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Best Toasted Garlic-Butter Ravioli with Spinach Recipe (Delish.com)

Ingredients:

kosher salt
16-18 oz. cheese ravioli
2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
2 tbsp. unsalted butter
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
freshly ground black pepper
5 oz. baby spinach
1/4 c. chopped fresh parsley
1/2 c. freshly grated Parmesan cheese (we chose Pecorino Romano)

Directions:

Bring 12″ sauté pan of water to a boil and generally season with salt.  Prepare a rimmed sheet pan with parchment paper.  Cook pasta according to package directions until al dente.  Remove ravioli using a slotted spoon and place in a single layer on the sheet pan, then discard water. 

Place the pan over medium heat.  Add oil, butter, and garlic; stir with a rubber spatula.  Add half the ravioli and stir gently until well coated; immediately add the balance of ravioli and repeat.  Flip the ravioli gently as needed to prevent them from sticking.  Cook ravioli until golden brown, about 5 minutes. 

Gently toss in the spinach, then garnish with parsley and parmesan.  Serve immediately!

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Valentine’s Day is for lovers! What would be more comforting than a sumptuous bowl of cheese filled ravioli?!

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WINE-INFUSED BROWNIES:

Ingredients:

Hershey’s Triple Chocolate Brownie Mix
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 eggs
2 Tbsp Blackberry Wine*

Directions: 

Follow baking directions on the box, replace the water with wine* for extra flavor.  To add festive flair to our brownies, we used Lauren’s heart aluminum cake pan

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What says love more than coffee and chocolate? Our delicious Spirited Cafe Mocha combines the sweetness of chocolate and the richness of coffee. Yum!

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SPIRITED CAFE MOCHA: (VICTORIA MAGAZINE)

Ingredients:

1/2 cup heavy cream
1 cup chopped milk chocolate
1 cup espresso
2 ounces amaretto
2 ounces chocolate liqueur
2 cups steamed milk
Garnish: cocoa powder

Directions: 

In a microwave-safe dish, heat heavy cream and chocolate on medium in 30-second intervals until chocolate is melted. Whisk to combine. Add espresso, amaretto liqueur, and half of the steamed milk; stir just until combined. Pour into glasses, and top with remaining steamed milk and milk foam. Sprinkle with cocoa powder, if desired.

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We’ve got a scrumptious menu for a romantic dinner with your sweetheart! Cozy up by a warm fire and enjoy DATE NIGHT IN this Valentine’s Day!  XO ❤

Valentine’s/Date Night Simple & Delicious Dinner for Two HERE

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Bathroom items: Fragrance samples, cotton rounds, and dental picks.

Kitchen Items: Popcorn, chocolate, and almonds.

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Office items: rubber bands, binder clips, and Post-it notes.

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Elevate the look by placing the jars on a gorgeous tray.

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If you have a candle obsession like we do, then we’re guessing you’ve got plenty of empty jars laying around the house.  Maybe you’ve been saving the jars because they are so pretty and were expensive? With a few simple steps, it’s easy to reuse those jars and create a fun storage solution for the kitchen, bathroom, and home office! 

To remove the leftover wax, start by placing the candle jar in hot water.  Fill the kitchen sink with enough water that at least half of the jar is submerged but not spilling into the jar.  Once the wax is melted, remove with kitchen utensil (ex: knife), then clean. You may also place the jar in the freezer for a few hours.  Again, using a kitchen knife, pop out the remaining wax and then clean the jar.  These are both great ways to loosen up any residue!

To glam up our jars, we added cabinet knobs that we picked up from T.J. Maxx Homegoods.  For under ten dollars we personalized them by adding bling to the lids!  All you need is craft glue and a glue gun to attach the knobs, which you can find at any craft store. Now for the fun part…Organizing!  The ideas are endless of the items that you can use to fill the jars.  Simply choose your favorite things/supplies and you’ve got a colorful and organized display of containers!

 

Watch how we turn our empty candle jars into useful home decor with a few simple steps HERE!

