Pierogies at Home

If you saw my post here you know that I had my first real experience with Polish food recently (dill pickle soup you’ve stolen my heart). A lot of you wanted to hear more about our dinner date night with Polish food so I thought I would share the goods and some details with you. For my first Polish experience Andrew made us pierogi (he cooked them in onions), colored potatoes (how he makes potatoes is my favorite), and a simple side salad. If you read my previous post you’ll know that despite me living in Pittsburgh for four years this was the only experience I have ever had with pierogi – they turned out really good (oh hey, A…You’re an amazing cook!). As for our cooking together - our teamwork in the kitchen, delegating jobs… etc has come along way, from the first time we tried cooking together.

DIY Trail Mix

Anyone else a huge trail mix fan? Recently, I went to a Galentine’s Day fitness meet up and decided to bring trail mix for all the ladies. What’s in the mix?
dried cranberries
sunflower seeds
cacao chips
honey nut cheerios
Grand Rapids Popcorn Sweetheart Swirl for a pop of pink

What’s in your favorite trail mix?

Kroger Prep+Pared Meal Kits

[this post is sponsored - all thoughts and opinions are my own}
My life has been extremely busy lately, so I have put a some time and effort into researching various home delivery food services - you know the ones that come with a recipe card and all the ingredients you need to create a meal.  After a lot of research I decided they just weren’t for me. I didn’t want the commitment of a subscription, I didn’t like the idea of not getting the freshest ingredients and lets face it they’re pretty pricey. I was feeling really frustrated, so you can imagine how excited I was when I found out Kroger was launching meal kits. Kroger’sPrep+Pared Meal Kits, feature the same concept as the ones I mentioned above, however in my option they’re 1000 times better for so many reasons:

Kits are 100 percent measured and prepped.
Everything you need is included and perfectly measured (salt, pepper and oil are not included).
Chef designed recipes.
Recipes rotate monthly so you can always try something new.
Ingredients are NEVER frozen.
Cooks in 20 minutes or less.
Absolutely ZERO prep time! Everything is done for you.
Designed to feed two adults.
Kits start at $14 and go up from there.
Comes with an easy-to-follow recipe card.
No subscription, walk into your store and pick the kit you like.
Currently available in select Kroger stores, and on Kroger ClickList.
Kits are shipped to Kroger daily.

I had the pleasure of attending the Michigan launch of the Prep+Pared Meal Kits, and actually was able to cook one of the meals from the kits. Since Andrew and I have never had Shrimp Scampi (and are not confident cooking seafood), we thought the Shrimp Scampi with Lemon Garlic Fettuccini would be perfect for us to try. The ingredients in the box looked extremely fresh, and the recipe card was easy to follow. The meal cooked up really quickly, and the results were amazing. I love how convenient these kits are, and the fact that I can just stop on my way home from work to grab one and cook up a restaurant quality meal in under 20 minutes.

How I am Amping up my Skincare Routine

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In just under a month the official start of spring will be here. Even with the first official start to spring right around the corner, snowstorms through the end of April can still overwhelm Michigan and ice sometimes stays on the lakes until the middle of May. Hopefully that won’t be the case this year, because all I want is sunny days and sunsets again.

Between the lack of sunshine, freezing temperatures and winter winds February has simply wrecked havoc on my lips, hands and legs.  My hands are so dry my skin is literally cracking; it’s absolutely awful and painful. I have a purse chapstick, car chapstick, work chapstick, bedroom chapstick and all of them have been replaced numerous times this winter because my lips are in a horrible state – not to mention I am probably over hydrating them. Don’t even get me started on my snake scale legs…cross.

Lately I have been spending hours online looking for different solutions which even included looking at the brands
Behrman Communications represents to see if I could discover a new brand. Nancy Behrman is a powerhouse and has created a company that is filled with other female powerhouses that are making their beauty mark, and represent some of the best beauty brands that are out there.

After reading some material on the Behrman Communications Twitter account, I am working on getting my winter blah face back. I dug through my bathroom cabinet – it was like the never-ending bag Mary Poppins has to find my Clarisonic brush. I am pairing a face cleanser from my dermatologist with my Clarisonic brush, and following that routine up with IT Cosmetics moisturizer in an effort to start to bring back the glowy dewy look to my face before summer arrives. At night I am using a heavier moisturizer on my face with anti-aging properties, then I do in the morning. As for my legs, I am switching up between two different scrubs one is a sugar scrub while the other is a crushed almond to try and sluff off the dead skin that has taken up residency. I have changed lotions multiple times and really haven’t discovered one that I absolutely love, so I decided to start using coconut oil, which while it is extremely greasy it is making a difference in the appearance of my legs. I think my new saying is going to be when all else fails slather it in coconut oil. Anyone have ways they can save my skin during these awful temps?

Five Things

{A surprised me with my first pair of boat shoes - he's seriously the sweetest}

This week was the longest week in the history of my life (haha), and I honestly thought it would never end. Hope you're up to something fun this weekend. Here are my five favorite highlights from the week….

