Blackberry Bramble!

black berry bramble

Just when I thought Spring couldn’t get any better…I try my hand at a Blackberry Bramble and BAM. It got better.

I did not have high hopes for this drink because I made the mistake of taking my first sip of gin straight from the bottle. I don’t recommend. Thankfully, my bramble made a victorious comeback.

blackberry bramble ingredients

Take a look!:

(video here)

You can find the full recipe at Crepes of Wrath!


Writer’s Workshop: 7 Days Of Dinner

7 days of dinner

3. What’s for dinner?

About once a week or so I try to incorporate a recipe into my lineup that we’ve never tried before. I used to be a lot better about this, but now I go through these weird cycles that look something like this:

Week One: Inspired! I will cook all the healthy things and they will be delicious!
Week Two: Breakfast for dinner! I’m still motivated to cook, but tired of chopping vegetables.
Week Three: Leftovers Anyone?
Week Four: Ugh…McDonalds please.

And repeat.

But in my moments of creativity and inspiration I have discovered some wonderful new recipes that have become so of my favorite “go to meals”. Tried and true. And now they can become yours:

1. Kielbasa, Pepper, Onion and Potato Hash via The Two Bite Club
I love this one because there isn’t any complicated sauce to make. It’s veggies and meat, olive oil, salt and pepper. And so good!


2. Ginger Beef, Mushroom & Kale Stir-Fry via Gimme Some Oven
I’m not great at making the perfect steak, but I can definitely chop one up and cook it with kale and mushrooms. This is delish!

ginger beef

3. Slow Cooker Thai Chicken Soup via FoodieCrush

Slow Cooker recipes are my spirit animal…when I can actually manage to remember I wanted to MAKE on in the morning. This one is definitely a staple all year long. Likey.

thai chicken soup

4. Loaded Baked Sweet Potato via
I don’t even like potatoes. But these? I always make sure to save leftovers for lunch too. SO good!

loaded sweet potato

5. Salmon Burgers With Barbeque Hoisin Sauce via The Curvy Carrot
I love a salmon burger. Add hoisin sauce and some sort of cabbageness on top? Sold.

salmon burger

6. Sweet Potato, Sausage and Brussels Sprout Casserole via The Nilsen Pantry
All of the healthy aspects of a good meal PLUS a cheesy sauce mixed in. Another fave.


7. Southern Ham, Cheese, and Hashbrown Bake via Southern Fairytale
Not only is this feast a wonderful dinner option, but I actually bring it to family potlucks. It is highly requested and always wiped clean!

hashbrown bake

And there you go! Maybe I just inspired you to lengthen an extra week of inspired cooking with one of these 7 days of dinner. Or not. There’s always McDonalds.

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The Prompts:

1. Throwback Thursday: Choose a photo from a previous April and write a poem or a blog post.
2. Easter recap!
3. What’s for dinner?
4. Write a blog post inspired by the word: break.
5. Tell us about a local news story that’s all the buzz right now in your neck of the woods.
6. List your top 10 most listened to songs currently.

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Writer’s Workshop: Cut Throat

mess things up

1. Something you learned in March.

I learned a lot in March.

I learned that if you want to hide leprechaun traps and pretend leprechauns sneak into them on St. Patrick’s Day and leave gold coins behind, you probably should not set the leprechaun traps up in your child’s bedroom where they can wake up and see it’s not a leprechaun leaving gold coins, but indeed it’s their own mother on her hands and knees…sneaking coins into the trap.

I learned I should properly research a book’s reviews before reading it. Even though I might still read it anyway.

A photo posted by Kat Bouska (@mamakatslosinit) on

I learned that when kids play the game Sorry and one kid knocks another kid off the board when they’re close to home…it means war. Cut throat. I learned that on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills you can call each other every name in the book, but when someone calls you a ‘beast’ you should always react with a gasp and respond with an appalled, “how dare you!”

she said

I also learned that my singing talents are extremely under appreciated. singing in the shower

It was a good month.

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The Prompts:

1. Something you learned in March.
2. Write a blog post inspired by the word: born.
3. In what ways are you turning into your mother?
4. Today I will…
5. Create a Spring bucket list.
6. Spring Break! Ask your child to name 10 things (or less) they’d like to do for Spring Break. Share the list with us and tell us…will their dreams come true?

