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wear it wednesday: super simple side pony; great for moms!

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one of my favorite pictures; priceless!

super simple mommy side pony! Definitely not as cute as Morgan’s ballerina bun though 😉

“PINSPIRATION”, FROM PINTEREST:

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  • Project: wear it wednesday: super simple side pony; great for moms!
  • Difficulty rating (1=easiest, 5= way too hard!): 1
  • Time: 2 minutes… so quick!
  • Would I do it again? I do this a lot, so I thought I would share!
  • What I would do differently: dress it up for a night out with the hubs
  • Items used: clear elastics; love these!

Have you done anything from Pinterest lately? What’s inspiring you?
I hope you were inspired as much as I was. If not, click on “Recommend a Pin” above and I would love to hear any suggestions you might have!
Until ipinterest again!

Karie J

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Pin it, do it, done; a week of pinterest inspired fun: “the best broccoli of your life”, plum eye shadow, tangerine maxi dress, and teacher appreciation week, oh my!

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Project: “The best broccoli of your life”
• Difficulty rating (1=easiest, 5= way too hard!): 2
• Would I do it again? not so much, I really just like steamed broccoli with olive oil and salt and pepper. you can’t get much simpler than that!
• What I would do differently: the above 🙂
• Items used: http://www.amateurgourmet.com/2008/11/the_best_brocco.html

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  • Project: InStyle Plum Eyeshadow/Olivia Wilde
  • Difficulty rating (1=easiest, 5= way too hard!): 2
  • Would I do it again? yes, I love this look for date night!
  • What I would do differently: nothing 🙂
  • Items used: Mac Eyshadows, Nars Laguna Bronzer, Tarte Amazonian Clay blush, Mac Lipglass

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Project: tangerine maxi dress for date night!
• Difficulty rating (1=easiest, 5= way too hard!): 2
• Would I do it again? yes! I love this look 🙂
• What I would do differently: dress it down with more casual jewelry and hair 🙂
• Items used: Max Studio dress, Target earrings, Stella and Dot bangles, Tory Burch gold sandals

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Project: Teacher appreciation week: “Thanks a Latte”!
• Difficulty rating (1=easiest, 5= way too hard!): 2, just a bit time consuming, but so cute!
• Would I do it again? Yes!
• What I would do differently: nothing 🙂
• Items used: http://eighteen25.blogspot.com/2011/04/thanks-latte.html , Starbuck’s gift cards, card–stock, hot pink twine from The Twinery, coffee sleeves

Until ipinterest tomorrow!

Karie J 🙂

day 144: cooking it up/super yummy baked creamy chicken taquitos, a definite keeper!

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• Project: day 144: cooking it up/super yummy baked creamy chicken taquitos, a definite keeper!
• Difficulty rating (1=easiest, 5= way too hard!): 1 (really, it was a 1, even for me!)
• Would I do it again? oh yes, and I already have! I made it once for Hayden’s teacher Abby who just had a baby without the onions and cilantro, and then again for us with!
• What I would do differently: We modified them a bit for Abby’s family, but I tried one and it was still good! We like a bit more heat, so we kept it the same for us, and it was SO good!
• Items used: for this amazing recipe head to: http://www.chef-in-training.com/2012/02/baked-creamy-chicken-taquitos/
Until ipinterest tomorrow!

Karie J 🙂

day 119: cooking it up/ simple, but yummy SPAGHETTI AGLIO, OLIO, E PEPERONCINO (spaghetti with garlic, oil, and chili pepper flakes)

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  • Project: day 119: cooking it up/ simple, but yummy SPAGHETTI AGLIO, OLIO, E PEPERONCINO (spaghetti with garlic, oil, and chili pepper flakes)
  • Difficulty rating (1=easiest, 5= way too hard!): 1 (even for me!)
  • Would I do it again? on a night when you have a lot going on, but you still want to do something homemade versus store bought or drive through, this is a defintie recipe to remember. The simplicity of the flavors is hard to resist!
  • What I would do differently: it was a touch spicy for the girls, so I had to add a bit of butter to theirs 😉
  • Items used: yummy recipe from: http://www.yumsugar.com/Spaghetti-Garlic-Olive-Oil-Chili-Flakes-21398824

Until ipinterest tomorrow!

Karie J 🙂

day 110: cooking it up/ super yummy, simple, and healthy balsamic roasted carrots and brussels sprouts

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    • Project: day 110: cooking it up/ super yummy, simple, and healthy balsamic roasted carrots and brussels sprouts
  • Difficulty rating (1=easiest, 5= way too hard!): 1, this is such a simple, and pretty much fool-proof recipe, even for me! 😉
  • Would I do it again? oh yes, it was so good, even the girls liked it, yes they like brussels sprouts!
  • What I would do differently: absolutely nothing!
  • Items used: for the amazing recipe go to: http://lapetitemaisonverte.blogspot.com/2012/02/balsamic-roasted-vegetables.html

Until ipinterest tomorrow!

Karie J 🙂

day 95: cooking it up/ chicken and mushroom pasta bake with roasted asparagus, SO good!

