Georgia Aquarium

A great experience for all.


( Photo credz to Ms. Kailey Delgado )

It is sometimes very difficult to plan a family outing that works for both teenagers and a two-year old.  The baby gets tired, the teenagers get attitudety, ( yes that’s a word ) a momma gets cranky and the day gets cut into an early trip home. 😉

So, I just wanted to share our day at the Georgia aquarium because with all that has been going on lately it was so great to get out and enjoy a day that everyone loved.


Please lets take better care of our oceans.


The baby got his map and we were ready to go. :)




How cute is he…



He didn’t feel the need to touch. 😉


You can actually swim with the whale sharks.  Can you say Christmas present!!!


I love these guys♥



Super fun penguin exhibit.


The day ended with a fantastic dolphin show, which we all loved and a great family photo to take home to remember.

Love my peeps and their beautiful smiles…



Jill ♥

Pistachio Pineapple Cool Whip Dip

I ♥ Summer Time Fruit.


This dip is hands down my most favorite item to put along side a big platter of fresh summer fruit.  My very favorite friend from high school made this dip for me years ago and recently I made a couple of changes to it by adding a little diced pineapple and pineapple juice. I just love the little extra something the pineapple gives to the dip and hope you will like it to.

Here is what you will need:

  • 1 tub of thawed Cool Whip.
  • 1 package of instant pistachio jello.
  • ¼ cup of diced pineapple.
  • ¼ cup of pineapple juice.
  • Fruit of your choosing for the platter.

Here is what you need to do:


Put all the ingredients into a bowl…


And give it all a good mix :)



Serve it up with your favorite fruit and…




Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Sandwiches

Holy Hotness…


The last thing I want to do when it is really hot outside is turn on my oven or stand by a barbecue.  My slow cooker is probably most used during these hot summer months and these pulled pork sandwiches are so easy to throw together in the early afternoon and will turn out perfect by dinner time.

Here is what you will need:

  • 2 good size shallots.
  • Boneless Pork Loin Roast (Size depends on how many people you are feeding. I usually look for an 8 lb roast, but have used 2 small roast if I can’t find a larger one.
  • bottle of barbecue sauce.
  • ½ cup of low sodium chicken broth.
  • ¼ cup of Dijon mustard.
  • ¼ cup ketchup.
  • teaspoon of garlic powder.
  • big pinch of salt and pepper.

Here is what you need to do:


Slice up the 2 shallots and place in bottom of slow cooker.


Place pork loin on top of shallots.


In a medium bowl, mix together the barbecue sauce, chicken broth, mustard, ketchup, garlic powder, salt and pepper.


Pour mixture over the top of the roast, cover and set slow cooker on high for 4 hours or medium for 6 hours. When time is up, use to forks to pull the meat apart and give it all a good mix into the hot tangy sauce. I like to serve the meat on a seeded crunchy roll with a big dollop of cole slaw to top it off.

Yummy :)


Hope your having a great summer…



Berry Meringue Cake

I’m Back :)


Moving is tough and not having a functional kitchen is just the worst. Words can never express how happy I am to have this move behind us and a fully stocked kitchen to put to good use.

So in honor of my new home and the 4th of July, I bring to you a sweet, easy to make dessert, that is sure to please.

Here is what you will need:

  • 4 extra-large egg whites.
  • pinch of kosher salt.
  • ¾ cup of sugar.
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar.
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla.
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch.
  • 1 cup of heavy cream.
  • ½ pint of sliced strawberries.
  • ½ pint of blueberries.
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar.

Here is what you need to do:


Preheat oven to 180 degrees.  Trace a dinner plate onto a piece of parchment and then flip over paper and place on cookie sheet. Set aside.


Whip up egg whites for 1 minute.


Slowly add in ¾ cup of sugar and whip the egg whites until firm and shiny.



Fold in the cornstarch, vinegar and vanilla.


Place mixture on parchment lined cookie sheet and spread batter to fit in pre-drawn circle.  Bake for 1½ hours and then turn off oven and let the meringue completely cool in a closed-door oven for 1 hour.


Meanwhile, slice up your strawberries and add them to a bowl. Add blueberries and the 2 tablespoons of sugar and give a good toss. Place in refrigerator.


When the meringue is ready, carefully transfer it to a cake plate. Whip up your 1 cup of heavy cream and cover up the top of the meringue.  Add the berry mixture, making sure to include all juices that have accumulated and…….



Jill ♥


New Beginnings

Good-bye 266…


I loved your welcoming charm…



And your pretty window views…


No matter what season it was..


But most of all I loved what a wonderful home you have been to my family for the last 15 years.

Thanks for the memories.

We will miss you…



Jill ♥

Chicken Ranch Wraps

Bacon always makes it better….


I love an easy to put together, healthy lunch that satisfies my hunger and packs up nicely for those crazy busy days.  These wraps are exactly that and the little bit of added bacon gives it a boost of salty yumminess without ruining your diet for the day.

Here is what you will need:

  • low-fat garden veggie wraps.
  • spinach leaves.
  • cooked sliced chicken breast.
  • avocado.
  • bacon.
  • fat-free ranch dressing.
  • black pepper

Here is what you need to do:


Fry up your bacon, slice up your chicken and avocado and get the veggie wraps, spinach leaves and ranch dressing ready for assembling.


Put down a layer of the spinach leaves, a few slices of chicken, avocado and one slice of broken up bacon. Top off with a little fat-free ranch dressing and a good sprinkling of pepper.


Wrap it up like you would a burrito and…..



Jill 💜

Strawberry Shortcakes

Muffin Style…..


