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NYC annual meetup

It was a beautiful evening last Thursday for the 3rd annual Carpus Diem meetup Upstairs at the Kimberly Hotel rooftop.  I had a wonderful time visiting with old friends and new followers.   I never knew meeting other Instagrammers could be so much fun, this tradition will surely continue for many years! Some photos from the evening….   what a …

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Turkey Hummus Snack Wraps

Here’s a quick bite-size wrap recipe to fill up your appetizer trays! You will need: wraps turkey hummus orange peppers arugula cucumbers First spread hummus over entire wrap, and place a three slices of turkey at one end.   Next, add veggies and arugula…. Roll tightly and cover with saran wrap, cool in refrigerator for an hour. To finish, cut …

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4th Flags

Surprise your family with fun 4th Flags this Monday! Super simple, with most of the ingredients already in your fridge…. whole wheat toast cream cheese strawberry jam blueberries First toast the bread and spread cream cheese.  Then, add blueberries in upper left corner.   Last, add lines of strawberry jam for a patriotic and hearty toasted treat!  

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Mint Lemonade

Adding mint and fresh lemon slices make a pretty presentation to regular lemonade mix.   My kids like to pick (and eat!) mint from the garden,  this a a fun way for them to contribute to making mint lemonade. All you need is lemonade mix, lemons, and mint…. Use directions on mix, and add one sliced lemon to the pitcher.  …

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Killer Spikes

Killer spikes for the Killer Heels exhibit last night.    Hermés all silver collier de chien, worn with St Laurent Kate grey croc embossed chain bag.   Louboutin flo spikes adding edge to the outfit.   I had a wonderful evening meeting local fashion bloggers and representatives of The Frick Pittsburgh.    The Killer Heels exhibit provides a fascinating history of high heels that both men …

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Snake Eyes

Since my son has a summer birthday, we celebrated at school Friday with these fun snake eyes fruit skewers and chocolate cake. These are super simple, a treat that needs no mixing or baking!  You will need: wooden skewers grapes strawberries-cut the tops off a small tube of icing Wilton candy eyes (can be found on Amazon.com ) first, place grapes …

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SouthPark Influencer

As a special guest of Hermés Charlotte, I was delighted to be a part of the SouthPark Influencer dinner last Thursday. Being a fashion blogger, this event gave me the chance to connect with local entrepreneurs and representatives of Simon Property Group.   The dinner was hosted by Cara Santana, CEO of the Glam App.      (photo courtesy of …

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Cocoa Cuties

Cocoa cuties are a yummy little treat after spending the day in the snow. c Ingredients are (for 24 cups) sugar cookie mix 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream 2 tablespoons hot cocoa mix 1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips 1/3 cup white chocolate chips chocolate mini pretzels (plain work well also) 1/2 cup mini marshmallows First, preheat oven to 375 …

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Witches Hats and Funny Bones

In full Halloween spirit with Witches’ Hats and Funny Bones treats, perfect for a school costume party. The witches hats are super easy to make, you will need: Fudge Stripes cookies Orange icing (a tube is more handy than spreadable) Hershey’s kisses Funny bones require getting your hands a little dirty, or should I say chocolatey!  Still pretty simple to …

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Sweet and Tangy Shrimp Salad

I enjoy making salads, but one of my complaints is all the chopping involved in preparation.  With this sweet and tangy shrimp salad, just sprinkle the ingredients; in a couple minutes you have a colorful and healthy salad, with no chopping needed.   And, I picked up all the necessities at Trader’s Joe’s market, even better with one stop shopping. You …

Carpus DiemSweet and Tangy Shrimp Salad