Friday Favorites | Birthday Here I Come

Well we made it, it’s finally Friday. It is also my Birthday Weekend which just happens to be Labor Day Weekend. Tell me which is more important. If you said me then we can still be friends. ;) I want this weekend to be really low-key since I haven’t really slowed down lately so getting my house and my life more balanced will be the goal. Lunch with my family is happening on Saturday so that will be fun. Anyhoodle let’s get on with the Friday favorites so we can get this workday started and over.

 

Favorite Song: This song by Earshot Tongue Tied is one of my favorites lately and plays a lot when I workout.

 

Favorite Outfit Inspiration: I am a big believer in not chasing the summer away with the love of Fall but it is getting colder here already so I have broken out a few light pieces.

Fall outfit - love it!
 

Favorite Quote: So beautiful and so true!

 

See The Light In Others Quote | Top 10 Pinterest Pins
 

Favorite Recipe: I love Butterscotch so being able to make something from scratch is a win!

 

How to make homemade butterscotch sauce

Favorite Funnies:

This just made me chuckle!

so sick of it! lol!

Creeper status: NINJA!!

 

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That is it for me today. Toodleloo!
What are you up to this weekend?
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No-Bake Samoas Cheesecake

My birthday is on Saturday and the one dessert I request is the low-carb cheesecake from The Cheesecake factory. When I was thinking about my birthday plans, this mix came to me. The mix of the caramel and coconut topping with the cheesecake filling is perfection.

This version is not even close to being low-carb or even healthy for that matter. It is really rich, so I would recommend your serving sizes to be really small. I used wine glasses but think more like shot glasses. A little goes a long way with this one.

 

 

No-Bake Samoas Cheesecake
Ingredients:

Crust: 2 cups graham cracker crumbs ~ 2 tablespoons butter, melted ~ 1 teaspoon sugar

Filling: 1 cup heavy cream ~ 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar ~ 2 tablespoons granulated sugar ~ 1 package (8 ounces) of cream cheese, softened, and whipped smooth ~ 1 TSP Vanilla Extract

Topping: 1 cups shredded sweetened coconut  ~ 6 oz of caramel bits (approx. 1 cup) ~ 3 Tablespoons milk (I used Almond Milk) ~ 1/4 teaspoon salt Optional: 1/2 cup chocolate chips and splash of milk

 

Directions:

For the Crust: In a medium sized bowl mix the graham cracker crumbs and the sugar. Stir in the melted butter with the crumbs using a fork to incorporate. Divide evenly among serving dishes.
 
 For the Filling: In a stand mixtures combine the heavy cream, and sugars. Mix on low with the whisk attachment. Once it thickens a bit, increase to high, it should thicken to a thin frosting consistency. Cut in the cream cheese and continue to mix until smooth.
 
 

No-Bake Samoas Cheesecake

Spoon or pipe on top of the crust.

 
No-Bake Samoas Cheesecake

For the Topping: In a saucepan, add the caramels, milk and salt heating on medium and stirring constantly so as not to burn. Once the caramel mixture is smooth, remove from heat and mix in the coconut. Spoon on top of the cheesecake mixture.

Samoa Rice Krispies
 

Refrigerate for 1-2 hours. Optional: Mix chocolate chips and milk and heat in the microwave for 30 seconds or until melted and spread on top.

 

Serve and devour!

 

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Unofficial Fat Day

Today is Monday but I am not at work. I am actually watching my nieces for the day. I will be popping in from time to time though but bear with me if it takes me a bit to respond back. Getting to spend the day with them will be sure to be entertaining. Either way it is Monday and so my weekend shenanigan’s are here.

Friday: I decided to get some shopping down on Friday night so I could keep my weekend free. I started at Bed Bath and Beyond, then to the Christmas Tree Shop, then Ulta, then Old Navy, then Lowe’s. To say I was exhausted by the end would have been an understatement.

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Saturday: After waking up slowly reading, I made the breakfast sandwiches I mentioned on Friday. They were perfect!! Melanie was right the pan is essential. You get the perfect size for the bread, and flat so it cooks evenly. Go make it!

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I went to the hiking trails but the parking lot was full so I decided to drive around the back roads for a little bit before going back to hike.

I love the neighborhood since there are a lot of little farms. This one happened to have horses, cows, goats, sheep and even a water fountain. I really need to move to the country, that kind of landscape speaks to my soul. After the hike I went to Trader Joe’s for some pretty flowers thanks to Bianna for telling us about their flower selection. 

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The rest of the night was spent cleaning, reading, and snuggling with Seamus.

 

Sunday: It was a pretty laid back day filled with laundry and lots of baking. I made a few more egg sandwiches with ground Chorizo. Then I cooked some bacon in preparation for some recipe testing for a guest post. I made Bacon Bourbon Apple Fritters with a Bourbon Sugar glaze. It was a sweet treat and no way healthy so I had a banana for dinner! Haha! I of course had to make a recipe for this week for my blog so to make this an unofficial fat day I made Samoas Cheesecake.

