Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Making That "Good Walk" A Little Less Spoiled

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #WhenImHungry #CollectiveBias

Some of you might have heard my favorite Mark Twain quote before: "Golf is a good walk spoiled."  Well, sometimes, I have to admit, I agree with Mr. Twain.  For those of you who might not know, I've been a golfer almost all of my life (21 of the 26 years, to be exact).  While I love being outside and smacking the golf ball as far as I can, even I have to admit that some days on the golf course can feel a bit longer than I'd like.  Maybe it's because I'm not playing that well, or sometimes it's just really hot outside, or it could be because that group in front of us is moving way too slowly.  In any case, the only reason any of these things actually get to me is because I'm SO HUNGRY.  

When I'm hungry, I am not myself.  (Just ask my husband.)  Drives go to the left and right, my mind wanders, and I can't possibly concentrate for enough time to line up a putt.  You know what helps?  A SNICKERS® as one of my golf bag essentials.

Rounds of golf, even at their quickest, are close to four hours.  Recently I discovered SNICKERS "2 To Go," which is perfect when I'm playing 18 holes, so I can have one midway through each my front nine and back nine.  

Have you tried the SNICKERS Almond, Xtreme, or Peanut Butter?  All three come in these awesome multi-packs.  My favorite is definitely the Xtreme, which is all peanuts and caramel (no nougat) - amazing!

Did you know that you burn 400 calories per hour playing golf and carrying your golf bag?  Yeah, it's awesome, and totally worth the trip to Walmart on the way to the course to get an Xtreme with 10 grams of protein to keep me moving all day.

Enter the SNICKERS® "Who are you when you're hungry" contest by uploading a personal photo or video from your computer, Facebook, Instagram, or use the SNICKERS® Meme Generator to create something new.  Voting begins at noon on May 11, 2015 and ends at 11:59:59AM EST on July 15, 2015.  You can also see more great SNICKERS® recipes and fun stories on the SNICKERS® social hub.  Speaking of fun stories, ever shared a SNICKERS with a gator?

Have you tried any of the other SNICKERS flavors?  
Do you love SNICKERS commercials as much as I do?  My favorite is Brady Brunch one, for sure!

Monday, March 30, 2015

Things Go Better With Coke (Like Basketball and Ice Cream)

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser.  All opinions are mine alone.  #FinalFourPack #CollectiveBias.  Coca-Cola is a corporate champion of the NCAA.  Messaging below is intended for ages 21+and is intended to be enjoyed responsibly, in moderation.

Moving down to South Carolina last year, 2015 is our first NCAA® March Madness out of our home state of Connecticut.  Unfortunately, our beloved Huskies did not make the men's tournament this year (go ladies!), but, as always, we are still loving the madness.

A couple of months ago, we joined a kickball team with other twenty-somethings in the area.  To our surprise, the entire team was made up of people who also had moved to Charleston within the last year.  Our teammates were from all over: Pennsylvania, Oregon, Virginia, Indiana, Georgia, and we all have one thing in common (besides our passion for kickball): love for our college teams.  Many of their teams made it into NCAA® March Madness this year, so we decided to host a little get together for the Sweet Sixteen, featuring ice cream floats made with Coca-Cola NCAA® Final Four Pack available at Walmart at center court.

With Charleston's warm weather this time of year, a float bar was the perfect idea to keep our guests refreshed and taste test the three different flavors that are available in four packs from Walmart: Coke Zero, Cherry Coke, and Vanilla Coke.

I also busted out my baking skills and made cookies with chocolate candies to match everyone's favorite teams' colors (even if most of them were already knocked out of the tourney by the Sweet Sixteen haha) and basketball brownie pops.  To add a little variety, I put together a vegetable tray shaped like a basketball to round out the theme. 

Our guests loved the floats, and if we were having our own NCAA® March Madness of Coke flavors, the winner would definitely have been Cherry Coke.  I, personally, liked it mixed with chocolate ice cream and a shot of rum.

