It’s a GIRL!

We decided to do something a fun and exciting to announce the gender of our baby! After searching Pinterest (of course), I came up with the idea to get a photographer and capture our reaction when finding out the gender of Baby Ryckman! Here are the results…



My husband and I have been counting down the days as when we finally get to find out the gender of our growing baby! One week and we’ll share with the world our news. Until then…fashionable maternity clothing anyone?! I’m on the shopping hunt!


CoCo Wheats

Do you remember CoCo Wheats from when you were a kid? I do! My Dad usually, not my Mom, would make my sisters and I this delicious but simple breakfast. It must have been a Dad thing?

If you have never heard of such a thing called CoCo Wheats, it is a creamy chocolatey almost like porridge. The creamy hot cereal was introduced in 1930 with the belief that hot cereal could taste good, and be good for you. They thought most would love the cocoa taste too!

On the back of the box there are stovetop and microwave instructions. For a big/family batch I would suggest following the stovetop instructions but for a single serving the microwave method is just fine.

The instructions are on the back of the box but I’ll share them with you anyways…

Microwave Cooking Instructions

  • Step 1: Mix 3 tbsp. CoCo Wheats, 1 cup water or 1 cup milk (I use milk because it makes it creamy and delicious!), 1/8 tsp. salt, and 1 tbsp. sugar (optional….but you’ll want to add it) in a microwaveable bowl.
  • Step 2: Cook on high for 1 minute.
  • Step 3: Stir. Cook 1-2 minutes more, stirring well every 30 seconds until cereal is desired thickness. Watch carefully!
    • I always cook mine for an additional minute at least. But please, please make sure you watch carefully otherwise you’ll have a messy microwave!
  • Step 4: Remove, stir well and let stand 1-2 minutes.

**Just before I enjoy this wonderful breakfast I always add a few teaspoons of sugar and a little splash of milk, which helps cool it and adds a little something to the hot cereal.


I hope you try CoCo Wheats for yourself and enjoy this wonderful breakfast! It brings back so many memories of my childhood and I can’t wait to create these same memories with my bundle of joy on the way!

Cucumber, Tomato, & Cream Cheese Bites

Over the holidays I decided I better start contributing to our traditional spread of appetizers (I am an adult and married for goodness sakes!) at our family Christmas Eve get-together.  There were about 25 family and friends that gathered at my parents house to celebrate the joyous holiday.

When I decided to make an appetizer I naturally started  flipping through Pinterest. When I was going through the millions of pins I wanted to find something that was holiday cute and semi-healthy.

This is what I found….


This is what I created…



The picture I found on Pinterest didn’t really come with instructions so I decided I would just “wing” it.

“My Version” of Cucumber, Tomato, Cream Cheese Bites Ingredients:

  1. 2 Large Cucumbers
  2. 1 container of Grape Tomatoes
  3. 1 tub (8 oz.) Philadelphia Chive & Onion Cream Cheese Spread
  4. Black Pepper

“My Version” Instructions:

  1. Peel cucumbers and slice into 3/4 inch rounds and cut grape tomato in half the long way.
  2. Spoon out middle section of each cucumber round slice (to remove most of the seeds).
  3. Spoon the cream cheese spread (about 1 tablespoon or a little less) into the middle of cucumber. (I eye-balled this…depending on how deep the hole was)
  4. Once cream cheese is spooned into the middle of the cucumber slice, place one tomato halve on each.
  5. Sprinkle with a little black pepper for taste.
  6. Refrigerate if waiting for guests to arrive and ENJOY!

These simple bites were a hit at both my families Christmas celebration and I also brought them to a New Year Eve Celebration too! I only ended up tossing a few after each night. I’d say that’s considered an appetizer HIT!

Puppy Chow

First of all, do you know anyone that hates Puppy Chow? I surely do not! Puppy Chow reminds me of summer swim meets. The reason why it brings memories back for me is because, my sisters and our teammates would live for the homemade Puppy Chow at the swim meets. We would make our way up to the concession stand after warm-ups and dig through all the zip-loc bags full of the powdery yummy treat to find the perfect coating of powder and find the single bag that appeared to have the most in it. Sounds like we were really focused on our races right?! 😉

The reason I made Puppy Chow recently was for a work christmas party. It’s easy and everyone loves it. It’s a great go-to hit!


Puppy Chow Recipe

9 c chex (any variety)
1 c semi-sweet chocolate chips
½ c peanut butter
½ c butter or margarine
1 tsp vanilla
1½ c powdered sugar

1. Into large bowl, measure cereal, set aside.
2. In 1 quart sauce pan, heat chocolate chips, peanut butter and butter over low heat stirring frequently until melted.
3. Remove from heat, stir in vanilla.
4. Pour mixture over cereal, stirring until evenly coated.
5. Pour into two gallon resealable plastic bags.
6. Add powdered sugar.
7. Seal bag and shake until well coated.
8. Spread over waxed paper to cool. (I skipped this step and put it directly into a container)
9. Store in airtight containers.

