Protein Dessert


How to grocery shop on a budget using coupons

There you have it…check out some of my recipes that I did before you followed my blog! And join the Pinterest Link Up Party!!!

Can we just all talk about how awesome Pinterest is? Like, for everything in life?


Squash & Parsnip Curry

I discovered curry powder about two months ago, and have been obsessed with it ever since. The greatest part is I probably haven’t even tapped the surface of its potential. I know there are probably so many other types of curry powder and curry paste and flavors to experience, far beyond the cheapest brand Wal -Mart had to offer when I bought it. But even that made several delicious dinners!

Ever since then I have been throwing together various meat and vegetables together with some coconut milk and calling it a ‘curry’. But every single time it is SO delicious. I can’t wait to experience other varieties of the spice.

This particular recipe produced a meal that isn’t necessarily pretty- but yummy just the same. It was also my first time making curry with beef instead of chicken.

Squash & Parsnip Beef Curry


Cook & Prep Time: 40 minutes Serves: 4

1 lb of parsnips, peeled and diced

1 large yellow squash, diced

1 lb of ground beef

1 red onion

2 cloves of garlic

1 can of coconut milk (I used light, regular would prob be creamier)

1/2-1 tbsp curry powder (depending on how much you like the flavor)

1/4 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp onion powder

1/2 tsp cayenne pepper (I like it hot!!!)

1/2 TBSP cumin

Salt & Pepper

1.Peel and dice the parsnips and squash while you cook up your ground beef until browned in a deep sauté pan.


I love parsnips! If you haven’t tried them, get on that stat.

Diced Squash

2. Drain fat from sauté pan and set meat aside. Add olive olive of FOC to the pan and add you garlic.

ground beef

3. When fragrant, add your onions, then your parsnips and squash. Stir around and cook for about 6-8 minutes.

4. Add your can of coconut milk and mix it all up. Then add spices.


5. Bring the mixture to a boil then turn it down to simmer and cook until parsnips and squash are soft (about 15 minutes). Add beef back in and cook for 5 more minutes.

Parsnips are a great addition to any curry dish. I have used them in almost all of the curries I’ve made and their tangy flavor (think super strong carrot taste) really compliments the curry powder.

I never said my food was pretty! But it tastes pretty good!

Please leave me with your favorite curry powder/paste!!! I’m in need of more and would love suggestions!


Review: Gordon Biersch Brewery and Restaurant

This weekend we went out to dinner with some friends at a new chain restaurant in Syracuse at what is now the new Destiny USA mall.

Growing up this was always called Carousel Mall and had plans to be this huge attraction type mall with all sorts of bars, restaurants, recreation, etc. But it just always seemed to be something far away that was never really going to happen. Since I don’t live in Syracuse anymore I hadn’t been to Carousel since they opened it as Destiny, so we decided to grab dinner Friday night. I was impressed!

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We decided to go to the new restaurant/brewery Gordon Biersch. We’ve been to the one in Buffalo before just for drinks, which I wasn’t too impressed with, but I loved the beer I got this time.

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They had an outer deck seating area (not outside, just in the mall) as well as an inner restaurant with a huge bar.



For dinner I ordered the steak tacos with chimichurri sauce. They came wrapped in a crispy blue tortilla shell and soft taco, which made for a nice texture and crunch. Tomatoes and lettuce were also stuffed in there.



Horrible Iphone photo, I apologize. I have GOT to get a new camera for blogging.

I asked for steamed veggies instead of the beans and rice (yummy but they make my stomach hurt), and they ended up bringing both. No harm done I guess. I just ignored the beans! The tacos were fabulous.


Austin ordered a Kobe burger with sweet potato fries. One or two of the fries might have ended up in my belly. They were good. He said the burger was cooked perfectly.

After dinner, we roamed around the mall looking for an ‘ice bar’ that didn’t exist. It was actually an ice museum, that wasn’t open yet. But there was an indoor go-kart track, a ropes course, a comedy club, many fro-yo spots (I was too stuffed from dinner at this point), and other restaurants. I had no idea there was so much stuff to do here!




If you’re ever in Syracuse, I would definitely check out Destiny. Especially if you love shopping! I couldn’t resist getting a pair of shoes after dinner too……

What is your favorite type of beer?? Lately I have been a fan of darker stouts for some reason….


Bridal Shower #2

I got back yesterday from an amazing whirlwind of a weekend that included traveling home and my 2nd bridal shower. I posted about my first one a little less than a month ago. I had a second shower for my side of the family and friends at my parents’ home this weekend and it was amazing to say the least. We were nervous about the weather (it was outside) for awhile but it all turned out ok in the end (can someone please remind me this when I’m stressing about my outdoor wedding?)  I am so thankful to everyone who made it great!!

Pictures courtesy of my Aunt Maureen- thank you for being the unofficial photographer!!


Ok let’s start with the food. This is the dish I made. It was failed Practical Paleo’s blueberry lemon muffins turned into a trifle. The muffins came out crumbly so I improvised. Cool whip isn’t paleo though. Oh well, I tried.

These cupcakes were made by a friend of my mom’s. So delicious and beautiful. And still wreaking havoc on my blood sugar.

The decorations were adorable!




My cousin and I

The whole scene. I loved all the different table cloths.

Amazing gifts..including a recipe for meatballs from my late Grandmother.



Me + Bridesmaids

My sisters got me Tiffany Champagne glasses!

It was so much fun but I’m sad it’s over. I’m so lucky to have such great people in my life. The stuff doesn’t mean as much as the fact I got to see some friends I haven’t seen in awhile. And the fact that they drove out there to sit and watch me open a bunch of presents. It’s weird to be the center of attention. I realized I should just enjoy it since you only get 1 (or 2) bridal shower! I should get used to it because the wedding is in T minus 60 days. Can’t freakin wait!!!!!