Growing up Strawberry Shortcakes consisted of some little store-bought pound cake disk, strawberries and whip cream from a tub.

I wasn’t a fan.  :(

Then as an adult I learned about another type of Strawberry Shortcake that was made up of a yummy, crumbly biscuit top and bottom, strawberries that are coated in sugar and freshly whipped cream.

Hello Yumminess…

I make my biscuits in a muffin pan, so they have a nice shape and are easier to plate up for a fun breakfast or summer time dessert.

Here is what you will need:


  • 4 cups of sliced strawberries.
  • ½ cup of sugar.


  • 2-1/3 cup of biscuit mix.
  • ½ cup milk.
  • 3 Tablespoons sugar.
  • 4 Tablespoons melted butter.

Whipped Cream

  • 1 cup heavy cream.
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla.
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar.

Here is what you need to do:


Preheat oven to 425 degrees.  Slice up your strawberries, add the sugar, give a good toss and set it aside.


In a large bowl mix together the biscuit mix, milk, sugar and melted butter.


Place a spoonful of the batter into each cup of a lined muffin pan and bake for 15 minutes.


Remove from oven and sprinkle each top with a little bit of sugar.

Whip up your heavy cream with vanilla and sugar.

And its time to assemble.


Slice open your biscuit muffin, plate the bottom of the muffin, add cream, strawberries with a spoonful of juice, more cream and…


Cap it off with the top of your biscuit muffin.

Enjoy  :)



Jill 💜

Easy Eggs Benedict

I 💜 Breakfast…


Eggs Benedict is my all-time favorite breakfast meal and whenever I see it on the menu, it is almost a guarantee that I will be ordering it. With that said I love ordering it and definitely not making it. Spinning eggs in water is not my thing and actually seeing all the butter that goes into a hollandaise sauce is just too much for me to take. I like to once in a while pretend that sauce is good for me. 😉  So, when I am home and have a craving for a nice big hardy breakfast this is how I do it.

Here is what you will need :

  • eggs.
  • Canadian bacon.
  • asparagus.
  • roll of your choosing. ( I like onion rolls)
  • olive oil.
  • butter.
  • salt & pepper.

Here is what you need to do :


Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Toss asparagus with a little olive oil, salt and pepper and roast for 15 minutes.


Get your griddle hot and melt a little butter on it. Time to warm up the Canadian bacon and fry up you eggs.


Make sure to sprinkle the top of your eggs with a little salt and pepper and use the griddle to warm up your asparagus if need be.


Toast your roll under the broiler and then its time to assemble.


Place the roll, bacon, asparagus and then top it off with your fried egg.


Break the yolks to use as the sauce and….

Enjoy !!!



Jill 💜


Hotel Holiday

Family 💜….


A little while back, I was going through my calendar and realized that my big guy who is away at college would not be home for Easter or his Birthday. There was no way this Momma was going to let him be without his family to celebrate two very special days in all of our lives.

Sooooo, we took the show on the road and booked a hotel suite that was just walking distance from his university and brought the celebration to him. :)






The suite was great with a full size kitchen and plenty of room to hang out and enjoy each other.  I picked up some fun decorations, so the kiddies would feel right at home.


This long hallway came in very handy with the baby and was a great way to tire him out, so we all could get some sleep.


The Easter bunny found us….



And the baby was happy to wake his parents up at 6 a.m. to let us know.


Thanks Easter bunny 🐰


Daddy got on his ” Open ” duties, while we waited for the older two to rise.


First came KK ….


And then eventually the big guy.  We sat around and chatted until it was time to take the baby  out for some much-needed fresh air and a good run around campus.


He just loved this tiger statue and couldn’t stop roaring at it.

Just too cute!!!


We then cleaned ourselves up and headed out to an early Easter dinner.


Which was followed by birthday celebrations back at the hotel . 🎉


My big guy invited some friends over and we all sang Happy Birthday and celebrated the fantastic person he is.


This is hands down my most favorite pic from the weekend.

My three blessings, smiling and celebrating together!!!


Jill 💜

Cinnamon Scones

Where have all the Cinnamon Scones gone???


My daughter and I just love us a cinnamon scone!! The only problem with this is that they are impossible to find at stores. We did have a good run for a while with Starbucks and Au Bon Pain, but that luck ran out and I was forced to come up with a recipe that would fill our cinnamon scone needs.

And I finally think I did it. :)

Here is what you will need:


  • 2 cups of flour.
  • 1/3 cup of brown sugar.
  • 2 teaspoons of  baking powder.
  • ½ teaspoon of baking soda.
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon.
  • ¾ cup of cinnamon chips.
  • 1 stick of cold cubed butter.
  • ¾ cup of whole milk.
  • 1 egg.
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla.


  • 1 cup of powdered sugar
  • 2-3 tablespoons of milk

Here is what you will need to do:


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  In a large bowl, mix together the flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and cinnamon chips.


Next, cut in your stick of cold cubed butter with a pastry cutter.


In a separate bowl, whisk together the milk, egg and vanilla.


Add the liquid ingredients to the dry ingredients and give it all a good mix.


Empty the mixture onto your counter and form into a round disk. Try to be gentle and not work the dough too much. You don’t want your warm hands to melt the butter pieces that you will see throughout the dough.


Cut into 8 triangles and place pieces on a parchment lined baking sheet.


Bake for 20 minutes. Time to mix your powered sugar with the tiny bit of milk and get your sugar glaze ready.


Let them cool for just a minute and then spoon over the glaze.


We like our cinnamon scones warm with extra glaze for dipping. If you plan to store them, let them cool completely and then place them in an airtight container.

Hope you like them…



Jill 💜

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