Want to make your own Coca-Cola float bar?  All you need is:
- Ice-cold Coca-Cola NCAA® Final Four Pack available at Walmart cans in Coke Zero, Vanilla Coke, and Cherry Coke
- Quarts of your favorite ice cream
- Adult beverages of your choice (we chose vodka, tequila, and rum)
- Sprinkles and crushed candy pieces to add in and show off your favorite team's colors

Get your paws (or wings or fins or hands or whatever you college mascot has) on your own Coca-Cola NCAA® Final Four Pack available at Walmart and host your own party for the this weekend!  Coke Zero, Cherry Coke, and Vanilla Coke Four Packs are available for 4 for $5 or 2 for $3 in certain areas of the country at your local Walmart.

You can also enter the National Coke Zero Final Four Selfie contest.  Upload a selfie with a Coca-Cola product on the site below, and be entered to win 2016 NCAA Final Four tickets.  Afterwards, you can go on the site and find your selfies and see all of the others!
Coca Cola #FinalFourPack Walmart Sweepstakes - $1,000 in Prizing

Can't get enough of @CokeZero?  Check them out on Pinterest, Instagram and Facebook.  There's the original, too: @CocaCola on Twitter can also be found on Pinterest, Instagram, and Facebook!
  • Who are you rooting for during this year's NCAA® March Madness? 
  • What's your favorite Coca-Cola flavor?

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Navy, mint, peach, and magenta - springtime favorites

Spring has finally sprung in Charleston!  I am loving the weather and seeing all of the trees in bloom.  After hitting up the Loft Outlet last month, Kate mentioned going to the J Crew recently.  Because I love her sense of style (and a good bargain), I decided to check out if there was one near me.  Sure enough, in the same outlet mall where I found Loft, there is a J Crew. So. Excited.  And that's how this month's OOTM came to be...
Three-quarter Sleeve Blouse in Navy
Skinny Jean in Medium Wash
Floral Clusters Necklace
Ankle boots (similar)
Bracelet (similar)
Essie polish in "big spender" (lol)
Earrings from a Claire's set like this (don't judge, we've talked about this)

My favorite piece is definitely that necklace.  I saw it and thought it was perfect because it has ever single color I wear constantly (and have bought for OOTM over the last year): peach (here), mint (here and here), navy (here and here), and magenta (here).  No, I didn't, but I could have worn it just about every day at the Network Meeting.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Wedding Wednesday: Family & Bridal Party Portraits

Welcome back to Wedding Wednesday!  Thanks so much to all of the ladies who consistency link up each and every week, and thank you to all of you who read and comment on these posts.  Please remember that Wedding Wednesday is open to any blogger!  Share a wedding recap post like Elizabeth, inspiration for your upcoming wedding like Rachael, workout tips for brides like Alex, or even a favorite tv or movie wedding like Lauren.  No matter what your inspiration is, Macy and I would love to see it!

As for my wedding updates, I left off with our receiving line, and now it was time for more photos!  We did separate photos before the ceremony, but wanted to have photos together at both our ceremony and reception venues.  Before we hopped in the limos, we took our family and bridal party photos in front of the beautiful ivy of Fenwick Hall.  We even had a chance to sneak back into the chapel to take a couple of photos as husband and wife.

Taylors and Dohertys

Our whole bridal party
Steps of the chapel

We also took our thank you card photo inside the chapel.

Click here to see a full list of all of our wedding posts, and now it's your turn: share your own post with Macy and me for our weekly Wedding Wednesday linkup below:

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Chicken Parmesan Calzone

When I started this blog, I had no idea what I was doing.  (Okay, I still usually don't know haha.)  I wrote a lot of recipes, but didn't exactly take the best photos: Example A.  I often go back to my Recipe Index and use it as a cookbook.  A few recipes in particular just make my stomach turn with their quality, so I thought I'd go back and add new photos.  While I did that to recipes like my Buffalo Chicken Dip, my calzone and pepperoni bread recipe post was beyond repair.  Look out for a future pepperoni bread-redo post.  We love making breads and calzones, and if you live in the South, Publix has fantastic refrigerated dough!  These are fantastic to slice thin for parties or just have for dinner.
1 refrigerated pizza dough
flour for dusting surfaces
3 breaded chicken patties
1/2 cup pizza sauce
1/4 pound (a few slices) provolone cheese
1 cup mozzarella cheese
optional: 1/2 cup ricotta cheese for extra cheesy flavor
1 egg
Non-stick cooking spray

