Easy & Unique Pineapple Cheese Ball

I received this delicious recipe from one of my favorite people after she made it for a baseball tailgate a few years ago. I’ve probably made it five times already. It’s always popular because it’s tasty and unique. The truth is, it’s pretty easy to make, too!

Pineapple Cheese BallTo make the pineapple cheese ball, you’ll need:

  • 8 ox. cream cheese, softened
  • 1 small can of crushed pineapple (well-drained)
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp seasoned salt
  • 1 Tbsp. chopped green onion
  • 1 Tbsp. chopped green peppers (I tend to put a few more in than the recipe requests.)
  • Paprika to sprinkle if desired
  • Your favorite crackers (or veggies!) for serving

Pineapple Cheese Ball

A couple of things to note:

– The pineapple needs to be well-drained. Seriously, drain it. As in squish it with a paper towel through a strainer, well-drained. You don’t want a soggy cheese ball!

– Make sure the green peppers and green onions are chopped really tiny. The recipe only calls for 1 Tbsp of each, but you’ll want them to be spread evenly throughout the mixture.

To create this ball of deliciousness, all you have to do is mix up all of the ingredients (minus the paprika) really well. This is not for the squeamish, but the best way to do so is to use clean hands, put all ingredients into the bowl and squish together repeatedly until everything is good and mixed up.

Pineapple Cheese Ball

Once you’re sure everything is combined to the fullest extent, you’ll want to begin shaping the cheese ball. I recommended going ahead and getting it onto the dish you intend to serve it on just to make things a little easier by avoiding a transfer later. Get it rolled into a nice ball (warning: it WILL stick to your hands and be messy for a minute) and cover in wax paper and place in the refrigerator for several hours.

After the ball ‘o goodness has chilled for a few hours, take it out, sprinkle with paprika, and arrange your crackers around it. We’re taking this to a party tonight, actually. I hope it’s a hit!

Pineapple Cheese Ball


DIY Puppy Pearly Whites

Dog Toothpaste
Okay, so let me be honest. The toothpaste is DIY. The actual usage of the paste on our canine children is definitely a two person job! Hopefully your pups will enjoy getting their teeth brushed more than ours do. (Please note: one of our doggies is happy to EAT the toothpaste; he just doesn’t appreciate the rotating toothbrush inside his mouth! I call that a win for this toothpaste recipe!)

Being that we’re huge proponents of using coconut oil and essential oils, we already had everything we needed to make this DIY doggie toothpaste. If you don’t have all of the ingredients in your home, please feel free to follow the links below to purchase. Everything except for the Young Living Essential Oil can also be found at your local grocery store. Like I said, the mixing of the paste was the easy part!

DIY Dog ToothpasteIngredients:

(Please be sure to only use Young Living Peppermint Essential Oil, as it is safe for dogs (and humans!) to ingest.)

Simply mix the above items together and store in a glass jar. Not only is it important to only use peppermint essential oil that is safe for consumption, but you also want to only use a drop or two if you haven’t given your dogs essential oils in the past. Best to err on the safe side.

Before the actual brushing took place, we gave each pup the opportunity to taste the toothpaste sans toothbrush. After that, my husband held each little guy as I played the role of dental hygienist to our unwilling patients. I only used a tiny dollop of the toothpaste DIY Dog Toothpasteconcoction for each brushing, so I expect the recipe above will last quite awhile (though much to these guys’ dismay, brushing is going to become a weekly activity for one and daily for the other!) We used a cheap battery-powered toothbrush to make it easier, though your pup may prefer the regular type.

Both boys forgave us shortly thereafter and getting kisses from each of them was much more pleasant than usual!

I’d love to know what your pup thinks of this toothpaste or if you have any other DIY recipes for pups to share!


Makeup Setting Spray


I live in Florida. It’s hot and humid. We regularly have bad hair days and accept them. In addition to crazy hair, sometimes makeup will melt right off your face, as in you just spent time getting ready only to look like you just woke up a mere 30-60 minutes later. It can happen as quickly as walking in and out of the grocery store. Out of car / quick jaunt into Publix / back to car; bye, makeup.

I used to be a die-hard foundation wearer, no matter what. Since moving to Florida, I now only wear foundation on occasion. Instead I use a combination of different moisturizers and primers and loose powder instead of full foundation to achieve an evened-out, but quick (and more weather-protected) look. Regardless of it’s a fancier foundation occasion or a basic makeup day, I use Urban Decay’s “All Nighter” Makeup Setting Spray. (Note: at my age, it tends to serve more as an “all dayer” spray as I can’t stay up nearly as late as the younger version of me!)

