Saturday, July 28, 2012

Movies at the Gardens

My friend, Tracie, invited me to the Myriad Gardens for "Movies on the Gardens" to see Grease.  I had no idea the Gardens even did fun!!  They let you bring your own drinks, (including alcohol!!), chairs or blankets, and they show "oldie but goodie" movies on a huge screen.  They even have a cute old-fashioned popcorn and cotton candy stand.  I had good intentions of taking a picture of them, but I forgot.  Dang it!!  But I did manage to get a couple *blurry* pics on my phone.  

They don't allow glass, so Tracie was prepared with a delicious, sweet red, box wine.  Thanks girl!!

She even brought "red solo cups" :)

Here's a shot of the screen.  It was such a good night to do this.  I was a little worried because it was 110 degrees all day, but it had cooled down a bit and there was at least a breeze.  And I haven't seen Grease in probably over 10 years!!  I can't wait to go watch another movie.  Maybe next time I can get David to go for a date night.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Yummy Goodness!!

I am so excited to be in our house and actually have room to bake and cook!  My first use of the stove and oven was a success....the house is still standing!  I found a recipe online a while back for Rolo Cake Mix Bars.  Since David and I are both counting calories, I wanted to make sure I had something or someone to take these to so I wouldn't be tempted to eat the entire pan!  Who am I kidding...I was still tempted!  David's store is having a huge sale this week and they will all be working extra long hours preparing for the sale and the day of sale.  So...they will be consuming all of the calories...not me!

1 Box Yellow Cake Mix
5 oz. Evaporated Milk
1/4 C. Butter, melted
40 Rolo Candies, unwrapped and cut in half

Mix cake mix, milk, and butter...

The batter will be a thick and creamy consistency.

Spray 9x13 pan with cooking spray.  Divide batter in half and press 1/2 into the bottom of the pan.  Bake at 350 degrees until just set - about 8-9 minutes.

Unwrap and cut Rolos in half...
**This is VERY important - taste test several Rolos just to make sure they taste ok.  Taste a couple more if there is any question**

Remove from oven and place Rolos caramel side down on top of bottom batter...

Drop remaining batter on top of Rolos in teaspoon sized amounts - you may have to spread out a little with a knife.  Bake for 20-24 minutes until golden brown.

Enjoy these little chocolate caramel bars....unless you're counting calories!!

Rolo Cake Mix Bars
1 Box Yellow Cake Mix
5 oz. Evaporated Milk
1/4 C. Butter, melted
40 Rolo Candies, unwrapped and cut in half

1. Preheat oven to 350. 
2. Mix cake mix, milk, and butter until combined.  Will be thick and creamy.
3. Divide batter in half and press 1/2 into bottom of pan. 
4. Bake until just set, 8-9 minutes.
5. Remove from oven and place Rolos caramel side down on top.
6. Drop remaining batter on top of Rolos in teaspoon-sized amounts.
8. Bake for 20-24 additional minutes.
9. Cool completely before cutting into squares.

Here's a peek at our dinner tonight... Fried Pretzel Crusted Chicken and Parmesan Roasted Green Beans...

Check the recipes out:
Of course, the picture you see when you click the link is much prettier than mine but I'm sure mine tasted better!  :)  The only thing I changed was I added some Buffalo Flavored Pretzel Crisps to the regular pretzels before grinding in the food processor.  It gave it a little spicy flavor!

♥ Birthday Love - Part 1♥

So, I have always signed up for e-mails and newsletters through stores and restaurants because I love a good deal or coupon!  I usually end up deleting most of the e-mails because they are about sales or specials that I don't want to take advantage of or some other form of junk mail.  The month of July, however, is a different story!!  All of my favorite stores and restaurants send me coupons for free goodies!  I ♥ it and ALWAYS take advantage of freebies :)  Here's what I got this year!

 Free drink from Starbucks - Java Chip Frappuccino - the Light Version.  Yummy!!

One of my favorite makeup stores, Ulta, sent me a free $10 certificate!  I picked up this AMAZING Emerald Eyeshadow - I can't wait to use it!

I also picked up this Nutrient Spray - it's supposed to make your hair shiny and also act as a conditioning treatment.  I tried it out and ♥ it.  It's not oily or greasy and it made my hair shiny and soft - it also smells good!

DSW Shoe store sent me a $5 certificate so I bought some of these shoe cushions.  A set of 2 costs 7 bucks so I was only out $2!

Sephora's gift was a set of SUGAR lip gloss - It is probably the softest silkiest lip gloss I've ever used!  I will probably be buying a big tube once these samples are gone.

  And here are all my gifts!  See the 6-pc. Towel Set in the back?  Well, JCPenneys sent me a $15 certificate and I scored big on the clearance rack in the store this weekend. I got all 6 towels (PERFECT match to my bathroom) for $18!!!  So I only had to spend $3 of my own money!! 

I also got a free sandwich from Schlotzsky's.  I tried out their new Chicken Cordon Bleu - it was absolutely DELICIOUS!!  Chicken, Bacon, Cheese and Honey Mustard??  Yes, Please!!! 

I just love all my birthday freebies...Happy Birthday to Me!!!  Lesson learned??  Go sign up for newsletters and e-mails, people!!!  It's worth all the junk mail :)

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Our New Home Card!

I absolutely LOVE Shutterfly!  Check out this cute card I made for our moving announcement!

New Home Flourish Moving Announcement
Unique designs that are as unique as you. Shutterfly.
View the entire collection of cards.

Mascara and Lip Gloss? Yes, Please!

Last time I blogged (please forgive me for all of my breaks - but we are almost completely moved in!) I said I was joining in on Beauty Box swap. It is coming up and I am so excited about it!! While trying to catch up on some blogs that I follow, I found another beauty swap that I MUST participate in!!

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