Saturday, October 29, 2011

Ucreate Feature

I must say, it's so exciting when you are featured on other blogger's blogs. ♥

U Create

The fabulous Kari of Ucreate featured my Favorite Things Party last week that I hosted back in September. Ucreate is a blog that helps inspire you by sharing the latest trends in the craft industry. Talk about a great site to have fun "pinning" things on! ;o)

Go check it out here and say hello!

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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Candy Shop 1st Birthday - {Stephanie Campagna Event Photographer}

I was lucky enough to attend my good friend's little girls first birthday last weekend. I'm still working on the final images, but I wanted to share just a few photos I captured from her party. She did such an amazing job on the decorations! Thanks Wendy for letting me be a part of it!

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Friday, October 14, 2011

Mad Hungry

I'm not sure if it's appropriate to post recipes that are winter-ish even though it's still 75 degrees out, but I found this recipe and wanted to share.

Image via {FauxMartha}

It's a notch higher than my flaming tortilla soup, (I gotta kick back on the chile), so I think it's worth giving it a try.

If any of you make this for your fam, let me know how it goes.

Taco Soup
serves 6-8; recipe from yours truly

1/2 lb. lean ground beef
2-3 garlic cloves, minced
1 sweet onion, diced
1 large bell pepper, diced
28 oz. can of tomato sauce
1/2 c. chicken stock
15 oz. can of corn, drained
15 oz. can of black beans, drained
2 tsp. cumin
2 tsp. chili powder
1/2 tsp. paprika
1 tbsp. cilantro, chopped
1 tsp. sugar
small dash of cinnamon
squirt of Sriracha
olive oil

1. Brown ground beef.
2. Meanwhile, add garlic, onion, and bell peppers to a stock pot. Saute with olive oil for 5-8 minutes. Salt to taste.
3. Add tomato sauce, chicken stock, corn, beans, and meat to stock pot. Stir. Add cumin, chili powder, paprika, cilantro, and sugar. Add salt and Sriracha to taste. Stir.
4. Taste and add more spices if needed.
5. Allow to simmer for 30-45 minutes. Garnish and serve. (We garnish with pita chips, cheese and avocado.)

I'm guessing your husbands/boyfriends/sleep-over friends will thank you after this. Speaking of which, check out this cookbook by Lucinda Quinn called Mad Hungry. Looks taste-tacular!

--------> Mad Hungry by Lucinda Quinn

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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Goodie Dish

While scouring the internet for some fun things to create/shop/bake/eat around the Thanksgiving holiday, I came across a few goodies that I thought were just too good not to share. Check out my random turkey day favorites below. Enjoy!

1. Pumpkin Gooey Butter Cake
Like you really need more deliciousness for Thanksgiving..... but hey, why not? Find the recipe HERE.

2. Fanged Pumpkins
Now how hilarious are these cool guys?

3. Place settings
Get these fancy plates HERE.

4. Free Turkey Day Printables
Use some of these great printables to decorate around the house or at the table.

5. Cornhusk Votives
This idea is really different and adds a soft glow to your table.

6. Free Color Pages
Keep the mini's busy with some free downloadable Thanksgiving coloring pages.

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Thursday, October 6, 2011

Halloween Cupcakes - Deuce!

Baking is my thing. Love it.    

LOVE it.

Two years ago I made these fun little goodies, so, I whipped up a few Halloween cupcakes yesterday (yes, I said a few) meaning, 2. Not 12 or 24.

Only TWO.

What can be better than a cupcake recipe for two?

I found the recipe via Pinterest a while back and it has made my life so much easier. I think I may try to tweak the recipe a bit since I wasn't a HUGE fan of the white cake, so we'll see what happens. The best part is, now, I don't have to worry about eating 12 cupcakes in 2 days.  What a life saver!

Enjoy your own cupcake recipe for two below.

1 egg white
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla (yes, a full teaspoon – your gettin' a good dose of vanilla here folks)
1/4 cup flour
1/4 heaping teaspoon of baking powder
pinch of salt
1 1/2 tablespoons milk

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a muffin pan with 2 liners.

In a bowl, add egg white and sugar and whisk until combined. Add in vanilla and melted butter and stir until mixed. Add flour, baking powder and salt and stir until smooth. Stir in milk. Divide batter equally between the 2 cupcake liners.

Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes, or until cake is set. Let cool completely, then frost as desired.

Boom! There you have it. Romantic cupcakes for two. ♥ Pin It

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Tricks and Treats

If you are looking for some more fun Halloween Party Tricks and Treats, check out this PDF with a free party planner and printables from Value Village HERE!

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