Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Don't be intimidated, these are actually pretty simple to put together !


Buns - Yellow Cake Batter
Meat Patty - Brownie
Condiments - Frosting
French Fries - Sugar Cookies

You are more than welcome to make these from scratch. I decided the night before my boss's birthday that I was going to make them, so it saved a lot of time just grabbing the box mixes

Ingredients:
Brownies
Sugar Cookies
Yellow Cake
Frosting (red, green and orange/yellow)


Bake each product as directed

*Tip*
To get the actual bun looking muffin tops, I used an entire cake mix and poured it into a 12 cup muffin pan. This way, when baking, the dough rises and spreads out to look like an actual hamburger bun. If you don't want this look just make regular cupcakes/muffins and cut them in half

After the muffin/cake cups cooled, i just tore off the bottoms of all of them



For the brownies you just want to cut out circles that are around the same size as the "buns"

For the frosting, just add some color on top of the brownie and smoosh down the top bun




For the cookies, you just want to roll out the dough and cut strips. My strips ended up puffing out still while baking so once I took them out I just cut them again a few times to look like steak cut fries







11:36 AM Ashley
Don't be intimidated, these are actually pretty simple to put together !


Buns - Yellow Cake Batter
Meat Patty - Brownie
Condiments - Frosting
French Fries - Sugar Cookies

You are more than welcome to make these from scratch. I decided the night before my boss's birthday that I was going to make them, so it saved a lot of time just grabbing the box mixes

Ingredients:
Brownies
Sugar Cookies
Yellow Cake
Frosting (red, green and orange/yellow)


Bake each product as directed

*Tip*
To get the actual bun looking muffin tops, I used an entire cake mix and poured it into a 12 cup muffin pan. This way, when baking, the dough rises and spreads out to look like an actual hamburger bun. If you don't want this look just make regular cupcakes/muffins and cut them in half

After the muffin/cake cups cooled, i just tore off the bottoms of all of them



For the brownies you just want to cut out circles that are around the same size as the "buns"

For the frosting, just add some color on top of the brownie and smoosh down the top bun




For the cookies, you just want to roll out the dough and cut strips. My strips ended up puffing out still while baking so once I took them out I just cut them again a few times to look like steak cut fries







Monday, November 25, 2013

Quick and Easy lunch prep for the work week


Ingredients:
Spinach
Strawberrys (cut up)
Goat Cheese Crumbles
Raw Almonds
Strawberry Balsamic Dressing

You can prep the salad for up to 4 days ahead, but make sure to store the dressing in a small container to bring along with it. Here I used a 5 hour energy bottle after ripping off the label. That way the spinach doesn't get soggy and the salad tastes fresh!



For this lunch prep, add a hard boiled egg & a peanut butter Clif bar

*For more lunch/meal prep ideas CLICK HERE


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10:07 AM Ashley
Quick and Easy lunch prep for the work week


Ingredients:
Spinach
Strawberrys (cut up)
Goat Cheese Crumbles
Raw Almonds
Strawberry Balsamic Dressing

You can prep the salad for up to 4 days ahead, but make sure to store the dressing in a small container to bring along with it. Here I used a 5 hour energy bottle after ripping off the label. That way the spinach doesn't get soggy and the salad tastes fresh!



For this lunch prep, add a hard boiled egg & a peanut butter Clif bar

*For more lunch/meal prep ideas CLICK HERE


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Sunday, November 24, 2013



Help me celebrate reaching half a million viewers! I'll be giving away this oversized, hand-crafted infinite scarf to one person at the end of the week! To enter, visit any of my pages

FACEBOOK
PINTEREST
INSTAGRAM

and share/repost/like/repin my giveaway post, or any of your favorite previous posts with a link directing back to one of my pages :) You can enter on any social media site that I am on, you can access these sites by visiting my CONNECT tab above ^^

Who wants a free scarf ? :)


11:17 PM Ashley


Help me celebrate reaching half a million viewers! I'll be giving away this oversized, hand-crafted infinite scarf to one person at the end of the week! To enter, visit any of my pages

FACEBOOK
PINTEREST
INSTAGRAM

and share/repost/like/repin my giveaway post, or any of your favorite previous posts with a link directing back to one of my pages :) You can enter on any social media site that I am on, you can access these sites by visiting my CONNECT tab above ^^

Who wants a free scarf ? :)


