Project 366: Day 81, 03-21 Pumped Up Kicks

I am starting to train for the Cinco de Joker 5k (tomorrow, I promise) and needed to get a pair of running shoes. It’s been about 4 years since I have worn a pair of tennies.

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Project 366: Day 68, 03-08 Target Cures All

Going to Target unsupervised has to be one of my favorite activities.

Today’s trip for 4 work binders mission) ended with 2 pairs of espadrilles, some nail polish, 4 baby outfits for niece R, a can of Chef Boyardee for dinner and a much better mood. Priceless.

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Project 366: Day 67, 03-07 Candy Necklace Kinda Day

Sun was shining. Temps were in the 60s. It was a coral candy necklace kinda day!

Check out more my dear friend Amy Carroll on Facebook. Her candy collection comes in the BEST colors and is a great statement piece.

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Project 366: Day 65, 03-05 DIY Invites

Just finished up another DIY wedding project and so excited about them. Sheila and I are hosting a bridal shower for Cory’s cousin Brittney this summer. Her colors are pink, lime and orange, so I tried to incorporate within the invites.

I saw this amazing DIY chevron invitation suite on Wedding Chicks and thought it would be a great way to tie in Brittney’s colors in a trendy way. The suite is amazing because you can choose from great colors and customize your copy.

For Brittney’s invites, I edited the chevron stripes and then designed the invitation part with some free fonts online. I included a special surprise card for guests and used glassine envelopes and confetti that I had leftover from another DIY wedding project (thanks, Danice). To finish, I created some simple wrap address labels with the chevron design to tie things together.

What do you think?

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Project 366: Day 57, 02-26 Wedding Album

So, I spent some quality time working on our wedding album on Blurb. We flipped through it on our 1 year anniversary and couldn’t get past the first page without tears…not because we were feeling nostalgic, but because the perfectionist in me couldn’t fathom the fact that I forgot a title page in the book!

Cory didn’t even notice, but since I made this album in the same style as our engagement and Vietnamese ceremony albums, I wanted them to be all consistent…and both of those had title pages with the date, location, etc. The wedding album had nothing…not even a date to remind Cory each year.

I was so upset about my mistake, it was still in the box until this morning (4 months). This morning, I got over it (until I can afford to redo it and reorder, anyway). So, now, instead of sitting in a box, it’s sitting proudly on our mantle with the others.

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Project 366: Day 52, 02-21 Kelsey’s BM Gift

I opened up the cutest gift today from Kelsey. Pix below, but such a cute way to kick things off with her bridal party! She has always been so creative, so not surprised at all to see all the cute touches.

Adorable rustic chic jewelry box wrapped in a mesh leopard bow and a kraft card attached:

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Personalized inside with photo of the two of us from my bachelorette party, info cards and a Ring Pop!

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Close-up of the info cards that shared wedding details, wedding party intros, attire, wedding inspiration board and contact info:

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Kelsey just sent me this pic. Apparently booze wasn’t allowed in the shipment, but she was going to include some prohibited Pama and recipe for a Pama champagne toast! Love.

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Isn’t this such a cute idea for bridesmaids? It reminds me of the cards I sent my lovely ladies (inspired by this post by Elise of enJOY it on Elizabeth Anne Designs), but WAY cuter!

Did you do anything special to ask your friends to be in your bridal party or have you received anything unique yourself? Leave a comment to share!

Project 366: Day 45, 02-14 L-O-V-E

Amour. Amor. Amore. Yeu. Laska. Liebe. Milosc. LOVE.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Tasty Tuesday: Homemade Snickers

Well, I’ve gone mad pinning the most amazingly beautiful and cravealicious foods on Pinterest. Let’s face it: I’m not the best cook in the world, but I can eat with the best of them. So, even though I’m pinning all these pix, I’m not sure how many I’ll actually make.

Have you guys tried any new recipes from Pinterest, or are you just enjoying the food porn?

Here’s one recipe I couldn’t resist: Homemade Snickers. It was love at first sight, so I hopped over to How Sweet It Is for the recipe. Oh. Em. Geeeee! Jessica, how right are you about these? “Pure In.San.It.TEEEEE.”

I call them life changing. So easy to make. Total crowd-pleaser. In fact, in the Super Bowl spirit, we made an over/under bet on the number of bars one of our friends would eat: 3 bars. Unfortunately, I left at 2, but reportedly, he made it to 3. I guess we should have set the over/under at 2.5?

Homemade Snickers
Slighted adapted from Nikki of For Heaven’s Bake‘s recipe, who lightly adapted it from Taste of Home.

Makes one 9×13 pan. Jessica suggested an aluminum tray, but the great cook that I am, I didn’t read that far down in the recipe when I went shopping. So, I just lined a pan with aluminum and that worked perfectly.

Layer 1: Chocolate/Peanut Butter
1, 12 oz. bag of milk chocolate chips (My fave are Ghirardelli)
3/8 cup peanut butter

  • Melt ingredients together in a saucepan or microwave. I microwaved for just more than 2 minutes. 
  • Pour into the baking dish and spread until even.
  • Let cool and harden completely. I just stuck the pan in the fridge for about 2o minutes.

Layer 2: Creamy Nougat
1/4 cup unsalted butter
1 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup evaporated milk (I used a fat free, and still tasted great)
1 1/2 cups marshmallow fluff
1/4 cup peanut butter
1 1/2 cup salted peanuts chopped, roughly chopped
1 tsp vanilla extract

  • Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat.
  • Add in sugar and milk, stirring until dissolved and bring to a boil.
  • Let cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Add in fluff, peanut butter and vanilla, stirring until smooth.
  • Turn off heat and fold in peanuts, then pour over bottom chocolate layer.
  • Let cool completely. Again, I just stuck the pan in the fridge for a bit.

Layer 3: Caramel
1 14-ounce bag of caramels (The most difficult part of the recipe was unwrapping these!)
1/2 to 3/4 cup whipping cream

  • Combine ingredients in a saucepan over low heat.
  • Let melt, stirring occasionally, until smooth. This step was taking a while for me, so I ended up double-boiling and that only took about 10 minutes.
  • Pour over nougat layer and let cool completely.

Layer 4: Chocolate/Peanut Butter
1, 12 oz. bag of milk chocolate chips
3/8 cup peanut butter

  • Repeat Layer 1
  • Pour onto caramel layer and let harden for at least one hour before serving.

Jessica suggested serving them refrigerated, and I agree. They are still delicious at room temperature, the chocolate can get a little melty, depending on how thick it is.

I think I may have found a go-to party treat with this recipe. It’s better than the original candy bar! 🙂

For better, drool-worthy pix, check out the recipe from How Sweet It Is.

Project 366: Day 38, 02-07 Girls Should Always Sparkle

Here’s Part Deux of my Day 33: Tiny Toms picture…

I thought I was sold by the online Tiny Toms pix, but our order came In today and they are even better in person. Three adorable pairs came in a box smaller than a adult sized shoe box. I die. So cute.

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