Sweet Tooth Snack

This post is short & sweet. Really sweet.

I have the worst sweet tooth known to man which usually means I make way too many treats. Around 2 or 3 every day I start craving either something really cold or something fresh & sweet. This snack does both!

Granted a swig of cold Gatorade would do the same thing but this snack so much better. Hands down. No competition.

Greek yogurt is delicious and contrary to what one woman tried to tell me in the dairy aisle (Hi, I’m just trying to shop, thanks) it doesn’t have a high fat content. One serving of Oikos vanilla yogurt is 1 cup. It has 0 fat and 17 grams of protein! I’m not suggesting you eat the entire container on your own because it does have 27 grams of sugar per serving. Yikes.

Whoever decided that a serving size is 1 cup was right on – I’ve tried just eating 1/2 cup. It’s like trying to eat one Oreo or one Pringle. It just doesn’t work.

I love adding fresh raspberries or blueberries or cutting up a few strawberries to throw on top. It’s beautiful and delicious!

That’s life with Mr. Layland &  Me!

4th of July Pie

There’s nothing quite like a good pie to celebrate a holiday.

It’s been a thousand degrees lately and it’s made me wish it was Thanksgiving already so I can wear sweaters and scarfs and not want to die. Sadly, it’s July and while it’s not typically a time for pies I found this recipe on Pinterest and decided to make the 4th of July a pie holiday!


My older brother went through a phase where he would make a pie every Sunday. He was in his mid teens and he was surprisingly good at making a crust! When I started making my crust today I kept telling myself, “Jeffrey made a crust when he was 16. YOU can make a crust too! Just relax.”

And I did! It didn’t fall apart or crumble and my stars even look pretty good!

The idea comes from the blog Casey Leigh but I didn’t use her exact recipe. I didn’t have butter (what!?) so I used a basic shortening recipe instead. Sorry, Mom for not using yours – my computer was all the way downstairs 🙂


Mix the salt and flour in a bowl and then cut in the shortening with a pastry blender until crumbly. Mix in the water 1 tablespoon at a time. Use a fork to toss the dough after each tablespoon. Divide the dough in 2 balls and roll the first out – just larger than the inverted pie tin. Gently fold the crust in fourths and place it in the tin. Unfold it and press it into the tin and crimp the edges.


At this point I went back to the directions by Casey Leigh.  I folded up some aluminum foil to separate the blueberries and cherries. Once I had the filling in the crust I took the foil out to add the stars and stripes!


I have never been happier that I own kitchen shears. I used them to cut the foil, trim the crust, and cut out the stars. I can’t freehand stars to save my life so I used my tablespoon to cut out a circle of dough then traced a 5-line star with my knife. I followed the outline with my kitchen shears and my stars turned out pretty well!

Bake for 35 min at 400 degrees. Cover the edge of the crust with tin foil. After 35 minutes uncover the crust and bake an additional 5-10 minutes. Cool before serving!

Happy 4th!!!

That’s life with Mr.Layland & Me!


Pool Drive-In

Once again, Mr. Layland produced a spectacular date!

Monday night he said he had a surprise date planned for Tuesday which I thought was interesting since he wasn’t scheduled to get out of work until 10 p.m. Right then he said he couldn’t wait to tell me and let me know he was actually going to get off at 6 p.m.!

Mr. Layland had an unusual dinner set up for us.

Chicken, mashed potatoes, stuffing, cream soda & fruit tarts for dessert. Delicious obviously but I couldn’t figure out the theme.

We took the food out to the backyard. Yes, the backyard!

Here’s what we rigged up…

Photo: Movie night in the pool! #allMrLayland #imarriedagenius #HPmarathon #datenight #detailscomingsoon

The dinner was meant to be like the feast they have in Harry Potter in the Great Hall!

So we ate dinner & swam around while watching Harry Potter! It was the coolest date ever!

That’s life with Mr. Layland & Me!