Friday, November 22, 2013

Stray away from ordinary this season and give your loved ones some unique gifts


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1. POCKETPLUG
iPhone case with integrated plug

 ^You can purchase this item HERE 

2. Bluetooth Light Speaker
Portable stereo with LED lighting

 ^You can purchase this item HERE

3. Lotus Cat Tower
Because let's face it - a gift for your cat is a gift for you

 ^You can purchase this item HERE 

4. Armchair/Bookshelf
New age creative piece of furniture

 ^You can purchase this item HERE 

5. Van Toaster
For that hipster you know will love it

 ^You can purchase this item HERE 

6. Italian Globe Bar
16th century globe 

 ^You can purchase this item HERE

7. Shark Basket
For laundry or toys

 ^You can purchase this item HERE 

8. 357 Magnum Gun Hair Dryer
Yep, gifting this bad boy to myself

 ^You can purchase this item HERE 

9. Cactus Tiki Torch
Unique way for backyard lighting

 ^You can purchase this item HERE 

10. Sugar Skull Spoon
It's purpose is to look cool

 ^You can purchase this item HERE 

11. Kangaroo End Table
I am strangely obsessed with this piece

 ^You can purchase this item HERE 

12. Sky Panels for Ceiling
Make sure the weather is always beautiful with these

 ^You can purchase this item HERE 

13. Pug Mug
A mug only a pug mother would love

 ^You can purchase this item HERE 

14. Nerdy // EPIC Christmas Sweaters
Star Wars, TMNT, Pacman etc...

 ^You can purchase this item HERE 

15. Pokemon Panties
Gotta catch 'em all

 ^You can purchase this item HERE 

16. Unicorn & Horse Wedding Toppers
Unfortunately, we all have a friend that would die to have these

 ^You can purchase this item HERE 

17. Heated Foot Massager
Combines japanese acupuncture + heat therapy

 ^You can purchase this item HERE 

18. Polaroid Toilet Paper
Instant Relief

 ^You can purchase this item HERE 

19. Skull Hand Head Band
It's advertised for Halloween, but it's cool enough for the entire year

 ^You can purchase this item HERE 

20. White Marble Duvet Set
Keepin' it classy

 ^You can purchase this item HERE 



If your little ones are misbehaving, have them call Santa 
(yes, it works)



11:56 AM Ashley
Stray away from ordinary this season and give your loved ones some unique gifts


^^ "Like" on Facebook for updates, tips & tricks

1. POCKETPLUG
iPhone case with integrated plug

 ^You can purchase this item HERE 

2. Bluetooth Light Speaker
Portable stereo with LED lighting

 ^You can purchase this item HERE

3. Lotus Cat Tower
Because let's face it - a gift for your cat is a gift for you

 ^You can purchase this item HERE 

4. Armchair/Bookshelf
New age creative piece of furniture

 ^You can purchase this item HERE 

5. Van Toaster
For that hipster you know will love it

 ^You can purchase this item HERE 

6. Italian Globe Bar
16th century globe 

 ^You can purchase this item HERE

7. Shark Basket
For laundry or toys

 ^You can purchase this item HERE 

8. 357 Magnum Gun Hair Dryer
Yep, gifting this bad boy to myself

 ^You can purchase this item HERE 

9. Cactus Tiki Torch
Unique way for backyard lighting

 ^You can purchase this item HERE 

10. Sugar Skull Spoon
It's purpose is to look cool

 ^You can purchase this item HERE 

11. Kangaroo End Table
I am strangely obsessed with this piece

 ^You can purchase this item HERE 

12. Sky Panels for Ceiling
Make sure the weather is always beautiful with these

 ^You can purchase this item HERE 

13. Pug Mug
A mug only a pug mother would love

 ^You can purchase this item HERE 

14. Nerdy // EPIC Christmas Sweaters
Star Wars, TMNT, Pacman etc...

 ^You can purchase this item HERE 

15. Pokemon Panties
Gotta catch 'em all

 ^You can purchase this item HERE 

16. Unicorn & Horse Wedding Toppers
Unfortunately, we all have a friend that would die to have these

 ^You can purchase this item HERE 

17. Heated Foot Massager
Combines japanese acupuncture + heat therapy

 ^You can purchase this item HERE 

18. Polaroid Toilet Paper
Instant Relief

 ^You can purchase this item HERE 

19. Skull Hand Head Band
It's advertised for Halloween, but it's cool enough for the entire year

 ^You can purchase this item HERE 

20. White Marble Duvet Set
Keepin' it classy

 ^You can purchase this item HERE 



If your little ones are misbehaving, have them call Santa 
(yes, it works)



