Recipe Reshare | Key Lime Pie Shooter

Monday, July 22, 2019

Key Lime Pie Shooter

Yes, I know the above picture is a martini glass!
Just hear me out...

I found this little gem on the FREE Drinks & Cocktails App for my old droid phone
a couple of years ago and loved it from the first sip!
(App can also be found for free on iPhone as well)
I actually made the mistake of thinking it was a cocktail instead of a shot.
So glad I did!
While I am sure this would make a great shot,
I personally feel it makes a better drink :)
Definitely more of a dessert drink, but super delicious!

I just double the recipe below and then strain into a cocktail or martini glass.

Here is what you need to make the shot...

3/4 oz. Licor 43 
1 splash Vodka
1/4 oz. Rose's sweetened lime juice
1/2 oz Milk or cream
(I use milk since that is what we have at our house)

Pour ingredients into mixing cup filled with ice.
Shake and strain into glass.
It is seriously that simple!
Sometimes I add crushed graham crackers to the rim of the glass (like the photo)
or just sprinkle on top :)

Side Note: Many more recipes using Licor 43 to come, so just go pick up a bottle today.
You will thank me later :)

While we are on the topic of Key Lime Pie,
below are a couple of recipes if you would prefer the actual dessert over the drink.

Recipe for the above photo here courtesy of Food Fashion & Flow

The super simple recipe for the above photo can be found here,
courtesy of Cookin' Up Good Times From the Midwest to the West Coast

Enjoy!!! :)

XOXO ~ Vanessa

Recipe Reshare | Nutella Fruit Dip

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

There are some things in life that I am ahead of the game,
and then there are other things that I don't show up until the game is over!
I think on this one I fall right in between!

I have not used or made anything with Nutella ever.

A friend brought over this super simple dip awhile back and I have been dying to find a reason to make it myself.
I probably ate the entire bowl that night she brought it to my house!

Two ingredients people!
Nutella & Plain Greek Yogurt
That is it!

Mix 1/2 cup of plain Greek yogurt in a dish with 1/4 cup of Nutella.
Refrigerate or serve immediately.
I guess you do need a third ingredient to eat it with, even though the kiddos over the weekend were eating it straight with a spoon :)
Serve with sliced strawberries, grapes, apples, bananas, you name it!
I guarantee the bowl will be empty by the end of the evening, if not sooner!
I actually doubled the recipe and it was the perfect amount for 6 adults and 5 little ones :)

Wondering what else you can make with Nutella?
Check out this page for 100 recipes all in one place!

What recipes do you make with Nutella?

XOXO ~ Vanessa


Thursday, July 11, 2019

1. I will be sharing a couple posts over the next couple weeks.

2. I will not be covering the #NSALE this year.
If I pick up anything I can't live without I'll be sure to share, but I'm not making it a mission to shop the sale this year.

3. I know the content has been a little lack luster around here lately...I blame summer.
I'm still posting here and there, but I'm working on some things for back to school and late summer/early fall.
Just hang tight ☺️

XOXO ~ Vanessa

Let's Look At...Your Typical Day

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Hey Hey Friends!
I'm linking up with Shay & Erika for their Let's Look Series.

Today is a little look inside my typical day.
Well a typical work from home day.

During the school year I work outside of the home at our office.
But for the past two summers I work from home and become a professional uber driver for X ;)

I woke up yesterday and completely forgot to take a picture.
It was about 7:30 ish.
I highly dislike mornings. I always have.
This work from home thing is a little easier to except the morning has arrived, but I still don't like to wake up early.

I check my phone and such, and then head downstairs for...

Still living the FASTer Way lifestyle (membership here) :)
I start every day with a cup of coffee and some French Vanilla Nut Pods Creamer.
Keep it under 50 calories so I don't break my fast.

And then get X's breakfast for him.

He is a creature of habit just like his mother.
He eats the Exact.Same.Thing Every.Single.Morning.

Check my watch and make sure I start getting my steps in for the day.
I have it set to take 250 steps an hour from 9am - 5pm.

Then it's time to fold some laundry.

I typically try to get my workout in if I don't have much work to do, but I had a dentist appointment to get to.
So I popped my coconut oil in my mouth and hopped in the shower.

I have used coconut oil/oil pulled for quite a few years now.
It has helped so much with my TMJ, and I don't grind my teeth at all anymore!
The biggest things that I use it for is tooth sensitivity (which I basically have none now), and a natural tooth whitener.
Honestly, I get asked all the time how I whiten my teeth...and this is all I use!

By 10:10 am we are in the car and on the way to my dentist appointment!

