A Day In the Life.

I’m so glad you guys had a blast playing Friday Trivia! Can’t wait for next week.


The correct answers:

1. Adventures of Pluto Nash

2. Three

3. Oreos


Those that got all 3 correct that are entered for the prize:


Molly P


Rosemary and the Goat

Kristie Lynn

Julie @ SavvyEats


Thanks to all for playin.’ 🙂


If you didn’t make it this time, check back next Friday. You’ll still have 5 chances to win





Some of you have inquired about my daily eats and routine. Take a look below, and you will see that it is not anything to write home about. This may or may not appear more often. I cannot decide. I am not a fan of taking pictures without natural light. So this probably leans toward the ‘may not’ side.





Yesterday, my morning began like this. It usually does.













To say I am a HUGE fan of makeup is an understatement. I love it. My secret dream job is to be a MAC makeup artist. I love wild colors, dramatic eyes – you name it. And no, I’m not talking about gross, ‘caked-on-your-face’ makeup. You won’t find that on me. I do not even wear foundation. But I love bright, fun colors and experimenting.





My other secret? The real reason I won’t ever become a makeup artist? As much as I love all of your faces, I really have no desire to touch them. You know what I’m talking about. There may always be that one person you see sitting in the makeup chair and  as you walk by, you think ‘oh dear. I am so glad I do not have to touch that face.’




I know. I’m cruel. Please forgive me.




You know what I’m talkin’ bout.





Anyway, my 2 favorite brands (as if you can’t tell from the picture), are MAC and Urban Decay. Put me in a Sephora and I can single handedly destroy my bank account along with yours, and think it is totally worth it.




Have a question about my favorite colors or what I really use everyday? Give me a shout.








Yesterday morning also began like this.













I think it is time for a new blender. I have a ‘normal’ blender, though too much moose juice has cause it to have a mental breakdown. I attempted to use my immersion blender for my green monster. Tiny green spinach flakes are not fun to clean up when you are ravenous at 6:30am. This stuff flew everywhere – I even noticed some that had dried on my foot last night.





What was in my green monster?

*Chocolate Amazing Grass

*almond milk


*frozen banana







I also had an unpictured mini whole wheat bagel with cream cheese.







After discovering the price of the Vitamix last night (which I refuse to disclose here since I will most likely walk through the door with one this weekend and would like to save my husband a heart attack) – I am deciding whether to bite the bullet and get it, or get a cheaper blender. Any suggestions?








Around 11:00 I had some of this Oikos with pumpkin spice granola.











I usually am a plain Fage girl, but had some coupons for Oikos.







Around 2:30 I had some leftover veggie soup and a honeycrisp. Check out the recipe.
















And dove right into this puppy. Have you checked out Ange’s bakery?











If not, swing by Glo Bakery and order some bars. They are more than worth it.







After that, I went on an excursion to Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s with my brother. I only go every 3rd week or so because it is about 35 minutes away, but is a real pain to get to.









I was starving because I did not eat much, so I had about 56 of these.











Chocolate Chewies from Whole Foods.









And we also ate almost the entire container of these during the car ride back.















 Hi. My name is Jessica and I’m a shopaholic.






I have issues.












That was only about half the stash. 













This may be my most favorite purchase EVAAHH.












I think  I have shared with many of you my obsession with figs. I live for figs.


I have an excellent recipe to try out so stop back in the next few days.







My husband finally made it home after 3 hours of sitting in traffic coming from the airport.

Ah, he was a joy. He was especially hangry, as you can imagine after sitting in gridlocked traffic in the pouring rain.




He asked me to make him a ‘sandwhich-thing’ with some leftover filet we had in the fridge. I sauteed some onions and mushrooms, and decided to throw the mix between 2 whole grain tortillas.












































He was not a happy camper when he saw what I made. He didn’t want this, he wanted a sandwhich. After a brief temper tantrum, he ate it anyway. It was pretty fabulous.







I had some whole wheat naan for the first time.











