When Your Bestie Turns 30

 
My bestie turned 30 on Friday, and hosted the chicest “Cheers to Beers and 30 Years” party. From a sequin backdrop photo area, to a nostalgic candy bar she nailed her 30th birthday and I had to share all the adorable details with you!




Italian Orzo Stuffed Peppers


I have a confession to make… when it comes to dating one of my prerequisites with a guy is that he can COOK! Yes, I know how to cook – however it’s so nice when you can work in the kitchen with someone who means a lot to you and create a great meal together. Not to mention, it’s also nice to have someone cook for you once in awhile without you always having to be the one to cook. Last weekend we were both getting hungry at dinnertime, instead of us going out to dinner my boyfriend looked through his cookbook for something we could make together. He ended up finding the Italian Orzo Stuffed Peppers recipe, so we promptly headed to Kroger to gather the ingredients we needed. These stuffed peppers were so much better than I thought they would be, so obviously I had to share the recipe with all of you. We paired our peppers with Texas toast garlic bread.
 
Italian Orzo Stuffed Peppers
Ingredients
4 red bell peppers
2 Tablespoons olive oil
1 small yellow onion, diced
2 cloves minced garlic
1 pound Italian sausage
8 oz. (about 1 cup) Italian seasoned diced tomatoes
8 oz. (about 1 heaping cup) orzo noodles cooked and cooled
8 oz. ricotta cheese
4 oz. grated mozzarella cheese
2 Tablespoons grated parmesan
2 Tablespoons pizza seasoning

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. Cut tops off peppers.
3. Deseed peppers.
4. In a sauté pan over medium heat, add onion, garlic and onion.
5. Sauté for 2 minutes
6. Add sausage and cook through.
7. Add tomato and cook 2 minutes.
8. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
9. In a bowl combine orzo noodles, cheeses and seasoning.
10. Add noodle mixture to sausage mixture.
11. Stir to combine.
12. Stuff peppers.
13. Bake until heated through – about 30 minutes.
14. Enjoy.










Exercise and Dietary Challenge


Have you ever embarked on an exercise and dietary challenge? Typically I am a Tone It Up (TIU) girl, but this October a new opportunity presented itself. One of my favorite trainers offered a 29-day exercise and dietary challenge that I knew I had to be apart of. Each Saturday she would give us what our challenges would be for the week, and throughout that week we’d accumulate points based on challenges we completed. I cannot believe how fast October went by, as this is our very last week with the challenge. In case you’re up for the challenge, I thought I would share what we are doing this week. I will be posting the challenge on my Instagram if you want to follow along!

Monday
10 burpees
Baked eggs in an avocado

Tuesday
15 plank up downs
2 servings of yellow fruits or vegetables (hello squash!)
Wednesday
20 jump squats to surrender
Make homemade nut butter (I think I’m going to do a few different nuts)

Thursday
25 weighted squats
Quinoa pizza crust (definitely excited to give this a try)

Friday
30 bicycles (60 total)
Avocado fries with lime sauce

Saturday
35 donkey wall kicks (I am the worst at these)
Peanut butter + yogurt dip for apples

Sunday
40 high knees + all the other exercises through the week
Crockpot white chicken chili (so excited for this)

Hudsonville Pistachio Ice Cream

 this is a sponsored post. all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Have you heard the news? Pumpkin spice may be nice, but there’s a new ice cream flavor for fall and it’s one you’ll want to try. Hudsonville Ice Cream decided to break away from the trend and release a limited edition flavor for fall that will quickly become your new essential… Pistachio. That’s right, Pistachio ice cream has hit the shelves of your local grocery stores for a limited time and it’s packed with plenty of flavor. While I absolutely love pumpkin spice, I think they may have just brought me over to the “dark side” as I am obsessed with pistachio ice cream in a chocolate dipped waffle cone. Aside from pumpkin spice, what’s your favorite fall flavor?

CHICAGO Cast Chat - TOMORROW

Don't miss you chance to talk with the cast members of the hit Broadway Musical CHICAGO.


Fisher Theatre Cast Chat
Tomorrow – Thursday, October 18
6:00-6:30 p.m.
Special pre-show chat with cast members of CHICAGO
Fisher Building’s 2nd Avenue Lobby – across from the Fisher Theatre Doors.
The event is completely FREE. You do not need a ticket to the show to attend this special event!

