Chocolate Irish car bomb pops by Danamarie

Hey everyone! Tomorrow is Saint Patrick’s Day and I found this delishious recipe for Chocolate Irish car bomb pops and they are perfect for tomorrow! Check out the recipe below and let me knoe what you think! Enjoy – Danamarie 

Ingredients 

( note that this will make ten pops )

  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream, divided
  • 1/2 cup chocolate syrup (like Hershey’s)
  • 1/4 cup Bailey’s Irish cream
  • 1/4 cup Guinness draught
  • 1 oz Irish whiskey
  • additional chocolate syrup for drizzle 


Instructions

  1. In a blender, blend 1 cup of the whipping cream on high until thick, about 20 seconds. Then add in the chocolate syrup, Bayiley’s, Guinness, Irish whiskey, as well as the additional cup of whipping cream and blend again until thick, another 20 seconds. 

  2. Spoon the mixture evenly into the popsicle molds. Be sure to stir the mixture in the molds, as air pockets form easily. Freeze for 30 minutes, then add popsicle sticks. Freeze at least 8 hours or overnight.

  3. Be very careful when removing these from the molds. They will be very soft and break easily. Running the molds a bit under hot water helps. Store in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 2 weeks for the best quality.

  4. Enjoy! Cheers!

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Happy Equals Healthy? – Guest post by Savannah Kopchak!

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Yea right, who are we kidding… What makes you happy makes you healthy. First, I would like to thank you for reading this. It means a lot. Second, thanks Vicky for letting me share my journey!

Hi, I’m Savannah, an overweight stay-at-home-mom from upstate NY.  Like every other mom – my kids are my life. They are the reason I choose to live a healthy and happy lifestyle. I honestly have been on a “diet” my whole life, but over the last year and a half I have actually made it a lifestyle and successfully lost 70 pounds, but it has not been an easy journey at all. I am in no way, shape, or form a health and fitness professional, but I am on a mission to help others and myself live a happier, healthy life.

The struggle is real. I am a real person with real struggles. I still struggle every day mentally and physically. Should I eat this? eat that? not eat this? not eat that? Workout today or sleep in today??  (SLLLEEPPP PLEASE!)

If it was easy to lose weight everyone would be thin, but seriously, this year I have learned that I am stronger than I think I am. I have had weight issues my whole life and gained 70+ pounds from my pregnancies, but I was pregnant for pretty much 2 years, my girls are only 13 months apart. I know it’s CRAZY, but everything happens for a reason, right?? If it wasn’t for them I wouldn’t be on this journey to better health. I had gestational diabetes and high blood pressure so that is kinda scary for my future if I don’t take care of my health now! With those issues during pregnancy you are at a higher risk later in life to get them again.

How have I lost 70lbs so far and still continue to?!? Diet pills, laxatives, starvation, and running… JUST KIDDING! That was actually the old me. It was the worst way to lose weight ever, besides I would lose weight and gain it all back and then some. Now what actually works to lose weight and keep it off…  Exercise + Nutrition + Support! That is my magic sauce!

Exercise….I used to work out for over an hour a day in the gym and not get ANYWHERE! Now what I have found that works best for me is at home workouts. Yes, at home workouts are what has made my weight loss so successful. I hear all the time “I couldn’t workout at home, I would never do it, I’m not motivated enough”. I WAS the same way! I told myself I can’t workout at home, I don’t have time or ambition for that. What I tell myself and others now is if you are ready to take the leap to change your life and want to make better choices for your health you’ll workout anywhere! It works best for my lifestyle! One day when I have time to leave the house for a few hours then I’ll go back to the gym (but with the workouts I do at home probably not).

The scariest and hardest part is nutrition, because it’s the biggest part to actually losing weight. sad but true! The 80/20 rule is what we follow (most of the time 😝 ) I have to admit we are only human, we do fall off the wagon. What I have learned from this process is not to beat myself up about it, forget about it, and move on!! That’s where Shakeology comes in. It is a GODsend for my health! I have always been a skeptic on shakes because I’ve tried them all! I feel like THEY DONT improve your overall health! Until I found Shakeology. This is a superfood nutrient dense shake that is for overall health! It has changed my life, body, and soul. It is made from superfoods from all around the world. I believe in this shake with all of my heart and it really stands on its own.  If this interests you, I would love to share more. Shakeology has become one of my passions. We all need to educate ourselves more on what we put in our bodies and how it can affect us. It really can make a difference in your weight loss.

Support. support. support! Another big component to success. I really didn’t think that I could make this a long-term journey. I have been on so many fad diets, yo-yoed my whole life and never stuck to anything. Being part of a supportive community makes a world of difference. I have a coach and other teammates that help me stay accountable. Accountability has changed my life in so many ways. When you surround yourself with likeminded people you are more likely to succeed.

