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Friday, October 28, 2011

I LOVE the Friday Five (Halloween Edition)

Happy Friday everyone! I LOVE making foods that relate to a particular holiday. It's fun, festive and gives you an excuse to eat worse than your normal diet will allow. Below I am going to show you five of my favorite Halloween party foods. Enjoy!


Here is your Halloween Edition of the Friday Five:


1. I LOVE Oreo Spiders. These are cute, delicious, and easy to make. Buy Oreo's, black liquorish, black icing, and miniature m&ms. Tear the liquorish into smaller pieces and stick them into the icing of the Oreo to create the spider legs. Make two dots of the black icing on top of the Oreo to "glue" the miniature m&ms onto the Oreo to create the spider eyes.
 




2. I LOVE Miniature Mummy's. These are commonly known as "pigs in a blanket", although, you wrap the croissant around the hot dog to look like a mummy. Use mustard to create the eyes. 
 




3. I LOVE Pumpkin Dip. 
{1} 15 oz can of pumpkin pie mix
{1} 5 oz box of instant vanilla pudding
{1} 16 oz container of cool whip  {low fat}
{1/2} tbl Pumpkin Pie Spice
{1/2} tbl Cinnamon
Mix pumpkin , pudding mix, cool whip, and pumpkin pie spice together {by hand} in a very large bowl.
Chill for several hours before serving. Meanwhile, carve your pumpkin
Sprinkle with cinnamon, and serve with fresh apples slices, vanilla wafers or ginger snaps.



4. I LOVE Mini Pumpkin Butterscotch Muffins.
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1/2 cup melted butter
1 cup canned pumpkin
1 (6 ounce) package butterscotch chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease mini-muffin pan with cooking spray.
Sift together the flour, brown sugar, white sugar, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, baking soda, baking powder, and salt into a large bowl. Whisk together the eggs, butter, and pumpkin in a separate bowl. Mix the flour mixture with the egg mixture. Stir in the butterscotch chips; pour into each cup of the muffin pan to about 3/4 full. Bake in preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean, 10 to 12 minutes.
Mini Pumpkin Butterscotch Muffins Recipe



5. I LOVE Candy Corn Party Mix. This is so simple to make. Mix candy corn, pretzels, peanuts, m&ms and raisins together for a great party mix. Last year I made this with the candy pumpkins and no one ate the pumpkins so this year I will change those out with candy corn.




What party foods do you LOVE to make?  
LOVE, sje

Thursday, October 27, 2011

I LOVE the Coastal Carolina Fair

Coastal Carolina Fair
The Coastal Carolina Fair starts tonight! If you live in or around Charleston you should plan to go to the fair one of the 10 days it is here. The fair runs from October 27th-November 5th.

What are the fair hours?
Thursday, October 27: 3:00-9:00pm

Friday, October 28: 3:00-11:00pm

Saturday, October 29: 12noon-11:00pm

Sunday, October 30: 12noon-9:00pm

Monday, October 31: 3:00-9:00pm

Tuesday, November 1: 3:00-9:00pm

Wednesday, November 2: 3:00-9:00pm  (SENIORS ONLY  11:00am-3:00pm)

Thursday, November 3: 3:00-9:00pm

Friday, November 4: 3:00-11:00pm

Saturday, November 5: 12noon-11:00pm



How much does it cost?
GATE - CHILD (6-12) (5 and under free): $5.00

GATE - ADULT (13 and up): $8.00

CARNIVAL RIDE TICKETS (20 Coupon Book): $20.00

HANDSTAMP TICKET (Ride all day): $20.00


What entertainment will be at the fair?
There will be many carnival rides to enjoy while feasting on fair foods such as funnel cakes, turkey legs, fried anything that you can think of, etc before watching the nightly firework show. A master hypnotist, Mark Yuzuik will perform daily (click here to see what time he will go on each day). Daily there will be a petting zoo as well as different exhibits to walk through (click here to view more information on the daily entertainment). Click here to view the different competitions that will be going on at the fair.

