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Hi!!! I’m Courtney. 

I’m a wife, mom of 2 girls and 3 fur babies and a lover of all thing domestic.  I’ve decided to start blogging to hold myself accountable for daily tasks and to encourage others to do the same. I’ll be sharing recipes, cleaning tips, diy and crafting, decorating, my weight loss journey..and whatever else crosses my path. 

A little about me…I am Dayne’s wife, we have 2 daughters, 1 dog and 3 cats.  We live in sunny Tucson, Arizona.  I love to read, watch movies and hang out with my family. 

Cook With Me: Cream Cheese Pancakes (New Recipe)

Hubby and I have gone low carb. I have done this in the past, but I avoided processed carbs – white bread, pasta and junk food- but I did it alone, so it was tough to stick to it. Now that Hubby is doing it with me, it’s a lot easier to keep on it. We are in our 3rd week. It’s not easy, that’s for sure, but it is a little easier every day. 

Onto my recipe!  I have been scouring Pinterest for delicious, filling low carb recipes. And after 2 weeks of eggs for breakfast, I desperately needed something that wasn’t fried or scrambled eggs. 

Que the cream cheese pancakes!

This recipe is crazy easy. I would not say these are comparable to pancakes, maybe a little closer to crepes.  But they did the trick. I felt satisfied after eating them, and guilt free. 😀

I did a slight modification from the recipes I found online- I added vanilla and a tiny bit of brown sugar. 

You will need-

Put everything in the blender (along with the vanilla and brown sugar or sweetener of your choice), and blend until smooth. 

Pour 1/4 of the batter onto your prepared griddle, warmed to medium heat. Flip after a couple of minutes (keep an eye on it of course)-

As far as toppings go- the sky is the limit. Peanut butter would be good, fruit…if you leave out the vanilla and sweetener you could make it hearty. Whatever you like! 
I used butter-

Sooo yummy! Let me know if you guys try them. I didn’t calculate the carbs, but I’m guessing 2 or 3 for the entire recipe. 

Book of the Moment: Same Beach, Next Year

I know you’re not supposed to judge a book by its cover- but that’s basically how I pick my books. If I didn’t do that, I would probably never read anything new.  Who has time to stroll through the library reading the description of books? Not me!  I see a cover that draws me in and I reserve it on their website. 

On to my review!

Can you see why I picked this one by its cover?? I am a beach girl, for sure! 

Same Beach, Next Year is about a couple, Adam and Eliza, who have twin boys, and they live in the country in North Carolina. They vacation on an island off the coast of North Carolina.  One year on their vacation, when the boys are small, Adam runs into an old girlfriend, from when he was in high school, and her husband, Carl. Adam still carries a torch for Eve (que the eye roll), but doesn’t mention this to Eliza, as he has no intention of acting on it. 

This story is told over the course of the 2 couples lives, as they have become very good friends, keeping in touch over the years, and meeting back at the beach every summer. 

Eliza says she knows that Adam fantasizes about Eve, but never seemed concerned about it, until Adam and Eve wind up at the beach together, without their spouses. What happens from there has Eliza questioning her marriage, and has left her feeling like she’s put aside everything she’s ever wanted out of life. 

I mean- in the end, I did enjoy this book. But my feelings went back and forth throughout, and especially at the beginning. The author paints these characters in a way that I don’t think many people will relate to.  And I’m not crazy about the husband in this story pining away for his high school girlfriend.  I will read another book by Dorothea Benton Frank- I have several on my hold list for our library. I am a sucker for a beach read, and it looks like her books all take place in the beach. 

Weekend Breakfast: Pancakes & Bacon

Mmmmmm….bacon. 


Is there a better Saturday morning smell than bacon cooking?


If there is…I don’t know to know about it.  The funny thing is, I don’t even really like bacon all that much. But every once in a while, it really hits the spot. And it does smell amazing! 

Both of my girls had friends sleep over last night.  So we had 3 extra mouths to feed this morning. I cooked bacon for 2 hours. I’m not even kidding. I have this awesome electric griddle, and without that, it probably would have taken a lot longer to cook 3 packages of bacon. 

After the bacon I whipped up a triple batch of homemade pancakes. I’m not going to bother with a recipe, it’s just a standard pancake recipe. The only thing I do a little different is buttermilk. I like to substitute buttermilk for the regular milk. And if I don’t have it (which I never do) I add about a tablespoon of vinegar or lemon juice to the measuring cup before the milk. I do this as I’m starting my recipe so it has time to set. Adding the vinegar or lemon juice will spoil the milk, and give you the same basic consistency as buttermilk. 


I cooked these guys on the electric griddle, as well. I tend to forget that I even have it. But when I pull it out I like to use it a lot. 


Soooo many pancakes. When I make these in the weekend I like to double or triple my recipe. Then we have leftovers for a quick weekday breakfast. Pop one in the toaster and you’re good!


Pancakes with bacon is a simple, sometimes time consuming, but very delicious and popular breakfast- at least for my family. 

I wanted to share this last picture with you. My 12 year old daughter took it as I was driving her, my daughter M and a couple of their friends out to a high school football game. 

