Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Katie's Closet

Dress: Old Navy
Shoes: Target
Necklace: Local Boutique 

Monday, May 26, 2014

Kale & Roasted Red Pepper Pasta Bake

I pretty much love anything that has pasta and tons of cheese in it. Case in point, this scrumptious recipe from Baker by Nature .

1 pound bow tie pasta, cooked al dente
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium-sized yellow onion, diced
1 large roasted red pepper, sliced into thin strips
1 pound kale, ribs discarded and chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
2 cups of your favorite marinara sauce
salt and pepper to taste
1 cup ricotta cheese
1 cup shredded mozzarella
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, roughly chopped (optional)
Parmesan cheese for sprinkling, optional
Bring a large pot of salted water to boil. Add pasta and cook for 7-8 minutes, or until al dente. Drain and set aside. Don’t over cook pasta or your final result will be soggy noodles.
Heat oil in a large skillet over medium flame. Add onions, peppers, and kale, and cook, stirring occasionally, for about 10 minutes, or until the kale has softened and the onions have lightened in color. Add garlic and crushed red pepper, and cook for another 2 minutes. Stir in marinara sauce, then remove pan from heat.
Preheat ovens broiler.
Stir cooked noodles into the sauce mixture, then pour mixture into a very large, deep, baking dish. Spread ricotta cheese over the top of the noodle mixture, then sprinkle with mozzarella. Place baking dish in the oven on the middle rack, and broil for 5-6 minutes, or until the lid of cheese is melted and lightly golden.
Spoon pasta mixture onto plates, sprinkle with parsley and parmesan, and serve once!

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Throwback Thursday ~ No Bake Oreo Truffles

No Bake Oreo Truffles

My new favorite dessert! I can't even explain how incredibly easy these are! Only THREE ingredients!They're bite size pieces of heaven!  Thank you chef-in-training for this fabulous recipe! 
    1 package Double Stuffed Oreos
    4 oz Cream Cheese you may add up to 8 oz, I just like the consistency best with 4 oz.
    2 bags white chocolate chips
    Chop Oreos up finely in a food processor. Save some of the finely crushed Oreos for garnish later and set it aside. You don't need too much.
    With a spoon, mash softened cream cheese and crushed Oreos until well combined.
    Roll into 1" balls and place on a wax covered cookie sheet. Put in freezer for 15 minutes.
    While balls are in freezer, melt chocolate according to directions, usually 1-2 minutes.
    Pull the Oreo Truffles out of freezer, and dip into chocolate. I used two spoons t to dip. Garnish with reserved Oreo crumbs before the chocolate sets up.
    Let chocolate set, refrigerate and enjoy!

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Katie's Closet

Dress: Target
Shoes: Payless
Necklace: Kohls
Watch: Michael Kors

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Throwback Thursday ~ Brownie Fruit Pizza

Brownie Fruit Pizza

With summer around the corner, nothing cheers me up like a good fruit and chocolate dessert combo. Brownie fruit pizza is the perfect solution!
Simply bake brownies using your preferred method. I used a box mix and added a few chocolate chips! For the frosting, combine 8 oz cream cheese, 1/2 cup sugar, and 1 teaspoon vanilla and blend until creamy. Cut up some fresh fruit to add to the top, and you're done! 
Yum! Melts in your mouth!

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Katie's Closet

Shirt: Express
Sweater: Target
Skirt: Old Navy
Belt: Target
Shoes: Steve Madden
Necklace: Kohls 

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Throwback Thursday ~ Father's Day Gift Ideas

Father's Day Crafts

I've scoured the web looking for my favorite Father's Day crafts. These ideas are all simple, inexpensive, and adorable! Hopefully you'll be inspired to make or do something wonderful for that superhero in your life!

For some great gift ideas, check out my Father's Day Gift Giving Guide post!

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Katie's Closet

Shirt: Express
Jeans: Citizens of Humanity
Shoes: Target
Necklace: Local Boutique 

Monday, May 5, 2014

Working Mom Essentials

Working Mom Essentials

Working Mom Essentials by allthingskatiemarie 

After being back at work for a few weeks, there are a few things that I quickly realized are daily essentials. 

