Thanksgiving Memory

With Thanksgiving on its way so quickly, I wonder if you have any fun stories about your past holidays to share. 

We haven’t had anything super humorous happen during Thanksgiving for the past 7 years, but our first year of marriage was a fun Thanksgiving.

The Mister and I made our very FIRST turkey. Neither one of us had ever made a turkey before so it was interesting. 

I WILL tell you that there were no leftovers that first year, but not because we ate the entire turkey. There were no leftovers, because even though our turkey was absolutely beautiful on the outside, the bottom half of the turkey was still not fully cooked! 

It was terrible. The parts that were cooked were delicious though 🙂

I was so excited that I could find the pictures of our first Thanksgiving!

Oh how far we have come! The Mister brines our turkeys now and they are perfect and deliciously juicy. 

Looking forward to this year’s turkey! 

What’s your funny holiday, or food fail story? 

~Mrs Galvan~

Try It Out Thursday: Root Beer Float Cupcakes

Try it Out Thursday

Try It Out Thursday is dedicated to recipes or ideas that I find on Pinterest or receive in my e-mail. I tend to “pin” and save a lot of recipes & craft ideas and never try them so I decided that this will help me wade through the many pins and e-mails that I have.

Last week was my hubby’s birthday week. Since we’ve been married, (going on 5 years in October) I always ask him if he’d like me to make him anything special. A couple of years back I made him a root beer cake. He loved it!

He mentioned root beer cake in passing a couple of weeks ago and I kept it in mind. At work, the office usually celebrates staff birthdays and when I was asked what we should do, I decided that I was going to make root beer float cupcakes. We also had root beer floats!

I adapted the recipe  from Bakingdom.

The changes that I made were minimal. Instead of using 3/4 cup granulated sugar and 1/4 cup of brown sugar, I used 1/2 cup of granulated sugar and 1/2 cup of packed brown sugar. I also forgot to pick up a bottle of root beer so I made my own root beer with the Zatarain’s Root Beer Extract by following the instructions on the back of the bottle.

They were so chocolaty!

root beer

After the cupcakes cooled, I tasted one because I wanted to make sure they weren’t dry. They were kind of dry and so to remedy the problem I used my handy apple corer to core my cupcakes and fill them with Vanilla Bean Buttercream frosting.

root beer 2

Then I piped the frosting on to look like the top of a root beer float. I also separated some of the frosting and colored it with my favorite icing coloring set by Wilton so that I could make a cherry on top.

To top it all off I cut up some pretty paper straws and stuck them in near the cherries.

And Voila! Root Beer Float Cupcakes!!

root beer 3

root beer 4

I will continue to work on this recipe because I really like it.

Thanks for reading! Come by again soon!

~Mrs Galvan~

Havarti Dill Grilled Flat Bread Sandwich

THIS girl , she absolutely LOVES cheese!

Yea, I do. I am definitely not in denial about that. I’d have to say that my favorite kind of cheese thus far in my life is Goat Cheese, BUT that’s not what this post is about.

This post is about the grilled cheese flatbread sandwich that I made last week.

I sliced a Flat Out Bread- Light Garden Spinach in half, sautéed some mushrooms, onions, zucchini, and  summer squash. I toasted the flat bread on the griddle on one side. Then, on the flip-side of one flat bread, I layed out 3 oz of Danamark Havarti Dill cheese, added the vegetables, placed the second piece of flat bread on top and  let the cheese melt. I flipped the sandwich a few times to make sure that the heat was evenly distributed.


It was so good and so filling!! Total points for this meal was 11 points. Nine of those points were because of the cheese. Next time, I’m gonna shred the cheese so that I don’t use so much of it! Go ahead, go out, get you some Danamark Havarti Dill Cheese (I got mine at Sam’s Club)  and make this!

You could also use any vegetables you like to make this different every time you make it. A version with black beans, corn and salsa on top would make an awesome southwest version. You could make an Italian version with pepperoni or a Hawaiian one with pineapple and ham. Ooooh or the leftover veggies dinner the night before.  Can you tell this excites me?? There are so many possibilities!!

Regardless of the flavor profile, you’re looking at a way to make some FUN flat bread grilled cheese sandwiches OMFoodie Goodness!!!

