Tuesday, October 18, 2011

1st Annual Halloween Party!

I am not big on trick-or-treating...I don't know what it is, but my parents didn't really support it past the age of 10, and so I had limited years with it I guess to start with. I also have an issue with teaching my kids to go door to door in the neighborhood and beg for candy. I can't believe I just said that...I know I'll probably be stoned. I'm just not a fan. I LOVE the Holiday...don't get me wrong. It's just the act of trick-or-treating itself. I know I'll only be able to avoid it for so long...eventually I'll have to do it. But until then...PARTIES! So this year, Doc, Glenna and I plan on throwing a Halloween Party for our kiddos after ZooBoo on Saturday night. I am so excited to have such a fun evening planned for them - they're great kids and they deserve it! We'll be serving Chili for dinner, and I am for sure making some cupcakes to put on my adorable cupcake stand. I have orange, green, purple and black icing...but I'm still experimenting with what I'm going to do for them. Here are a few of my other features for the party!!!
Candy Corn Dipped Marshmallows
All you need to make these are orange and yellow Wilton candy melts. Very important, you MUST use coloring made specifically for candy, you cannot use regular food coloring or gel. In addition to the candy melts, pick up a big bag of campfire marshmallows, some pop sticks and a few clear treat bags.
Spooky Spider Eggs
If deviling your eggs isn't enough this Halloween, spider them too. Cut pitted black olives in half lengthwise and nestle one half on top of an egg for the body, and then cut the other half crosswise into thin slices to form the creepy legs.
Mummy Juice Boxes
Simple! Just use white electrical tape to wrap the juice boxes and throw on a couple of googly eyes to make a spooky beverage!
Mummy Dogs
1can (8 oz) Pillsbury® refrigerated crescent dinner rolls, 2 1/2slices American cheese, quartered (2.5 oz), 10large hot dogs, Cooking spray
1. Heat oven to 375°F.
2. Unroll dough; separate at perforations. Press perforations to seal.
3.With knife or kitchen scissors, cut each rectangle lengthwise into 10 pieces, making a total of 40 pieces of dough. Slice cheese slices into quarters (1/2 slice cheese, cut in half). 4.Wrap 4 pieces of dough around each hot dog and 1/4 slice of cheese to look like "bandages," stretching dough slightly to completely cover hot dog. About 1/2 inch from one end of each hot dog, separate "bandages" so hot dog shows through for "face." On ungreased large cookie sheet, place wrapped hot dogs (cheese side down); spray dough lightly with cooking spray.
5. Bake 13 to 17 minutes or until dough is light golden brown and hot dogs are hot. With mustard, draw features on "face."
Candy Corn Pretzel Flops
1 bag of Hershey's Hugs
1 bag of Candy Corn
1 bag of Waffle Pretzels
Spread a sheet of parchment paper, or tin foil acrossed a baking sheet. Spread out as many pretzels as you can fit on the sheet acrossed the pan. They only need to be spaced about a 1/2 inch apart. Unwrap the Hershey hugs and place one hug on top of each pretzel. Bake on 350 degrees for 3 minutes on the bottom rack so that you do not brown the hugs. Take the baking sheet out and push the candy corn down into the point of the hug.
Tip: I like to put the baking sheet into the freezer for an hour or so prior to serving so that the candy sets.
Hot Buttered Apple Cider with Rum
(8 servings) This is also great for kids (obviously minus the rum)
For Spiced Butter:8 tablespoons unsalted butter (1 stick), room temperature¼ cup dark brown sugar, packed1 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon1 teaspoon ground nutmeg¼ teaspoon groun
cloves⅛ teaspoon salt
To make:Half-gallon (64 ounces) all natural apple ciderSpiced Butter cinnamon sticks (optional)rum or apple brandy (optional)
1. Make spiced butter by combining butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and salt in a small bowl. Use a plastic spatula to transfer butter mixture to the middle of a 12" x 12" piece of plastic wrap. Fold plastic wrap over butter mixture and shape into a log, twisting ends to seal closed. Refrigerate until ready to use.
2. Bring apple cider to a simmer over medium heat in a large pot, then turn heat to low. Remove spiced butter from plastic wrap and cut into 1-inch pieces. Add to hot cider and stir continuously until all butter is melted.
3. Ladle buttered cider into mug, garnish with cinnamon stick and top with a shot of rum or apple brandy if desired. Serve hot.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Never Fully Dressed

I have a surprise for you! I was snooping around on the internet today and stumbled upon another great UK online shop. WHY are they so much better at fashion than we are? The shop is cleverly named'Never Fully Dressed' and can be accessed at this web link here; http://www.neverfullydressed.co.uk/action/home/

I absolutely love nearly everything in this shop.
Check out a few of the items that are now marked down to reduced clearance prices due to summer closeout sales, as well as my favorites that are headlining for this season!

