Lilly Craze At Target

Lilly Pulitzer® released its limited time Target fashion/home decor collection today. In the past decade, Target has been introducing high-end designers; and Lilly Pulitzer® is now placing and pricing their merchandise for the masses….making an even bigger profit on their quality products.

And “limited” is completely true. The collection went on sale online at midnight causing the website to crash due to the masses ordering. The online merchandise sold out within a few hours.

I was at Target at 7:40am (Sunday Store Hours: 8:00am) and I was greeted with a long line of waiting women….two girls in front of me left their after prom party for a chance at Lilly! While waiting, Starbucks gave samples of their Creme Brûlée drink; and the Target manager passed out maps to locate the merchandise easily within the stores.

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But that was before the crazy train came! When the stores opened at 8:00am, women in the front of the line took their carts and blocked other women from entering the store. I had to RUN around an obstacle course of 4 red carts just to pass through the front doors.

When I was finally in the store, I was racing other women to the FOUR racks of women’s clothing. Women were tearing clothes from the racks and filling carts without even looking at sizes……obvious that these items will be sold on eBay! Others grabbed handfuls of clothing and headed to the fitting rooms with others following behind to get any items that did not fit correctly. The racks were empty in five minutes! To quote a manger, “This was worse than Black Friday”.

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Since, I had done previous research, I knew exactly what I wanted to purchase. I was able to locate the wanted clothing, grab my size and head directly to the girls’ department. However, others were not so lucky. A friend of mine was elbowed in the ribs; and another lady’s items were stolen from her hands. It was not the best show of humanity.

In the end, I was happy with what I was able to purchase for myself and Miss Modhousewife with a total bill of $100 and the quality is great. In the Lilly stores, I would not be able to purchase one dress for $100…so the savings are super!

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Target managers also told me that they will not be getting more merchandise.

It was truly an adventure in shopping!

Happy Shopping!

Orange Dreamiscle cake

There are lots of recipes for Orange Dreamiscle Cake on Pinterest. I wanted something easy that I could use Cool Whip as a topping….and I found one.

Ingredients:

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1. Follow directions on the cake mix and put batter into a 13×9 in pan.

2. While cake is baking, mix Jell-O and 1 cup of boiling water. Let cool to room temperature.

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2. Remove cake from oven, cool for 20 minutes and poke holes with a toothpick.

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3. Pour Jell-O mix all over cake and place in the refrigerator.

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4. Remove cool cake and ice with Cool Whip.

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5. Then it’s ready to eat. Keep refrigerated.

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To be honest, the cake was ok. Not my favorite cake recipe but it’s definitely worth a try.

Happy Eating!

White Chocolate Dipped Lucky Charm Treats

St. Patrick’s Day is just a week away; and I hope you are ready to celebrate. A great treat that my whole family loves is White Chocolate Dipped Lucky Charm Treats. They are simple and tasty…..plus, magically delicious!

Ingredients: Use the generic Lucky Charms (tastes the same).

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Directions:

1. Make Lucky Charm Treats (follow your recipe for Rice Krispie Treats). I prefer to melt my butter and marshmallows in the microwave then add them to a large greased bowl already containing the cereal.

After putting treats into a pan, put into refrigerator to harden.

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2. Into a greased pot, add a bag of white chocolate chips and a tablespoon of Crisco shortening. Put on a melting setting and continue to stir until smooth chocolate.

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3. Take the treats out of the refrigerator and cut into squares.

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4. Dip each square into the chocolate and then set on wax paper (chocolate upside) until the chocolate hardens.

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5. Then enjoy with a big glass of milk!

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“Someone has taken me lucky charms!”

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

 

 

Banana Dolphins!

I am a proud (and sometimes crazy) swim mom! To end the short-course season, I am making my daughter’s team mates this healthy snack to eat while they wait the long hours in between events.

Ingredient: Strawberries, Blueberries and Bananas. (You can substitute the berries with green and purple grapes.)

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1. Wash all fruit. Cut strawberries and place them along with the blueberries in a small container.  Then cut the end tip off the banana.

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2. Then cut a slice into the banana to make the dolphin’s mouth.

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2. Cut the bottom half of the banana off. And then draw eyes with a sharpie.

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3. Place a blueberry in the dolphin’s mouth and then place dolphin in the pool of berries. Then eat!

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Enjoy!

