Currently: July…and I’m BACK!!!!


Oh my gosh, am I happy to finally “see” you!!

I hope most of you were able to see my update on Twitter, Instagram, and/or Facebook! Remember when I said I was having server issues last week? Well, it seems, while the man-friend and I were BBQ’ing it up in Memphis, the bloggy decided to catch the
Bu-BROCCOLI Plague! Luckily she was allowed visitors 😉 but I’ll tell you, I have been a nErVoUs wReCk sitting in intensive care next to my computer awaiting updates from the doctor IT guys all week! After MANY trials and errors, some exploratory surgery, and  a look at different treatment options, it looks like our girl has FINALLY made a
full recovery!

I’ll admit, it’s been hard being forced into a blogging break…especially when I have oodles (yes, I said “oodles”) to tell you guys about my trip AND I do believe I have a recipe to share, don’t I? but first, before it gets too late and I look even MORE ridiculous, how about a Currently post? It’ll help me catch you up a bit and well, you guys know how much I love this thing! 😀

Current Book:

Fifty Shades I know, I know…but I just had to take a break. Book two definitely hit a climax, but I’m sorry, even I know it’s fiction, but there comes a point where an excessive amount of sex just starts to rub you the wrong way…pun totally intended. 😉

Current Music:


Some of you may scoff, but just TRY to tell me you can resist the urge to dance whenever you hear this song! 

Current Guilty Pleasure: 

TJ Maxx & Big Lots


Or more specifically FOODIE shopping…with the man-friend…while on vacation! Now please, someone stage an intervention…my pantry is bursting at the seams!

For the record, he spent more money than I did! 😉 

Current Nail Color:

Nails Currently, I’m wearing Essie’s Nothing Else Matters, but for most of the month and again in just a few minutes it will be back to OPI’s I Do De-Claire! <- OBSESSED with this color!

Current Drink:

Coconut Coffee Liquid Piiiiiiiie! 

Current Food:

Currently Food July

For the entire month, I have been COMPLETELY obsessed with pairing fruit with veggies…salads, flatbreads, salsas, you name it! Love the sweet and savory…and apparently I also love my cutting board as a backdrop! 😉

Current Favorite Show:

Since I used the man-friend for his subscription to Netflix got caught up on episodes of Switched at Birth, I really haven’t been watching much…well, except for the bits and pieces of Chopped I can catch while soaking in a swanky hotel bathtub! 😉

Current Wish List:

For my knee to miraculously heal itself and be like I never had surgery?

Current Needs:

The motivation to stick with it at the gym! I’ve been hit or miss lately…emphasis on the miss! The last workout I did was about two weeks ago. It was a fantastic leg circuit that I just threw together on the fly, but for the next THREE days I was SO SORE…it’s really hard to gauge my limits these days since I’ve been out of the game for so long!

Current Triumphs:

Throughout my trials and tribulations in therapy (ohh, how’s THAT for some alliteration, Miss P?), I WILL say I’ve made some progress over the last month! Without even realizing it the other day, I brought my knee almost all the way up to my chest…which is CRAZY awesome!

Next on the list: Squat to the floor and be able to get into child’s pose! 

Current Bane of Existence:

Proactiv Maybe it’s the crazy amount of stress from the blog this week, but c’mon, I am 28 years old…shouldn’t I be done with acne?!

Current Celebrity Crush: 

One word: Wolverine! 😉 

Current Indulgence: 

Real Chocolate


Healthy Chocolate

…olate! 😀

Whether it be the REAL stuff or the “healthy” stuff…this month has been a good balance of BOTH! 

Current Blessing:

Having the BEST group of guys working to fix the blog over the last week…especially Jay who not only kept me informed with daily email/phone updates, but also handled himself rather well when a bit of stress-induced/sleep-deprived delirium turned into waterworks over the phone! Seriously guys, if you are ever looking to switch to self-hosting, I cannot say enough great things about the Helpful Hosting team!

