So about a week ago, my husband had the wonderful idea of having Fettuccine Alfredo for dinner. Don’t have to ask me twice! Pasta with lots of butter, cheese and milk? Uh no brainer.
We wanted something to bulk up the Fettuccine Alfredo recipe we have perfected and our usual go-to add in is chicken. BORING. We needed something different to spice up our Saturday night, seeing as we would probably end up spending the night sprawled on the couch watching HGTV or Food Network. I know what you’re thinking..we are cah-rayyyzaaay!
He brilliantly suggested baby portobello mushrooms. I typically don’t step out of the box when it comes to my add-in’s but we were feeling a little spunky that night. Nothing better than making an already delicious recipe even more amazing. So here’s what we did:
In a medium sized pan, heat olive oil and garlic. Once the garlic and oil become fragrant, add mushrooms and saute for about 5-10 minutes, depending how you like your shrooms cooked. Throw in some fresh parsley. Remove from pan, leaving the excess oil.
Prepare your Alfredo Sauce. Boil water for pasta. Once ready, drain pasta reserving some of the water from the pot. Add sauce and mushrooms and mix together till pasta is coated. If the pasta starts sticking together and becoming dry, add some of the pasta water to it. Garnish with extra parsley, some Parmesan and serve!
Changed a plain old pasta dish into a lick your bowl kinda meal. Already thinking about what other dish I can remix next….
As you all know by now, The Children’s Place is my go-to store for my girls. Adorable styles at awesome prices. I recently was invited to a Media Day over at their Miami store to check out some of the new styles for winter and the holidays. Let me tell you, it was a doorbuster extravaganza! Deals every where I turned, had me all over the place.
Fleece was everywhere! The Children’s Place has adorable fleece outfits perfect for those chilly days. They came in all shades with matching pants. I scooped up a couple for my nieces who are freezing up in Boston!
fleece it up
I am all about the cutesy girlie stuff for my little ones and The Children’s Place definitely has that covered. For just $6.00 (after using my 25% off coupon :)) I got a couple of these shirts with 3D ruffles. I’m telling you, deals were everywhere you turned! Leggings were $5-6 and tutu skirts were around the same. So freaking adorable for the price!
Jeggings are my bestest friend….for me and both my minis. Doesn’t matter how old or young you are, a good pair will always make you feel great! They have the best variety of jeggings for your girls – florals, denim, leopard and jeweled tones galore – and all $12-16 a piece! (and even cheaper with a coupon!)
Don’t forget the glitzy Holiday selection they have this year! If you are looking for something different than the typical red and black looks, check out whats available for your kids this season. I picked up these adorable leopard print dressses. If you like a more classic look, they have adorable plaids with tulle accents, and this adorable red bow dress that will make your little one look so cute opening presents Christmas morning!
Keep an eye out for some awesome deals for the kids over at The Children’s Place while you are out shopping! Right now they have a Friends & Family event going on where you can get 30% off your purchase and free shipping for online orders!
I still can’t believe the holiday season has arrived. Before we know it, Thanksgiving will be long over and we will be awaiting Santa’s arrival. Where the hell has this year gone!? If you are like me and slightly freaking out over it, I found some peace when visiting a local BJ’s Wholesale Club last week. BJ’s has all the angles covered for this holiday season – gifts, food, booze, decorations – you name it, BJ’s has it and it’s all under one roof. Talk about one-stop shopping at its finest!
BJ’s dedicates the first 4 aisles in the middle of the store to holidays. Whether you need things for entertaining like serving plates, glasses and plates or decorations for your home, they have it all.
Including rows of the hottest toys for all the kiddies on your list
Gift Cards to all your favorite places (at discounted prices mind you!)
Beautifully wrapped gifts
Delicious appetizers that will please all your friends and family
And what holiday wouldn’t be complete without the perfect bottle of vino!
So let BJ’s help you simplify the holidays and take the stress out of entertaining this season. Visit your local BJ’s to check out all the great deals. If you are not a member, don’t fret-you can get a FREE 60 day trial membership and if you love it as much as I do, it’s only $40 for the whole year! The other awesome perk about BJ’s is you can use coupons for even more of a great savings. Multiple manufacturer coupons can be combined with BJ’s coupons to help you save even more money this holiday season. Talk about win-win!
Are you a member of BJ’s or any other wholesale club?
So now that the baby weight is falling off, a new post-baby bod wardrobe update is in order. I guess any reason to shop in my size again is reason to celebrate, but this time around things seem to have ‘settled’ differently. On my hunt for ‘mom of 2′ appropriate clothes I obviously went straight to Forever21.com because I am not crazy enough to venture to the mall yet for a full on shopping spree with 2 tikes. I need to give shopping my full and undivided attention….not worry about what time I need to whip the boob out for #2 or for #1 to have one of her infamous afternoon melt downs.
So, as I am shopping from the comfort of my couch – munching on cookies mind you – I noticed the obscene amount of crop tops they have.