Nude Pink Mini Skirt, 18 E, reduced from 36 E!
Charlie Body Nude, 19 E, reduced from 39 E!

Cream Frank Frock, 49 E
Ally T Mustard Top, 39 E

Conker Hodson, 49 E

Lace one-shoulder, 49 E

Ally T Mushroom, 39 E

Thursday, September 8, 2011


Let's talk about this, shall we?

'Ombre' n. A French term meaning "shaded." Usually a multicolored stripe, with colors graduating from light to dark. The color effect is woven into the fabric. Generally produced by arranging different tones in the warp.

I just want to to be clear here...LIGHT to DARK. I don't want to offend anyone here, ok actually I don't really mind offending anyone, but come on now. Please, PLEASE do not allow your new growth, or your "roots", as I so often hear them refered as, be grown out 6 inches and claim that you are trying to pull of the 'ombre' look. I just feel like as this look has grown in popularity, people have gotten really lazy with it. I'm just saying...be careful with this look - because I've seen it really look bad one too many times. I am really into the subtle 'ombre' look like in the picture I featured above. Hm...thinking of doing this...thoughts?

Friday, August 26, 2011

I Heart Headbands!

My sister texted me this morning and asked what I want for my birthday, because she's a big girl with a job and she wants to treat her sister for my birthday, which is next Wednesday by the way. Without hesitation, I knew just what to ask her for! My sister and I have pretty much the most opposite style possible. I am more black leather, lace, dark nail polish, jeans, edgy high heels or boots and metals. Brianna is much preppier; soft pastels, high waisted shorts/skirts, boat shoes, headbands, collared button down shirts, flowey flowery dresses, seersucker and pearls. I like some of the things she wears, it's just not my style. The one item I feel most enthusiastic about, and that I know she'd know better than me are headbands.

I asked Brianna to find me a headband or two for my birthday present. That's seriously all I want. I found an Etsy seller Just.Lovely.Things, (or Heather Smith) who has headbands that I am totally crazy about! This designer has a great blog as well, I definitely added her to my list of followed blogs. Check out her many designs at http://www.justlovelythings.com/, and at Etsy at

She sells these gorgeous pieces for about $15-16. Totally reasonable. I absolutely love these! SO cute! I think they would be cute worn with something super plain so that they are the star of the show.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Out with the OLD in with the NEW!

Ok, cupcakes - old news - these days - it's all about CAKE POPS! I've been dying to learn how to make these myself! I want to make them for my co-workers, and then for Doc Thomas' football team, and then get SO good at making these adorable treats, that they become my staple for pitch-in's everywhere! You know...when you have a family reunion, and Aunt Ruth is notorious for bringing the "bomb-ass potato salad", or that frenemy of yours who always out-does you at the baby/bridal showers with her "fabulous carrot cake!" Ugh. Move over bitches, I'm perfecting cake pops. Oh God...the things that entertain me these days...

Anyway, here goes nothing. If you want to learn along with me, go for it. But before I give instructions out, I'm going to introduce you to the COOLEST Blog in the world. The girl's name is Ashley Stock; she's a mom, wife, and full time blogger! She seriously has the BEST blog I've ever seen, and I will be stalking it for life. No joke. She is the one who has the cake pop recipe that I will be using because she even gives step-by-step directions with photos...(love this girl!)

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

UK Kids Clothes are always cuter...

I found an amazing website with THE.CUTEST.kids clothes in the world. Visit http://www.nordickids.co.uk/. Don't be mad because I keep finding cooler kids online shops than you. Just be happy that I'm sharing it. Capiche? Anyway, this is another UK store, lets be honest, they're far more stylish than us Yankees. So whatever, we'll just have to pay outrageous shipping costs to get our kids dressed as well as theirs. Fine.