Um, why on earth have I never had naan? I broiled it with some low-fat mozzarella and asiago. It was amazing, to say the least.






Today it looks like this outside.











Now it’s my turn to throw a tantrum like a 5 year old because all I want to do it go to the darn pumpkin patch.




Oh well. I will drown my sorrows in more Chocolate Chewies.



Up next: a spin on good ole’ chocolate chip cookies.

Trivia Friday #1.


I still consider myself a newlywed even though I have been married a year. Maybe because I’ve had a hard time…adjusting. Regardless, everyone still treats me like a newlywed and I am so often asked the question… ‘do you cook?’


Um, excuse me?



Is there such a thing as not cooking?



I kid. I kid. I know there are plenty of you that don’t enjoy cooking and baking like I do. So I respond (while trying to hide a highly annoyed, dramatic ‘you-don’t-even-know-me’ face because I don’t just cook, I COOK)… ‘why yes, I cook.’



That generates a smile. Which turns into a smirk. 



‘Well since you cook, I bet you don’t like to clean.’



BINGO. I don’t like to clean anything.


I even get annoyed when I have to wash my face.



And don’t give me the ‘ew, that is gross’ thought – just remember last Saturday night when you fell asleep on the couch with a full face of makeup on, awoke groggily at 1 am, only to remember you still needed to cover your face in freezing-cold water and soap that burns your eyes. And for that moment you probably wondered if you could trick your mind into thinking that you sleep-walked upstairs to bed to relieve yourself from the guilt your broken-out face would  feel Sunday morning.



Oh wait. That probably wasn’t you. Because you probably have a life on Saturday night that does not including eating sea-salted chocolate and watching 27 Dresses. My bad.



So I hate to clean. I also hate laundry. I do many nice things for my husband, but laundry isn’t one of them. In fact, if I ever made the offer he would instantly decline, knowing that it would be a good 5 weeks before it was finished.




So imagine his excitement when I sent him this text message last night.













His response?










He may have a point.



Did you enjoy his open letter professing his love for protein bars?




I did, and decided to profess my love for these bars.






















They are amazing. Like OH.EMMM.GEEEE amazing. 



As in, I know no restraint when it comes to these bars. Please stop by Glo Bakery and order some NOW.





How do you like this creation?











Are you looking at this, wondering ‘hmmm, which pumpkin creation did Jessica make today?’










So I am.






Because this is just a pumpkin pie Blizzard from the good ole’ DQ up the road.











Sorry to disappoint, folks.






And because I have been all shades of negative lately, I am going to start posting my ‘something to be thankful for’ everyday. Feel free to join in.


Something I’m thankful for: my health.






And because it’s fun, I am going to start hosting…

Trivia Fridays!



Here’s how it works:


-3 questions are posted Friday morning. 


-You have until midnight (EST) Friday to qualify – leave your answer in the comments section.


-The comments will not be made public until Saturday. I will get it, but it will not appear. So please do not comment 324 times like I have in situations like these. One comment per person.


-Everyone who answers correctly will be entered into a drawing for an awesome prize EVERY MONTH. This means if you participate in FOUR trivia Friday’s in one month, you have FOUR chances to win. I sure am good at math.


-The prize will be different each time and announced on the 15th of the month. It may be small, it may be big. It may be tangible or not. It may be a lock of my hair. Who knows? Either way, it will be announced mid-month. 


-The winner will be randomly chosen and announced on the last day of the month. If the last day falls on a Friday, winner will be chosen Saturday.



Oh, and if you are super-excited that October is almost over and it is almost prize time? You lose. Because we are startin’ today and going through November. That’s SIX chances to win this go ’round. Thank my brother for this super-fun idea.



1. What 2002 feature film, starring Eddie Murphy, is considered the biggest bust of all time with a budget between 90-100 million and grossing only 4.4 million at US Box offices?

2. How many times can an NFL team play on a Monday night in a single season?

3. What is the most popular store-bought cookie in the US?





Thanks for playing!




