Sunday, November 13, 2011

Brittany gets hitched!

Hey blogger! Well, my week was pretty decent overall. I got some great news from the company I'm currently in the 'running' for with the hiring process, so please cross your fingers that the rest of it goes well. 

Also, Friday one of my close friends from college tied the knot! They had a beautiful wedding in downtown Orlando at The Mezz/The Abbey. She looked stunning and everyone had a BLAST. It was great to see everyone from college all in the same place again to celebrate such an awesome event! 

I unfortunately was too busy dancing, boozing, and laughing to take many photos. But here are just a few I snapped from my phone:

(The ceremony)

(On the building marquee)

(We like to party.)

(Every centerpiece was different. It was gorg!)

(First dance)

(Cake shooters to-go. Best wedding favor ever.)

My photos do not at all do this beautiful wedding justice. I'll try to post some more once other pictures are uploaded. 

In other news, my Jack Skellington pumpkin bit the dust a few days ago. He's been looking a little frail lately, but I waited until I absolutely had to before we tossed him. :(

(As you can see..pretty deformed and droopy.)
RIP Jack.

Hope everyone else had a great weekend! 

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Manicure challenge- Week 3

Week 3- Your favorite polish

If you know me, you most likely know the answer to this one! Of my 250 bottles of polish, China Glaze- For Audrey wins this prize.

Although this may be surprising to some, since I'm such a pink girl. But I just adore this color for so many reasons. I love Tiffany blue, as every woman does. I love Audrey Hepburn- and Breakfast at Tiffany's is also my favorite movie of all time. And this polish is just so easy for me to throw on. I refer to it as my 'comfort polish.' 

Here's For Audrey with some stampage and Hello Kitty in the mix :)

What do you think?

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Beer Cheese Soup Recipe!

Now that it's finally cooling off here in sunny Florida, it's soon to be that time of year for the annual awaited beer cheese soup!

I got this recipe from my mother a few years ago to take to a Christmas party, and after it being a HUGE hit- I've cooked it in my own home ever since. It is SO good. Your spouse, children, and friends will thank you!

Here's what you need:

1 stick margarine
3/4 cup diced celery
3/4 cup diced onion
3/4 cup flour
5 oz ro-tel diced tomatoes with green chilis
2 lb velveta diced - 12 1/2 oz
64 oz chicken broth
3/4 cup beer room temp

And here's all you do!

1) Melt margarine over medium heat, add celery and onion, sautee 3 minutes. 
2) add flour, whisk to combine 
3) cook 2 minutes
 4) add ro-tel, velveeta, and chicken broth
5) cook, stirring occasionally untill cheese melts and soup thickens 
6) when ready to serve, slowly pour in beer and mix

And voila!! You now have the best soup ever. You're welcome ;) 

Newest additions

Love love love Holiday polish! 

I was missing these 2 pretty babies from Orly's Mineral FX collection, and couldn't resist picking them up as well. I LOVE this should too!
Emberstone & Stone Cold

 And these, well, who can resist these either?
Skyscraper & Haunting

Friday, November 4, 2011

Super easy meatball stuffed shells recipe!

Hellooo, blogger! Happy weekend! 

So, I've attempted to be a bit adventurous in the kitchen this week (and for me, adventurous in the kitchen means merely touching a cooking appliance) and try some new things out. Last night I attempted a crescent roll calzone, and it was fabulous. So tonight, my Italian kick continued, and I wanted to try stuffed shells! 


I've had said jumbo shells sitting in the pantry for months, but haven't touched them because I was scared of them since I'd never cooked them before. In fact, I had to dig a bit to even find them. I saw a recipe online for taco stuffed shells that looked delish, however- I did not have ground beef. But alas, I had meatballs. I then wondered if people even put meatballs in stuffed shells. So, I figured I'd try it anyway. 

So with a few ingredients and some determination, it turned out great! And it was so easy! My boyfriend LOVED them, so that's always a huge plus too ;)

Here's all you need for it:
(Half of a large jar of marinara sauce (of your choice), half box of jumbo shells, pre-cooked thawed meatballs, mozarella cheese, ricotta cheese)

I was cooking for two, so, used 13 meatballs (half the bag) and boiled 16 shells in case any of them had an accident during the prep. (We ended up with leftovers)

So first, I boiled the shells per the directions on the box- and added a bit of minced garlic and salt to taste. While boiling, I prepped my pan by lining it with foil and spreading a thin layer of butter and marinara sauce on the bottom.
-I also preheated the oven at 350 at this step!-

I then drained the pasta and placed them on the pan after they had a minute to cool. Them, I stuffed the shells. 
First, I put a spoon full of ricotta in each.
Then, placed a meatball inside.

Luckily, the shells all made it out alive- so I just stuffed the extras with extra cheese and left them meatless.

After that, I sprinkled the mozzarella inside the shells one by one. 
Next, I loosely poured the rest of the marinara on top of the shells.
I also sprinkled some garlic seasoning on top, but that's totally up to you!

Then, you bake them in the oven at 350 for 25 minutes, and that's it! 

Not bad, right? I'm so glad I tried this out.. and we will definitely be making it again very soon!