{I put popcorn on my soup instead of crackers to save on calories}

 {Plenty of snuggles with this guy}
{Tried Kundalini Yoga for the first time}
{Started reading the Finishing School}

Happy Wax

I love candles, but they’re not really the safest. I am always afraid of accidentally leaving one burning when I leave the house. This is where wax melts come in. No flame means they’re safer – however you still want to use them with caution. I recently tried out Happy Wax, which not only offers stylish warmers but also the cutest wax melts (they look like gummy bears). I am obsessed with mixing them to create my own scent combinations.
• No scrape silicone dish – probably one of my favorite features once the wax hardens it will pop right out of the dish…soooo love that aspect.
• Easy-off timer – set the melters to 3, 6 or 9 hours and you don’t have to worry about shutting it off.
• Natural scent formulations – made using 100 percent natural soy and essential oils.
• Melts are the cutest things ever – they’re made to look like gummy bears.
• Special holiday additions are in other shapes such as a Christmas tree.
• Melts come in a variety of amazing smelling scents  - my favorites are cucumber melon and grapefruit mangosteen.

Chicken Noodle Soup

Chicken noodle soup with a soda on the side – anyone else remember that song by Webster and Young B? One of my friends in college used to rock that song out anytime they had chicken noodle soup in the dining hall. With everyone getting sick lately, I thought I would share with you my favorite chicken noodle soup recipe – which is a whole lot like the soup they served us in college.

Chicken Noodle Soup
For the Chicken
1 pound boneless skinless chicken breast tenders
2 tablespoons olive oil
garlic powder
chili powder
dried basil
dried oregano

For the Soup
4-5 large carrots, peeled and diced
4-5 stalks celery, diced
1 red onion, finely chopped
32 ounces chicken stock
4 cups water
2 bay leaves
Juice of 1 lemon
fresh dill chopped (I use ¼ cup)

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
2. Place chicken tenders in a dish.
3. Drizzle the chicken with 1 tablespoon of the oil.
4. Sprinkle with spices.
5. Turn over each piece of chicken.
6. Drizzle with remaining oil.
7. Sprinkle with spices.
8. Bake for 25 minutes covered.
9. Once cooked cut into chunks or shred.
***While chicken is cooking***
1. Add carrots, celery, onion and bay leaves to a large pot.
2. Add the water and stock.
3. Cook until vegetables are tender.
4. Add the lemon juice.
5. Add the dill.
6. Bring to a boil.
7. Turn off and add chicken.
8. Add prepared noodles of your choice  to your bowl and top with soup.

Coming to Detroit: Cinderella

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I am so excited Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella is coming back to Detroit for a limited time engagement at the Fisher Theatre from March 13-18, 2018.

With its fresh new take on the beloved tale of a young woman who is transformed from a chambermaid into a princess, this hilarious and romantic Rodgers + Hammerstein's CINDERELLA combines the story's classic elements – glass slippers, pumpkin, and a beautiful ball along with some surprising twists. More than just a pretty face with the right shoe size, this Cinderella is a contemporary figure living in a fairytale setting. She is a spirited young woman with savvy and soul who doesn't let her rags or her gowns trip her up in her quest for kindness, compassion and forgiveness. She longs to escape the drudgery of her work at home and instead work to make the world a better place. She not only fights for her own dreams, but forces the prince to open his eyes to the world around him and realize his dreams too. 
Rodgers + Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA has music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, a new book by Douglas Carter Beane and original book by Oscar Hammerstein II. Originally directed by Mark Brokaw and choreographed by Josh Rhodes, the tour is directed by Gina Rattan and choreographed by Lee Wilkins. Music adaptation and arrangements are by David Chase and music supervision is by Greg Anthony Rassen. Orchestrations are by Bill Elliott and are adapted from the original Broadway orchestrations by Danny Troob.
One of Rodgers + Hammerstein's most popular titles, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA was written for television -- debuting in 1957 starring Julie Andrews. In 2013, the show made its long-overdue Broadway debut. Along with CINDERELLA, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein's legendary musicals include OKLAHOMA!, Carousel, The King and I, South Pacific and The Sound of Music.
Mr. Beane's book for Rodgers + Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA blends masterfully with the musical's cherished score with songs including "In My Own Little Corner," "Impossible/It's Possible," "Ten Minutes Ago" and "Do I Love You Because You're Beautiful?"
The creative team includes scenic design by Tony® Award nominee Anna Louizos, costume design by six-time Tony® Award-winner William Ivey Long, lighting design by Tony® Award-winner Kenneth Posner and sound design by Tony® Award nominee Nevin Steinberg.
The Rodgers + Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA tour is produced by Work Light Productions. CINDERELLA was produced on Broadway by Robyn Goodman, Jill Furman, Stephen Kocis, Edward Walson, Venetian Glass Productions, The Araca Group, Luigi Caiola & Rose Caiola, Roy Furman, Walt Grossman, Peter May/Sanford Robertson, Glass Slipper Productions LLC/Eric Schmidt, Ted Liebowitz/James Spry, Blanket Fort Productions and in association with Center Theatre Group.
For more information please visit www.CinderellaOnBroadway.com
Twitter: @CinderellaBway
Performance times for Rodgers + Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA appearing March 13-18, 2018 at the Fisher Theatre, located at 3011 West Grand Blvd., in Detroit are:
•           Tuesday through Saturday evening performances at 7:30 p.m.
•           Sunday evening performance at 6:30 p.m.
•           Saturday matinee at 2:00 p.m.
•           Thursday & Sunday matinees at 1:00 p.m.
•           Special Open Captioned performance on Friday, March 16 at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets for Rodgers + Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA start at $35 (includes facility and parking fees) and are now on sale at all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 800-982-2787, and online at www.broadwayindetroit.com or www.ticketmaster.com. Tickets are also available for purchase 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 (12 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.
The Broadway In Detroit Series at The Fisher Theatre is sponsored by the Chrysler Pacifica. As part of this sponsorship, the Chrysler Pacifica will be on display this season at The Fisher Theatre.