 

Disney Dining

As I look out on the snowy arctic tundra that is Cincinnati, Ohio, I remind myself that my family will be happily vacationing in sunny Disney World in three months.

I started planning this trip as we left the Disney property after our last trip in June 2013. I have done even more research for this trip; and the dinning is one of my favorite parts to plan.

After reviewing the dining plans again, we have declined. For our family of three, we don’t save and would end up with wasted food. Plus, the dining plans do not account for alcohol in the parks (the margaritas are amazing).

We are not breakfast people and just like the last trip, I will bring a stash of Costco granola bars. Then we end up buying coffee (Starbucks is finally available in the parks) and a milk. Lunches are always quick service spots in the park or back at the hotel pool. Normally the servings are large and we end up splitting lunch.

However, dinner at Disney is always an experience to be treasured. In 2013, we dined at:

50’s Prime Time Cafe  (Disney Studios) The pan-fried chicken is exactly how grandma makes it!

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Be Our Guest (Magic Kingdom) We will be eating here again this upcoming trip. The atmosphere is amazing. Ask to sit in the West Wing and see the rose.

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Cinderella’s Royal Table (Magic Kingdom) Note: This dinner does require two meal tickets/person on meal plans.

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Coral Reef Restaurant (Epcot) The atmosphere is amazing and seafood lovers will enjoy every dish here.

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San Angel Inn Restaurante (Epcot – Mexico) One of my favorite dinners…margaritas!

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This year, we will be dinning at the following:

My Disney Girl’s Perfectly Princess Tea Party  (Grand Floridian Resort) Miss Modhousewife’s Birthday Present.

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Disney’s Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show (Polynesian Resort) Twenty years ago, I attended this show; and I am sure it’s even better now! At reservations, make sure to let them know if you are celebrating a birthday or anniversary….you may be pulled on stage!

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Kona Cafe (Polynesian Resort) Voted best breakfast in Disney, we will be having a wedding anniversary brunch here the day we leave.

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Le Cellier Steakhouse (Epcot – Canada) This restaurant has been voted as one of the best steak houses in Disney.

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 Narcoossee’s (Grand Floridan) After much debating on all the adult-only fine dining , we decided on this restaurant for our anniversary dinner. Miss Modhousewife will be enjoying an evening at our resort’s Children’s Activity Center.

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Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant (Disney Studios) Really looking forward to this one with tons of American fare.

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Tomorrowland Terrace Fireworks Dessert Party  (Magic Kingdom) After much research, I came upon this gem and can’t wait for dessert and fireworks under the stars (and seats).

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T-Rex (Downtown Disney) Since we aren’t doing lots of character meals, Miss Modhousewife will love this pre-historic dining adventure.

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Tutto Italia Ristorante (Epcot – Italy) We figured at some point we were going to crave Italian food.

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Our favorite Fast Service lunches:

Casey’s Corner (Magic Kingdom – Main Street USA) Great Hotdogs and huge servings.

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Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn & Cafe   (Magic Kingdom) Great burgers and fries.

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Happy Eating and Have a Magical Day!

Fifty Shades of Grey – Um, There’s No Words

……because I laughed through the whole movie. To quote a friend, “This movie is awkward.”

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First, I am a huge fan of the books. I realize that they are not literary masterpieces, but the story was unique and fun to read. I went into this movie knowing this was not going to win Oscars, but I was so disappointed by the screenplay and acting. In fact, there were moments I was so embarrassed for the actors that I just wanted the scenes to stop!

Regarding the screenplay, there is not enough dialogue between the characters and fails to produce a love story between an innocent finding her voice and a misguided man learning to love. Vital points in the book were left out, some scenes were oddly placed and I was truly missing Ana’s inner-dialogue/inner-goddess to help explain her feelings. Most of the time, I thought these two people did not like each other.

Also, besides there being absolutely no chemistry between Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan, I think they attended the Joey Tribbiani School of Dramatic Arts (smell the fart acting). However, Dakota Johnson does do a good job of bringing Ana to life; but Jamie Dornan is so stiff (pun intended) and fails to be Christian the “asshole”. When Jamie tries to use the word “fuck” or any dirty language…it seems forced and too polite. This saddens me because his performance in The Fall (BBC) was incredible. He had a hard time hiding his hot Irish accent; and he was completely uncomfortable in all the sex scenes.

