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Monday, April 24, 2017

Senior Photo Ideas

I know a lot of seniors get their photos done at the start of the school year. I wanted to do Mariah's in the fall when the autumn colors were dazzling up Mother Earth, but we never seemed to find the time to do them then. Then, you know how life goes. It gets busy and before you know it, you forgot all about taking those pictures. Then, one day your daughter wonders out loud if you are ever going to get around to it and you start to feel like a crappy mom because how could you forget such an important milestone, especially for your first born?

Truth be told, I am not a fan of taking pictures of people. I am not articulate when it comes to telling the subject where to put their hands, or what leg I want posed a certain way. It usually goes, "Put that arm there." "What arm?" THAT ONE! The one right there!" Words like left and right, front and back seem to just disappear from my brain when it comes to taking pictures. Trying to pose a person is the worst, especially for someone (ahem, me) who hates having her own picture taken because she just stands there all awkward because she never knows where to put her hands or how high up she should tilt her head without looking like she's just trying to stop a nosebleed.

I scoured Pinterest trying to get some ideas on classy senior poses, but ended up feeling a bit frustrated. Why does every teenage girl online look like a fashion model these days? Are girls today just born with the ability to strike a pose and get a perfect stance without even thinking about it? Finally, I figured we'd just go with the flow and do our own thing. If you are an average mom looking for a little inspiration for your own kid's senior photo shoot, you've come to the right place. Our pictures didn't turn out super fancy and my daughter doesn't look like she's posing for the latest cover of Vogue, but sometimes I think sticking with something simple is the best bet. And, for this simple mom, I'm pretty pleased with how they turned out.


Senior Class Photo

Senior Class Photo

Senior Class Photo

Senior Class Photo

Senior Class Photo

Senior Class Photo

Senior Class Photo

Senior Class Photo

Senior Class Photo

Senior Class Photo

Did you have senior portraits done when you were in high school?


Friday, April 21, 2017

Turkey Tostadas for Cinco de Mayo

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What's better than Taco Tuesday? Normally the answer would be nothing, but for the next week the answer would be Cinco de Mayo Friday. I don't know about your family, but in mine, it's a holiday that's not to be missed. So much so that we had my sister-in-law postpone her trip to Florida by a week just so she could celebrate with us (and cook up our tacos. love you Laurie ♥) We definitely throw down when it comes to Mexican cuisine, making sure we have a huge assortment of dishes on the table for everyone to enjoy. In addition to tacos, my girls are HUGE fans of tostadas. If I serve them up once a week in our house, I'm sure there wouldn't be any complaints. What I love about tostadas is how you can customize each one for your own specific taste, and there are so many options on how to make them unique each and every time. So, when I saw Golden Blossom Honey's version of a tasty tostada, I knew we had to give these Turkey Tostadas a try. 

Turkey Tostadas

These are perfect for Cinco de Mayo or any day of the week. I think we should start a petition to have Taco Tuesday changed to Tostada Tuesday. If you aren't a fan of turkey, you can easily substitute it for chicken, black beans, jackfruit, or shredded seitan. See, I told you tostadas are super versatile!

 

Ingredients
2 (14.5 ounce) cans diced tomatoes
1 medium onion, thinly sliced
1-2 tablespoons canned chopped jalapeno peppers (according to taste)
2 tablespoons GOLDEN BLOSSOM HONEY
4 cups cooked turkey, shredded
Avocado Sauce:
1 avocado
1/3 cup prepared salsa
2 tablespoons sour cream
2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped

8 tostadas
4 cups romaine lettuce, thinly sliced
8 tablespoons cotija (Mexican cheese), crumbled or Monterey Jack cheese, shredded

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Turkey Tostadas

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What's your favorite Mexican inspired dish?




Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Vampire Diaries Season 6 Giveaway

Is anybody else frazzled this time of year? I sometimes feel busier during spring than I do at the holidays. Graduation and wedding season is right around the corner and in addition to the invites that are quickly filling up my social calendar, we still need to finalize our summer travel plans. Right now this girl would love to kick up her feet, zone out, and indulge in binge watching her favorite shows. Sadly, it's not a luxury I can afford for the time being, but my loss is your gain. As I was doing some spring cleaning, I came across this Vampire Diaries Season 6 Box Set and thought since I haven't hosted a giveaway here lately, it would be fun to pass it along to someone who needs a break as much as I do right now ;)

Vampire Diaries Season 6

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Friday, April 14, 2017

Walnut Pineapple Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Disclosure- I received the mentioned product courtesy of the sponsor for the purpose of this review. All opinions are genuine, based on my experience with the product, and have not been influenced by promotional items.


