Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Cream Cheese Frosting

I love a yummy cream cheese frosting. When I saw someone pin this awesome recipe from Not So Humble Pie, I knew I had to try it. Everything is good with cream cheese...right? Now if only it was healthy:)
This is perfect for cookies, cinnamon rolls, cakes, really anything that you need a good frosting for. Keep in mind...you might just lick the bowl clean...it is that good!


Ingredients:

16 oz cream cheese, softened
1 1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup heavy cream

Beat together the cream cheese, powdered sugar and vanilla until smooth. Add heavy cream and beat until combined. Add food coloring if necessary. 




Friday, June 8, 2012

Nay Et Al Review



Have you heard of the company Nay Et Al? Ok, maybe I don't know how to say it right...but let me tell you...they have the most darling little girl clothes. I love unique clothing....something that not every child in the neighborhood has. Nay Et Al is just the company for unique, beautiful girl clothing!
I was sent matching dresses from the Trellis Rose collection for my two girls. The second it came in the mail, Bella was so excited to put her dress on. Despite the 90 degree weather, Bella put her dress on and wore it all day. Not only were the dresses beautifully made, but they were SO comfortable. I loved that they were not itchy or made of stiff material. They are cute enough to wear to church but yet comfortable enough for every day running around and playing! I love the little accent of the felt flower as well. This line is perfect for the "girly girl" that loves all things pink and flowery (which is definitely my 4 year old). What I love about each line of Nay Et Al clothing, is that there are a few different styles that come in the pattern, so if you love a line, you purchase a few different outfits. Plus if you have different aged girls, you can buy something for a baby or toddler in the same print. This line is going to hit Nordstrom later this Summer, so be sure to watch for it!
 
Be sure to check out all the other collections on the website. There are so many to choose from! Also, like  Baby Nay on Facebook!


Monday, June 4, 2012

Happy Summer!!

I usually try to do a little something for my kids on the last day of school....like a little sign, or balloons, or their favorite treat. This year I saw on Studio 5 this fun banner. I knew my kids would think it was so cool. So I headed to Alphagraphics (where all you had to do is tell them you wanted the Summer sign from TV), and within minutes I had a fun sign for $7.00. When my kiddos came home, they were so excited to see this banner on the garage.
Summer is officially here...and we will be spending most of our time outdoors enjoying each other, having BBQ's, swimming, visiting different Utah places eating Popsicles, and just having fun...with no schedule! Happy Summer to you all!
PS...does anyone have any "must visit" places or fun ideas to do with your kids this Summer? I am always looking for new things to do!!


Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Hapari Winner

Happy Wednesday...I can't believe it is already the middle of the week! Wahoo!
Thanks for all of you for entering the giveaway. Congrats to....
#30 The Balls
Congrats! Email me at cucinafamiglia@gmail.com by Friday to claim your prize!



Thursday, May 24, 2012

"Oh, the Places You'll Go!" Idea

I have seen this book given so often as a Graduation Gift many times. I heard about an even better idea though, and thought I would pass it along. Starting in preschool and every year on up, give this book to your child's teacher at the end of the school year. Have the teacher write a little note to your child. Then when your child graduates, give it as a gift. It will be so fun to see all the little notes. Luckily my kids have had the same teachers (and are still young enough that it won't take long to catch up). I am so excited about this (and am already loving reading what the kids teachers have wrote for them)! Hope you love this idea too!





Monday, May 21, 2012

Hapari Swimwear Review and Giveaway


Hapari Swimwear Logo
I have a love affair with the pool/beach/water/etc. I love laying out in the sun relaxing and playing in the water with the kids (or sometimes relaxing by the pool if the hubby is around). But finding a perfect swimsuit can be difficult. One of my FAVORITE swimwear companies is Hapari. I have been a loyal buyer of theirs for years. I love the styles, colors, and that they are modest. Especially after just having a baby, I have many parts of my body that don't look the way I would like. Hapari is great for that.
Coral Cinch Tankini TopTurquoise Twist Tankini Swimsuit
I am dying over their new cinch tank, which is perfect for chasing the kids around the pool, or hiding those troubled areas, or even if you are pregnant! Seriously...darling! I have many different designs of Hapari suits, including their twist top and v-neck tops. Love them all. Plus I love that if you own a black, brown and white swim bottom, you can mix and match their tops to go with them. 
Also, did you know that Hapari has silicone inserts that will work in almost all Hapari swimsuits! Plus Hapari is known for having a great selection of swimsuits in plus sizes, Captains Quarters for both men and boys (which the men/boys in my life are a big fan of these), and also my personal favorite, the Shores.
Plus Size Black Twist Tankini SwimsuitWhite half teeJunior Red Tribal Compression Swim Short
So with swimsuit season upon us...whether we like it or not...you will be happy to rock a swimsuit from Hapari. I promise you will find one or two (or maybe even three or four) suits that you must own. 

