Gift Guide: Stocking Stuffers for Him



Husband, boyfriend, brother, dad, let’s face it guys are the worst to shop for. In an effort to help you this holiday season I have decided to share some fabulous stocking stuffer ideas that are perfect for the hard to shop for man on your list.

Corkcicle Chillsner
Anchor Bottle Opener
Knit Tech Gloves
Woven Scarf
The Squad
Socks
Packing Cube Set
Food Thermometer

Traditional Pittsburgh Baklava


I spent a few years in Pittsburgh, and while living there I learned some of their traditions. One of them being you can't have a Christmas cookie display without Baklava. Of course, I had to learn how to make this delicious Baklava so I could carry on the tradition no matter where I was living. I figured now would be the perfect opportunity for me to share this amazing recipe with you. What cookie traditions do you have?

Baklava
Ingredients
1 pound phyllo sheets
3/4 cup melted butter
2 cups finely chipped walnuts
1/ 2 cup sugar
1 /2 tsp. cinnamon
3/ 4 cup sugar
3/ 4 cup honey
1 cup water
1 tablespoon lemon juice

Directions
1. If phyllo is frozen thaw and separate according to package. Keep pastry that is not being used covered with a clean damp dishtowel (this prevents it from drying out). Place half of the pastry sheets in a greased 15x10 glass baking dish; one by one, brushing each sheet quickly all over with melted butter.
2. Combine nuts, 1 /2 cup sugar and cinnamon. Sprinkle over buttered pastry. Place remaining sheets on top.
3. Score the baklava in the shape you desire (triangle or diamond). Bake at 400 degrees until brown and crisp. 20-30 minutes.
4. Meanwhile, in a saucepan, combine remaining 3/ 4 cup sugar, honey, 1 cup water and lemon juice, bring to a boil. Boil syrup for about 20 minutes, stirring constantly until it becomes thick syrup. Cool for 15 minutes and pour over baklava.

2019 Metro Detroit Christmas To-Do List


The holiday season is a little tougher on me this year, you see last year Meeme (my grandma I was ridiculously close to) unexpectedly passed away on Christmas day. Recently, when I have walked into certain stores I have randomly started to cry – as things remind me of her. I am doing my best to make the most of the season, and have made a list of things that I would like to do around the Metro Detroit area. This year I am keeping it small and simple, as I don't want to get completely overwhelmed. What's on your Christmas to-do list.

Check out the lights:
Sherman Woods, Port Huron
Lake Shore Drive - Grosse Point Shores
Big Bright Lightshow – Rochester

Take a step back in time with Holiday Nights at Greenfield Village

Visit the Edsel and Eleanor For House

Head to Downtown Detroit
Go ice skating at Campus Martius
Shop the Holiday Market
Go for a horse drawn carriage ride


Gift Guide: Stocking Stuffers for Her



Growing up, my brother and I’s stockings were always overflowing, and of course I have kept that tradition going. To be honest, stocking stuffers are my favorite, you never know what you’ll get which makes them a lot of fun to put together. I love throwing in essentials like warm fuzzy socks and underwear and a couple splurge-worthy items like makeup brushes. I’m big on the little things meaning the most, and stockings really let the little things shine.

Michigan Mittens
Car Scentportable Holder
Mini Naked Manicure Kit
Fuzzy Socks
Lotion
Cuticle Cream
Lip Duos
Single Wick Candle

Gift Guide: Made in Michigan


Small Business Saturday is tomorrow, therefore there is no better time to shop Made in Michigan products then now! I decided to make a list of some of my absolutely favorite brands for you to check out.

Michigan Mittens
Shinola
Pop Daddy
Germack
Marcia's Pickled Munchies
Blake's Products
ESCH
Dave's Sweet Tooth Toffee

Thanksgiving


This year has been a tough one for me. I’ve struggled with personal loss, professional setbacks and more times than I want to admit ran away from people and moments when things got hard. I have realized that I need to be more present in moments, and have the memories in my mind instead of “the perfect picture”. I have so much to be grateful for this year, and have been reminded to take nothing for granted. I hope you all have wonderful Thanksgiving, and I am so grateful for every last one of you reading this.

Quick and Easy Apple Cider Donuts

Can you believe it, Thanksgiving is tomorrow! I know, I can't either. When I lived in Pittsburgh (Canonsburg to be exact), I met an amazing couple who taught me how to do some serious cooking. One thing that Barb taught me to make was quick and easy donuts. No joke, these donuts are so simple to make they're perfect for Thanksgiving or Christmas morning and even if people just randomly stop by.

