Thursday, April 21, 2011

The Grown Up Easter Basket

you have never really lived, until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.

Hi! I am in such a great mood today! It's my Friday at work, it's gorgeous outside and I just ate the best black bean burger combo I have ever made (no joke)!

When I first started this blog I had no idea I would have so much fun cooking and finding healthy recipes and running - I was NEVER a runner growing up. So I figured I would go back to my roots and try to incorporate more fun posts involving date ideas, fashion and things I love!

Easter baskets are not just for kids! I love finding reasons to do something special for CL, especially since he takes me out and spoils me often!

Here are a few of my basket stuffers: 
starbucks gift card
yellow button up or polo
mini white zinfandel wine bottles

The possibilities are endless - but this boy loves chocolate, coffee and wine. Plus, he looks mighty handsome in yellow which happens to be a fabulous Easter color. 

Peeps aren't just for eating anymore.

What a cute idea to use peeps and jellybeans to decorate your centerpiece. I think if I took these to my grandma's she would love it!

Make Easter Bunny Smore Jars to give to your cousins/friends.

Ingredients and Directions:
1. Reduce 1 sleeve graham crackers to crumbs.
2. Layer 2/3 of the crumbs in a 1 quart jar.
3. Place 8 marshmallow bunny peeps standing up, facing out around the inside of the jar.
4. Press them up against the glass, but don't squash them.
5. Carefully spoon remaining crumbs in the center of the jar to support the bunnies, pressing down to keep it snug.
6. On top of this pour 1-1/4 cup Easter M&M's.
7. Spoon 1/3 cup brown sugar into center of M&M's, gently pressing with a spoon.

Attach a gift tag giving the following instructions:
1. Empty the jar contents into a bowl. Snip the bunnies into bits with kitchen sheers or cut up with a knife. Return the bunny bits to the mixture. Mix well.
2. Melt 1/2 cup butter; add 1 teaspoon vanilla. Pour this over the dry ingredients, mixing well. Pat into a greased 9" square pan. Bake at 350 degrees F for 15 minutes. Cool and cut into bars.
(Makes 9 to 12 bars.)

Our First Easter

2008-2011 and still going strong! I can't wait to dye some Easter eggs tomorrow! Now in all seriousness I need your guys opinions. Tomorrow I am thinking of cutting my hair. I need all of your honest opinions.

Should I keep it long?

or cut it short?

I would really appreciate your guys feedback!!



  1. Awww I love the grown up Easter basket idea! It's so cute. And eek you are so brave for chopping off the locks. I keep telling myself that I'm going to cut it short but I just can't do it. Last time I cut it up to my shoulders I cried lol I think you look gorgeous no matter what! :D
    Love ya

  2. Haha! Starbucks giftcard... that was definitely part of my valentine's day gift to Christopher. He's a coffee addict. ;)

    I love the peeps ideas. How cute! Never would've thought of that!

    Girl, your hair is gorgeous either way. Love how thick and shiny it is! I just cut mine short for the summer 'cause I love how much less maintenance it is and how much cooler it is too... but I'm lucky and my hair grows fast so it'll be long by this winter again. I'm not sure if I would be able to cut it as easily if it didn't grow so fast. Either way, I love your hair!

  3. Ahhh, I LOVE the jar with the Easter goodies in it! So cute!!

  4. I'm voting for short!!! Even though I'm trying to grow my hair long :)
    I love s'mores jar! Such a cute idea. I'm definitely going to keep that idea for next year,

  5. I keep it long in the hotter months and shorter in the winter. no idea why! I think its the ponytail need in the hot months?

    LOVE your hair both ways!

    and love the boy easter basket ideas! very good ones! <3

    Jenn @ Peas & Crayons

  6. The grown-up Easter basket is such a cute idea! I think your hair looks great both ways, but I'm a sucker for long hair! :)

  7. this will not help you at all, but it looks so cute both ways!! Also I can never make decisions about my own hair so best of luck to you doll :)

  8. first off i LOVE the easter basket idea! it's sooo adorable as always :) hmm and honestly like everyone else said you could with either haircut and pull it off pretty girl! xo

  9. @Rach @ This Italian Familythanks girl! it took me 2.5 years to get it to the length it is now starting with it at my chin but i cut it in between a lot. such a hard decision!

  10. @Kate (What Kate is Cooking)I thought it was such a cute idea! I am going to pick up the materials today and start crackin on them!

  11. @Jessica @ Stylish Stealthy and HealthyI bet I will chicken out but if i cut it ill donate the hair which makes its so much harder knowing its for a good cause!

  12. waitara! Cut your hair!!! It looks so amazing with your face shape! So chic! It'll always grow back. Im cutting mine literally the DAY after my wedding! -ashley

  13. omg i love that idea for the smores...might have to make a run to the store real quick :)

  14. I know when I cut my hair after growing it for years I regretted it so my adivce is keep it long! You have beautiful hair!! Maybe some shorter layers around your face will give you the change your looking for without making a drastic alteration.

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