Things to take away:

1. The sex scenes are not hot and anti-climatic (pun very much intended).

2. The background music in the entire movie is cheesy.

3. The movie just stops! Again, very anti-climatic!

4. Dakota Johnson should never dance and she likes to be naked.

5. Jamie Dornan looks amazing without clothes (highlight of the movie).

6. Do not watch this movie unless you have read the books.

7. Every time Jamie Dornan uses dirty language, it makes me giggle.

8. You will find yourself telling the movie “that didn’t happen that way” or “that happened in the second book.”

9. If your husband/boyfriend is hoping for a downstream effect from their wives/girlfriends watching a hot movie, they would have better luck after an episode of General Hospital or Young & the Restless.

10. The saving grace was watching the movie with friends and giggling like a school girl because the movie is so bad it’s funny. And yes, I am seeing it again tonight.

Will I see Fifty Shades Darker and Freed? Of course, but my expectations will be very low and it will just be another fun GNO!

Enjoy the movie!

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Hearts

Love is in the air! Valentine’s Day Weekend is here; and what better way to treat your sweetheart than to make homemade chocolate covered strawberry hearts. (Plus, it’s really easy!)

Ingredients: 1 bag white chocolate chips, 1 bag semi-sweet chocolate chips, 2 teaspoons Crisco shortening, 1 package of large strawberries

1. Lay out wax paper and a cooling rack.

2. Wash strawberries and cut out the greens.

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2. Cut the strawberries in half and then pair and shape with a carving knife. Keep shape with a tooth pick.

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4. Melt chocolate chips on a “melt” setting on the stove. Make sure to add a teaspoon of shortening to each pot of chips. This helps the chocolate harden.

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5. With a spoon, cover the strawberries with chocolate and add your favorite sprinkles.

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6. Let chocolate cool and harden. Then remove tooth picks. And Enjoy!

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

 

 

 

Bloomin’ Baked Potato

Now that our kitchen remodel is complete….I am ready to try new recipes! Let’s start with the Bloomin’ Baked Potato.  Bloomin’ is not just for onions; and this trick makes a creative side dish that is tasty and unique.

See recipe above; and see my photos below.

1. Clean potato and cut off a small portion of the top.

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2. Start cutting circles inside the potato.

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3. Turn the potato over. Place your thumb in the middle and make slices around the potato.

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4.  Place potato in a 400° oven for 1 hour.

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4. Remove from oven and sprinkle cheese and bacon bits  over potato. Then place back in the oven until melted.

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Enjoy!

Marshmallow Ballerinas

Not sure about your little miss, but anything girly or pink, Miss Modhousewife loves! When I saw these Marshmallow Ballerinas, I knew these would be a great treat that she would love and we could make together.

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Ingredients:

 

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Step 1:  Using the pointy end, push the cupcake liner through. (Please help your child do this since the pointy end is sharp.)

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Step 2: Add a little water to one end of the marshmallow and roll in sprinkles. Then add to the top. I also added a cherry for extra flare!

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Then you have a Marshmallow Ballerina! Your little ones will love to make these (with your supervision) and they are delicious!

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Enjoy!

As Seen On TV……

Last Saturday, my family went on a food quest….to dine at local Cincinnati institutions featured on The Food Network and Travel Channel.

Breakfast: Holtman’s Donuts   Now a new favorite, these delicate pillows of deliciousness are some of the best I have ever had. Light, fluffy and melt in your mouth….two thumbs up! 

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Lunch: Tom and Chee  Famous for their Fancy Grilled Cheese Donuts, Tom and Chee just opened a new location not far from my house. Enjoy the donut, Build-Your-Own or try a signature sandwich, you will not be disappointed. Plus, their incredible variety of soups makes this place number one for comfort food.

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Dinner: Terry’s Turf Club 

Delicious burger combinations combined with bright decor creates a unique diner experience the whole family will love. I highly recommend the Jumbo Lump Crab Cake Burger with a side of Fried Corn! This place is so popular expect a wait no matter what time of day!

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Dessert: Aglamesis Bros. 

This old-fashioned ice-cream parlor was the perfect place to end the day. You will experience early 20th century charm and delicious confections when dining at this unique treasure. I wish I could have tried every single item on the menu…but I settled with a homemade frappuccino.

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So next time you are in the mood to dine somewhere new, look up your city on Food Network or Travel Travel to find a new gem!

Enjoy!