Do you know how much it costs to get something dry cleaned these days?


Well do you? A $h!tload, that’s how much!!! $70.37 for 2 suits, 2 pairs of pants, a dress and someone else’s sweater. For $70 I could BUY 2 suits, 2 pairs of pants, a dress and someone else’s sweater!


Yeah, along with robbing me blind, the cleaners also stuck someone else’s sweater in with my order for me to unknowingly pay for when I picked everything up this afternoon.


Thinking about keeping it…it’s from Ann Taylor and in my size… Whadd’ya think?


Juuuust kidding. I would never do that. Besides, animal print isn’t my thing. I much prefer black & gold, baby!!!


Oh yes, my beloved Iowa Hawkeyes (who are just screwing themselves right and left OFF the field) are taking on the Missouri Tigers at the Insight Bowl in Arizona tonight!

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After such a disappointing season, I honestly have no idea how the game will turn out, so I’m crossing my fingers EXTRA hard…

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and I whipped up a fun, football-inspired dinner of Twice Baked Potatoes to pump us up. Kind of looks like a football, right? Right?!


At any rate, this was twice baked potatoes TWO ways.


Russet for him…


Sweet for her!


All I did was scrub and prick the potatoes, then microwaved them until soft (I guess they should technically be called once nuked, once baked potatoes. Details.) While they were cooking, I got the filling ready!


In separate bowls for each potato I combined:

  • Shredded cheese
  • Butter
  • Sour cream
  • Bacon
  • Garlic powder
  • Salt & pepper

Right about now you might be asking yourself, “how can she POSSIBLY call eating cheese, butter & bacon eating better after the holidays?!”

Well, I never said it was an exact science… ;) Plus eating well during the day, coupled with exercise, allows me to be a little adventurous with moderate amounts of luscious bacon and cheese for dinner.


Anyways, after the potatoes were cooked, I cut them in half lengthwise and scooped out the insides, leaving 1/8 inch flesh still inside the potato skin, then mashed the potatoes in with the filling.


Next, I filled the potatoes back up with the filling and popped them in a 350 degree oven for 15-20 minutes!





I’ve never made a twice baked potato with a sweet potato before, but the sweet & savory combo was mouth watering.


The filling was super creamy, thanks to the butter and sour cream, while big chunks of salty bacon lent a fab texture. I could have eaten 14.


Do you know how hard it is to photograph orange things?


Ben topped his twice baked with potato chips, and called it Potato Three Ways. Fancy…! ;)

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FYI, I didn’t eat enough protein today so I was starving when I got home. Twice baked potato-making snacks included my kryptonite,


and a buttered bun. How good are buttered buns?! I grew up eating butter bread for a snack and I still adore it to this very day.


Thinking about trying to make my own butter this weekend. Ever tried it?

In big news…

Wellllllll today was the day I found out about the Breakstone Blogger Contest… After countless votes from my family, friends and you wonderful, wonderful, people, I…

didn’t win.

I KNOW!!!! I was sad for a minute. Then I remembered that the ladies I was up against have blogs three times the size of mine and I was glad to have even been competing in their company in the first place.

For the final time – thank you, thank you, thank you one and all for your votes. You are all so very sweet and I knew I could count on you for your support!

At least we’ll always have whoopie pies!!!

In other news…

I updated my dinner, appetizer & side dish, dessert, breakfast, how-to and workout pages! Added a big back-log of recipes, while taking off some outdated ones, and organized my workout page by treadmill and other cardio workouts.

Ahhh, organization! I would totally be a professional organizer if I didn’t get grossed out by piles of other people’s stuff!!

Ok, off to prep for the big game. Wish. Us. LUCK! :D


How about a nice round of Two Question Tuesday?

1. Do you prefer to cook using precise measurements or by adding a “little bit of this & that”?

2. Ever had any random jobs in your lifetime?

My answers:

1. I am literally unable to precisely follow a recipe when cooking. I think of recipes more as guidelines than hard & fast rules to follow!

2. I’ve had a million jobs including working at a dry cleaners (where I never screwed up an order! ;) ) grocery sacker, swim instructor, telemarketer (worst. job. ever.) barista (best. job. ever) and working in the juniors section of a department store. I wanted a job in gift wrapping, but they sucked me into working in juniors. Hours were terrible was commission was bomb! :D