1.31.2012

Sweet Treats: Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

This is one of my favorite recipes! I don't know exactly where I found the recipe but for the first time in months  it wasn't from Pinterest since I've had this one for a few years now!  This cookies are amazing and incredibly addicting- I'm warning you now that you'll eat at least 5 in one sitting.


Ingredients:
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp Kosher salt
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 3/4 cup dark brown sugar
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1 12-ounce package small peanut butter cups, coarsely chopped

Directions:
1. Heat oven to 375°F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt
2. Using an electric mix, beat the butter and sugars until creamy. Add the egg and vanilla and beat to combine. Gradually add the flour mixture, mixing until just incorporated. Fold in peanut butter cups
3. Drop tablespoon sized mounds of dough 2 inches apart onto the prepared baking sheets. Bake until light brown around the edges, 12 to 15 minutes. Let cool for 2 minutes and then transfer to baking rack to finish cooling
 **My cookies only take about 10 minutes to cook since I have a newer oven so you may want to check them at 10 minutes and cook them every 2 minutes from there**




Trust me you will not regret making these but your skinny jeans might!

1.30.2012

Best and Worst - SAG Awards

 My favorites:















WTF were they thinking...

 I don't really like what's going on in the front

 Ehhh she usually does better than this

 top cute, skirt way too much- she looks like a Disney princess

she's still young but this floral print just isn't working

the hippie look? there are no words for this

 Why on earth did she keep walking and posing with her whole leg out?? This dress could have been cute but this looks so slutty to me!

Did you have any favorites last night? Would you have added anyone to the WTF list?


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1.27.2012

TOMS Love

Do yourself a favor and go purchase these. Now. Cute and Comfortable.


Do you love TOMS or are you avoiding this fashion trend?

1.25.2012

Tagged!

Soo it's been a long time since I've done one these but I thought this would be fun after such a long blog break especially for new readers or people who don't remember what I used to post about!
 
Cheryl Denise from A Peek of Chic tagged me in this post and so it goes...

Rules:
-You must post the rules
-Post 11 Fun Facts about yourself 
-Answer the 11 questions that the tagger posted for you in their post & then create 11 questions to ask the people you've tagged
-Tag 11 people and link them in your post
-Let them know you have tagged them
 
11 Random Facts 
 
1. I have an irrational fear of whales and the Maryland bay bridges
 
2. I gave up diet coke in July of 2011 and I miss it every day, I still splurge here and there but it's no longer my go-to morning drink :(
 
3. I eat some type of mexican dish at least 3 times a week (tacos, nachos, quesadillas, etc)- I would eat it everyday but husband apparently needs variety in his diet
 
4. I have an unheatlhy obsession with shows on ABC Family- SLOTAT, PLL, TLG, to name a few (10 points if you can name the shows from my acronyms :)  
 
5. Charleston, SC is my dream city.  I want to live there one day or at least have a house there. I've told K I might force our kids to go to college there so I can visit all the time
 
6. I hit the snooze button 3 times before I get up. I purposely set it 30 mins ahead of when I actually need to get up so I can get my snooze satisfaction
 
7. I'm very anal about the type of pen I use (I've probably noted this before somewhere on this blog)-  I only use Pentel RSVP fine point in black ink or Pilot Easy Touch fine point in black ink
 
8.  I've decided I have split personalities- one half of me of me wants to dress glamourously and trendy and  live in NYC and the other half wants to live in a bikni, shorts and flip flops on a beach somewhere...
 
9.  Sirius XM radio staion 90s on 9 is the BEST.STATION.EVER.  Alanis, TLC, Boys to Men, Backstreet, old Brit Brit, The Cranberries, Nirvana, Lisa Loeb etc, etc I could go on forever let me just say it takes me back to middle school and high school every time I turn it on
 
10. Due to my Oak tree allergy I can't drink wine that's been aged in oak too long. 
 
11. I cannot live without Seche Vite fast drying top coat- Do youreself a favor and go buy some now. Trust me. You'll never pay for a manicure again.
 
