Menu Monday – Favorite Desserts Spotted on Pinterest

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So we’re currently galavanting around the Michigan countryside, so no need for our usual Menu Monday post.

Instead, I thought I would gather my favorite, drool-worthy dessert recipes from Pinterest.  I’ve made all of these myself, and can attest to the Yummy Factor of these recipes!

Homemade Hostess Cupcakes from BrownEyed Baker

Homemade Hostess Cupcakes – Recipe from

I made these cupcakes for the first time for an Olympics Opening Ceremony party.  There are MANY steps to this, but the payoff was absolutely delicious!  I’m definitely making these again the next time there’s an ‘Merica themed party!!

Mint Oreo Ice Cream Cake from Life, Love Sugar

Mint Oreo Brownie Ice Cream Cake – Recipe from

I was so intimidated when my husband said, for his birthday, he’d like a homemade ice cream cake!  I had never made one before.  When I found this recipe on Pinterest, I thought it looked easy enough.  So right!!  And the combo of brownie and Oreo was so yummy!

Buckeyes from Cooks Country

Homemade Buckeye Candies – From

Unfortunately, like most Cook’s Illustrated & Cook’s Country recipes, you must be a “subscriber” to access them…. so obnoxious. This recipe is similar.  Anyway, these Buckeyes are so delicious!! I make a huge batch of these for the holidays, or when my husband wants a tasty treat.  I keep these in the freezer when it’s just us consuming them.  They’re actually really good frozen!  Plus, since  I’m from Ohio, these make my heart smile.

Martha Stewart's Angel Food Cake

Angel Food Cake – From Martha Stewart

I am a sucker for Angel Food Cake.  I love the light, airy texture.  Not to mention the fact that it’s fat free.  I make a simple sauce with strawberries, and drizzle over top of the cake.  I usually just make an angel food cake from a box (always a winner!) but decided to try a good ol’ Martha Stewart version, just for kicks.  It was fab!! Now, in a pinch, the box version works as an easy dessert!  But if you’re wanting to roll up your sleeves and make one from scratch, try this one!  (I didn’t make the elderberry sauce the recipe describes.  Please, Martha Stewart – where does one find elderberries when you don’t live in Maine?)

I’ll be back to the regular Menu Monday next week.  In the meantime, if you’re looking for other yummy dessert recipes, check out my Desserts Pinterest board!

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30 Outfits 30 Days Challenge | Wrap Up

Style Challenge 30 Outfits in 30 Days | Cup of Tea blogView the other 30 Outfits 30 Days Challenge PostsIntroduction | Week 1 | Week 2 | Week 3 | Week 4 | Week 5

Here we are!  Recapping the last 30 day’s outfits for the 30 Outfits in 30 Days Challenge!  Can’t believe it’s over.  If you’re not sure what’s up, you can read more here.  But, long story short: I chose 30 items from my closet, and challenged myself to make 30 unique outfits for the next 30 days!

Thank you all for traveling along with me, sharing outfit suggestions, and offering words of encouragement!  This has been such fun, hasn’t it?

If you’d like to join me for a Fall Edition of 30 Outfits in 30 Days, mark your calendar for October!!  Details to come.

I thought it would be fun to do my usual recap, but thinking about the last 30 days!

Most Worn Item | If I was going on purely numbers, it would be the wedge stripes, at 12 wears!  But, to be fair, I had to wear shoes every day…. so most worn short sleeve shirt was my J Crew sleeveless tank (3 wears).  Most worn long sleeve shirt was my LOFT stripe shirt (5 wears).  Most worn bottom were the pink shorts (8 wears)!  Most worn outerwear (summer outwear, anyway) was the Target Navy Blazer (5 wears).  Most worn accessory were the striped wedges from Target (12 wears), followed closely by the flower necklace from Forever 21 (11 wears!).

Least Worn Item | I was SHOCKED to see it was my cream floral cardigan from Anthropologie.  I didn’t wear it AT ALL the entire 30 days.  I thought I wore that all the time!  Apparently not the case.  The cardigan was followed closely by the white t-shirt from Target and the striped dress from Old Navy with just 1 wear apiece.  Not too shocked about the white t shirt, but the striped dress!  Crazy.

