Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Recipe Makeover: Pioneer Woman's Sour Cream Noodle Bake

I really enjoy Ree Drummond otherwise know as Food Network's Pioneer Woman.  I started reading her blog quite a few years ago but honestly, I almost never make any of her recipes.  Her food looks wonderful but unless you are a cattle rancher that burns about a bazillion calories a day, you probably can't eat her food without gaining a ton of weight.  On one of her recent shows, she had a recipe for what she called Sour Cream Noodle Bake which was a dreamy concoction of ground beef, tomato sauce, sour cream, cheddar cheese and cottage cheese with egg noodles baked in a casserole.  It sounded right up my alley but I knew I needed to lighten it up.

I started by substituting lean ground turkey for the ground chuck.  I also used plain nonfat Greek yogurt instead of sour cream and reduced fat cheddar cheese in place of full fat.  I added some freshness by including a few tablespoons of minced fresh flat leaf parsley.  The original recipe called for green onions but I was out so I subbed in dried onions and they worked much better than fresh onions would have. Instead of egg noodles, I used whole wheat penne pasta for extra fiber.  The results were very impressive.  The dish was still creamy and rich with a good meaty flavor and a comforting feel.

Here is a link to the original Pioneer Woman recipe--->Sour Cream Noodle Bake and if you would like to try my lightened up version, you will find the recipe below.  Enjoy!
Lightened Up Sour Cream Noodle Bake
serves 8

1 1/2 pounds of lean ground turkey
8 ounces of whole wheat penne pasta
1 can tomato sauce
1/2 cup nonfat Greek yogurt
1 1/4 cup low fat small curd cottage cheese
2 tablespoons minced flat leaf parsley
2 tablespoons minced dried onions
1 cup 2% milk fat grated sharp cheddar cheese
salt and fresh ground pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Cook pasta in salted boiling water until al dente.  In a large skillet on medium heat brown ground turkey until no longer pink.  Drain excess fat and return to the pan.  Add in the can of tomato sauce and season with salt and ground pepper.  Simmer on low.  Combine the yogurt, cottage cheese, parsley and dried onions in a large bowl.  Stir to combine and season with salt and ground pepper.  Drain pasta and add pasta to the yogurt and cottage cheese mixture.  Stir to coat all of the noodles.  Remove meat sauce from the heat.  To assemble, pour half of the noodle mixture into a casserole dish.  Spoon half the sauce on top of the noodles and top with half of the shredded cheese.  Repeat another layer with the rest of the noodles, meat sauce and cheese.  Bake for 25 minutes or until cheese is melted.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Let's Cook: Blueberry Banana Protein Pancakes

Now these are delicious!  After I posted my Blueberry Protein Smoothie recipe I was surprised at the number of fellow chemo patients that told me they are concerned about getting enough protein.  Here is another protein packed breakfast recipe to get you started on your day.  These pancakes are light and fluffy and have no white flour, sugar or fat in them.  The basic pancake recipe can be altered with any fruit you desire or are just as delicious plain.  I dressed mine with warm blueberries and sugar free blueberry syrup. The entire recipe is one serving of four generously sized pancakes.  Enjoy!

Blueberry Banana Protein Pancakes
1 serving

1/2 cup old fashioned oats (not instant oatmeal)
1/2 small ripe banana
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 tablespoons of vanilla protein powder (I use Aria)
1 packet stevia or sugar substitute of choice
1/4 cup nonfat Greek yogurt
1/2 cup Egg Beaters
splash of vanilla extract
1 handful of frozen blueberries

Heat a nonstick pan sprayed with cooking spray over medium heat.  Place oatmeal in a food processor (I use my Ninja blender) and pulse until oatmeal has turned into flour.  Place all other ingredients except for blueberries into food processor and pulse to blend until smooth.  Remove blade from processor and fold frozen blueberries into the mixture.  Drop by spoonfuls onto prepared hot pan.  These pancakes do not bubble like traditional pancakes so check for desired color after 1 minute and then flip to cook other side. Serve with syrup of choice or additional fruit.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Chemo Cravings: Blueberry Protein Smoothie

After I have a chemo infusion, I can expect some stomach upset and usually some heartburn.  During these times, I need foods that are easy on my system yet still nutritious.  Oh, did I mention the mouth soreness?  My gums do get sore and I sometimes feel like I have lumps in my throat.  Nice, huh?  This soreness usually only lasts a couple of days and I use the "Magic Mouthwash" given by my doctor a few times a day.  Even so...hot, crunchy and bumpy foods do not always go down well.