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Project: day 95: cooking it up/ chicken and mushroom pasta bake with roasted asparagus, SO good!
• Difficulty rating (1=easiest, 5= way too hard!): 3 (I am so bad with the timing of everything, but it still turned out great!)
• Would I do it again? oh yes! This is a definite keeper. It is a very rustic Italian dish with comforting flavors and crisp asparagus to round it out!
• What I would do differently: we substituted regular spagetti for whole wheat spagettie, which was excellent, as well as substitued Parmeseam for Peccorino Romano since we had it on hand. We also did not use the whole package of spagetti- about 3/4 ths. You could easily steep rosemary in the cream for an additional layer of flavor as well as substitue the chicken for a vegetarian option.
• Items used: amazing recepie from Jamie Oliver: http://www.jamieoliver.com/us/recipes/pasta-recipes/chicken-mushroom-pasta-bake-spaghett-1

ingredients

• 1 oz /a small handful of dried porcini mushrooms
• olive oil
• 4 chicken thighs, preferably higher welfare, boned, skinned and cut into bite-sized pieces
• sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
• 2 cloves of garlic, peeled and finely sliced
• 2 handfuls of mixed fresh mushrooms, cleaned and torn
• 1 cup white wine
1lb dried spaghetti
• 2 ½ cups double cream
• 7oz• Parmesan cheese, grated
• a sprig of fresh basil, leaves picked
extra virgin olive oil

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 400ºF. Put your porcini mushrooms in a bowl and pour over just enough boiling water to cover them (approx. 2/3 cup). Put to one side to soak for a few minutes. Heat a saucepan big enough to hold all the ingredients, and pour in a splash of olive oil. Season the chicken pieces with salt and pepper and brown them gently in the oil. Strain the porcini, reserving the soaking water, and add them to the pan with the garlic and fresh mushrooms. Add the wine, with the strained porcini soaking water, and turn the heat down. Simmer gently until the chicken pieces are cooked through and the wine has reduced a little.

Meanwhile, cook the spaghetti in plenty of boiling salted water according to the packet instructions and drain well. Add the cream to the pan of chicken, then bring to the boil and turn the heat off. Season well with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Add the drained spaghetti to the creamy chicken sauce and toss well. Add three-quarters of the Parmesan and all of the basil and stir well. Transfer to an ovenproof baking dish or non-stick pan, sprinkle with half the remaining cheese and bake in the oven until golden brown, bubbling and crisp. Divide between your plates, drizzle with extra virgin olive oil and sprinkle with the rest of the cheese before serving.

Until ipinterest tomorrow!
Karie J 🙂

day 78: cooking it up/ crock-pot dessert mac and cheese? A bad attempt, not the recipe…me :(

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• Project: day 78: day 78: cooking it up/ crock-pot dessert mac and cheese? A bad attempt, not the recipe…me 😦
• Difficulty rating (1=easiest, 5= way too hard!): 1 (yes, it actually was easy, even though I messed it up!)
• Would I do it again? well I might have to since I totally botched this one up!
• What I would do differently: ok, so let me serve to remind you that I cannot cook (only under direct supervision from my husband). So obviously he wasn’t here, and I thought I could substitute sweetened condensed milk for evaporated milk (yes I know now). So not only did the end result turn out a touch too sweet for a savory mac and cheese, but it also ended up not a bit creamy or cheesy as you would expect it to. Now I can’t blame it on the recipe since I totally messed this one up, so I’ll have to do a redo soon to see if this one was a keeper or not!
• Items used: below is the recipe from: http://whiskandaprayer.blogspot.com/2010/08/magazinecookbook-monday-slow-baked-mac.html

INGREDIENTS:
1 1/2 cups milk
One 12 oz can evaporated milk (I used skim, evaporated milk keeps the egg and milk from curdling)
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted, cooled to room temp
3 large eggs
1/2 tsp salt
3 cups (12 oz) shredded cheese (I used an Italian blend, recipe calls for Italian fontina cheese)
1/2 pound elbow macaroni or mini penne tubes, par cooked and drained (this means cook them for about five minutes until tender but not completely cooked)
Freshly ground black pepper to taste
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

DIRECTIONS:

Spray the inside of your slow-cooker with cooking spray or grease it with olive oil. Combine milk, evaporated milk, eggs, butter, and salt in slow-cooker and whisk until until smooth (or you can use an immersion blender to do the whisking for you).

Add the shredded cheese (not the Parmesan) and macaroni, sprinkle with black pepper (and whatever other spices you want to use). Stir gently with a spatula to coat evenly.

Sprinkle the Parmesan cheese on top. Cover and cook on HIGH for 30 minutes.

After 30 minutes, reduce the temperature to LOW and cook for 2 to 2 1/2 hours, until custard is set in the center and the pasta is tender. The macaroni and cheese may sit in the cooker on the KEEP WARM setting for 30 minutes before serving. Before dishing it up, I sautéed some bread crumbs with olive oil and sprinkled them over the top to make it a little fancier.

Until ipinterest tomorrow!
Karie J 🙂