Win It: One person will win a $85 gift certificate to purchase whatever you would like from Hapari!

Mandatory: You must either post a link on your Blog, Facebook or Twitter linking to one of these sites:
Then come back and tell us you did so by including the URL in your entry. 

Extra options:
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Details:
Make sure to leave separate comments for each entry. Open to anyone! Contest ends May29th at 11:59 PM and winner will be chosen by Random.org generator. When winner is announced you will have until Friday to claim your prize, or a new winner will be chosen. 


Disclosure: I was provided this product free of charge. Opinions expressed are my own. Individual results may vary.



Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats

Last week we had a little pot luck lunch to celebrate a friends birthday. One of my friends brought this little treat. I was a little nervous to eat it...because let's be honest, I am not a cereal fan. I don't eat cereal at all. My kids do...but I hate the way it smells. I don't remember the last time that I ate a bowl of cereal...I had to be younger than 5 the last time.
Anyway, everyone was trying them...so of course I had to as well. Immediately I was a fan. Nothing beats a treat with peanut butter in it!

Ingredients:

5 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons Karo syrup
1 package marshmallows
6 cups Cocoa Krispies Cereal
1/3 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup chocolate chips
16 Peanut Butter cups, chopped

In a bowl, combine cereal and peanut butter cups. 
In a large pot, melt butter. Add Karo and marshmallows and stir until smooth. Remove from heat and fold in cereal mixture. Press into a greased 9x13 pan. 
In a microwave safe bowl, melt peanut butter for 30 seconds (if not melted, try another 30 seconds). Drizzle over Cocoa Krispies. Follow the same step with the chocolate chips.
Let cool before serving. 



Friday, May 11, 2012

Grad "U" ation!

I am taking a moment to brag about my awesome husband! He just graduated last week from the University of Utah. We are so proud of him!! He has been going to school since we have been married...so we are excited to have him home!

We had a little get together with some friends and I made a few little graduation treats. So whether you have a college graduate, high school, or even Kindergarten...these are fun little treats! The best part, is the kids have fun making these. Just have them unwrap the candy...and you assemble!


Ingredients:
Skewers/sucker sticks/whatever you have on hand
Peanut Butter cups
Ghiradelli chocolate
licorice
M&M's (or any other candy)
Frosting

Layer with peanut butter cup, then chocolate square. Each with go perfectly through the skewer. Then use a little frosting on the M&M and licorice. Let set before serving.


Ingredients:
Ding Dongs
Chocolate Graham Crackers
Chocolate frosting
Licorice

Spread a layer of frosting on the ding dong. Top with a graham cracker. Then use a little more frosting and top with a little piece of licorice (or any type of candy).


Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Christine's Gourmet Toffee


I am a huge lover of toffee...and caramel.
Yep...love them.
Caramel especially.
When my little package was delivered from Christine's Gourmet Toffee...I was so excited. I don't know about you all, but by the time the clock hits 2 or 3, I have hit a wall. I need a little pick me up. My package came right on time. I tore open my package of Sea Salt caramels, (don't judge) but I ate the whole little package while waiting to pick up carpool. Yep, it was that good. The sea salt with the caramel was the perfect combination. I was a little disappointed that I didn't have more than one package in the little box! Luckily I can purchase my own for only $2.50 for a package.

Coming in as a close second fav were the Chocolate Toffee Bites. Now these ones I didn't sit an eat the whole package. I nibbled on these for a few days. But I love that they were in little bite size pieces.
Christine's Chocolate Toffee Bites
I loved ALL of the toffee that I was sent from Christine's. My only request would be that they come in smaller little pieces. Yes I know I can break them off, but maybe have them come in little bite size pieces. That way it is easier for the consumer!
Christine's Toffee Mini Assortment
You can purchase your own products online...and have them shipped right to your house. They taste so fresh. There are different sampler packs, or fill free to create your own. But be sure to check out Christine's Toffee. You will be glad you did!


Friday, May 4, 2012

Cinco de Mayo Recipes

Happy Cinco de Mayo...tomorrow! We plan on celebrating as well...hopefully we will share those recipes soon.
If you are in need of a few for your celebrations...here are some of our favorites!