11 Questions
 
1. Where do you live?
Right outside of Annapolis,  otherwise known as the sailing capital of the world (at least to those people not from Newport, RI)
 
2. What is your profession?
Corporate event planner- sounds more glamourous than it is
 
3. Where do you draw your inspiration from?
The internet probably-  Blogs and Pinterest have endless amounts of inspiration everyday but I still love a good magazine or time outside walking around and people watching.
 
4. What is your favorite mainstream store to shop?
J.crew hands down, prices are ridiculous but it's like a bad addiction that I can't break. Thankfully they have good sales 
 
5. What is your favorite boutique to shop?
This is hard considering every time I start to love a boutique it goes out of business.. I guess South Moon Under, are they still considered a boutique?
 
6. How would you describe your style?
Preppy and classic but I try to throw in modern/tready pieces if the outfit allows
 
7. What trend are you most looking forward to for spring?
Pastels- I'm more of a neutral/black/navy type so it will be good to add some soft colors into my wardrobe
 
8. If money was no object, what is your favorite brand (clothing, handbags, shoes, etc.)?
 Well right now I'm coveting the Celine luggage tote (that I'm pretty sure everyone else is too) but I might have to say in general Prada or LV handbags- I'm a crazy handbag lover
 
9. If you were in celebrity, who would be your best friend?
Reese witherspoon- she has the best handbags and she always looks effortlessly chic whether she's dressed up or down plus she seems like a lot of fun and really down to eath
 
10. What's your favorite thing to do in your spare time?
Shopping or being lazy around the house with my husband since we don't get to do that very often
 
11. If you're married, what one piece of wedding advice would you share with me?
 For the wedding day: Remember don't sweat the small stuff- things could go wrong but in reality your guests probably won't have any idea and in the long run it won't matter and you'll never remember it
For marriage: Communication is KEY I don't care if you've been together 10 months or 10 years the minute communication breaks down you start to have a problem
 
People I Tag:
 
 
11  Questions for the People I Tagged
1. What is your all time favorite movie? (you can only name one!)
2. If you could have any super power what would it be and why?
3. Team Edward or Team Jacob?
4. If you could take any trip in the world where would you go?
5. What's one piece of make up you can't live without ?
6. What's one accessory (jewelry, scarf, handbag, etc) that you don't leave the house without?
7. What is your dream job?
8. Cool Ranch or Nacho Cheese Doritos?
9. What's the best advice you've ever received and who gave it to you?
10. What's your guilty pleasure? (tv show, movie, food, etc)
11. What's your typical Starbucks order?

1.24.2012

Take me Away...

It's about this time of year when I declare that I hate winter, I hate being cold and that I'm moving to warmer climate for good.  I'm determined one day to live some where warmer but until then I'll take some pretty pictures to tide me over...








I can see myself in any these locations with a big margarita in my hand... ahhh

1.18.2012

Unfinished

I feel like our house is always in a state of transition and nothing is ever finished. It doesn't help that I'm constantly changing my mind and moving things around...BUT as part of my New Years resolution this year I want to get our house projects finished. In honor of full disclosure here is a glimpse of some unfinished projects that we need to tackle...

1. Kitchen Cabinets 
I've had these paint swatches up on the cabinets for about 2 months now and I have yet to call a contractor or attempt to paint them myself-  so this is our first job

2. The empty space


We have a joint dining/living room in our townhouse and we have this empty space between our china hutch  and TV that is just dying for some art work or a gallery wall or anything to give it some pizazz 

3. The Fan


Our powder room fan was on it's last leg so K decided to play handy husband and install a new one. Well we ran into a complication. It seems a squirrel had made a nest in the vent pipe and it was completely blocked with sticks and grass and dirt- so we desperately need an electrician to come fix this.

