Eat Drink & Be Mary: April 2014

4.30.2014

Infinity Scarf Love [giveaway]


I am such a lover of infinity scarves, and it turns out you guys are too.  And obviously I don't blame you.  In fall scarves are my best friend; the perfect way to dress up any outfit.  And now that it's starting (slowly but surely) to get warmer I'm refusing to separate with my dear friend.  


And in walks in Coca Lily Boutique with the perfect Spring scarf annnnnnd it's an infinity scarf.  You may remember this scarf from last week's Spring outfit or my April Must Haves.  And a must have indeed...It was love at first sight.  The colors gradient from white to vibrant pinks and purples, and it is super lightweight and airy.  What a fresh of breath air this scarf is.  


Just wait it gets better, not only do I want to introduce this adorable boutique to y'all but...After hearing how much y'all loved this scarf it's well, the gal behind Coca Lily and myself are here to giveaway not one but two to two different winners.  Double the excitement and chances to win--yipee!!
*colors of the scarfs for the winners will vary slightly


Disclosure:  This post was sponsored by 
Coca Lily Boutique.  Although I received 
products and/or other compensation 
for the items in this post, all thoughts 
and opinions are my own. 


ps. Coca Lily has other cute items as well such as this Chevron Pencil Skirt and Exercise Arm Band.
pss. Did you catch my recipe Carrot Cake Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting recipe?

Are infinity scarves one of your obsessions?  Have you considered wearing scarves into Spring?  Good Luck chicks, Cross your fingers!  

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4.29.2014

DDT Link Up (and a giveaway winner)

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 Laura @ Mom Mart.

A quick and easy caramel sauce recipe #Foodie #YUM #Dessert #Caramel #Recipe

Carrot Cake Cupcakes



My best taste tester (read; Thomas) came to town I knew I wanted to bake him up something and put his taste buds to the test.  And since my sweet tooth has been a little outta control lately, I decided on my favorite of all favorites.  Carrot Cake.
Carrot Cake is my absolute favorite dessert.  Seriously.  My Bubby makes the most wonderful carrot cake ever (she's also responsible for the Gorilla Bread recipe that has gone viral on Pinterest); I think it's the cream cheese frosting that gets me everytime.  
Carrot Cake is the dessert I just can't resist, and it's so good I don't wanna resist it and miss out on all the yummy-goodness.  And the only thing that could make my Bubby's recipe better was to transform them into bite size cupcakes.  Everything is always better mini.  Plus then I don't feel as bad popping ten of those suckers in my mouth in no time at all.  And so I did just that...



This recipe is the perfect amount of carrots.  Not to many, and if you grate them finely they aren't stringy and their texture doesn't come across through the cake.  Nothing sounds worse than stringy carrots to ruin the most amazing dessert out there.



Carrot Cake Cupcakes Recipe      

Cake Ingredients:
2 1/4 C Flour
2 1/2 tsp. Cinnamon
1 1/2 tsp. Baking Soda
1 tsp. Salt
4 Eggs
2 C Sugar
1 1/2 C grated carrots (about 3 large)
1 1/2 C Oil

Instructions:
+Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
+Mix dry ingredients (flour, baking soda, cinnamon, salt) in a bowl, and set aside.
+Beat eggs with sugar until lemon color and fluffy.
+Add carrots and oil and stir to mix well.
+Line cup cake tin, and pour 2/3 full.
+Bake for approx. 25 minutes, checking them to see when they're fully cooked.
+ Let cool.

*MY TIP : check with tooth pick in several cupcakes, when the tooth pick comes out without any batter on it the cupcakes are done.





Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe

Frosting Ingredients:
1 C (2 sticks) butter, softened
8 oz. Cream Cheese, softened
2 1/2 C Confectioners Sugar
2 tsp. Vanilla

Instructions: 
+ Mix all ingredients well, until well blended.

*BUBBY'S TIP: Set out eggs, butter and cream cheese the night before.  It is very important that all three ingredients are room temperature for this recipe.





And no cupcake is complete without a glass a milk.  Dessert is served.  Enjoy dear gals.


Seriously, this has to have you drooling by now -- I know I am, excuse me while I go inhale three more of these suckers.  Happy Baking Loves.


Are you a Carrot Cake fan?  Do you love mini/bite sized foods?  Are you guilty of a strong sweet tooth lately, like me?  Tell me what's your favorite dessert to make for your man?  What about for yourself?

ps. Don't forget to link up your recipes at Delicious Dish Tuesday.  
pss. The group giveaway winner has been announced, check out the winner here
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4.28.2014

90's Kid Win

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of BIC 4-Color pen for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.


Being a 90's kid I got to enjoy some of the best toys and products out there.  Really a good ole slinky and a lite brite can get any iPhone game's butt any day of the week.  One thing that sticks out was the BIC® 4-Color™ pen.  Don't know what I'm talking about?  Let me remind you...
 