One thing that is nice about living in a small town...I made it to my appointment by 10:20am (10 minutes early).

Quick and painless appointment, and then I got a sneak peek of the new salon downstairs from my dental office.
I didn't take any pictures, but it is going to be gorgeous!
So excited for my girl Kasey!

Made a quick stop at the Post Office and then it was home to break my fast :)
Another cup of coffee with Nut Pods,

And my go-to meal of Kodiak Buttermilk & Vanilla Waffles with bacon.

I typically eat while I'm getting my work done.
One of the best things about working from home in the summer with this guy, is that he likes to come up to the office throughout the day and give "just because" hugs :)

Then it's back to work!
I like to multi-task by working and checking out a few blogs ;)

About 2pm it's break time.
I get X some lunch, and I grab a snack.
Today it's a protein bar, water,

And lots of watermelon!
Just kidding!
Everything in moderation!

And then it's back to work until 4pm when the stock market closes for the day.

And since my work is not going well, I take a break to watch a few Instastories :)

I was in need of...

Once 4pm hit, it was time to move on to all the other things that need done.
I pulled out my suitcases and started getting them cleaned up and aired out since they have been stored away.

I decided to curl my hair...

I talked to Mic and made plans to meet for dinner at his parents house when he was done with work.
So I finally decided to sit down and watch something on TV.
I can't get enough of Blue Bloods these days.
I'm currently on season 3.

About 7:15 pm I ordered pizza, and then X and I took off to pick up mail and our pizza.
We listened to all our favorites on the ride :)

YUM! Gionino's pizza is exactly what we needed!

We ate, and then I headed outside to clean and vacuum out my entire car.
I scrubbed all the floor mats too.
It was covered in dirt from baseball season.
But now it is super clean!
We left my in-laws house headed back home around 9:40 pm.

I had a few things I wanted to finish up for work so I didn't have to wait until tomorrow.
So I hopped back on my computer and got it all done at 10:30 pm :)

Then it was finally time to shower and call it a night!
I didn't get a regular workout in, but the amount I was sweating while cleaning out my car....I definitely burnt some calories!
I'll just add it to my workout on Wednesday :)

Time to scroll on my phone until I can't keep my eyes open...

And about 12:45 am I'm shutting things down and going to sleep. 

Thanks for following along on my day!

XOXO ~ Vanessa

Recipe Reshare | 3 Cheese Penne

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

skinny 3 cheese penne recipe serves 8 low fat low calorie low sodium and vegetarian

Doesn't it look super yummy?

Here is a dish I made that Mic and I were both begging for more! 

What you need:
8oz. whole grain penne pasta
2 14 oz. cans diced tomatoes with Italian seasoning
(I only used one can)
1 onion finely chopped
(I only used half an onion)
3 cups fresh spinach
4 oz. reduced fat feta cheese crumbles
1 tablespoon olive oil
5-6 garlic cloves, minced
Salt & Pepper to taste

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the penne noodles and cook according to package. Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the onions and garlic and cook until tender. Add the spinach and cook until wilted. 
Add tomatoes and heat through.

Then add the drained pasta and 2 oz. of feta cheese. Salt and pepper to taste. 
Heat through and serve with remaining feta cheese on top.

This pasta dish was SO GOOD!
It will be added to our weekly dinner menu for sure!
Easy to make, tastes good, and it is healthy!
Another win in my book :)
I think next time I might use fresh tomatoes instead just to up the clean eating factor.

Don't forget to check out my other Healthy Life posts here and here.

And I would love to hear what healthy recipes you are making! Add a link to the recipes in the comments below :)

XOXO ~ Vanessa 

This or That Fun

Monday, July 8, 2019

I figured I would change things up today and share a couple fun quiz/questions.
Comment below with your answers or share on Instagram stories and tag me @xtremelyv :)

Beauty - This or That

Eyeliner or Mascara 💜
Bronzer or Blush 💜
Lipstick or Lipgloss 💜
Foundation or Concealer 💜
💜 Brushes or Sponges 💜 BOTH
Colorful or Neutral 💜
💜 Ulta or Sephora 💜 BOTH
💜 Setting Spray or Setting Powder
BB Cream or Tinted Moisturizer 💜

Food - This or That

Burgers or Hot Dogs ⭐
⭐ French Fries or Onion Rings
⭐ Coffee or Tea
Pie or Cake ⭐
Candy or Popcorn ⭐
⭐ Ketchup or Mustard
⭐ Cornbread Muffins or Biscuits
Pancakes or Waffles ⭐
Coke or Pepsi ⭐
⭐ Sweet Tea or Flavored Tea
Chips or Pretzels ⭐

Now let me see your answers!