Favorite Outfit | There are quite a few that I just loved!! But the official honor may need to go to Day 14.  I loved the pink shirt with the pink shorts.  The floral statement necklace looked great with it, and you could easily dress it up with the blazer and wedges, or keep it casual without the jacket and a pair of sandals.  Loved it!

Least Favorite Outfit | I don’t have an entire least favorite outfit.  Instead I have a least favorite item – it’s the chambray camp shirt.  I’m shocked I’m even saying this!  Even though it’s the exact same shirt as the gingham one, I just didn’t like it.  It didn’t look as nice on, it seemed kind of blah… maybe I need to buy a pair of patterned shorts and wear them together!

The Challenge Surprise | I think this is what a challenge like this is supposed to teach you, but I learned I can get by without so many clothes.  I already mentioned I didn’t even wear one item the entire 30 days! It taught me to be smart the next time I want to purchase something.  And if I’ve found a great outfit, challenge myself to make a few more, so I don’t get stuck in a rut.  A second mini surprise is that I love the brighter colors!  I’ve always loved bright, but wearing bright on bright was a new thing for me, and I loved that :)

Hardest Thing About The Challenge| Besides the obvious “making outfits towards the end of the challenge”, it was definitely just being comfortable enough to take my picture and put it out there. On days when I was sick or didn’t feel like getting 100% dolled up to take the picture, I still took it, and put it out there for the world to see.  I’m proud of myself for that.

Tip for Someone Wanting to Do Their Own Challenge | The easiest thing for me was, when I was up for it, I took multiple outfit pictures in one day.  That way, if I was having a super busy day, or we were out of town, I wouldn’t be stressed out about taking that day’s OOTD picture.  Plus, I could then work on the blog post in advance.  I just wished I had started doing that earlier in the challenge! I figured this out by, like, Day 20.

So below are all 30 Outfits (can you tell I got better at taking pictures/editing them as time went on??)

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Thanks again for joining me these last 30 days!!!  What a hoot!  And if you’re game, I’ll see you in October for another 30 Outfits 30 Day Challenge!

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Menu Monday – Favorite Make Ahead Meals

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Today isn’t our typical Menu Monday. I’m currently out of town, in Michigan, preparing for my sister’s wedding!!! I’m so excited for her.  It’s been a blast hanging out with my family, enjoying some time together.

My husband is currently holding down the fort, and will be joining us on Thursday.  Before I left, I created a menu, of sorts, so he could remember to eat.  He’s amazing – when no one is home, he actually FORGETS to eat.  I wish I had that kind of will power.

He’s definitely picking up some of his favorite take out items, like Chubby’s yummy burritos (massive and cheap as chips!), an Enzo’s pizza (he loves the bruschetta pizza) and his favorite Thai food.  But here are some of my favorite make-ahead meals that are currently sitting in the fridge.

Vegetarian Meatballs – I actually made several batches of these meatballs, so we could have them for dinner later on.  I reserved half a batch for him to eat.  They are already in a small casserole dish, in the fridge.  I also pre-mixed the sauce so he can add it.  It should be enough for one dinner and leftovers the next day!

Black Bean & Butternut Squash Enchiladas – these can be made in advance and can sit in the fridge, without the sauce, for a few days!  I haven’t tried freezing them, but I’m sure that would work!  I made the full recipe, because he would eat this every day, if he could.

Greek Tortellini Salad – this recipe makes A LOT of salad, so I halved the recipe so it was manageable for one person.

Spicy Basil Tofu – tofu based Thai dishes hold up well in the fridge.  Make the rice ahead as well for an easy reheat meal!

Need more ideas for dinner?  Follow my Pinterest board – it’s where I save all of my dinner inspiration and tested recipes!

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Hey Hey! It’s Friday!