A protein smoothie is a good alternative for breakfast or as a mid-day snack when chemo side effects make it hard to eat your normal meals.  I normally love "green" smoothies were the green comes from a good wad of fresh spinach but honestly, the thought of raw spinach makes my toes curl when on chemo.  My favorite smoothie has a scoop of protein powder, almond milk, nonfat Greek yogurt and fresh fruit.  I use plain Greek yogurt because the fruit varieties have a TON of sugar in them.  I usually stick to fruits like blueberries or strawberries and stay away from more acidic ones like pineapple.

Now, let me tell you about this awesome new Ninja blender I just purchased.  I will be honest,  I do not have a lot of fancy kitchen gadgets.  You won't find a Kitchen Aid mixer or a Cuisinart food processor in my kitchen arsenal.  Would I like to have them?  Sure I would but I have found I can still cook and get great results without them.  I was so excited when I found this really affordable Ninja blender as a Today's Special Value on QVC.  It works beautifully and doubles as a powerful blender and food processor.  I can do everything from smoothies to pesto in this red beauty!  Click here---> Ninja Storm if you are interested in getting one.
Blueberry Protein Smoothie
(makes 1 serving)

1/3 cup plain unsweetened almond milk
1/3 cup plain nonfat Greek Yogurt
1 scoop vanilla protein powder
1 cup frozen blueberries

Place all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth.  Add ice cubes and blend until desired constancy.  If a thinner milkshake is desired, add more almond milk.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Comfort Food Friday: Lower Fat Mac & Cheese

 I am not going to lie. I make some mean mac and cheese. I start with the classic bechamel sauce that includes real butter, whole milk and a dash of freshly grated nutmeg then I add the cheese.  Lots and lots of wonderful, full fat cheese that turns plain white sauce into mac and cheese heaven.  Unfortunately, this lovely dish is not exactly a healthy food.  I do indulge and make this recipe for my family a couple of times a year and it gets devoured almost instantly.  My goal with this recipe was to find an alternative that was cheesy and delicious enough for the pickiest mac and cheese lover in my household, my 15 year old son.  It looks like I have succeeded...yeah!  

Low Fat Mac & Cheese
4 to 6 servings

2 1/2 cups small elbow macaroni (I regular, whole wheat or a combination of both)
2 cups shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese
1/2 cup plain unsweetened almond milk
2 egg whites lightly beaten
1/2 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
1/2 teaspoon ground mustard powder
1/4 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/3 cup grated reduced fat Parmesan cheese
salt and pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and prepare a casserole dish by spraying it with cooking spray.  Add noodles to rapidly boiling salted water and cook until just al dente to prevent mushy mac & cheese. Drain the noodles and return to the pan.  Add the shredded cheese and stir to combine. In a large bowl, whisk egg whites until frothy.  To the egg whites add the almond milk, yogurt, mustard powder, Dijon mustard and cayenne pepper.  Stir to combine and season with salt and fresh ground pepper.
Pour  mixture into the prepared casserole dish and top with the Parmesan cheese.  Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until brown and bubbly.  Let cool slightly before serving.  Enjoy!

Friday Ramblings:
This blog post was made from the chemo chair. Yes, it is Chemo Friday
Looking forward to next week off of chemo. 
Celebrating my wedding anniversary next week with a trip to Newport Beach and whale watching!
Rigby the Yorkie is getting "fixed" next week. There will be a blog post!

Have a fabulous weekend, everyone! 

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Something New: Ipsy Glam Bag

Have you ever wondered about those monthly subscription beauty boxes that are all the rage right now? I know I did. For the price of less than two lattes a month, you can have a goodie box sent right to your door filled with skincare, hair care and makeup products. I just started my own subscription to the Ipsy Glam Bag. Why Glam Bag? There are a couple of reasons why I decided on this service. First, no "packet" samples. I really do not care for those rip open packet samples that you can usually get for free at stores like Ulta and Sephora. Packets usually contain only one use of a product and that just isn't enough try out time for me to know if I like something. Ipsy sends generous sized samples and some full sized products as well. Second, Ipsy notifies their subscribers by email that their bags have shipped and they provide a tracking number so you always know where your package is during the shipping process. How great is that? And last but not least, Ipsy has a great online presence with an interactive website full of other makeup crazy Ipsy subscribers...fun stuff! When on chemo treatments, a fun surprise every month is sometimes the best medicine.