In my day, we didn’t call them crop tops-they were belly shirts. And I wore them quite proudly with my blue rhinestone belly ring. Yeah, I was classy. When the hell did these damn things come back in style?! This is the last freakin trend a flabby gut 30-something year old needs to see. The fact of the matter is that these skinny bitches have the flattest stomachs EVER and I’m not gonna lie, I’m slightly jealous. I still look like I’m 4 months pregnant.
I remember a day when belly shirts were a staple in all girls wardrobe. Takes me back to the good old days in college…takin’ shots and dancing on bars with my fellow belly shirt clad sorority sisters.
I need to stop living in the past and leave the new belly shirts to the U25 skinny bitches.
Those damn lame anorexic skanky young ass biatches with their perfect six packs. UGH gross.
Now that it’s fall, it’s officially crock pot/slow cookin’ season! WHOOHOO! (Even though it’s still a million degrees here in South Florida.) I kicked it off with this absolutely amazingly awesome Cranberry Turkey Breast. I have been DYING for turkey and couldn’t hold out until Thanksgiving. So Publix was having a sale on some turkey breasts and scooped one up. It actually was a half turkey breast, and surprisingly perfect for 2 people + a half pint. I highly recommend making this easy, warm and fuzzy feelin’ kind of dish. And yes, turkey in the crock pot makes one feel warm and fuzzy. Every time.
Slow Cooker Cranberry Turkey Breast with Cran-OJ Gravy
1 Turkey Breast (or half a turkey breast)
1 Can Whole Cranberry Sauce
1 Packet Onion Soup mix
1/2 Cup Orange Juice
1 Cup of Drippings
1/2 cup Orange Juice
1 TBS Corn Starch
In a mixing bowl, combine cranberry sauce, orange juice and onion soup packet. Mix well!
Spray slow cooker with cooking spray and place the turkey breast in there. Pour the cranberry-onion soup-oj mixture in the slow cooker. Set the time to 8 hours and you are good to go! My slow cooker has a high and low setting…I cooked our 1/2 turkey breast on high for 6 hours and it came out delicious!
Now for the gravy:
Take a cup of the juice in the slow cooker and place in a sauce pan on medium high heat. Bring to a slow boil and add 1/2 cup of orange juice. Next, add your tablespoon of corn starch to thicken it up, use a whisk and stir till combine. Lower the heat to low, and continue to cook for a few more minutes.
Hey South Florida! Are you looking for something fun to do this weekend with the fam in honor of Halloween?! Check out the YMCA of South Palm Beach.
On Friday October 25th from 6:30-9 pm, check out the DeVos Blum Family YMCA in Boynton Beach from a great Halloween event. Bring the whole family and enjoy a Haunted Hotel, A Fun walk through Adventure for Preschoolers, Fire Truck Hay ride, Trick or Treat Street, Interactive Halloween show, Dance Party with DJ Sean, The Lost City of Atlantis Adventure at the Pool, and a Pumpkin Carving Contest (bring your own carved pumpkin).
You can get pre-sale tickets until October 24th for $15 for children 2 & up and $5 for adults. The day of the event it goes up to $20 for the kids. Open to all members and non-members of the Y!
On Saturday October 26th from 6:30-9 pm, the Peter Blum YMCA in Boca Raton will be having a Halloween party as well. Come and enjoy a Haunted House, Magician, Hay Rides, Fire Dancers, Kids Journey Through Oz Adventure, Trick or Treating and much more! The prices are the same as the Boynton Beach YMCA, and go up the day of the event for non-members.
I know I will be bringing my kiddies over there to check out the Halloween fun! Hope to see you all there!
As easy as it is to go to the store and buy those deliciously sugary ice pops, it’s just as easy to make them at home. I have noticed that when ever I give my 2 year old them, she bounces off the damn walls. I blame the red #40! So, in efforts to try and rid my little one of those nasty dyes, I decided to try making my own. I have a ton of fruit on the verge of going bad in the house – perfect reason to get freezing.
Here in Florida it’s still hot as all hell outside, so these make an awesome afternoon treat. They are so refreshing, I have to dive in and have some.
So here’s what you’ll need, it’s pretty simple:
Juice (OJ, Pear, Grape, any fruit juice will do!)
Ice pop molds or Dixie cups with pop sticks
Blender of some sort
Take your fruit-get as creative as you like. I started with strawberries and orange juice. Throw all that in the blender (I used an immersion one) and let ‘er rip! You can even throw in some yogurt too. I like to make just plain yogurt pops. I made a second batch with pears, strawberries, pear juice and oj. SO GOOD! Pour the mixtures in your ice pop molds, pop them in the freezer and done! If you don’t have ice pop molds, no biggie. Grab some Dixie cups, pour, then cover with aluminum foil. Puncture an opening so the stick can fit on the top of the foil then put the stick in. Easy right?
Any combo of fruit will work, but I stuck with these because of my picky little eater.
I have a peach about to become shriveled in my fridge, might as well make another batch. Not like I have anything else to do…