Current Slang:

 Hmm, I’ve been commenting on Instagram a lot lately with “nom nom nom” which is the only thing I can muster when crippled by some serious foodporn! 😉

Current Outfit:

Food’s not the ONLY thing I’ve been shopping for…I bought a new dress!



Current Excitement: 

My TEN-YEAR 😯 high school reunion tonight! 😯

Current Link:

As of last month, I’m BACK on the Foodie Pen Pal wagon! For July, I was paired up with Mollie, a blog reader from Maine and even though it was her first FPP swap, she DEFINITELY knew what she was doing…and spoiled me silly!

Foodie Pen Pal July

I <3 local goodies! And she even included an amazingly scented loofah AND a little catnip lobster claw for Tiger! 😀

Thank you SO much, Mollie! You are the BEST!

To see how I spoiled MY pen pal, head on over to Dana’s blog and for more info on how to join in the FPP fun, click here!

Current Mood: 





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42 Responses to Currently: July…and I’m BACK!!!!

  1. Love that dress it is too pretty!! I wish I could join the foodie penpal a but there are not enough Australian bloggers to make it happen.

    I’ve still not read the fifty shades of grey series I really probably should though 🙂

  2. That dress is adorable!! Seems like blog issues/web issues are running rampant this week (at least in my life). Lame!

  3. LOVE that dress!! Also, that BBQ popcorn sounds absolutely amazing. I LOVE popcorn and I love BBQ anything, so that sounds perfect.

  4. I was wondering where you disappeared to! And I’m happy to have you back <3

    And I know, right!? 28 should be too old for acne! I definitely still break out on occasion too, especially if I get too lax on my skin care, but I found that using products with tea tree oil in them really helped.

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      Thanks lovie!! I’m glad you’re back too! I actually still have a few of your posts to catch up on! And since I think of you as the QUEEN of the beauty world, I am going to scour my bathroom cabinets…I KNOW I have some tea tree oil in there somewhere!!

  5. welcome back my love you were missed!!

    as much as i would like and sometimes to pretend to be on a routine exercise regimen, i’m not. there are a lot of misses in my motivation, but we all need a break sometimes right?

    i’ve also been soooo lazy in the kitchen. i also have been on such a sweet kick that even my dinners are turning sweet, i really need/want to branch out and start making more savory dishes, but maybe if i take baby steps and start with some of your sweet/savory combinations i’ll get there.

    ok, so give me one of your most recent favorite sweet/savory combinations for me to try!

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      Thanks love!! So good to be back! And glad to know I’m not the only one missing a lot right now. I just know once I get my booty in gear and get a routine going again, I’ll be fine/happy/have more energy, but it’s hard when you’ve been out for so long to find that motivation again.

      As far as my most recent FAVORITE sweet/savory combo, I’d have to say it was the flatbread I made last week. I topped it with ricotta, sliced peach, raspberries, torn basil, and fresh ground pepper! Sooooo good!

  6. Melinda says:

    I’m 30 and have totally been breaking out lately. Maybe it’s the humidity but I found this Mario Badescu face stuff at Ulta and it has helped!!

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      Hmmm, I might have to look into that…we just had an Ulta open up right down the road from my house! 🙂

  7. Welcome back to blog land, I’m glad Ms Broccoli got all her issues figured out. 😉

    We both know I am a mutual lover of the fruit/veggie combos, and am also loving chocolate right now. And yay for foodie pen pals!

  8. Gahh, so happy you’re back, lady. Don’t ever leave us like that again, ya hear? Kidding. I totally understand how soft porn books and chocolate and shopping and sexy man friends take precedence over blogging. Seriously, any one of those things would be more important than blogging, but all of them? You deserved a break ;).