I am most excited about the musicians that will be performing this year:
10/27/2011 Colt Ford  7:30pm  www.coltford.com
     
10/28/2011 Sunny Sweeney  8:00pm  http://www.sunnysweeney.com/
     
10/29/2011 Marty Stuart  8:00pm  www.martystuart.com
     
10/30/2011 Rich Little  5:00pm  http://www.richlittle.com/
     
10/31/2011 Easton Corbin  7:30pm  www.eastoncorbin.com
     
11/1/2011 Corey Smith  7:30pm  http://www.coreysmith.com/ 
      
11/2/2011 Crystal Bowersox  7:30pm  http://www.crystalbowersox.com/
     
11/3/2011 The Guess Who   7:30pm  http://www.theguesswhocafe.com/
     
11/4/2011 John Michael Montgomery  8:00pm  http://www.johnmichael.com/
     
11/5/2011 Jay and The Americans  8:00pm  http://www.jayandtheamericans.net/


How do you get to the fair?
The Exchange Park is approximately 10 minutes from the Charleston International Airport, convenient to Interstate 26 (Exit 203), and easily accessible from any direction.

From Charleston heading west on I-26:
     Merge onto US-78 West via EXIT 205A
     End at Exchange Park, 9850 Highway 78

From Columbia heading east on I-26:
     Take the COLLEGE PK RD exit - EXIT 203 - toward LADSON / GOOSE CREEK.
     Turn RIGHT onto
COLLEGE PARK RD.
     Turn RIGHT onto US-78.
     End at Exchange Park, 9850 Highway 78


I promise that you will LOVE the fair if you decide to go.
LOVE, sje


Tuesday, October 25, 2011

I LOVE Skinny Chicken Parmesan

My favorite type of food is Italian. It's simply delicious. I also LOVE chicken. We all know that Italian food isn't the healthiest so when I came across this Skinny Chicken Parmesan recipe, I knew I had to try it. I saw it first on Pinterest and the pinner found it on a blog called Feeding my Temple. Here's the recipe:


Skinny Chicken Parmesan

serves 4 (one chicken breast each, 225 calories) 
Ingredients
2 (8 oz) chicken breasts, sliced in half (horizontally, or butterflied but cut all the way through. You will end up with 4 pieces of chicken)
3/4 cup seasoned breadcrumbs
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon Italian seasonings
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 1/2-2 tbsp butter, melted
3/4 cup reduced fat mozzarella cheese
1 cup marinara or your favorite spaghetti sauce
cooking spray

Directions
Preheat over to 450 degrees. Line large baking sheet with foil and spray lightly with cooking spray.

Combine breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese, garlic powder, and Italian seasonings in a bowl. Melt the butter in the microwave in another bowl. Lightly brush the butter onto the chicken, then dip into breadcrumb/cheese mixture. Place on baking sheet and repeat with the remaining 3 pieces of chicken.

Lightly spray a little more cooking spray on top (this makes it nice and crispy) and bake in the oven for 20 minutes. Remove chicken from oven and turn over. Spoon sauce over each piece and top with mozzarella cheese and bake another 5 minutes or until cheese is melted.

Enjoy!


I served it over Penne Noodles tossed in leftover sauce with a side of roasted zucchini, squash, and red potatoes. Michael and I both LOVED this meal and we have plenty of leftovers for tonight. Let me know if you try it and if you LOVE it as much as we did.

LOVE, sje

Thursday, October 20, 2011

I LOVE the Friday Five (a day early)

I am writing the Friday Five a day early because this weekend is going to be a busy one. Michael and I are headed up the mountain to the beautiful high country, Boone, NC for Appalachian State's homecoming weekend. This weekend is going to be filled with friends, family, cool mountain air, and football. I can't wait!

Here are your Friday Five (a day early):

1. I LOVE Jessika. Before I transferred to Appalachian State I attended a small college, Pfeiffer University. Where is that? In the village of Misenheimer. Yes...a village. It is about 45 minutes outside of Charlotte. I met Jessika at Pfeiffer and once we became friends, we were inseparable. We have shared many laughs and tears together. No matter how long we go without seeing each other she is one of those people who will always hold a special place in my heart. Jessika is getting married this weekend and I am so sad I can't be there to help her celebrate. I know she will make a beautiful bride and will be an amazing wife to Jason. Take in and enjoy every moment because this weekend will fly by. Best wishes to the future Mr. & Mrs. Conboy!







