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Chicken Bacon Doggie Cupcakes

28 Jun

Dog Birtday

Our precious Yorkie, Maggie, celebrated her 6th birthday recently so I took the opportunity to make some homemade dog treats. Ive seen peanut butter cookie treats done all too often so I searched for a more cake like approach. And what better than mini cupcakes for a birthday celebration?

Maggie tends to be quite the picky eater so I was thrilled when she lapped up these little treats and begged for more. Our other little monster, Sophie, quite enjoyed them as well. But don’t worry, the smell of the batter won’t have you wanting to lick the spoon.


For the treats:

  • 3 strips bacon, crumbled
  • 3 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 6 eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 cup corn oil
  • 2 jars chicken baby food
  • 2 cups finely shredded carrot
  • plain Greek yogurt

Preheat oven to 325 degrees and grease mini cupcake pans. Set aside.

Cook the bacon until crisp then crumble and set aside.

Whisk together the flour and baking powder. In a large bowl, beat the butter until smooth. Beat in the eggs and oil. Stir in the chicken baby food and carrots. Add the flour mixture and mix well.

Dip the batter into the tins and bake 15-20 minutes or until toothpick in center comes out clean. Allow to cool and pipe yogurt on top for “icing.” Sprinkle tops with crumbled bacon.

Dog Cupcakes

Keep the leftover cupcakes covered and refrigerated. This batter can also be used as a cake by pouring into 2 8″ cake pans and baking for 60 minutes. Now it’s your turn to head for the kitchen and make your pups a treat! I found my recipe and many other dog treat recipes at Dog Treat Kitchen.

Spicy Spaghetti Bake & One Lovely Blog Award

15 Jun

I have two very important rules to making spaghetti.

  1. Turn on Frank Sinatra Pandora
  2. Keep a never empty glass of wine by your side

How could you go wrong? So instead of the classic spaghetti this time around I went for a spicy, Mexican flare. With salsa, green chiles, and loads of cheese.. it was fantastic (and I dare say I prefer it over regular spaghetti bake).

Spicy Spaghetti 3

For the spaghetti:

  • 1 package (16 oz) whole wheat spaghetti
  • 1 pound ground turkey (or beef)
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 green pepper, chopped
  • 1 jar (24 oz) salsa
  • 1 jar green chiles
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 block pepper jack cheese, shredded
  • 2 cups (16 oz) mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 2 cups (16 oz) white American cheese, shredded
  • crushed tortilla chips

Cook spaghetti according to package directions. In the mean time, cook turkey, onion, and pepper in a large skillet until no longer pink. Stir in salsa, chilies, red pepper flakes and cayenne.

In a large bowl whisk egg and butter. Drain spaghetti and add to egg mixture, tossing to coat.

In a greased baking dish place half of the spaghetti mixture. Top with half the meat mixture and half the pepper jack and mozzarella. Repeat layers topping with crushed tortillas and white American cheese. Cover with foil and bake at 350 degrees for 35-45 minutes. Remove foil and bake additional 5-10 minutes or until cheese begins to brown.

Seriously, I love this dish. Next time I believe I’ll add jalapenos to the mix. If you have a difficult time finding white American cheese, check the deli section. I adapted my recipe from Taste of Home.

On another note, a big thank you to Sharing Me, Myself and I for the One Lovely Blog Award! It requires that I tell 7 things about myself and pass on the award as well.

  1. I love nothing more than a good book. Right now the Dark Tower series by Stephen King.
  2. I also enjoy playing video games (currently waiting for Skyrim DLC)
  3. I was born a blonde, but have always wanted black hair.
  4. I’d love to win the lottery and spend my life traveling.
  5. Speaking of traveling, I spent a week in Ireland a few summers back and LOVED it.
  6. I love anything from the 20’s era.
  7. My taste in music is very diverse, but I love a good jazz or classical piece.

I chose to pass this award on to these 5 blogs (in alphabetical order).

What I Ate Wednesday! Mexican style

13 Jun

Last Wednesday I couldn’t pull myself away from the wonderful tastes of Mexican food.

Breakfast began with a Greens First shake and boost, which is highly nutritious. I find that I rather enjoy it (much better than slimfast or other diet shakes) despite its rather green color.


On the lunch menu, I convinced Adam that our Mexican hiatus should end and we went to one of our favorite (and cheapest) Mexican restaurants. And as many times as we said we would be ‘healthier’ and not order cheese dip.. the urge was uncontrollable. My apologies for the half-eaten taco. I was so excited for it I nearly forgot to snap a photo.



I ended Wednesday with a homemade spicy spaghetti bake (I plan to post the recipe soon). Using salsa, multiple cheeses, and tortilla crumbles.. I was in heaven! Plus, there was enough to freeze a second, smaller casserole for the days where money gets tight. This I served with my triple cheese crostini. If you’ve failed to notice, I’m quite the cheese lover.


Happy Wednesday! And may yours be healthier than mine!

What I Ate Wednesday!

30 May

I recently came across What I Ate Wednesday and thought I’d join in on the fun! All you must do is document your food for a day, with photos, and share them with your readers. This first post is of photos I took last Wednesday when I was home visiting my mom.

Breakfast is about the only time she steps into the kitchen, but when she does its always delicious. I had whole grain toast, turkey sausage, and a fried egg white. To drink, besides a mug of tea, I enjoyed Bolthouse Farms Green Goodness.

