Tap…Tap…Tap…Is This Thing on???

Hellllllllllllllooooooooooooo out there! I’m not sure if I even have anyone left who will see this, but I feel the need after all of this time, to reach out and just see.

Wow, who would have ever thought that after nearly seven months of silence that I would be typing on here again.  There is no point in even trying to cover all that has happened in the days and weeks that I stayed to myself, but will share a few highlights.

Am I still selling on Ebay? Yes! In fact, we even found a fabulous niche and currently doing quite well. That was the good news. The bad news? We lost our supplier today. I wouldn’t say its back to square one – after all, I’ve learned a lot in all of these months, and I am thankful for that. I’ve missed the thrill of the hunt for hidden gems buried in the dust at an estate sale, or in a crummy little lot on an online auction, so I’m kind of excited about getting into that again. But I’m going to miss the steady sales for now. I know that God will bless us with new avenues as long as we keep plugging away.

Daniel turned 8 a few weeks ago. He decided he wanted the theme of his party to be Grumpy Cat. Here is my feeble attempt at a grumpy cat cake….in case you need a good laugh:


I hadn’t been cooking as much – we had been eating out far too much, which probably contributed to the next piece of news I’m sharing. A week ago, I was diagnosed with Type II  Diabetes and Hypothyroidism. I started meds last week, and hopefully will get them balanced over the next few weeks, so that I can get to feeling better and get some of this weight off. I started another blog chronicling my journey, that I will share at some point on here, should you want to follow along. I also plan on experimenting with new recipes, low carb mostly. I’ve got one in the slow cooker for dinner tonight and I hate to say it, but it smells amazing! Ill be happy to share them, if y’all want.

Anyway, that is where we stand, and I do hope you’ll have me back!

Turn Your Veggies Into Healthy and Delicious Pasta With #Veggetti: Review and #Giveaway



Jordan Dunne (@j_mosh)

I love a good pesto with tortellini or angel hair pasta. I really want a vegetti, though! Hope I win :)

So many people are looking for delicious, indulgent dishes but want to eat healthy. Pasta is a guilty pleasure for so many of us, so sticking to a lower carb diet plan, or those of us who need to stick to a gluten free lifestyle have so much less options.


So, when I was asked if I would like to try out the newest kitchen gadget – the Veggetti –  I was more than thrilled to see if turning veggies into pasta would work for us.


Its so easy to use – nice and sturdy – I was able to twist a zucchini with ease. It was no time at all before I had a mound of fresh zucchini noodles piled high before me.

Its just as easy to clean – it washed up in no time – its nice and compact, so your hubby can’t give you any flack about adding another kitchen tool to your ever expanding collection!

The Veggetti comes with a booklet of recipes to inspire you, but truly, the sky is the limit.

DSCF3268I took my beautiful noodles and tossed them in a saute pan with some garlic and butter – it only took 3 to 5 minutes to achieve an al dente texture – then finished them off with a bit of Parmesan.


A huge, satisfying plate full of deliciousness that took less than 15 minutes from fridge to fork!

DSCF3270Totally twirl-able on a fork, complete addicting – and good for you!

You can add your favorite tomato sauce, Alfredo, pesto, anything you’d like. Why stop there? Toss then with sir fried veggies in place of lo mein noodles, slice up some potatoes and make your own hash-brown patties. The possibilities are endless. The only thing in common is the ease factor. You will be so proud to feed your family tons of healthy veggies that they will love. I know I am!

How would you like your own Vegetti to make some delicious veggie pasta for your family and friends?

I am giving away one Veggetti, and a $25 VISA gift card to go along with it, to get you stocked up on all of the ingredients you’ll need to fall in love with the Veggetti like I did.

Leave me a comment and tell me what your favorite pasta dish is to be entered.

I will choose a winner via Random Dot Org on Friday, August 8th at 8:00am EST.

The winner will need to respond within 24 hours to my notification email, or a new winner will be chosen. Good luck!