2. I LOVE Boone. In my opinion, Boone is one of the most beautiful places in NC. I LOVE Boone for many reasons including: it's where I met my husband, it's where I met my closest friends, it's where I graduated college, it's where my in-laws live; it's where we celebrate holidays; it has the most beautiful leaves in the fall and the most beautiful snowfall in the winter; summer's in Boone are the perfect temperature; the people are kind and will be there for you no matter what; I LOVE Boone. To me, home is where my family is so when I go to Florida or to Boone, I am home. There's no place like home, right?

*photo taken from Appalachians website*




3. I LOVE Quaker Oats Vanishing Oatmeal Raisin Cookies. Oatmeal Raisin is typically not my favorite type of cookie, although, these are delicious! I noticed that the lid on my Quaker Oats had an oatmeal raisin cookie recipe on it and I decided to try it out. They turned out amazing and everyone who has tried them has LOVED them. Use All-Natural ingredients for a less guilty cookie. Enjoy!

Ingredients
  • 1/2  cup (1 stick) plus 6 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 3/4  cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/2  cup granulated sugar
  • 2  eggs
  • 1  teaspoon vanilla
  • 1-1/2  cups all-purpose flour
  • 1  teaspoon baking soda
  • 1  teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2  teaspoon salt (optional)
  • 3  cups Quaker® Oats (quick or old fashioned, uncooked)
  • 1  cup raisins
Preparation
  • Heat oven to 350°F.
  • In large bowl, beat butter and sugars on medium speed of electric mixer until creamy.
  • Add eggs and vanilla; beat well.
  • Add combined flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt; mix well. Add oats and raisins; mix well.
  • Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets.
  • Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until light golden brown.
  • Cool 1 minute on cookie sheets; remove to wire rack. Cool completely. Store tightly covered.



4. I LOVE off-the-shoulder tops. I LOVE the sassy yet comfortable style of this look. I think this style is perfect for fall weather. What do you think of this look?
Pinned Image

Here are some of my favorites:
off the shoulder tops-off the shoulder top

off the shoulder tops-off shoulder mod collar silk top

off the shoulder tops-offtheshoulder tunic




5. I LOVE that God always answers our prayers. All we have to do is trust in Him and have faith in His plan for our lives.
None of them are no :) trust



What have you fallen in LOVE with today? Have a great weekend and I hope you all enjoy the cooler weather!
LOVE, sje

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

I LOVE Chicken and Dumplings

In the summer of 2008 my Aunt Angie and I came across this Chicken and Dumpling recipe. We were watching the Rachael Ray show with Jessica Simpson as her guest. This is Jessica Simpson's quick, easy, and delicious Chicken and Dumplings. I consider this one of my "go-to" recipes because there isn't a lot of ingredients and it only take about 45 minutes total to make. It is delicious and I am sure you will LOVE it. Let me know if you decide to make it! Enjoy!

Jessica Simpson's Chicken and Dumplings
Ingredients
  • 3 rolls of reduced-fat croissant rolls, divided (recommended brand Pillsbury)
  • 1 small rotisserie chicken, skin discarded and meat removed from bones
  • 1 can of low-sodium, reduced-fat cream of chicken soup
  • 1 can of low-sodium, reduced-fat cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • Salt and ground black pepper

Preparation

  • Preheat oven to 400ºF.
  • Roll out the cans of croissant sheets and separate into diamond shaped sections. Place a small handful of rotisserie chicken on each diamond, fold dough over and press ends together to create dumplings. Cut up any excess dough into strips.
Step
  • Line a 9x13" baking dish with one layer of dumplings. Pour the can of cream of chicken soup over the layer of dumplings, followed by the can of cream of mushroom soup, and chicken broth.
Step
  • Place strips in a crisscross pattern on the top of the dumplings and soup mixture, season dish with salt and ground black pepper and bake until the dumplings are tender and cooked through and the top is bubbly and brown, about 30 minutes.
Step

What have you fallen in LOVE with today?
LOVE, sje

Friday, October 14, 2011

I LOVE the Friday Five

TGIF! AppState plays the Citadel this weekend so many of our friends and family will be here. The weatherman is calling for high 70 degree weather so it should be a great weekend. I hope it doesn't go by too quickly!