1. Robe- My baby loves to spit up. I wear a robe every morning while I'm getting ready, up until I buckle her in the car seat and we leave. It's like a protective cloak from her fabulous spit up!  
2. Vitamin B-Complex- I carry these vitamins in my purse and take a few whenever I feel like I need a little boost of energy!
3. Infinity Scarf- Have you ever gone to work with spit up/drool/poop/food on you? Just throw on scarf and you're set to go! 
4. Dry Shampoo- LOVE this stuff! Days when you don't have time to wash and dry your hair before work, you can simply spray some dry shampoo in it, style it, and you're beautiful as ever! 
5. Hair Ties- I really love these cute elastic hair ties because you can wear them on your wrist throughout the day as a cute bracelet and throw your hair up when needed. I especially love these because they don't dent or crease your hair like traditional hair bands. 
6. Coffee- Before I had a kid, I never ever drank coffee. Now, I start my day with a big cup! Life saver!
7. Baby Wipes- I always have a travel pack in my purse. Baby wipes are just a great multipurpose tool to have with you at all times.
8. Water Bottle- I really love this one handed water bottle because it doesn't spill or open unless you push down on the lever. Life is busy and you need to make sure you're taking care of yourself and staying hydrated throughout the day!
9. Under Eye Concealer- Let's face it, those dark bags under your eyes are now permanent. It's time to invest in some great under eye concealer before your co-workers start telling you that you look completely exhausted!

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Evelyn and Irwin Giveaway

Mary Kate, a former teacher and fashion lover, just opened a new online store called Evelyn and Irwin (so cute!) with some great pieces! Check out this beautiful maxi skirt that I got!
Here it is on the beautiful model!

I love the cobalt blue and the flowy texture. So great for summer! They also have some amazing statement necklaces!
 This necklace is super fun for summer and can be paired with just about anything! 

Guess what??? It's GIVEAWAY time!!! 

Do you want to win a fabulous statement necklace of your choice from Evelyn and Irwin ?!?! Well, here's your chance! Simply repost this picture on Instagram and add the hashtag #allthingskatiemarie AND #evelynandirwin . That's it! Contest ends in one week and the winner will be emailed. Good luck and happy hashtagging! 

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Friday, May 2, 2014

Kids Summer Bucket List

With summer quickly approaching, I wanted to do a fun art project with my students to get them excited about our much deserved summer break! We created a summer bucket list with fun activities that they would like to do. 

This fun project can be done in a classroom or at home.

What's on your summer bucket list? 

Stay tuned to see what's on my personal bucket list! 

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Throwback Thursday ~ Around the World

Around the World

For some reason, I've always wanted a world map in my home. My husband and I love to travel, and we thought it would be fun to place pins in the places we've been to. Our life dream is to visit all 50 states in the US and travel to all 7 continents! Lucky for us, we're young and have plenty of time to complete our world travels!
Apparently I need to learn how to take level pictures. No worries, it's level on the wall!
This project ended up being much harder than I anticipated. Since I wanted a really large map (50 x 32), I couldn't buy a frame big enough for under $300. Umm...not happening! I also couldn't find a framed cork board large enough. So please, take it from my countless trial and error attempts, and just do it right the first time!

Mistake 1: Originally, I bought a map and a science project board. I thought I could use modge podge and glue the map to the giant science board, thus, making it easier to place pins. The map was getting so many wrinkles in it, despite my efforts to make it perfectly smooth. Trashed both the map and the science board. Ugh.

Mistake 2: Since one roll wasn't large enough, I bought two rolls of cork board material. I devised a plan to glue and/or nail the rolls of cork board to a thin piece of wood. Then, I wanted to build a frame and attach it all. Well, that just got ugly real fast. Scrapped all materials.

Success: I finally realized that I was just trying way too hard! This project couldn't be this complicated, could it? It occurred to me that I could simply just staple the map directly to the wall. It doesn't even need backing for the pins to stick into it- they can just stick into the wall! Being that we probably won't sell our house for many years, what's a few small tack holes? Nothing I can't cover and paint in the future!
To create a frame, I bought some 1.5 inch wood border from Lowe's. I spray painted it, then my fabulous husband cut the edges at a 45 degree angle, and connected them all. He used a staple gun to attach it to the wall and *tada*! Done!  So happy with the finished product! The blue pins are places my husband has been, red is where I have been, and yellow is where we have gone together. Again, I apologize for the horribly crooked pictures!
Step 1: Staple map to wall. Make sure it's level.

Step 2: Attach frame to wall.
Good start to our travels! 15 different places- not too shabby!

Finished product!

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Katie's Closet ~ April Edition

Here's a recap of my outfits from this month. Click on fashion to see more outfit ideas!