Behind The Seams

One of my favorite blogs to visit is Behind the Seams, from Francesca's Collections. I get their email updates for new blog posts and I absolutely love them. They include everything from styling ideas and inspiration, new apparel, behind the scenes looks at their photoshoots...and their online boutique has some of "the most fabulous finds"!
I used to walk by their local store and swoon at the rockin' window displays, thinking it was too pricey and not fit for a curvy girl like me. But one day I worked up the courage to walk in and I've been hooked ever since. Their prices are super reasonable, and while some of their items do run smaller in size, I can always find what I need. The mannequins are always well-dressed, the staff are friendly and oh-so helpful, and I've even had the pleasure of conversing with someone on their blog for style advice on a dress that I purchased and couldnt figure out what to wear with it. They posted the pic of my dress on their Facebook page and got tons of ideas from other Francesca's fans like myself!
If you haven't already, take a look. Walk in the store. Go to their website. Visit the blog. You'll be glad you did...if you're not, let me know so I can nominate you for TLC's What Not To Wear!
Click on the image to get to their blog, Behind the Seams. Or visit their site, Francesca's Collections

Grilled Chicken Sweet Potatoes

One of my fav-easy recipes. Like most, it can be tweaked to your liking and can also be enjoyed with additional sides or on it's own.
-Grill a small to medium sized chicken breast.
-Bake a large sweet potato.
-Cut up chicken into small chunks.
-Open potato as you would normally do to dress it, or scoop out the potato and discard the peeling.
Bacon Bits
Sprinkle chives on top and add a dollop of sour cream!
Please overlook the quality of my photos. I'm using my phone until I can set up my super-cool layout and design for the blog.

Heart shaped pancakes (sort of)

My daughter wanted a heart shaped pancake, so we made our first one! It was really very simple. I used a procedure that's often used for icing cakes.
We mixed our ingredients, poured the mixture into a ziploc bag, then cut a small tip off one bottom corners. Not too small, or it won't pour well enough. Not too big, or it will pour too quickly.
We then just used the bag as a squirt tube and squirted the mixture into the pan, in the shape of a heart. The heart needs practice, but was great for our first time!

Peanut Butter Sugar Cookies

I've had a sweet tooth for several days, but have very little groceries to get mixing with. The weather hasn't been that great and I haven't been in the mood to go shopping, or even leave the house for that matter. I searched the net for two days until I found an easy recipe using basic ingredients I have around the kitchen. I'm sure most of us have these...
Now, I'm not going to pretend to be a great chef. Or baker. Or even a good cook! Lol! However, I love trying things out. And I love sharing. So, if any of you read these and think "why on Earth is she bragging about THAT?"...give a girl a break! I'm still learning, and this is my journey!
1 cup peanut butter
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
flour (not much is needed)
Mix all ingredients (not flour) together until smooth. Add a dash of flour if you have it, to help the cookies rise a bit. Mix again to get the flour in. Preheat oven to 350. Sprinkle a tad bit of flour on cookie sheet to prevent sticking. You can also sprinkle more sugar on the cookie sheet, if you like your cookies more sugary! Scoop out mixture by the spoon and drop on cookie sheet. Sprinkle top of cookies with sugar again (if desired). Bake at 350 for 10 minutes!
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