Eggcellent Hard Boiled Eggs in the Oven

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If you’re a Pinterest addict like I am, then you’ve seen the Hard Boiled Eggs in the Oven and thought hmm is that for real? Well, I’m a hardboiled egg freak. I eat two for breakfast almost every single day, but I hate actually hard boiling them. I decided to give them in a muffin tin in the oven for a whirl. It was AWESOME. 12 at a time, perfectly cooked and ready for me everyday that week. This also an Easter egg game changer since you can do them 12 at a time for dyeing!! This is the recipe I used. But I figured I’d repost it here.

What You’ll Need:

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  • A Dozen Large Eggs
  • A Large Muffin Tin
  • An Ice Water Bath

What to Do:

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  1. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees and place one egg in each slot. Don’t worry they won’t really move around.
  2. Put them in the oven for 25-30 minutes. I did 25 because my oven is really hot.
  3. Pull them out and let them stand for 1 minute. They will have little brown spots on them, but they will go away in the water or after rinsing.
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  4. Remove each one and place it in the ice bath for 10 minutes.
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  5. Your eggs are now ready to enjoy or put in the fridge or DYED!!! YAY :)! How eggciting!
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Sweating Glitter: Pinterest & Youtube Workouts

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I think everyone struggles with finding time to squeeze in a solid workout every so often whether it’s because of a crazy workload at school or work or whatever. I’ve frequently been turning to Pinterest and Youtube for quick fixes for the lack of time at the gym. These are also great at creating variety in your work out routine which always does a body good. Also for more fitness ideas, follow my pinterest fitness board or check out more of Cassey’s fitness youtube workouts on her Blogilates Youtube channel!

flat-abs-core-workoutMagic Carpet – Core Strengthening WorkoutThis is an ab killer for sure!

Pinned ImageBrazillian Butt Treadmill Workout: I’m not even going to lie about how tough those inclines were.
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35 Minute Elliptical Workout: This is a great elliptical workout when you’re short on time!

Screen Shot 2013-01-30 at 12.55.41 AM“As Long As You Love Me” Love Handles Video: A Justin Bieber themed exercise to beat the love handles!

Screen Shot 2013-01-30 at 12.58.42 AM“Call Me Maybe” Mighty Squat Challenge: Another wonderful Blogilates song themed workout to give you an amazing butt!

Let me know if you’ve found any other great workouts on pinterest or youtube to share in my comments below!

xx – Dan

Thanksgiving Desserts and Decor

Thanksgiving is a huge deal for my family. Every year since I can remember my whole family (mom’s and dad’s sides) have headed to my uncle and his wife’s house to celebrate and show our thanks for our wonderful family. Being that I was a baking and pastry student, there are high expectations for what I’ll provide for dessert for Thanksgiving. Hello pinterest! I’ve included not only some recipes, but some cute decor ideas. I’m straying away from the norm of pumpkin or pecan pie. (Last year I worked at a bakery and I filled over 800 pumpkin pies myself, so I still have a problem with the smell of pumpkin pie hahaha).

 

Golden Harvest Thanksgiving Table (source) – a classy and glittery table setting

Marshmallow Pilgrim Hats (source) – super precious and easy no bake treat

The Thankful Tree (source) – a great way for all guests to say what they’re thankful for and display it for all to see

Cran-Limoncello (source) – cheerful and festive themed cocktail

Pumpkin Swirl Brownies (source) – one of the desserts I made last year that was a huge hit!

Corn Place Cards (source) – the cutest and most creative looking place cards I’ve ever seen & edible too!

Pumpkin Cheesecake Trifles (source) – simple, but beautifully delish layered dessert

If you have any favorite Thanksgiving themed desserts, please please share them with me. I’m still looking for ideas!!

xx – Dan

It’s B – Day Hairspiration

All images via Pinterest

No it’s not my birthday (B-Day) or anyone else’s I know for that matter. It’s the day I’m headed to the salon to get my hair done. I’ve been putting it off for over a month and a half. My roots have been growing in like crazy because I’ve been sort of lightening my hair in a way on my own using the Bed Head Dumb Blonde Shampoo and Conditioner that adds vibrancy to Highlighted/Bleached Blondes. It’s actually been making the light brown/dark blonde highlights I got originally in July that I was super unhappy with a lot brighter which is exactly what I wanted. This afternoon I don’t know what I’ll end up doing. I tend to change my mind at the last minute when it comes to my hair. I wanted to post some of my inspiration for “B – day,” or Blonde Day! Yes, I’m doing it. I think I’m going to go all the way to Blonde. I’ve been wanting to for a long long time, but have seriously hesitated for many reasons.

