Eat Drink & Be Mary: November 2014


How To: Beat Black Friday

Happy almost Thanksgiving y'all.  I can't express how thankful I can for you all, showing up here, reading all the words I've managed to mush together on this white page.  So I'm going to express my thanks the best way I know how...with a giveaway!

Beat Black Friday! Who cares about Black Friday when you have the chance to win $130 to Forever 21! I've gotten together with some awesome ladies to give you the chance to win big, no long lines here.

 Amanda ~ This Is My Real Hair // Megan ~ Soup of the Day // Elle ~ The Lady Errant
Jenn ~ Hello, Rigby! // Erin ~ South To Southwest // Lynsey ~ Eternally Wanderlyn // 

 Happy Thanksgiving y'all.  Now go eat lots of Turkey tomorrow!



DDT Link Up + Features

Welcome to a new week of Delicious Dish Tuesday, where we share our recipes and ask you to share YOUR awesome recipes with us!  Last week we had some delicious looking recipes shared, I love finding all these new recipes to add to my "to-do" list.  This past week my favorite recipe was shared by Elizabeth @ Elizabeth Loves


Week Night Meals in Less Than 30 Minutes: Part II

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Marie Callender's. All opinions are 100% mine.

A while back I shared three of my favorite weeknight meals that could be made in less than 30 minutes.  And who would've known that they only thing bloggers love more than yummy meals, is ones that can be made in less than 30 minutes.  Quick + easy; that's how we like it.
So today I'm back with more meals than can be made quickly, and believe me ALL the taste is still there in these 30 minute meals.  


 O N E | | Broccoli Casserole.  Yes, I eat this as a meal (not just a side at Thanksgiving), and yes it is delicious.  

T W O | | A Healthy Version of the BLT.  I'm not sure why this is thought of as a lunch; it is equally tasty at dinnertime and a GREAT way to cut calories.  

T H R E E | | Taco Soup.  I am a soup lover, and you will be too when you try out this soup.  Perfect for these cold, winter months ahead.

F O U R | | Marie Callendar's Mac & Cheese.  The creaminess of this mac & cheese is seriously no joke.  If it was life sized, I'd totally jump in to take a swim -- using the noodles as well swimming noodles of course.  This meal is perfect to stay warm and cozy this winter; and I literally ate the one pictured and went out and bought another one to eat two days later.  No shame.  It's that good y'all.  Not to mention takes less than thirty TEN minutes to make!  

This fall Marie Callender’s is launching their Comforts from Home Project by bringing the comforts of home to those who protect America's homes every day: the brave men and women of the U.S. military.  

Friday, I mentioned how near and dear it is to my heart to support these men and women year round.  After my cousin was deployed (for the second time), it hit me how not only do they sacrifice to protect our country and freedom, but their families do too.  The year my cousin was overseas during the holidays we missed him like crazy, and you can imagine how he (and the other men and women) felt on Thanksgiving and Christmas as well.  

Needless to say when I discovered Marie Callendar's Comforts From Home Project I was jumping at the chance to participate and spread the word.  Because I know how badly those men and women long for a taste of home, especially around the holidays.  

How can you join in? Simply enter the eight-digit code found on specially marked packages of Marie Callender’s dinners and desserts online at  For every entry by 1/31/2015 of an 8-digit code found on participating products, Marie Callender’s will donate $.50 to the USO2GO program. Guaranteed minimum donation: $100,000. Maximum donation: $250,000. Limit 5 code entries per person/computer each day. Valid in U.S. Only.

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Visit to learn more about how you can join Marie Callender's in helping to bring a little bit of home sweet home to our U.S. service men and women overseas.  Or visit Marie Callender’s Facebook for more information.
What's your favorite weeknight meal?  Does the Comforts from Home Project hit home for you?  Have you joined the Thunderclap?
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4 Ways To Give Back This Year

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of UPS for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

I'm the only girl in my family of six.  Yep, I grew up with three boys.  I prayed and prayed for a sister when I was younger, but now I realize that being the only girl definitely had it's advantages.  I have three protectors, and no one to share mom's shopping time or money with.  It's a win/win really.

My cousin (the oldest of the boys, and 8 years older than me) is a US Marine and a true hero.  Not only did he protect me growing up (and offer to beat up any boy that made me sad all throughout high school), but he's selflessly and courageously put his life on the line to protect our Country and our Freedom for the past (almost) 6 years.  Like many other men and women you all may know as well.

