Rosemary Brown Sugar Bacon

You had me at bacon!  I LOVE bacon…I will admit though it is not something I buy or make on a regular basis.  However, every single time I make this recipe my family ALWAYS asks “why don’t you make this more often??”

The best part of this recipe is that you cook your bacon in the over.  If you are not doing that by now, it is time to start!  One pan, no splatters…easy peasy!  So here you go, a delicious sticky sweet bacon with the perfect hint of rosemary…your bacon game will never be the same!

Rosemary Brown Sugar Bacon

  • 1 lb thick cut bacon
  • brown sugar
  • fresh rosemary chopped

Lay your strips of bacon on a baking sheet (you can cover with foil or use a rack..I never do!)


Sprinkle with brown sugar and chopped rosemary.   My family loves lots of brown sugar!


Bake at 375 for about 15 min depending on how crispy you like it!


That’s it!!  So easy, so delicious!




Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Protein Shake!

I love having a protein shake as the way to break my fast…by that I mean I intermittent fast, so I eat my first meal at 11am and stop eating at 7pm.  I kind of naturally eat this way, but I have just noticed such a difference in my eating habits by making this my daily habit.


This shake is my go-to.  I am a huge chocolate-peanut butter fan ( hello, Reese’s)…so this is a great way to satisfy that craving!  Here’s my easy recipe!

I hope you enjoy this as much as i do!


*this post contains affiliate links, but all thoughts and opinions are mine!

Friday Night Flowers


There’s Friday Night Lights or there’s Friday Night FLOWERS!  I recently was invited to the home of Tammy of for her first ever Friday Night Flowers Workshop.  Tammy’s home is on a beautiful peace of property outside of Seattle, the weather was perfect and there was even a deer visitor.



When we first arrived, we were greeted with a glass of wine while we mingled and swooned over the amazing selection of local grown flowers.


The food was delicious and catered by Mary Weber of Cooking with Mary.  Her torellini salad and carmelized onion apps were amazing…we all went back for seconds!




First and Bloom has such a passion about what she does and the products and flowers she uses.  Did you you know 80% of the flowers sold in the US are imported?  I honestly had no idea…which leads to the statistic that since 1992, 58% of US flower farms have gone out of business due to low-priced imports!

Buying American grown flowers means you support local jobs and economy, as well as reducing our footprint on the plant by minimizing transportation practices and promoting more sustainable and environmentally sound practices.

Not sure where you can find American grown flowers/florists in your area??  Visit Slow Flowers.  Slow Flowers is an award-winning online directory to help you find florists, studio designers, wedding and event planners, supermarket flower departments and flower farmers who are committed to using American grown flowers.  Founder Debra Prinzing has created an amazing resource!



Bloggers gotta do what bloggers gotta do 🙂


There were so many amazing flowers to choose from, and it was so fun to see what each of us gravitated towards.  I went for a subtle fall-inspired palette of dusty purple with lots of greens.



It seems a little intimidating at first, but honestly you just have to jump in and start creating.  You will be amazed how your creation just blossoms!




My sweet friend Heather of Thriftynseattle  was my date for the evening!  Heather immediately grabbed those gorgeous blue hydrangea and created the most amazing bright arrangement that matched her blouse!



Missy Palacol of Missy Palacol Photography captured this night so perfectly, and while being the most darling pregnant photog ever!


The lovely ladies of Friday Night Flowers.

Top right to left: Julia Case of Fairview Farm, Riva Juarez of Riva La Diva, Katie Githens of Clary Sage Studio, Carleeh Mulholland of Healthy Socialite, Debra Prinzing of and Slowflowers.  Bottom right to left: Dawn Parsons of Party til Dawn, Heather Rasmus of ThriftynSeattle, Tammy Myers of First & Bloom, and Dani Graham of Dig-it Flower Farm. Not pictured here, Missy Palacol of and Mary Weber of Cooking With Mary Weber



All photos courtesy of

Thank you Tammy for a wonderful evening, and for the inspiration and education on flower arranging and the importance of purchasing American grown flowers.

If you would love to attend one of First and Bloom’s Flower Workshops you’re in luck!  Tammy has all the information HERE!


Pretzels Please!


Today I am sharing with you, a delicious  homemade pretzel recipe.  Lucy and I have made these a couple times, and they are so SO good!  In fact, we just picked up the ingredients today to make them this week!!  These are perfect heading into Fall and football season!

