Thursday, March 27, 2014

pulled pork…sliders

so i have never really been a huge fan of pork but i must say these tasty little sandwiches may be the exception to the "rule". these are great since most of the day they are spent in the slow cooker and virtually have zero prep. i have made these for entertaining hungry ufc fans and family dinners.  also feel free to use regular buns…pictured here are sliders that i made up for entertaining.


2-3 pound boneless pork shoulder aka pork butt (i know right…butt is the best cut of meat for this recipe or i have used pork loin) 
1-2 cans or bottles of your favorite root beer (bargs is our favorite)
1 tablespoon of garlic powder or 1 clove pressed
1 bottle of your favorite bbq sauce (our preference is sweet baby rays…yum)
salt to taste

1. rub roast with salt and garlic. pour root beer into the slow cooker. then place roast fat side up inside the slow cooker. i prefer to have roast nearly covered. cook for time indicated. generally 9-11 hours on low and 5-7 hours on high.

2. after its finished cooking, remove from slow cooker and place on a cutting board that has an edge to catch any juice. use two forks to gently shred the pork and place back in the slow cooker on warm. add desired amount of bbq sauce and stir into the meat. you can add a tiny bit of water to help the sauce stir in. let sit for 5 minutes in slow cooker then serve on buns or sliders.



Friday, March 21, 2014

curiuos george cake

i absolutely adore this curious george cake!! and when i came across this i came across a fun new bakery down near my sister! sugarfuse  is a fun little shop located in dover ohio! they specialize in weddings, birthdays, showers and more. you can contact them and check out their website


Monday, March 17, 2014

easy home made croutons

these home made croutons were super simple.
all you need is italian bread either fresh or even a little stale, olive oil and your favorite seasonings.

slice bread into cubes
toss in olive oil
add desired spices and toss again
for these i used sea salt, pepper and a dash of cayenne.

place in a microwave safe bowl and put in the microwave for 30 second increments tossing in between until desired crispness.

yes that easy!!!



Friday, March 14, 2014

frozen themed birthday party

i spotted these party details in my newsfeed and i had to share what layla did for her sweet little girls "frozen" themed party! she was happy to allow me to share all of the details with you.

layla thought of so many adorable details i am not sure i can pick just one favorite. 
i really liked the blue punch and the "frozen forest" 
and how creative are the "create your own snowman jars!! 
and who wouldn't want to pin the nose on olaf

what a perfect party for princess annabelle and company

layla and annabelle…such a sweet and gorgeous family


Wednesday, March 12, 2014

cherry blossom cut-out cookies

cherry blossom cut-outs created by the pantry in the rak, uae


winner of the newsboy hat...

thank you to all of those that entered the drawing for the newsboy hat.
the winner is 
amy richardson! 


Saturday, March 8, 2014

old navy convertible maxi dress

i am such a fan of dresses for summer and i think the maxi dress is a great go to style. you can dress it up or keep it casual. when i popped on old navy's website after receiving their most recent marketing email i had to check out their new arrivals. well i came across a couple… : )
and they arrived today!! perfect for shoptastic saturday!!
i may post reviews of all of them but for now this one i was just to excited about.

the women's convertible maxi tube dress can either be worn as a dress or a high wasted skirt!!
this one i had to try on and it really fits true to size. it's comfortable and light weight.
i am ready for dress weather…well i need to hit the gym harder but i am ready for warmer weather.
if you decide to purchase this one be sure to sign up for old navy emails…you will receive a 20% off coupon as a welcome offer in your email a few minutes after signing up! the website says this dress is only available online.


Thursday, March 6, 2014

newsboy hat giveaway

remember that fun little shop that was featured in my shoptastic saturday segment?!?
she has so graciously decided to offer a giveaway to my readers.

be sure to follow the link above my signature to enter...
and also "like" cozies for kids  on facebook
then post a comment about this hat and what you think of her amazing mission.

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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

alfredo sauce

if you are like me, the jar of alfredo sauce sitting on a grocery store shelf is just not going to cut it. i really can't even stomach the stuff. so when you are opting to stay in instead of indulging in your favorite italian restaurant the best kind of alfredo…home made. 
i made this over the weekend and served it over lobster ravioli…double yum!!
of course this isn't healthy…it's full of butter, cream and cheese…yum!!


3/4 cup of butter (one and half sticks)
3 cloves of pressed garlic (more or less to taste)
2 cups of heavy cream
2 cups freshly grated parmesan cheese
your favorite pasta, ravioli, manicotti or other choice 
freshly ground pepper (optional)

1. begin to boil the water for your desired pasta. 

2. melt butter in a medium sized pan over medium to low heat (butter can burn pretty easily)

3. add the pressed garlic and cream then bring the mixture to a simmer. if the mixture begins to boil turn the heat down. add the cheese and stir with a whisk allowing it to simmer until desired thickness.

4. be sure to cook pasta as directed on package while sauce is simmering.

5. pour over pasta and…