Friday, July 29, 2011

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Dip

This past week my parents, sister and brother were coming over for dinner and I forgot to plan a dessert. I had to work later than usual, leaving me with 1 hour from the time I left work to their expected arrival. I jumped on Pinterest for some inspiration.  Chocolate chip cookie dough dip....thank you for popping up!

1/2 cup butter
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 block (8oz) cream cheese
1/2 cup powdered sugar
3/4 cup mini chocolate chips

1. Melt the butter and brown sugar in a saucepan on  medium heat. Stir until brown sugar dissolves
2. Remove from heat and add the vanilla. Set aside
3. Beat the cream cheese and powdered sugar for 1 minute
4. Slowly beat in the cooled butter mixture and beat again for another minute
5. Wait until mixture is cool then add in the chocolate chips
6. Refrigerate for 30 minutes before serving
7. I served with mini chocolate chip cookies and vanilla wafers but other serving options are Oreos, Ritz Crackers, pretzels

This dip is amazeballs.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Our first look

I've shared every single aspect of our wedding from the ceremony details to my wonderful wedding showers but today I wanted to share pictures of us. Me and my husband on our wedding day...

Jon and I chose to see each other before our wedding ceremony and I am so glad we did! We chose to see each other beforehand for a couple of reasons. The first is because we wanted to utilize the natural light for pictures (our wedding was at 5:30pm in the wintertime) and also get as many pictures as we could so we could enjoy our cocktail hour with our guests. I did not want Jon's groomsmen to see me before so we waited to take wedding party pictures until after the ceremony. The second and most important reason was this. I wanted the first time that I saw Jon on our wedding day to be a moment shared between us and not our entire wedding. Seeing Jon before walking down the aisle made the butterflies disappear. I was so confident and ready to marry him. I will never forget those precious moments and the look in his eyes when he saw his bride. Our photographer and videographer were the only ones present (although my bridesmaids and parents watched through the windows and I also saw a few hotel guests peeking inside their rooms).

Our photographer positioned us in the beautiful courtyard of our venue and counted to three so we could turn around at the same time...

I love looking at all of the pictures from our wedding but our first look pictures are my favorite. They are so full of love and emotion, you can see the excitement in our faces.

We had decided that we wanted to save our first kiss for the altar and you can see in our wedding video trailer Jon going in for the kill and me shaking my head :-)


He did bargain for a kiss on the cheek

I hated saying goodbye but loved the fact that the next time I saw Jon we would be standing before our friends and family becoming man and wife. 

Next week we will be celebrating 6 months of marriage! Time flies when you're in love.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Oh, How Pinteresting- Crafts and DIY

A couple weeks ago I linked up with the beautiful Michelle from The Vintage Apple for "Oh, How Pinteresting Wednesday" and now I am addicted. Addicted to pinning, looking at others pins, and getting millions of ideas stuck in my head (that I probably will never go through with hehe). Last week I posted a few crafts I have been working on, see the post here, and today I am going to share with you a few crafts I've pinned on my Craft/DIY board...

So this isn't a craft but this saying was funny. My finger tips have pretty much lost their temperature gauge thanks to my glue gun 

Fabric pomanders as opposed to tissue paper, such a great idea 

I will be making these SOON! I bought etching cream and just have to set aside time to try it. I am a hoarder of Pyrex so I  have a lot to work with!

Someone please tell me where I can get cloth doilies? I've looked at Hobby Lobby, Goodwill, Wal luck

How beautiful are these mason jars. Just use pages from old books and decopauge right onto the jar.

Must. Make. This. FYI my husband has a mustache obsession so this homemade rubber stamp would get lots of use 

How cute are these wine bottles as centerpieces? Simply spray paint, spray with adhesive and roll in epsom salt. They would look so classy at a winter wedding or Christmas party

My Craft/DIY board has over 80 pins so I won't bore you with any more. Be sure to check out Oh, How Pinteresting at The Vintage Apple


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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Celebrities are just like US

I subscribe to US Weekly...the classiest of gossip magazines and have made a discovery. Celebrities are more human than I thought!! Each week, 2 pages are devoted to pictures of stars doing everyday activities, letting us know that they are just like us commoners. Here is a collection of my favorite blurbs over the past couple of issues....

 What?! Celebrities eyes are sensitive?!

 Come on, who doesn't?

 She is a thug in a cocktail dress!

 Eww...they don't have people to hire for that?

Noooooo... I don't believe it!
We are weeks away from our celebrity stalking weekend getaway to LA and as much as I like to think celebs are "just like us"...I will probably have a panic attack if I see the Kardashians or run into the cast of SNL.

Question: have you ever met a celebrity/athlete/politician? Were they "normal"? Super sweet? Stuck up? Douche-y?

