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Happy Weekend! Wanted to start my post with the Stubb’s BBQ Giveaway Winner.


Using the Random Integer Generator.

Here is the random number:


Pick  numbers between  and . Distinct:  
Draw stat: sum=5, avg=5.00
Draw date: 2013-06-01 06:03:09

(Sum=5 Avg=5 ) Congrats #5 wildbluewonder,

 I think burgers are my fave. Like some of your other friends mentioned, though, it’s so hard to choose!

  1. Congrats T! Your gonna love the Stubb’s line. I emailed you with the prize information. I know you will Love Stubb’s BBQ Line. I have been spicing up chicken, pork, veggies and potatoes! Really delicious products. Please, enjoy and a Huge  Thank-you to Stubb’s for Hosting this giveaway.


    Stubbs+ Grill=Summer Fun and Food.

Now onto another summer favorite. Chopped Salads and Beer.

Chop Salad! That seems to be my current addiction. I’ve made one almost every day since the Michigan Bloggers Meet-Up.


I used recipes from here and here. I just chopped away and added as much or little of each of the ingredients below. No measuring.


  • 1 Bag Mixed Lettuce
  • Shredded Carrots
  • Shredded Red Cabbage
  • Chopped Chives
  • Goat Cheese Crumbles -or- Blue Cheese Crumbles
  • Wonton Strips
  • Bolthouse chunky Blue Cheese Yogurt Dressing
  • Dried Cranberries and Honey Roasted Pecans
  • Chopped Chicken Breast



Chop lettuce in 1/2-inch squares. Mix lettuce with the chopped carrots, and cabbage. Toss in the pecans and  dried cranberries with the dressing. Add the tortilla strips, goat cheese or blue cheese crumbles, and chives. Serve in a chilled bowl.  Top with sliced grilled chicken breast.

Also had a Applebee’s Chop Salad and a Beer. Loved this salad. It had tortilla strips, black beans, chopped chicken and the dressing was zippy and creamy.


I am so hooked on Blue Moon Beer right now, it’s so refreshing and light.


Check Ya Later.


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I had a great weekend. I had the opportunity to meet up with some fellow bloggers. I love meeting other bloggers and this was super fun because they are Local Michigan Bloggers! Say hello to a wonderful group of ladies.

Lori from Lori out Loud In the Green Sweater

Jennifer from Wine to Weightlifting Across from Lori in the Tan Sweater

Tamara from Wild Blue Wonder In the Black Sweater

Lisa from Run Fast Mama in the Yellow T-Shirt to represent the Boston Runners

We met up at Bravo in Rochester and had lunch. Conversation flowed as we all got to know each other. It was really fun and so great to meet everyone in Real Life! It was also fun to hear about upcoming races and crossfit competitions that the ladies have coming up!

009We plan on doing this again in the near future. It will be fun to plan another outing, I love getting things like this together. It sounds like were going to switch location with each meet-up. I so look forward to our next lunch date and our next adventure.

I snapped a quick picture of my HUGE Bravo Chicken Chop Salad! It was so darn good. Gorgonzola Cheese, Spiced Pecans, thin slices of Chicken, Crispy Pasta Noodles. Loved this salad, I so need to recreate this at home.

010After lunch Tamara and I hit up Trader Joe’s for a quick grocery shopping trip. She had her list, I had mine. I also got to meet Tamara husband James (super nice)! I’d say it was a perfect day. I have been wanting to Meet Tamara or (T) as I like to call her for well over a year now. We found each other though a mutual blog we both love and started talking via blog comments and emails. Now I can say that she is a Friend In Real Life.

We both got one of these!  Sorry had to rub it in.


I also wanted to pass on some information. In August there is going to be a 2013 Michigan Bloggers Conference called Mitten Moms in Dearborn. The 2013 Mitten Moms Conference has been schedule and tickets are on sale! This year the conference will be held at the Adoba Hotel in Dearborn, Michigan on August 9-11, 2013

Mitten Moms Conference 2013I am hoping to attend this conference, but am still checking on the date to make sure I am available. One of the sponsors is Meijer. That is actually how I found out about this event. I recently reviewed Meijer New Cereal Line and started chatting with Sarah from Meijer, and she told me about this event. So glad she did because I want to spread the word to other local bloggers. I sure am hoping I can attend. Who knew there was so many bloggers in Michigan!

Here’s to New friends and fun things to come!

Check Ya Later.

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