All you need is Pillsbury Grands Flaky Rolls and oil.
To make:
1. Open the Pillsbury Grands Flaky Rolls.
2. Cut out a circle in the center.
3. The centers can be fried up as donut holes.
4. Heat oil to 350 degrees.
5. Cook in the oil until each side is golden brown.
6. Place on a cooling rack.
7. Serve warm.
Can be reheated for 7-15 seconds in a microwave.




Review: 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport 2.4 SEL AWC

I received the 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport 2.4 SEL AWC for seven days in exchange for an honest review.

Recently, I was given the opportunity to test drive the 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport 2.4 SEL AWC. Living in Michigan the weather is so unpredictable, the week began with warmer temperatures followed by rain, snow, sleet and anything else thrown in between - which made it the perfect time to give this car a test drive. For the most part I really enjoyed the car, however like everything else there were some things I did not like. I personally felt like it offered a very bumpy ride, and was hard to handle on windy days especially on an expressway.

Heated seats warmed up quickly, which was great on those 30 degree mornings.


Easy to read.

 Temperature control, even offers automatic climate control.

Absolutely love the fact that there are USB plugs, which will connect you to Apple Play.




A brand new feature for me that I have never seen in a car before is the fact that you can change where the headlights beam. For instance lower, higher, wide, narrow giving you the perfect view while you're driving. Not to mention this pretty little thing lets you know when a car is in your blind spot (love this feature), when you are too close to a car and even when you exit a lane.

Love that it says the roads are possibly icy.
Large screen is easy to navigate, however a little difficult to select things sometimes. I did however love the large screen when it came to the backup camera.


 Easily change to 4WD with the push of a button.


You wouldn't guess it from looking at the Outlander, but it actually has a ton of trunk space.

Zoya Stocking Stuffers


One of my favorite parts of Christmas is the stocking. I love all the goodies that my mum would put in it from chapsticks and lip-gloss, to nail polish and socks every year it was filled with the sweetest little gifts. This year you can take stockings to a whole new level, with the release of Zoya's little gift sets. These sets are perfect for the girly girl in your life, and can be broken apart or kept as a complete set. In fact, they don't have to be stocking stuffers - you can simply give them as a gift, which is what I will be doing. Hurry and visit Zoya's website before all these chic kits are gone.

Let's talk about sets, baby

Nail Polish Quads
There are ten Nail Polish Quads to select from, each quad features four amazing nail polish shades that perfectly go together (hello multi-mani). All Snuggled Up is my favorite collection, and includes the perfect neutral color polishes.

Naked Manicure Travel Set
This set is in with the quads, however I thought it needed it's own mention. This kit allows you to keep your nails classy and simple when you are on the go and comes with one bottle of Naked Base, Pink Perfector, Lavender Perfector and Glossy Seal Topcoat. You can bet you'll find this kit in my suitcase this holiday season.

Gloss and Lipstock Duo
I absolutely LOVE this duo, you'll receive one lipstick and one full-sized Zoya Hot Lips (lipgloss). With six gorgeous duos to select from, there is sure to be one that's perfect for every girl on your list. The Snow Kissed Duo and All That Glitters Duo are my favorites in this collection.

A Christmas Story GIVEAWAY CLOSED


This holiday season I am giving away a family 4-Pack of tickets to see A Christmas Story at the Fox Theatre. It's one show you won't want to miss! Enter below!

 
From the songwriting team behind the smash hit Tony Award-winning musical Dear Evan Hansen and the Academy Award-winning film La La Land, A Christmas Story, The Musical, brings the classic 1983 movie to hilarious life on stage at the Fox Theatre as part of the Fox Theatre Series.

Tickets (starting at $36) are on sale now and can be purchased at 313Presents.com, Little Caesars Arena XFINITY box office and Ticketmaster.com. To charge tickets by phone, call (800) 745-3000.

Fox Theatre Series subscription packages and discounts for groups of 10+ are available by calling the Olympia Entertainment Group Sales Department at (313) 471-3099. Subscription packages include savings of up to 20 percent when purchasing three or more Fox Theatre Series titles.

A Christmas Story, The Musical chronicles young and bespectacled Ralphie Parker as he schemes his way toward the holiday gift of his dreams, an official Red Ryder® Carbine-Action 200-Shot Range Model Air Rifle (“You’ll shoot your eye out kid!”).  An infamous leg lamp, outrageous pink bunny pajamas, a maniacal department store Santa, and a triple-dog-dare to lick a freezing flagpole are just a few of the distractions that stand between Ralphie and his Christmas wish. Chock-full of delightful songs and splashy production numbers, A Christmas Story, The Musical, has proudly taken its place as a perennial holiday classic for the whole family.