If you’ve made your way here looking for a recipe, why not try one of these this weekend? 

Lobster Mac

Honeycrisp Apple Crisp

Chicken Romano with Lemon Butter Sauce

Loaded Steak Salad

A Reply.


Goooood afternoon. 🙂


I loved reading what each and every one of you had to say regarding the Fullbar and my disappointment in the marketing.



I know I stated that I prefer to not eat bars everyday, unless I am in a pinch.



Well, I left out a teeny-tiny, itsy-bitsy problem I come across in my everyday life.



My husband LOVES bars. Adores them. He is so smitten with bars that he usually has one (or five) everytime he gets in the car. Now, he is not eating Big 100 Colossal’s or anything like that, but he is a fan of Detour, Nugo, and most other bars in that caloric range.


Please, spare his ears the pain of why he shouldn’t be eating these bars. He certainly has already had enough of that. He’s read so much about why he shouldn’t be eating bars 6 times a day (thanks to my harrassment thanks to your comments), that I recieved this email a few minutes ago (he is out of town) and I thought you would all enjoy reading it. He even included pictures.



What can I say? I like to share.







Dear HowSweet blogger,
Your husband disagrees with you and the 28 (to this point) opinionated commenter’s regarding nutrition bars.  The hubs loves protein bars.  Especially while on the road.  Look at this – the packaging screams yummy

detour bar












And it has no trans fat and only 3 grams of sugar, or 50% less than the original Detour bar – as stated on the box in the second picture. 

half the sugar













Did I mention how good they are??

In other words, you and your readers suck.  You don’t know your hot little a$$ from shine-ola!  And don’t ask me what that means.  It’s something old people say. 
And you are not the only person in OUR house that can take pictures.  So put that in your pipe and smoke it.


And I think “The Man, the myth, the legend” should comment more.


I love you.








So there you have my husband’s take on protein bars.



And he didn’t really mean that we all suck. He can be dramatic sometimes, too…like…um…someone else I know.  He loves you just as much as I do. 🙂





Now…go make some of these. And tell me about it later.

Asiago Breaded Pork Chops.


Although I have been suffering from an aversion to meat this year, I have been craving pork. Tenderloin, chops and pulled (my ultimate fave!) – you just can’t go wrong!



This is another dish my mom made often – and still does. We never got sick of it because it is THAT good.


You need 4 boneless pork chops.




4 thin, boneless pork chops. THIN makes all the difference. (Doesn’t it though?)













Trim off all of the fat.










This is something I have to do because if I see or bite into (blech!) the tiniest piece of fat, gristle, vein, muscle, etc, I’m done. No more meat for me. It is one of the reasons I have a hard time eating the meat I prepare, because I see everything.







Tenderize the pork with a fork.














The breading is a mixture of corn flakes and seasoned bread crumbs.

















Best. Breading. Ever.







This meal is very simple to prepare. Takes less than 15 minutes!





There are only 2 steps before it hits the skillet:



1. Dip and soak the chop in some milk for about a minute.










2. Then press the chop into the bread crumb mixture.












Pan-fry to seal in the juices and the outside coating .




















Now for the best part. Asiago.










One of my most favorite cheeses.


Which doesn’t say much since I’ve never met a cheese I didn’t like. But if you have never tried asiago (in ways other than a light sprinkling on your spaghetti) you are missing out!





Top each chop with a small handful of cheese. Lots o’ rhymes going on today.









It was a ‘2-handful’ day.



I also add a bit of chicken stock into the skillet to keep the chops moist as they bake. Pork chops are known to come out dry, but I promise if you try them this way, they will be super moist.





Take cover before hittin’ the oven!














Ohhh I can taste it now…












These are tender, juicy, cheesey and every other word that would fall in those categories.










You know what else is awesome? Making a gravy using the bits left in the pan and serving it with mashed potatoes. It’s da’ bomb.




Who even talks like that? I’m so embarrassing.






Of course the breading is my favorite part.










