23 Facts.

Well, it's that time again. It's my birthday! I kept thinking about what I should post this week and since I had such a busy schedule last week I have NO food post's lined up.. All I could come up with was listing 23 (since I'm turning 23) random facts about myself that you may or may not find interesting.

1. I'm proud of my star wars, marvel, disney, and sports knowledge. 

2. I'm ambidextrous. I write and eat with my left hand but I use my right hand for everything else. If need be I can eat with my right hand.
3.Everyone assumes because I work with kids that I want kids. But I'm pretty set on accomplishing some personal goals before kids. I want kids... just not right now... I have to keep reminding people I'm 23 and have time ;) 

4. .... I do really like kids though. And I think my husband and I will had adorable babies. I mean..Look at us! 

5. Anything Disney makes me giddy like a little girl. 

6. I'm a full on belly sleeper. 

7. A morning without coffee is not a good morning. 

8. Joanna Gains is my spirt animal. Farm and all.  

9.I thought it would be easy to write this type of post but it's not. 

10. My favorite food is Mexican food. 

11. I have this weird thing where I get anxious if people continually talk and I don't know when they are going to stop.

12. I've officially lived in Florida longer then I lived up north. I'm from the south and you can't change that! 

13. I love to read. I am oblivious to the rest of the world when I read. And sometimes its hard to get me out of a book if its a good one. Just call me a Gilmore.

14. I'm a cooker not a baker.

15. I'm a hypochondriac of a dog mom. It doesn't help that Bruno hurts himself once a week. 

16. Don't give me a bag of Cheetos. I'll eat the whole bag. 

17. My Starbucks order is grande half-caf ice latte with soy. HOWEVER, I'm becoming a coffee snob and prefer the local coffee roast in town.

18. I have no problem eating Chipotle more then once a week. 

19. I don't like it when people scrape a fork or knife on a plate. I feel the cringe. 

20. Poop, blood, or snot doesn't scare me or make me gag. Guess that's why I'm good with kids ;) 

21. I'm afraid when we do eventually make it over to Ireland for a visit, I will not want to come home. 

22. I am introverted by nature so I consider my social skills sub-par 

23. I really can't think of a last one. So Happy Birthday to me! 

Sweet Potato BBQ Burgers *Video*

I absolutely love sharing this recipe with friends. It is the easiest and tastiest meatless meal you will ever make! I have shared it before but I had to share it again with a changed name, updated recipe, and a video!
BBQ Sweet Potato Burgers
1 medium-large or 2 small sweet potatoes (enough to make about 2 cups shredded. White Sweet Potatoes will also work)
1- 2 TBLS of Olive OIl
salt and pepper, to taste
 1/2 c. BBQ sauce of choice 
Gluten Free Burger Buns (I used Canyon Bakehouse)


  • Shred the sweet potato (feel free to leave on the peel) using a grater or food chooper.
  • If you have more then 2 cups. Adjust the BBQ sauce amount
  • Heat the oil over medium-high heat in a large skillet. When hot, add the shredded sweet potato and quickly stir to distribute the oil. Sprinkle with salt.
  • Cook for 4-5 minutes, stirring and flipping the sweet potato several times.
  • Once the sweet potato is starting to dry out and is browned in several places, add the BBQ sauce and stir. Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook for 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until the sweet potato is cooked.
  • Add to your buns and tops with what you'd like. I made a sweet mayo sauce my mom used to make for sweet potato fries. 
Sweet Mayo Sauce
(I "eye" most of this recipe so the measurements aren't the most accurate)
1/2ish cup of Just Mayo
1/2ish tbls of Brown Sugar
1-2ish tsp of Maple Syrup

Slow Cooker Madras Lentils *Video*

Friends! I finally did it! I finally remembered to pull out that tripod and set up the fancy camera and recorded myself making a crock pot meal. I even remembered to document it AFTER the meal was cooked! :o I know shocking right!

This has become one of our favorite meals. Even though its a tad warm to eat on a summer day but just turn up that air conditioner and enjoy a nice bowl of this yumminess over some white rice.

Slow Cooker Madras Lentils
1 &1/2 cups of cooked lentils
1 & 1/2 cups of canned tomato sauce/puree
A large onion, finely diced
3-4 Red potatoes (depending on size, less if bigger) cubed
1/2 cup of unsweetened coconut milk
2-3 TBSP butter
garlic, minced
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp cumin
freshly ground black pepper, to taste
red pepper flakes, to taste
Slow Cooker Madras Lentils
Dump everything into your crock pot. 

Cook for 4 hours on high or 6-8 hours on low

Serve over some yummy (organic) white rice!


May Favorites

Ok, friends, here's the deal. I was walking around the house trying to think of new things I bought that I could use in a favorite's post.
Nothing friends, nothing.
So I thought I'd change it up and share some of my favorite blogger friendly online resources you should be using! 

 May Favorites
This is a great simple way to start scheduling your content. I'm HootSuite Certified but I actually prefer Buffer for personal blogging/branding. HS is great for more then one person content managing. Buffers simple platform offers more easy to use customizations and add ons.