 

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I spent the night blogging and watching You’ve Got Mail. Perfect way to end the night.

 

How was your weekend?

Did you have a cheat meal this weekend? Tell me so I feel less guilty.

 

 

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Friday Favorites | Walking Dead

I can’t tell you how excited I am for this weekend. It is the first in the longest while that I have no plans and can do nothing. I do have plans to go shopping at Ulta, go hiking, read, and recipe testing. Let me tell you it will be equal parts productive and equal parts lazy. Did you really expect anything less?!

 

Favorite Links: I don’t have kids at the moment but if and when I do Jana’s 12 Things I Don’t Do as a Parent would be my guide.The “every kid is a winner” and overly attentive helicopter parenting that too many parents have adopted would not be my style. Worth the read! Also with the world seeming to fall apart every other day, and social media seeming to be the place where everyone shares their opinion good, bad or ignorant Steph shared her take on the recent news stories like the Ice Bucket Challenge, Suicide/Depression and Ferguson Missouri. Very well written,  

Favorite Song: Seriously I am becoming a country girl, I don’t know what it is but the boys are lulling me into the dark side. Never mind that they are pretty hot. This one features Billy Currington without a shirt on for most of the song. You’re welcome.

Favorite Shocking Moment: Darryl from the Walking Dead might be gay?! I am all for the gay community being fairly represented in mainstream TV, but what the heck. Darryl/Norman Reedus is our freaking eye candy on the Walking Dead!! Though who I am I kidding even if his character turns out to be gay, still going to drool over here. I fell in lust with him a long time ago in one of my favorite movies Boondock Saints, Irish accent yes please . 

The Walking Dead: Could Daryl Dixon be gay?
 

Favorite Recipe: For the last few weeks I have been having the Special K Bacon, Egg and Cheese flatbread sandwiches for breakfast. Then the other day Melzie posted this sandwich to make at home. Duh?! Why haven’t I thought of this same money, and less calories too. Click on the picture for the post.

Favorite Funnies: Yes, I’m 5 years old but this made me laugh.

boobtitsky
 

 EVERY.TIME!!

 

yeaaaah everyday :)
 

 Irony at it’s best!

 

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 I am entering the busiest time of year at work and I leave everyday exhausted and mentally drained. Sad part it won’t end till October 1st. This is me on most days, and the other days you’ll confuse me for an extra on The Walking Dead.

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What are your plans for the weekend?

 

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Spicy Beef with Cucumber Dill Sauce

After flipping through the Taste of Home magazine I came across Curried Beef Pita Pockets and it looked so good I just had to make it. I of course modified it a little bit to suit my tastes. The filling was where I made the most changes and I think it really worked. It was simple to put together and would hold up for leftovers too. As a side note if you can handle tacos you can handle this recipe. If you like more spice add some hot sauce to the filling.

 

 Ingredients:

Filling: 1 Pound Ground Beef (I used 85% lean) ~ 1/2 cup diced onion ~ 1 cup corn ~ 1 TBSP Taco Seasoning 1/4 TSP Salt ~ Pita Pockets

Sauce: 1 cup Greek Yogurt ~ 1 cup Diced Cucumber ~ 1 TBS Minced Garlic ~ 1 TSP Dill ~ 2 TSP Lemon Juice ~ 1/4 TSP Salt

Directions:

Mix all the sauce ingredients in a small bowl and refrigerate up to 30 minutes before serving.

Brown the ground beef and onion in a saute pan.

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Drain. Add the corn to the pan, mixing in the taco seasoning and salt and cook until the corn has softened approximately 4-6 minutes.

Spicy Beef with Cucumber Dill Sauce
Spoon the filling into the pita pocket and top with the Cucumber Dill sauce.

 

Spicy Beef with Cucumber Dill Sauce
 

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Spicy Beef with Cucumber Dill Sauce
 
Ingredients
  • Filling:
  • 1 Pound Ground Beef (I used 85% lean) ~ ½ cup diced onion ~ 1 cup corn ~ 1 TBSP Taco Seasoning ¼ TSP Salt ~ Pita Pockets
  • Sauce:
  • 1 cup Greek Yogurt ~ 1 cup Diced Cucumber ~ 1 TBS Minced Garlic ~ 1 TSP Dill ~ 2 TSP Lemon Juice ~ ¼ TSP Salt
Instructions
  1. Mix all the sauce ingredients in a small ball and refrigerate up to 30 minutes before serving.
  2. Brown the ground beef and onion in a saute pan. Drain. Add the corn to the pan, mixing in the taco seasoning and salt and cook until the corn has softened approximately 4-6 minutes. Spoon the filling into the pita pocket and top with the Cucumber Dill sauce.