I'm Leslie Nichole, I wanted a blog to showcase everything i've been through, going through, and what the future holds. So grab a (white chocolate) mocha and browse around, everyone is welcome!
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Recipes (health & sweet treats)
I get a lot of looks when I talk about how good pimento cheese is but that’s because I make my own and not eat the store bought kind. No offense if you do, to each is there own but I find it easier to just make a batch. The batch doesn’t last very long around this household.
When I was a kid I never really liked it because it just wasn’t my taste. My mom didn’t have time to make it homemade because she was looking after us driving us here, there, and everywhere. We didn’t have it often but when we did; I decided to go for the chips (one of my weaknesses).
I got this recipe from a coworker who brought some in one day with Ritz crackers for her lunch. I just so happen to be in her office (getting away from mine for a minute or two) and she pulled it out to eat it then offered me a bite. I was never the same again. I helped her eat most of it, it makes a ton!
The pimento cheese is great for sandwiches, on crackers, and with pretzels. My favorite is a sandwich with a side of pretzels though. The cheese gives the creaminess and the pretzels give the salty and the crunch, oh so good!
WHAT YOU NEED TO MAKE HOMEMADE PIMENTO CHEESE:
shredded cheddar cheese
HOW TO MAKE HOMEMADE PIMENTO CHEESE:
Shred cheese (I used a good old fashion cheese grater for this method. I needed the arm workout anyway. It didn’t take very long but you could use a hand mixer.
2. Add the pimentos, I used the entire jar myself but you can do it to the taste of your preference.
3. I added the mayo to taste and mixed everything together.
4. I made myself a sandwich and enjoyed! You can also add onion powder, garlic powder, or dried mustard but I went for the plan southern style. You’ll notice there are no measurements for this recipe either. I just go with the flow, after everything I add I give it a little taste to see if it needs more. I try not to overdue it when I added the spices and I mix a little in a bowl before adding it to my sandwich.
There you have it, a quick and easy lunch/dinner that doesn’t only takes minutes to put together. I don’t know what it is but I can’t tell long stories in my recipe posts, I like getting to the point of the goodness and share with you guys. If you’d like to hear stories I can see what I can muster up, I’m not very good at adding a lot of fluff but I will try next time.
Would you give this recipe a try? If you’d like to try it give it a pin and let me know when you do. I’m serious, you’ll like it. I can’t offer a money back guarantee but I’m so positive you’ll enjoy it that I’m highly recommending it. If you love cheese then I suggest you jot down the recipe and head to the store.
Once the weather gets warm and drowns out the chill from the winter air, I am ready to go camping! I have only discovered my love for camping in the last two years, but I can’t get enough. I love the smell of a fire pit, roasting marshmallows, and the sound of nature, along with the fresh air. So I’m going to share the best camping tips you will read all year.
I will admit I have an air mattress and a small battery-operated fan I take with me. I can’t help it, the ground is hard, and I like sleeping with a fan for the light noise and to help keep it cool inside the tent.
Let’s dive into the best camping tips you’ll read all year. Some of these tips are from me – who is pretty much a beginner, and my boyfriend, who’s a veteran when it comes to camping. Keep in mind these are tips for tent camping. Once we get the truck bed camper remodeled, then I’ll make a post about that (which I can hardly wait for either).
The Best Camping Tips You’ll Read All Year:
Waterproof your tent – Mother Nature can throw a few surprises, and it’s best to have everything you need while you’re out in the middle of nowhere. So, you never know what the weather will do. It can be a sunny 75 degrees one minute then pouring down rain the next. Spray your tent with a silicone sealant while spraying top to bottom and left to right. Don’t forget about those zippers too.
Take advantage of campsite amenities – Now, I know it’s camping, but you’ve got to have a few amenities to make it enjoyable instead of miserable. I can’t go without a shower, so a bathhouse is a must. It’s also great when you’ve got to head to the restroom; this comes excellent when you’re there for a few days or a week like we usually go.
Find level ground to set up your tent – It’s no fun to try to relax or sleep in a tent that isn’t level. Sometimes in some campgrounds, you can’t help but be a little crooked, but most of the time, you’ll find spaces to accommodate tents.