After completing face, eyes, and lips, I hold this about a foot away, aim towards my face, and quickly spray a few times. It truly works wonders. I’m not claiming it’ll keep your makeup in place if you plan to spend the entire day baking in the sun at the beach or at an outdoor festival, but it will surely lend a hand at keeping your face looking made up!

PS – This spray is also available in travel-size, in case you only plan to travel, versus reside, in locations in which your makeup may melt away!

Order Urban Decay Makeup Setting Spray here.

Easily Create Beachy Bathroom Decor

Beach Decor

I love, love, love the beach. There’s something about my feet in the sand, the movement of the ocean, and the slight smell of salt in the air that brings me to my happy place. While we are lucky to be within 30 minutes of a beach, our full-time residence is in suburbia, so I am forced to bring my happy place into our home via little touches of beach decor here and there.

One way I’ve brought the beach into our home is through these apothecary jars (found at Jo-Ann) filled with beachy contents. I “cheated” a little, as I purchased the sand dollars and the sea glass. The basic white shells and the sand were procured from outside of our family’s beach house. Don’t have access to sand or shells? No problem! You can order those online as well.

Putting them together is easy. Start with sand or sea glass and arrange however you see fit. The best part of keeping these contents in the jars is I will easily be able to change items (or sea glass colors) out or rearrange when I need to switch things up a bit. What else would you include inside of these apothecary jars?

Get your beachy decorative contents here:

Sand Dollars

Sea Glass



Puppy Pool Fun

Dog Pool FloatOne of my favorite things about our new house is the fact that we have a saltwater pool inside our lanai. In all the houses I’ve lived in throughout my many moves as a child and adult, I’ve never had my own personal pool. It’s fantastic to be able to hop right in after a long walk, a workout, yard work, or just to relax and float around. So what’s even more fun than being able to jump in any time we want? Letting our dogs enjoy the pool with us! (Okay, letting the one of our two pups who is actually interested in the water, join us.)

Although our Yorkie has the swimming skills and speed of an Olympic gold medalist, we wanted him to be able to hang out in the pool and not feel the need to constantly paddle. The fear was that he might puncture a regular float, which led me to research pool floats designed specifically for dogs. Not only has this well made, tough float held up for the last five months with no sign of wear or tear whatsoever, it’s also pretty much the cutest little pool float I’ve ever seen.

If you’re looking for a dog claw-proof pool float for your small dog, I highly recommend purchasing this Paws Aboard option. I hope your pup loves it as much as our little man!

Swiss Roll Ice Cream Cake


So this funny looking cake may appear to fall into the “Pinterest Fail” category, but I’m happy to report that while I have a ways to go in perfecting the look of this treat, its taste did not disappoint.

Last Thanksgiving, I was assigned dessert as my contribution to the meal. In my mind, simple cake or cookies would not do – I had the perfect excuse to attempt something new! My dad has always loved this old ice cream cake roll thing (also known as “Newlywed Cake Roll”) from back in the day, so my first thought was to attempt to create a homemade version. After realizing that quickly rolling up warm cake right out of the oven was beyond my skill level, I began my search for something similar but less risky. My excitement grew as I found Taste of Home’s Swiss Swirl Ice Cream Cake recipe:  http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/swiss-swirl-ice-cream-cake

Don’t get me wrong – this recipe was no walk in the park. First, I never would hswiss-cake-rollave guessed that Swiss Cake Rolls presented such a challenge to slice, because frankly, who ever felt the need to slice them? So, as you’ll notice, they’re, well, ugly. Unevenly chopped, slightly misshapen, you name it – but, they tasted good, so nobody cared.

Second, layering in the two different ice cream flavors and fudge layers (and I ended up creating more layers than the recipe called for) was not a simple feat either. Patience was key and this is definitely not a recipe you can make in a hurry. Each layer needs an hour or so to freeze before you can begin the next. So, definitely start this unique ice cream cake a day before it needs to be served. I hope yours turns out more orderly than mine!

The family enjoyed the taste and the creativity as well. It was a hit and something I’ll try again…someday. For now, I have plenty of other Pins to attempt…


Simple, Quick Marinade


I am not a chef. I’m not even much of a cook. To make things even more complicated, I’m a vegetarian, so I have no idea how to season meat and poultry for my husband. Sometimes I follow recipes, but sometimes I make things up on the fly. This little combo was quick and easy and my husband at least pretended it was tasty. I simply mixed some olive oil, a bit of Himalayan Pink Salt, some freshly ground pepper, and a drop each of Young Living lemon and lime essential oils. I put the mixture in a baggie with a couple of chicken breasts and let it sit for several hours in the refrigerator. After that, I baked the chicken at 350 degrees until thoroughly cooked. Totally easy. Give it a shot!

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