Written on Monday, August 22nd, 2011 @ 8:41 am
Whenever I need a unique and special gift for a new bundle of joy or a holiday/birthday shirt for my child, I always turn to Little Lola’s Lovelies. The owner (a good friend and sorority sister) specializes in handmade children’s items which can’t be found in stores.
Little Lola’s Lovelies creative items include: shirts, skirts, dresses, baby blankets, bibs, burp cloths, diaper bags, oneies and hair clips. Plus, Little Lola’s Lovelies is always willing to collaborate with you to design that one-of-a-kind item that fits any occasion.
The quality is always top rate and the prices are hard to beat with shirts starting at $18 each. Halloween orders must be placed by Oct. 1; Thanksgiving orders must be placed by Nov. 1.
To view the complete Little Lola’s Lovelies collection and price list, please visit: http://facebook.com/littlelolaslovelies.
Written on Friday, August 19th, 2011 @ 10:16 am
This is by far the most decadent and fabulous dessert I have ever made. It was so yummy and delicious, I will only make it a few times a year (for fear I will eat a whole pie by myself…we’ve all be there). However, this chocolate silk pie is so easy to make, your guests will think you spent all day in the kitchen. Plus, it’s from Kraft Foods!
1 frozen deep-dish pie crust (9 inch), thawed, 6 squares of BAKER’s Semi-Sweet Chocolate, 10 tbsp. unsalted butter, softened, 2/3 cup sugar, 1 tsp. vanilla, 3/4 cup cholesterol-free egg product, 1 cup thawed COOL WHIP Whipping Topping
Bake pie crust as directed on package for unfilled one-crust pie; cool completely (Next time I make this dessert, I am going to try a ready-made Oreo or Graham Cracker crust)
Melt chocolate as directed on package; cool slightly. Beat butter and sugar in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed for 3 minutes or until light and fluffy. Add melted chocolate and vanilla; mix well. Add egg product. Beat on high speed 2 minutes or until light and fluffy. Spoon into pie crust.
Refrigerate 3 hours or until chilled. Top with the whipped topping. Store leftover pie in the refrigerator.
My idea: After adding the whipping topping, store in the freezer for a few hours. It’s even better served frozen for a tasty, chilly treat!
Written on Friday, August 19th, 2011 @ 7:53 am
No, it’s not a Don Henley/Stevie Nicks’ song or a 1980′s Madonna movie…it’s two hot Fall trends coming to a store near you!
Leather skirts are walking the runways and being shown in every style…my personal favorite is the pencil skirt. You’ll look right out of Vogue with a cardigan/cami combo, leather skirt, fishnet stockings and booties.
Lace overlay shirts and blouses are providing a softer/sexier style. Lace is great for day and night; and paired with a leather skirt…there’s no stopping any fashionista.
Leather and Lace can be found at all retailers. Gap’s Black Leather Paneled Skirt retails $248. Ann Taylor Loft’s Lace Overlay w/ Stripe retails $39.50.
Written on Thursday, August 18th, 2011 @ 10:09 am
I love, love this potato recipe. I bring it to most parties, and kids love it too!
Ingredients: 32 oz. pkg. frozen hash browns (thawed), 1/2 tsp. salt, 1/2 tsp. pepper, 1/2 tsp. onion powder, 1/2 tsp. garlic powder, 1 can of cream of chicken soup, 2 cups sour cream, 2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese, 1 stick of real butter, 2 cups corn flakes.
Preheat oven to 350°.
Mix the thawed hash browns, salt, pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, cream of chicken soup, sour cream and 1 cup of cheddar cheese. Place into a greased 9×13 pan. Then top with 1 cup of cheddar cheese.
Mix corn flakes and melt butter and then place on top of casserole.
Bake covered for 1 hour and then serve. Enjoy!
Written on Thursday, August 18th, 2011 @ 8:41 am
“Don’t Give Away The Farm”
Yes, we all love to show a little skin; but you don’t need to be practically naked to be attractive.
“Looking truly sexy involves knowing what to bare — and what to keep under wraps.”
