Broccoli-Cheddar Salad

First things first…with all my free time I designed a new header (look above) We like? We don’t like? Idk, it may be changing again….By the end of the summer my entire blog will be re-designed haha.

Also, thanks to everyone for being so nice about my current state of Unemployment. To clarify I’m not trying to be a brat and complain about having free time (let’s face it, that’s pretty bratty), it’s the complete lack of money comin in and my slowly dwindling bank account that has me worried…Bein alive and goin after your dreams can get expensive! (not to  mention all those train tickets…)

Now on to more important things….Food.

I tend to get on food kicks where that’s all I’ll eat at a certain meal for weeks on end. Currently my obsession is this broccoli-cheddar salad with craisens. I found the original recipe on Pinterest (didn’t pin it so can’t find it, fail) but I know it called for bacon which I don’t really eat. (go ahead and get all your un-American jokes out I’ll wait…….)

broccoli-Cheddar Salad recipe

Anyway, this is a super simple and cheap lunch option. I usually also add carrots or an apple on the side for a complete meal but for someone who doesn’t like spinach salads this is a good alternative. Seriously, spinach salad make me wanna hurl, ew….

Back to the recipe. Like I said it’s super simple:

  • Head of broccoli
  • block of favorite cheese (I use colby-jack b/c it’s cool lookin)
  • Craisens
  • nuts (optional)
  • favorite dressing

Chop the broccoli into little bits. That’s not the technical term but Lord knows what that is. Also cube the cheese into tiny blocks. If you’ve ever seen me eat cheese (it isn’t often) it’s always pre-sliced or grated. Why? I have a strange fear of touching cheese…Idk, it’s all rubbery and gross, it’s weird I know. I Did, however, cube this cheese all on my own so high five to me!

Broccoli-Cheddar Salad

Sprinkle in craisens and any other option you’re adding. I’ve added pine nuts before but it doesn’t need anything else in my opinion. Finally pour a small amount of dressing on and toss? I always pre-make a huge tupperware full of this when I get home from the store then add the dressing to the individual servings later when I’m actually gonna eat it. Speaking of dressing I’ve been using Italian b/c that’s what I happen to have but I bet this’d be good with ranch or blue cheese if those are more your style. Food for thought, get crazy with it and make it yours.

Whatcha think? Broccoli-Cheddar salad for the win?


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Boston City Survival: Train Edition


I seriously had the BEST day yesterday! I had my first day of my summer internship in Boston.

In this day I discovered a fancy tea bar (David’s Tea, look it up. I had Forever Nuts, delish), hit it off with my Supervisor, only got lost on foot maybe 3 times, came home to pizza from my favorite joint (thank you JB) and ended the night laughin my a** off watching stand-up with my dude….oh and then there was the reasonably-priced scone from the South End I ate on the train home.

Ya know what didn’t go so smoothly? This girl getting on the wrong outbound train…more on that later… Since I’m kinda a dumb dumb at times and I’m now navigating Boston for the summer I thought it pertinent and necessary to write a series of city survival posts to warn any fellow small town girl’s who feel the lure of Beantown. Introducing…. boston city guideToday’s installment is going to involve riding the train. Now I don’t actually live right in the city so I ride the train to and from. This can be a very daunting task for one such as I, who until I moved here and no clue there were trains for ppl. Buses, duh. Subways, sure. But trains? nope….not even joking….

>>Tip #1 

Check the train schedule seventy billion times before you actually arrive at the station. Repeat the name of your destination the entire walk/drive over, so that when you go up to the counter you can confidently mispronounce your stop. At this point the seasoned ticket seller will confidently know that you are not a native, and actually mean Back Bay, not Black Bay where one would assume a buncha dirty Pirates buried their treasure….

>>Tip #2

Make sure not to politely ask a fellow train rider in a crowded car if you can sit next to them. Silly country girl, don’t you know here in the city you just do what you want, polite banter aside?  You just sit that ole booty down in the nearest available seat b/c you know your balance isn’t good and when that train jerks to a start you don’t wanna be lookin up from the floor.