Love twitter? You'll love Tweet Deck. This is a great way to manage your mentions, tweets, feed, even twitter parties. It refreshes automatically which I love!

Edit those photos!
Utilize Canva and Picmonkey to edit your photos! Need a photo, Pexels and StockSnap.io are my favorites. Content is KEY in the Social Media World. If you don't have SOMETHING visual with your facebook post or tweet, it is going to get passed by.

No, I didn't misspell that. IFTTT (If This Than That) is great for many things. What do I use it for? For posting my instagram picture to twitter (it will actually show the photo instead of a link). And posting a pinable image to Pinterest from a recently posted blog post. You can do SO much! Just check it out!

Follow Social Media Professionals:
There are some GREAT people to follow on FB and Twitter that you can learn from and find out new and great blogging resources. If you ever want some good suggestions, shoot me a tweet or comment here on the blog! I'd love to send you some good suggestions! Right now go to Social Media Examiner and follow them on all the SM. They are such a great resource and post frequently! 

NEW Modern Table Meals Flavors!

I love that I'm wrapping up Celiac Awareness month talking about one of my favorite products!
Modern Table Meals is a God send for busy people needing a quick addition to a meal or substitute for dinner!
Over the past couple of years they've come out with flavors that always blow my mind! Mediterranean
Mac and Cheese
They've also packaged there super tasty Gluten Free lentil based pastas!

Now, they've come out with 2 new flavors and 1 oldie but now GLUTEN FREE goodie!
New Modern Table Meal Flavors 
The new flavors are Creamy Mushroom and Cheddar Broccoli  
And now there original flavor, Teriyaki, is dairy and gluten free! I can't wait to try that one!

I love the new meals! Just like their other meals, the flavors are on point! While my husband isn't a fan of mushrooms, I thought the creamy mushroom was amazing! A great side dish to your meal. We had the cheddar broccoli (not pictured because I'm a dodo and forgot to shoot it before opening it ;P) on a busy night and it was a great single meal!

Guess what makes these products even better?? You can not only order them online, but you can find them in your local Whole Foods AND Target (pssttt.. target also sometimes runs Cartwheel deals for them). Use their easy store finder here.

I can't rave about how much I love these products! They are a great thing to keep in your kitchen cabinet for those busy nights or nights you need a great side dish. Modern Table Meals
*Discloser* Modern Table Meals sent me these products in exchange for a review. Opinions are 100% my own. 

CDAM Giveaway!

A quick little giveaway to celebrate the end of Celiac Disease Awareness Month!
I am giving away ONE swag bag filled with The Real Co. and Garden Lite goodies!
CDAM Giveaway
One bag is going to a lucky reader and another is going to a needy family in my area :)

About The Real Co.
We are introducing and pioneering what we believe to be an exciting and transparent new food category and method of sourcing produce globally and delivering it at a local level; named SINGLE ORIGIN. We enter partnerships with farmers and growers around the world who don't have an established mainstream route to distribute their produce and from there we create a way to share their commodity with the world.

About Garden Lites
Garden Lites is on a mission to create DELICIOUS foods that are truly healthy because every one of our products is veggie-rich with vegetables as its first ingredient.  Why veggies?  Because the one message on health that has never changed is “eat your vegetables”.
CDAM Giveaway
Just enter the RaffleCopter Below!
Must be 18 years or older and live in the continental United States.

*Discloser- I was sent these bags to review and giveaway. Opinions are 100% my own.

Nutiva Organic Oil

Friends. These new oils from Nutiva need to be in your pantry now! 
These oils and the flavors they bring will blow your mind, in a good way of course. ;)
Nutiva Organic Oil
What is Red Palm Oil?? 
Our unrefined red palm oil has a mild carrot-like flavor, with a rich, buttery texture. Some red palm oils have a strong or harsh flavor, however, our proprietary cold-filtration process removes any strong flavor while retaining the nutrients. It's ideal for soups, sauces and sautéing. 

And the Coconut Oil Butter Flavor??? 
With this product, you get all the goodness of Nutiva refined coconut oil combined with a delicious buttery flavor. It's a versatile, all purpose cooking oil and is perfect butter alternative for any a variety of uses including:
Spreads on breads
Buttering Popcorn

Nutiva Organic Oil
As you can tell by the photo's. I've already busted into the buttery flavored coconut oil. I eat popcorn on a daily basis. No lie. It is my favorite type of snack so I'm always looking for something new and exciting to put on my popcorn. 
This stuff is SO good. It gives you that nice buttery taste without the heaviness of butter (even vegan butter).
The Red Palm oil is great for sauteing veggies. It's flavor is a little different then the coconut oil which is why I think it works better for cooking! I'm thinking I'm gonna throw it over some veggies I have on the menu for the week.
Nutiva Organic Oil
Check out more about Nutivas products here! 

Discloser* I was sent these oils to try and review from Nutiva. All opinions are 100% my own.

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