Sunday, November 17, 2013


Pillsbury Croissant Wheels filled with Buffalo Chicken & Bleu Cheese

Great finger food for a casual get together or game day



Ingredients:
1 Cup Chicken (shredded, or diced up)
1/2 Cup Bleu Cheese Crumbles
1/2 Cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese
1/2 Cup Buffalo Sauce
1 Pillsbury Croissant Tube
Parchment Paper

*This will make about 12 good-sized "bites"*

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F


Dice up your chicken if it has not already been done



Combine chicken, sauce, and cheeses in a mixing bowl

On Parchment paper, lay out the croissant roll, and pinch together the seams
*This is an important step, make sure you flip it and enforce both sides



Spread the mixture over the dough, and spread out in a thin layer

Roll up the tortilla, and try to make it tight

Refrigerate for 15-20 minutes


Cut 1 1/2 inch pieces and place on parchment paper over a baking sheet

Cook for approx. 15 minutes (times will vary) at 400 degrees F

Let cool for 2 minutes, and serve with bleu cheese dressing


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1:41 PM Ashley

Pillsbury Croissant Wheels filled with Buffalo Chicken & Bleu Cheese

Great finger food for a casual get together or game day



Ingredients:
1 Cup Chicken (shredded, or diced up)
1/2 Cup Bleu Cheese Crumbles
1/2 Cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese
1/2 Cup Buffalo Sauce
1 Pillsbury Croissant Tube
Parchment Paper

*This will make about 12 good-sized "bites"*

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F


Dice up your chicken if it has not already been done



Combine chicken, sauce, and cheeses in a mixing bowl

On Parchment paper, lay out the croissant roll, and pinch together the seams
*This is an important step, make sure you flip it and enforce both sides



Spread the mixture over the dough, and spread out in a thin layer

Roll up the tortilla, and try to make it tight

Refrigerate for 15-20 minutes


Cut 1 1/2 inch pieces and place on parchment paper over a baking sheet

Cook for approx. 15 minutes (times will vary) at 400 degrees F

Let cool for 2 minutes, and serve with bleu cheese dressing


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Beanies are huge this season, so I'm going to let you all in on my little secret. As we all know, when products are "trending" the price sky rockets. For something as simple as a beanie, it's pretty ridiculous to pay anything over 10 bucks for one. However, to get that slouchy look, you usually are charged more...until now :)

I buy my beanies off of amazon ( like this one HERE for less than 2 bucks )

In the picture they look slouchy....but they aren't. That is why they are so cheap, nobody buys them. HOWEVER, it's super easy to make a beanie loose and slouchy

All you do is::

run it under HOT water
ring it out
STRETCH it out, from the rim to the tip
place over a vase, or upside down lampshade to dry

*I like to try mine on after stretching it even though it's wet so I can decide if I like it or should keep going

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1:55 AM Ashley

Beanies are huge this season, so I'm going to let you all in on my little secret. As we all know, when products are "trending" the price sky rockets. For something as simple as a beanie, it's pretty ridiculous to pay anything over 10 bucks for one. However, to get that slouchy look, you usually are charged more...until now :)

I buy my beanies off of amazon ( like this one HERE for less than 2 bucks )

In the picture they look slouchy....but they aren't. That is why they are so cheap, nobody buys them. HOWEVER, it's super easy to make a beanie loose and slouchy

All you do is::

run it under HOT water
ring it out
STRETCH it out, from the rim to the tip
place over a vase, or upside down lampshade to dry

*I like to try mine on after stretching it even though it's wet so I can decide if I like it or should keep going

^^ "Like" on Facebook for updates, tips & tricks

If you never go
You'll never know
If you can't let go
You'll never grow




12:22 AM Ashley
If you never go
You'll never know
If you can't let go
You'll never grow




Sunday, November 10, 2013



I've spent months searching for a deep purple end table for my living room, and couldn't find anything that was reasonably priced. 

When I saw this table at Goodwill, I also noticed that all furniture was half off that day. So I figured I would give the whole upcycle thing a try, and worst case scenario I only wasted 3 bucks on this table.

