Oreo Truffles - Three Ways

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

A while back, I showed you a recipe for Oreo Truffles with crushed pretzels on top. The post is a hit and everyone has said they love them! They are so easy to make (a bit messy too), so I decided to make them for a party Jon was attending while I had a photo shoot. I realize you should never show up empty handed!  
This time around, I forgot to buy pretzels, so I had to improvise. I chose Ritz Crackers (for a salty bite), Peppermint sprinkles and plain!

Sorry for the iPhone photos!

Follow this recipe and once you add the melted chocolate, quickly sprinkle the topping on so it stays! Enjoy!

Popsicles, Pizza and a Water Fight

Monday, September 22, 2014

This summer was a big ball of relaxation plus a whole lot of fun. We had a blast. We realized that summer was quickly coming to an end, so towards the end of August, we wanted to take a few big trips to the beach. 

One of those trips, was a trip to a local lake near where my Auntie lives. Jack loveeeeed it. Especially because my Auntie is not afraid to get soaked and full of sand and mud. I usually don't mind, but I had to man the camera. It's all about the memories people. 
Jack and another little boy were having a water fight with their buckets until the other boy had to leave. He was so kind with Jack. Jack gets along well with kids who are a bit older. They're not afraid to wrestle and act like maniacs.
Once the boy left, he had some quiet play in the water. Some people think I'm nuts for letting him go so far without a float. But the water is not that high, he knows how to kinda swim and we can get to him in .5 seconds. So I let him have some freedom.

After playing in the water, my Auntie promised him a popsicle. He was very excited, of course, and he chose the Power Puff Girl with gum drops eyes. IT WAS SO GOOD. I totally stole a bite. I could have one every day. It was also his first time trying gum.
Little sandy, snaggle toes.
We had such a fun day at the beach. Afterwards we hit up a local pizza joint with the HOTTEST pizza ever. Or maybe it was so hot because we couldn't keep our mits off the pizza. 
We are beautiful. 
Have a great day!

Fall Table Setting Inspiration

Friday, September 19, 2014

Late post tonight! Today Mr. Jack had a little stomach bug and I am still getting over a cold. Fun times at the Ricci household. But we were so bored and cooped up, we decided to head to the mall and infect other people with our illness. Sorry.

Jack was hanging out in the stroller, so I took my time walking through Williams-Sonoma and Crate and Barrel for some fall decor inspiration. They had amazing table settings that I thought I should show you! I love all of them.

First up, Crate and Barrel!
The pumpkin bowls would be perfect for serving soup or a stew for a main course. I love the lids to help keep it warm!
Not sure why I took the photo at this angle...but I loved the garland of leaves on the table. I thought that was a really nice way to add some fall colors.
The bowls were SO cute. Little gray Quails or something. All of the colors mix well together. Personally, I'd never think to add gray to orange, yellow and tan!
I loved this one for a brunch. I also thought it was cool that they angled the place mats. My OCD was going crazy, but eventually I got used to it and really like it. If they weren't angled, I think it would be too "vanilla"
Again...not sure of the angle...but loved the mix of patterns.
Back to the pumpkin bowls, I thought the menu cards were so cute! A very easy DIY with card stock and a fine-tip marker.

Now onto Williams-Sonoma aka Heaven. More pumpkin bowls!

This one was my absolute favorite. I want everything off of this table. Better start scratching those lotto tickets! I really loved the olive set but the way they paired them with the artichoke plates really worked. I thought they were all one set! The glasses, candles and olive plants add a great touch.
The colors of the napkin definitely help break up the color palette of greens and tans.
And last up, you could have a fun Halloween party with these skull punch bowls! They terrified Jack, but I loved them. The plates are too Pirates of the Caribbean for me.

So do you also walk around stores just to get inspiration while infecting people with colds? Sorry again ;-) Have a great weekend!

Generosity kills the Pregnant Lady

Thursday, September 18, 2014

The title will make sense in 30 seconds because I almost died from being so shocked. My Birthday was back in July and I swear, all I wanted was a Kitchen Aid Mixer. Actually, I have wanted one for years but always felt so uncomfortable asking friends or family to get it for me for Christmas/Birthdays or whatever. It is a pricey little contraption. SO, before my birthday, I posted a cheeky Facebook status SLYLY suggesting the Mixer was HALF off at Target. I really posted it as a joke, little did I know, the most generous friend of all time, Kristen, purchased it for me. CAN I GET AN AMEN? Honestly, I cried when I saw the box. CRIED. I didn't believe it. I called her in tears. I was one happy, emotional little lady. She was laughing at me and thought nothing of it. Kristen is also the one who bought me this beautiful Holiday bowl and Jon, one awesome bottle of scotch. She is just the best.
I think I will display it where I normally keep our cookbook. Sorry cookbook, your time is up. 
Why have I wanted one for so long? I am not the best cook or baker. This gadget comes with all of the bells and whistles. You can bake, make pasta, use it as a juicer and squeeze gold out of it. Ok, maybe not Gold, but I swear this is thing is worth a million pounds of gold. Is gold measured in pounds? I swear I'm not blonde (sorry blondes).
 I totally dedicated an entire Pinterest board for Kitchen Aid Gadgets and will pin how to bake stuff because I have no CLUE and totally use cake box recipes. The one time I tried to make cake by scratch, the cake turned out to be the texture of foam.

But I am really excited to make pasta as well. My Italian husband will obviously love that! Hopefully this blog post will help from Julie Blanner
 So, fellow Kitchen Aid owners, what is your favorite way to use your mixer? Any recipes to share? Lord knows I need the help!

10 Weeks

Monday, September 15, 2014

I promise this blog won't turn into a pregnancy blog, but I did want to do a "bump" update like I said the other day! I am currently 10 weeks with a NEW due date of April 14th, rather than April 10th. I already have a bump, but my Doctor said it is "second baby syndrome" and some women show sooner. I was at my Mom's last night and she said she showed early after her first pregnancy as well. 

 Jack is so excited and loves to run up to my belly and kiss and hug the baby. I always ask what the baby is saying in there and he comes up with the funniest stuff like "baby said it needs a towel because the baby is getting all wet!" Such a sweetie.
I recently started taking nausea medicine that the Dr prescribed so I can start eating. Now that I have started it, all I want to do is EAT EAT EAT. I have a feeling I may be gaining some weight soon. But I lost 7lbs from constantly being sick, so I am quite happy I have the meds!

The other day I caved and bought a "Be Maternity BeBand" which is essentially a giant, tight fabric that holds your pants up and hides the zipper and button. Now I won't have to wear leggings for 9 months or cry and say I have nothing to wear :-) I'm dramatic, it's the hormones I swear!

So there is my bump update. I think I will do one every 5 weeks or so. I may just post 10, 20, 30 and 40 weeks though. I don't want to be annoying ;-)

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