Doesn’t it look delicious???


~Mrs Galvan~

Try It Out Thursday: Lavender Cookies with Sweet Lemon Creme

Try it Out Thursday

Try It Out Thursday is dedicated to recipes or ideas that I find on Pinterest or receive in my e-mail. I tend to “pin” and save a lot of recipes & craft ideas and never try them so I decided that this will help me wade through the many pins and e-mails that I have.

For some time now, I have wanted to make Lavender cookies!

I read somewhere that lemon goes well with Lavender. The lemon really balances the flowery taste of the lavender and leaves this amazing aftertaste!

At first, I wasn’t sold on THAT idea but after tasting these beauties, I am convinced! You need to be convinced too and you know what that means? It means you need to go Mayas Ingredients for Food Lovers and make these Lavender Cookies!!!

Last minute, I decided that I wanted to make them sandwich cookies. At first I wasn’t sure how to go about that but then I found From Calculus to Cupcakes and this Lemony Crème goodness!

Yes, I meshed two recipes together!


I love the next picture because you can see the lemon zest in the creme!



The lemons that I used for the sweet lemon creme were GINORMOUS!!!


These cookies were AMAZING!

I WILL make them again.

As for something a little more interesting.

I am currently researching the Texas Cottage Law.

Keep coming back for “Try it Out Thursday”!

~Mrs Galvan~

Try It Out Thursday: Cocoa & Chili Rubbed Pork Loin

Try it Out Thursday

Try It Out Thursday is dedicated to recipes or ideas that I find on Pinterest or receive in my e-mail. I tend to “pin” and save a lot of recipes & craft ideas and never try them so I decided that this will help me wade through the many pins and e-mails that I have.

My husband and I were out and about this week running errands when I received an email from I receive this email daily and usually drool over whatever the Recipe of The Day is. The Recipe for the Day that day just happened to be Cocoa & Chile Rubbed Pork Chops. The thought made my mouth water. I’m honestly not sure why since I’m not a big fan of pork in general. I’ll eat bacon but that’s about it.

Anyway, we made our way over to Sam’s Club and I picked up some Pork Loin Filets. The thing that I love most about this recipe is that you BRINE the pork for an hour before you even cook it. Whatever you do, don’t skip this part because it makes for some very JUICY filets.


Once the pork has been in the brine for at least an hour, you dry each piece individually and then coat them in the cocoa & chili spice mix and then throw them on the grill as directed in the recipe.


Here’s what they looked like when I pulled them off the grill.


When I sliced it up it was so juicy!


My dinner that night was so good that I ate it again the next day for lunch!


Hope you’ll check out the recipe and grill this pork up!

Keep coming back on Thursday’s for “Try it Out Thursday”!

~Mrs Galvan~

Fun Spring Things

  Lindsay over at The Lean Green Bean is hosting a Pin It Party today and I decided to join in!

Here are some fun spring things!

Lavender Honey Cupcakes: These cupcakes just scream SPRING! They would be great for a baby shower, or bridal shower this spring and really, I think they would do well for a barbecue. They are different and adventurous! Enjoy!

lavender cupcakes







Potato, Onion and Artichoke Pizza: This pizza is light and Daniel Fast Friendly, which makes it vegan as well. Even though I’m no longer doing the Daniel Fast, this pizza is still part of our meal planning. We love it!

Potato Onion and Artichoke Pizza

Zucchini Bread/Muffins:  This zucchini bread is super easy and fast to make. It’s delicious too. The muffins make  for an on the go breakfast for this kids or for you on your way out the door. They also make great food gifts for all those new mommies in your life. Spring IS here and I know I have lots of friends who are having babies.


Poor Man’s Crab Cakes: Just so you know, these are made of tuna. That’s why they are called “Poor Man’s Crab Cakes”. I can’t always afford to buy lump crab meat. Of course, if you can then you just use crab meat instead of tuna. These are fast, light, bright tasting and delicious!


Coconut Date Bites: If you’re looking for something sweet, with no added sugar these are amazing little balls of GOODNESS. They are also vegan. When I did the Daniel Fast, I made these and they definitely took care of my sweet tooth. They are great for taking on picnics or just to munch on outside in the beautiful spring weather while you read a book or blog.


