Hangover Kit Party Favor

Mar 19

Hangover Kit Party Favor

I recently hosted a Bachelorette Slumber Party and thought some preventive measures for the morning after would make for a good party favor – and I was right!  These were a big hit.  We also decided that these could also be referred to as a “Jet Lag Kit” if you wanted to use them as a Destination Wedding Favor and wanted a more PC name. Either...

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Arugula Salad with Apples and Parmesan

Mar 18

Arugula Salad with Apples and Parmesan

So…a few things to mention.  1) I apologize for going off the grid for the past couple of weeks, 2) I feel like I had a pretty good reason…I got engaged!, and 3) I really hope you love this recipe.  Bart and I went over to our friends’ house, Brett and Alessandra’s, a few weeks ago for dinner and Alessandra made this amazing salad...

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Engagement

Mar 18

Engagement

I imagine that many of you who are reading this are married, so I am sure that you can relate to my general excitement and my wanting to shout from the rooftops that “I’m Engaged!”  Why is this worth mentioning on this particular outlet – that is, the place where I chronicle my path to domesticity?  Well, it really isn’t, but it...

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Oreo Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies

Mar 04

Oreo Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies

I think I gain a pound or two just looking at this recipe….but it is totally worth it.  In fact, I am going to go out on a limb and say that the extra hour on the treadmill that you may or may not need after eating one of these amazing little confections is a small price to pay. Since making the cookie dough from scratch isn’t really going to help...

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Cream Cheese Wontons

Feb 29

Cream Cheese Wontons

Confession: Sometimes I buy Chinese food just for the wontons.  I found this recipe and thought, “really, how hard could this be?”.  Apparently it was harder than I thought, or more specifically, it exceeded my skill set.  But to my credit, nearly burning down my house didn’t keep me from trying again after I set the first batch on fire....

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Honey Sesame Chicken (Skinny)

Feb 27

Honey Sesame Chicken (Skinny)

I imagine that my boyfriend and I aren’t the only ones who get a little giddy in a shopping mall food court, right?  I seriously used to indulge in Panda Express four times a week when I was in college – that is probably around the time I gained the obligatory Junior-fifteen (I was a late bloomer – didn’t realize I was supposed to pack it...

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Orzo with Spinach and Parmesan

Feb 21

Orzo with Spinach and Parmesan

So my quest to learn to cook started a little over two years ago when my boyfriend and I started dating.  The abbreviated version of how we became a couple is this: we met in graduate school and had become relatively good friends – fast forward to December 2009, when I was in Tuscany on a business trip and Bart may or may not have had too much to drink and...

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Personalized Pet Bandana

Feb 18

Personalized Pet Bandana

Sometimes I think my boyfriend offers to take our dog Parker to work just to make me jealous, but I know how much Parker loves all of the extra attention so I try not to whine about it….most of the time.  As Co-Founder and CEO of his company, I thought that the boss’s dog needed to play the role of mascot a bit better so I set out to create a...

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Buffalo Chicken Rolls

Feb 18

Buffalo Chicken Rolls

Since I am still pretty new to the world of blogging, I obviously don’t have that many posts up yet – with that said, I couldn’t help but notice that I have six dessert recipes posted to my one dinner recipe, so it is probably time for something not loaded with sugar.  I first made these Buffalo Chicken Wraps a few months ago and they have...

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Heart-Shaped Cake Pops

Feb 16

Heart-Shaped Cake Pops

With all of the cake pop making of late, I couldn’t help but make some more to bring into the office for Valentine’s Day.  Well, that and I really wanted to try out the mini-cookie cutters I got for my birthday as part of my cake pop kit.  I think these were more aesthetically pleasing to my OCD-driven eye due to the fact that a cookie cutter is much more...

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Personalized Tea Towels

Feb 12

Personalized Tea Towels

I love the idea of hostess gifts – I always put so much thought into them, but when the time comes I never make it to the store to buy what I had in mind, forget altogether, or just run out of time and end up bringing the standard bottle of wine that is forgettable and uninspiring at best.  I ran across this idea a few months ago and think it makes a great...

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Cake Pops

Feb 12

Cake Pops

Actual Cake Pops were the second phase of my Cake Ball/Cake Pop experiments – while I still have a little work to do in the aesthetics department, I’ve got the taste part down!  Decorations of any kind were an afterthought, so I just added some sprinkles for a little Valentine’s Day festivity.  I promise I will get better at this, but you...

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Cake Balls

Feb 12

Cake Balls

Cake Pops are all the craze right now and my boyfriend’s niece and nephew (Maya and Ty) have definitely caught on to the trend too.  I recently had a birthday where Maya and Ty were very vocal in helping pick out my gift from what I understand (they are 5 and 3 respectively) – I had to laugh when said gift was a book and all the basic supplies to...

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Baked Brie

Feb 05

Baked Brie

If you’re looking for the perfect appetizer to WOW your crowd, this is your recipe!  While I imagine it doesn’t differ much from other Baked Brie recipes, this one is always a fan favorite among my friends and is almost always requested when I offer to bring an app – it could just be my loving touch though.    Kidding. Like with most things I...

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Yogurt Parfait with Granola

Feb 05

Yogurt Parfait with Granola

So I’m not really sure this can be called ‘cooking’, but it is pretty good (and easy!) so I figured I would add it to the mix.  I hosted a Bridal Shower Brunch for a girlfriend a few months ago and these parfaits were one of the buffet selections – yes, I made an entire buffet of goodness!  Anyway, I thought they looked really nice more...

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Spinach Lasagna Rolls

Jan 30

Spinach Lasagna Rolls

I never thought the day would come, but my wonderful boyfriend has finally decided he would like to ‘eat healthy’.  What’s the big deal, you ask?  Well, my usual theory on cooking is that if I am going to take the time to do it, it ought to be semi-healthy.  Desserts, however, are exempt from this general rule.  My challenge with healthy...

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Banana Bread

Jan 18

Banana Bread

While cooking is certainly a new thing for me, baking is really where I shine.  I think this is probably the case because I live on sweets….no, really, I’m known to eat ice cream, cookies, etc for breakfast, lunch and dinner on a very regular basis.  It is a miracle (with a small amount of will power) that I don’t weigh 500 pounds.  Anyway,...

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Holiday Wreath with Family Initial

Jan 17

Holiday Wreath with Family Initial

In past years I have always been a bit of a Grinch when it comes to most Christmas-themed things.  I appreciate other people’s décor and lights, but would never consider doing any of it myself.  However, in my quest for domesticity, I had a change of heart.  It all started with Bart insisting that we get Christmas lights – knowing that there was no...

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Thanksgiving Turkey Cookies

Jan 12

Thanksgiving Turkey Cookies

Thanksgiving seemed to be the catalyst in bringing out the inner baker in me over the holidays – it might have been just the general excitement over food, but I spent a lot of time in kitchen either way.  I originally made these to take to a CU tailgate just before T-Day – in hindsight, it would have been a better activity with the niece and nephews,...

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Dog Prom Birthday Party

Jan 12

Dog Prom Birthday Party

Some may call me crazy, and others actually probably agree – my dog, Parker, is like a child to me and I think he deserves a birthday party just like any little human would.  Plus a dog birthday party is a fun way to get friends together for something a little funnier than your average BBQ.  For Parker’s 5th birthday, I decided to up the stakes...

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