What I Wore EmersonMade


I have lost 54 pounds so far. Only 6 pounds till goal weight!! 

I'm not sure if you are all aware but I am OBSESSED with EmersonMade. Seriously I have bought almost the entire wardrobe by now. I'm exaggerating but seriously I L*O*V*E them!!!!  You need to check them out if you haven't already!!! So this is the little seer sucker blouse I got a couple months ago and love to death!!!! 




 Blouse: EmersonMade
Jeans: Joe's Jeans
Sandals: Cork Ease
Purse: Hype

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Seek First Rosette Necklace Giveaway (NOW CLOSED)

 
Hi friends. Today I've got an amazing little giveaway for you!!!! I just met miss Lauren and her beautiful handmade shop {SEEK FIRST}.
I just love all the gorgeous rosette jewelry she's offering.
And it's your lucky day twice. Number one she is giving away the gorgeous necklace pictured below and number two she's offering you all a great discount too, SImply enter the code "BAMBINI" to get 20% off your order.


If you would like to participate in the necklace giveaway please be a follower of my blog and :

Visit Lauren's {SHOP} and let me know your facorite item

For addition entries, you may:
Follow Lauren's adorable {BLOG}
Follow Lauren on {TWITTER}
Add Seek First to your {FAVORITES} on Etsy.

This giveaway will be open 2 weeks and close on Friday September 30th




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Chocolate Souffle and Linky Party

Well I have been dying to make chocolate souffle for a long time now. It was actually pretty easy. I don't think they came out perfect but they tasted perfect so that's all that matters. I found the original recipe {HERE}

They were so light and delicate and just melted in your mouth! A must try! 

Ingredients

  • 7 ounces finely chopped bittersweet or semisweet chocolate
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, plus for preparing the molds
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 3 large egg yolks
  • 3 tablespoons warm water
  • 1/2 cup sugar, plus 2 tablespoons
  • 8 large egg whites, room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • Confectioners' sugar for garnish

Directions

Brush 6 (6-ounce) ramekins with soft butter, then coat with sugar. Put the prepared ramekins in the freezer. (This can be done a day ahead.)
Set an oven rack in lower third of the oven and preheat to 400 degrees F.
Put the chocolate and butter in a medium heatproof bowl. Bring a saucepan filled with an inch or so of water to a very slow simmer; set the bowl over, but not touching, the water. Stir the chocolate occasionally until melted and smooth. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla extract. Set aside.
Combine the egg yolks and warm water in the bowl of a standing mixer or large bowl and beat untilfrothy. Gradually add 2 tablespoons sugar, and continue beating until ribbons form, about 5 minutes. Very lightly fold the yolks into the chocolate mixture. (Rinse the bowl well, if using for beating the egg whites.)
Remove prepared ramekins from freezer. Put the egg whites in the bowl of a standing mixer, or large non-reactive bowl, add the lemon juice. Beat on medium until frothy; then gradually add the remaining 1/2 cup of sugar and increase speed to high. Beat until the whites hold a stiff but not dry peak.
Working quickly, fold about a third of the egg whites into the chocolate to lighten; then fold in remaining whites until blended. Gently ladle or spoon the souffle mixture into the ramekins, and place on a baking sheet. (Level off the surface with a straight edge, scraping any excess mixture back into the bowl.)
Immediately bake until the souffle rises about 1 1/2 inches from the ramekins, and the tops are touched with brown, about 18 to 20 minutes. Remove from oven, dust with confectioners' sugar and serve immediately.


Please join me and link up ANYTHING handmade or homemade. I would love to see recipes, DIY projects, party planning, and craft projects of all kinds!!!
And if you didn't make anything this week, no worries, link up an old favorite!!!
There are no rules! Feel free to grab the Handmade Hog button and place it in your post or on your sidebar but it is absolutely NOT required!! EVERYONE is welcome to participate!!! This is just supposed to be a fun way to share your ideas and pick up some new ones !! 
So, please join me! LINK UP!!! I can't wait to see what you have in store!!!



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What I Wore Gingham

I love. love. love gingham!!!!! It is one of my all time favorite prints so I was SO excited when I found this shirt for 40% off!!!! Plus is Papaya. What an awesome color!!!! 



Shirt: J Crew
Jeans: James Jeans
Sandals: Bernardo


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Guest Posting Peach Crumble

Good Morning friends!!! 
Remember my wonderful friend Casey Wiegand from her lovely guest post the other day? Well, she was kind enough to have me over on her blog.