>>Tip #3 

Once on the train be sure not to make eye contact with anyone else….I’m not really sure why this one is a rule, but they don’t seem to like it so just go with it….

boston train ticket

>>Tip #4 

If you happen to find yourself on the wrong train (heaven forbid this ever happen to you), don’t freak out. I’d suggest making a wild break for the door but those suckers close faster than a venus fly trap. Your best bet is to just get off at the next station and re-group. Or turn on the Southern charm when the conductor comes by (aka speak in a thick accent and flash some giant Bambi eyes)

>>Tip #5

Be sure you pack a book, or if you’re really cool, a laptop. Perhaps a crossword or Sodoku might strike your fancy. Just have something to occupy yourself with. The last thing you want, is to be the weird girl grinning and patting herself on the back b/c you not only purchased a ticket, got on the right train, AND found an empty seat before you fell down, but you’re also gliding into the greatest city in the World. If you look around with a goofy smile on your face and silent pep talk going on in your head your fellow city-dwellers will most likely bestow every single country bumpkin stereotype upon you….Also, refer back to #3.

I hope these tips help some poor girl find her way a bit better than I. After the first time you can pretty much call me a pro. Seriously someone even asked ME for directions in the station on my way home…Boom, instant native…or something like that.

Anyone else have some train tips to share? Or wanna be my Boston friend this summer?

Also don’t forget Monday is the next Secret Blogger Club Link-up with yours truly, Nuthouse, and Endless Summer!


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Linkin up with the DC Gang even though this has absolutely NOTHIN to do with their theme beyond the #5 (love you Mar)

Also linkin with Weekend Rewind,  Little Friday, and VTIM

Hump Day Laughter

First things first, hopefully you’re all getting as excited about my new link-up as I am. I’d prefer it not be an utter failure with 4 links (if I’m lucky) so I’m hoping y’all will do me a solid and spread the word and link-up with me (pretty pretty please 🙂 )

Ok, now for some fun. It is Hump Day after all. Anyone else out there a Vine-lover? Am I the only adult that loses brain cells watchin this stuff?….ok, well I’m about to make a believer out of all of y’all. I think this represents my life pretty well….#SingleGirlStatus (be sure to click the sound on)

Hahahahahahhahaha Excuse me while I continue looping this…….

Whew, laughter has subsided enough for me to go on, all y’all with me?

Today I have a few confessions……..

-I haven’t run since my Half Marathon a few weeks ago. I’ve thought about it and even put my shoes on this past saturday but ended up hiking and zero running was achieved. My only motivation to log some double digit miles is so I can eat an entire pizza myself….is that bad?

-Speaking of races, I just realized I hadn’t updated my Races page until I wrote this post….oops. You’ll notice my 2014 schedule has been pretty sparse thus far and I don’t really have an explanation for you on that one except I’m broke and can’t afford entry fees, sigh.

-The statement that blondes have more fun isn’t true. I have been the epitome of “all work no play” these past few weeks. Between finals, large end-of-semester projects, internships to organize, and moving plans, I’ve been pretty busy. Oh and also the whole work for money thing has been getting in the way lately. (that kinda made me sound like a Lady of the Night…I’m not just so we’re clear…)

-I got way too excited to design the new button for my link-up. So in that sense this blonde has still been having fun lol



-I’m kinda worried this linkup will be a complete failure and I’ll have to retire from blogland in disgrace….you’ll help me out won’t you? Membership to the Secret Blogger Club is free….I’m also not above begging…if you’re friendship can be bought then I’ll buy it, just saying….

-I have 39 drafts (make that 41) sitting in my posts section. I can’t even pretend to be cool and organized b/c they’re all unfinished drafts…so yea there’s that. Maybe one of these days I’ll get my blogger act together.

-Speaking of which, it’s Cinco de Mayo on Monday which I only realized when someone asked if that was the theme of the link-up…..Um, Nope, I didn’t even know it was a holiday…I’m very out of touch with reality sometimes. Someone also had to remind me Mother’s Day is coming up (sorry Mom). For a girl who owns at least 4 calendar’s, I’m really bad with dates….

-Oh and remember that whole “I didn’t run so I don’t get pizza thing” from above?….I ordered the pizza anyway, oops….

Have anything to confess?

Plan on joining me in my link-up?



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Linking up with Kat for Confessions and Liz for Hump Day!