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      Ugh, I may have deserved a break, but next time I’d like to have it on MY terms! I swear, my heart can’t take it if the blog gets hacked again! 😯

  9. I’m so glad you got the blog sorted out! I always freak out when something like that happens.

    Hope you had fun tonight! You looked so pretty all glammed up. 🙂

  10. Amry says:

    I’m so glad you’re back Heather! The blog world just isn’t the same without you gorgeous food creations and optimistic attitude. Hope you had a good, relaxing break!

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      Aww, thank you so much, Amry! It’s definitely good to be back! I wish I could say that I enjoyed my time away, but honestly, it’s a wonder I still have any nails to speak of…I was a wreck all week! It was perfect timing though to focus my perspective for the reunion…I swear I felt like I was grounded or something! Lol

  11. Julie says:

    I have that dress and love it! 🙂

  12. Omg a bloggy plague?? That’s the worst. I think I would completely freak out like crazy. So glad everything is sorted out now!
    Oh, and your chocolate obsession….. Can I join in??

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      Oh my gosh girl, I WAS crazy!! So glad everything is fixed up now! And you can most DEFINITELY join in! Though, from what I hear from a certain Swiss babe, the quality of my chocolate may not quite be up to par! 😉

      PS, I will have your package ready this weekend! I had everything ready to go this weekend, but I forgot to get to Whole Foods for the Justin’s! 😯

  13. I’m on the same book as you this week! Finally taking the time out for me to actually read again so I should be done on the next day or so and moving on.

    Haha LOVE Blurred Lines! A friend of mine actually calls that my anthem! LOL goodness. I just love how catchy it is and it really does make you wanna dance around!

    You’ve got me wanting to go on a Big Lots & TJ Maxx adventure ASAP. It’s been so long! I love the finds that you can come across there! AND usually at great prices!

    You always pick the cutest clothes out! LOVE that dress! Hope you’re having a fabulous weekend!

  14. you sound really happy, sweetie, so that makes me super duper happy, too 🙂 i’m glad you’re back, but how did that break feel? amazing even though it was stressful worrying about your blog? i’m going to need to take a bit of a step back from my blog once school starts, but i’m not sure how i’m going to do so. i really need to find a happy medium some how.

    have a great night at your HIGH SCHOOL REUNION! omg! that’s so awesome!

  15. So glad your back so I can drool over your food pictures 🙂 No really, glad to hear your blog glitch got fixed. That would not be fun! Hope you had a blast at your ten year reunion! My class was so lame that our 10 year reunion was cancelled because not enough people were attending. So I got together with (my three girlfriends from highschool) the only people I really wanted to see and enjoyed some catching up 🙂 Hopefully we have our 20th though!

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      Aww, thanks love! It’s good to BE back! I was actually nervous ours would get cancelled too…our graduating class was already pretty small and it’s really hard to find a place to hold the thing where the ticket prices won’t be outrageous! We’re already talking about doing a 15-year and having like a BBQ kind of thing. We’re really just a bunch of southern hicks…bon fires and canned beer is really much more our thing anyway! 😉

  16. Happy to see you back!! I’m definitely feeling you on the chocolate front, I cannot get enough lately. Looks like you got a fabulous foodie haul – that jam looks so, so good!

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      Oh my gosh, it’s the best! Next to fig, blueberry jam is my favorite! I’ve been putting it on EVERYYYYYYYYTHING! Lol And glad to know I’m not the only one with a chocolate obsession right now…of course, that’s actually normal for you! 😉

  17. Love the dress and I can’t wait to hear how your 10 yr reunion went!! I’m so not going to mine… lol!

  18. Aw your poor computer. Glad everythings ok! Also, I know I’m a bit younger than you BUT WHY IS ADULT ACNE A THING. Uhhhg, so annoying. Also your chocolate lovin- is that a sweet potato? I think I need sweet potatoes and chocolate ASAP. Oh and that dress is ADORABLE.