Make camp-friendly meals – I can’t express this one enough. It’s so easy to find recipes for easy meals even when you’re camping. I’ve got an entire Pinterest board dedicated to it. It’s also fun to have a good meal but don’t get me wrong-a sweet peanut butter and jelly sandwich will do a lot of the time.
Pack Snacks – When hitting the trails, you’ll need your energy, especially if you’re camping in the mountains (my favorite!). Water and trail mix bars are perfect for having space and being easy to carry. No one wants to lug around a ten-pound backpack while hiking to 5,000+ feet.
Line your backpack with a heavy-duty trash bag – This will help keep the things you put in your gear dry if you get rained on.
Firestarters – did you know hand sanitizer works great as a fire starter? I know, right! You can also use paper towels or toilet paper rolls stuffed with lint or paper towels to start the fire. If you bring along trick birthday candles to help light the fire, these will help from burning your hands while trying to keep the lighter lit.
Make a grommet – if your find yourself with a torn tarp from where the eyehole has torn out, you can use a heavy rock. Secure the stone with a rubber band or zip tie to keep it in place.
Make your lantern – if you find yourself without batteries, you can make your lantern until you get a chance to make another run to civilization. Strap your headlight to the bottom of a transparent bottle or jug for all the light you need. We’ve done this plenty of times, and there’s enough light to fill the campsite.
Don’t forget the utensils – when cooking, you’ll want a fork, knife, or spoon, but you leave them behind, you’re stuck with your hands. it sounds simple, but when trying to pack everything, something is bound to be forgotten.
Here are a few photos from our favorite trips:
I hope you’ve learned something from this post; it’s always fun to share knowledge and learn from others. Getting a different perspective is always good.
I’d love to hear your about your camping trips! Where did you go, what did you see, what was your favorite? My boyfriend and I love to travel, so that we might end up there on a recommendation.
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I am so excited; I haven’t been this excited in a very long time. To start, three weekends ago, I put down my deposit for a corgi puppy. He was cute when he was three weeks now, now even cuter at four weeks. I’ve decided to share Yamper’s arrival kit with you all in case you have a puppy or a dog that you spoil too.
I can pick him up May 1st, I’m so excited. I can’t wait for his arrival; although he is 4.5 hours away in the mountains, which I love! He’s worth it with his cute furry face.
I’ve decided on the name Yamper, which for those who know is a Corgi Pokemon. I didn’t watch Pokemon until my boyfriend started the series and after I saw the little guy a few episodes in I think it’s a perfect name. Corgi’s are said to be very energetic and spunky dogs, which Yamper the Pokemon is an “electric” type so I think it fits perfectly. I’m sure he’ll have another nickname but that’ll be on his adaption papers.
My boyfriend seems to think I’m overdoing it and going overboard, but hey, everyone gets ready for a baby, right? He also told me to stop calling him my baby that he is a puppy. Well, I don’t have kids, so he is going to be my baby.
I’ve already picked up everything (Thanks, Petsmart!) and ordered everything else (Thanks, Amazon!) that he’ll need.
I’ve read so many puppy articles both in a search and on Pinterest that I’ve read everything on puppies there is to find on the internet. I know what to do with him for the first 48 hours I bring him home, and he misses his mom and littermates; I have mapped out a schedule, and I’ve got a few training posts pinned as he’ll be a well-behaved gentleman.
The kennel owner sends me weekly photos, which was this week’s photo out of the ten sent. This one is my favorite because you can see his face. He was either biting the box, fingers or was blurry from moving so much in the others. I call them his baby pictures, hehe. Yes, ok, I might be a little obsessed.
Look how cute he is, though! The first picture is of him at only three weeks; the second is him at four weeks. He’s starting to look like a puppy now.
I wanted to share a few things I picked out for him; I’ll do a total review on the products once he gets here and has time to play with them, so that post should happen in May. Everything I picked out was for a puppy, except for his cate – that is for medium-sized dogs as he will be. This is only, so I don’t have to buy another one when he’s older and bigger. His breeder sent me a video (which I pulled this image from) Sunday night. He’s growing so much each week, I love seeing his progress.
