Festive Holiday Fashion from Karen Kane

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It’s that time of the year when it’s time to look for something sparkly and festive to wear to holiday parties.  Karen Kane has some very festive holiday dresses that are classy and elegant and perfect for that holiday party!  These are the pieces I was drawn to when perusing their site.  

PS.  They are offering 20% off through Sunday!

Hearty Tex-Mex Lime Chicken Soup

Are you looking for a hearty soup to fill your belly and warm you up on a cold winter’s day?  This recipe for Tex-Mex Lime Chicken Soup will do the trick!

Hearty Tex-Mex Lime Chicken Soup
Serves 6
A hearty and flavorful chicken soup.
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Total Time
45 min
Total Time
45 min
  1. 1 Tbsp. butter
  2. 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  3. 1 large white onion, diced
  4. 1 yellow bell pepper, seeded and diced
  5. 1 jalapeño pepper
  6. 1 large sweet potato, peeled and chopped into bite size pieces
  7. 2 tsp. ground cumin
  8. 2 tsp. cayenne pepper
  9. 2 tsp. kosher salt
  10. 3 garlic cloves, minced
  11. 2 (16-oz.) cans navy beans, drained
  12. 1 (12-oz.) bottle of Bass Pale Ale
  13. 4 cups shredded deli-roasted chicken
  14. 4 cups chicken broth
  15. 1 cup sour cream
  16. 1/2 lime squeezed
  1. Melt butter with the oil in a medium stock pot over medium heat.
  2. Add the white onion, bell pepper, jalapeño, sweet potato, cumin and cayenne pepper and saute until onion is translucent.
  3. Add garlic.
  4. Stir in beans and beer, and cook about 5 minutes or until liquid is reduced by half.
  5. Add shredded chicken and broth; bring to a boil over high heat.
  6. Reduce heat to medium, and simmer 30 minutes until thickened.
  7. In a separate bowl, mix sour cream and lime juice.
  8. Refrigerate until ready for use.
  9. When ready to serve, garnish soup with a dollop of the sour cream mixture.
  10. Enjoy!
Adapted from Southern Living Magazine
Adapted from Southern Living Magazine
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Paul Frank Holiday Art Supply Roundup

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Paul Frank, Blick Art Materials and Utretch stores across the nation have placed donation bins near their registers in support of the round-up, with purchased donations supported by a special 20% discount at all retail locations.  In addition, each store will also be working with a local children’s art non-profit to distribute donations throughout their local community until Dec. 31st !  


This is a great program that not only helps children explore their creativity, but allows the community to give back during the holiday season.  



2014 Color of the Year: Radiant Orchid

According to the Wall Street Journal, the hot color for 2014 is “Radiant Orchid” which is a color I LOVE!  It’s a purply pink that looks good paired with so many other colors!

Here are a few examples of how you can incorporate this color into your wardrobe, now:

Radiant Orchid

Pinnable Quote of the Day- Enjoy the Little Things



Life moves past us so quickly that when we finally stop to breathe and reflect on the moment, we realize how much time has past and how many things have changed.  I made a lot of big changes in my life over the past two years, BIG life changes, and I just can’t believe 2 years have gone by and I accomplished all the things I did in that short amount of time.  If you take away one simple thing from this post, I hope it is to slow down and enjoy each day and every moment in your life.  

10 Scrumptious Thanksgiving Day Appetizers




This bacon pop recipe sounds like a little taste of heaven!  Find the recipe at TheKitchn.com




These are one of those recipes that everyone will want a copy of after the party!  Get the Holiday Bourbon Whiskey recipe (here).




This tasty treat makes my taste buds stand at full alert!  Get the Grilled Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus recipe at ThreeManyCooks.com 




These Cucumber Cups Stuffed with Spicy Crab sound delicious! 



Most people love seven layer dip, so these Individual Seven Layer Dips are sure to be a hit!




You cannot ever go wrong with serving cheese at your holiday party.  Cheese wins, hands down, always!  This recipe sounds like a cheese lovers wish come true!  Find the recipe at HowSweetEats.com


Coconut Chicken


You may be serving turkey for your holiday meal, but a little chicken appetizer won’t hurt anyone!  Check out this recipe for Coconut Chicken with Sweet Chili Dipping Sauce. 




Need a super easy, no-cook appetizer recipe?  Here are three!  Check out BonBonRoseGirls.com for three easy, no-cook recipes!




What’s better than cheese, sizzles when it cooks and starts with a B?  You guessed it!  Bacon!  Check out BubblyNatureCreations.com for some mouth watering bacon recipes to tantalize your party guests!




I tried this recipe at a Super Bowl party and it is hard not to stop eating it!  If you make this beware…your guests will devour it!  If they want the recipe, send them to PlainChicken.com10.

Easy Candy Cane Craft


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Need an easy craft idea for a child in Pre-K?  This candy cane craft is super easy and fun for Pre-K kids!  All you need is pipe cleaners, red beads and clear beads.  Before threading the beads , bend the end of the pipe cleaner.  Then, thread the beads to fill the entire pipe cleaner and bend the other end when complete.  And, now you have an easy craft idea for your Pre-K aged child!

how to candy cane



Holiday Events in The Village of Milford

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Last night, The Village of Milford hosted their Big Reveal event.  ”What was revealed,” you ask.  Neatly packaged window displays revealing ornately decorated holiday displays.  The event wrapped up with refreshments and shopping.

Last night also kicked off the annual Dinner’s On Us program which treats randomly selected diners to a meal from 5:30-9 p.m. each Thursday between November 21 and December 26.  Santa’s elves will pick up nearly 90 tabs this holiday season!

The holiday excitement continues with the 3rd annual Gobbler Gallop and Christmas Parade on Nov. 30, followed by Christmas Open House on Thursday, Dec. 5.

Christmas Open House serves as the perfect opportunity to score great deals on holiday décor, locally-made gifts, coveted women’s items and children’s toys, while enjoying the magic winter wonderland Milford has transformed into. From carolers and horse drawn carriages to  twinkle lights and the jolly ol’ guy himself, there’s fun to be had for the entire family. Please see the press release below for more information.

Last Minute 80′s Nerd Couple Costume

80's costume

Last week we attended a Halloween party and about 3 days prior to the party we had not even thought about what we were going to be for Halloween.  Last minute, we decided to throw together his and hers 80′s costumes and ended up winning the category, “best overall” in the costume contest the party hosts held. It was so easy to put these costumes together with most of the items coming from our existing wardrobe.  

Her 80′s Nerd Costume:

  • Dark denim skinny jeans (Levi’s)
  • Black flats, no socks (Steve Madden)
  • A sweater vest I found at a Goodwill that I thought would be perfect one day for an 80′s costume
  • Denim shirt (NY&Co)
  • Big neon yellow hoop earrings (Claire’s)
  • My prescription glasses with white medical tape in the center (SPY glasses)
  • Hot pink pencil case (Office Depot)
  • Garbage Pail Kids cards (Target)
  • Crimped hair
  • 80′s bangs
  • Light pink lipstick
  • Rainbow Loom bracelets, stacked

80's couple costume

His 80′s Costume:

  • 2 polo shirts in blue and purple, worn together (Target clearance rack)
  • Ripped jeans, tight rolled (Buckle)
  • Canvas tennis shoes, no socks
  • Sunglasses with blue neon arms worn on the top of head
  • Rainbow Loom bracelets, stacked


Pinnable Quote of the Day