Isn’t it gorgeous?? The highschool is out in the middle of nowhere, there is literally nothing but desert in either side of us in the picture. I just love it here. Every day I am still amazed at the beauty of the desert. 

Have a great weekend! 

Book of the Moment: All the Missing Girls

Oh. Em. Geeeeeeee.  I intended to review this book while I was in the middle of it- but between life and the way the story sucked me in- I’ve already finished it! Oops!

All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda is an excellent book about Nic (Nicolette) who grew up in a very small town in rural North Carolina. After she graduated high school, one of her close friends went missing and was presumed dead. Nic took off in the middle of the night without. word to anyone. She had to get away from small town life, an unhappy home, her high school sweetheart and all the gossip that goes on in small towns. 


Now, Nic’s father is not doing well. Nic goes home to visit and get his house prepared to go to sale. And then another girl comes up missing.   

Nic tells us what happens currently and also revealing bits of the past. The story is told backwards over the course of 2 weeks. Which was a little confusing to me at first, but I got used to it. 

Seriously an excellent read. I would highly recommend this to anyone who loves a good mystery! 

Weekend Breakfast: Egg in a Hole

Poof! And just like that, the weekend is almost over.  I just love making big family breakfasts on the weekends.  Everyone sleeps in, rolls downstairs still in their pj’s and we have a nice big breakfast. Lazy mornings are the best. 

This weekend was a little different. Saturday, I had a girls trip to a small town outside of Tucson. The tiny town of Sonoita is filled with wineries.  So I went with my sister, niece and a close friend and we spend the day tasting wine. So fun!!  But, we left at 9:30 in the morning, so I didn’t get to make our usual breakfast. 

My goodies from our day of wine tasting-


I had big plans this morning. Hubby has been so sweet to me lately, I wanted to make his favorite breakfast. He got up before me to get a brisket in his smoker for dinner. I woke up a little while later, planning to have 1 cup of coffee, and then get started on biscuits and sausage gravy….but Hubby got called in to work. (I hate when he gets called away for work, but I also hate to complain about overtime.)

I didn’t want to have Hubby leave for work without something in his belly.  I decided to make Egg in a Hole. It’s quick, simple and he could eat it in the car if necessary.  I don’t have recipe typed up for it- it’s super easy to make. 

You will need-

First, you’ll need to heat a skillet to medium and lightly coat with cooking spray.  Butter both sides of a slice of bread and place in the heated skillet. Take a medium sized biscuit cutter and cut a hole in the center of the bread. 

Crack an egg and add to the hole in the bread. I like to use only egg whites. 

Sprinkle with salt and pepper. 

When the center of the egg is starting to set, flip the bread and egg to brown the other side. 

I served Hubbys Egg in a Hole with a fruit cup and oj. I just had the oj. 

Yummmmm

There it is- my quick but satisfying weekend breakfast.  I love traditions and this is definitely one that my family enjoys. I especially love that traditions can be tweaked to adjust to life. 

Happy weekend!  I hope you all enjoy making memories with your loved ones. 

Book of the…Moment

A while back I wrote a post called Book of the Month. I think that was February. But I’ve not been consistently reading books monthly. Some months I didn’t read any books…lately I’ve been shooting through them. In July I think I ready 3 books. So now we’re at Book of the Moment. 🤓

I love reading! I will always choose reading the book over the movie. And sometime I refuse to watch the movie at all. Especially if I’ve read the book or plan on it. I always end up feeling disappointed at the movie. 

So what one reading at this moment-


The Weekenders by Mary Kay Andrews.  It’s about a family, mother (Riley) and 13 year old daughter (Maggy) who spend the summer on a small island off of North Carolina (I think NC) and the father (Wendell) visits on the weekends. Riley and Maggy are headed to the island on Memorial Day weekend to start their summer. Wendell is supposed to meet them at the ferry to head to the island, but he doesn’t show up. Now there is a body found at the marina, and some other business problems that Wendell was having are coming to light. 

I am loving this book! I can’t put it down. I’m so excited to see where this goes. 

Back in the Swing of Things

Well, the first day of school was a success. My 7th grader (S) decided middle school is not as scary as she thought. And my 10th grader is happy with all of her teachers. Win, win. 

I spent the day with Hubby. Again, working on projects around the house. He cleaned out the garage, we got some picture frames hung up, he put up a flag in his pool table room. I made cookies for the girls for after school (our first day of school tradition), and then we relaxed through the afternoon and watched Pirates of the Caribbean. 

What was left of the chocolate chip cookies after the girls got to them. 😉

Day 2 of school was pretty exciting for S.  The whole town was without power for the entire morning. The middle school was just hanging out making arrangements to bus the kids to the high school. S said they just hung out in 1st period and didn’t do any classes or anything. I could have picked her up, but she said she was having fun. The power finally came back in around lunchtime. 

One of my favorite things about living in his area are the rains. Normally, I hate rain. But most of the time, the rain here come and goes so fast, you could miss it. But even if it’s not raining where you are, there is a good chance you’ll get to see the beautiful rainbows. 

We were able to see this entire rainbow from our backyard! 😍

What is everyone up to this week? When do your kids go back to school? 

Talk soon!