  Veggetti® is available at Walmart, Bed Bath and Beyond, Walgreens, CVS and other fine retailers nationwide
  Veggetti® website- www.getveggetti.com
Disclosure: I was given a Veggetti® prize pack for myself and one to give away in exchange for my honest product review. All opinions within this post are strictly my own.

Worlds Colide

Since April, things have been pretty quiet around here.

Daniel finished up first grade at the beginning of May and it left the summer days for me to get down and dirty and throw myself into getting My Ebay Store set up, in the hopes of helping out the family with extra income. This included going out nearly every Saturday morning to yard sales for inventory, researching what I bought (for description accuracy and pricing), taking pictures and editing them, and getting things listed for sale.

I’m pleased with our successes so far, and am hoping to see things get better as the holidays get closer.

Now, its the first of August. I have a pattern down with the store and am reasonably organized. Next week, Daniel and I are starting second grade. I actually got a set of legitimate textbooks this year – Life-pacs from Alpha and Omega – with tons of other workbooks and supplements, and I feel more confident about the structure for us.

I must admit though, I’ve been feeling lost in this crazy shuffle we have gone on lately. Like I’ve gotten buried under the roles of entrepreneur, mama and wife. I’ve felt a yearning to find a little piece of me in all of this.

Then it happened.

We went to a yard sale a few weeks ago, where I found these:


and these:DSCF3023While I bought these to sell,  they are so quirky and retro that I’ve decided to explore the recipes and find some great new to me and hopefully you dishes to share!

Then, there is the homeschooling. Remember I said I got a bunch of supplemental material to help add some excitement to our lessons? Well look what I found!

DSCF3273How awesome are these? Daniel loves to help me in the kitchen, so how great is this? We’ll share these too, in our Teaching Tuesdays posts.

So, all of these lil bits together mean more blog posts! I started out not really caring about the absence, but I’ve missed this…B&B is my little haven, my creative outlet, a little place here I get to be the me I buried. I have to admit, it makes me smile.

I hope I still have a few people that check in from time to time. The thought of coming back to an empty home makes me kind of sad. Can you indulge me and let me know if y’all are still out there? Show me I have a reason to be excited to be sharing again!

See y’all soon with a neat lil giveaway!



Easy and Healthy – Making Breakfast a Winning Way to Start the Day!

I am trying so very hard to plan better this year. Now that Daniel is headed into second grade and having more activities, we are trying to eat better to fuel our bodies well, to get us through activity packed days. Of course, something quick and easy makes mornings even more delicious, don’t you think?

Let General Mills and Big G cereals help with two new tasty breakfast options – Cheerios Protein and Chex Gluten Free Oatmeal!

Available in two delicious flavors – Oats & Honey and Cinnamon Almond – new Cheerios Protein offers your family that long-lasting energy needed to start your day with a taste and crunch your family will love.

New Chex Gluten Free Oatmeal is the perfect way to get your day started!

image courtesy of BettyCrocker.com

With flavors like Apple Cinnamon, Maple Brown Sugar and Original there are a variety of ways to enjoy a warm gluten free breakfast. There are no artificial flavors, colors, or preservatives. Like Chex cereal it’s made with simple ingredients and made for you.

Look for great savings on these Big G items starting July 26 at Publix!

In-Store Savings

Offers available in-store from 7/26 – 8/15, available at Publix. Look for more details in the Back to School grocery flyer.

  •  Save $2 off crayons, markers, pens or pencils when you buy any 1 Chex Gluten Free Oatmeal.
  • Save $2 when you buy any 1 Cheerios 10.9oz or larger AND any 1 100% Florida Orange Juice 59oz or larger. This sale includes both new flavors of Cheerios Protein

Printable Coupons

Visit www.ReadyPlanSave.com to clip and print your coupons. Available while supplies last.

  •  July: $1/2 Select Cheerios
  • August: $1/2 Cheerios Franchise


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Disclosure: General Mills along with Platefull Co-Op provided the product information in this post. I was also provided with product samples in exchange for sharing this content.

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