This journey is far from over. I am on a mission to help others change their lives the way I have changed mine. This journey has been a scary one to jump into. One thing I have learned is to get up and pick up right where I left off. The goals I have set for my future are way too big to let one little set back ruin it. That’s what you should take away from this.

I know what it’s like to be afraid to start something new. But you will never see that the grass is greener on the other side unless you take that first step.

Personal Note from Vicky:

This girl is the real deal. She’s got real issues and real solutions. Just by watching her on Facebook, I’ve been so inspired and have already lost 15 pounds. And I haven’t even started Shakeology… yet! I’ve just been encouraged by her consistency and honesty and I’ve noticed the small changes I’ve made in my own life through Savannah, and the results are real.

Connect with Savannah!! https://www.facebook.com/sckopchakfitness

Pretty with a touch of pink/ My favorite beauty products that help get me wedding ready! By Gabi

I will be the first to tell you that I am someone who doesn’t always care about her looks which that can be a good thing and a bad thing. Recently though I have been trying out new beauty products and I can’t rave about them enough, over the next few months I am going to share a few of my favorite beauty products! Below is one of my top faves and I hope what I have to say about it helps give you the push you need to try it out if you haven’t already!

The Product  – Clarisonic Mia 2 : A while back my little sister told me about her clarisonic  and how much she loved her Mia 2,I was a bit sceptical at first but I figured I would give her Mia 2 a try and if I liked it I told myself that I would buy one. So sure enough I tried it and I fell in love with it, I loved the deep clean it gave me without drying out my skin or feeling like it was peeling off a layer of my face, I ended up ordering my Mia 2 from QVC when they had a special deal on it .I highly recommend ordering this from qvc because they have special deals where you can get more product like a year supply of brushes for your Mia 2, plus they are a tad bit cheaper and you can set up a payment plan which helps makes it easier to afford!

 My Story : I have to say that my skin has improved a lot since I started using the Mia 2, I have been blessed with good skin but like a lot of us I still had some trouble areas on my face that would flare up whenever aunt flow would come visit ( ugggghhh). Before I bought the Mia 2 I tried all kinds of different products to help with my trouble areas but NONE of them worked and trust me  … I tried a lot of products! So one weekend I went home to visit my sister and I tried her Mia 2, I could instantly  tell that it helped give me a deeper clean  and within less than 12 hours I noticed my skin cleared up! However, I wasn’t fully sold on it yet .. I wanted to shop around and see if I could find something similar for a cheaper price, I checked the drugstores first and the first thing I noticed was that they were all smaller and the brushes didn’t feel as soft, also the wattage was less meaning it didn’t give off as much vibration as the Mia 2 which means it didn’t give a deep clean. Then I went off to the beauty stores and ran into the same problem, none of them really seemed to measure up to the Mia 2 and even if they came close the price was just as much if not more!!!! So after thinking about it long and hard I finally went on qvc and bought the clarisonic   Mia 2, it came with a year supply of brushes, a traveling case and a charger! My grand total  came to 140 bucks which for me is a lot of money to drop on a beauty tool, so I set it up to be payed out over the next 4 months … which let’s be honest … 35 bucks a month for 4 months is more affordable then forking out 140 all at once! The best part about all of this is that since I have been using my Mia 2, I have not had a single breakout … not even when aunt flow is in town! 

Would I recommend this product? Oh hell yeah! I know this product is a bit on the expensive  side but it is totally  worth every penny. I will say that I saw that some people complain about how fast their clarisonic breaks down and I looked into and found that they were using older models  or just not taking care of their product, I have had mine for 3 months and have had no issues and my sister has had hers for almost a year now and hasn’t  had any issues  either 

 
 

“The life of a bride to be, who is also a space alien” by Gabi 

Hey there! My name is Gabi ( a lot of you already know this so I don’t know why I am saying that … But if you didn’t know my name now you do! Haha) I am the cofounder of this blog and I recently got engaged to the weirdest ,most beautiful human on the planet ( I am so excited!!!!) Usually on the blog we talk about D.I.Y crafts, recipes, travel and a bunch of other things …but now I will also be sharing my journey as a bride to be with all of you! 

Here is a short blurb about my love story:  My fiances name is James and we met when we were going to college back in 2006. We met through mutual friends and eventually we went out on our first date. We started seeing each other on and off over the next few years and finally on New Years Eve 2012 we stuck together for good. We dated for the next four years and then on November 5th 2016 (the day before my 30th birthday )  James and I , along with my two sisters, my best friend and my brother-in-law all went to the conversation deck in Philly to watch the sunset …. When we were there he looked over at me and asked me to marry him!  