 
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Blog Planner is from my sweet friend Tela @ Sweet Southern T

 
Is it all coming back to you now?  I LOVED this pen, I mean the option to choose from FOUR colors all in one pen was unheard of to my 10 year old self.  And now that it's back out there my childhood-self couldn't be happier (and really I'd be kidding you to try and say I've grown up much since then).  I can distinctly remember trying to use more than one color at a time.  Determined that it was possible, and I was going to accomplish it.  And this video makes me giggle everytime I watch it, knowing how much I tried to force two colors at the same time.

But now that I am an "adult" I've found new ways to use my favorite childhood pen.  The  BIC® 4-Color™ has proven to be very resourceful now that I'm a little bit older.  Recently I've been trying to become more organized (if my college roommate ever reads this she'd be in total shock) but it's true.  And what better place to start than with blogging?  None I say.  
 
 
I love using each color for different topics when organizing my posts for the month.  The BIC® 4-Color™ colors all have different "personalities" and that really helps me color code my blogger topics, stats, etc and stay organized over all. 
 
 
 
Green is considered the "foodie" so of course I use it for all my recipes, ideas and social media notes related to food.  And if you know me at all, you'd agree that green definitely fits me best;  I'm addicted to social media and am a wanna-be foodie (baking and eating are right up my alley)!

 
 
I use Red to make general notes, fill out my post check lists, and any corrections I need to make in my blog planner.  Red has always been used for making corrections, so I love that it's part of the 4 Inseparable Colors in 1 Pen.
 
Not only are each of the colors fun and expressive, but the BIC® 4-Color™ company has created personalities for each color.  I'm not exactly sure why but this makes my heart a little happier when I think about each color as a different little "man" with a personality.  For example...

Blue.  Blue likes himself.  And with good reason: he know he's important.  Blue cheese, blue skies, blue moon; he's everywhere!  To prove his point look at the name of his family members: navy blue, oxford blue, royal blue...Ever heard of "royal yellow"? Exactly.  Let's admit it...Blue is the boss.  [for more on the personalities of each color like BIC on Facebook.]
 
You childhood heart still not yearning to have this pen back in your life?  Watch this 30 second clip, seriously the little men make me giggle everytime. 
 


If you enjoyed the clips of these little personalities half as much as I have, follow BIC® 4-Color on Twitter for more clips on the little colored men.  

Alright now what are you waiting for put this fun, expressive, childhood-heart-warming pen in your cart at Amazon or Staples.  Believe me your heart will jump for joy when you get to play around with this pen again :)  Have a Happy Day Loves.

Did you use this pen when you were younger?  Did you ever try to use more than one color at the same time?  What was your favorite "90's kid" toy?  


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4.25.2014

Top 5 Instagrams {according to y'all}: Part II

 I'm a little obsessed with pictures, and Instagram just feeds my addiction.  First world wins?  Anyways Thomas is up here for the weekend so no need dragging this out.  Enjoy my dears!

ps. Thanks to a couple sweet girls you could win $200 to Stella & Dot; check out how here.




FIVE
FOUR -- tie
My Ghost of Boyfriends Past



THREE

TWO
See some of the pictures captured from our Gatlinburg vacay here.

ONE
Thin Mint Puppy Chow Recipe 

The runner ups:






I'm off to spend the rest of my weekend with T.  I hope you're weekend is full of warm weather and outside activities.  Happy Friday!!  Follow along on Instagram to stay updated on the day-to-day shenanigans of a recent college graduate who spends her days with five and six year olds while loving long distance--this life I lead may not be the most exciting but ain't too shabby ether ;)

Are any of you obsessed with Instagram too?  Which is your favorite insta? 


And for your weekend reading:
Most Popular Posts from March: 
My Favorite Post from March: My Ghost of Boyfriends Past
A fashion idea I would've never thought of: via Rhea Et Cetera


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4.24.2014

April Must Haves

I just canNOT believe that April has come and gone (almost) and just like that 1/3 of the year has flown by.  It seems that the older I get the more time flies, anyone else feel this way?  Anyways this isn't the time to dwell in the past, and if I'm not too careful May will be gone before I know it, too.  So before I get too carried away I thought I'd share some of my "must haves" for this past month , Spring and warmer weather.  *crosses fingers that this time warmer weather will actually stick around*  This is one of my favorite posts to do each month so I hope y'all enjoy :)



Rain Boots -- Rain Rain Go Away!  And since mother nature hasn't listened to me that well this year [read: thanks for the 2+ feet of snow this year] I'm assuming I'm gonna need to rain boots to make it through the rest of this rainy season.