WIAW breakfast 1

Lunch turned out to be considerably more unhealthy. Green peppers and sausage topped my slice of leftover pizza from Village Pizza.

WIAW lunch 1

I ended lunch with the remainder of my refreshing Limoncello Italian Ice. Which reminds me, I need to make more.

WIAW dessert 1

After a day of walking, shopping, and reading, mom and I ran home to change and get ready to head out with the ladies. Chocolate cake shots and Havarti slices made up our pre-meal snack.

WIAW snack 1

We ended our night at Bonefish, but I was unable to snap any photos due to the darkness. Of course, anyone who’s been to Bonefish knows how absolutely wonderful it is! Mom and I split an Ahi Tuna appetizer and the Orange Roughy special.

I’m interested to hear.. what did everyone else eat Wednesday (or Tuesday, Monday, Friday, etc)?

Lemon Pomegranate Margaritas

11 May

As the Florida sun causes temperatures to rise higher and higher, my love for fresh, lemony flavors springs forward. And what better to cool you down on a hot summers day than a nice margarita? Pull out the lawn chairs, grab a good book, and brave the sun with this refreshing, summer drink in hand!

For the margarita:

1 oz tequila (I used Jose Cuervo Silver)

1/2 oz Cointreau (or Grand Marnier)

Juice of 1 large lemon (or 3 tablespoons)

1/4 cup pomegranate juice

1 teaspoon agave nectar (or honey)

Sierra Mist

Combine first 5 ingredients in a shaker and shake until combined. Pour over ice and top off with as much Sierra Mist as desired.

I rimmed my glass with sugar, instead of salt for a sweeter version. For the rim, simply wet the edge of the glass with a lemon wedge and roll it in sugar (or a mix of sugar and lemon zest).

In my heart, forever.

26 Apr

I hate that I haven’t had the opportunity to add a new post this week, but life became very, unexpectedly hectic. With this I wanted to take the opportunity to share the story of my Meme (my grandmother) who passed away on Wednesday, April 18.



I know it’s so often said that you never know what you have until you lose it, but death certainly has presented that to me. I received a call Tuesday evening informing me that my grandmother was in the hospital after suffering two heart attacks and the chances of her survival were practically nothing. After taking her off life support the next day, her heart stopped almost immediately and the world lost a wonderful soul.

My Meme was a woman full of spirit, love, and religion. Her personality shone through in this big, brilliant smile that would light up her face so often. I can remember a time when we traveled to South Carolina together to spend a weekend with her sister and the two of them paraded around the house singing and marching with kitchen utensils. And not only was she someone to have a good time with, but she was a good friend to many. Fittingly, her last few hours on Earth she had baked and delivered cupcakes to a dear friend of hers.



I spent many summers with her as a child baking scotcheroos, festive cookies, rice krispy treats and eating her wonderful squash casserole. She taught me to knit scarves and how to play rummy, and she crammed into my head Psalm 23. I would sometimes go to church with my grandparents where Meme sang in the choir. I can also recall memories of practicing piano at her house after school. Once I got older we would spend afternoons together walking around downtown shops and eating the foods my grandfather wasn’t very fond of. And never fail, dessert was to follow because my grandmother had the biggest sweet tooth of anyone I know. On my most recent visit, about a week before her passing, she sent me home with several of her cookbooks that I will cherish forever.



Funerals become opportunities to hear stories of a loved one and meet the people who’s lives have been touched. Meme was a local elementary school teacher meaning she touched the lives of many. Seeing the tears and hearing the wonderful things people had to say about my grandmother put into perspective how special a person she was to the ones outside of our family. I find comfort knowing her son, parents, and mother-in-law were waiting with open arms to welcome her into a new life.

“Unable are the loved to die.  For love is immortality.”  -Emily Dickinson


Liebster Blog!

17 Apr

What a wonderful surprise it is that my new friend over at The Confection Monsoon has awarded me the Liebster blog award! A big thank you to her for this means quite a lot to me.

Until I read this post, I was unfamiliar with what a Liebster award was but was delighted to find out it’s sort of like telling someone you make their favorites list, and then passing on the gesture to small-time blogs.

Although, you can only accept the award if you..

-Choose five bloggers with fewer than 200 followers, post on their blogs to let them know you’ve nominated them, and link to them within your blog.

-Link back to the blogger who nominated you within your blog.

-Smile from ear-to-ear

I was really unsure how to tell who had less than 200 followers so I based my conclusions off of comment/like counts. Alphabetically, my nomination for the Liebster award goes to..

Adventure’s with Clyde

Fox in the Forest

Miss Wandering Jew

Molly Jean’s Tasty Cuisine


Again, thank you so much to The Confection Monsoon for brightening my day!


10 Apr

Being a newcomer to the blogging world, if there’s anyone reading this.. have a little faith. I’m very excited to, hopefully, make something of addalittlesunshine and promise to work on getting posts together during my free time, which lately I’ve had quite a bit of.

Keep in mind, I am a college student on a limited budget living with two others that make me fight for kitchen space. Until I move to a roomier place come August, posts may not be as frequent as I would like. Nonetheless, I plan to have fun cooking/experimenting/documenting my endeavors and hope anyone reading/following does too!

P.S. I’m Lauren.

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