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Glossies Made Me Do It – Royal Wedding Scones

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It’s time for another edition of “Glossies Made Me Do It”.  Link up with Happy Pretty Sweet or Shooting Stars Mag to join the fun!

This article in the  May 2018 issue of Oprah Magazine made me recall the first royal wedding I have seen and made me excited for the upcoming royal wedding of Prince Harry & Meghan Markle.

The wedding of Prince Charles and Princess Diana in 1981 was known as “the wedding of the century” and still makes headlines over 35 years later. My first royal wedding memory is of waking up early one Friday morning in April 2011 to watch Prince William and Kate’s wedding on my 26″ flat panel screen from the loft bed in my dorm room. I also remember the buzz surrounding Pippa’s dress and Princess Beatrice’s and Princess Eugenie’s hats.

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After getting married, I have an appreciation for what weddings represent. Weddings are celebrations that bring people together – and this time on a world-wide level.

Also, despite there being  no monarchy in the USA, I along with most little girls in America grew up with fairy tales, Disney movies, and princess dresses.

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There’s something special about seeing an American girl become a royal.

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 The Oprah Magazine article about how to host a royal wedding watch party, has a recipe for Devon scones.

The first time I remember having a scone was when  a high school friend made them after returning from a summer with her grandparents across the pond.

I had been thinking of trying to make them at home for a while, and the royal wedding seemed like the perfect occasion. The recipe in the magazine looked more like a biscuit and I wanted something sweeter, so I tried this recipe from Pinterest.

I’ll consider this a Pinterest Win since they were not only picture perfect but also very tasty.

What have glossies made you do?

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Lemon White Chocolate Cheesecake

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It’s time for another edition of “Glossies Made Me Do It”.  Link up with Happy Pretty Sweet or Shooting Stars Mag to join the fun

 Redbook’s April issue has Jessica Alba as the cover girl, wearing a floral blouse and jeans – a casual, laid-back springtime look.

An ad in this issue made me bake The Perfect Cheesecake

I spent Saturday afternoon in my Grandmother’s kitchen with my Auntie – the Queen of desserts. She likes to try new dessert recipes and also has some go-to specialties like my favorite coconut cake, so I knew this would be a fun activity for us to do together.

 

 

 The vintage mixer pictured above was given to my Grandparents as a wedding present                At 61 years old, this mixer is still doing its job  – they don’t make ’em like this anymore!

 

The original magazine recipe is for 12 individual cupcake-size cheesecakes. We decided to make a full size cheesecake instead. Using a pre-made piecrust decreases prep time, but a full-size cheesecake needs to bake much longer in the oven than the cupcake- size cheesecakes would.

Next time I make this dessert, I will swap the cream cheese for calorie-saving Neufchatel cheese. Eight ounces of Neufchatel cheese is 70 calories compared to 100 calories for the same amount of cream cheese.


Ingredients:

1 package (4oz.) Baker’s White Chocolate

1 Shortbread piecrust

2 packages (8oz. each) Philadelphia Cream Cheese

1/2 cup sugar

1 tsp. vanilla

2 lemons  (1/4 cup of juice, 1 tsp. zest)

2 eggs


Instructions:

Heat oven to 325 degrees

Melt 2oz. white chocolate (microwave for 1 minute and 30 seconds) and set aside

Mix cream cheese, vanilla, and sugar in a large bowl

Add lemon juice, lemon zest, and melted chocolate

Add eggs, 1 at a time with the mixer on a low speed

Pour pie filling into shortbread pie crust

Bake for 50 minutes, then cool completely

Melt remaining 2oz. white chocolate

Drizzle white chocolate on top of the cheesecake

Sprinkle additional lemon zest for decoration

Refrigerate  for 2 hours

Serve & Enjoy!

 

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Glossies Made Me Do It – July 2017

It’s time for another edition of “Glossies Made Me Do It”.  Link up with Happy Pretty Sweet or Shooting Stars Mag to join the fun.

