DIY Easter Treats: Reese's PB Chickie!

I got this idea from a fellow mommy blogger (Julie Solomon) ... who told me I should totally try these and then "tag" her when I'm finished. Well, my little chickies turned out more like "two-eyed minions" while hers are super duper professional looking. The way I see it is, my girls are the totally "down for anything" chicks, more of the "home girl" type & hers are the "sophisticated & preppy" chicks. Both are cool, but lets be honest, we all really wanna chill with the "home girls," am I right? Regardless, here's what you'll need to make these adorable Easter treats:

  • 1 package of yellow-dipped Reese's pb eggs
  • White chocolate (to melt & dip the eggs into)
  • Candy eyes
  • Reese's Pieces (cut the orange in half)
  • Paper straws or lollipop sticks

Directions: Melt the white chocolate in a microwaveable bowl for 30 seconds, then stir. Repeat until the chocolate is a smooth consistency. Dip the yellow Reese's egg into the white chocolate (a little less than halfway) then place on parchment paper. Put a dab of the white chocolate on each candy eye to make them stick to the yellow egg. Do the same with 1/2 of an orange reese's piece for the beak. Allow to harden. Last step, place the paper straw (or lollipop stick) in the base of the egg. Actually scratch that...LAST STEP = ENJOY :)



Oh, Miss Shirley...

During my recent trip to Baltimore, I had my heart set on being super "touristy." I wanted to explore the inner harbor ... try lots of great restaurants ... visit the aquarium, you know, be THAT person. First on my list was to check out "Miss Shirleys Cafe" ... a famous spot that was featured on the Food Network show "Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives." It was my intention to eat here ONCE you guys .... just once. Well, Miss Shirley and I became besties by the end of my 3-day stay in Baltimore because I went there EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. I don't regret it one bit. When I step on the scale I might ... but I don't plan on doing that for awhile so for now, I'm going to just dream about every last bite. I'll be a gem jerk and share some photos with you ... so you can salivate a little, but mostly so you can understand (and not judge) my decision.

(**The last two photos are from Miss Shirley's site! But they are true to the photo - served up just beautifully!)
Miss Shirleys

Miss Shirleys

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fried green tomatoes



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Yummy Homemade Marinade

This is kinda random - but I made a really good homemade marinade for chicken tenders last night and thought, ehh...why not share? It's easy, quick, and very tasty. Chris was a big fan!
- 3 T soy sauce
- 2 T honey
- 2 T olive oil (or vegetable oil)
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 2 T chopped cilantro
*Mix all together and place chicken tenders in baking dish. Cover with marinade and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes, but the longer the better. Heat oven to 350 degrees, and cook for 15 minutes, turning half-way through. Enjoy!


Oatmeal Banana Pancakes!

Two days in a row of food posts....blame the pregnant lady :) 

This morning I woke up a little bit earlier (like 10 minutes) so instead of running around frantically preparing my breakfast/lunch...I had time to put something yummy together! I'm a HUGE pancake fan...anytime we're out to breakfast I order them, hands down. With the flour, sugar, etc...they aren't always the healthiest option UNLESS you make them the way I did this morning. I usually mash one whole banana into mine for extra sweetness, and you can add any berries that you have kickin' around as well. They're very hearty and the oats will keep you full longer throughout the morning!

Here's what you'll need:
*Makes 2 pancakes
- 1/2 cup oats
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp honey
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 banana (optional; Can use just berries or have plain)
- dash of water
Directions: Cook in prepared pan on medium heat, as you would normal pancakes. Serve with maple syrup and enjoy!



BEST Boston Donuts!

Yesterday was all about Christmas! (and donuts) Chris and I were up early to pick out our tree and buy the decorations...but on the way, we took a little detour :) I had heard about Union Square Donuts in Somerville being the best in Boston, and since we were passing by, we had to stop right?! So happy we did! With flavors like "sea-salted bourbon caramel", "brown butter hazelnut crunch" (which seemed to be a crowd favorite), and "maple bacon" could we go wrong? Chris and I each got a donut and shared them, because they are HUGE! I got the chocolate marble and he chose the pumpkin glazed. We also got a few vanilla glazed donut holes. The donuts were SO yummy! The dough was so "pillow-y" (that's the only way to describe it! Ha!) Like, I could lay my head right down on one and fall asleep! You can certainly tell that they are homemade...served warm with yummy drizzled glaze. Such a divine treat! I also had the best hot apple cider ever - so if you should ever visit this little gem of a place...make sure you treat yourself to the cider as well!  My parents are visiting this weekend, and I know where I'm taking them on Sunday morning! (I think my Dad may be the happiest person alive!) :) 

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Picco! Best Pizza in Boston!

Like any foodie moving to a new city...I've been doing my research on the top places to eat! Phrases like "best donuts in Boston" or "best ice cream in Boston" have been taking over my Google search bar. Recently, "best pizza in Boston" produced results hailing Picco, a small pizzeria less than a half mile from our apartment, home of the best pizza in the city! I couldn't believe our luck! Last Friday, Chris and I went over without reservations for an early dinner and actually got a table. I was super impressed with the menu and it's variety, having more than just pizza and salads. The appetizers included things like meatballs, carnitas tacos, and roasted cauliflower gorditas (which I had, and LOVED!) Chris and I shared a mushroom and pepperoni pizza and were not disappointed. We told our server to "lightly cook" the dough because they like to bake them well done with some "char." A "must go to" spot if looking for some great homemade pizza in the city!