Tiny Dancer

I have a toddler with a penchant for tutus and high heels. Last night as soon as she walked through the door she "greeted me" with the following demand: "Put on my Rapunzel dress."

Grace, you're cute, but a "May I please wear my Rapunzel dress" is in order.

She now has a collection of about five costume dress-up dresses that live only in our house. In other words, she can't wear them out of the house and demands to put one on as soon as she walks through the door. I know it's only a phase, but this one is intense! You don't want to see what happens when Grace can't put on a dress.

Grace in a tutu and high heels

Next on my to do list is to put furniture pads on the heels of my shoes so the click-clacking doesn't throw my husband into a floor protection rant (to me) every time.

No Carb Cheddar Mashed Cauliflower

'Tis the season for slow roasting on Sundays! As previously chronicled a few weeks ago with a post-roasted chicken feature involving a chicken soup, we were at it again this Sunday with another delicious roasted chicken using Ina Garten's Perfect Roast Chicken Recipe - I highly recommend it! My husband started a new diet recently and has been seriously cutting back on carbs. While Grace and I are proceeding "full carb ahead", or at least not excluding them entirely, we've enjoyed some of his no carb options as well.

Last night, in addition to the chicken and carrots, onions, and fennel that are included with the recipe, I also tried my hand at Cheddar Cauliflower Mashed "Potatoes". They were delicious. The recipe I linked to here was followed loosely, as I have a difficult time "just following the damn directions" as my husband says. Here was the gist of my approach:

  • Steam or boil chopped cauliflower for approx. 6 minutes
  • Drain and try to get out as much water as possible
  • Add cauliflower, 1 TBSP cream cheese, 1/4c parmesan cheese, 1 TBSP chicken broth, black pepper to taste to food processor (or blender in my case)
  • Puree (or puree most of the cauliflower, but leave some chunks to mash if you should so desire.)
  • Finally, top with cheddar cheese. (The recipe called for additional bacon, butter, and chives but I left these out and they were still delicious!)

Looking for a tried and true Roasted Chicken Recipe? Try this one.

Good morning Maine.

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6 Ways to Celebrate National Nachos Day

Today is November 6th and we have plenty of reason to celebrate. Forget election day, it's National Nachos Day! Don't believe me? See it's official.

To celebrate (and I will.) I'm offering up some amazing Nacho recipes from Pinterest. Which one looks the best?

Or maybe dessert nachos are more your speed?

I think I'll stick with the classic savory nachos, but I'm curious if you've ever tried to make any of these fancy looking dessert nachos?

How to Punch Up Your Look with a Touch of Pink

I love wearing black. This is no secret. I've actually warmed up to incorporating more color into my wardrobe lately, but still when I dress up, black is my go-to color of choice. I feel like it's the perfect palette to punch up a look with fun patterns and colors like you see below:

Like this set on Polyvore.

Would you wear it?

My #ModaVoxBox has arrived!

My Influenster ModaVoxBox is here and I can't wait to dig in to the make up!

As an aside, Influenster is a company that connects brands with digital influencers and provides free, themed boxes filled with goodies. Brands get to choose which influencers to work with based on a number of different self reported qualities/demographics/preferences about the influencer. If you want to learn more, I suggest you head on over and check out their About Us page.

Here's a look inside my ModaVoxBox:

Disclosure: I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.