Cadbury Mini Egg Blondies

As promised, here is the next Cadbury Mini Egg recipe…..Blondies! Again, the mini eggs turn a simple and classic recipe upside down. These blondies are insane and extremely rich; milk is the perfect beverage pairing.

IMG_3718

 

IMG_3719

 

Cooking notes:

1. Make sure to sift your flour, salt and baking soda. You do not want lumps in the flour mixture.

IMG_3713

2. If the recipe calls for butter, I always use Crisco Butter. I think it makes the cake or cookie more moist.

IMG_3715

3. Bake for about 35 minutes. My recipe tastes like a warm and tad under-done cookie. So good!

Enjoy!

My Two Favorite “F” Words!

Fashion & Food are my two favorite “F” words. And if I can combine them, the possibilities are endless.

This spring/summer, I guarantee you will be invited to several outings that require you to not only bring a dish but also look fantastic in this season’s hottest fashion trends. So, I teamed up again with my favorite new virtual shop, Honey & Vine, to show you the perfect outfit to wear and a crowd pleasing recipe to bring to your special event.

1. Wedding Shower/Baby Shower

Are you planning a wedding shower for a bride-to-be or a baby shower for a mommy-to-be? Here’s the perfect fashion and food.

Fashion: Celine Maxi Skirt, Denim Top Megan Stretch Belt, Wood You Be Mine Clutch and Linx BraceletTotal $118

Food: Pasta Salad

image 3

ecc86bd1437635785a66738425a41c19

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Couples Neighborhood Progressive Dinner

If your house is slated for the appetizer portion of the meal, tapas is an excellent choice. And your significant other will love you in the Courtney Dress.

Fashion: Courtney Dress & White Rosette Necklace – Total $42

Food: Tapas – Antipasta Kabobs & Shrimp Bruschetta

image 1

IMG_2351-300x216IMG_2350-300x242

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Memorial Day/4th of July/Labor Day Picnics

Picnics are a staple of spring and summer. A flirty dress and a yummy side dish are the perfect ensemble.

Fashion: Esther Dress - Total $28  

Food: Party Potatoes

image

 

24927ebfd949587e6488cdd66b4c6902

 

 

 

 

 

 

Enjoy your fashion and food!

Cadbury Mini Egg Cookie Dough Dip

This may quite possibly be the best recipe I have EVER made. First, it has Cadbury Mini Eggs and second, it includes making a homemade cookie dough batter. It is the perfect combination.

I found this recipe on Pinterest: Click Here!

My Notes:

1. Place Cadbury Mini Eggs in a plastic ziplock bag and use the smooth side of a meat tenderizer to crush the eggs into little pieces. (Save a couple whole eggs to place on top of dip as a decoration.)

IMG_3397

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Place all the ingredients in a mixing bowl. I used a hand mixer to combine and make a thick, smooth batter.

IMG_3398

IMG_3399

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Then the dip is ready to be eaten…yay! The recipe calls for Ritz Crackers, but I also ate this with vanilla wafers. It’s your choice and you won’t be disappointed either way.

IMG_3400

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_3406

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Enjoy! More Cadbury Mini Egg recipes to come….so stay tuned.

 

Spring Fashion Challenge

I constantly review the Women’s Fashion board on Pinterest because it’s a great way to study new trends and classic styles. I also enjoy challenging myself to create a Pinterest outfit with items already in my closet or shopping for the same look at less cost.

Recently, I discovered a new virtual clothing company, Honey & Vine. This is the place to dress on trend and not brake the bank. The new arrivals for spring are fresh and flirty….I especially love the Sophia Maxi skirt!

IMG_0180__58264.1394301329.1280.1280

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last week, my friend Kris bought this adorable maxi skirt; and I gave her a fashion challenge. Could she recreate this Pinterest look?

e61e772a5c6f80ad1793dbd7bfdcab77

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kris not only succeeded in this challenge; she looks absolutely amazing and is ready for spring.

10153494_10202596220604071_1896854386_n 961039_10202596219564045_1811235382_n

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The denim top, seven layer necklace and Wood you be Mine clutch may all be purchased at Honey & Vine! Come check out their fashions for your spring/summer wardrobe.

Happy Shopping!

 

Bacon-Wrapped Mini Meatloaf

This recipe is just a new take on an old favorite. And the saying that bacon makes everything better applies to meatloaf too.

Directions: Meatloaf Recipe  Only make the mixture.