When wearing flattering and comfortable clothing, you exude confidence; and confidence is sexy! Let’s leave a little to the imagination and you will attract the “right” man, job, etc.
Example: Going to an evening event and love your shoulders – wear a one-shoulder, mid-length sheath dress. It’s a very flattering and comfortable look that brings out your inner Jackie O.
Written on Wednesday, August 17th, 2011 @ 10:25 am
I am not a fan of meatloaf, but this Kraft Foods’ recipe is great! Plus, it makes great leftovers.
Ingredients: 2 lb. lean ground beef, 1 pkg. (6 oz.) Stove Top Stuffing Mix for Chicken, 1 cup of water, 2 eggs beaten, 1/2 cup of barbecue sauce.
Heat oven to 375°. Mix all ingredients except for 1/4 cup of barbecue sauce. Shape into an oval loaf in 13×9 baking plan; and top with remaining sauce. Bake for 1 hour or until cooked through. It’s perfect sided with au gratin potatoes and candied carrots. Enjoy!
Written on Wednesday, August 17th, 2011 @ 9:55 am
A Fall Must-have is the Petite-Flap Purse. During the chilly Fall months, it will be on every fashionista’s shoulder for work and play. It’s large enough for the essentials (phone, wallet, lip stick, tampon, etc.); and its petite size won’t weigh you down when lunching with girlfriends or shopping with your favorite guy. Plus, find it in all the hot looks including plaid, animal print, leather and sequins. The petite flap purse will definitely rock any Fall look and can be found at all retailers. I have my eye on a leopard print at Fossil and a tweed at Coach (decisions, decisions)!
Written on Tuesday, August 16th, 2011 @ 9:02 am
If you like fresh green beans, you will love this simple and flavorful recipe.
You will need 1 – 1 1/2 lbs. of fresh green beans; clean and then cut both ends off.
In a large greased pot, add the green beans, a 16 oz. carton of Swanson® Chicken Broth (or any brand), 4 slices of uncooked bacon, 1 cup of water, onion powder, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Simmer on a low heat for 2 to 3 hours half covered and occasionally stir. Finally drain, serve hot and enjoy!
It’s a great side dish that everyone will love!
Written on Tuesday, August 16th, 2011 @ 8:37 am
We all have our favorite household cleaning products; and I have to shout to the world my top three. These products not only add convenience; they make my house clean and neat. In fact, I actually enjoy cleaning…I know, that’s crazy!
3. Bona® Complete Hardwood Floor Care System – Bona® is amazing and keeps my hardwood floors clean and bright. Once a week, I use the Bona® Hardwood Floor Cleaner/Mop to shine and wipe away dirt and dust. My floors look brand new without harsh chemicals/fragrances. Plus, Bona® dries fast! Retails – $29.99 (Cleaner/Mop) $8.49 (Cleaner Refill)
2. Bounce® Dryer Bar – I always forgot to add the dryer sheet; and the Bounce® Dryer Bar never lets me forget! It attaches easily inside my dryer walls; and I replace it every three-four months. The Dryer Bar does the same great job as a sheet with even more convenience. Retails $6, refills $4
The #1 household cleaning product I can’t live without (drumroll)…..Mr. Clean® Magic Erasers®! These magic little helpers easily remove crayon from walls, red spaghetti sauce from white kitchen cabinets and my favorite, blue pen from a suede ottoman! Retails $4
Please comment on your favorite household cleaning products; and any tricks to make cleaning fast, easy and even fun!
Written on Monday, August 15th, 2011 @ 10:33 am
One of my very best friends is an avid Bunco player; and this is the recipe she serves for her parties.
Ingredients: 1 pkg of 24 party rolls, 1/2 stick of melted real butter, 4 tbsp. poppy seeds, 4 tbsp. mustard, 4 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce, sliced ham and swiss cheese.
Preheat oven to 350°.
In a bowl, mix together butter, poppy seeds, mustard and Worcestershire sauce. Spread sauce on both sides of rolls, then put a piece of ham and cheese on each sandwich. On a greased pan, place each sandwich, cover and bake for 15-20 minutes or until cheese melts.
Not only is the recipe great for Bunco games, but for any fun get-together!