Do This For a Million Dollars

65 degrees at 7am!? I felt like we were seeing signs of fall — Hope I didn’t wish it upon us! I woke up “late” today because we were out celebrating Adam’s grandma’s Birthday!

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We had dinner at Montmartre, an adorable french bistro that gave us prime seating on the patio.

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Home grown herbs surrounded the patio and everything smelled so fresh.

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I opted for “Le Burger”. This was my first time eating red meat in 2 years and I think i picked a pretty tasty option to kick it off.

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Burger with melted brie, peppercorn sauce and a side of pommes frites. There were also appetizers, wine & dessert which means I should have been at the gym this morning but hey – sometimes sleep is more important.

I woke up this morning with a craving for a smoothie. I’m still loving these blueberry cheesecake protein smoothies!

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Tonight I have a dentist appointment, a manicure AND a massage on my to do list for after work… Guess it’s going to be another long night! Today is our Friday and we’re off to the Hampton’s tomorrow for more birthday celebrations.

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I was recently speaking to some women at work about things we would and wouldn’t do for a million dollars. Here are some of the scenarios:

Would you eat a moldy sandwich? Yes

Would you give up television for the rest of your life? As long as I have the internet.

Would you go on a bread and water diet for 3 years? 3 years? No. 3 months…yes.

Would you never eat meat again? Absolutely. Although that burger was delicious..

Would you move to another country permanently? It must be a country whose primary language you can’t speak. No way. I can barely live 3 hours from my family in a state that speaks my language.

Would you live the rest of your life 250 pounds overweight? A 250 pound overweight millionaire? No thanks.

Would you tattoo your forehead? Never.

Would you have all of your teeth pulled? No, I have nightmares of this!!

Would you camp out in a bikini in the middle of December in NYC for 24 hours? Sure, why not!?

 

Which one of these things would or wouldn’t you do for 1 million dollars?

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Standard Grandma Foods

This past weekend I set out to Maryland for a bachelorette party, Mother’s Day & hopes of meeting my new baby cousin. All 3 were a success! Sleeping, was not…but hey I can sleep when I’m 90.

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When we go to Maryland, we usually stay with my Grandma since she has plenty of extra space and I can’t help but taste test everything she has out for “snacks”. Since Adam and I don’t keep these items in our house (we can’t be trusted), I know I can indulge when I’m at Grandma’s. There are a few things I can always count on being in her house.

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Ice Cream: That is literally her freezer. Nothing else.

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Pretzel M&M’s: Yes, I did finish off the bowl.

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King Size Candy Bars: I don’t know how she can have these in her fridge and not touch them!?

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Snapple Peach Tea: This one is for the boys — They drink 3 in a sitting. #animals

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Kettle Cooked Chips: This is always served with Helluva Good French Onion Dip

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Sugary Cereals: Bring me back to my childhood days ❤

What foods can you guarantee being at your Grandma’s house?

 

Grandma Turns 70!

Today is my Grandma’s actual birthday so I’d like to start off today by saying HAPPY BIRTHDAY to the prettiest 70-year-old I know!

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Since we live a couple of states away we decided to celebrate over the weekend with the fam.

We posted some picture of the birthday girl in her early 20’s while we made dinner and admired her lovely smile and fun personality that she still has to this day.

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For dinner we made Chicken Cacciatore in the Crock Pot, served it over linguine with garlic bread and caesar salad on the side.

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Some of the crew enjoying dinner.

After dinner we sat my Grandma down to open some special gifts.

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New sassy flats

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A basket full of spa products to guess where she’s going…

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Almost got it… Enjoying a weekend getaway with the girls at Hershey Spa with chocolate facials and massages.

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Her last gift. About a month ago I hacked into my Grandma’s email account and sent emails to her friends/family asking for their favorite memory involving her. I was aiming for 70 responses but ended up with 76! She’s so popular 🙂

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She was ecstatic when she opened the box to see how many people she has touched throughout the years.

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We had her read a couple memories out-loud and told her to take her time and enjoy reading the rest without an audience.

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We made two desserts – Frozen Reese’s Pie

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and Chocolate Poke Cake. Make both, you won’t regret it.

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We left feeling full and happy knowing that my Grandma had such a great time.

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Here’s to 70 more 🙂

S’mores Cookies

One of my favorite memories growing up was baking Christmas Cookies and Fudge with my Grandma in her kitchen. Make the dough, refrigerate the dough, roll out the dough, cut the dough in shapes, bake at 350, ice them, lots of sprinkles & EAT! They were (are) a lot of work but everyone loves them and expects them on the table for Christmas Eve brunch so we suck it up for them 😉

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(A good baker always taste tests (and washes her hands after))

Since I knew I’d be making my Grandma’s infamous sugar cookies next week – I decided to whip up some different flavors this week for Adam’s work.

I have made these particular s’mores cookies before (March 2011!) and they’re always a hit. They might even be my favorite?

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S’mores Cookies (Christmas Style)

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened ( 1 1/2 sticks)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar, packed
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 cup honey graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup mini marshmallows ( I used the green Christmas Trees & Red Stars)
  • 2 chocolate bars, chopped

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Combine the butter and sugars until fluffy.
  • Mix in egg and vanilla until combined.
  • Add the flour, graham crackers, salt, and baking soda, and mix well. Stir in the chocolate chips.

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  • Drop by rounded tablespoon onto cookie sheets

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  • Bake for 8 minutes, and remove from the oven.
  • Push 3 to 4 marshmallows and a few pieces of the chocolate bar into each cookies.

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  • Return to the oven and bake an additional 3-4 minutes until fully cooked. Cool cookies on a wire rack.

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If you like s’mores you will LOVE these cookies. Tis the season…

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Questions: What is your favorite Christmas Cookie?

Broccoli Cheesy Rice (Grandma’s Recipe)

First things first… How about dem Redskins!?

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3 in a row – We are on fire!

All day I was brainstorming ideas to make healthy tailgating recipes for last nights game. But then, I made nothing. Instead I thought I’d share with you one of my Grandma’s (or possibly great granny’s) recipes!

Not only is this the easiest side dish you will EVER make but it’s also a people pleaser.

5 ingredients. 1 dish. It doesn’t get better than that.

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Broccoli Cheesy Rice (Grandma’s Recipe)

Ingredients

  • 3 boxes of chopped broccoli
  • 1 jar of Cheez Wiz (15 oz)
  • 1 can of Cream of Mushroom soup
  • 1 cup of White Minute Rice
  • 1 stick of butter

Directions

  • Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees
  • Add all ingredients to 9×13 dish
  • Cover with tin foil and cook for 30 minutes
  • Uncover and stir
  • Place back in oven for 30 minutes or until top is golden brown

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It’s a good thing we only enjoy this three times a year (Easter, Thanksgiving & Christmas) because it’s definitely not healthy. Like Julia Child’s says – Everything in moderation!

Questions: What is your family’s go-to holiday food?