These are some of my favorite posts from the past year. I hope that you’ll enjoy reading them for the first time or if you are one of my readers for the second and more inspirational time.

Have a great week!

~Mrs Galvan~

Influenster Sugar N Spice Voxbox

I received my Sugar N Spice Voxbox and I was so excited to try out all the amazing products that were sent to me.

I was sent some Belvita Breakfast Biscuits, Dickinson’s Original Witch Hazel Towelettes, Vaseline Spray & Go Moisturizer, Nectresse, Colgate Optic White Toothpaste, Mouthwash and a 360 Toothbrush. Also included were some coupons for the Dickinson’s Towelettes.



It’s such a GREAT box and it’s been so exciting trying all these products! Thank you Influenster!

The first thing I tried was the Belvita Breakfast Biscuits in Cinnamon Brown Sugar. I have been wanting to purchase these but hadn’t up to this point. They are REALLY good! The thing that surprised me the most is that there are four little biscuits and when you are finished eating those four biscuits, you are full. Yea… and not just full but FULL until it’s time for the next meal. Crazy! It’s in the running for fast breakfast at this house.


The Dickinson’s Witch Hazel Towlettes were a surprise to me. I remember being a teenager and my grandma talking about witch hazel and how it could help my skin. I remember it stinking to high heaven too. These little towelettes do not REEK and they are so convenient! I love being able to have one in my purse to wipe down my face when I’m feeling grimy from being outside in the heat. I will definitely be purchasing more of these.


The Vaseline Spray & Go is definitely one of my new favorite products. I used this the other evening after I got out of the shower. It sprayed on easily and absorbed into my skin fully AND it didn’t leave my skin feeling greasey! It gets an A+.


With the warmer weather coming back into town, one of my favorite things to drink is Starbucks Passion Ice Tea. SO much so that I buy the tea bags and make it here at home. I like to sweeten my tea with Stevia normally but since I had some Nectresse, I decided to use it instead.

Nectresse Iced Passion Tea


It was Delish-O!!

Then of course there is the Colgate Optic White products. I have actually been using the Optic White Toothpaste for awhile and I have LOVED it!

The toothbrush is AMAZING! Those whitening cups and polishing bristles really make my teeth feel clean and like they are as brilliant as diamonds. I am also severely in love with the mouthwash. The first time I used it though, I used too much! I had a mouth full of foam, LOL! (Sorry if that was TMI) There’s just something about being able to use all three of the products at once as a regimen. LOVE IT!


Influenster, thank you for sending such an amazing box of products!

**Influenster sent me these products to try and review for free.**

~Mrs Galvan~

Foodie Penpal April 2013

I took a month off of Foodie Penpal and I missed it so much!!! Lindsay, I am addicted! LOL!

My foodie penpal this month was Andrea from Tennessee. Andrea sent me a box that made me think she could read my mind from as far away from me as she is!

I’m doing Weight Watchers right now and am really careful about what snacks I eat because I don’t want to WASTE my points. She sent me a box of really awesome stuff! Of the six items she sent me, I almost bought three of them the day before I received her box.


I will tackle the items that I almost bought first:

Cheesy Jalapeño PopCorners: (4 points per serving) I LOVE PopCorners! I have loved them since my husband and I first did the Daniel Fast. They are popped and not fried and make for a great movie snack. I had never tried the Cheesy Jalapeño flavor but fell in love instantly!


Pop’d Kerns: (4 points per serving) When I saw these, they reminded me of CornNuts! Let me just say that I like them more than CornNuts as of the moment I tasted them because they were not overly salty.


Frontera Oaxcan Red Chile Mole: (0 points per serving)I love the Frontera sauces! I pick one or two up every time I’m in the store. This specific flavor has never been available. I haven’t tried it yet but if the other sauces are any indication of what this one will be like, I am EXCITED!


Peanuts & Peanut Butter Whole Peanut Bars: (5 points a bar) OOHHH YUM! Talk about a pick me up snack! They are delicious!