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      Oh geez, if it had been the COMPUTER, it probably would have been fixed sooner…unfortunately, the blog itself was hacked! Had some pretty gnarly malware “infection”…I’m just glad we didn’t have to pull the plug! 😯

      Baked sweet potato served cold, topped with ricotta, jam, peanuts, and “healthy” chocolate sauce (cocoa + stevia + water) = best thing EVA!!! Get on it! 😉

  19. Mom says:

    Welcome back!! I love your dress! Can’t wait to hear about catching up with the High School friends…of course quite a few of them are on my facebook!!! What can I say people…I was the “fun” mom!
    Don’t forget Friday is Birthday lunch and “legal” alcoholic drink time with your purty lil sister and me!!!

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      Haha! You WERE the fun mom! I was wondering if your ears were burning that night since you came up in so many different conversations…by the way, Jimmy says hey! 😉 And HOW could I forget about our little lunch date?! I can’t wait…though Tori turning 21 does make me feel a bit old (you know, like the reunion didn’t already do that!) Lol

  20. I love foodie shopping at places like TJ Maxx! We have Winners and HomeSense here, which are similar to TJ Maxx. I always find the sweetest deals on things like chia seeds and coconut oil!

    Love the dress! How did your 10 year high school reunion go? Mine isn’t for another 4 years, but I’m already kind of nervous for it haha. It will be so weird to see everyone again!

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      It was GREAT! Thanks to having Facebook, it wasn’t too weird seeing everyone. Also, I had a really small graduating class (less than 100 people) so thankfully (since I have like NO memory whatsoever), I didn’t have to study the year books for a week prior to the evening! Lol

  21. GIRL!!!
    I can’t STAND being 25 and having acne! It’s killing me! I didn’t have it as a teen…but lucky me, I wasn’t excluded as an adult. Oh joy!

  22. Your food is so colourful and it makes me HUNGRY. Those drippy chocolate pictures are pretty tempting too. Totally with you on the Blurred Lines paradox. The lyrics and video make me go hard core feminist, but that beat just makes me want to shake my bootay!

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      I know, right? Honestly, I haven’t even a clue what most of the actual lyrics are…just like that beat! Haha!

  23. I’ve never been in a Big Lots, but my Mom likes finding deals there. Love that dress you bought! Summertime dresses are always so easy to wear and look extra cute, IMO. Wintertime….no way!

  24. Eric says:

    Welcome back!

  25. It’s great to have you back and wouldn’t you know, I put Blurred Lines on my blog today. Can you say Kitchen Dance Party?!
    I don’t want to disappoint you, but the 3rd Fifty was my least favorite; perhaps some of the shock factor wore off. I’m also 35 and I STILL get acne from time to time. There should be a statute of limitations on that stuff. For real!
    I’m a fan of your current fruit/salad/chocolate obesession. Sounds ideal to me and talk about balance. It couldn’t get any better.
    Your foodie pen pal was a sweetheart, getting a catnip treat for Tiger; so thoughtful.

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  27. I think WE were Switched At Birth. Wait, I mean, somehow we were twins who got separated. SEPARATED at birth. That’s it. 🙂

    Acne? Dealing with it. Finally getting down to Alabama reduced a wee bit of stress and I think that helped some, but holy heck, you would think the TWO rounds of Accutane I had as a teenager would have killed it.

    As almost half of my boxes I moved apparently were full of food, and I somehow have a WAY TOO FULL pantry–with things left over–I can totally empathize with needing to STOP THE SHOP(ping). I don’t think I ever need to buy a box of cereal again. OR at least for the next three years of my PhD program.

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      Hahaha! Love it! Switched…I mean SEPARATED at birth indeed! And omg, I was just in my pantry (omg, I typed “panty” at first…*shudder*!) yesterday looking for something I’d put in there the day before and it seriously took me like FIVE MINUTES to find it! I had the same thoughts as you, but not cereal (as I always seem to polish that off pretty fast) but about the unGODLY amount of grains I have! Rice, wheat berries, pasta, couscous, ISRAELI couscous…I mean seriously, WHAT is wrong with me?! I’m more of a bread person! Ugh…

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