Preheat oven to 375° and grease cupcake pan. Cut twelve strips of bacon in half and set aside. Then take a handful of meatloaf mixture and form into a patty that will fit into the pan cups.

IMG_3749

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then wrap the patty around with two half strips of bacon and place into cupcake pan.

IMG_3750

 

 

 

 

 

 

Place into oven and bake for 30 minutes. (Note: Put a cookie sheet with sides under the cupcake pan to catch extra grease.) When fully cooked, remove from oven. Then remove bacon-wrapped mini meatloaves and place on a paper towel to drain grease. Serve warm.

IMG_3771

 

 

 

 

 

 

The bacon-wrapped mini meatloaves are very flavorful and juicy. Plus, there was leftovers that can be froze for another meal.

Enjoy!

 

 

 

To My Future SIL…..Words of Wisdom

1890636_10102055835491150_850088122_oI am happy to announce that next spring, I am finally getting a little sister. My brother proposed to the most wonderful woman, Rachel, and we can’t wait to welcome her into our crazy family.

Rachel is the founder of An Eventful Life. Her new blog feature is Wedding Wednesdays. She is looking for “words of wisdom from a Mrs. to a future Mrs.”. So, my neighborhood moms group came together to offer advice and display our wedding photos.

 

 

Modhousewife – June 5, 2004 

177

Wedding Advice: The week of the wedding, have a date night. Relax, eat some good food and DON’T talk about the wedding.

Marriage Advice: Always have date nights to reconnect has a couple….leave work and kids at the door. Plus, add an element of surprise;)

 

 

 

Jenni – August 6, 2005

216215_1012525079087_9918_n

Wedding Advice: Delegate!! And officially let go of anxieties and expectations the day before. What will be will be, and you want to remember all the fun and laughter that filled your day, even if the cake implodes! You don’t want to look back and think, “gosh, that was a very stressful day!!”

Marriage Advice: Let’s go with… Love is dynamic … The love you feel today will be different from the love feel 5, 10, 15 years from now. That’s ok! You choose to continue falling in love with the same person over and over as you grow and build a life together! Also, if you have kids, let dad be on bath and bedtime duty from the beginning. An awesome way for him to bond and build special rituals with your child(ren) and a nice nightly break for you!

Tricia – May 26, 2001

1622395_10202206520659077_1022624579_oMarriage Advice: Don’t do anything the first year of marriage that you don’t want to continue the rest of your marriage. Don’t set unrealistic expectations from the beginning.

 

 

 

 

 

Stacy – July 30, 2005
1798605_10152238462978396_1992377038_nWedding Advice: Get a king size bed!

Marriage Advice: Get a king size bed!

 

 

 

 

 

Jen – September 30, 2000

1794663_10203197503999791_243553310_nWedding Advice: DO NOT diet/take diet pills or supplements or do anything that will make you drastically lose weight the couple months before your wedding. Even with all the dress fittings, your weight is not consistent, partially due to stress. Combine the two & when it’s go-time and the dress does not fit you. The most important dress of your life is too big, you will regret it forever.

Also, your wedding day will go by in the blink of an eye. For all the months of preparation, it’s all over in a matter of hours. Tell yourself to mentally capture each moment like watching your sisters walk up the aisle instead of fussing with yourself before your big moment. Enjoy & actually LIVE the day because there’s not much you can change on the wedding day itself – if something is going to be a wreck that’s just going to happen anyway. It’s you & your hub’s day no matter what the flowers end up looking like.

Marriage Advice: Embrace each others’ differences. It actually took me a while to really understand that my dear husband (let’s call him DH) simply does not need nor want to surround himself with friends & people out all the time, like I am inclined to do. Conversely, he didn’t get why I wanted to go somewhere with ‘other people’ every weekend. The old marriage advice stands: do not think you can change your spouse once you are married. When I finally got that about DH, we both looked for ways to compromise so we both felt like our needs were met.

Diana – May 15, 2009

1898035_10203340942154843_761027233_nWedding Advice: Don’t party so late you miss your flight to Jamaica!

Marriage Advice: And to use that advice and carry it through, never stop having fun!!!!

 

 

 

 

Michelle – June 15, 2002

1596660_10203049781308049_1760567869_oWedding Advice: Hire the best photographer to capture the candid moments. The day will go so fast. Take a moment to sit back and take it all in. Watch your guest enjoying themselves and dance the night away.

Marriage Advice: Keep date nights and don’t go to bed angry (that advice was given to us by a couple married 55 yrs). So true.

 

 

 

Kat – September 20, 1997

1415229_10203178206317060_1716190749_oWedding Advice: Hire a photographer you really like, because I hate my wedding pictures!

