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SUPER BOWL!! A not so “event-like” post

5 Feb

It’s Super Bowl Sunday!!!!!  Even if your team is not playing in the big game today I would have to think just about everybody is excited for the game anyway. Though I am sad about the season officially coming to a close, I always look forward to the gathering of friends for one loud and emotional evening. With that being said, this post is not the typical event blog you may be used to…more like an ode to the sport, to the memories around it.

When I was growing up, it didn’t matter what time of year it was, we always had football on our minds. My grandparents, specifically my grandpa (Poppy) was a HUGE NY Giants fan. I’m talking obsessed. Their basement had a custom Giants blue carpet with the logo smack dab in the middle. The logo was fitted in a big white circle that we were NEVER allowed to walk on. Heaven forbid we had dirty feet and stained it! This of course made it the perfect center for the games I would play with my siblings and cousins and would drive Poppy crazy. I remember jumping over the logo as if it were a river we would drown in if our feet hit it.

Taking up the rest of the space were photos of Poppy and his friends tailgating in the parking lot, pictures of players, pictures WITH players, autographs, books, pennants, the whole nine yards. Clearly it was the perfect setting for hide and seek (insert sarcasm here).

I was even given the amazing opportunity to go to the Super Bowl back in February 2008 when the Giants faced the Patriots and pulled out the big win in the last like…minute of the game. Sorry I can’t remember the exact time count as I was too busy chanting “18 AND 1″ at the time.

Anyway, when I watch football I don’t usually care who is playing, but it’s what the game brings to the table. The memories it brings up. The new memories you make with your friends.

So enjoy your day today folks and GO BIG BLUE!!

sunday funday: rice krispy pops!

15 Jan

Not a fan of watching football all day? Try this yummy and fun recipe to pass the time. We’ve all heard about cake pops (and their amaziness!) so why not try a rice krispy pop! The directions are pretty simple and you can use a cookie cutter of any shape for the final pop. Change the shape up for any holiday! Check it out!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 Stick Butter
  • 1 Package of Mini Marshmallows
  • 8.5 Cups of Rice Krispies Cereal (be a little daring and use Cocoa Rice Krispies!)
  • 24 White Sticks about 5 inches long (you can get these at any craft store)

Directions

  • Heat up a large pan and melt the butter over medium/low heat. Add the marshmallows and melt completely. Combine the rice krispie cereal to the marshmallow/butter mixture and mix thoroughly.
  • Line a 9×13 pan with parchment ot wax paper and place the rice krispie mixture and spread out evenly. Press down firmly and evenly. Allow to sit for about 10-15 minutes at room temperature.
  • Grease a heart cookie cutter and press down evenly on the rice krispie mold and remove the heart shaped rice krispie treat. Take your stick and carefully pierce the bottom of the heart shaped rice krispie and stop when you have about 2.5 inches of stick remaining. Press firmly on a flat surface with your palms on each sides of the heart to secure the stick. Also, press the sides as well.

For chocolate ganach 

  • 1/2 Cup Heavy Cream
  • 1 Package of Ghirardelli Milk Chocolate Chips

Directions

  • Heat your heavy cream on medium-high and bring to a boil (or microwave for 1 minute). Pour the hot heavy cream on top of the chocolate chips in a medium bowl and mix to combine. Allow to cool for about 10-15 minutes.
  • Dip the heart into the chocolate sauce and using a butter knife smooth out the surface also removing access chocolate.
  • Place on a lined baking sheet and allow the hearts to set in the refrigerator for about 15-20 minutes.

And of course…wrap them up and make them a favor for any party!

ENJOY!

Playoffs? PLAYOFFS?!?!

13 Jan

Oh man, the playoffs are in full swing and it is a HUGE weekend for Ravens fans (and Giants woo woo!). If you are hosting a playoff party I’ve pulled together a few cool ideas to dress your place for this exciting (and nail biting) occasion. And if you’re attending a party then do NOT go empty handed (shame shame). Check out our ideas below and get your cute little butt to the grocery store. HUT HUT!

Table Display – This idea is courtesy of Hostess with the Mostess (genius!).  It’s pretty easy to replicate and scale down to make your own. It can be as simple as getting a green plastic tablecloth (football field), black/white napkins (referee), plates to match your team’s colors, and printing little labels to deck out the paper cups. Love how they labeled all the food options too.

Football Deviled Eggs – Ok, I love deviled eggs…these are SO easy to make and it’s even easier to make them look like footballs. Done and done.