Review: CHICAGO Musical


He had it coming! Did you know, CHICAGO is now the #1 longest-running American musical in Broadway history! I saw the show on Tuesday, and it's showing no sign of slowing down. If you've been following for awhile you know I love Broadway performances and have attended my fair share of them. CHICAGO was nothing like any I have seen before. This was my first time ever seeing CHICAGO on the stage, however I already had a love for the movie that came out in 2002 with Renee Zellweger. This performance definitely was not like the movie at all. Costumes never changed, the orchestra was on stage and they're seating acted as a prop, the only actual props ever used were chairs. You could tell that this show was an original musical, as performances have completely changed and evolved to a whole new level. If you want to see a classic great I highly recommend grabbing tickets to Chicago. If you're in the Detroit-area you can catch the show now through the 21st of October.

Coming to Detroit: THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA

Detroiters, get excited Cameron Mackintosh’s spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA will go on sale Sunday, October 14 for the triumphant return engagement at the Detroit Opera House, January 24 – February 3, 2019. With newly reinvented staging and stunning scenic design, this new version of PHANTOM is performed by a cast and orchestra of 52, making this one of the largest productions on tour in North America. 


 
Tickets for THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA start at $35 and will be available for purchase online at www.broadwayindetroit.com or www.ticketmaster.com, and by phone at 800-982-2787. Starting Monday, October 15, tickets will also be available for purchase at the Fisher Theatre and Detroit Opera House box offices.
 
 
Cameron Mackintosh said, “With PHANTOM still the reigning champion as the longest-running production on Broadway after 30 phenomenal years, with no end in sight, Im delighted that this spectacular new production of PHANTOM has been as well-received in the U.S. as the brilliant original and has already been seen by over 3.7 million people across North America since it opened in November 2013. With an exciting new design and staging, retaining Maria Björnsons amazing costumes, the new PHANTOM is thrilling audiences and critics alike all over again. With the production continuing to be such a success, we are delighted to welcome our exciting new stars to keep the music of the night soaring for many years to come.”
 
PHANTOM IS AN ENORMOUS HIT ALL OVER AGAIN!
 
“Powerful, gorgeous…and better than ever.”
-The Philadelphia Inquirer
 
“Extraordinarily opulent.  This PHANTOM’S storytelling and relationships have an electrifying tension.”
-Chicago Sun-Times
 
“An intense and spectacular new production with a stunning new design, fresh drama and added momentum.” -Sunday Express (U.K.)
 
“Take a deep breath and prepare to be dazzled; this kind of gorgeous escapism is exactly what audiences need.” -The Scotsman (U.K.)
 
This PHANTOM is for a new generation.”
-Roy Leonard, Chicago Now
Cameron Mackintosh’s spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA is presented by Cameron Mackintosh, The Really Useful Group, and NETworks Presentations. Directed by Laurence Connor (who co-directed the new production of Les Misérables that is back on tour across North America after a hugely successful revival on Broadway, directed the award-winning new production of Miss Saigon that played London’s West End, Broadway and is now on national tour, and also directed the stage version of the movie School of Rock now playing on Broadway, in London’s West End, and on North American Tour), with choreography by Scott Ambler, set design by Paul Brown, Tony Award®-winning original costume design by Maria Björnson, lighting design by Tony Award®-winner Paule Constable, sound design by Mick Potter, and musical supervision by John Rigby.  The production is overseen by Matthew Bourne and Cameron Mackintosh. THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA: music by Andrew Lloyd Webber; lyrics by Charles Hart (with additional lyrics by Richard Stilgoe); book by Richard Stilgoe and Andrew Lloyd Webber; orchestrations by David Cullen and Andrew Lloyd Webber.
Based on the classic novel Le Fantôme de L’Opéra by Gaston Leroux, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA tells the story of a masked figure who lurks beneath the catacombs of the Paris Opera House, exercising a reign of terror over all who inhabit it.  He falls madly in love with an innocent young soprano, Christine, and devotes himself to creating a new star by nurturing her extraordinary talents and by employing all of the devious methods at his command.
 
Cameron Mackintosh’s brilliant original production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA continues performances at Her Majesty’s Theatre in London and in its recording-breaking run at the Majestic Theatre on Broadway and many other cities around the world.
 