Marriage Advice: Ask yourself, “Is it better to be right or be loved?” I’d like to add the caveat that it’s even better to be funny!

 

 

 

 

Jacinta – December 31, 2002

1972439_812540358761830_421934623_nWedding Advice: Enjoy yoursel! Don’t spend all of your time saying hello to every guest on your list (trust me, some of these people you won’t talk to in 10 years). So make the most of the night with your family and friends. Also, something won’t go right, but just let it go and have FUN!!!

Marriage advice: Get in the habit of giving each other compliments. I think men need them just as much as women; and we all need a cheerleader in life, be that person to your husband. Also, always say “I love you.” Three simple words, but a great habit! We say it before bed, before leaving the house, when we get off the phone, and now our kids say it too. It always adds perspective when you are angry or sad and hear those words.

Shelly – January 28, 2007

1624320_10201428517667704_382702300_n

Wedding Advice: Relax, enjoy every moment, and be okay if everything does not go quite as planned. 
Marriage Advice: Always remember that love is more than a feeling. Love is a verb and requires action. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brett & Rachel,

I hope you both have fun reading all the wedding and marriage advice. Enjoy your engagement and the whole family is looking forward to the big day!

Love Your Big Sister

Salmon Patties

When I was younger, staying at grandma’s house meant two things: 1) sugar on our cereal (mom only let my brother and me have Cheerios) and 2) salmon patties for lunch. Kickin’ it at 92, grandma still makes a mean salmon patty.

Living six hours away, I have to make my own salmon patties now. And it’s easier than I thought. Note: Salmon patties are not for everyone, but they make a great lunch or dinner for Lent.

Ingredients: 1 can of pink salmon, 1 egg, 1/2 cup bread crumbs, salt (or seasoning salt), pepper and olive oil.

IMG_3159

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Directions:

1. Grease a frying pan and add olive oil. Stove should be on Medium heat.

2. In a bowl, mix salmon, egg and seasonings. The mixture should make a paste.

IMG_3160IMG_3161

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Using your hands, make into patties and cover both sides in bread crumbs.

IMG_3162

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. When the oil is hot, gently place patties in the pan. Let them cook until both sides are golden brown (2 minutes on each side….the patties cook very fast).

IMG_3163

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. Remove from pan and place on a paper towel to drain extra oil. Then eat while warm.

IMG_3164

 

IMG_3165

I prefer to eat these with my hands and dip in ketchup. This food makes me feel like a kid again in my grandma’s kitchen!

Enjoy!

 

 

Palazzo Pants for Spring!

Another snow day and I am emerging myself in spring! Besides getting an early start on my spring cleaning, I am continuing my investigation on the hottest new trends for spring/summer 2014.

Look like you own the runway with Palazzo Pants! These wide-leg pants are lightweight and extremely comfortable. Best of all, these pants can we worn casual or dressy.

All major retailers are stocked with Palazzo Pants; and I found mine at my new favorite boutique ALTAR’D STATE.

IMG_3685

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I paired my amazing Palazzo printed pants with a sequin tank and platform wedges. Add a jacket for when it gets chilly.

IMG_3684

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy Shopping!

The Bird Is The Word!

During these dreadful days of winter, I like to think ahead to warm weather fashions. This spring/summer watch out for prints, especially bird prints.

This fully-lined tank dress was a deal at Charming Charlie for $29! I fell in love with the coral detail at the bottom of the dress…what an eye-catcher!

Trendy Beach/Day Look: Add a fedora and bold color sandals.

IMG_3679

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Afternoon/Evening Look: Old Navy White Denim Jacket & Target Merona Meredith Espardrille Wedges.

IMG_3682

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy Shopping!

One Old Navy Dress….Amazing Trendy Looks!

It may be extremely cold in the Midwest, but warm-weather fashions are in stores now. If you want a great place to buy trendy budget-friendly spring/summer dresses…..it’s Old Navy! Recently, I purchased this great Navy/White Striped Drop-Waist Dress for $29!

cn7471955

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other bloggers such as The Style Editrix also bought this hot little number; and created her own spin on this versatile and comfortable piece.

1688706_10151938378582021_2042464829_n

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And here’s my interpretation:

IMG_3022

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I paired this dress with three of my favorite accessories: Old Navy White Denim Jacket, Charming Charlie White Large Chain Necklace & Target Merona Penelope Espadrille Wedges.

IMG_3023IMG_3024

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy Shopping!