I wanted to cover all of the aspects we’d be dealing with, like food, crate, toys, and treats. I ordered little Yamper a “Pup Mom Crate,” (click the link and save 20% off!) too, though, which I cant wait to see what comes inside. I wasn’t thinking about him being a puppy when I ordered it, so everything is coming for a medium dog, which he’ll grow into and that. It means I won’t have to buy a lot more toys.
His crate is roomy, and I’ve got dividers to put up, so he feels a little safer in a smaller space, but I’ll move them out as he gets bigger. I’ve decided to use a gentle leader on him; I want to use a harness when we’re walking through. For some reason, it just makes me feel better knowing he’s not pulling his nose off of choking himself with a regular collar. They say corgis are highly food motivated (hey, me too!), so I looked around to find him some training treats. I’ve never owned a puppy, so anything makes it easier for me to train them better.
I researched everything there is to explore the best dog food I could buy for the little pup. I went with FROMM since this is what he’s been eating. I’d thought about switching him to Purina Pro Plan for puppies though, I’ve heard good reviews but I don’t know yet. I’ll ask his vet for advice. He’s set for his second round of shots on the 17th.
I’ve decided I’ll be making his and Raylle (his older brother) their dog treats. This will come after a while, but I decided to go ahead and get the doggy molds and cookie cutters I’d need to in case I decided to do it sooner.
Here are the recipes I’ve decided to give a try first. I wanted to do something frown since spring and summer are here in full swinging, bringing upwards of 85-degree weather already.
You may think I’ve went a little overboard because I do too as well as everyone around ,e. I just want to make sure the little guy feels at home and has exactly what he needs (and I need) to make his transition easy. If you have any tips or tricks, please leave them in the comments. Since I’ve never had a puppy, I need all the help I can get!
I love taking pictures, I think it’s so much fun to capture the moment while you’re in it. I also love the fact pictures hold memories and are made of these unforgettable times. I mean, when do you take a picture of something you want to forget about?
I’m sharing 8 of my favorite photos from the month, They consists of cuteness, inspiration, self care, and just plan willpower.
This is my new baby, Yamper. You’ve seen me speak about him (a lot) on the blog and even though I don’t pick him up until May 1st he’s already melted my heart. I have a chronic illness (Bipolar 1 & Anxiety suck!) that causes good days and severely bad days, so I thought about making him a service dog but my thoughts for right now are to bond with him very closely. He’s going to be my roll dog – literally.
A few weekends ago my boyfriend and I decided to go camping. I love it, it’s my new found relaxation self care. When we can always, the campsites fill up fast (especially those on the water). It’s so relaxing with the fresh air, the sounds of the water, being on the boat surrounded by nothing but water and beautiful scenery. However, I can’t divot without my air mattress and my battery operated mini fan. This photo was taken at Kerr Lake, NC. Everything about this lake is beautiful and quiet.
I also have a cat (name Quin) who’s adorable and very very independent, so when he hangs around I try to make the most of it. In this photo he’s taking up camp on my desk while I was trying to get client work done. After walking across the keyboard multiple times he settled down right beside me and fell asleep. I thought it was too cute how he fell asleep. Life is shard for him huh? He has a thyroid problem which is why his hair looks like it’s been electrocuted.
Give me all the books! I’m currently on “Red Velvet Cupcake Murder” because I finished “Cinnamon Roll Murder” in like 3 days. I love these Joanne Fluke books because it’s about a lady (Hannah) who owns a bakery with her assistant Lisa. Hannah finds all sorts of trouble tryin to help sole murder mysteries. plus, the book has recipes that she mentions in each chapter. My boyfriend has been begging me for years (even when we weren’t together) to make him something from the book.
Although I have changed my background (to column for organization and changed my folders to ones that are “glitter” to math my new background I still love this picture. I was having one of the worst anxiety/mania ridden days I’ve had in a long time. I wanted to do everything and nothing at the same time. My to do list was growing and I couldn’t get anything done because I couldn’t focus on just one thing. This photo reminds me that even on bad days there is still hope and inspiration to be found in these small moments.
