Shiplap in the Kitchen

I was browsing through various internet home decor sites today and I came across “Funky Junk Interiors”. This kitchen design grabbed my attention right away! I love the rustic flare of the ship lap and the old style crate signage in this design.

shiplap bakery

shiplap bakery 2

I think I would have gone with a subway tile on the remaining exposed wall for a little added dimension, but I really like the overall take. What do you think? Yay or Nay on the ship lap kitchen?

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Gordon Ramsey’s BurGR Restaurant Las Vegas

I don’t often attempt reviews but this place is great, and so I thought I would share. While on vacation recently in Las Vegas Andy and I had dinner at Gordon Ramsey’s BurGR restaurant located inside the Planet Hollywood Hotel and Casino. The outside of the restaurant has a gorgeous fire feature within the wall signage you can’t miss it! 

There is a hostess at the door ready to seat you and although it seemed like a lengthy line we were seated quickly, in a comfortable table for two on the main floor. I will say this though…it’s very very noisy in here. The music and crowd noise from the casino floor coupled with the open kitchen format and busy wait staff. It was audibly a bit of an over load. 

The waitress was prompt took our drink orders and allowed us to peruse the menu for a few.  The menu has a nice selection of starters, and honestly the most delicious assortment of burgers you could ever ask for. Everything from the Hell’s Kitchen burger to the Patriot burger, they all sounded wonderful to me! If burgers aren’t your thing then he offers hot dogs and an assortment of other options but…you did come to a restaurant called BurGR lol! 

We started with an appetizer, the mushroom poutine sounded good. A poutine is a dish of French fries topped with cheese curds and gravy. Something a little different than we would normally get because hey we’re on vacation, right!! The mushroom poutine was awesome! It was flavorful the fries were crispy, the mushrooms were delicious, and it had these Devine pickled shallots on top that were seriously so good!! A++ appetizer you should definitely give it a try!

For our main course I order the house special “hog burger”, and Andy ordered the “blue cheeseburger”. We also ordered a side of truffle Parmesan fries. 

The Hog burger consists of a literal “ham” burger patty wrapped in bacon, and topped with pickles, pulled pork, cheese, fried onions, and slaw. Although awkward to eat because this thing is huge! Every bite was perfect, hands down the best burger I’ve had in a long time! 

Andy thoroughly enjoyed his burger as well, and the truffle Parmesan fries were so good but we were so full!!! We couldn’t even finish everything. 

Bottom line here great restaurant for a moderate price point. Hope you all get the chance to visit it sometime! Gordon Ramsey gets a big thumbs up (he’s probably been dying for my approval lol 😂) Enjoy!! 

Light, flavorful, and healthy! 

I hit the dinner time trifecta tonight! Light but still filling, healthy, and tons of delicious flavor! If your dying for something different for dinner this is it! Lemon Garlic Shrimp with Asparagus! 

(Excuse the super classy paper plate lol)

Ready to cook?! Here’s what you need…

1lb med shrimp, peeled, deveined, and tails removed

1 lg bunch of asparagus cut into pieces

1Tbsp olive oil

1/2 tsp smoked paprika

3 lg cloves garlic

Salt and pepper to taste

1 lemon

1/4c flat leaf parsley chopped

1 pkg precooked long grain wild rice

2tsp butter

In a large pan heated to med high heat, add olive oil, salt/pepper, paprika, garlic and asparagus stir until asparagus is almost cooked through slice lemon add three slices to the pot, squeeze half lemon worth of juice in to mixture. Stir regularly to coat asparagus. Add shrimp and cook until pink. Add precooked rice and butter heat through stirring. Right before serving add the parsely and stir in one last time. Serve hot! Enjoy!! 

Time for a fresh new recipe! 

I’ve been neglecting my blog but not my kitchen! We’ve tried a couple new delicious recipes this summer and I’m thinking what better time to share! 

Summer is grilling season for sure! And a great way to make amazing food without overheating the house! A week or so ago I wanted something a little different and a version if this popped up so I made my own adjustments if course lol and here is my version if grilled fiesta packets! 

You’ll need some sheets of tin foil, I used the non stick type because it seemed like a good idea but I actually have no clue if it makes a big difference! 😂

Ingredient wise you’ll need

1pkg ready made fiesta rice 

1lb approx. 8pcs chicken tenders uncooked

1pkg cream cheese

Taco seasoning

Salsa Verde

1 can Whole kernal Corn

1 can Black beans drained and rinsed,

1bell Pepper chopped

1 Onion chopped 

Shredded Mexican cheese blend

On a sheet of tinfoil layer your ingredients as follows. Rice, chicken, cream cheese, taco seasoning, salsa Verde, and finally the veggies and beans. I mixed my veggies and beans together in one bowl so I could just spoon it into each packet. Seal the packets up and grill on med-high heat 20-30 minutes or until chicken registers at 160F. Top with cheese. Serve hot off the grill! Enjoy!

Summer Recap

It’s been awhile since my last post, practically all summer actually! So, I thought I would provide a recap of everything you might have missed. 

We hosted our annual 4th of July party and as usual a ton of fun was had by all. Jordon and Keegan won the cornhole championship cup, although Amber and I sport them best, and the fireworks were spectacular! 


Andy and I made a couple quick trips to Port Clinton OH, and Put In Bay this summer. A great mini-vacay destination if your ever looking to go. The island is a relaxing spot to tool around on golf carts, hang out at the park, hike a bit, and enjoy the Lake Erie views.

Brianna’s pageant took place, she did a fabulous job! Taking 4th runner up, people’s choice award, and the elegance in evening gown award! She looked stunning, and brought home $600 in scholarship prizes! Good job Bri! 


After the pageant we attended the Jackson County Relay for Life event in memory of our son Logan. Jordon and Brianna along with a ton of their friends did a great job holding down the fort for us overnight so the grown ups could get some rest. Our Relay event is 24hrs and each team is supposed to have a member on the track at all times. The kids walk all night and then crash the minute we get back in the morning. 


Andy and I celebrated our 19th Anniversary this year on August 8th, and celebrated this past weekend in Las Vegas (my bags made it all the way there and back woohoo!!). We stayed at Planet Hollywood, a nice resort the room was very nice and had a great view of the Bellagio fountains a no added cost upgrade btw. The casino layout was congested and difficult navigate though compared to other places that we have stayed. Oh, and it’s very LOUD in this casino even in the Restaurants. Don’t let it stop you though, Gordon Ramsey’s BurGR is fantastic (more on that meal later)! 

I think that about brings us up to date! We’re prepping for back to school now for Brianna, and I have a few great new recipes to share soon too. Hope you alł had a great summer! It’s almost Fall y’all!!