Here are your Friday Five:

1. I LOVE the new Footloose. Well, I haven't actually seen it yet but if the movie is as good as the previews, I know I'll LOVE it. The movie came out today and I can't wait to see it. I've always LOVED musicals and I doubt this one will disappoint. Blake Shelton kills it in his new version of "Footloose":





2. I LOVE Sidewalk Prophets. I especially LOVE their song, "These are the words I would say" because we all have been through a hard time or know someone who is going through a hard time. The lyrics to this song are encouraging and true. I LOVE this song.


These are the words I would say
Three in the morning, and I'm still awake
So I picked up a pen and a page
And I started writing just what I'd say
If we were face to face

I'd tell you just what you mean to me
Tell you these simple truths

CHORUS
Be strong in the Lord
And never give up hope
You're gonna do great things
I already know
God's got His hand on You
So don't live life in fear
Forgive and forget
But don't forget why you're here
Take your time and pray
These are the words I would say
Last time we spoke you said you were hurting
And I felt your pain in my heart
I want to tell you that I keep on praying
That love will find you where you are

I know cause I've already been there
So please hear these simple truths

CHORUS

Say... from one simple life to another
I will say... come find peace in the Father

Be strong in the Lord
And never give up hope
You're gonna do great things
I already know
God's got His hand on You
So don't live life in fear
Forgive and forget
But don't forget why you're here
Take your time and pray
And thank God for each day
His love will find a way
These are the words I would say



3. I LOVE prayer. Prayer is powerful. Prayer works. I pray throughout the day over big and small things. I saw this quote and had to post it.

pray

1 Thessalonians 5:17 says, "pray continually". If the bible tells us to pray all the time don't you think God will give you peace because you prayed? I know He will. Trust Him. 




4. I LOVE this watch. Not only is it pink and grey (my fave color scheme right now) but it is so chic. I LOVE this watch.
Michael Kors watch




5. I LOVE how this pumpkin is decorated. I am not the best pumpkin carver. I seem to always get frustrated because it doesn't turn out like I pictured it to. This looks simple and pretty. I LOVE that it has an initial on it. If I make one that has my "E" on it, I'll  be sure to share it with you.
It will even be the right letter.


Have a great weekend!
LOVE, sje

Thursday, October 13, 2011

I LOVE Bobby Pins


In my opinion, bobby pins are one of the greatest inventions for hair. Some hairstyles would not be possible to create without these handy little pins. You can use them on short hair, long hair, thin hair, or thick hair. I use them almost everyday. I pin back my bangs and use them to hold twists or braids. I LOVE them.

Did you know?

The bobby pin will hold your hair tighter and more secure if you place the jagged side of the pin facing your scalp and the straight side facing out? Basically, put the pin in your hair opposite of how you usually do it. It's true. Try it.
Now that you know this tip, your hair will stay in place and you won't see that ugly bobby pin tip sticking up out of your hair.

Did you know?

If you wear a bobby pin that is lighter or darker than your hair color it can ruin your entire hairstyle? It will. I promise. That will be the first thing people notice. If you have light hair - wear the tan/gold bobby pins. If you have dark hair - wear the black bobby pins. If you have something in between - wear the color that is closest to your hair color.
Bobby pins can also be worn as a hair accessory. When doing this you can forget the rules that I just stated because you want them to been seen unlike before. If you wear bobby pins all the time like I do then don't be afraid to put some glitz and glam into your hair. Have fun with them! Here are some of my favorite ways to dress up a bobby pin:




