Christmas in OKC

img_2106Here’s a little secret: Oklahoma City is a gem in the Midwest.  I feel like most people think of OKC as being super boring, and if I didn’t know better, I would probably agree with them.  But it’s not!! Continue reading “Christmas in OKC”


Cup of Tea


That there, my friends, is my big, heavy medal from Springfield’s Bass Pro Marathon – the only and only marathon I’ll ever run.  I run on occasion, maybe once or twice a week, but I guess I started taking it a little more seriously in 2017.  I was running quite a bit and ran a half marathon in spring of 2017 when I was living in Raleigh, and did pretty well.  I’d wanted to run a half marathon for quite a while, so it felt really good to check that off of my bucket list.  In the back of my mind I knew I wanted to eventually run a marathon, too.  I moved back home last year during the fall and wasn’t able to run one, but this year I was game.  Especially since now I have more of a regular schedule and knew I could properly train.  I started training in August at 7 miles and worked my way up, week by week, to a 20 mile training run.

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Pumpkins & Black Cats

I hope everyone had a good Halloween!  We had a pretty good one here, and I hope you enjoy my pineapple pumpkin carving pictured above.  I carved that after a couple of Old Fashioned cocktails so I’m pleasantly surprised it turned out as well as it did.

In other spooky news, my sister adopted a black kitten named Frank!

Look how cute he is!!

He’s sooo cute, but man, what a handful.  He likes to mount my back whenever I’m sitting at the dinner table.  Or jump up and grab the drawstring on my sweatpants and pull them down.  I came so close to getting a kitten when I was with my sister at the humane society.  Maybe someday.  And maybe a puppy, too….

Have a good weekend!  Don’t forget to fall back on Saturday night.  Also, keep your fingers crossed for me on Sunday.  I’m competing in an athletic event and I’m scared.

Joanna Gaine’s Banana Bread


I’ve thumbed through Joanna Gaine’s Magnolia Table cookbook a few times when I’ve been at Target (their line Hearth & Hand is so cute!) and the banana bread recipe always calls out to me.  It’s so simple, but it looks so good!  The recipe for “After School Banana Bread” is slightly different from most banana breads because it’s baked in an 8×8-inch baking dish instead of a loaf pan, and it’s dusted with granulated sugar before baking.  Continue reading “Joanna Gaine’s Banana Bread”

Caboodle Conundrum

Soo, I really haven’t bought any new makeup or skincare products in months it seems.  BUT, the other day in Target I spotted a section full of Caboodles, but with new designs and colors.  They’re back!  Do you remember when Caboodles were popular?  Did you have one?  This is what they looked like:


I never had one… ( I think they may have been a little bit before my time) but I’m pretty sure my best friend in junior high had an old one that she stored her Clinique makeup in, along with her Love’s Baby Soft Perfume.

Anyway, I always wanted one, so I decided it was my time.  I bought my first Caboodle! Mine is this black and white one.  I love it!  It’s great for organizing makeup and being on the go.  It holds A LOT.  Like it’s a beast; you can really cram a lot of makeup in there.


So my conundrum is…. am I too old for a Caboodle?  Am I the only one that likes them?  Did I make a bad purchase?  Will it hold all of my brown lipstick and scrunchies?

Oh and check out this Emily Noel Youtube video on Caboodles.



MO Food Truck Fest

This past Saturday I had the pleasure of attending the 4th annual MO Food Truck Fest.  The festival was held downtown Springfield in a field next to the Springfield Expo Center.  We got there about noon and it was HOT – like ninety degree-sunny hot.  I don’t know about you, but when it gets that hot I don’t have the biggest appetite.  Or the only thing that sounds good is ice cream or cold beer….

I had to work later in the day so beer wasn’t an option, unfortunately.  My companion and I wandered around the grassy area for a few minutes, contemplating what to try.

Holy Cow sounded good, although a little heavy.  It’s vegetarian/vegan Indian food, which is right up my alley.  I could probably eat Thai and Indian food every day of my life.  I’ve heard good things about Twisted Mike’s; it’s gourmet fries loaded up with all kinds of toppings.  Gooey’s Grilled Cheese had the longest line of any of the food trucks – so long that it scared us away.

We settled on Twisted Tacos and stood in a very long line for a lobster taco and Walking Taco.  They were okay.  The walking taco was a good idea for an event like this because there wasn’t anywhere to sit down or place your food.  We enjoyed the lobster taco but would have preferred a grilled corn tortilla.


Forget about what I said about not wanting anything heavy.  I suddenly had the urge for fries!  And cheese curds and gravy.  I was feeling Canadian and ordered some poutine from BeaverTails.  BeaverTails is an Ottawa-based mobile food chain that specializes in fried pastries and poutine.  This particular food truck was from Fayetteville, Arkansas.


I also ordered a Beaver Tail topped with Nutella, peanut butter, and Reese’s Pieces.  Both were okay, but not great, to be honest.  The dough for the Beaver Tail was really cool… kind of like a stretchy, chewy, light pizza dough.


Overall, we thought the MO Food Truck Festival was fun and would go back again.  I think they need more seating and tables (there was only one small tent to sit at).  I also think it would be better if they blocked off a street and had the event there, and maybe not on the same weekend as Cider Days.