Marbled Cake Bars

Hello, dear readers. Happy holidays!

I think Christmas time is my favorite holiday. It's a time of giving and generosity. It's a time for family and traditions. We've put up a smaller tree this year, decorated the house with all of the collected nutcrackers, and started cooking up the old-time favorite recipes. We even sent a Secret Santa gift to an elderly gentleman at a nearby retirement home.

Fortunately, (or unfortunately, depending on how you look at it) I've been cooking a lot of unhealthy but delicious things.  These things are irresistible and should only be eaten in small quantities because they make you pack on that dreaded "winter weight." But that is what New Year's resolutions are for!

I've been making these marbled cake bars for years and they never had an official name.  I've snooped and found out that others call them Can't Leave Them Alone Bars. That name really has no staying power in my memory banks, so I'm just going to…

Apple Farro Salad

Hello, dear readers!  Welcome back.

It's been hot here in northern Nevada, not melting trash can hot, but we've already had a few days at 100F.  When it's warm out, we tend to cook and eat outdoors. Grilling, and now smoking with hubby's birthday present (a Camp Chef Woodwind) has been our recent favorite cooking method.

Since you have to balance out the hot with something cool, I made this refreshing and simple farro salad to go with dinner one night. We ate outdoors al fresco and the fresh air makes everything taste better!

2 cups farro
1 apple, peeled and diced
3 green onions, whites only chopped
1/4 cup parsley chopped
juice of one tangelo or orange, freshly squeezed
2 Tablespoons olive oil
2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
salt and pepper to taste

1. Boil the farro in a large pot of water for about 20 minutes. Drain and set aside.

2. Heat the olive oil in a small pan.  Saute the onion until soft. Add the apple and cook about another 5 minutes or …

Your Bijoux Box April 2017

Hello, dear readers. It's time to play catch up on posting.

Let's take a look at the April box from Your Bijoux Box. There were two Karen Kane products featured, and they varied. I'm digging what I received!

First, the large Karen Kane hoop earrings are really nice. I'm not fond of jumbo hoop earrings since they catch my hair, but these are not too enormous.

Second, the Karen Kane necklace I received was a delicate chain with little pave donut shapes in-line. I like this one a lot.  Also, after seeing the single pave disc, I really prefer this style!

Third, the chunky Goldenrod bracelet. It's very pretty, not something I'd wear every day. But for a special occasion, I can find a reason to wear this.

Finally, they included a bonus fourth item two April Showers hair pins.  I like that they are different from each other. Mix and match!

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you enjoyed seeing this batch of goodies.  Bye-bye for now!

P.S. For the sake of transparency, I paid…

Rhubarb Strawberry Crisp

Hello, dear readers!  Welcome back for a lovely recipe.

In honor of my dear hubby's birthday, I baked up something special.  At first, he wasn't sure what to ask for, so he mumbled something about coconut cake, then a pie, then he settled on something rhubarb.  Our rhubarb patch was doing well enough for me to get some for his birthday dessert.

He got a crisp instead of pie or cake. Strawberry rhubarb crisp with a hint of cinnamon and vanilla. It was heavenly!

The middle daughter (the picky eater) was unsure about the stuff that went into the fruit layer.  I told her it's pretty much just sweet and sour strawberry, like sour patch kids. It worked!  I wouldn't say she loved it, but she ate some without flipping out.  I think we're making progress on reducing the pickiness.

So for your dining enjoyment, give this a try.  It's sweet and tangy, sticky and oozy, buttery and crispy in all the right places.

For the fruit base
3 cups diced rhubarb stalks
3 cu…

Lactation Support

Hello, dear readers!

I've survived the rush of birthday season and now we can resume our regular, hectic schedule. That's good news for you because I have some great posts waiting to be shared with you! I have  jewelry boxes, a new box from Influenster to review, a couple awesome recipes, and then this post.

Today's post is something near and dear to my heart. That's breastfeeding. Mom's can never get too much support, if you asked me.

I have successfully breastfed my three kiddos.  I worked full time and pumped two or three times a day for the first year of each child's life. Once I got the OK from the pediatrician, I introduced cow's milk and gradually reduced pumping at work to a stop. But I still had a great milk supply. I know, I know. Lucky me!

My oldest had a huge appetite and even with my great milk supply, using supplements and galactogogue foods, I still had to supplement with formula.  He weaned just before he turned two because my supply changed…

Your Bijoux Box March 2017

Hello, dear readers! Welcome back for the March jewelry reveal. This month had a theme of beautiful deep emerald green, inspired by St. Patrick's Day.

The first item, which was previously revealed in one of the sneak peeks, was a cuff bracelet by House of Harlow.  I received the Tessellation Cuff with the stacked triangle design. 

If you look back to the June 2016 box, you might recognize this next design.  They brought back the Danielle Vintage pattern, but this time in gorgeous emerald green. This box included a set of earrings and a double strand layered necklace.  

Lastly, everyone received a scarf by Life of Fashion. My scarf is an infinity scarf in a zebra-ish faded stripe with cream and pea-green. I already wore this and received tons of compliments.

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you enjoyed seeing this batch of goodies.  Bye-bye for now!

P.S. For the sake of transparency, I paid for this subscription myself. It was in no way "free" or provided to me for some exchange…

Your Bijoux Box Freebie Bonus

Hello dear readers!

By now, you might have realized that I love the goodie boxes from Your Bijoux Box.  And I have one more reason to love them.

Every month they choose one lucky person to win a box of unique jewels! All you have to do it follow Your Bijoux Box on Instagram and post a selfie with their jewels tagged #YourBijouxBoxStyle.

No kidding! I was chosen and got a box of jewels!!! Yes, a whole free box from Your Bijoux Box!

Check out what I got!

P.S. For the sake of transparency, I paid for this subscription myself. It was in no way "free" or provided to me for some exchange of services. I just really liked the products and wanted to share my opinion. This box was a prize-winner because I followed the monthly contest rules and posted a photo on Instagram of myself wearing their product.