Homemade Bourbon BBQ Sauce

Since moving down to Maryland, we’ve been eating a whole lot of BBQ. Mostly ribs.  I guess that’s just what happens when you move south of the Mason-Dixon line?  😉  We’ve been enjoying trying different places, and we also went to the Maryland State BBQ Bash a couple weekends ago to check that out.  I personally did not enjoy the BBQ Bash, as it was ridiculously crowded, and BBQ just can’t possibly be cooked that well with those huge crowds.  Since we’ve been totally into BBQ, I figured I should probably make my own at home!

I made this sweet, tangy, and slightly smoky BBQ sauce to go with some oven-baked ribs.  The flavors going on in this sauce are fantastic.  I of course had to throw in some bourbon, because really, when is bourbon a bad idea?  …Never.  I used some Wild Turkey because it’s what I had on hand, but use your favorite! [Read more…]

Blueberry Banana Coconut Chia Muffins (Gluten Free)

I’ve got a muffin recipe for you guys today, but first, I just need to say… I’m finally a licensed pharmacist!  After 6 long years of school and a summer full of studying, moving, and all those shenanigans, I’ve finally passed all my boards!  What a relief, yeah?  We celebrated by getting a few quarts of fresh ice cream from a local creamery that is right down the street from us!  Talk about dangerous, yeah?!  I’m excited to try their fresh chocolate milk next… nothing better than chocolate milk straight from the farm!

Now, those muffins.  I got a new jar of coconut oil from Nutiva and with it came a recipe for coconut blueberry chia muffins.  I had some bananas that were in dire need of being baked into something, so I decided to adapt the recipe to add in my bananas.  These muffins are perfect for on-the-go breakfasts or mid-morning snacks to keep you going through the day.  Full of fiber, protein, and healthy fats, they’ll keep you feeling full for hours.  I love combining blueberries and bananas; you could also add some lemon zest for a bit of lemon flavor, which I also always love in a blueberry muffin. [Read more…]

Free Customizable Geeky Home Prints – Harry Potter, Doctor Who

After moving from Buffalo, NY to north of Baltimore, MD and mostly getting settled in (just a few finishing furniture pieces we’re waiting for, and SHELVES for my pantry.. cannot wait to get all my baking supplies out of boxes), it was high time for me to make a few new prints to hang on the walls!  As always, I had to go with a geeky theme, focusing on quotes from my favorite books and TV shows – Harry Potter and Doctor Who, of course!  I decided to go extremely simple with black and white text and images so that they can be easily customizable by using different colors and designs of scrapbook paper!


After getting all of my frames hung up and ordering prints from Shutterfly, there were a few things missing:  a “welcome” sign for the front hallway, some sort of home print to go along with a welcome sign, and something for in our upstairs bathroom (which has a TARDIS theme).

Here’s what I came up with (click the links below to download the full-sized prints from my Flickr page): [Read more…]