I don’t post a lot of pictures of myself, I feel like an imposter when I do. Like I shouldn’t;t be posting them because you guys are here fir the content not to look at my mug. This photo was taken about an hour after I woke up one day. Again, this photo is a reminder that although days can be bad there are silver lining in some. I got up after this photo and had my mocha. Before having my mocha as you can see with my bedhead, no makeup, and non-existent expression I wasn’t feeling it that morning. This shot is very candid and I didn’t know if I would put it up or not but decided the hell with it.
Teqnically these two photos weren’t taken in the month of April but they’re worth sharing. What do you do with photo’s you love and enjoy looking at? I use CanvasPeople (this is not an affiliate link) for photos I want to hang on the wall that have a unique feel to them. I’ve started a canvas wall art gallery in my room where I can display these beautiful works of art; like the one pictured below. The photos are printed on canvas and come ready to hang, which is pretty awesome. I fell in love with this print which was from the top of the waterfall of Catawba Falls in NC, we also got the bridge from New River Gorge Bridge in West Virginia hanging in the living room.
I love photography although all I have right now is an iPhone 11 and my sense of scenery. Sometimes it takes at least 10 tried before I get a photo I even remotely like but in the end it’s worth it.
Leave me a comment if any of these photos resonate with you. You can find inspiration everywhere even if it is just looking at a cute fluffy face or a bridge. A lot of these pictures show up on my Instagram too, you can check that out as well, if you like what ya see then give me a follow then leave a comment and I’ll follow you back.
I don’t know about you, but I myself love an excellent subscription box! I think it’s the fun of not knowing what’s coming inside the box, so when you open it, it’s like Christmas!
I came across Pup Mom Crate and couldn’t help myself. Things for my pup and me?! Yes, please! You’ll receive 5-8 items for you and your pup in the box each month (you can also choose to skip months if you’d like). These goodies are fantastic and fun!
The box is charming, I love the attention to detail, and the colors catch your eyes and spark curiosity.
I did an unboxing for you guys with my first box so you can see the greatness that awaits. As you can see the crate was full of neat things (I’m wearing my “World’s Best Dog Mom” hat right now) for Yamper & myself.
Let’s start with the treats that arrived in the cute colorful box. Although Yamper is only nine weeks old, I did a little research to see if he could have these delectable delights. As I stated before, I got him a “medium” box instead of a “small” crate. The Side By Side Salmon & Sweet Potato chewy treats will be saved until he’s a little older. The Side By Side website states the treats are for happy, energetic, strong stomaches, and pink tongues. Since he’s only a puppy, these will wait until he’s adapted to everything and the foods we feed him. The Vitakraft Meaty Morsels don’t state if they’re for puppies or not, but I think those will wait until he’s a little older too.
Onto the toys, the fun part! He got a ball that glows in the dark, which will be fun when we go camping this summer if he’s big enough to play with it by then (I’m disappointed in me that I ordered the wrong size box). The other toy is an alien from Alien Flex that is soft and squeaky. Yes, it scared me when I picked it up to squeeze it and didn’t realize it squeaked. In the picture is the awesome tumbler they sent.
Next up are the fun gifts for me, the pup mom. I got an awesome Tumbler (that I’m using for my 2nd chocolate mocha – this thing is 16oz’s) that says “send dog pics,” A hair wrap for after a shower, and a “Dog Mom Parking Only” sign. All of which will get used after a walk or a day outside.
There is such a wide variety of toys, treats, and accessories on the market for puppies and dogs today it can be hard to decide which is best for your pet. Be curious about what’s in the treats and foods you give them to keep them safe, happy, and healthy.
I like ordering subscription boxes because everything is researched and defined. You’ll find subscription boxes most of the time cater to a specific need like sensitive skin to gut health.
Use this link to take 20% off your first box (in all transparency: crates are $39.99 each month you decide not to skip. I am not an affiliate of this company), plus you can also see if they’re giving away any freebies for that month, which is an even bigger win!