Monday, July 25, 2011

Mary's Fancy Birthday

One of my very best friends in the whole world, Mary Amanda, had a birthday 2 weeks ago! Her husband coordinated a surprise party for her 30th with a "fancy pants, wine and cheese" theme. As we were waiting for the guest of honor to show up, a few of us were laughing, realizing we've made it a habit to only have dress up get togethers. I squeezed into an old prom dress while my hubby wore his tux (we ended up buying his tux for our wedding so we could alter it). 

 The group before Mary arrived and yes...Scott in the middle looks straight outta Weekend At Bernies

Jon was drinking coffee liquer, tequila and milk...hmmm

I was in charge of the camera (that took blurry pics) while Jon  had the FlipVideo in hand at her arrival. She seemed genuinely surprised! You will hear here continue to mention "McGarry in his graduation outfit". Our buddy Justin just graduated with his MBA and wore his Harry Potter-esque grad gown to go with the fancy theme. We had sprinkled rose petals on the floor and I guess the first person she saw was Justin and was SO confused as to why there were rose petals on the ground and Justin in a graduation gown. Lol!

Before becoming a full time mommy (a HOTT one at that!), Mary Amanda was a corporate events planner and seriously has a knack for creativity, style and attention to detail. She can throw one hell of a party whether it be for 500 nerdy network engineers in Vegas or a surprise 30th for her hubby 3 weeks after giving birth! 

Husband and wife

I loved this wine label!

I tried my hand at homemade sugar cookies and buttercream frosting (recipe to come) and made these adorable margarita shaped cookies! And yes that is a Smirnoff Ice in the corner ha

As the night went on and more wine was consumed, we changed out of our fancy clothes and into swim suits and comfy clothes (they have an awesome pool!). Jon managed to stay in his tux the entire night despite the 100+ degree Texas heat.

Somehow a box of Franzia found its way to the party so what more fun than the birthday girl drinking straight outta the box?!

Sometime after midnight there was a knock on the door and my tux-ed husband answered it. Turns out there was a noise complaint and a cop stopped by to make sure we weren't "juveniles". Classy right?! It was such a fun night and I am so glad we got to celebrate with you MAN!

Saturday, July 23, 2011

"Poppy" Chow

You read that right. Not puppy chow. Poppy chow. I stumbled across this recipe on Pinterest and brought it to my parent's house for a BBQ. You probably have most of the ingredients on hand and it will take you about 5 minutes to make!

1 and 1/2 bags of popped pop corn (not the super buttery or kettle corn, just regular)
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1/4 cup butter
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar

1. Put the pop corn in a LARGE bowl
2. In a smaller bowl, use the microwave to melt the chocolate chips, butter and peanut butter. Stir in vanilla

3. Pour the melted mixture over the popcorn and with a spatula or large spoon, stir and mix until the popcorn is fully coated with the chocolate/peanut butter
4. Sift the powdered sugar over the popcorn until evenly covered.
5. Let the chocolate set for about 30 minutes before serving
6. Enjoy!

The poppy chow was pretty darn delicious but I must say I like the crunch of real puppy chow a bit more. Needless to say, it was fun to try a new recipe! 

Friday, July 22, 2011

Gettin' crafty

Here are some of the crafts I have been working on lately...

Easy Silhouettes

Step 1: I printed out a few cute pictures of Ernie using the infrared exposure so I could see the lines clearly then I cut out his body

Step 2: I painted each picture with black acrylic paint (which was kinda hard with Ernie in my lap!)

Step 3: I cut ivory cardstock paper into 4 4x6 inch cards and  glued each picture onto a card. My next mission is to look for a cute frame to house 2 vertical and 2 horizontal 4x6s.

Someone was too tired to help...


If you follow me on Twitter or Facebook, you will know that I have a new owl obsession. The one on the left was $.99 at Goodwill and the one on the right was $6 at Hobby Lobby.

I snagged this beaten up rat of an owl for $.59 at Goodwill yesterday and wanted to give him some TLC...

White spray paint is my new best friend...

And wa-la...

And one more...

Decorative Balls with Thumbtacks

I bought brand new styrofoam balls (which can get expensive) at Goodwill for $.99 and 2 packs of old fashioned thumbtacks for $3.99 from Office Max (I couldn't find the exact ones anywhere else)
I put 1 tack on at a time in a circular pattern. I used a medium sized styrofoam ball that took me an hour to fill and approximately 600 tacks. Next time I will use the little balls!

Once again, my white spray paint came in handy. Check out the finished product...

Ernie was whining because I took a few pictures to get the right shot (the white was overbearing) and he thought it was his ball

Happy Friday! 

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