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Statement Sleeve Sweaters

Statement Sleeve Sweaters

Today, I’m talking all things statement sleeves because there are already so many Black Friday deals being released… so you have got to know what you want to shop for! Plus these are great sweaters that are comfortable and they can be dressed up for all the holiday parties that are in everyone’s (very) near future.

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Cooking with Barilla

Cooking with Barilla

I have partnered with Barilla® to share this post about their Collezione artisanal pasta

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of going to the Barilla U.S. headquarters in Northbrook, IL. A small group of other amazing bloggers met with Chef Lorenzo Boni, and he showed us all his tips and tricks, from making his delicious pasta dishes to photography.

He specifically spoke about Barilla’s line of artisanal pasta, Collezione. What makes it different from your traditional dry pasta is the fact that it is cut using traditional Italian bronze plates. This gives the pasta an “al dente” texture, which I 100% prefer. I love my pasta cooked al dente (slightly firm) … it’s the best way to eat your pasta.

There are eight different cuts of this pasta, and some may look familiar, like Penne. However, the Collezione Penne has ridges on both the outside and the inside, making it ideal to hold onto the delicious sauce you’re serving with your pasta.

The six of us bloggers then split up into three groups to make three delicious pasta dishes. I partnered with Caroline from The Brazen Gourmand to make a pasta dish with roasted tomatoes, fava beans, fresh basil and Casarcce. This dish was so incredibly simple to make and so colorful. When you’re eating colorful, and not to mention delicious, food, it is hard to not be so happy… I mean… like you’re also eating pasta. How can you not be happy?

Before I share the recipe with you, I’m going to share the link where you can read more about the Collezione line of pasta and also find more recipes.

 

Click here to find out more!

https://www.barilla.com/en-us/product-results/pasta/range/collezione/?sort=alpha

 

Click here for recipes!

https://www.barilla.com/en-us/product-results/pasta/range/collezione/?sort=alpha

Below is the recipe for this delicious pasta dish!

RECIPE:

Ingredients for 6 people

  • 1 box Barilla Collezione Casarecce
  • 2 pints colorful tomatoes
  • 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • Garlic clove, chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup fava beans, blanched, peeled
  • 10 fresh basil leaves
  • 1 cup Ricotta Salata Cheese, shredded (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil, pre-heat oven to broil.
  2. Meanwhile, season tomatoes with garlic, salt, pepper and 1 tablespoon of olive oil.
  3. Broil until tomatoes burst and blister.
  4. Cook pasta accordingly to package directions. Drain pasta and toss with remaining olive oil, tomatoes and beans.
  5. Stir in cheese and basil before serving.
  6. Enjoy!

Friday’s Favorites: Friendsgiving + Thanksgiving Recipes

Friday’s Favorites: Friendsgiving + Thanksgiving Recipes

Last minute planners rejoice. I have a last minute guide to all things friends and thanksgiving. From affordable yet fancy looking table settings to super easy recipes to whip up to cocktails… cause what’s a holiday party without some amazing cocktails… I’ve got it all right here for you. It’s basically like Christmas came early.

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Friday’s Favorites: Skin Care

Friday’s Favorites: Skin Care

Ok, talking skin care today because I have some terrible skin and the past month and a half have been TERRIBLE. Now that it is kind of okay now, I am sharing some of my favorite natural skin products!

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Baked Brie with Pepper Jelly

Baked Brie with Pepper Jelly

Next up on the #friendsgiving series is this unbelievably delicious baked brie cheese. I’ve done so many variations of baked brie in the past, and none have quite turned out like this one. This was by far my favorite, and I think I can attribute that to the fact that I threw some pepper jelly on there. Mix it with some craisins, walnuts and pumpkin seeds. You’ve got yourself the easiest appetizer out there. Literally, you do not make anything. Assemble and cook.

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Roasted Acorn Squash Salad

Roasted Acorn Squash Salad

It’s officially November, Halloween has come and gone, now it is time to think about Thanksgiving… not Christmas. It is just too early for Christmas. We can’t skip over the Thanksgiving hype. Next, to 4th of July food, it’s the second best holiday food menu out there! This is the first installment of many to bring you various Friendsgiving and Thanksgiving recipe ideas. They’re all supposed to be super easy, but also super delicious. Nobody wants to be bringing or eating bad food during the holidays. It should be against the law. The first recipe I have is a Roasted Acorn Squash Salad!

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Pumpkin Pie Cinnamon Roll Pull Apart Bread

Pumpkin Pie Cinnamon Roll Pull Apart Bread

Yup. You read that right, pumpkin pie cinnamon roll pull apart bread. Pumpkin pie meets cinnamon rolls meets a loaf of pull apart bread. Not to mention super easy to make considering I used canned cinnamon rolls… I’ve tried making real cinnamon rolls so many times and I just cannot get them right. So for all of you with a candy hangover from last night, or for those of you who are about to go to the grocery store and buy all the half off Halloween candy… make room for this bread. That’s not a suggestion… make room. You need this.

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Halloween Cocktails

Halloween Cocktails

So it is Halloween already… idk this year seems like it has lasted a total of 5 years but also seems like it has lasted a total of 5 days. Not too sure how that mentally is possible to feel that way, but somehow managing to feel that way. Below I’m rounding up some of my favorite Halloween cocktails, because I mean… get festive. Even if you’re not a huge costume person, scary movie person, creepy eerie zombie person (I am raising my hand to all three of those), that doesn’t mean you can’t have a good time on Halloween!

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Shopping for a Cause

Shopping for a Cause

This is a sponsored post, but all opinions are my own.

October feels like it is somehow flying by… but I also feel like “is it seriously still October?” Thank god it is still October, because Woodfield Mall is still celebrating and allowing you to shop for a cause. For a $10 donation to Komen’s fight against breast cancer, you recieve a discount card that gives you 15 or 25% off participating stores. So you donate, do some shopping, then save hundreds of dollars on deals. Treat yo’ self, and do the world good. A win-win.

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Pomegranate Bourbon Smash

Pomegranate Bourbon Smash

You know it’s officially fall when you switch from vodka to whiskey (or bourbon)… I told myself I need to make more fun cocktails, so here we are. These pomegranate bourbon smash cocktails are super easy to make and they are so delicious. Plus they’re the perfect fall drink… but also LOOK how nicely these colors carry over for Christmas! I’m just thinking ahead for everyone.

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