Can we talk about the shipping package?  How glam is this?  A foiled hot pink bubble wrap shipping envelope contains all of your monthly goodies.  This month's bag was called Beach Beauty and contained five different products.  Let's get a closer look at the goods, shall we? 
Benefit is a name most of us makeup mavens know and the Benetint has a cult following. This beautiful rose tint can be used to add a glow to the cheeks or to amp up your pout when applied to the lips. A little goes a long way so this .08 fl. oz. size is a very generous sample. Love!
Coola is a brand that is getting quite a bit of buzz these days with their line of organic sun care products. This is the Coola Mineral Sunscreen in Rose Essence. This lightweight tinted lotion has an SPF of 20 and a pleasant light rose fragrance. Best of all, the list of ingredients is short and there is nothing that you can't pronounce. This is a .23 fl oz size tube. Love!
Who doesn't love full sized products? This is the Pouty Pop Crayon in Fuchsia Flirt from Pop Beauty. I love the new chubby stick lip products and this one has a creamy formula with a real pop of color. The formula is smooth and there is a nice minty scent. The product is a twist up which I really love in lip stains.
Now this is a sample! Three eye shadows from the California Collection by BH Cosmetics. The cardboard packaging is adorable and reminds me of Benefit style packaging. These are three nicely sized shadow samples that are very silky and not chalky. I swatched them on my hand and they didn't seem super pigmented but I will try them with shadow base and see how they perform. The San Francisco and Malibu shades are right up my alley but the purple toned Hollywood shade I will probably use to line my lower lash line. All in all, a really nice product.
Last item in this month's bag was a really generous sized sample from Healthy, Sexy, Hair. This is 1.7 fl oz of Soy Renewal Beach Spray with argan oil. The description says it is a beach look conditioning and texturizing spray. The product has a pleasing light fragrance and was packaged in its own separate baggy in case it leaked...way to go Ipsy. Unfortunately, this is my least favorite product in the bag but only because I don't have hair right now. I do plan on saving all the hair care samples I get in a basket under my sink for when my hair grows back. It will be fun to have an arsenal of new products just waiting for to try. 

In addition to the beauty products, Ipsy packages everything in a signature makeup bag each month. This month's bag was a clear plastic cylinder shaped bag in a super bright pink color. This bag will be the perfect size to hold smaller items like lip products, mascaras or makeup brushes. I love makeup bags.

I can say that I am perfectly satisfied with this month's Glam Bag and I cannot wait for next month's bag to arrive. Would you like to start your own Glam Bag monthly subscription? When you visit the Ipsy website to sign up, you will be asked to complete a beauty profile that will help Ipsy fill your bags with products that have your taste and style in mind. You can change your beauty profile at any time. Click here--->IPSY GLAM BAG to get started! 

Friday, July 12, 2013

Let's Cook: Lowfat Turkey Meatballs

Who doesn't love a good meatball?  Nicely browned on the outside but tender and flavorful on the inside.  Meatballs are so versatile.  Add them to your marinara sauce for traditional spaghetti and meatballs or sandwiched inside a hoagie roll for a tasty meatball sub.  You can also throw them in the slow cooker along with your favorite barbecue sauce for a tasty appetizer and Swedish meatballs over noodles makes a comforting supper.  
These meatballs are a low fat version made with lean ground turkey and flavored with fresh herbs that adapt to any dish and are delicious eaten on their own.  Make a double batch and freeze cooked meatballs on a cookie sheet before packing them up in zip top freezer bags for long term storage. 