I am so happy with how it turned out I think upcycling may become a new obsession real quick. I originally had planned to leave it matte versus glossy but apparently I purchased the wrong finishing glaze...however, it worked out for the best.

I began by washing it down and super gluing the loose pieces together

The top of this table was cracked and coarse, so I took a sander to it to smooth things out



I didn't have primer at the time, so I just used my Titanium White acrylic paint for a base ( 2 coats )
*I let each coat dry for 24 throughout this process



The purple was also an acrylic color, and I applied it with a cheap little sponge brush tool
*4-5 coats of purple



Finally I finished it off with a clear finishing spray (remember to double check the can, like I said I didn't know this can had a glossy finish until I applied it)




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10:56 AM Ashley


I've spent months searching for a deep purple end table for my living room, and couldn't find anything that was reasonably priced. 

When I saw this table at Goodwill, I also noticed that all furniture was half off that day. So I figured I would give the whole upcycle thing a try, and worst case scenario I only wasted 3 bucks on this table.

I am so happy with how it turned out I think upcycling may become a new obsession real quick. I originally had planned to leave it matte versus glossy but apparently I purchased the wrong finishing glaze...however, it worked out for the best.

I began by washing it down and super gluing the loose pieces together

The top of this table was cracked and coarse, so I took a sander to it to smooth things out



I didn't have primer at the time, so I just used my Titanium White acrylic paint for a base ( 2 coats )
*I let each coat dry for 24 throughout this process



The purple was also an acrylic color, and I applied it with a cheap little sponge brush tool
*4-5 coats of purple



Finally I finished it off with a clear finishing spray (remember to double check the can, like I said I didn't know this can had a glossy finish until I applied it)




^^ "Like" on Facebook for updates, tips & tricks



Sunday, November 3, 2013


This recipe is nothing short of amazing. When prepared in a slow cooker, the chicken stays tender and moist versus overcooked and dry. This is my favorite chicken recipe yet...and it is SO EASY

Supplies Needed:
Crock Pot/Slow Cooker
4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
1 bottle Catalina dressing
1 can cranberry sauce
1 envelope onion soup mix


(optional side)
Chedder Jalapeno Diced Potatoes
2-4 red potatoes
cheddar cheese
olive oil
diced jalapenos
cayenne pepper



Being by combining all of the ingredients in a bowl


Place the chicken breasts at the bottom of the crock pot


Pour the mixture over the chicken breasts, and cook on low for 5 hours
(or at least check them at 5 hours, can be left in for up to 6 hours)


When ready to serve, pour an extra spoonful of the sauce over the chicken



For the Potatoes:

Peel and dice up the potatoes
Place in a large zip loc bag
Pour in 1/2 C olive oil
Handful of diced jalapenos
Cayenne pepper

Close the baggy and shake up everything inside
Let the potatoes sit in the fridge for one hour

To prepare,
pour baggy out into a skillet
cook on medium for about 10 minutes flipping occasionally
Cover skillet with tinfoil throughout process

For the last minute, sprinkle the cheddar cheese on top




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11:29 AM Ashley

This recipe is nothing short of amazing. When prepared in a slow cooker, the chicken stays tender and moist versus overcooked and dry. This is my favorite chicken recipe yet...and it is SO EASY

Supplies Needed:
Crock Pot/Slow Cooker
4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
1 bottle Catalina dressing
1 can cranberry sauce
1 envelope onion soup mix


(optional side)
Chedder Jalapeno Diced Potatoes
2-4 red potatoes
cheddar cheese
olive oil
diced jalapenos
cayenne pepper



Being by combining all of the ingredients in a bowl


Place the chicken breasts at the bottom of the crock pot


Pour the mixture over the chicken breasts, and cook on low for 5 hours
(or at least check them at 5 hours, can be left in for up to 6 hours)


When ready to serve, pour an extra spoonful of the sauce over the chicken



For the Potatoes:

Peel and dice up the potatoes
Place in a large zip loc bag
Pour in 1/2 C olive oil
Handful of diced jalapenos
Cayenne pepper

Close the baggy and shake up everything inside
Let the potatoes sit in the fridge for one hour

To prepare,
pour baggy out into a skillet
cook on medium for about 10 minutes flipping occasionally
Cover skillet with tinfoil throughout process

For the last minute, sprinkle the cheddar cheese on top




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