Hailed by The Associated Press as “a joyous Christmas miracle,” The New York Times writes “I was dazzled. You’d have to have a Grinch-sized heart not to feel a smile spreading across your face.” A Christmas Story, The Musical premiered on Broadway in 2012 and was a critical and commercial success. The musical was nominated for three TONY Awards® including Best New Musical, Best Original Score, and Best Book of a Musical.

A Christmas Story, The Musical features a festive and nostalgic holiday themed score by composer/lyricist team Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (TONY Award for Dear Evan Hansen, OSCAR for La La Land), with a book by Joseph Robinette, based on the writings of radio humorist Jean Shepherd and the 1983 holiday film favorite.  The tour features direction by Matt Lenz, with casting by Alison Franck. TONY Award® winner Warren Carlyle’s Broadway choreography will be reset for the tour by Jason Sparks. A Christmas Story, The Musical features scenic design by Mike Carnahan, with costume design by Lisa Zinni and lighting design by Charlie Morrison. The hounds will play themselves. 

A Christmas Story, The Musical is produced by Big League Productions, Inc. Led by President and Executive Producer Daniel Sher, Big League is celebrating its 29th season of producing, general managing and booking Broadway musicals and special attractions for touring throughout North America and the world. For more information visit www.bigleague.org.

Performance Schedule:
Thursday, December 20                                    8 p.m.
Friday, December 21                                    8 p.m.
Saturday, December 22                                    11 a.m., 3 p.m. & 8 p.m.

Coming to Detroit: The Play That Goes Wrong


Attention Detroiters, this Sunday, November 18 tickets go on sale for The Play That Goes Wrong. Don't feel bad if you've never heard of this show either, I am in the same boat. However it is said to be a hilarious Tony Award-winning Broadway comedy hit, and who couldn't use a good laugh in the middle of winter? The Play That Goes Wrong will be making its Detroit debut at the Fisher Threatre, February 12-24, 2019 and tickets will start at $44.

 
Co-written by Mischief Theatre company members Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields, The Play That Goes Wrong is a riotous comedy about the theatre. The play introduces The ‘Cornley University Drama Society’ who are attempting to put on a 1920s’ murder mystery, but as the title suggests, everything that can go wrong…does, as the accident-prone thespians battle on against all odds to get to their final curtain call.
 
Entertainment Weekly calls The Play That Goes Wrong “Hilarious! Non-stop pandemonium.” The Huffington Post calls it “The funniest play Broadway has ever seen!” And the New York Post says it’s “Broadway’s funniest and longest-running play! Nothing is as fall down funny. GO.”
 
The Broadway production of The Play That Goes Wrong opened at the Lyceum Theatre on April 2, 2017. The show, which was slated to close on Broadway in August of this year, will extend its run due to popular demand through January 6, 2019. By then, the Broadway production will have played 27 previews and 745 performances, making it the 2nd longest running show in the history of the Lyceum Theatre. The Play That Goes Wrong received a Tony Award for Best Set Design, Broadway.com’s Audience Choice Award for Best Play, and the Theater Fans Choice Award for Best Play.
 
Awarded the 2015 Olivier Award for Best New Comedy, 2014 WhatsOnStage Best New Comedy and 2015 UK BroadwayWorld Best New Play Awards, The Play That Goes Wrong is now in its fourth year in the West End, is currently on a 30 week UK tour and playing on six continents. The producers have avoided Antarctica for fear of a frosty reception. 
 
It is a remarkable rags-to-riches story for a play which started its life at a London fringe venue with only four paying members of the public at the first performance and has gone on to play to an audience of over 2 million people around the world.
 
Mischief Theatre, the Olivier Award-winning theatre company led by Artistic Director Henry Lewis and Company Director Jonathan Sayer, was founded in 2008 by a group of graduates of The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) and began as an improvised comedy group. Mischief Theatre performs across the UK and internationally with improvised and original scripted work.
 
The Play That Goes Wrong tour is directed by Matt DiCarlo with original Broadway direction by Mark Bell, featuring set design by Nigel Hook, lighting design by Ric Mountjoy, sound design by Andy Johnson and costume design by Roberto Surace.
 
The Play That Goes Wrong is produced on Broadway by Kevin McCollum, J.J. Abrams, Kenny Wax, Stage Presence Ltd., Catherine Schreiber, Ken Davenport, Double Gemini Productions / deRoy-Brunish, Damian Arnold / TC Beech, Greenleaf Productions / Bard-Roth, Martian Entertainment / Jack Lane / John Yonover, and Lucas McMahon.
 
