Living Outside the Stacks

Navigating through life away from the library

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Weekend Fun {Saturday Share}

Teal Cardi Teal and Brown Floral Skirt Mustard Tights {Shoe Style Saturday}

The hubs and I went on an impromptu date last night to Starbucks for some coffee. The hubs always gets a plain coffee. Drives me insane. I usually get one of the seasonal flavors, last night it was a Salted Caramel Mocha. While we were sitting in the parking lot we decided to go see what was playing at the theater; we ended up seeing “This is 40″.  That movie was alternately hilarious and sobering. Honestly, it was quite possibly one of the most realistic portrayals of what happens to individuals and couples as they see middle age staring them in the face. If you do go to see it, I have to warn you, there is a lot of vulgar language. And I do I mean a lot.

I was also able to catch up on some blog reading this week and thought I’d share some of my favorite posts with you:

  • Easy 4 Ingredient Thumbprint Cookies {Mama Dweeb} ~ Annie is making cookie baking so easy for me this year.  Four ingredient cookies? Yes, please. And they’re four ingredients that you probably already have in your cupboard.
  • Last Minute Gift Making Ideas {Oh, Sweet Joy!} ~ I’m the queen of procrastination. Also I’m not very good at picking out gifts for people. Are you the same way? Well, Kim shared 5 tutorials for some really cute last minute gifts that’ll leave establish you as the chicest gifter of all.
  • Macadamia Nut Bark  {Kleinworth & Co.} ~ Gina shared a recipe for Macadamia Nut Bark that’ll make your mouth water just from looking at the pictures. This year the kids and I plan to spend Christmas Eve baking cookies, I’m hoping to give these a whirl.
  • Molly {What I Wore 2Day} ~ I’ve always been told that I have a quirky fashion sense, but Kasmira takes it to a whole new level. I just love the way she mixes patterns and color. You can tell she has a lot of fun with her clothes. And, um, can I mention how much I heart her Miz Mooz Boots?
  • Spray Painted Twigmas Tree {Five Days… 5 Ways} ~ Raise your hand if your house doesn’t have any Christmas decorations up yet. Oh, it’s just me? Well then, I think it’s a little late to start decorating for Christmas now but I do need to decorate so my house can look more, um, finished. And these painted twigs by Abbie are absolutely perfect not just for Christmas but for filling in empty corners any time of the year.

How was your weekend?

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Kitchen Monki: Your Ultimate Cooking Utensil

Kitchen MonkiI love to cook, honestly, there’s very little that I enjoy more than cooking (Don’t believe me?  Listen to my Monday Mingle vlog).    A while back I started writing my favorite recipes on recipe cards and storing them in a wooden storage box, which worked really well until I started using the recipe cards.  My cards got bent, stuck together, smudged from liquids…  Many of them are simply unusable at this point.  So I started searching for a free online recipe organizer that I could use to replace my beautiful but messy cards.  Well, we all know my love of monkeys, so when I stumbled across Kitchen Monki I was beyond thrilled.  There’s a monkey! Holding cooking utensils!

Adding recipes to Kitchen Monki is easy, all you have to do is follow the step~by~step directions.  And if you’re taking the recipe from an online site, there’s an area for you to add the corresponding URL.  You can add pictures, share recipes, comment on other people’s recipes…

Seriously, Kitchen Monki is more than “online storage” for recipes, you can manage your grocery list, send your grocery list to your phone via SMA and use the meal planner/calendar (I know there are a lot of meal planning mommas out there who would love this).  There’s even a YouTube channel that shows you how to use the various Kitchen Monki tools.  You can feed your recipes directly to Twitter or embed them into your blogs if you’re a blogger.

Do you store your recipes online or on recipe cards?  Which do you prefer?

Disclosure:  I did not receive any compensation for this post, I just think this is a great recipe storage tool.  And there’s a monkey!

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Hellman’s Presents The Real Food Project

I love to cook (you can check out some of my creations on flickr), it’s one of the ways that I show my family how much they mean to me ~ you know, my special meatloaf, mashed potatoes and green bean dinner on the hub’s birthday or orange cranberry tea loaf for the kids for the Thanksgiving holidays, etc.  So I’m always up for finding new and interesting ways to prepare foods that will appeal to every member of my family (I have a son who may or may not be a vegetarian, a husband who only likes veggies from a can and girls who are constantly trying to convince me that chocolate is one of the major food groups)…  That’s why I was happy to find out that celebrity Chef Bobby Flay and actress/mom Lori Loughlin have teamed up with Hellmann’s and Best Foods Mayonnaise for The Real Food Project, an online resource that offers tips on how to create foods using Real Foods.

The site offers entertaining video tutorials for everything from making sandwiches to entrees to side dishes.  You even have the chance to win great prizes like a kitchen essentials bundle, Bobby Flay Grill It, and Hellmann’s and Best Foods products by playing the “Wheel of Real” instant win game and entering the Real Food Sweepstakes.

So head on over to Hellmann’s and check out some of the recipes.  I can’t wait to try the Creamy Loaded Mashed Potatoes!  Yum!

Disclosure:  I was entered for a chance to win a Hellmann’s prize package in exchange for this post.  No monetary exchange took place.

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