For more information on the production and a video sneak peek, please visit www.ThePhantomOfTheOpera.com/ustour/
 
Official show site:         www.ThePhantomOfTheOpera.com
Facebook:                     www.Facebook.com/ThePhantomOfTheOpera
Twitter:                        www.Twitter.com/PhantomOnTour
Instagram                     www.Instagram.com/PhantomTour
 
Performance times for THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA appearing January 24 – February 3, 2019 at the Detroit Opera House, located at 1526 Broadway, in Detroit are:
·        Tuesday through Saturday evening performances at 8:00 p.m.
·        Sunday evening performances at 7:30 p.m.
·        Saturday & Sunday matinees at 2:00 p.m.
·        Thursday. January 24 matinee at 1:00 p.m.
·        Special open captioned performance on Sunday, January 27 at 7:30 p.m.

Zoya Holiday 2018: Jubilee


When it comes to nail polish my favorite time of the year is when fall and holiday polishes are released. Zoya just released their 2018 holiday collection Jubilee that consist of 12 new polishes included 2 new PixieDusts and a special effect leopard topper. 
  Leigh is a warm peachy neutral.

  Carson is a muted neutral pink cream.

  Taryn is a fuchsia micro-iridescent shimmer with a touch of purple and blue undertone.

  Maxine is red cream and is the perfect pop of color for Christmas.

  Allison is a ruby cream.

  Now let’s talk about the Leopard Spots Topper. This polish is reminiscent of the crackle polish, but way cooler. It’s meant to go onto texture polish, which means you can use it on PixieDust. I cannot get enough of this topper and how much fun it is, definitely going to be my fall go-to as I cannot wait for the holidays to arrive.
  Cookie is a gorgeous purple PixieDust with gold flecks.
Danica is a rich teal cream that will pair nicely with Juniper.

Kateri is a dark chocolate cream.
 
Thoughts on this collection: I really like the variety of colors and that it will transition perfectly from fall into the holidays. Of course you know I favor the darks, and usually hate the glitters and PixieDust – but not this time! I am in love with all the PixieDust shades – keep an eye on my Instagram to see which polishes I am wearing, and how I am pairing them with each other.
 

Restaurant Review: MATCH Eatery and Public House

    i was gifted the opportunity to try MATCH in exchange for an honest review.
 
Dinner in Canada, on the water, how can you resist? MATCHEatery & Public House is one of our new favorite date locations. Located just across the blue water bridge, MATCH’s menu is jam packed with some amazing food. We’ve given dessert and poutine a try, now it’s time to talk about entrees.
Typically I won’t order a Caesar salad at a restaurant, one of my friends makes amazing homemade dressing and it’s hard for anyone else’s recipe to compare that is until now. The waitress said that their Caesar salad was like none we had ever tried before, so of course we had to order the Hail Caesar!

Hail Caesar! Features hearts of romaine, creamy Caesar dressing, roasted grape tomatoes, confit garlic and grana padano parmesan cheese, finished with a balsamic reduction and the king of croutons. Hands down this was the BEST Caesar salad I have EVER had. I highly recommend ordering it if you love Caesar salads!
Bacon Mac n’ Cheese Dog features a bacon wrapped Nathans dog with spicy catsup, topped with cheesy mac & cheese on a butter toasted bun. You guys, this was delicious!
Of course, when a restaurant has pizza you have to try it. We went with the So-Cal, because it sounded unique and if you’ve been following along for a while you know we like to step out of the box.
So-Cal Pizza features cheese sauce, spicy ground beef, mozzarella and cheddar cheeses, fresh jalapenos, red onion, fresh grape tomatoes, avocado, cilantro, tortilla hay, sour cream and key lime. Definitely a delicious and unique flavor explosion, that you’ll want to try.
I am now ready to go back for another Hail Caesar!



By the way, the view is amazing!

Travel Diaries: Dunes Waterfront Resort

 
For most of us, when it comes to travel a clean place to stay is critical and one with a lake view is even better. During our recent trip to Silver Lake Sand Dunes located in Mears, Michigan we stayed the night at the Dunes Waterfront Resort in the heart of Mears. While we visited during the last weekend of the season we were still able to do some fun things around town, as well as hit the dunes – which you can view here. Despite the rainy weather the view from our hotel room was absolutely gorgeous. Don’t forget to check out the Sand Castle Restaurant across the street for a delicious meal.
Amenities include:
Private beach with dock
Indoor heated pool and hot tub
Sun deck with tables and chairs
Video game room
24-hour front desk assistance
Walking distance from Silver Lake activities
Coffee Maker in room
Refrigerator
Lakeside rooms available
Pets are not allowed