Eddie's Marine Graduation in 2009

Like my cousin was last year, these men and women are off protecting our country and they are missing out on spending the holidays with their families.  Not only are they sacrificing their lives for us, but their families are sacrificing time with their loved ones as well.

Eddie and I with his son ( probably 2011)

Why am I telling you this?  Because  I have a wish this year.  A wish that would give back to those who give their all.

While I'm not sharing my wish with y'all just yet...I am sharing several ways we can all give back this year.  Stay tuned for my wish next month (which is almost here by the way -- where did this year go!?)

Ways You (and I) Can Give Back This Holiday Season:

1. Operation Christmas Child.
Samaritan's Purse has been putting together this operation for years now, and it is one of the easiest ways to give back to those in need.  You pack a shoebox full of toys and necessities for a child across the country that wouldn't get any presents otherwise.  My tip: visit the local dollar tree.  They have tons of stuff the kids would love, and makes it easy to do several boxes each year.  Contact a church near you to get more info or check out their website.

2. Donate to your local Hospitality House.
Simply donating things like non perishables and blankets goes a long way now that we are nearing the cold weather months.  You can even participate in different organized runs like the Turkey Trot to help donate.

3. Angel Tree.
Donate through the Angel Tree program to help a child in need know they are not forgotten and they are loved.  Many of the children in this program may feel abandoned and unloved, but it is our job to remind them that they are cared for and loved no matter what.

4.  Submit your wish for The UPS Wishes Delivered Campaign.  
The UPS Wishes Delivered Campaign is donating $1 to one of their charity partners for every wish submitted (up to $100K total donations).  I'll be submitting my wish on their site, and you can to (it's really easy!).


How to Submit a Wish:
Post your wish to Twitter or Instagram with the campaign hashtag #WishesDelivered and it will automatically be submitted. Another option is to go direct to the #WishesDelivered site and manually submit there.

Things to remember when submitting your wish:
+ it needs to be a sincere wish, not a superficial one (no wishes, for a years supply of Starbucks y'all)
+ the wish needs to be for someone else, not yourself
+ include the hashtag #wishesdelivered
+ submit wishes made on social media here


How will you give back this year?  Tis the season y'all.

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Christmas with a Cause

Monogram Bracelet // ElizaJay Charm
Monogram Ring // birthday gift {similar}
Denim Shoes // Old Navy {old}

Don't know what to give someone on your list?  I've got an answer that'll have you feeling like throwing some leaves around in the air...or something like that. ;)

5 ways you know you can't go wrong with a shirt:

1. It's made in the good ole US of A #merica

2. A portion of the profits go to fund research for MS

3. People that already own the shirt, secretly wish they could live in the shirt.  So soft and cozy!

4. When wearing it you are rep.-ing your state.  Which is totally in right now P.S.

5. People that own one style of the shirt want to own all of the styles that are offered.

If your confused I'm talking about my newest shirt from The Home T.  And yes, all of the five points above are true about this shirt.  Obsessed doesn't even begin to describe my feelings towards this amazingly comfy shirt.  Don't believe me?  I already owned this one [seen in this post], and I jumped when given the chance to own this one.

Can't decide what gift to give someone on your list this year?  Now you do, The Home T.  This Christmas give with a cause.


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5 Winter Essentials Every Girl Should Own

Winter is here y'all.  Fall lasted all of about a month, and then ole man winter just straight up took over.  Without even asking if we were ready to freeze our buns off.  #rude

If you think I'm exaggerating today (Tuesday) the high is 22.  The high.  And it's currently 18 degrees, if you don't hear from me for a while just know it'll be because I've turned into an icicle or something from a scene in Frozen.

It's time to embrace the freezing temps and dress accordingly.  Bummer.  But this year I'm determined to live in more than yoga pants + oversized hoodies.  Anyone else guilty of this come December?

ONE. "Over-sized" [aka: Dolman] Tops + Sweaters.  
The Dolman top is perfect fit this winter paired with skinny jeans.  The Shopping Bag (my newest online find) has the cutest Dolman tops.  I'm obsessed with my newest shirt from them, and can't wait to get my hands on this one.

The Dolman Top: a perfect go-to for Thanksgiving + Christmas dinner outfits -- disguising the post-feast food baby one Dolman at a time.

