10.25-29: HurricaneSandy Weekend Recap

{Thursday night} FASHION SHOW!!! | dance dance dance | cab home

{Friday} heart attack waking up at 1.50pm & messing up the day | go through photos from fashion show | tortellini | Price home | shower | go to Mark and Allie’s to hang out with everyone |

{Saturday} sleep in| haymarket for oranges | Mark & Allie’s house | fresh squeeze oj | breakfast: mimoas, muffins, eggs, baocon, sausage | T ride | guys went to BC game |kids play at the park | T ride back  | lunch for the kids| nap with Kenzi | guys come home | sushi dinner from Fugakyu | kids paint pumpkins  then go to bed | go home & go to bed

{Sunday} sleep in | grocery shopping | breakfast | Grimm | fight | baking and cleaning while Price works on portfolio | dvr’d NASCAR race | got ‘no work’ email | make drinks & watch Hurriance Sandy coverage | bed

{Monday} no work | breakfast | Hurriance Sandy coverage | bake cookies | shower | power out at 3.20 | 2 hour nap | walk around | go for a drive to see any damage (not much!) | KFC | lounge around with drinks | bed








Bacon, Mushroom, Onion, and Cheese Stuffed Bread- SRC

It’s been a year since I’ve started to participate in Secret Recipe Club and I have really enjoyed this past year.It’s been so much fun getting to interact with other bloggers and to make some really fun recipes. I can’t wait for the next year with this great group!



This month I had Anne’s blog called Anne Jisca’s Healthy Pursuits. Wouldn’t you know I think the pick the 1 indulgent thing on the blog. She has great soups, breads, so many other great fresh homemade recipes on her blog. Of course I pick one with bacon and cheese. It’s just that once I saw her Bacon Cheese Stuffed Bread I knew I needed to have it. It would just work out perfectly to enjoy on a leisurely Sunday with some NASCAR and Football on. Plus, some Frankenstorm updates watching didn’t hurt! Oh, Hurricane Sandy, please be nice!



I made some changes to the original recipe in that I don’t have bacon bits at home so I used regular bacon and then I added mushroom and onion to the mix. I just figured adding some mushroom and onion would add to the overall flavor. Plus knowing it would basically be lunch it should have a veggie in there. ha! This was really simple to prepare and was so good. I highly suggest making this or a few different kinds, maybe with sun-dried tomatoes, artichokes, or some sauteed chopped broccoli. It’s the perfect game day treat!

Bacon, Mushroom, Onion, and Cheese Stuffed Bread

Serves 4


  • 1 boule loaf of bread (8oz)
  • 4 slices of bacon
  • 8 oz o mushrooms, chopped
  • 1 small white onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 pinch red pepper flake
  • 2 oz of freshly grated cheese, such as cheddar or Gruyere


  1. Prepare the bread but cutting a cross hatch in the loaf almost all the way through. Place the bread onto a baking sheet lined with a large piece of tin foil.
  2. Cut the bacon into small pieces. In a medium sized skillet, cook on medium low until completely cooked. Drain on a paper towel. Discard all but 1 tablespoon bacon drippings.
  3. Over medium heat, cook the mushrooms and onion in the same skillet with the bacon drippings as well as the butter. season with red pepper flake, salt and pepper. Once the mushroom and onion are cooked down add the bacon back into the skillet.
  4. Add the bacon, mushroom, and onion mixture into the crevices of the bread. Freshly grate the cheese over the entire bread. Gently, wrap the foil over the bread to tent it over the cheese.
  5. In a preheated 350 degree oven, bake the bread for 15 minutes. Open the foil to expose the top and broil for 1-2 minutes to get a golden brown top.


Secret Recipe Club

Check out my previous Secret Recipe Club Posts:

September: Spiced Black Bean, Grilled Avocado, and Goat Cheese Tacos

August: Birthday Cake Oreo Truffles

July: Tropical Pork Pineapple Kebabs

June: Cheesy Garlic Knots

May: Berry Brownie Torte

April: Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream

March: Sauteed Green Beans with Lemon and Almonds

February: Fried Pickles

Jan: No SRC postings

December: Shrimp Sriracha Stir Fry

November: Vegetable Enchiladas

October: Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars

Check out the rest of the reveal day posts!


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Thirsty Thursday: Blood-Red Punch

blood red punch

I have been waiting for this Thursday for a long time. Today is finally the day of the IIDA Fashion Show Benefit and Gala. It’s been a lot of work to get to here including month of planning, developing out theme, designing and then creating our 4 costumes. It was so much fun last year (we also won an award!) so I could not wait for today to finally get here. Plus, I couldn’t wait to share this fun Halloween themed punch.

I saw this blood-red punch in Rachael Ray Magazine and knew that I would love it and that it would make for a great punch to serve for a Halloween party.

Amanda as made a kid-friendly bloody hot chocolate that is perfect to warm up your trick or treaters after a night collecting candy!

Blood-Red Punch

Serves 8


  • 6 1/2 cups cranberry juice
  • 4 cups fruity red wine (such as shiraz or beaujolais)
  • 2 cups orange juice
  • 1 cup whole fresh cranberries
  • ice


  1. Combine all of the ingredients, except the ice. Ladle into glasses filled with ice.

Oh So Stylish: Day 7- KP’s Sketchbook 4

I am college tired today. Not college finals tired but still pretty god damn tired. Why so tired? The fashion show work. Blah Blah Blah. Just 2 more nights of work and then it’s time to par-tay. I can’t wait for the show and party on Thursday night. Plus I can’t wait for Friday. Last year I was pretty hungover and tired since I got home around 3am so I learned my lesson and took Friday off. I can’t wait to lounge around, clean up, and scrapbook!!!

This was a layout I created based upon the Day 7 sketch from Kelly Purkey’s Sketchbook Class 4 from Studio Calico. There was a large element on the sketch that was a circle. Dang circles and scrapbooking, they always just create a (fun) challenge. I didn’t have photos that worked well to be trimmed to be a circle. Instead my circular element was a die-cut piece of patterned paper. I figured it would work well, plus it didn’t hurt that it had glitter on it! I then decided on using some pictures that I took of my niece this spring. I brought her a big yellow flower headband and took photos of her wearing it and trying to smell it. ahhh!! From there I dove into my stash and grabbed some stickers, washi, die-cuts, and brads and then whipped it all together.

I just need to wrap up my layouts for Days 10, 11, 12. As much as this was a class hosted this spring I have enjoyed taking on the sketches and creating layouts from it on my time. Almost done. 🙂

10.19-21: Weekend Recap

{Friday Night} wine at work | bus home | chinese food leftovers | laundry | fashion show hair piece work | grimm | bed

{Saturday Night}  sleep in | coffee & bacon and eggs  | fashion show work | attempt to go Salem to have Rita’s but traffic was cray cray | Bad Teacher | nutella fluff english muffins | Harry Potter movie (7.1) | spicy coconut chicken stir fry | never ending fashion show work | bed

{Sunday} wake with the alarm | work on fashion show hair pieces while watching Sunday Morning & food network | cereal and coffee | at work from 12-6.30 with the fashion show team | Potbelly sandwich | Price ran errands,  got pumpkins, worked in attic | Olena gave me a ride home | Trader Joe’s | steak with mushroom and blue cheese wine sauce with plain baked potato | work on fashion show pieces | watch DVR’d  NASCAR race and SNL | bed