Turkey Meatballs

2lbs lean ground turkey
1 medium onion minced
4 cloves of garlic minced
2 celery stalks minced
1/2 cup flat leaf parsley minced
1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
1/2 cup egg substitute (Egg Beaters)
1/2 cup plain breadcrumbs
salt and pepper to taste
dash of cayenne pepper (optional)
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Prep cookie sheets by spraying with nonstick cook spray.  On medium heat, spray a saute pan with olive oil cooking spray and saute the onions and garlic until the onions are translucent. Add in the celery, parsley and thyme and continue cooking until soft.  Season with salt and pepper.  Remove from heat and allow to cool for a few minutes.
  In a large bowl add the ground turkey, egg substitute, bread crumbs and the cooled vegetable mixture.  Season with salt and pepper and the cayenne pepper if a little heat is desired.  Mix all ingredients with your hands, tossing instead of squeezing which keeps the meat from toughening up.  Take golf ball sized portions of the mixture and roll into meatballs.  Place formed meatballs on a cookie sheet and continue until the mixture is finished.  Bake meatballs for about 30 minutes or until they are browned.  Serve warm or allow to cool before freezing.  

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Beauty Favorites

Beauty products are some of my favorite things.  They make me happy and feel pretty.  How about I share some of the things that I am loving right now?

Summertime means dry skin for many of us.  Add in chemo treatments and it can mean REALLY dry skin.  I use a three step approach to dealing with dry and uncomfortable skin.  Exfoliate, cleanse and moisturize are the key steps for keeping your skin silky and smooth.
For your morning shower, the Energy Lemon Zest Smoothing Body Scrub from the Bath & Body Works Aromatherapy line is the perfect citrus blast to get you going and exfoliate your skin.  The formulation is the perfect consistency.  I don't care for scrubs that have an oily base or scrubbing beads that are too big.  The scent is fresh and citrusy without being overpowering.  
After your get your exfoliate on, the next step in your smooth skin routine is cleansing.  My preferred method of cleansing is always a body wash.  I want my body wash to get me clean and moisturize my skin.  I am loving this Olay Essential Oils Ribbons body wash with sunflower oil in the Refreshing Nectarine scent.  This formula is so creamy and moisturizing with a fresh fruity scent of nectarines.  You need just a small amount on a shower pouf to envelope yourself in creamy bubbles.  This product leaves your skin so soft that if you are in a rush, you can actually skip body lotion.  
I am now going to admit that I am lazy when it comes to body lotion after a shower.  Sometimes during chemo treatments, I am lucky to have enough energy to make it INTO the shower, let alone dry off, apply body lotion and wait for it to dry before I can get dressed.  This is why I LOVE the Total Moisture Cocoa Radiant Body Gel Oil from Vaseline.  After your shower and while your skin is still wet, apply this gel oil all over and then gently blot dry with a towel.  Not too greasy or oily, this formula gives perfect moisture to the skin with a light scent and you don't have to leave the shower to moisturize.  Perfect!

These are my steps for keeping my skin in tip top shape during the summer and chemo treatments.  Next I am going to share with you some of my other current makeup and nail favorites.
We all know that sun protection is a daily must.  Whether you wear makeup or not, a good  facial moisturizer with SPF should be a daily staple.  My skin tends to be on the oily side and rather sensitive.  I cannot use heavy creams so I need a good, lightweight moisturizer that works under makeup.  My favorite for the past couple of months has been the Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer with SPF 30.  The formula is lightweight, non greasy and unscented.  The Positively Radiant line is supposed to fade dark spots with continued use.  I have some issues with hyper-pigmentation from medicines that I have taken so I am hoping this will help.  I will keep you posted.
In the summer most of us want to lighten our load when it comes to our makeup routine.  I tend to not wear foundation during the sweltering Southern California summer months.  My usual go to routine for hot weather is concealer around my eyes (chemo circles always need coverage...LOL) and a dusting of powder in place of a foundation or BB cream.  I am really enjoying the True Match powder from L'Oreal.  It offers decent coverage and controls any oil break through without being cakey.  
Keeping with the theme of lightening the load during summer, I tend to not wear lipstick either.  Instead I go for the lighter look of a gloss.  One of my favorites right now is the Mega Shine Lip Gloss from NYX.  These have such a comfortable formula with no stickiness and a pleasant candy like scent.  The color shown above is Beige.  I have no idea why they named it Beige because it is really a very pretty pink color that looks great on its own or over any lipstick to add shine and gloss. 
My current nail polish favorite is this beautiful Tiffany blue color called I Need a Refresh Mint from the Megalast line by Wet n Wild.  These polishes were a real surprise to me.  They have beautiful color, great coverage in two coats and are long wearing for such a low price point.  My second favorite is the Complete Salon Manicure in Snow Globe from Sally Hansen.  Snow Globe is a sparkling multi colored glitter with very tiny pieces and some larger round pieces.  I love this glitter for accent nails.