- Before preparation, take the pizza dough out of the refrigerator, place in a bowl, and let rise under a warm cloth for a half hour.
- When ready to make, preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
- Place the 3 chicken patties on a microwave-safe plate and cook according to microwave instructions (For Perdue, it was 3 minutes on high.).  Let cool slightly and then slice into 1/2 inch wide strips.
- Roll out the pizza dough into an oval.
- Spread the pizza sauce, then provolone cheese, chicken strips, and mozzarella cheese (and ricotta, if you choose) onto the pizza dough, leaving 2 inches around each edge for easy folding.
- Fold the dough in thirds with the seam on top.
- Scramble the egg and paint egg wash in seams to help seal the dough.
- Line the baking tin with cooking spray and flip the calzone over onto the tray so that the seams are all facing down.
- Egg wash the entire top of the calzone.
- Bake for 30 minutes.
- After done baking, let the calzone rest for at least 10 minutes to help it set.
- Cut into slices and enjoy!
And there you have it!  Add my favorite salad (here's the recipe I shared last week) and you have a fantastic meal.  You can check out my favorite salad here!

Monday, March 23, 2015

Weekend (and Bracket) Busted

But let's be real, whose bracket isn't busted?! Moving on...

Friday afternoon, Mike and I snuck in 18 holes of golf.  I tried very hard to take a few photos on the course for this week's Scavenger Hunt Sunday, but we got hooked up with a nice guy and I ended up taking $10 from him in a match on the back nine - whoops.  I did, however, get time to capture: "what I did today" and "green."

Saturday, we headed downtown to watch some basketball at The Alley with some of our kickball teammates, and spent the afternoon soaking up the sun.  Gillian came over at night, and we had a fantastic blogger sesh with Mike's makes-you-fuzzy navels.

On Sunday I worked all day at a Kids Fair, and came home to crash on the couch with delicious ravioli made by Mike and tons of tv catch up: SNL, Revenge, and, of course, bedtime 30 Rock.

Well, that's it!  This week is shaping up to be great, too.  I'm heading over to meet Jillian's new addition, Miss Violet, with Shelby after work, and a double date night back to The Alley with Erika and her husband on Wednesday is sure to be a lot of fun!

Sharing this weekend for Weekend Recap, Weekending, and Monday Madness!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Snack Better with DOVE® Fruit

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser.  All opinions are mine alone.  #LoveDoveFruits #CollectiveBias
It's March; remember those New Year's Resolutions we made way back at the beginning of 2015?  Who else cheated on that "better eating" one with Valentine's Day... and Fat Tuesday... and that Friday date night... and that occasional Monday when work was just the worst?  Yeah, me too.

Well, I have the perfect indulgence for you tonight that won't break all that good you did today.  It all starts with DOVE® Fruit's whole cherries dipped in creamy DOVE® dark chocolate and makes a great single-serve dessert filled with calcium and protein: Chocolate Covered Cherry Parfaits.

Walking anywhere near the candy aisle is usually never a good idea, but at Walmart, it's next to the card aisle.  I had (kidding!!) to buy Mike a birthday card earlier this month, so obviously my eyes wandered.  Luckily, DOVE® Fruit was right on the end of the aisle.  Apparently I'm not the only one excited for the whole cherries, because there were only two packages left in the entire section!  Sorry, blueberries and cranberries.

Now onto the Chocolate Covered Cherry Parfaits.  All you need are three ingredients:
- a handful (8 or so) DOVE® Fruit whole cherries dipped in creamy DOVE® dark chocolate
- 1/2 cup lowfat vanilla yogurt
- 1 full chocolate graham cracker sheet

I made my parfait with two layers yogurt surrounded by three layers of graham cracker crumbs and crushed DOVE® Fruit Cherries.  It was delicious!

Okay, now let's be real, DOVE® Fruit is also wonderful on its own.  Grab a handful and it's definitely a better-for-you indulgence to keep your sweet tooth in check!

You can see more great DOVE® Fruit recipe ideas on the DOVE® Fruit social hub!  You can also download a coupon here to save on your own DOVE® Fruit purchase!

Happy Snacking!! 

How have you been snacking better in the new year?  Have you tried any flavors of DOVE® Fruit yet?

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