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By Joni
Category: Cooking & Cocktails

Ok ok. So let’s talk about Beverly Hills. Or just, face lifts in general.

On the bottom floor of the building I work in, there’s a plastic surgery clinic. They have this “before and after” book, and let’s just say, the results are amazing. I’m not saying it’s for everyone - or anyone, for that matter - but do what makes you happy, peeps.

So let’s talk about what that means for food. And you. And me! If you’re looking at something you’ve eaten time and again thinking, “I like this, but could there be a better option?” the answer is YES! Maybe it just needs a face lift. Let’s embrace it. Beverly Hills style. And let’s throw some Weezer in for fun.

Beverly Hills… that’s where I want to be!

cookieeeee, cookieeeee

Cookies in Beverly Hills…

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By Joni
Category: Cooking & Cocktails

I’m feeling all red, white & blue, y’all. The World Cup has got me screaming “USA! USA! USA!” constantly, and July 4 is just around the corner.

It’s so America up in here.

Know what else is American? Stuffing your face. So let’s do it - red, white and chocolate style.

I

I believe

I believe that

I believe that we

I believe that we will make some brownies!

I believe that we will make some brownies!

I believe that we will make some brownies!

:)

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Some red raspberry and white chocolate brownies to be exact.

By stacy
Category: Bitchin Bargains

Whether you're planning a bitching vacation or a relaxing staycation for this 4th of July, we've got some great tips for you!! And we know that staying within a budget means that you get to spend your money where it counts, rather than watching your wallet shrivel up and die. So that's why we've compiled these money-saving tips so that you can get the most out of your next vacation or staycation.

For this 4th of July, Stacy is headed across the state lines to visit some high school friends. This trip is OVERDUE to say the least. I'm talking Florida beaches, top shelf drinks, and even a pit stop in New Orleans. So how can this fit in my budget you ask? Say no more.

1. Plan a group trip or a visit with friends to minimize or eliminate hotel costs. This year we have three couples staying with a close friend in Florida, so we won't owe a dime (except for a sweet gift for being such a great hostess, of course)! Then we're packing up and staying in New Orleans for a few days. And with the help of homeaway.com, we scored an amazing deal in the French Quarter. NOLA HERE WE COME!!!

By Joni
Category: Bitchin Bargains

I know basically nothing about cars. Except how to drive them. And how to recognize when I need to take it into the dealership…

Which is probably why every time I go in there and they tell me that I need some filter or light bulb replaced, I think, “GAH - I wish I had just an inkling of sense about this stuff, so I didn’t have to pay them $30 for a new air filter and $50 for new wiper blades…”

Wellllll, there’s this thing called the internet… and it’s full of possibilities. Possibilities that made literally $80 worth of repairs cost a big fat $22.

You need a new tail light? Google your car make, model & year, get the size bulb and GO BUY IT. Walmart carries most of this stuff - it doesn’t even require a trip to a different store!

By Joni
Category: Bitchin Bargains

You guys know I’m cheap, right? I think I’ve made that more than clear…

Well, one of my favorite ways to drink a soda is over ice, with a straw. Fountain style. And if I can add in some vanilla syrup, even better. (Hence my love for Sonic…)

So when I got tired of paying $4/bottle of the sugar-free Torani syrup, I decided to make my own! They have plenty of other flavors that I CAN’T imitate - this one was within my reach.

It’s super easy too - all you’ll need…

  • empty bottle for storage

  • 1 C splenda or stevia

  • 1 C water

  • 4 Tbsp vanilla (or 1/4 C)

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By stacy
Category: Bitchin Bargains

I ran across this fugly blue shelf at a sale a few weeks back and have been working on improving it ever since. I knew the moment I laid eyes on it that it would be a perfect addition to store bathroom goodies above the toilet. And since I've just updated the paint job in the bathroom, this would be a nice finishing touch. So I paid my $2 and brought this treasure home with me.

The first step would be to find a fancy knob to set it off. We have brushed nickel finishes throughout our house, so Hobby Lobby was the only choice to find a great knob. Their selection is just unbeatable. And ALWAYS 50% off. Check it out!

By Joni
Category: Cooking & Cocktails

Last week, Stacy showed you one of her best quick & delicious sauces - Alfredo! Today, I’ve got to share one of my personal favorites.

It’s healthy, easy and will add a little something (like vitamins and nutrients!) to recipes you already love. Check out this Creamy Cauliflower Sauce and start brainstorming, because the possibilities are endless!

Ingredients

  • 1 head of cauliflower

  • 1 C chicken or vegetable stock

  • 8 cloves garlic

  • 1/2 C chopped onion

  • 1 Tbsp olive oil

  • 1/2 C milk

  • salt and pepper, to taste

In this particular recipe, I opted to make some chicken meatballs to go with the dish! I’ll put the recipe for the chicken meatballs at the bottom, if you’re interested! Now to the sauce…

By stacy
Category: Cooking & Cocktails

I've been working on this Alfredo recipe for a long time. And thanks to my top-secret ingredient, my homemade alfredo sauce has gone from REALLY REALLY GOOD, to OMG GIVE ME MORE THAT'S AMAZING!! 

Wanna know about the game changer? I found the best parmesan cheese ever. It already has a great blend of herbs and spices, which allows the sauce to be perfectly seasoned.

So I use this recipe on the regular, but I can also use it in a pinch because it takes less than 10 minutes. And as if it couldn't get better, it only takes four ingredients! Some of my favorite ways to utlize this sauce is on pasta (DUH!), pan-seared chicken breast, on veggies, and today's debute.....on pizza. ERMAGERD. NOM.

By Joni
Category: Cooking & Cocktails

I am very serious about my guacamole. It is a huge source of pride, and I have perfected MY ABSOLUTE FAVORITE guacamole over the years.

If your’e like “psh - I already know how to make guacamole,” don’t leave this page just yet!

Because while this may be my ABSOLUTE FAVORITE (yes, caps every time), there’s always room to get a little funky. So today, I’m going to share two DELICIOUS versions: Classic Guacamole and Bell Pepper, Habanero & Bacon Guacamole!

Guacamole Base

Makes about 7-8 cups of guacamole once all ingredients are added

  • 5 large avocados

  • 2 juicy limes

  • 2 fresh jalapenos

  • 1/2 C chopped fresh cilantro

  • 1 Tbsp sea salt

Ingredients for Varieties; Directions are below

For Classic, add:

By Joni
Category: Cooking & Cocktails

Have I got a special treat for you guys…

These are some of the tastiest cookies I’ve had in a while without a doubt. And if you’re planning to head to (or host!) a cookout this weekend, and you like chocolate, then BUCKLE UP.

These were inspired by another AMAZING recipe (Olive Oil & Sea Salt Brownie Cookies from Something Swanky), so the basics of this recipe are similar, but adjusted to suit my late night desire for peanut butter.

Scratch that - my EVERY NIGHT desire for peanut butter. How is it so freakin amazing?

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Ingredients:

  • 1/3 C coconut oil

  • 1/3 C natural peanut butter

  • 1 C granulated sugar

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