My final favorite is the Fresh Picked Hand Cream in First Bloom from Bath & Body Works.  I love a good hand cream and this formula is perfect.  It has the smell of fresh flowers without being overly sweet and leaves your hands feeling soft and pretty.  Rub some into your cuticles to keep them looking healthy and to promote nail growth.  The 2 ounce size makes it portable for carrying in your handbag or keeping next to your bedside table.

I hope you have enjoyed learning about my current beauty favorites and maybe you will decide to try a few of these products yourself this summer.  Thank you for reading and stay beautiful!!  

Monday, July 8, 2013


I have cancer and I have been fighting it for five years now.  Cancer has taken its toll.  I have scars on my body from two leg surgeries and four lung surgeries.  I have lost my hair three times.  Currently I am bald and have no eyebrows.  I have no bottom eyelashes but some of my top ones are still hanging on.  I have dark circles around my eyes.  I often don't recognize the big eyed person with no eyebrows and the Mr. Clean head that stares back at me in the mirror.  But guess what?  I still feel beautiful.

Without my head full of dark brunette curls, people notice my brown eyes and my smile more.  I felt beautiful when my husband offered to shave my head clean when those last few locks of hair left made me look more like a character in The Lord of the Rings than I was comfortable with.  He put his hand on my freshly shaved bald head and told me I had a "pretty coconut".  What girl wouldn't feel beautiful after hearing that? 
Having no hair is actually a rather freeing experience.  My hair has always been a pill.  Naturally curly and long, I fussed with it way more than was necessary.  I cannot even imagine the hours of my life I wasted worrying about it and taking care of it.  Now, I plop a cap on my head and call it a day.  No more panic if I get caught in the rain or knowing a trip to the beach will turn me into a complete frizz head.  I like that.   Don't get me wrong, I do miss my hair but for this season in my life, I am doing okay without it.

I love makeup and making myself up but I am of that "certain age" where I feel completely comfortable going without it.  I may get a few stares if I go out completely bare faced since having no eyebrows is usually off putting for most people, but I don't feel self-conscious or ugly.

The flip side to this is that with the proper makeup, I can look pretty normal and fool people into thinking I am not sick at all.  I love how I can create the perfect eyebrows with a couple strokes of an eyebrow pencil and make the few lashes I have left look longer and lusher with some mascara.  Those horrible dark circles can be covered with the right concealer and a pink blush brings that rosy glow back to my cheeks.  Makeup is good.  Makeup makes me feel beautiful.  

Just because you are going through chemo doesn't mean your beauty is gone.  Your beauty is just different than it was before.  Embrace it.

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Garden Fresh Pasta

Eating during chemo treatments can be tricky business.  You just never know what you will like eating or what your system will tolerate.  I try my hardest to eat fresh food and healthy food but some days I crave nothing but my husband's homemade chicken broth or mashed potatoes or chocolate chips cookies.  Oops.

When I am feeling good, I always try to cook and get back on track with my eating.  I love pasta but I cannot always tolerate a tomato based marinara sauce.  Fresh tomatoes go down just fine but tomato sauce can cause an evening nursing a bottle of Tums.  

Instead of a jarred or canned sauce, this simple and fresh pasta dish uses cherry tomatoes sauteed along with fresh garlic and other herbs from my small patio garden.  A little turkey pepperoni adds flavor without the fat of regular pepperoni and fat free feta cheese rounds out the dish with its creamy bite.  Enjoy!