Soft Pretzels

4 teaspoons yeast + 1 teaspoon sugar + 1 1/4 cup water

3.5 cups flour and additional 1/2 cup at end

2 Tablespoons butter melted

1/3 cup sugar

1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt (+more for garnish)

1/2 cup baking soda

4 cups hot water

melted butter


In a small bowl or glass measuring cup, dissolve water, sugar
and yeast. let sit for 10 minutes (until frothy and almost double in size).
Mix together 3 1/2 cups of flour, sugar, and salt, in a large bowl. create a
small well in the center of the flour.

Pour melted butter followed by yeast
mixture into the well.

With a wooden spoon, mix until combined. use
your hands to knead the dough inside the bowl. slowly add the additional
1/2 cup flour while continuing to knead. knead for 7-10 minutes total.
Lightly oil a large bowl. transfer dough to bowl. cover with a dampened
lightweight cloth/towel. place inside the oven with the light turned on (no
heat). let rise for 1 hour, or until doubled in size.
Remove dough from oven, and turn oven to 425.

In another large bowl, microwave 4 cups water with the baking soda for 3 minutes. stir until baking soda dissolves.

Lightly flour the counter and turn dough out. divide dough into 12 pieces.
Roll each piece into a rope (i prefer to hold both ends and swing the
dough in a circular motion – as if jumping rope). twist into a pretzel
shape – crossing once in the middle.
Gently dip the pretzel into the hot water.

Transfer pretzel to a cookie sheet
lined with parchment paper.

Sprinkle additional kosher salt on top.
repeat for remaining dough. (6 pretzels per cookie sheet).

Bake in the preheated oven on the middle rack for approximately 8
minutes or until browned.

Remove and place sheet on a cooling rack.
Brush pretzels with melted butter. once cooled, store in an airtight
container or freeze for future use


xoxo ~ Dawn



Summer’s Last Hoorah


I don’t know what the weather is like where you are, but here in Seattle, things are a changin!  I love Summer, and I make sure to drink in as much sunshine, dining al fresco, and iced coffee as I can before it all comes to an end…but….Fall is my absolute FAVORITE season!  Once I get that first hint of light change, or a leaf turning…I am ALL pumpkin spiced and sweatered IN…and it is really hard to turn back!


I attended a fun floral event (coming in a separate post!) and thought this outfit was perfect for a summer night in the field.  I also don’t think there is anything more “french” than carrying your flowers in a market basket…take me to Paris!




These jeans have been a staple for me the past two summers.  This particular brand is sold out, but I did link a couple other almost identical options HERE and HERE.  This darling ruffle blouse is from one of my favorite online boutiques, and it on Summer Sale for $16!  You can find it HERE.


Flowers c/o First and Bloom



I hope you have soaked up every bit of Summer to get you through to your next favorite season!


Easy Breezy Cocktail

I have been on a crazy sparkling water kick lately!!  Anything from Lacroix to Trader Joe’s Sparking water does the trick!  In the evenings, well by late afternoon, it’s been fun to turn it into my favorite easy cocktail!


This Patron Orange Liqueur is delicious, and it honestly pairs perfect with any flavor of sparkling water.  I purchase this at Trader Joe’s!!  Of course, you could also add tequila as well!


Pour yourself a glass of your favorite flavor of water.


Add in a shot of Patron Orange Liqueur.


Squeeze in fresh lime juice…I love extra lime!



And Enjoy!

I hope you’re enjoying your last little bits of summer and savoring a yummy cocktail!




Mrs. Wear It Proud!



The weather here in the PNW has been hot hot hot…the Cali girl in me LOVES it, plus I know all the rainy days in my future, so I soak it up!  My face in the first photo is not about the heat…my photographer (my son) caught my RBF (resting b*&!#$ face 😉 and insisted I share it with all of you!

This outfit could be another Target ad, because well, who doesn’t find the best stuff there?  I am planning on giving you a new Target faves post every week, and this one represents a few recent fave finds!

I love this Mrs. tee (that is actually what my hubby calls me, and I love it!)  I wear the title proudly after 24 years of marriage!  It’s funny to me how things like this tee or my WIFE tee are geared toward new brides, when I feel it says SO much more when worn by women who have put the work in, and represent what those titles are all about! Here’s to the married ladies!!


Top   Skirt   Shoes Sunglasses (NY Glass has the best price and fast shipping!)

Bag/was a fabulous #Marshallssuprise!!


I think this outfit is perfect right now in the heat of summer, but I will definitely be taking this skirt into fall with a denim shirt or jacket!



I bet you are just wondering “where is that beautifil resort Dawn??”…well…truth be told this post is NOT sponsored by the ASSISTED LIVING building I used as my shoot location! LOL!!!  A girls gotta do what a girls gotta do, am I right???


This backpack is my new fave..and right now on line at Target it’s $25!!  Click HERE!

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Cheers to Summer!