Happy Easter!

So I know most of us are enjoying a wonderful three day weekend, but lets try and not forget the true meaning behind this Holiday! I won’t go into any religious spiel about what we should be remembering, but I just want to say Enjoy this wonderful day that has so graciously been provided for us!

I hope you all are having an amazing day with your families!

Here are some fun Easter traditions that we have as a family (not many), what are yours?

Normally we would get up and go to Easter morning service, but this year we went to Easter service Sat. night. Then today, we have Easter Brunch at my Grandparents house, then we do dinner with my in laws. We do an egg hunt with all the children in my family after brunch, then we get to break into the wonderful, big,Β  filled to the top delicious basket of heavenly sweets (candy) that my Memere (and Pepe & Aunt Roberta) graciously provide (this is probably my favorite part, besides hanging out with my wonderful family of course!!!). Then we head to my in laws and she usually has little Easter baskets for all of us, then sometimes we have a small Easter egg hunt (yes we are all in our 20’s and this is still really fun!)

This year after this active Easter day, when we are stuffed and ready for bed, we will be heading to some friends house for a T.V. Show Premier !!! I don’t know why they would start it on Easter but the did so our fun will continue!

Image courtesy of google images

Image courtesy of google images

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The Best Banana Smoothie!

Ok, so this isn’t a smoothie that I made up but it is my husband’s favorite and it is so good, so I figured I would share it πŸ™‚

All you need are the following items:

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1 large banana

8 large ice cubes

1 1/4 cups milk

1 packet of concord foods smoothie mix (found in the grocery store by the produce)

Put all ingredients in the blender and blend it all up, until all the ice cubes are chopped up πŸ™‚

The end result are these absolutely delicious banana smoothies!

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Go ahead and sit back and enjoy a glass or two of this quick and easy smoothie πŸ™‚

What an honor: Nominated for an AWARD!!!

So, I was notified yesterday by Pass the Mixing Bowl, that she nominated me for the Liebster Award! This was such great news, this is my first time being nominated for any blogging award!!! Thank you so much to Pass the Mixing Bowl, what an honor to know that you like my blog enough to nominate me for an award!

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The Liebster Award is an award for up and coming bloggers and is said to mean “sweetest” or “nicest” in German! How exciting!

Anyway, here are the rules I need to follow to accept this nomination:

The Rules of the Award:

1. Post eleven facts about yourself.
2. Answer the questions the tagger has set for you and create eleven questions for people you’ve nominated.
3. Choose eleven people (with fewer than 200 followers) to give this award to and link them in your post.
4. Go to their page and tell them.
5. Remember, no tag backs.

11 facts you may not know about me:

1. I am a twin

2. I will be finally graduating college in May after 7+ long years!

3. I love to play tennis

4. I have 3 Nieces that I adore more than anything!

5. I have been married for 2 1/2 years, married in Oct. 2010

6. I love flowers, all of them but my favorite are Tulips

7. I am a very fun and outgoing person, but tend to be shy around new people

8. I hate Coffee

9. My favorite shape is the Heart and I am obsessed!

10. I am a major planner! I mean I have to have a plan for everything…even going with the flow hahaha

11. Last but not least, I am very lazy! You would never know it by the things I accomplish but my car probably hasn’t been fully cleaned in YEARS!

Questions for me from Pass The Mixing Bowl:

  1. How many hours sleep do you get, on average, each night? 8hrs
  2. Savoury breakfast, or sweet? Absolutely Sweet!
  3. Where would you like to be at this specific moment in time? Curled up somewhere warm with a good book
  4. Current profession? Staff Accountant
  5. Pastry, cake or biscuit – which would you prefer to eatΒ now? Pastry!
  6. What would you like to have achieved by the end of the year? Payoff some bills and have a decent savings to maybe buy a new house πŸ™‚
  7. What would you consider to be your comfort food? Pasta
  8. If you could have 5 people, dead or alive, at your dinner table, who would they be? My husband Aaron, My Best Friend Marissa, My twin Jeannette, My Nieces Emily & Bella
  9. Dinners or puddings? Pudding any day πŸ™‚
  10. Favourite place you’ve ever been to? Disney!!!
  11. What would you say was your favourite dinner? Shepherd’s Pie? This is a hard one!

Nominations for the Liebster award:

  1. More Sprinkles
  2. The Fab Life of K
  3. We’re Calling Shenanigans!
  4. Sometimes Homemade
  5. A Lot On Your Plate
  6. A Glass of Milk
  7. Sparks from the Kitchen
  8. Halloween Culture
  9. My Sweet Addiction
  10. Chez Catey Lou
  11. Imperfection is the New Pink

Questions my Nominee’s should answer:

1. What is your favorite TV Show?

2. Who is your Role Model and why?

3. What is your favorite candy?

4. If you had to give up any chore what would it be?

5. What is your favorite color?

6. Cake or Cookies?

7. Do you like to read? If so, what is your favorite book?

8. What is your Favorite Holiday?

9.Β  Do you believe that everything happens for a reason?