Oprah

Oprah’s puppy pictures made me say “awwwww”

“A home without dogs is like a library without books”


This quote from Oprah made me smile because dogs and books are both close to my heart ❤️ too.

Essence

The July issue of Essence featured the new movie Girls Trip starring Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith, Regina Hall & Tiffany Haddish. The movie (and Essence Fest) takes place in New Orleans which made me remember how much I enjoyed our trip to NOLA

Redbook

Redbook’s July cover model is the beautiful Tracee Ellis Ross. She has a 2 page interview and I would love to find a dress like the striped one she wears on page 87.

“Make Some Amazing Memories” on pages 88- 94 has ideas for fun things to do in the summertime – also  check out the Style and Savings Summer Fun List

Better Homes & Gardens

Page 124 has simple recipes for refreshing mixed drinks! I decided to try the Watermelon- Berry Limeade

To make two drinks, I doubled the recipe

If you have no space in your budget or kitchen for yet another gadget, use a drinking straw as a strawberry huller!

I substituted coconut water for 4 shots of Malibu and added a splash of lime juice

After blending and pouring, I really enjoyed this tasty & tropical drink

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Mini Chocolate Lava Birthday Cakes

This year, for my birthday I wanted to make a unique, chocolate dessert. After scrolling through my Pinterest boards, I found an idea on this site.

I don’t normally order dessert at restaurants, but I remembered trying this one at Chili’s before. It has gooey, hot, melty chocolate with the ice cream scoops on top to cool it down.

The mini versions were pretty simple to make – but there were a couple of tricky steps that I will note below.

Cake Ingredients:
6 oz. semi-sweet chocolate

1/2 cup ( 1 stick) unsalted butter

1/4 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 cup confectioners’ (or powdered) sugar

1/8 teaspoon salt

2 large eggs, and 2 large egg yolks  (* a total of 4 eggs)

Toppings:

Ice Cream

Sprinkles

Birthday Candles

Directions:
Spray muffin tin with nonstick cooking spray (these can also be made in 4 ramekin dishes)

Preheat oven to 425°F

Chop the chocolate into smaller pieces. Put butter and chocolate into a glass bowl. Microwave on high for 30 seconds, stir, then microwave for 30 more seconds until completely smooth

In another small bowl, whisk the flour, powdered sugar, and salt together

*In a third small bowl, combine 2 entire eggs plus only the yolks of 2 more eggs

Pour the flour mixture and eggs into the bowl of chocolate. Slowly stir everything together using a wooden spoon. If there are any lumps, gently use a whisk or a fork.

Spoon chocolate batter evenly into muffin tin (I was able to make 9 total).

To bake in a muffin tin, the cakes only take about 8 minutes. *(I added an extra 2 minutes and that was tooo long, The extra time completely cooks the center, and you don’t get the lava effect).

Allow to cool for 1 minute, then using a knife, go around the edges of each cake to make sure they are not stuck to the pan. Cover with a plate and turn the pan completely over, so the cakes are on the plate.

Top with ice cream, sprinkles, (and a candle for the birthday girl!) and Enjoy!

See this post for desserts from last year’s birthday

Sweet & Spicy Tortellini Carbonara

One day, I wanted to try making a pasta carbonara, but when I searched for recipes, I realized it was made with a raw egg – kind of scary. So, I decided to create a combination of two different recipes. I would use the tortellini and bacon from the pasta carbonara recipe with the sauce from our favorite meal –  Spicy Shrimp Penne.

So there’s the story of how Sweet & Spicy Tortellini was invented.