XOXO ~ Vanessa

Independence Day

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Wishing you all a happy and safe July 4th!

XOXO ~ Vanessa

Recipe Reshare | Pretzel S'mores Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Are you hosting or attending a party/cookout for July 4th?
I have a great dessert recipe for you that will please the kiddos and adults!
Trust me, your pan will be empty by the time you leave ;)

I actually shared this super easy recipe about 5 years ago, but it needs to be repeated it is so good!

The name alone is a mouthful!
These bars are AMAZING!!!

When I was trying to figure out what dessert to bring with me to the Ohio Bloggers Meet & Greet 
I knew I wanted to bring something that was true to me.
I talk about s'mores a lot. I mean A.LOT!!!
I have an entire Pinterest board dedicated to all things s'mores for crying out loud!
And I truly hope to host an annual S'mores Party in the fall :)
(We did host one back in 2014, but we moved and I haven't been able to have another one 😞)
Doesn't that sound like so much fun?
Think about it...all desserts are s'mores of some kind and maybe even a few s'mores drinks!!! I am dying just thinking about it!

Anyways, back to the recipe.
I was looking through Pinterest when my daily/weekly email from Pillsbury showed up on my phone.
And what do my eyes see on my screen...a beautiful photo of Pretzel S'mores Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars!
It is like Pillsbury and I were on the same wave length.
Once I saw the photo and how super easy the recipe was I was sold!!!

I stopped by my local Kroger, picked up the ingredients, and rushed home to get things made.
So the pictures won't lie...I used Kroger brand for most of it.
What can I say...I am cheap. Or at least I buy what is on sale.

Here is what you will need...

2 1/2 cups of mini marshmallows
1/2 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 tube of refrigerated chocolate chip cookie dough with mini kisses
1 cup of pretzels

Preheat oven to 350* right away.
Line an 8 in. square pan with foil (I used a 9x11 dish and it was fine).
Spray foil with cooking spray.
Gently press cookie dough into the bottom of pan with fingers creating an even layer.

Bake 18 minutes or until center is set.
Remove the pan from the oven and add marshmallows, a layer of pretzels, and sprinkle chocolate chips on top.
Place pan back into the 350* oven for 5 minutes.
To get the toasted marshmallow look, place under the broiler on low.
Watch it carefully!!! Even a few extra seconds can burn your marshmallows!

Remove pan from the oven and allow to cool completely (about 30 minutes) before cutting into squares.
Tip: Spray your knife with cooking spray to easily cut through the marshmallow.

Serve immediately or store in an air tight container up to 5 days.

As you can see from the photos above...
I used what I could find at the store for cookie dough and I subbed the square pretzels for a different look.
I also used more marshmallows and pretzels until I reached the look I desired.
They came out amazing!!!!

Want to give it that July 4th look?
Just toss a some red, white and blue M&M's, or any other candy in those colors on top in place/along with the chocolate chips!
And voila!
Totally festive!

Do you have any unique or fun s'more recipes to share?
I am always on the lookout for fun ways to enjoy a s'more :)

XOXO ~ Vanessa

The Friday Faves #26

Friday, June 28, 2019

This week has been filled with good times with great friends,
lots of baseball games,
and sunshine!

On the blog this week, I finally recapped our amazing time at the Cleveland Browns Youth Football Camp!

And I linked up with Sheaffer & Shay for the June Edition of What's Up Wednesday!

Over the weekend I was able to spend some much needed quality time with these amazing friends!
We grabbed some dinner at Asterisk Supper Club, and then headed to the NKOTB Mix Tape Concert!

Due to being with teachers, this is the only drink shot I was able to take 😉

I was always a Joey girl when I was younger, but I am definitely on the Donnie train these days 😍

It was a great concert!
And the company was even better 😊

This week kicked off tournament baseball for X's team.
Our game on Monday night was a bit stressful, but we came away with the win just as the rain started really coming down.
We ended up playing a make up game on Wednesday night which helped the boys get some more practice in since we haven't played much due to all the rain we have had here.

Tonight is the night!
We play at 5:30 and then fingers crossed, we will play around 7:15 for the championship!
I so hope these boys can do it!
I have truly loved getting to help coach this group this year!

I am also hoping one of the parents will take some pictures of the games, since I am out on the field.
These are about the only ones I have of X playing this year from my parents.

Let's Go White!!!!
Let's Go #88!!!! ⚾

I finished up my work early yesterday and made my way outside as quickly as I could before the rain came down again.

I'm leaving you today with some of my favorite summer time songs 🌞

Happy weekend!

Linking up with Andrea, Narci & Erika!

XOXO ~ Vanessa

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