I wish breading was considered a meal. A healthy meal, even. Served daily.

Like ‘honey, I’m home! Can we have breading for dinner?’

I would totally eat that.





You can’t say no to this.












Asiago Breaded Pork Chops

4 thin, boneless pork chops

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 cup milk

1/2 cup Kellogg’s Corn Flakes

1/2 cup seasoned bread crumbs

1 cup chicken stock

1 cup asiago cheese, grated or crumbled


Preheat oven to 325.

Trim fat off of pork chops and tenderize with a fork.  Heat skillet on medium-high heat and add 2 tablespoons olive oil. In separate bowls, pour milk into one, then breadcrumbs and corn flakes into other.

Dip chop in milk and let soak for about a minute. Dip in bread crumb mixture and coat thoroughly. Add to skillet and let cook on each side for about 3-4 minutes, or until breading is golden brown.

Take off heat and add 1 cup chicken stock to skillet. Also add 1/4 cup asiago cheese on top of each chop.

Cover and bake at 325 for about 45 minutes. Make sure the chops do not dry out. If the skillet becomes dry, add more chicken stock.





Serve with some of that delicious homeade applesauce I’ve seen floating around blogworld.









Anyone want to give me a good recipe for it?


Please try these. And be happy. Forever.

Protein bar, that is. 🙂


Let me preface this by saying I usually do not eat store-bought bars. Of course, I stay away from them for the obvious reasons…they are usually full of processed junk, they can be a trigger food, etc, but my main reason is that you just don’t get much bang fo’ your buck.


Not all bars fall under this category. I can have a Larabar and usually be perfectly satisfied. However, when I eat a bar covered in chocolate (think Zone) I am usually 1. ravenous shortly afterwards and 2. looking for the nearest piece of chocolate.


I would always remind my clients that a bar (well, a select few) are great in a pinch and most of the time will be better than that Big Mac. One possible exception: The Big 100 Colossal bar. Have you guys seen this whopper??


The Big 100 Colossal has around 410 calories PER bar, with HFCS listed as one of the first ingredients. I once watched a guy at the gym eat this bar as his ‘pre-workout snack.’ He then did 20 minutes of cardio, and proceeded to make himself a ‘post-workout shake‘ – about 500 calories worth. I’m still laughing about it now.




Today I was super hungry and must have been smoking crack in a daze when I packed up my food for the day, because I barely brought anything. I don’t even know me anymore. 




I grabbed this bar. I’ve had it once before. I didn’t really like it then either.













My choices didn’t range from much. It was basically pork rinds, Milky Ways, or this Fullbar. I chose the least vomit-inducing option before I gnawed off my fingers one by one.




Let the record show that I only ate about a 1/3 of this bar. And it certainly was not because it made me ‘full.’ Pun intended.




I completely lost my appetite as I read the back of the package. It shows the ‘Fullbar system,’ and how one can lose weight by choosing this bar. Ok, not much different than most weight-loss gimmicks, but what is the gag-inducing Fullbar system?














1. Eat a Fullbar with an 8 oz glass of water 30 minutes before your meal.

2. Then eat less and be completely satisfied!




Exclamation points and all. Like, ‘WOW! You have to try this! Eat less! The Fullbar is magic!’




Sooo…let me get this straight. If I, Jessica, eat this 170 calorie processed, rectangular, hard-as-a-rock slice of garbage before I eat my fruits and veggies, I will eat less of my fruits and veggies? And therefore lose weight? And this is healthy?




Just one more time for clarification – I will eat less of my nutrient-dense, multi-flavorful lunch and dinner, and in it’s place eat this modified, nutrient-lacking sliver of cardboard?




Most of us know that this is not ‘healthy.’ Those of us that are educated in properly fueling the body would rarely grab this bar (like I did), unless they were in a pinch (like I was) for it’s intended purpose: to eat before a meal we eat less at the meal. 