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Writer’s Workshop: Instagram Favorites Part 2

instagram favorites

1. List 6 favorite Instagram accounts you love to follow.

I’m excited to follow up with a part two of my Instagram favorites to follow. I’ve been meaning to share them since I posted part one and it looks like I needed to add it as an actual writing prompt to make it happen. Instead of six, I actually have a list of eight Instagram accounts that make me happy. My typical requirements for infatuation with certain accounts is that many of their photos contain any one of the following items: food I want to eat, animals I want to touch, places I want to go, places I have been, friends I enjoy and/or babies. Without further ado…here is part 2 of my faves:

1. @thelazyw
“Hobby farming, book reading, coffee drinking, miles running girl in Oklahoma. Soaking up the particular beauty of every day. Blogging on the side.” Marie falls into the animals I want to touch category, but more than that she lives on a farm in Oklahoma and she’s also an amazing writer. She’s one of those bloggers who is quietly flying under the radar and definitely deserves a wider audience.

instagram thelazyw

2. @Napwarden
“Chicago runner, web designer, graphics guru, Adobe lover, Coca Cola over coffee!” Cyn falls into my pretty places category. She’s the one who designed my current site and she’s wonderful. She takes photos of her runs through Chicago and by following along I feel like I’m jogging and touring a city I’ll never visit from the comfort of my living room couch. My only disappointment with Cyn is that I happen to know her mother own tiny horses and I wish Cyn would go visit her mother more often so that those tiny horses could earn my well deserved “like”.

instagram napwarden

3. @lifeasallison
“Wife, mom and step mom, marketing professional, and SF blogger.” I actually discovered Allison’s photos on Instagram by following the Stitch Fix hashtag (back before the experience that ended my Stitch Fix affair). I love her photos because most of them are daily outfits with her adorable kids and they’re original and cute.

instagram lifeasallison

4. @_lifeaseric I’d also like to add that Alli’s husband Eric was diagnosed with Young Onset Parkinson’s Disease going on seven years ago and as part of spreading awareness about Parkinson’s for the month of April, he is sharing some of the different challenges his family faces with this disease on his own Instagram account. #30dayswithparkinsons

instagram lifeaseric

5. @theohanamama
“Living the dream from my little beach house in the middle of the Pacific ocean. Aloha! Maui, HI”. Sarah shares photos of places I’ve been that I want to go back to. She’s living in Maui with her family and it’s great to see the islands through her lens. I want to go back! Pat and I actually had a funny argument recently where I teased him for not having any friends other than me (not entirely true). He was all, “Well if we lived in Hawaii I’d just like to see how many friends you think you’d have!” And I was all, “I have plenty!” And he was all, “name one.” And I was all, “….Ohana Mama!” See that! Maybe Pat needs to start a blog and make friends that way! ;)

instagram ohanamama

6. @thewillwatkins
Will is a talented high school friend of mine. He falls into the category of places I want to go see. This guy is traveling the world and capturing the most colorful moments and humans and along the way. I sometimes want to jump right through his photos.

instagram will

7. @sitsgirls
A combination of positive thinking, home decor and pretty crafts…the Sitsgirls share photos that remind me doggone it I’m good enough while encouraging me to eat chocolate and craft. What’s not to love?

instagram sits girls

8. @WingAndAPrayerFarm
Again, I’m a sucker for the animals and I secretly want to live on a farm. Tammy shares so many adorable farm animals…I’d like to move right in and nuzzle her newest baby Alpaca Orion!

instagram wing and a prayer

That’s it for round two! What Instagram accounts do you love to follow?

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The Prompts:

1. List 6 favorite Instagram accounts you love to follow.
2. Write a blog post inspired by the word: golden.
3. Update your readers on your 2015 goals. How are things going? Are you staying on track or facing some challenges?
4. Write a blog post that ends with the line: No one ever asked me.
5. A memorable day at work.

30 April Vlogging Prompts

april writing prompts2

Vlogging prompts are a great way to develop video content ideas for your YouTube channel! Use them to inspire consistency and fuel that creative mind! Below is a list of 30 April vlogging prompts, peek back in next month for a fresh May list!

30 April Vlogging Prompts

1. April 1st is April Fool’s Day. Capture a fun joke and share it!
2. Compile short clips, Vines, and Instagram videos and make a video that highlights your favorite March moments.
3. Share the books you read in February…which were must reads and which should we pass on?
4. Attempt an Easter inspired nail art tutorial.
5. March favorites haul! Share some of your favorite March finds.Create an Easter inspired craft.
6. Complete the Happy Easter YouTube Tag (questions here)

7. Taste test! Pick something up at the grocery store that you have never tried before and film yourself tasting it for the first time.
8. April 8th is National Zoo Lovers Day. Take us to your zoo!
9. Easter haul and/or recap.
10. Film yourself doing something (anything) with one of your kids.
11. Show us what you love most about your neighborhood.
12. Complete the I Heart Spring YouTube Tag (questions here)