4.  K's office



At one point this room was organized and clean and actually looked like an office you'd want to use but we did some furniture moving and now this room has become our "catch all" room. We are lacking storage in our place so I'm going to need to get creative with that back wall for all of our books and my craft supplies that you can't see pouring out of the closet.

So this is just a glimpse of some projects that we need to tackle. I'm hoping to get through these in the next 3 months and then we have a few outdoor projects that we need to tackle in the spring and summer.

Do you have any house projects you're working on or anything big house projects you want to tackle this year?

1.13.2012

Friday?

Is it really Friday already?  How did a week go by so fast without me posting once?  I haven't even had time to catch up with blogs either as my Google Reader is 1000+... oh well that's life!

So here's what I've been up to...

One of my favorite Mexican places now makes Skinny Margaritas... so good without all the sugar and calories


I decided to jump on the bandwagon aftering seeing it all over Pinterest and I made a Green Smoothie but mine came out brown because I added raspberries and flax seed.  Color aside it tasted yummy and I felt good about all the fruits and veggies plus it kept me full until way after 1pm!



 
Tonight we're heading into DC to meet up with friends at Thunderburger, even though I don't eat red meat I will admit that the burgers look delish!! The place itself looks pretty cool just check out those booths. 




So looking forward to having MLK day off and another long 3 day weekend!  I'm actually kind of excited for football too.

Anyone have any fun plans?  

1.06.2012

HGTV Dream Home 2012

Do you try to win the HGTV Dream Home every year like K and I do?  I don't remember when the obsession started, maybe 3 or 4 years ago, but every year we enter daily to win.  Keeping our fingers crossed the whole time!  My favorite aspect of the whole thing is that they surprise the winner "ambush style" meaning the HGTV crew just shows up at your front door telling you that you won and they usually do it live so you can watch along on TV to see if they're headed your way!
This years Dream Home is located on the banks of the Provo River in Midway, Utah. Not exactly the destination I'm dying for (like the Sonoma house from a few years ago... I die) but I would take a free dream  home either way.

Ok let's take a look around the house...

Welcome! This is lovely entrance to the house, it does look like a dream ranch home to me


The Great Room- with 2 story ceilings and stone walls 
I don't love the color scheme and it feels very traditional

I could definitely wrap my head around this kitchen, it has such a modern feel for a rustic ranch house


I love the contrast of the dark wood and ikat print chairs with the white end chairs


The master bedroom is a little dark for my taste but that chandelier is gorgeous and it has a porch off of it so I could work with that


I'm loving this master bath, it feels like a luxury hotel bathroom!


ehh not loving the color scheme in here


a little too patriotic for my tastes but I do like the buffalo check plaid flooring


The cozy family room is nice and this does look like a great place to relax and watch movies


Outdoor living room- I could see myself with a glass of wine out here


Oh is that a hot tub and lounge chairs you say- I could get used to that, especially with that mountain view- breathtaking!

So there you have it!  Do you enter to win the HGTV Dream Home like me?  Do you like the way this house was designed and decorated?  Is it your style or not? 

1.05.2012

Pinning my life away...

I'm not going to ask you if you've heard of Pinterest because I'm pretty sure you have to be living under a rock to not know about it!  Just like the rest of us I've become ADDICTED and find myself "pinning" some practical items and then some ridiculous stuff but hey a girl can dream right? I always say I'm just going to browse and I look up and an hour has passed... whoops! You have to admit there is some great inspiration to be found on it though :)

Here are some of my favorite pins as of late:


this kitchen just feels clean


will always love stripes


I'm obsessed with that bag and OP always looks effortlessly chic


I may have recently added this Longchamp handbag to my collection- they are just the best durable bags around!


I need an excuse to make these because I'm obessed


love the mirror, the rug, the light... etc


I know she can be a pain sometimes but I love this quote and it's  my 2012 motivation!

Do you Pin?  Are you addicted too?  You can follow me here if you want


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