Now we are planning our wedding and I am taking to our blog here to share our journey! Stay tuned for different posts about all the different ways we are preparing for our special day, I look forward to sharing this with all of you!

Let’s get fun and sassy as we bring in the New Year!

Champagne-Elderflower Cocktail with Pear and Thyme

Happy New Year!!!!! We decided to share a few fun recipes with all of you. We have two drink recipes followed by a appetizer and a sweet treat! All of these are a perfect something to make for a new years eve party tonight or you can just make them for yourself! We hope you enjoy each one of these recipes and we hope that you have a blast saying goodbye to 2016! Have a safe and happy new year everyone! Xoxo – The Travel and Treats Team 

Ingredients

  • For the Simple Syrup
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 ripe pear, cored and chopped
  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme

  • For the Cocktails
  • Ice cubes
  • Pear and thyme simple syrup
  • Elderflower liqueur
  • Andre Extra Dry Champagne

Instructions

  1. Make the simple syrup. In a medium saucepan, combine all of the ingredients over medium-high heat. Bring the mixture to a simmer and cook for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove the saucepan from the heat, cover and set it aside for about 1 hour to cool. This will also give the flavors time to further develop. Strain the simple syrup, collecting the liquid into a clean re-sealable container. Discard the solids. Store the simple syrup in your refrigerator until you’re ready to use it.
  2. Make the cocktails. Place a few ice cubes into a 6 ounce glass. Add 1/2 ounce (1 tablespoon) each of the simple syrup and elderflower liqueur. Top with Andre Extra Dry Champagne. Garnish with a sprig of fresh thyme, if desired. Serve and enjoy.

Cheers to a New Year! 

​We here at Travel and Treats always like to have fun making new drinks, so we thought we would share with you on of our favorite spiked punch recipes! We hope you and your guest enjoy this drink as much as we do and we hope you have a happy and safe new years eve! Happy New Year from the Travel and Treats Team!


New Years Eve Champagne Punch

Ingredients:

  • 2 bottles of Champagne (or another sparkling wine)
  • 1 750 ml bottle of Ruby Port
  • 2 cups fresh grapefruit juice
  • ½ cup simple syrup (1:1 ratio)
  • Grapefruit slices for garnish

Directions:


  1. Place all ingredients in a large punch bowl filled with ice. Large ice works best here, so that the punch is able to hold without diluting too fast (if you don’t have large ice molds, you could freeze large blocks of ice in Tupperware containers).
  2. Garnish with fresh grapefruit slices.

This delicious recipe brought to you by A SPICY PERSPECTIVE 
http://www.aspicyperspective.com/new-years-eve-champagne-punch/

A bite size ball of yummm!!!!

​We are going to take a wild guess and say that its safe to say that like the rest of us, you have had a crazy year…and now new years eve is here and you are rushing around trying to find fun appetizers for your party tonight… Well don’t worry cause we found a appetizer that we think you and your guests will enjoy, plus it’s easy to make so you dont have to stress about it plus it shouldn’t take you more than a half hour to make! We hope this helps you out, now stop worrying about what food you will make and go pick out your outfit for tonight! Remember to have fun tonight but also stay safe! Happy New Year from The Travel and Treats Team





CHEESY MEATBALL BITES

 

Prep time

10 mins

Cook time

15 mins

Total time

25 mins

 

Author: Butter With A Side of Bread

Serves: 12

Ingredients

  • 1 8-oz can Pillsbury Crescent rolls
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • about ½ cup marinara sauce
  • 12 meatballs (I used pre-made, frozen ones)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Spray a regular sized muffin pan with non-stick spray.
  2. Unroll crescent dough. Separate into 2 large sections along the perforated edge. Cut each of the 2 large sections into thirds, then divide those sections down the middle, so that you have 12 squares total. (See video- it’s much easier shown!)
  3. Press each square into one of the muffin cups, doing your best to press down into the cup and somewhat up the edges.
  4. Spoon about 2 teaspoons of marinara sauce into the bottom of each cup. Follow with a small spoonful of mozzarella cheese. Place 1 meatball (they can be frozen still, no need to pre-thaw!) into the center of each cup. Spoon another 2 teaspoons of marinara sauce on top of the meatball, then finish with another sprinkling of mozzarella cheese.
  5. Bake for 15-17 minutes, until crescent dough is golden brown and cheese is bubbling. Remove from oven. Let cool a few minutes, then remove each meatball bite from the muffin pan. Serve with additional marinara sauce, if desired.

Recipe by Butter with a Side of Bread at http://butterwithasideofbread