But what about everyone else? The large population that does not know how to properly fuel themselves? Those that will eat this bar and then continue to eat the same amount at the next meal, either because they are emotionally eating or simply, just plain hungry?




Granted this bar IS all natural and there are worse choices out there. But the guidelines state to eat this bar before a meal.


Not ‘hey, pick me up in a pinch because I’m better than those chicken gorditas from Taco Bell.’


Or, ‘if you are stranded on a dessert island and your only option is Cold Stone Creamery, eat me!’ (ha – as if! If I was stranded on an island, which would imply I was about to die, I would eat as much Cold Stone as I could get my hands on. )



Even, ‘I know you are craving that huge slice of 3400 calorie cheesecake today, but save it for Saturday and eat me now instead.’




Nope. Nada. Instead it says ‘eat me 30 minutes before a meal, and eat less later.’


Is everyone eating a vast array of fruits, veggies, healthy fats, grains and proteins for their meals? Of course not. Americans are said to average restaurant dinners 4-5 times per week. With the indulgence of a high-calorie meal quite often, what benefits does eating the Fullbar before a meal truly give?

  • It does not teach portion control.
  • It does not show us how delicious and exciting a healthy diet can be by choosing from an endless assortment of produce, lean proteins and grains.
  • It does not exemplify a realistic lifestyle change.




I have to say I was most disappointed because this bar is fairly new to the market. The bar’s ingredients are not terrible, yet the bar is marketed in an unrealistic, decieving way. I thought we were becoming more educated on eating whole, unprocessed foods and surpassing the Slim Fast days? 



What are your feelings on bars?



I try not to rely on them. I occasionally enjoy them when I’m traveling, am in a pinch and very hungry, am stuck in a place where eating a meal isn’t possible or when I’m craving something sweet and that is my only option. My first choice is always to make my own




Have you tried a Fullbar? What are your thoughts?

Halloweenie Pumpkin Scones.


 I said weenie.

 (follow me as I tweet my life away and say other inappropriate things.)


Thank you all so much for additional recipe suggestions on my honeycrisp apple crisp! Check out the comment section for some yummy and healthier substitutions. You guys are the best!




I have never been a fan of scones from most bakeries or coffee shops. 95% of the scones I’ve bought are usually dry and crumbly, and although I realize that is sometimes how scones are supposed to be, I really do not like that texture.


After getting a pumpkin scone from Starbucks on Saturday that tasted like it had been sitting out for 4 days, I knew I had to come up with something.




I used the base of this scone recipe from a friend’s sister. It is SO good. The addition of the pumpkin even made it more moist. Perfect for my taste buds.





Dry ingredients.














Don’t be grossed out. That is some buttermilk with a splash of vanilla.










The buttermilk expired on 9/15. I think it had some chunks in it. I used it, ate a scone (or 7), and didn’t get sick or die. I was channeling Mother Lovett. Now you can be grossed out.







I wonder how many of my posts do not include butter?













At first I was using my mixer and it just wasn’t getting the job done. I brought out this trusty tool and it worked perfectly.
















Crumbled little bits of butter.








A good dollop of pumpkin goes into the mix.














The dough – which was SO good. I kept eating bits. And spoonfuls.









 And handfuls.









I got these festive Kisses to chop up and use as ‘chips’ in the scones.























Aren’t they pretty?




The truth is, I was desprately trying to find the pumpkin spice Kisses that everyone is using and talking about. I searched far and wide and could not find them ANYWHERE. I am wondering if they do not have them in Pittsburgh? Any Pittsburgher’s out there? Please let me know. I went to 5 Target’s and 4 Giant Eagle’s. No luck.






So I threw a tantrum on the floor of the 5th Target. Then picked up the candy corn Kisses and went on my merry way.








The dough that somehow escaped my mouth.















Formed into a circled after some gentle kneading, patted down, and cut into slices.
















Topped with this! Is there anything better than coarse sugar?










I’d like to eat it straight from the bag.








Like a slice of raw scone pie.




 Nevermind – that doesn’t sound very appealing.