TGIF!  I’m currently working my TAIL off, as a personal slave to my mother, as we prep for a Bridal Shower for my sister on Sunday.  But you know what?? I’m having a blast :)

Here’s what I was up to this week:

1. We spent the weekend up in Virginia Beach with my in-laws.  We had a fabulous time!!  We went to the Aquarium, hung out with family, had a date night (sans babies) with my sister-in-law and her husband, and took Elizabeth to the beach for her first toe dip in the ocean.  She cried…. this was expected.  After we dined al fresco, and she recovered.

2. I’m not sure if going out of town JUST prior to me leaving for two weeks was a blessing or a curse.  On the one hand, I basically did laundry, then repacked my suitcase.  That was handy!  But I felt like I lost a few days of work to prep being gone for 2 weeks.  Oh well!

3. My husband and I celebrated our 7 year anniversary on Tuesday!  We had planned to eat out that evening to celebrate, but that morning I wanted to go out for breakfast.  My husband looked a little disappointed and asked “But I thought we were going to dinner tonight?”, to which I replied “I want to do both!”.  Milk the out to eats while I can :)

4. Elizabeth and I had a pretty easy flight up to Michigan!  It went very smooth.  Fingers crossed its that simple on the way back home.

5. On a blog related note, I’ve written many blog posts that will go out over the next few weeks.  So don’t worry!! I’m not 100% disappearing :)  Did you see this week’s birthday wishlist or outfits I packed posts?  I also finished the last 6 days of the 30 Outfits in 30 Days Challenge!!! Woohoo!  Stay tuned Tuesday for a recap of all 30 outfits.  I was pretty chuffed when I saw them all together.

Let me know what you’ve been up to in the comments below!  Have a great weekend!

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30 Outfits 30 Days Challenge | Day 25-30 Recap


View the other 30 Outfits 30 Days Challenge Posts| IntroductionWeek 1 | Week 2 | Week 3 | Week 4

It’s hard to believe this is it for the 30 Outfits in 30 Days Challenge! I’m all done!  And I’m so proud of myself.

If you’re not sure what’s up, you can read more here.  But, long story short: I chose 30 items from my closet, and challenged myself to make 30 unique outfits for the next 30 days!

I’ll do a thorough wrap up on Tuesday, but, for now, let’s recap the final 6 outfits!

I had 2 “New to Me” outfits this week – outfit 2 and 5.  I was trying to squeeze in one more look with that lace shirt, and just decided to put the blue dress over it.  It photographs fine!  In person, though, with the extra bulk, I looked a little squishy.  But I’d definitely wear that look again!

Here are my thoughts from this week’s outfits.

Most Worn Item | Looks like it was my statement necklace!  Wore it with 4 different outfits.  I need to buy more necklaces like that.  It’s so easy to kick up an outfit a notch!

Favorite Outfit | I really like outfit 1 this time! It was really comfy.  In fact, I wore it on the plane yesterday when I was traveling.

Least Favorite Outfit | I feel like outfit 4 was same old, same old.  Nothing wrong with it!  Just, towards the end of the challenge, it looks repetitive.

This Week’s Surprise |  I miss my handbags!!! Being limited to just two (my dressier Kate Spade and then my Skip Hop Duo French Stripe Diaper Bag) is kind of boring.

Hardest Thing About This Week | Phew, these last few days were hard, coming up with unique outfits.  I’ve got some new clothes I purchased JUST when I started this challenge that I’m itching to start wearing.

Alright, on to the last 6 outfits! Below are each day’s outfits, along with links for each item OR a similar item.  20140715-083028-30628528.jpgOutfits: From L to R, Top Row

1. Cardigan (Similar); Top (Old, Similar); Jeans; Wedges; Necklace (Similar)
2. Dress (Old, Similar); Lace Top (Similar); Sandals; Necklace (Similar)
3. Blazer; Top (Similar); Skirt; Wedges (Similar); Necklace (Similar)
4. Jacket (Similar); Shirt (Similar); ShortsSandals
5. Top (Similar); Skirt (Similar); Wedges
6. Blazer; Top (Similar); JeansWedges; Necklace (Similar); Bag (Similar)

Stay tuned next Tuesday for a wrap up of the entire 30 days!

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