Moscow Mule Recipe

Are you looking for a refreshing drink? Look no further than the Moscow mule! I love making these on warm days, and I also love the cute cups they come in. Here’s how to make your own version of this popular drink at home!


Here are all the ingredients you will need (chair and flowers optional, but a definite plus).

  • cup of ice
  • 1 ginger beer (these come in different flavors and I enjoy the raspberry ginger one)
  • 1/2 shot of vodka
  • 1 tablespoon of lime juice
  • 1 or 2 slices of lime


I fill the cup about 3/4 of the way full of ice and then pour in a whole ginger beer. I’ll leave links to all these products at the end.


Next, I pour in the vodka. I’m not quite sure why this needs to be included, but all the recipes I’ve ever looked at had it in there, so I figured why not?! I added about half a shot, but I didn’t really measure it, just a guess and pour.


The lime juice comes next and again, I didn’t really measure it, but it was about a tablespoon. You can add more or less depending on how much you like the taste of lime. I’m not a huge fan, but this didn’t make the lime taste overwhelming.


For the finishing touch, I added a lime to the drink and as a decoration on the outside. Once I get towards the end of my drink, I like to squeeze one of these to add to the flavor.


Now all that’s left to do is enjoy your drink! Let me know if you make Moscow mules with a different variation, I’m always looking to try something new!

Outdoor Date Ideas

I know you don’t want to think about it, but before you know it, all the warm weather will be gone. I know, so sad! This is a list of 25 date ideas that will get you and your date outside to enjoy those last few wonderful days of summer.


  • Take a drive in the car with the windows down and the music blasting.
  • Go on a picnic.
  • Have a bonfire (and don’t forget to roast s’mores).
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  • Play mini golf.
  • Take a hike!
  • Go to a happy hour outside.
  • Bike on a bike trail.
  • Go out for ice cream.
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  • Go someplace you’ve never been in your town and explore.
  • Play water games (water balloons, squirt guns, slip n slide)
  • Visit an amusement park.
  • Find out if your local park has any evening activities such as a local band playing.
  • Eat from a food truck.
  • Go to the movies at a drive-in.
  • Plant a garden (and continue to keep it alive).
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  • Watch the sunrise.
  • Watch the sunset.
  • Go boating.
  • Get out the blankets and go stargazing.
  • Play outdoor games (cornhole, frisbee kan jam).
  • Go explore a farmer’s market.
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  • Go to a local baseball team’s game.
  • Camp in your own backyard!
  • Go berry picking.
  • Draw with chalk on your sidewalk or driveway.
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I’m always looking for more ideas for my boyfriend and I to do. I am home alone by myself all day so I love planning fun date activities for the evening. What are your date ideas?


What I Ate Wednesday – June 28, 2017

Now that I’m on summer vacation, I get to spend a lot more time thinking about (and making) whatever I want to eat. You might think that this would mean that i would come up with creative meals and recipes, but so far I’ve pretty much eaten the same things I always have. Oh well, there’s always next week!


For breakfast, I had my standard coffee and a bowl of cottage cheese. I know some people can’t get past the texture and taste of cottage cheese, but I love it! It’s easy to just scoop out and eat for an easy, fast breakfast.


Now I don’t want to brag, but I’m pretty sure I made the world’s best salad for lunch. For some reason it was particularly delicious today – probably because I had time to put lots of goodies in. I had lettuce (obviously), tomatoes, cucumbers, shredded cheese, croutons, and a hard boiled egg. For dressing, I’ve been enjoying the organic white balsamic vinaigrette dressing from Wegmans. If you don’t live near a Wegmans I feel very sorry for you, but just put whatever dressing you like on. This salad kept me full the entire afternoon, even though I had just had a small breakfast. Yum!

These photos are actually from a recipe post that I did a while back on this baked pasta. I totally forgot to take a picture of my dinner, but we made this pasta for friends this weekend and I had it leftover for my dinner. It’s an easy recipe that is perfect for large groups. Make sure you check out the post with the recipe!

Baked Pasta Recipe:

I also had some pirate’s booty (you know like the popcorn stuff) as a snack in the evening. What did you have this week?

What I Ate Wednesday – April 12, 2017

I’ve been at home with my family this week, so I was a bit spoiled. My meals were made for me – and I didn’t even have to do the dishes! We also had Easter a week early and had lots of leftovers which have been included in some of today’s meals. Enjoy!


For breakfast I had a hard-boiled egg which I always like to have with a little bit of salt. I had a peach yogurt from Aldi and my usual coffee with milk and sugar. Bonus – you can see me taking the picture in the reflection on the spoon!


Lunch was at a hibachi restaurant. I didn’t want to bring my big camera in, so I just took a picture with my phone – hence the lower quality. I had hibachi shrimp with fried rice, lo mein, and vegetables. I realize I also had leftover hibachi for lunch last week. I don’t go that often so it was just a coincidence!

Dinner was one of my favorites – bean dip! My mom makes it with refried beans, sour cream, and shredded cheese. We dip into it with pretzels and tortilla chips. We also had a vegetable plate with cucumbers, green peppers, carrots, and tomatoes.


For dessert, I had leftovers from Easter. This is Heaven in a Bowl (really that’s it’s name) and it’s made with brownies, peanut butter cups, pudding, peanut butter, and whipped cream. So yummy!

What did you eat this week?

What I Ate Wednesday – April 5, 2017

This is not a drill – an actual blog post, not just a YouTube video! Yay finally! Hopefully I’ll get back into the swing of posting regularly. This is what I ate on a regular week day. Enjoy!