I shared an AMAZING recipe for individual peach crumbles with Graham cracker crust. Please come check me out and this wonderful recipe {HERE}



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Magic In The Middle Cookies

WARNING!!!! These cookies are amazing. I ate like 5 of them and totally ruined my diet AGAIN for the week! UGH!!!! But seriously they are amazing so make them!!!
Original recipe {HERE}

Chocolate Dough
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup granulated sugar (plus extra for dredging)
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
1/4 cup smooth peanut butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 large egg plus 1 large egg yolk

The Filling
  • 1/8 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  •  pinch Salt
  • 3/4 cups heavy cream
  • 3/4  cups whole milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped (1/2 cup)

The Dough:
Preheat the oven to 375°F. Lightly grease (or line with parchment) two baking sheets.
To make the dough: In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt.  In another medium-sized mixing bowl, beat together the sugars, butter, and peanut butter until light and fluffy. Add the vanilla and the egg, beating to combine, then stir in the dry ingredients, blending well.
The Filling:
Whisk together sugar, cornstarch, cocoa, and 1/8 teaspoon salt in a medium saucepan. Combine cream, milk, and vanilla in a liquid measuring cup
Pour 1 cup cream mixture into sugar mixture, and whisk until cornstarch is dissolved. Add remaining cream mixture, and whisk until smooth. Bring to a boil, whisking constantly, and cook until thick, about 5 minutes. Reduce heat to low, and add chocolate. Whisk until chocolate melts, about 1 minute. Now let it cool. Then place it in the freezer until fairly cold and hard.

To Make the cookies take about 3 tablespoons of dough and place about 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of fudge in the middle and form the dises up around it. If you use too much fudge it will all leak out when you bake htem. Trust me I tried it both ways. Resist the erge to overfill. Once formed place on a greased cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 10 minuets. Dust with powdered sugar.






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Disaster Photo Shoot with my kids

A couple days ago I "tried" to have a little photo shoot with my kids and lets just say it did NOT go as planned as most things don't when you have a 22 month old and a 7 month old. I literally took 60 pictures and these were the best of them. Ginger was scowling in every single one and Milton wouldn't even sit down or hold still for one second plus his face is dirty and he wouldn't put his toys down either. UGH!
Milton's aunt Schanda  made that adorable Jon Jon he is wearing and I really wanted to get some good photos of them so maybe I'll try again but I'm not too eager.




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Meet Laura's Rolling Pin and a FABULOUS Giveaway (NOW CLOSED)

Okay friends let me introduce you to Laura and her F*A*B*U*L*O*U*S {SHOP}. This is one of my favorite giveaways to date!!! Obviously I'm a foodie and not only do I love to cook but I love to enjoy other Cook's fabulous creations. Well, I am in love with Laura's shop! 

And you will soon see why. Plus today she is giving away a $40 shop credit AND offing 25% off to my readers during the length of the giveaway using the code "25HANNA"

Here's a little more about Laura

"Making food for my family has always been what I love most. When I became a SAHM, I had the time to experiment and found a deep love for making pasta. I did it by hand for the longest time, spent hours upon hours just to make one meal- with my rolling pin! Until I received the best gift from my brother- my pasta machine! Now I have the time, and resources, to share what I love. Everything is made upon order and from only the freshest ingredients. I hope you'll find something here that you love."

So how about a little herb infused fettuccine?

Or maybe a jar of beautiful homemade jam including spiced papaya? 

Chocolate crinkle cookie anyone?

Beautifully crafted homemade ziti?

If you would like to be entered to win this fabulous prize simply visit {Laura's Rolling Pin} and let me know what you'd get if you won.

For additional entrys 
You may add Laura's Rolling Pin as a favorite on {ETSY}
You may like Laura's Rolling Pin page on {FACEBOOK}
Become a fan of mine on {FACEBOOK}

(This giveaway will be open to 2 weeks closing on Friday 9/30 at Midnight)

Don't forget 25% off using the code "25HANNA"





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What We Wore with no Makeup

I probably only wear makeup a couple times a month. When I go to work I wear a light powder and a little bronzer so I don't look dead but otherwise I go all natural all the time. I only wear makeup when I'm going "out" somewhere like a date, party or event. Ummmm which is pretty much never. My husband and I have been on one date since our children were born, so 2 years. 

I am pleased to announce I lost another 2 pounds since my last post so I have lost 49 pounds and have only 11 to go and I am more motivated than ever!!! I have already started digging up all the before photos I can find so I can surprise you with the HUGE differnce. I have been technically counting since the birth of Ginger but if you count from the birth of MIlton it will be over 100 pounds that I will have lost so it will be pretty shocking to see. I'm excited!
Here is my sweet baby Ginger in an all knit outfit made by Picaflor that I adore. It was a gift from my best girlfriend,

Tank Top: Gap
Cardigan: Evy's Tree
Jeans: J Brand
Shoes: Payless

Ginger's outfit: Picaflor (a French designer)

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Shrimp and Sweet Corn Creole Pot Pies


Ingredients:
Double order of pie crust. Store bought or I use {THIS RECIPE}
1 pound shrimp peeled and cleaned
1 red bell pepper diced
The corn from 3 fresh corn Cobb's
4 toes of garlic minced
4 stalks of celery, finely diced
2 tablespoons Tony Chachere's
2 cups cream
2 tablespoons flour
2 tablespoons butter

Recipe
1. In a frying pan saute garlic, celery, and bell pepper until tender, about 10 minuets. Now add in corn for a few minuets longer, Salt and pepper to taste.Remove from heat and stir in raw shrimp. Set aside.
2. Next in a saucepan melt butter over medium heat and add flour. Once combined whisk in cream until a little thick and add The Tony Chachere;s spice. Set aside.
3, Now divide your double order of pie crust in 2. Now take each order and divide evenly into 6 little balls. Roll each one out and place into the little tin pie containers. Now fill the pies with the corn and shrimp mixture and top with the cream sauce. Now roll out the addition 6 little dough balls and top the pies. Pinch the crust shut and brush with egg wash or freeze. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minuets.