13. Share your favorite fashion trend this Spring.
14. Things kids do that drive you crazy.
15. April 15th is National Glazed Spiral Ham Day. Make it!
16. Share a recipe that somehow incorporates peeps.
17. Show us a hidden talent!
18. Raising My Child YouTube Tag (questions here)

19. Show us something you got at the thrift shop!
20. What are your kids really into right now?
21. Look at the last handful of comments you’ve received on your videos and create a video response to them.
22. April 22nd is National Earth Day…do something earthy. I don’t know…make a compost pile or something.
23. Current events and celeb news…talk about something that’s on your mind.
24. The Pizza Challenge!(examples here)

25. Tell us who you would invite to your celebrity dinner.
26. Why did you start vlogging? What has been the biggest challenge/reward for you in video?
27. Show us how do something.
28. Make a video about anything…from a table in your kitchen.
29. April 29th is National Shrimp Scampi Day…you know what to do.
30. Share what you did over Spring Break.

Have a great month and happy vlogging!

Click here for a collection of more fun YouTube Tags!

Easter Choc-Tail Cocktail

easter cocktail

I saw this pin on Pinterest and just knew I had to make it my drink for the weekend. I was surprised to find it actually worked, and even more surprised to find that it was actually tasty. I need to stock up on hollow chocolate Easter bunnies so this can be a drink option all year long. Come Christmas time I’ll be glad I kept them around!:

(video here)

Full recipe at Drop Dead Gorgeous Daily!

Have a great weekend!

Writer’s Workshop: Jesus Is Punking Me


1. A time you were tricked.

If Jesus is punking me, He does it in the form of sending vacuum salespeople to my door repeatedly. I’ve mentioned before how these people drive me crazy. I was tricked into letting them in once and my husband let them in a second time and they do. not. leave.

Now when they come to the door I’m like “Nope, SCRAM!”

On SuperBowl Sunday a gal came to the house in SeaHawks gear and was all, “Hey I’m a Hawk fan too and can’t wait to get home to watch the game today. Here’s a free SeaHawks key chain because Go Hawks! Can I come in and clean your carpet?”

And I was all, “Mmmm…thanks but no.”

And she was all, “You mean yes right?”

And I was all, “I actually despise Kirby because in the past we have let people in and they just don’t take no for an answer. It’s really hard to get them to leave at that point.”

And she was all, “But I can come in right?”

And I was all, “See what you’re doing right there? You’ve been trained well, but please go away.”


One week later there was a knock at the door. Instead of answering it like an adult, I ducked down in front of it to wait for the stranger to leave. My dogs were barking like crazy and the stranger KEPT knocking. I was sure it was the vacuum people again so I stayed in the squatting position as beads of sweat formed upon my brow.

My heart was racing only to find out later the people knocking on my door were neighbor kids who had gotten locked out of their house and needed a place to stay.

Do you SEE what the vacuum people have done to me?

I apologized to them and explained that I had waited for them to leave because I thought they were with Kirby and they were all, “We stood at your door for a really long time…like 15 minutes. Were you crouched inside that whole time.”

They got a good laugh out of that but then informed me that the same SeaHawk vacuum lady had been to their house and the neighborhood watch reported her. She wasn’t even WITH Kirby. She was part of a robber ring that scopes out houses and comes back to steal things. Allegedly.

I feel super safe.

I wish I could end my story there, but ANOTHER vacuum guy came over this past weekend and he was all, “boy it’s raining like crazy. I would love to come in out of this rain and clean a room for you!”

And I was all, “Mmmm…thanks but no.”

And he was all, “If I clean 10 rooms I win a trip to Kauai!”

And I was all, “Yeah I don’t care.”

And he was all, “We’re friendly and just want to do a nice deed for you!”

And I was all, “Did you know there are people posing as vacuum salespeople, but are actually scoping out the houses to steal things? Our entire neighborhood is on alert.”

And he was all, “What!?! Well that sure makes my honest job hard to do! Hahaha!”

And I was all, “Yeah, so you might want to go to a different neighborhood since we’re ALL onto you.”

And he was all, “That’s really messed up…but can I clean one room?”

Damn tricky salespeople. They got me once…they’re not getting me again!

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The Prompts:

1. A time you were tricked.
2. I wish I could…
3. Write a blog post inspired by the word: Fired.
4. What was the occasion? Write about the last time you stayed in a hotel.
5. March 20th is the first day of Spring! What are you looking forward to?

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