Right before they went in the oven I brushed with some melted butter.


























And sprinkled with sugar.















Hello, lovaaaaaaah.




















May I top you with some pecan pumpkin butter? Thank you.














How many of you used to rip off and only eat the tops of muffins that were coated in coarse sugar?











Anyone? Just me?



Ha! Who am I kidding? I still do, and did it with 4 of these scones. Just LOOK at that top. Mmmm.









How about we coat you in festive chocolate?


















Pumpkin Scones

3 1/4 cups flour

1/3 cup sugar

2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

3/4 cups cold butter

1 cup buttermilk

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/2 cup pureed pumpkin


Preheat oven to 425.

In large bowl combine dry ingredients. Cut in butter until it forms coarse crumbs. Stir in buttermilk, vanilla, and and pumpkin. Turn onto a lightly floured surface and knead gently.

Divide in half and pat into 7 inch round circles. Brush with melted butter and sprinkle with coarse sugar. Cut into 6 wedges.


Bake at 425 for 13-15 minutes.






I’m going to eat my scones in a pumpkin butter bath.























Can someone PLEASE make these with pumpkin spice Kisses? If not, I’m going to go insane with the possibilities.



And finish off the scones. Which might make my husband stay out of town for good.

Honeycrisp Apple Crisp.


We had about 7 honeycrisps in our fridge and I knew they had to go to good use. I am really trying to not be wasteful with food – we always have so much since my husband is a human garbage disposal, albeit a healthy one.



I had just been eating the honeycrisps (who woulda thunk?), but the recent attack on my mouth, aka loads of dental work (and the raping on my bank account), have made chomping on a crisp apple not such a pleasant task.


Especially after I chipped my first filling on this.



I wanted to make a slightly healthier version, and also not make an entire baking dish full of apple crisp. Because we all know where that would end up.



This apple crisp is so simple and took less than 10 minutes to prepare! It’s more of a cobbler than a crisp, and it is prepared so easily that you just need a fork, not a mixer. So it’s kind of a fake apple crisp. Oh well. It can serve up to 4 in small portions. Or 2 in medium-sized portions.


Or 1 in my portions. It’s the truth.




I chopped up 2 honeycrisps.













Sprinkled them with cinnamon, salt, and a touch of nutmeg.













And crumbled a bit of brown sugar on top.









 It’s brown – so it’s healthy.



Not really.








I let them sit for a couple minutes and they began to sweat.













For the ‘crisp,’ I combined whole wheat flour, sugar, and more cinnamon.













Chopped up some butter into tiny pieces – make sure it’s cold!














And mash it all together with a fork, until the butter crumbles.













I added some vanilla almond milk and a splash of vanilla.










I can never have too much vanilla. Though I do not like vanilla ice cream. Well, most commerical vanilla ice creams. Homemade vanilla bean ice cream? I’m in.







And here is our dough!














Layer it on the apples and add a touch of butter on top.












Check out the ooey, gooey, apple-y, deliciousness.












Serves 4. Or 2. IMG_1534








Or one. That’s me.




Honeycrisp Apple Crisp

2 honeycrisp apples

1 tablespoon brown sugar

1 tablespoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg

1 cup whole wheat flour

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup vanilla almond milk (or liquid of your choice)

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 tablespoons cold butter


Preheat oven to 375.

Chop apples and combine with 1/2 tablespoon cinnamon, salt, nutmeg and brown sugar in a small baking dish.

In a separate bowl, stir flour, sugar and remaining cinnamon. Chop 1 tablespoon of butter and add it to flour. Mash with a fork until thoroughly combined and small bits of butter remain. Add vanilla and milk gradually, stiring as you go. You don’t want the mix to be watery or too thick. It should be somewhat sticky.

Spread dough on top of apples, and place in over. Bake at 375 for about 30 minutes, or until apples look juicy and topping is golden brown.




Honeycrisps? Why can’t you hang out all year long? I’m not ready for you to leave.