I found the needle in the haystack, and it has stripes.

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Shoedazzle

Source: shoedazzle.com

I found the most fabulous shoes while perusing shoedazzle.com this evening, and I just had to have them. As soon as they come in, I’ll be sure to let you know my review.

Here’s the best part: If you sign up for shoedazzle, you get free shipping and 25% off of your first item for two days.

Total price: $29.96 including shipping.

Having the best pair of shoes in the office? Priceless.

I even happened to stumble upon whatiwore, and the author couldn’t have figured out a better outfit for these shoes.

There’s something magical about finding that pair of shoes, isn’t there? Like love at first sight, only without the possibility of having it end. Let the love affair begin <3.

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A 5 Minute Maple Sugar Granola & Raspberry Parfait and a Comedy

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I couldn’t decide what I wanted to do more this Saturday night, make an elaborate dessert or lounge on the couch in my pjs. Both sounded equally appealing. Then I thought to myself- why can’t I do both?

I put Bridesmaids in – what a funny movie – and got to work.

…..Five minutes later I was done.

And the best part? The previews hadn’t even finished.

Maple Sugar Granola & Raspberry Parfait

Maple Sugar Granola & Raspberry Parfait

Prep time: 5 minutes.

Serves: 2

Ingredients

2 cups Greek yogurt – vanilla or other preferred flavor.

1 cup maple sugar granola

1 cup raspberries

Step one: Fill dessert glass with 1/2 cup of Greek yogurt.

Step One

Step two: Sprinkle about 1/4 cup maple sugar granola (found in the nut section of your local grocery store).

Step Two

Step three: Cover granola with 1/2 cup of Greek yogurt.

Step Three

Step four: Top with 1/2 cup of raspberries and sprinkle another 1/4 cup granola on top as garnish.

Final product

Step five: Repeat above steps in second dessert glass.

Parfait - FINAL

Note: Different kinds of granola, yogurt, and fruit can be substituted as desired. I also recommend adding some grated chocolate on top 🙂

The Unhomemade Pizza Instructions

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Unhomemade Pizza Instructions

I’m going to completely honest with you here. Nothing in this recipe is homemade. In fact, it’s not really a recipe. More like a set of instructions. This isn’t the best pizza you’ll ever have. Wait – I take that back. After being awake for nearly 16 hours, this may actually taste like the best pizza you ever had. I’m not promising loads of organic ingredients and homemade deliciousness. No time for that today.

Maybe that’s a bad thing. I think not. With so little time on my hands these days, I’m a huge fan of anything fast and easy. After leaving for work at 7am and returning home at 11pm this week, the only thing I could think was:

1) FOOD and 2) SLEEP.

So here’s what I made.

The Unhomemade Pizza

Prep time: 5 minutes. Cook time: 10 minutes.

Ingredients:

1 premade pizza crust.
1/2 cup of pizza sauce.
2 tablespoons garlic spread.*
1/2 teaspoon of Italian seasoning.
~2 ounces shredded mozzarella cheese.
~ 2 0unces fresh mozzarella cheese (I used a log, but mozzarella balls would be easier)
1 tablespoon fresh Romano cheese.
1 tablespoon fresh Parmesan cheese.
Fresh basil or other top+ping as desired.
Italian seasoning.

*Can be found at most grocery stores- Stop and Shop, Wegmans, Trader Joe’s to name a few.

Preheat oven per pizza crust recommendations. Don’t forget to place your pizza stone in the oven to heat up!

Spread garlic butter over the top of the pizza crust, making sure to cover the edges.

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Spread pizza sauce across crust – use less or more as desired.

Lightly cover with shredded mozzarella cheese.

Evenly distribute Parmesan and Romano cheeses.

Sprinkle Italian seasoning on cheese.

Place mozzarella balls evenly on pizza crust, leaving about 2-3 inches in between. If using cheese log, break pieces apart and spread evenly. Try to avoid the center to ensure easier cutting once baked (the cheese has a tendency to spill off).

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Bake for recommended time.

As the pizza is baking, trim and wash the fresh basil.

Basil

Oh, and clean up that kitchen of yours.

Once it’s ready and hot off the press – erm, oven – spread basil across pizza and….. hmmm…. what’s that word? Oh right – enjoy!!!!!

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Re•gret: (r -gr t ) verb.; What might have been.

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Let me tell you something I don’t like to admit to myself:

I have regrets. Lots of them. More than I wish I did.

 

After spending a weekend with my estranged father, the feeling of regret has taken hold of my mind and derailed me from my usual, productive self. The whole experience has stirred up memories from the past. I’d like to say it was a rainy, cold night, and as I warmed up by the fireplace I decided to make a list of regrets I planned to undo.

 

Not entirely. It’s just a regular Thursday. But I’d like to share with you my top five fool-proof list of avoiding regrets – and although I say fool-proof… go ahead, be a fool sometimes. It may not be the new year, but that doesn’t mean I can’t make a resolution.

 

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