The girls have had a lot going on school wise this week, and between college campus visits and choir concerts, I'm am so ready for this 3 day weekend! I haven't had a lot of time for myself, so when I managed to find a few free hours in my day one day this week, I decided to go to my happy place- the kitchen. Jason mentioned something about wanting carrot cake recently, and though we are both limiting the sweets lately, I figured we both deserved a little treat since we've both been on our feet a lot this week. I found this Walnut Pineapple Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting on Golden Blossom Honey, and while I didn't make it for any kind of Easter celebrations, it would certainly be a smash if you served it up at your gathering this year. 


Don't mind my funky looking carrots. I never claimed to be a good cake decorator. My Facebook friends may recall the horrendous looking cake that I made for Jason's birthday a few years back. It was not pretty, but like the hubs said, it doesn't matter what it looks like as long as it tastes good going down. And I can claim that this is the best carrot cake I've ever tasted!



I never thought to add pineapple to my carrot cakes, but did it ever make a delicious difference! I caught Jason sneaking seconds, and admit, I cut off a few extra slivers for myself, too. 


Cake:
4 eggs
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 cup GOLDEN BLOSSOM HONEY
2 cups grated carrots
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 1/2 cups walnut, coarsely chopped
1 (8 ounce) can crushed pineapple, well drained

Icing:
12 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
1/2 cup RAW GOLDEN BLOSSOM HONEY
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract 


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Wishing you all a wonderful Easter! 

 
 

Friday, April 7, 2017

Peter Cottontail Loves Pickled Carrots & Zucchini

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It seems like Easter isn't creeping up on us, but is charging at us full steam ahead. Thankfully, I don't have to host dinner this year, but I'll still need to provide a dish for the buffet table at my in-laws. Cole slaw is usually served, but I wanted to try something a little different this year, so yesterday I did a test run on this Pickled Carrots and Zucchini recipe that I found on Golden Blossom Honey. With how fast Easter is approaching, summer will be here before we know it. I've been hitting the gym hard and don't want all of those evil burpees and squats to amount to nothing. That's why I am really in love with this recipe. It tastes very similar to cole slaw without the fatty dressing that's on the traditional version.

Pickled Carrots and Zucchini

Pickled Carrots & Zucchini make an awesome side dish for your Easter meal. The tender carrots and zucchini topped with a zesty dressing is a mouth watering combination. If Peter Cottontail shows up, you may have to chase him off because he'll want the entire dish for himself!

Ingredients
1 pound carrots, peeled and cut into 3-inch long matchsticks
1 pound zucchini, trimmed and cut into 3-inch long matchsticks
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups white wine vinegar
1/2 cup RAW GOLDEN BLOSSOM HONEY
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, finely chopped
1 tablespoon fresh dill, finely chopped
1 teaspoon fresh thyme, finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper

CLICK HERE FOR FULL RECIPE

Pickled Carrots and Zucchini

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What's on your Easter menu this year?




 

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Edible Easter Baskets

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Back in December, I bought this Wilton Silicone Shot Glass Mold with plans to make some desserts for New Year's celebrations. With the hubbub of birthdays and Christmas, by the time New Year's Eve rolled around I was exhausted and never did get around to using it.


I was recently thinking about what kind of Easter treats I could make this year. I remembered that I had this mold tucked away and figured I better do something with it before Jason started griping about buying another kitchen gadget that I never use. After a bit of brainstorming, I thought it would be fun to use it to make some edible Easter baskets.

Edible Easter Baskets

These "baskets" are super simple to whip together and will make a splash on your Easter party spread.


Made with either white chocolate or Wilton Bright White Candy Melts, Twizzlers Pull-n-Peel Licorice Twists, and icing decorations, then filled with pudding and topped with edible grass and egg shaped chocolate candies, these Easter baskets are totally edible.


yield: 8 basketsprint recipe

Edible Easter Baskets

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 bag Wilton Candy Melts or White Chocolate Chips
  • Twizzlers Pull-Apart Licorice
  • 1 box (4 serving size) pudding mix or store bought pudding cups
  • Edible Grass
  • Easter Sugar Icing Decorations
  • Egg Shaped Chocolate Candies (such as M&M's)

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Melt candy melts according to package directions. If using white chocolate chips, melt over a double broiler over low heat. Pour melted candy into silicone molds. Allow to set. Meanwhile, mix pudding according to package directions. Set aside.
  2. Remove set candy from molds. Pull 3 strands of licorice from the licorice rope, keeping all 3 strands in tact. Using a dab of melted chocolate, coat both ends of 3 strands of licorice. Gently place ends of licorice to the top of the basket, forming an arc for the handle. Hold in place for several seconds, until set.
  3. Using a dab of melted chocolate, coat the back of the sugar icing decorations and adhere to the front of the basket.
  4. Fill the baskets with pudding, top with edible grass, then candy eggs. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
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If you want to keep party cleanup to a minimum, make a few edible chocolate spoons with a Silicone Spoon Chocolate Mold topped with a few sugar icing decorations. So festive and fun!

Edible Easter Baskets


What are some of your favorite Easter treats?


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