Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Buffalo Chicken Casserole

I'm a total sucker for anything buffalo flavored, so when you can add a bunch of my favorite ingredients together like pasta, cheese, and buffalo sauce I'm sold!




Ingredients

16 oz. of penne pasta, cooked
Diced grilled chicken, fully cooked
1/2 cup of Franks Red Hot Buffalo Style
3/4 cup of light blue cheese dressing
2 cups of reduced fat (or fat free) shredded cheddar cheese





Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Boil pasta for 10 minutes on high, drain and set aside
Combine red hot and blue cheese dressing in a bowl
Mix together, chicken, cheese, and cooked pasta and add to the buffalo sauce mixture
Pour into a greased casserole dish and bake for 20 minutes at 350 degrees








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Monday, August 18, 2014

Birthday Weekend Love

I don't even know where to start in re-capping my amazing birthday weekend... a very hectic/amazing/interesting three days and I am exhausted so I'll just leave you all with a photo dump.



Kicked off my b-day weekend on Friday with happy hour. I honestly am not a fan of taking shots, but yet they always end up finding their way to me. This one tasted like pancakes *yum* and the look on my face is pretty typical even if it tastes yummy.

"Jake from State Farm" made another appearance...




Tried taking a pic with the guys and got photo bombed by a bunch of teenagers. Sounds fun right? Nope.... then my friend (and I use that term lightly now lol) hands them my phone so they could send themselves the pic. One of those little boys then proceeded to text me for the rest of the night. Lesson learned... don't hand off your phone to anyone. My idiot friends kept responding to this poor kid who bless his heart was trying way too hard to spit game. So.freakin.embarrassing... 



Saturday was my hibachi birthday dinner with friends which was filled with scorpion bowls, delicious food, sake, a pathetic attempt at using chopsticks, and a hibachi chef who was killin' it with the jokes. If you ever go to hibachi and have a chef named Tam-Tam tell him I said whats up!


*Blessed doesn't even describe how I feel... love them all*



Sunday was my actual birthday, and I started the day off with my free Starbucks b-day drink and made the drive out to Tampa to see my Yankees take on the Rays. I got to see Kuroda pitch, Jeter get some great hits, Teixeira hit a home run, and I even pet a ray *so slimy* in the ray tank. 


A stop off at Epcot on the way home was necessary, and so was a Disney birthday pin and a spin on Test Track. 


Lots of fabulous gifts from family and friends including Sephora gift cards, the cutest Kate Spade app plates, an Alex & Ani bracelet with a Yankees charm, and a beautiful wine glass from Emily paired with a yummy looking bottle of wine named after one of my favorite things... butterflies!


Joining Leeann and Kimberlee for Monday Morning Gossip
and
Biana for Weekending
and
Lisa and Bella for Weekend Recap


Friday, August 15, 2014

Kicking Off the Birthday Weekend

Well hello there birthday weekend! Looking forward to a weekend full of fun including hibachi with friends, going to see my Yankees, and maybe a stop at Disney.

1. Last night, I went on a happy hour blate with Emily and Pam for some yummy martinis and apps.



2. I also went to a quick happy hour with some girls from work on Wednesday, and they had the best sangria I've had in a while. Definitely going back for another one soon :)



3. Loving my new Sephora goodies including my annual free b-day gift which is from Make Up Forever this year.



4. Yesterday's OOTD with some funky early morning lighting before work.

Top - H&M | Skirt - Express | Necklace & Bangles - Kate Spade


5. Excited to cash in my birthday reward from Tory Burch. Trying to decide between a cosmetics case or an arm cuff.

Robinson Printed Small Classic Cosmetic


Perforated Resin Logo Cuff


*If you haven't already, sign up at ToryBurch.com and they'll send you a $50 birthday reward to use during your b-day month*


Linking up today with Lauren for High Five on Friday and Amanda for Friday Favorites. Hop on over and join us! Happy Friday!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

NARS Deep Throat Blush

I hate to admit that I am one of the few people on this earth who do not absolutely love NARS Orgasm blush. I just wasn't wowed by it, plus I hit the pan pretty quickly which was even more disappointing. So, when I cashed in my 500 point reward at Sephora for the NARS Cults Favorite Pack I was excited to try out another shade and see if I'd have a better experience.


NARS Deep Throat Blush





I loved this blush so much more than Orgasm, because it's a softer subtle glow which is perfect for anytime.


*There's either too much or not enough light, I just can't get the lighting thing down*





What's your favorite blush?

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Cookie Dough Dip

Have you ever made a batch of cookies and had to restrain yourself from eating all the batter before ever baking the actual cookies? Yep.... me too....

If it wasn't for the raw eggs, I probably would come close... so when I came across an eggless cookie dough dip recipe I knew I had to try it!



Ingredients

1 package of reduced fat cream cheese, softened
1 stick of butter, softened
3/4 cup of brown sugar
1 cup of powdered sugar
2 tsp. of vanilla
1 cup of chocolate chips

Directions

Blend the cream cheese and butter until combined.
Add remaining ingredients and blend until combined.
Refrigerate for an hour.
Garnish with a handful of chocolate chips.
Serve with graham crackers, vanilla wafer cookies, pretzels, and apple wedges.


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Monday, August 11, 2014

Eat Cake for Breakfast

Another fun-filled weekend bites the dust....


Friday, I wandered into Ulta on my lunch and discovered the yummy smelling Viva La Juicy Gold Couture. I've loved all the other Viva scents (and embarrassed to admit I have them all....) so it's no surprise that I loved this one as well and of course the pretty packaging.

That evening, I met up with my best friend from high school for dinner. It had been almost 2 years since I've seen her so I was so excited she was in town on vacay.




Saturday, was a relaxing day that called for coffee and pancakes on the patio before an intense bike ride. Then it was pool time followed by grilling with some of my fav neighbors. 



Sunday, was my friend's gender reveal party and she went all out with the team pink and team blue decor. I brought a bottle of pink champs to celebrate with and a bottle of sparkling cider for the momma to be. 





video

Yayyyy for Team Blue!



Joining Leeann and Kimberlee for Monday Morning Gossip
and
Biana for Weekending
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Lisa and Bella for Weekend Recap

Friday, August 8, 2014

Purple & Sparkly Friday

I love how the work weeks have been flying by lately, but what I don't love is how the summer is also flying by. Sloooooooow down summer!

1.) Got a much needed pedicure and am now purple and sparkly for my birthday month.



2.) I've recently gotten on the Barre3 train, and let me tell you those classes are NO joke! I hate myself while I'm there, but am so happy I went when it's over. Amazing workout!





3.) Tried out a new chardonnay this week, and it was pretty good considering I'm usually more of a pinot girl.





4.) Purchased tickets to see my boys in pinstripes on my birthday in a few weeks when they come to Tampa. So sad to say farewell to Jeter, and gosh I hope he's playing that day and not sitting it out *fingers crossed*.








5.) My best friend from high school is in town this week, and I can't wait to catch up with her over dinner tonight.

*Summer 2011*



*Holding her baby boy for the 1st time*


Can't believe her little man is almost 3, I still picture him as a tiny little baby.

Linking up today with Lauren for High Five on Friday and Amanda for Friday Favorites. Hop on over and join us! Happy Friday!

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