Red Sox and a Recipe

Good morning! I am in a particularly great mood today because I am going to the Red Sox game tonight!! So excited to be back at Fenway.  Apparently most fans are pessimistic about this season because tickets were only $13! I don’t care how bad they are, a night at Fenway Park is worth every penny. ALSO, Fenway is doing an April promo where Fenway Frank’s are BOGO and 12 oz drafts are $5! Should be a fun night! 🙂

(Me and Wally last April)


Last night we had another crock pot meal. Our pot has really been doing overtime lately!


We used this recipe, minus the mushrooms because ours went bad before we could use them all. 😦



Sooo delicious!IMAG5233


As I already described earlier this week, Nolan  and I hosted a mini pork feast on Saturday. As soon as I woke up that morning I was in cooking mode! We actually woke up having a sleep-conversation about cucumber salad. I promise I wouldn’t make that up and those of you who know us personally believe it. 
After I went shopping for sides, Nolan complained that I didn’t pick up any potato salad. Since I was already comfortably lounging on the couch with no intention of going back out, I decided to search some recipes and see what we had on hand. I came across one that sounded reasonable, and I tweeked a few of the ingredients to make it a bit healthier, and to use what we had in the fridge. Instead of sour cream I used Chobani, Miracle Whip instead of mayo, and instead of ranch dressing I used the powder of a ranch dip mix.

template recipe

It was actually fairly easy to make and it came out pretty delicious! In my actual recipe, I added a bit too much Miracle Whip and yogurt so I tried to adjust this recipe accordingly. The potatoes were a bit too saturated for my liking, but everyone else seemed to really enjoy it, including the unhealthy food lovers.


I am especially excited to break this recipe out for the summer cook outs! Yummmmm I can smell the meat on the grill now! 

Ok, time to hit the road! GO SOX!

Enjoy the day!

Question of the Day:

What is your favorite bbq side dish??

Song of the Day:

Sweet Caroline- Neil Diamond

Summer Savings and A Lucky Winner

Hey everyone! Happy Friday! I will admit that when you don’t have a job, it is VERY difficult to remember what day it is haha.

Last night I worked a gig for job # 4 at the fabulous Fenway Park! It was a corporate party and they rented out the whole stadium!

The Sox are on a road trip so the Fenway crew was prepping for the Pink Floyd concert on Sunday.

We got there pretty early for the event so I was able to roam around an empty ball park and do some exploring. I even got a free Fenway Frank and fries.  It was so cool!And I got paid to be there. 🙂


Lately I have been doing some research on how to save money in the summer. It is no secret that I am currently for lack of a better term unemployed. A perk to teaching is having summers off however people forget that this means no weekly pay check.


Although I currently have 5 odd jobs and Nolan to pick up my temporary financial slack, it still doesn’t amount to a hearty income. So far I have done a fair job seeking Free Fun, but I am always looking for new ways to save some $$! This is a list of suggestions I have found that I think I could practically incorporate into my summer.

Summer money saving tips: 

  • If possible, walk to local stores instead of driving. Gas prices can get very high around the summer holiday season and some places start charging for parking
  • Turn off the a.c. at night and anytime you leave the house
  • Let your laundry dry outside Save unnecessary heat and $$ (especially if you have a quarter pig like I do.)
  • Make your own summer beverages such as ice tea and coffee. Freeze old coffee in ice cube trays and blend it for a frozen drink. (Check out my recent recipes for ice tea, coffee frappes, and sangria.
  • Buy fresh produce at a Farmer’s Market instead of a supermarket It’s fresher, and typically cheaper.
  • Pack a picnic instead of eating out Soak up some vitamin D while enjoying cheap food with friends 🙂
  • Take advantage of local free event Many towns offer free or discounted summer concerts, festivals, and activities.
  • Cut down on the cable. Get rid of unnecessary channels. This will get you out of the house and active while saving some $$.
  • Go to a drive-in theater instead of a movie theater- It’s much cheaper and a nice change from the standard theater.
  • Shop at thrift stores for a vintage summer wardrobe! 
  • Instead of hitting up an ice cream shop, freeze yogurt for a guilt free frozen treat! This can help save $$ and calories!
  • Have a yard sale! Get rid of all that unnecessary clutter AND make some $$
  • Plan fun “Stay cations” Do it up right and create the illusion that you are on vacation!
  • Drink water! Summer is an important time to stay hydrated. Water is free-and calorie free. Put the soda away.

As I said there are hundreds of money saving summer tips out there but these are some that I can realistically see myself doing. There are a few things on this list that I already have planned in the near future. 🙂


It’s time to announce the winner of my giveaway! Before I announce the winner, I just want to say thank you to everyone who entered and made my first giveaway on SLF a success.

Drum roll please……………………

Congrats Julie!!!! Please send me your mailing info at and your package of sensible snacks will be on their way. 🙂


How do you plan on saving some $$ this summer?

What is your favorite summer beverage?