Ingredients

Pasta:

20oz package Buitoni 3 cheese tortellini

Sauce:

1/2 cup olive oil

1 packet of soy sauce

2 tbsp. brown sugar

1 tsp. garlic powder

1/2 tsp. red pepper

1/4 cup Parmesan cheese

Topping:

3 slices of bacon

1 tbsp. Parmesan cheese

1 tsp. parsley

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 400 degrees

  2. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil

  3. Put bacon slices on the baking sheet and cook in oven for 15 minutes

  4. Boil pasta on the stove (be sure to add a sprinkle of salt and a tsp. of oil so it doesn’t stick) Pasta usually takes about 10 minutes on medium-high and tortellini will float to the top as it finishes cooking

  5. While pasta and bacon are cooking, mix together in a bowl olive oil, soy sauce, brown sugar, garlic powder, red pepper, and parmesan cheese

  6. Pour the sauce mixture into a large skillet and heat to medium long enough for the cheese to melt. Turn the heat down to simmer

  7. Once pasta is done cooking, drain it and add it to the large skillet with the sauce. Toss the pasta to make sure it is coated in sauce

  8. Once bacon is crispy take it out of the oven, let it cool, then pat it with paper towels to remove the grease.

  9. Put pasta on plates to serve

  10. Crumble bacon and sprinkle parmesan cheese and parsley to top the pasta

 

Pour a couple of glasses of wine and enjoy!

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February Friday Faves 2.17.17

Welcome to the third Friday in February! Here’s a recap of my favorite parts of the week.

Cooking

This chicken recipe falls into the Semi-Homemade category because it uses the pre-cooked Tyson chicken strips. The sauce is pretty easy to make with a few simple ingredients. I pinned this on my Restaurant At Home board, because they are a close copy-cat to Chili’s Honey Chipotle Chicken Crispers.

For Valentine’s weekend I cooked brunch  using a cast-iron skillet (a wedding present) for the first time. These breakfast potatoes were pretty easy – I like making recipes that don’t require lots of ingredients and use what I already have in the kitchen. I think the key to these potatoes is adding enough olive oil in the beginning and watching carefully so that the bacon doesn’t burn. I also made this recipe again too – it may be becoming a favorite.

Reading

This week I started reading The Mothers by Brit Bennett. I had seen it on a couple of other blogs (it’s a very colorful and photogenic book cover) and it was in the Quarterly Literary Subscription box recently. So far I can see why this book is so popular – there’s no boring lead-in or build up – the action starts immediately. I read 4 chapters in one night!

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Wearing

One of the besties gave me this Coach Love perfume sample in my Christmas gift. Coach is one of my favorite brands. The scent is floral without being too young and girly and it fits the romantic spirit of February.

Drinking

Although we didn’t get to spend the actual holiday together – I’ll be making  Strawberry Lime Margaritas with my sister as a toast to  Galentine’s DayI would love to have a party like this to celebrate one year….

 

Cheers to the Weekend!

 

Friday Faves 1.20.17

I enjoyed reading several bloggers’ year in review posts at the end of 2016, and I wish I had written one too because I had so many fun and exciting adventures during the year. Also, I liked that the recaps focused on the happy events.

As a way to generate positivity, sometimes Style and Savings will have a Friday Faves post to look back on good things (big or small) that happened during the week.

MLK Holiday

Monday was an extension of the weekend – we were fortunate enough to have the day off in celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Dress Barn Clearance

Belted Colorblock Fit-and-Flare Dress

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After the closing of The Limited 😦  I found myself in Dress Barn looking for a professional style dress. I found this Calvin Klein A-line dress for 50% off at Dress Barn. The Dress Barn original price was $59.50 and other retailers sell it for as much as $89.98. The price variation on the exact same dress is crazy! Read about it here

Sheet Pan Fajitas

 

I found a Pinterest Win! I have already made this recipe twice: once with shrimp and once with chicken. This was a easy clean up way to make fajitas. The seasoning & lime juice & cooking time were perfect.

Archer Farms Guacamole & Salsa Combo

Tortilla chips dipped in Target’s Archer Farms Spicy Pico & Guacamole were a good side to the fajitas.I was hesitant to buy it since I didn’t know if I liked them together in the same container.  I’m glad I tried it – It’s so good!

Hope you had a good week – Happy Friday!