Garden Fresh Pasta (serves 4)

3 cups Barilla Rotini pasta (sometimes I use the whole wheat or a combo of regular and wheat)
1 cup reserved pasta water
1 container cherry or grape tomatoes
1/2 cup fresh basil leaves
1/4 cup fresh Italian parsley
2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves
2 tablespoons fresh oregano leaves
4 cloves garlic 
1 container of fat free feta cheese (I use Trader Joe's)
20 slices of Hormel turkey pepperoni
salt and pepper to taste
red pepper flakes (optional)
Cook pasta according to package directions until al dente.  Don't forget to salt the water and reserve 1 cup of the cooked pasta water before draining.  While pasta is cooking, chop tomatoes and mince the garlic.  Heat a large skillet on medium heat and spray with olive oil from a Misto or use olive oil cooking spray.  Cook tomatoes until they soften and "burst". Add minced garlic to tomatoes and stir to make sure the garlic doesn't burn. Roughly chop pepperoni and add to tomatoes and garlic and heat through.  Mince all herbs finely and add to the pan.  Season with salt and fresh ground pepper.  Cook until herbs start to wilt.  Add the cooked pasta into the pan along with the cup of reserved cooking water.  Toss thoroughly to coat the pasta. Add the feta cheese and a sprinkle of red pepper flakes if you like a bit of heat.  Place in serving bowls and garnish with a bit of chopped basil. 

July is Sarcoma Awareness Month

The month of July is Sarcoma Awareness Month. Sarcomas are types of rare cancers that strike children as well as adults. Cancerous (malignant) tumors of the connective tissues are called “sarcomas”. The term sarcoma comes from a Greek word meaning fleshy growth. Sarcoma arises in the connective tissue of the body. Normal connective tissues include fat, blood vessels, nerves, bones, muscles, deep skin tissues, and cartilage. Sarcomas are divided into two main groups, bone sarcomas and soft tissue sarcomas.

I have a soft tissue sarcoma known as liposarcoma. Liposarcomas are sarcomas that develop in the fatty tissue. My initial tumor was a large lump that I discovered on the back of my upper thigh in May 2008. Soft tissue sarcoma is a rare form of cancer. It comprises approximately one percent of all cancers diagnosed. According to the National Cancer Institute, there are approximately 11,280 new cases of soft tissue sarcoma in the United States each year and approximately 3,900 people die of the disease each year. Slightly more men than women develop soft tissue sarcoma and the race distribution mirrors that of the U.S. population. Due to its rarity, it is crucial for patients to seek a cancer specialist in the treatment of their disease.

For more information about sarcoma, please visit the The Sarcoma Alliance.

Breakfast with Blueberry Protein Waffles

Have you noticed that protein powder is being used for more than smoothies these days? Flavored protein powders are now being used in baked goods and breakfast goodies like waffles and pancakes. I love a good waffle but the carbs are no good for me first thing in the morning. I prefer a breakfast that pacts a protein punch and these fit the bill. The texture is nice even though it is a bit spongier than a typical waffle.

I use Aria soy based protein powder in vanilla. Feel free to use the type of powder than you prefer whether it be whey, soy or other vegan variety. I topped mine with a sugar-free blueberry syrup since I have been in a crazy blueberry mood lately. Experiment with other fruit if you wish. I am sure strawberries or raspberries would be delicious. Enjoy!

Blueberry Protein Waffles (makes 1 Belgian style waffle)

2 egg whites
2 heaping scoops of vanilla protein powder
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 packet Stevia or sweetener of choice
Frozen blueberries
Splash of vanilla extract

Heat waffle maker and generously spray with baking spray. These will stick if you don't use a good coat. While waffle maker heats, beat egg whites with a whisk until they are frothy. Add the protein powder, baking powder, vanilla and sweetener. Whisk until a thick batter forms. Stir in your desired amount of frozen berries. Pour batter into the middle of the waffle iron and close lid. Cook 2 to 3 minutes are until they are brown enough to your liking. Serve with syrup. These are best served hot.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013


Thank you so much for finding my blog which will be casually known as the HSLC. My name is Beth and I am a wife and mother living with stage 4 liposarcoma cancer in Southern California. Cancer consumes a large portion of my life but there is so much more to me and I never let cancer define who I am. I enjoy cooking, crafting, and home decor. I also have an addiction to makeup and all things beauty related. This blog will be my outlet for these passions and a way for me to share them with others. I will keep my readers abreast of my cancer treatment while sharing recipes, crafts and the latest beauty goodies I have been loving. Sprinkle into the mix some cute pictures of my Yorkie, Rigby and a dose of Southern charm from my North Carolina native husband and this blog will be a fun and entertaining read.

Let's get started!

xoxo Beth