Football field snack tray – I don’t really know where to start with this one. At first glance I think it’s the coolest thing since sliced bread, but then I took a closer look and wondered to myself, “self…is this a little too much for people to handle?” SO, I asked my husband…because clearly he would have the answer. His response, “Ashley, it has bacon, it’s great.” Well…I guess I have my answer. Alright everyone, feast your eyes on this. Using a disposable cookie sheet, the team at Holy Taco (click the link for all the details) put together a dip and snack filled football field. Yes, the stadium walls are made of twinkies, they are toothpicked together to keep the whole tray in place. Where’s the bacon? Check out the inside wall…bacon is toothpicked to the interior twinkies. good times.

Stackable Snack – Of course this is also football shaped. Take an oval shaped cracker and pile it with summer sausage and a slice of cheese. Top it with a light ranch dressing for the stripes of the football. Cute!

Welcome to 2012!

1 Jan

Happy New Year friends, we hope you all had a fabulous evening! So I have to ask…what are your resolutions? Each year I set out to make this one better than the last. As a kid I remember thinking I’ll just be nicer to my siblings, then I got older and it was all about getting back in shape. Ugh. I’m not sure which one is harder! Just kidding :) Anyway, I want to make this year REALLY count and actually succeed with my resolutions but first I need to figure out what it’s going to be. Here’s what I’ve come up with so far…

Stay on track with a budget!

With the launch of lemon & lime just a few short months ago I’ve learned to keep a tighter grip on my personal wallet. Luckily enough Katey and I are really moving with all of our new and amazing clients so we’ve achieved a lot more than we both expected in such a short period of time. But still, leaving a full-time job to launch a company can really break the bank…if you let it. So my resolution here is to stay on track, keep budgeting our finances at home, and have a nice cash flow for 2012.

Get back in shape…again (and again, and again).

Really this one doesn’t need an explanation. The older I get, the harder it is for my body to bounce back to it’s glory days. NO MORE EXCUSES. And of course there’s the fact that I’m signed up to run a 10 mile race in April…good gracious.

Take some fashion risks.

Is that really a resolution? I have no idea. Basically, I’m the color that you always see wearing black and I don’t want to be that girl anymore. I’m a business owner now and need to look professional. I also spend most of my time planning weddings so I probably shouldn’t look like I’m going to a funeral everyday.

That’s where I’m at so far, not a bad start. How about you?!

a few last minute nye party decoration ideas

31 Dec

If you have any left over tissue paper.. grab some scissors or a die cut and make your own confetti.

Target, Wal-Mart, etc may still have some of these sequins ornaments left, if not, pick up a pack of regular ornaments (probably on sale for $1.00 by now) and cover them with glitter and some glue.

All you need here is card stock, scissors and or die cuts. Love the use of the corks, too! happy 2012!

potpourri recipe to make your house smell yummy

22 Dec

Let’s face it, we can’t make cookies 24 hours a day so the house smells amazing for when the guests arrive. Check out the below recipe for the perfect potpourri! Nice and easy, too! Thanks to One Charming Party for the recipe!

still need a gift for a lady in your life? options under $50

19 Dec

Still need a gift for the special ladies in your life? Below are great options from Stella & Dot that are under $50! If you order by tomorrow you will get the items before Christmas. You can find something for your mom, grandmother, sister, girlfriend, aunts and friends! The packaging the jewelry comes in is so cute that you can  tie a bow on top and be good to go!

Stop all of the $50 and under items via this website!

fun holiday party dresses!

13 Dec

Are you still looking for the ultimate holiday party dress? With everything going on in the month of December it can be tough to find the patience to shop (and try on!) a hot little number for yourself. You also want to find something that you can get a few uses out of to make the purchase really worth it.

Here are a few snazzy dresses I wanted to share with you to help you in your quest. Good luck!

$89 from Arden B

$104 from JC Penny 

$398 from Saks Fifth Avenue

$585 from SHOPBOP – Also a great option if you’re getting married soon and need a dress for your rehearsal dinner or even an after party dress!

a proposal 6 years in the making…crazy!

6 Dec

I know we’ve shared a few proposals in the past but I stumbled upon this video today and cannot keep it to myself! This couple took a series of photos over 6 years spelling out “WE ALWAYS KNEW” meaning they always knew that they had found the one. The guy took a bit of a twist during the photo for the final letter, check it out! Love it or hate you, you have to admit that this is ridiculously creative.

gingerbread heads… a cute spin on a classic holiday treat

3 Dec

The below cookies are such a fun spin on gingerbread cookies! The snowmen cookies are adorable, too! Can you imagine these on a holiday dessert table? Check out the step-by-step instructions on Bakerella’s blog!

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