For breakfast, I don’t usually eat much and I am usually much more concerned with my coffee. I had a hard-boiled egg that I had made the night before and some cottage cheese. Oh, and of course, coffee! A nice, light breakfast that’s quick and easy.


Lunch was leftovers from the previous weekend. My boyfriend and I went to a hibachi restaurant with his dad and I had hibachi salmon with fried rice and veggies. It was just as good leftover after a day!


When I got home from work I was hungry, but it wasn’t really time for dinner. So, I had a tea (English Breakfast Tea from Wegmans) and popcorn. I have a popcorn bowl for the microwave so it’s super easy to make. I can add as much (or as little) butter and salt as I want.


For dinner I just made pasta with tomato sauce and Parmesan cheese. For a vegetable I had Brussels sprouts in a garlic sauce that came in a steamable bag from Wegmans. I’m not going to lie, I was not a fan of the sauce on the Brussels sprouts, but when I bought them I didn’t realize it already came with a sauce. Oh well, lesson learned.

I was full from dinner and went to bed early, so I didn’t have an evening snack. What have you eaten this week? See you soon!

What I Ate Wednesday – February 22, 2017


For my breakfast, I had organic oatmeal from Wegmans with brown sugar sprinkled on top. I also had a coffee with almond milk and sugar. A simple, easy, and healthy breakfast! I make my oatmeal from the instant packets and I just add boiling water.


Not my healthiest lunch, but I was really in the mood for mac and cheese. I get the spirals from Wegmans and I add the cheese packet, butter, and almond milk. I make everything with almond milk since it lasts longer than regular milk and I can’t tell the difference in taste. I add lots of pepper on top of my mac and cheese. For my drink, I had Honest Kids Lemonade. Yes, this is a children’s drink, and yes it’s delicious


For a little pre-dinner snack, I had celery sticks with cream cheese on them. I get the celery sticks that are pre-cut simply because I am lazy. I also had some earl grey tea.


I came up with dinner at the last minute and I think I did a pretty good job! I had some salmon frozen that I thawed and seasoned with olive oil, lemon juice, salt, and pepper. I made some brown rice and asparagus seasoned with olive oil, salt, and pepper. I made the asparagus in the oven and the salmon in the toaster oven.

Let me know what food you ate today – I am always looking for new things to try! I hope you enjoyed this What I Ate Wednesday!

What I Ate Wednesday – February 15, 2017


I started off my day with a very small breakfast of a chocolate chip granola bar. Fun fact – a student of mine gave this to me as a random present a few weeks ago, so cute! Our school has lunch at 10:40 am (brunch?) so I usually have a small breakfast or else I’m not hungry at our lunch time.


For my lunch I had a bit of lemon pepper rotisserie chicken that is sold at Wegmans and mashed potatoes that I made this weekend in the crock pot. They were so easy to make and they turned out really good. I think I’ll be having mashed potatoes more often now! Sorry my picture isn’t very glamorous, but I really do eat my lunch out of a tupperware container on most days.


I usually have a snack and coffee when I get home from work, but since yesterday was Valentine’s day and today was out hundredth day of school celebration, I was exhausted and came right home to take a nap.

Dinner was pasta with pesto sauce and Brussels sprouts baked in the oven with olive oil, salt, and pepper. This meal is a staple for me! Not too hard to make and delicious!

Again, I was feeling very tired at night so I decided to not have a snack and just plop right into bed. Not a very interesting day of eating but I hope you enjoyed it anyway!

What I Ate Wednesday – July 20, 2016


For breakfast I had a poppy seed bagel with low fat cream cheese spread on it. I’m very picky about my bagels and I am convinced they don’t make them right in Western NY! So, whenever my family visits, or I visit home, I pick up a dozen bagels from a little shop by my house and freeze them. That way, I can just take them out and toast them whenever I want! I also had coffee with milk and sugar and water, as well as a hard-boiled egg.


By lunch I was pretty hungry so I had a salad that I topped with mozzarella cheese. I like Greek vinaigrette dressing from Aldi. I also had pasta with pesto sauce and cashews. This might be my all-time favorite food! I had made mine the night before so I just heated up the leftovers for lunch.


By the afternoon I was feeling a little sleepy, so I made some coffee and put it in the fridge for a while to make iced coffee. During the summer I definitely prefer iced coffee in the afternoons. I mixed mine with milk and sugar again.


For dinner I had a sort of strange assortment of foods. I had been marinating chicken in spiedie sauce (my favorite chicken marinade) so I cooked that in the toaster oven. I also had macaroni salad left from a restaurant a few days ago. I didn’t feel like cooking a vegetable so I just washed a few baby carrots as a side.

I hope you enjoyed my What I Ate Wednesday! Let me know if I should continue doing these; I enjoy them!

Easy Baked Pasta Recipe

Easy Baked Pasta Recipe


This is a recipe that my boyfriend came up with. It’s pretty easy (way less work than lasagna) and so delicious! If you are anything like me, you are obsessed with any kind of pasta and cheese. This pasta is easy to make in large quantities and can easily be reheated in the microwave or oven. Here is the recipe!

You will need:

¼ cup Italian Parsley

¼ cup Basil

1 ½ cups Ricotta Cheese

2 cups Mozzarella Cheese

1 box Pasta

1 tsp. Olive Oil

1 Bottle Tomato Sauce


Boil water for pasta.


Chop up Italian parsley and basil

Mix sauce, ricotta cheese, salt, pepper, ¼ cup of mozzarella cheese, basil, and parsley

Heat on stove.

Coat bottom of glass pan with olive oil

Mix sauce and pasta in pan

Sprinkle the rest of the mozzarella cheese on top


Bake in the oven at 425 degrees for 10 minutes


Enjoy! Let me know how it goes!