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Huda Beauty Winter Solstice Mini Lip Strobe Collection

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The Winter Solstice Mini Lip Strobe Collection, by Huda Beauty, is ideal for fans of bold and shimmery looks. These iridescent beauties are simply gorgeous! Lauren has worn them on their own and over her favorite lipstick and she was impressed with the performance. They are very flattering!

Don’t let the appearance of the packaging fool you, these cool and luminescent glosses are very pigmented.  You will find that they also pair very well with the Huda Beauty Highlighter Palette (Winter Solstice Palette).

There are four stunning icy colors such as Charmed, Bewitched, Starcrossed, and Hypnotic. This collection is perfect for the ultimate winter lip.  They are easy to apply, the strobes feel comfortable,  and don’t get sticky at all. A single swipe of the gloss is enough to turn any base lip color into incandescent hues and shades.

Wear it alone or on top of your go-to lipstick to see that infinite array of frosty shades. Keep that frosty, festive makeup look all winter long with the help of these semi-sheer glosses.  Get them before these limited-edition metallic glosses are gone. We’ve also listed a few more of our favorites from Huda Beauty that are worth a try!

Desert Dusk Eyeshadow Palette
Rose Gold Edition
Obsessions Eyeshadow Palette in Mauve
Obsessions Eyeshadow Palette in Warm Brown
Lip Contour Set Trophy Wife & Muse
 Lip Strobe in Saucey & Mystical

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Mason Jar Parfaits are simple to make in just a few minutes time. Try fresh fruits with greek yogurt or fresh vegetables with hummus!  Both will help you make a healthy choice for breakfast, lunch, or snack time. Just grab and go!

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Grilled chicken and roasted sweet potato Kabobs are the perfect combinations for a delicious dinner.

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Who needs mayonnaise anyway? Swap the condiments for roasted red peppers on your next turkey sandwich for a healthier approach. The fresh baby arugula adds more color and flavor!

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Let’s face it, mornings can be hectic! These make-ahead egg white breakfast muffins with turkey sausage will keep you satisfied.  They taste great and are the perfect portable breakfast for those mornings you’re flying out the door!

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We’re kicking off 2018 with a bunch of healthy and simple recipes to help you stay motivated and fit this year! Here are some of our favorites that you can prepare in advance for eating on-the-go! Egg White Breakfast Muffins, Mason Jar Parfaits, Grilled Chicken and Sweet Potatoes, and a delicious Turkey Sandwich. Yum! Doing meal prep will help us and you avoid grabbing something unhealthy and stay on track. To watch how we prepare these recipes, click on the link below. Plus, we’ve got some great snack ideas too!

Healthy Eating On-The-Go

 

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DIY HOT COCOA BAR

Inspired by a winter wonderland theme, we created our own hot cocoa bar. It’s simple, fun, and yummy! After all, a delicious cup of hot cocoa is the best recipe for cold winter days!

Setting up and hosting our DIY Hot Cocoa Bar is ideal for winter parties, holiday parties, or family gatherings. It also works for cookie exchange parties and a baby shower – just take notice the napkins.

First, you will need hot cocoa mugs. Anything goes with the mugs: matchy-matchy, different styles, holiday-themed mugs. This part is up to you.

You will also need hot cocoa mix and a wide variety of toppings, so everyone can get creative. Go for decorative stirrers instead of spoons, it adds a nice touch. We used candy canes, sprinkles, and marshmallows to follow our theme. Cinnamon sticks, caramel bits, and whipped cream toppings are great too.

Now the pro advice: give your chocolate bar a little something extra special by adding cute chalkboard jars to place and label all your toppings. Spray mason jars to display decorative florals and add pictures frames, glass trays, ornaments, and twinkle lights.

You can find a lot of these items at the Dollar Store, the options are endless, keep it simple or go all out! And yes, with so many flavored vodkas or liqueurs available it’s easy to make your hot cocoa bar adult- friendly. Go ahead and warm up these cold winter months!