The Home T -- I know I've mentioned this little tee of mine more than once on this here blog, but it's just so darn comfy I canNOT get over it.  No matter what month it is this item needs to be on your "must have" list-- no better yet it's needs to be in your cart..like now!  Get to it ;)


Flowers -- April showers bring May flowers..right?  Well I sure hope so.  April definitely brought it's fair share of rain, and as the month ends I hope to see lots of pretty flowers blooming everywhere I go.


This Bracelet -- I cannot get over how cute and dainty this heart and infinity bracelet is.  Plus I've bought a bracelet from Vintage Stamp Jewels before and LOVED it [check out that bracelet in this post].


Mongrams -- They are definitely a "must have" each and every month.  But I recently discovered this cute Etsy shop where they sell these wooden monograms, and you can paint/decorate them however you want.  I'll take five please!


Norts [nike+shorts] -- As the weather warms up I plan on lots of outdoor festivities.  I'm talking fishing, lake trips, hiking, dare I say that I plan to take a jog or two (probably not, but there's a possibility)--and while fighting off the bugs that love my sweet blood during these festivities I want to be comfy.  But I'm also not willing to risk looking cute while doing so.  Insert these bad boys (norts of course) that have become so popular in the past year and are SUPER comfy.  I have more than ten and plan on adding to my collection this spring :)  Do you own these cute & sporty shorts?


Tennis Shoes -- I've been wanting another pair of tennis shoes since January.  And of course they'd be good to sport with my norts while doing said outdoorsy stuff.  I'm also loving these and these.


Spring Scarves -- Living in the mountains I have tons of heavy duty scarves to keep me warm in the winter, but I've found myself struggling with finding a scarf great for Spring weather.  Until recently that is.  I introduce you to the infinity scarf in this outfit --more on this scarf next Wednesday [stay tuned; you'll be happy you stopped back by hint hint]



So what are your must haves for the month of April/warm weather?  Do you finding yourself wanting any of my must haves?  Are you a norts collector like myself?  How about monograms, don't tell me your not a fanatic when it comes to these ;)


**Several of these items can be found in my giveaway wishlist, and speaking of...Today is the LAST DAY to enter the giveaway to win BIG.  Enter now, you don't wanna miss out!


Previous Month's Must Haves: March | February | January
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4.23.2014

Celebrate Good Times Come On



Infinity Scarf | Coca Lily Boutique
Chevron Tunic | Rue21
White Skinnies | Aeropostale
Jack Rogers knock offs | Hot Cakes
Earrings | IN PINK










With Easter just passing there's a lot to celebrate around here lately.  I mean seriously every day is a day to celebrate that our God is ALIVE and not dead.  So today I bring to you some celebration worthy moments and things that bring a smile to my face... (a positive version of my confessions)

+ Being able to put together an outfit that looks fashionable and fit for the season we're in.  This is a task.  And if I do say so myself I think I did pretty darn good--see above.

+ Chevron.  It's one of those patterns that I can't get enough of.  Add it to a light and breathable tunic and I'm sold.

+ Spending the last couple of days when my cousin, his wife, and their kids.  My nephews are the cutest.  Seriously, even if I am biased.  [there precious faces will be visiting the blog soon] 

+ Finding Jack Roger knock offs for a much smaller price.  I'm a recent college graduate who just started by first (and temporary) big girl job with school loans to pay off.  There's no room in my budget to be spending $100+ on a pair of sandals, no matter how cute.  When I found these sandals at the Shoe Dept. the other day for a much smaller price my heart skipped a beat and it was love at first site.  

+ Thomas is coming to visit finally.  I know more couples go longer without seeing each other, but it's still hard.   

+  This scarf (above).  Are y'all not in LOVE with that scarf?  It's so light, airy and perfect for spring.  Come back next week for a chance to win a scarf for yourself.  *throws confetti* (outside of course, no time for cleaning that mess up) Which reminds me tomorrow is the last day to enter the giveaway myself and some fab bloggers have put together.  Enter here.

+ A lot of giveaways have been taking place on this blog lately--yipee.  Some may see this as a negative thing; but I hope you won't (I certainly don't).  I'm only bringing products I think y'all will like and that I do love and enjoy.  I'm not being paid to do so--just genuinely wanting to introduce y'all to do these amazing shops, boutiques and products.  So stay tuned for more chances to win some really neat products.

+ Today's post is the fifth post this month that I've came up with a post title and it's been a song title/lyric.  [One | Two | Three | Four]

+ Confession: I haven't been to the gym, in too long--I blame it on spring break.  Someone come be my personal trainer & force my booty there; even if I'm kicking and screaming.  
 
And to end things on a happier note...
+ I have still have four more whole days left of my Spring Break.  Yipee :)  #teacherwin


What are some celebration-worthy moments that have happened to you lately?  Do you normally wear scarves in Spring?  Is it an accomplishment when you've put together a fashionable outfit?  What is your opinion on the giveaways?


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