Diamond Print Dolman Top c/o || Skinny Jeans, Wet Seal || Riding Boots, Very Jane
Nail Polish: Gelish "Want to Cuddle"


TWO. Tights/Fleece Lined Leggings
The secret to transitioning your dresses into the winter season?  Throw some tights/leggings on underneath + boom you look like the warmest snow bunny there is.

THREE. Cable Knit Scarves
Cute + Cozy.  What more could you ask for?

FOUR. Leather Jackets/Winter Jackets/Vest
The more layers the better.  Fact.

FIVE. Boots
I know I've mentioned my obsession with at least once or twice (read; wayy too manyy times) on this here blog.  Butttttt I found these boots for $35, and just had to share.  Color me tickled pink.  Such a steal!

Now the test is to see how I'm holding up in January.  What's your vote -- will I still be rocking the Dolman tops, tights and booties or will I be covered in blankets, still wearing the same yoga pants & oversized sweatshirt from three days ago.  

My 5 Go-To Winter Essentials:
1. "Over-sized" [aka: Dolman] Tops + Sweaters
2. Tights/Fleece Lined Leggings
3. Cable Knit Scarves
4. Leather Jackets/Winter Coats/Vests
5. Boots

**you may notice that a couple of these are also in my go-to fall essentials; but one month of wearing those essentials is just not enough!

What are you Winter "go-to" items?  Dont' forget you can get 25% off with code EATDRINKANDBEMARY @ The Shopping Bag.

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Christmas Rice Krispie Pops

It's here y'all.  The holiday season!  I'm just giddy for excitement to begin all the celebrating this year, and food.  Don't forget food.

Yesterday I shared my wish list, and today I'm starting to share my Christmas treat ideas for this year.  Eek!  Bring on all the jingle bells and fa la la la las...this girl is ready for red, green, gold and sprinkles everywhere!

First treat I'm sharing this year?  One that takes maybe a total of 10 minutes making and 5 minutes decorating...leaving more time for family and shopping for gifts.  #win

Christmas Rice Krispie Pops.  Nothing is better than a treat on a stick.  Seriously.  People love sweets that are easy to take on the go, portioned sized, and covered with sprinkles. 

And who's to blame them?  I mean look at these festive pops...

Christmas Rice Krispie Pops 

What you need:
6 cups of Rice Krispie cereal
1 bag of mini marshmallows
1 package of Candiquik
Treat Sticks
Parchment Paper

What to do:
Making the Krispie Treats--
1. In a large pot, on medium heat melt the butter.  
2. Once the butter is melted, add the marshmallows.  Stir continuously until the marshmallows are melted completely.
*don't stop stirring, as the mixture will likely burn within seconds.  the marshmallows only take about a minute to melt.
3. Remove from heat and add in the Rice Krispie cereal, 2 cups at a time.  Mix well.
4. Line a 9x13 pan with parchment paper.  
5.  Pour rice krispies into the pan, and spread out.  Cover that with another sheet of parchment paper, and even out the mixture.
6. Let harden.

Making the POPS--
1. Cut the rice krispies into rectangles.

2. Section of rectangles in 2s, and place upside down.

3.  Melt the candiquik (or anychocolate candy melts) according to package, and spread on the back.

4. Dip the treat stick in melted chocolate, and then place onto the bottom rice krispie.

5. "Close" the rice krispie, creating the POP.

On to the Decorating -- 
1. After making the pops, chill them in the refrigerator to harden them back up in preparation for dipping in the melted chocolate.  approx. 10 minutes.

2. Dip pops halfway into the melted chocolate, and then sprinkle the Christmas themed sprinkles.  Let the chocolate harden on parchement/wax paper.  

3. ENJOY! 

The thing about my recipe for rice krispie POPS?  I use I Can't Believe It's Not Butter.  

The cool thing about the new I Can't Believe It's Not Butter!® ... its made from real, simple ingredients.

But what does that really mean?   100% taste, 0% artificial preservatives – and is still unbelievably delicious!  And has 40% fewer calories and 70% less saturated fat than butter.  

Heading into the holiday season I'll take all the fewer calories I can get.

What treats will you be making this Holiday season?  What is your favorite Christmas sweet?  Are you a fan of I Can't Believe It's Not Butter; submit your review here.

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