I think I realized I’m only 21 once and the older I get, the less spontaneous I’ll be. Basically if I don’t do it while I’m young, I probably won’t ever do it and who knows, it might be phenomenal. It will be a change, but there’s so many celebs who are naturally dark brown like me and are able to go blonde. My favorite most recent example is Channing Tatum’s wife, Jenna Dewan. The pictures of her with a short blonde do and Fancy Pants’ encouragement were the real push I needed to go ahead with it.

I can’t wait to show you guys the result. Fingers crossed it looks half way decent, you guys! Happy Friday!

xx – Dan

M to F Outfits

Sorry guys!! I’m a little sad about it, but my outfit posts are few and far between these past few weeks. I wish I could say I’ve been busy with work, but I haven’t spent much time at work because I got chosen to be on a jury. (like Elle Woods status, except I’m not a lawyer…) I’m going to try to post two outfits this coming week, but I’ll be in the court room Monday – Thursday of this week, so my posts will all be queued unfortunately. I wanted to get in a few outfits this post for some some end of summer/almost fall fashion. I think I’m going to call these M to F outfits for Monday through Friday.

Monday – Work

Red Lace Dress – Q, Blazer – Nordstrom, Belt – Forever21, Watch – Michael Kors, Necklace – Tiffany & Co, Nude Flats – Steve Madden, Nail Polish – essie Borrowed and Blue

Tuesday – Work

Gray tshirt – Ann Taylor LOFT, Skirt – Old Navy, Belt – Forever21, Heels – Target, Watch – Michael Kors, Bracelets – Jewelmint

I also did my hair with this SUPER simple & adorable tutorial on Pinterest!! Love love love!

Wednesday – Jury Duty Selection ALLLLL DAAAAAY :(

Hot Pink Sweater – Nordstrom, Skinny Jeans – Express, T-strap sandals – Forever21, Tote – Longchamp Large 

Thursday – Day 1 of Jury Duty

Sweater – Ann Taylor LOFT, Blazer – Nordstrom, Skinny Jeans – Express, Flats – Target, Watch – Michael Kors

Friday – Back to Work and Happy Hour

Leopard Tshirt – H&M, Skirt – Nordstrom, Suede Wedges – Steve Madden, Pretend Collar (as seen here) – Charming Charlie, Watch – Michael Kors, Bangle – Juicy Couture

I’m really pleased with my choices this week despite being pretty frustrated about spending half of my typical work week in a courtroom downtown. Can’t wait to get a variety of posts in this week while I’m gone.

xx – Dan

Thursday Pick Me Up

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I’m exhausted. I’m anxious. I haven’t slept, so I scrolled through my Pinterest quotations board and found this. It’s almost Friday and yes, I’m now stuck on a jury for a week, but I will get up and make the best of it with some lipstick and an iced latte.

I hope this inspires you to do the same if you’re dragging and trying to hold out for that Friday night drink like me.

xx – Dan

Brownie Mugs

I’ve seen lots of cute desserts and what not made in mugs, but never really believed it could actually work and taste good. The other day I was planning a delish dinner for two (Porkchops & Mashed Potatoes, anyone?) and I just was not too thrilled about also making dessert. I mean after you cook a full meal, who really wants to go all out on a dessert? I pulled up Pinterest, found a recipe, grabbed the few ingredients, and pulled out two mugs.

What You’ll Need for One Brownie Mug:

– One Mug

– One Spoon

– 1/4 Cup of Sugar 

– 1/4 Cup of Flour

– 2 TBS of Cocoa

– 2 TBS of Vegetable Oil

– 3 TBS of Water

– Pinch of Salt

1. Add your dry ingredients to the mug.

2. Add your wet ingredients to your dry ingredients.

3. Stir, stir, stir till it’s smooth and well incorporated.

4. Microwave for 1 minute and 40 seconds. 

5. Add ice cream if you wish and enjoy a quick, easy, and delicious Brownie Mug!



Fancy Pants enjoying his brownie mug :)

xx – Dan