For more information, visit www.BroadwayGoesWrong.com or follow The Play That Goes Wrong on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram: @BwayGoesWrong
 
Performance times for The Play That Goes Wrong appearing February 12 - 24, 2019 at the Fisher Theatre, located at 3011 West Grand Blvd., in Detroit are:
 
•           Tuesday – Saturday evening performance at 8:00 p.m.
•           Sunday evening performances at 7:30 p.m.
•           Saturday & Sunday matinees at 2:00 p.m.
•           Special open captioned performance on Sunday, February 17 at 7:30 p.m.
 
Tickets for The Play That Goes Wrong start at $44 (includes facility and parking fees) and go on sale Sunday, November 18. Tickets can be purchased online at www.broadwayindetroit.com or www.ticketmaster.com, and by phone at 800-982-2787. Starting Monday, November 19 tickets can also be purchased at the Fisher Theatre box office. A limited number of premium seats will be available through Ticketmaster and at the Fisher Theatre box office. For group sales (10 or more) please call 313-871-1132 or email groups@broadwayindetroit.com. Tickets for the open captioned performance may be purchased in person at The Fisher Theatre box office or by phone at 313-872-1000, ext. 0. Performance schedule, prices and cast are subject to change without notice.
 
Broadway In Detroit uses Ticketmaster as its sole, authorized ticketing agent. Individual tickets purchased from a ticket broker or “third party” ticket reseller involves risk and may not be authentic, sold at box office prices, or with correct performance and venue information. Broadway In Detroit box offices cannot reprint or replace lost or stolen tickets sold through a third party or ticket reseller. Broadway In Detroit is also unable to contact third party purchasers with pertinent updates or changes regarding performances.
 
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Holiday Hostess Gift


Can you believe the holidays are just around the corner? Typically the holiday season means spending time with friends and family, which means finding yourself at plenty of gatherings. One thing I was taught when I was younger was to never show up to someones home empty handed. I never know who will be inviting me over during the holidays, therefore I always make sure I have something I can easily grab and bring over. For me giving something Made in Michigan is very important to me, and that's why I am giving everyone Grand Rapids Popcorn this year. The Employee Favorite Box is $25.00 and comes with a bag of Cheddar Gold, Caramel Corn, White Salted and Monster Munch. The holidays are the perfect time to watch movies (hello Hallmark Channel) with friends and family which makes popcorn the perfect gift to give to anyone. What's your go-to gift?


Review: Home Chef Express at Kroger

 This post is sponsored by Kroger, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

If you’ve been following along for a while you know that my boyfriend and I became huge fans of Kroger’s Prep+Pared Meal Kits. These kits were like the ones you order online that come with everything you need to make a gourmet meal at home, except you could buy them right as you walked into your Kroger store. It was extremely convenient for us, not to mention we were able to make restaurant quality at home for under $20.

Unfortunately, Kroger has decided to discontinue their Prep+Pared Meal Kits – you have no ideas how heartbroken I was when I found this out. However, they did replace them with Home Chef Express Meal Kits. Home Chef has been doing meal kits better than anyone else in the business, and Kroger decided to partner with them and offer better than ever kits. I was invited to attend the launch event of the Home Chef Express Kits and try them out. My boyfriend was just getting back in town and was unable to go with me so I took my mum instead to give the new meals a try. For those of you that do not know my mum, she eats like a bird and is incredibly picky – thankfully they had a kit that she was actually willing to try which was the Chicken Fajitas with cheese and sour cream. This kit said it would be ready in 15 minutes, serves two and had a price point of $16.99. We began our cooking, and in fact it did take us 15 minutes to complete the meal, and it was absolutely delicious – even my ridiculously picky mother enjoyed it and said she would be buying kits…yay! The one thing that these kits do not have is a little something on the side, with the fajitas I would of liked to have some rice to go with it. So you’d have to buy a side dish to go with it, since most people will want a little something with their main course.






Christopher Robin Tea Party

 
Have you ever attended a tea party before? This weekend I had my first tea party experience and I am completely hooked. Aside from being an amazing blogger, my friend Becky is also an urban beekeeper, and Disney asked her to host a tea party in honor of the Bluray release of the movie Christopher Robin. The tea party was held at Tonia’s Victorian Rose Tea Room in the heart of downtown Rochester, and presented the cutest location for the event. Each table was adorn with mismatched tea cups and teapots, earl grey cookies to look like Winnie the Pooh characters as well as sugar cookie balloons. The teas at the table were earl grey and passion peach (my favorite). Becky spoke about beekeeping, which I found to be absolutely fascinating. So what do you have with tea? Sweet and savory items of course! We had ham and cheddar (cut out like a rabbit – so cute!) as well as cucumber tea sandwiches and spinach quiche. For the sweets there was an English scone shaped like a honey pot, dark chocolate raspberry torte, lemon curd tart and fresh fruit. All-in-all I had an absolutely amazing time at my very first tea party.