EXCITING NEWS: Baby Ryckman due to arrive July 2015!

The year 2015 sure will be an exciting year for my husband and I. Today Jordan and I are excited to announce that we are expecting a baby July 2015. We are counting down the days until Baby Ryckman arrives! 🙂

Not only are we having a baby but we are also building our dream home! Continue to follow me in my journey…it’s going to be a busy 2015!



Christmas Shopping Complete!

This year I was really on the ball! Late October I began my Christmas shopping list. In my handy-dandy iPhone I create a memo. In this memo, I list everyone (mostly immediate family) I am planning on purchasing something for. I personally buy for about 11-13 people. As the days and weeks continue to inch closer and closer to Christmas I list possible “good-ideas” in this memo next to each family members name. As I go down the list I can then mark off the individual as I buy their special gift from Jordan and I. If I didn’t go by this method I know I would for sure be wondering by December 24th, “what the heck did I buy again”?


Do you have your Christmas Shopping completed?

I shopped at various retailers to find the perfect gifts for my families! For example, Wal-mart, Apple Inc., Moccasin Creek Country Club, LuluLemon, Pottery Barn Kids, Best Buy, Athleta, Karisma Boutique, and Macy’s. From supporting small local businesses to also purchasing these gifts at large retailers, I believe I found some great gifts to make my family happy and grateful this holiday season! Good luck to you in finding your perfect holiday gifts on your list!

Stella & Dot

Recently, I have been introduced to a jewelry line called, Stella & Dot. It’s a little spendy but you can clearly tell these pieces are something special and they’re not some little chinsey pieces of jewelry you may find at some stores.

A friend invited me to a Stella & Dot trunk show but, I couldn’t make it to the party (bummer 😦 ). I took a chance and went online to check out what the Stella & Dot website had to offer me and well as expected… I fell in love.

I ordered three different pieces and what was even more impressive was that the stylist that was hosting the trunk show emailed me the next day and let me know I had picked out some great choices and also offered any help if I had additional questions. Talk about great customer service! (Thanks Mary!!)

Here are the Stella & Dot jewelry I purchased:


Wearing the Aria Pendant Necklace

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This beautiful necklace can be worn multiple ways as demonstrated above! The Aria Pendant Necklace includes semi-precious crackled quartz stones that hang from three gold plated chains. This necklaces is only $98 at


Cushion Drop Earrings

Stella & Dot cushion drop earrings are so simple and elegant that they could dress up any outfit quickly but can also be worn casually and keep your look chic! These cushion cut earrings have a canary-colored glass stones. The Cushion Drop Earrings are $34 at Stella & Dot.


Deco Drop Earrings

I cannot wait to wear these Stella & Dot Deco Drop Earrings this weekend! When I locked eyes on these beauties I knew I had to have them. These earrings seem so elegant to me and I love the vintage style inspired drop. You can snag these beauties for $44 at Stella & Dot.

K-Cup: single serving addiction

About 9 months ago I could careless about coffee, let alone a single serving Keurig machine. I went on a family vacation last February and had a sip of some awesome tasting coffee (7 days in a row) and now, I can’t live without it! After that trip I marched my little booty out to Target and bought myself and my husband a shiny new Keurig. I now wake up in the morning and almost the first thing I do is brew myself a hot cup of coffee using my Keurig machine. It’s so convenient, easy, and perfect for what I need. Even though I have a minor addiction to coffee I still love my single serving I brew up!


Keurig K10 MINI Plus Brewing System

The cups that are used in a Keurig machine to dispense the hot drinks are called, K-Cups.

Some of my favorite K-Cup flavors of coffee and hot drinks are:

  • Archer Farms Pumpkin Spice Coffee
  • Folgers Classic Roast Coffee
  • Folgers Lively Colombian Coffee
  • Gloria Jean’s Brown Sugar Cake Coffee
  • Green Mountain Naturals Hot Apple Cider
  • Swiss Miss Milk Chocolate Hot Cocoa

Whether or not you have a Keurig, I hope you’re staying warm on this cold and snowy South Dakota night!

Pumpkin Pancakes: easy, delicious, and fluffy goodness!

Here’s another tasty fall recipe that I love! Now, quick reminder, pancakes are not just for breakfast because we all know breakfast is the BEST supper too!

Pumpkin Pancakes

2 cups complete pancake mix
1 1/2 cups water
2/3 cup 100% Pure Pumpkin
Nonstick cooking spray
Lite pancake syrup, if desired (I didn’t need any!)

1. COMBINE pancake mix, water, and pumpkin in bowl. Stir just until moistened. Batter may be lumpy
2. SPRAY griddle or large skillet with nonstick spray. Heat over medium heat. Pour 1/4 cup batter onto hot griddle; cook until batter bubbles begin to burst. Turn and continue cooking for 1 to 2 minutes or until golden. Repeat with remaining batter. Serve with syrup.

Makes 6 servings, about 12 pancakes total


PS. Pumpkin Pancakes pair great with Turkey Bacon! 😉 Enjoy!!