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Meet Casey Wiegand

This is Casey and she might just be one of the sweetest, most beautiful spirits I had "met" in the blogosphere. I stumbled across her blog one and day and now I read it daily.  She is so positive, uplifting and inspirational. There's just something about her, something wonderful.
She has such a beautiful family and is such a kind, good hearted soul. 
I just really wanted you all to meet her so I asked her to do a guest post for me. She just recently had a miscarriage and she has been very open in sharing about it with us today . I really hope you will pay her blog a visit because it's beautiful and so is she. Here she is........



My name is Casey Wiegand, I am a freelance artist, wife and mama. 
I love painting and sharing our life through my blog...where you can expect pieces of my perspective on life, faith, kids, marriage, with touches of art, creative inspiration, projects and things I love along the way. I have two little ones in the hopes of lots more and am married to the love of my life :).


I lost my baby this month. 
Being honest, at first, even with some tears I felt like I needed to be strong. I thought I can't be sad...I have so much to be thankful for and people have suffered many losses like this before...Casey be strong. My mind is able to have good perspective, I know that I am blessed with 2 beautiful babies, I know we have never suffered a miscarriage before or dealt with any kind of infertility but the truth is...
But the truth is...I am hurt, heartbroken, sad, empty. 
I decided today I dont care if anyone out there in the world thinks it is silly that I am sad, devastated, heartbroken over this loss- because I need to be real about how I feel.


I looked at a baby that looked just like Aiden and Ainseigh at 3 months...and I know it would have grown up to look just like them and love me the way they do....and that little person is gone. It's strange having a loss after having two children because I naturally imagine it looking and acting very similar to them... 
it had such a reality to it.

God is so good and does wrap us up in these times of heartache... and I trust with my soul that He has a plan. But it doesn't soften the hurt. I was uneasy all morning with a huge lump in my throat. I have to say thank you so much for loving me well. I had flowers and meals on my doorstep, constant emails/texts/calls all morning....I am blessed to have such love in my life.

My doctor is a beautiful soul...her nurses and staff truly are like family to me. They have walked through some hard hard things in my personal life along side with me as well as 2 rough starts. She cried along with us today. She answered all my questions. I am sensitive soul- I take great care and respect to the little life that I had started in me and I wanted to make sure that afterwards, even so small, it was respected greatly. 
I miss the dreams we had for this child, I miss being pregnant, I just miss this baby.

This baby that we named Addison.
Addison Wiegand.
 It made me feel better to give him/her a name...to think about the day I reach heaven he/she will be standing there, I will instantly know who he/she is and wrap my hands around so tight.

I love you sweet Addison. I am so sorry I was unable to have time with you here on earth... I don't know or understand, but I love you just the same. Mama is coming someday and we will be together again. 
I love you sweet baby. so so very much.

"I find beauty in not only the beautiful things in life, but the bittersweet and sad as well. To me, there is something poignantly lovely about the human experience from its splendor to its grief. God created all our emotions, not just the happy ones, and for His good purposes. That's why a good cry can feel so good. And hitting our limits forces us to look outside ourselves for a Savior. It is in the plea, when we're at our end, that we can find that which is truly life-giving. Personally, my moments of deepest grief, deepest pain, have resulted in the most beautiful seasons in my heart. I've met God more intimately in those moments than in all the other pleasant ones combined. What isn't completely lovely about that?"Leslie


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Orange Chicken

Well Friends, My husband is a Chinese food ADDICT!!! If we ever get take out, it's almost always Chinese because he craves it like crazy.
I could take it or leave it but I figure I might as well well save us a heck of a lot of money and learn how to make some amazing Chinese. I saw {THIS RECIPE} and new it would be great!!
It was and surprisingly easy to make. We;ll definitely have it again. I'm sure the hubby will  be getting his requests in.

Orange Chicken Recipe


Step 1: Combine flour, salt, and pepper. Dip chicken in egg mixture and shake in flour mixture to coat. Deep fry chicken in batches at 375 degrees in a deep fryer (or use a wok) until completely cooked

2 tablespoons waterCooking Instructions:
Step 1: Combine flour, salt, and pepper. Dip chicken in egg mixture and shake in flour mixture to coat. Deep fry chicken in batches at 375 degrees in a deep fryer (or use a wok) until completely cooked.

Step 2: Meanwhile, in a large saucepan combine 1 ½ cups water, lemon juice, orange juice, rice vinegar, and soy sauce. Blend well over medium heat for a few minutes. Stir in brown sugar, orange zest, ginger garlic, and onion. Bring to a boil.
Step 3: Combine 3 tablespoons of cornstarch with 1/4 cup of water and mix thoroughly. Slowly stir cornstarch mixture into sauce until it thickens. Pour sauce over breaded chicken, and if desired add red pepper flakes and garnish with green onions. Enjoy




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