Gravity Goes Hairpins


Pearl 2 1/4" Bobby Pins

What have you fallen in LOVE with today?
LOVE, sje

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

I LOVE Martina McBride

If you LOVE country music like I do then I am sure you've heard Martina McBride's new song, "I'm Gonna LOVE You Through It." It is a sweet song that may bring tears to your eyes, especially, if you know someone who has/is battling cancer. The video shows women who have battled breast cancer and how important it is for us all to LOVE them through it. You are going to LOVE this video:




What have you fallen in LOVE with today?
LOVE, sje

Friday, October 7, 2011

I LOVE the Friday Five

It's Friday! I've had so much fun traveling the past two weekends and LOVED spending time with my girlfriends, although, I am thankful and excited for a weekend at home with my husband.

Here are your Friday Five:

1. I LOVE wearing lots of bracelets. I would consider myself more of an earrings or necklace girl but lately I am LOVING when people where lots of bracelets. Last weekend I wore a chunky gold watch with gold bangles and I fell in LOVE with this trend. Pair multiple bracelets together (no matter what color or style) to finish off your favorite outfit. You'll be sure to please!

JORDAN ALEXANDER BRACELETS photo | Michelle Obama

 




2. I LOVE the top knot. The top knot is when you style your hair in a bun or knot on the top of your head. I think it is a stylish look that you can easily throw together. It takes very little time to do and looks chic with any outfit.
cute! 

   




3. I LOVE chunky sweaters. Chunky sweaters are comfortable and stylish (when worn the correct way). They are perfect for fall weather. The secret to making a chunky sweater look good is to wear it with tight pants, leggings, a pencil skirt, etc. Since the sweater has a lot of fabric you want to even it out by wearing something form fitting on your lower half. Chunky sweaters also look great with a waist belt to help show off your figure.







4. I LOVE riding my bike. I am blessed to live 2 miles from the beach which is a perfect distance for a bike ride. My husband and I will take bike rides to the beach and into the side neighborhoods. There are some great houses and many amazing views. It's a fun way to exercise and spend time with my husband! Isn't my bike cute?

Did you know...
  • Bike riding is a good form of low-impact aerobic exercise.   Aerobic exercise is any form of exercise that provides a steady increase of oxygen into the blood stream.
  • Bike riding is an important cardiovascular exercise. For people with heart disease, or who are recovering from heart surgery, people can do casual bike riding that does not put strain in the heart. For people who need to strengthen the heart muscle
  • Easy on the joints, leg and arm muscles.  Bike riding is less strenuous on joints, leg and arm muscles, as compared to running, weight lifting, or aerobic exercises at a gym.
  • Can reduce stress, anxiety and depression.  Studies have shown that exercise increases endorphins in the brain and stimulates the production of norepinephrine, which is known to improve mood and reduces the build up of adrenaline and cortisol, which can reduce or eliminate stress and anxiety.
  • Reduces blood pressure.
found on www.hivehealthmedia.com




5. I LOVE this nursery. Even though we don't plan on having kids for a few more years, I couldn't resist. This is adorable, although, mine will have grey walls and either light pink or light blue accents. If you remember from my Chandelier post, I will have the same butterfly mobile in my little girls room. To all my friends who will have children before me - feel free to steal this amazing nursery.



What have you fallen in LOVE with today? Have a wonderful weekend!
LOVE, sje

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

I LOVE this curling wand, part 2

Remember last week when I wrote about the amazing curling wand that did wonders on my hair?? Well, I used it again this past weekend and remembered to take a picture. My hair doesn't hold curl well. It usually falls out within an hour and it looks like a huge, frizzy mess. This curling wand creates a long lasting curl that stayed in while I danced the night away at the King wedding reception and was still curled when I woke up the next morning. If that doesn't convince you to buy it, I don't know what will! I LOVE this curling wand.

Remington T-Studio Pearl Ceramic  Curling Wand. Additional View 2

Jenn & me after she did my hair with the curling wand.

The back of our hair.

Some of the Alpha Phi's- There were many more there & I LOVED seeing you all!

The beautiful wedding ceremony.

Congratulations Mr. & Mrs. King!


What have you fallen in LOVE with today?
LOVE, sje