april foodie penpals

Happy Monday, friends! I hope you had a fantastic weekend. It’s time again to share the loot that I scored through the Foodie Penpal program this month. Not sure what it means to be a Foodie Penpal? Well, basically, we are a group of food-loving bloggers and readers that get together and exchange food-filled care… 

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who says you can’t go home?

Screen shot 2012-04-25 at 11.02.09 AMWondering why I've been pinning an insane amount of home decor stuff on my Pinterest lately? Or maybe why I freaked the hell out when a tornado came close to my parents' house? Well, it's because it isn't my parents' house anymore. It's our house. That's right, my friends, Babyface and I have grown up, signed a million pieces of paper and become homeowners. And not just any house, we bought my childhood home from my parents in Southern Indiana.. . .
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confessions…

calendar1. Every evening, I sit down with my Google Calendar and plan out the next day, to the minute. I even plan out how long I can "relax". It's sad, really. 2. I only really have two pairs of pants that I wear. One is a pair of black skinny jeans and the other is a pair of denim trousers. I have a ton of skirts and dresses, but it's constantly about 20° in my office, so pants it is! 3.. . .
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neapolitan porter float

porter floatHi, friends! Babyface had a rockin' idea for a dessert drink a few weeks ago and asked if I'd share it with you guys whenever he made it. I told him I'd even do him one even better—he could write his own post about it! So here's Babyface to tell you guys all about his stroke of boozy genius (it was seriously yummy, kids). Feel free to heckle him about his need to gratuitously stick the letter u into a lot of. . .
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gyro nachos

gyro nachosThere is this really amazing little Middle Eastern restaurant that is so close to where I work, I can see it from my office window. Their lunch menu is full of delicious classics like falafel sandwiches, gyros and kebabs. We hit it up a few weeks back, and I was immediately drawn to the specials board where something called "Pita-chos" were listed for $7.99. Pita? Nachos? What the what!? I jumped all over that and ended up getting this amazing. . .
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things i’m digging…

tumblr_m27wacdFlY1rqpa8po1_5001. Dropbox. You guys have heard of Dropbox, right? And you're using it every single day, right? No!? What!? Dropbox is my single most favorite online utility ever. Basically, you set up a free account, set it up on all your devices and you have an instant file storing and sharing folder. Need to access a file you were working on at home from your work computer? BAM. Put it in the Dropbox and it's automagically there. Saved an important. . .
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scarce o’ fat

me hike tree blazesThank you so much for being so supportive during my little hiatus. It opened up just enough free time in my schedule for me to check off some big 'uns on my to-do list, and now I feel like I have a much better grasp on life. I even managed to seriously kick some ass on my school work on Saturday which left yesterday open to do a little bit of playing. Considering it was Earth Day, we figured it. . .
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overwhelmed.

floatsI hate it when bloggers apologize for being away. It's like they assume there is some mass of people on the other side of the computer screen waiting with bated breath for the next dose of prose. Bloggers, in general, are a navel-grazing bunch, but I'm not conceited enough to believe that you guys even notice when I'm not around. You have lives. And they sure as hell don't revolve around me and my verbose recipe anecdotes. That being said, sorry. . .
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not so devilish deviled eggs

deviled eggsI am the youngest of four siblings. We're all married, and I'm the only one without offspring. So if you do the math, you'd probably figured out that our family events are pretty bumpin'. And we're all food obsessed. Every. Last. One. My oldest sister (Hi, Mandy!) has been known on more than one occasion to call my parents' house on the two hour drive down to find out what we are eating. Cuz, you know, she needs something to motivate her. . .
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things i’m digging…

eos1. eos Lip Balm Sphere My parents dropped one of these guys into my Christmas stocking and it has quickly become my favorite lip balm (which is saying a lot, because I have a ton). It is organic, natural, not tested on animals, yummy tasting and very hydrating. I also adore the shape of the container. It is really hard to lose an egg-shaped object in the bottom of your purse. You can find the brand at CVS, Target and. . .
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sweat for the cure raffle—win an anytime fitness membership!

sweatraffleheaderUPDATE: Ticket sales have been extended until Wednesday, April 25, 2012. Get yours now! The odds are in your favor. As you guys know, breast cancer strikes a really personal chord with my family. My Mom was diagnosed when I was in elementary school and she's cancer-free today thanks to the advances in research funded by organizations like the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade. This summer, my two sisters and I will be walking 39.3 miles in the Avon Walk for Breast. . .
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are you ready to raffle?

fitnessrafflePopping in quickly on this Friday afternoon to tease you with something fun that will be coming up here starting on Monday. Last time we held a raffle on BTHR for the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade, we raised over $1500 to help fund low- and no-cost mammograms and research to help find a cure. It was such an awesome success, I thought we could do it again, but this time, with even better prizes! Hope you'll stop in next week and. . .
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spotted

Daily SparkI am so thankful that you guys make time to stop in here to check out what I have to say. Because of your awesomeness, sometimes I'll get other opportunities to spew my antics around the internet (and beyond!) for all to see. I figured it was time for another one of my inconsistent, but reoccurring round-ups of other places you'll find me outside of BTHR. I've been writing for Edible Indy since its first issue last year, but I was able to up my. . .
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baked homemade pizza rolls

pizza rollsIf you ever find yourself in a Southern Indiana grocery store and see a young couple standing in the frozen novelties section shouting, "I LOVE TOTINO'S PIZZA ROLLS" at one another, stop and introduce yourself because that would be me and my handsome husband. *waves* Hi, we're dorks. It all comes from this commercial, which is all kinds of ridiculous and hilarious. And that means it is fair game to turn into a Johnston Household Inside Joke. We scream "I LOVE TOTINO'S. . .
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confessions…

pandora1. This cake and these cupcakes are in my freezer. It takes about every ounce of willpower I have to not come home every afternoon and shotgun frozen baked goods into my piehole cakehole. 2. I had really hard time breathing while running on the treadmill this past weekend and it scared the living beejeebees out of me. I had sharp pains in my lungs and started wheezing like it was my job. It wasn't entirely a surprise. I was. . .
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