10. What is your least favorite food?

11. What is your profession?

Congrats to all those nominated!! Happy “GOOD” Friday πŸ™‚

Wine Themed Bridal Shower

My SIL got married last year, and her fabulous bridesmaids, Mother and I threw her a wine themed Bridal Shower. Her wedding colors were Damask black & white with a purple accent, so that is what we went with for a theme, along with the wine theme since we knew she liked wine.

The Guest book table

The Guest book table

The table set up

The table set up

Congratulations Banner

Congratulations Banner

The Bride's decorated seat

The Bride’s decorated seat

View of the full deck decorated

View of the full deck decorated

The food table

The food table

This was one of my favorite parties, I had the honor of planning. I loved the way it turned out and was very happy with everything that day!

I also had everyone send me recipes and I created a recipe book (photobook from Shutterfly), with everyone’s recipes in it. It came out really well and I highly suggest that any way you can, create a recipe book for your Bride-to-Be! It is something fun and something she can cherish forever, and heck she will have ton’s of recipes to try!!!

Thanks to everyone who helped make this day special! It was a lot of fun and I think the Bride was happy πŸ™‚

Peanut Butter Crackers

I know this is pretty lame, but this was one of the best snacks as a kid… and I recently have been making them again! They are so easy, so cheap and they taste WAY better than the store bought peanut butter crackers! I’m sure most of you have had these, it isn’t something I have made up but, if you haven’t definitely give it a shot! Who knows it may be your new favorite snack!

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Cherry Almond Tasties

Yay I finally made a new cookie!! I feel like I have been slacking! I have been very anxious for this cookie and I am so excited how it turned out, it kind of reminds me of a vanilla wafer πŸ™‚

I hope you enjoy them!

Cherry Almond Tasties

Ingredients:

Cookie:

1 1/2 sticks of butter (softened)

1 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup sugar

2 eggs

2 tsp almond extract

1 1/2 Tbsp cherry juice

2 1/2 cups flour

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

1 cup chopped cherries (as dry as possible; I just squeezed them with a paper towel)

Β  Glaze:

1 cup powdered sugar

1-3 Tbsp of cherry juice (add one Tbsp at a time and get it to your desired consistency)

1/2 tsp veg oil

sliced almonds (optional, only for the top of cookie for decoration)

Directions:

1. Mix butter & sugars

2. Add eggs, almond extract & cherry juice

3. Add flour, salt & soda

4. Add chopped cherries

5. Place the dough in the fridge for at least an hour (to help harden the dough a little)

When dough has hardened some and you can handle it:

6. Roll the dough into medium sized balls (the dough will still be sticky but I found if I had my hands damp it made it easier to handle) and placeΒ  on a greased cookie sheet and bake for 10 mins (they will get a bit brown on the bottom, but this is perfectly ok, they aren’t burnt and they give it that vanilla wafer texture!).

After all the cookies have been baked now it is time to make the glaze (you don’t want to make it too soon because it will harden and be hard to work with)

7. Using a whisk. whisk together the powdered sugar, cherry juice and veg oil until it is well blended

8. Take the cookies and dip the top of them into the glaze and using a knife spread it around evenly on the top of the cookie, then place two almond slices on top.

9. Go ahead and gobble them up! I did, it was very hard not to πŸ™‚

I really enjoyed these cookies not glazed, but they were good either way so, if you don’t feel like glazing them, you won’t be missing much, they are still delicious!!

Here are the cookies before they were glazed:

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Here is a great glazed cookie with it’s special ingredient hahaha:

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Here is the finished product, some glazed and some not (I tell myself some weren’t glazed because I liked them better that way, which I did but I think it might also have been because I was just lazy! hahaha )

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I hope you give these a shot and enjoy them!

Happy Tuesday! πŸ™‚

Cinnamon Sugar “Resurrection” Rolls

Here is a post I did last year on an old blog! Since Easter is this weekend, I figured it was a perfect time to share πŸ™‚

That being said, I came across these Resurrection Rolls on Pinterest a while back and fell in love with the story behind them (why they are called Resurrection Rolls) and I thought, I need to share this!

Here are the ingredients and instructions:

Ingredients:
One can of crescent roll dough
8 large marshmallows (or one for each roll you’ll be making)
Melted butter
Cinnamon sugar
Directions:
  • Preheat the oven to the temp that is stated on the crescent rolls
  • Unroll all eight crescent rolls and place them on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet.
  • Take the marshmallows and roll them in the melted butter and thenΒ  into the cinnamon sugar
  • Wrap the Marshmallow with the crescent rolls (one marshmallow per crescent roll).
This is where the instructions stopped, but me wanting to make it more of a dessert I rubbed melted butter all over the roll and rolled it into the cinnamon sugar (You can never have too much cinnamon sugar!!)
  • Bake the rolls for 12min

And the end result was:

As you can assume, the marshmallow “disappeared” leaving only the cinnamon sugar inside with a slight gooey mess, that caramelized inside the roll.

Making it into more of a dessert, we put it in bowls and added some, vanilla ice cream, cool whip and some chocolate sauce…YUM!!!

Don’t forget to check out the meaning behind the original Resurrection Rolls…Especially since Easter is this week!!! πŸ™‚