KARMA vitamin water: (0 points a serving) I was a little apprehensive about the KARMA vitamin water but when I tasted it, I decided that it wasn’t so bad. I like Crystal Light better but that’s probably because it doesn’t have vitamins:D


Good Eating Salads Book: This is the cutest little book and it is handy too! Since I’m doing Weight Watchers, I know this will help me get creative when I get tired of eating a grilled chicken salad, LOL!


Andrea, THANK YOU so much for your thoughtful and clairvoyant box of goodies!!!

If you are interested in joining Foodie Penpals go—–> HERE

Here’s a detailed explanation of the program:

-On the 5th of the month, you will receive your penpal pairing via email. It will be your responsibility to contact your penpal and get their mailing address and any other information you might need like allergies or dietary restrictions.
-You will have until the 15th of the month to put your box of goodies in the mail. On the last day of the month, you will post about the goodies you received from your penpal!
-The boxes are to be filled with fun foodie things, local food items or even homemade treats! The spending limit is $15. The box must also include something written. This can be anything from a note explaining what’s in the box, to a fun recipe…use your imagination!
-You are responsible for figuring out the best way to ship your items depending on their size and how fragile they are. (Don’t forget about flat rate boxes!)
-Foodie Penpals is open to blog readers as well as bloggers. If you’re a reader and you get paired with a blogger, you can choose to write a short guest post for your penpal to post on their blog about what you received. If two readers are paired together, neither needs to worry about writing a post for that month.
– Foodie Penpals is open to US, Canadian residents & UK residents. Please note, Canadian Residents will be paired with other Canadians only. We’ve determined things might get too slow and backed up if we’re trying to send foods through customs across the border from US to Canada and vice versa. So, I’m going to keep two separate lists and match US w/ US and Canada w/ Canada!

~Mrs Galvan~

Try It Out Thursday – Veggie Tacos

Welcome to my FIRST “Try It Out Thursday” blog entry!!

Try It Out Thursday will be dedicated to recipes or ideas that I find on Pinterest or receive in my e-mail. I tend to “pin” and save a lot of recipes & craft ideas and never try them so I decided that this will help me wade through the many pins and e-mails that I have.

As I’ve been doing Weight Watchers for 3 weeks now, I have had to get creative with my food and come up with substitutes for the things that I love most!

One of the things that I love most, is TACOS! I love breakfast tacos, chicken tacos, tacos de bistek, and pretty much anything that includes a tortilla. My biggest VICE?? Flour tortillas!

I’ve been eating a lot of vegetables lately because they are FREE, point wise. One evening, my mother in-law made ground beef tacos with lettuce tomato, and cheese. As much as I wanted them, I knew that I would want like 6 of them and well, that would be a lot of points. I was roasting up some veggies to have with chicken and then I had a thought! Why not make tacos but fill them with veggies and top them with light string cheese???

So, that’s what I did!!!


Depending on how many tacos you decide to eat, this meal can vary in points. This picture is of three tacos with one string cheese divided. The great thing is that you can really fill these up with veggies and get really full. I also did not fry the tortillas. I just heated them on the griddle until they were hot and pliable.

This picture is a four point meal. It’s 1 point for each tortilla and 1 point for the string cheese.

(This meal would also be Daniel Fast Friendly without the cheese!!)

Keep coming back for more Weight Watchers recipes. I’ll be doing this for awhile, I hope and seriously excited about what will come of it all recipe-wise.

~Mrs Galvan~

Try it Out Thursdays

The other day I was wading through my e-mail and laughed at how much food mail I get. Everyday, I get anywhere from 10-15 emails from different food blogs,  or food websites with tons of recipes and even crafts  in them. I save some and delete others.

My pinterest (personal & webpage) boards are ALL about food as well. I have so many recipes and food ideas pinned, it’s crazy!

I decided that I needed to start doing something with all the “pins” and saved emails I have so that I can at least determine whether I like what I’m saving. (I know my husband isn’t going to mind)

Look forward to my FIRST “Try It Out Thursday” !!

It will begin this Thursday, April 25th

Try It Out Thursday will be dedicated to recipes or ideas that I find on Pinterest or receive in my e-mail. I tend to “pin” and save a lot of recipes & craft ideas and never try them so I decided that this will help me wade through the many pins and e-mails that I have.

~Mrs Galvan~