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His name is Royal, but he’s no prince charming. He’s not even a prince-though you could say I loved him once upon a time. He was my older brother’s best friend. Growing up, he sat at our dinner table every Sunday, teased me mercilessly, and pretended I annoyed him. When I was old enough, he took me on my first date. Royal taught me how to drive. Escorted me to my junior prom. Gave me my first kiss . . . amongst other things. He was my first taste of toe-curling, all-consuming, can’t-sleep love. We had our whole lives ahead of us. There was never anyone else for me but him. And then he disappeared. No letter. No explanation. Not even a good-bye. I’ve spent the last seven years trying in vain to forget my first love, but just when I think I’ve finally moved on, guess who’s back in town?
I really enjoyed this book! It reminded me a lot of the Poughkeepie series, which I was obsessed with. I usually don’t like when the author switches POVs but in this book it worked well. If I had to complain about one thing is that there was this big secret why Royal went missing for 7 years and he didn’t want to tell Demi until the time was right and when he thought she could handle it. They made it seem like it was something sooooo unbelievably tragic (don’t get me wrong it was awful) but when there was this big reveal I was expecting so much more. Other than that it was a pretty good book. I’m definitely going to read the second book.
2 1/2 cups Graham cracker crumbs (about 2 1/2 packs)
1/2 cup of melted margarine (8 tbsp or 1 stick)
16 oz strawberry cream cheese softened
2/3 cups sugar
2 cups sour cream
4 tsp. vanilla extract
16 oz cool whip
Now come on! You all know I bought some ready packaged chi chi dango. However, there are some great simple recipes for homemade mochi out there.
What to do:
Mix melted butter and graham cracker crumbs together and pack into 9×13 inch dish
Beat the cream cheese until smooth with an electric mixer. Gradually beat in the sugar. Beat in the sour cream and vanilla until just combined. Fold in the whipped topping. Scrape mixture onto crust. Chill in the refrigerator for 4 hours.
Cut your cheesecake into rectangles, try not to go ever 2 1/2 inch pieces (the mochi will be too thin).
Take your mochi rectangle and roll it out to a size that will lay nicely over your cake (like pictured).
**Note: you will need some potato starch to prevent the mochi from sticking to roller pin. You can also use some regular flour.
Garnish with some cool whip and strawberry slices (optional)
This Passover Seder is not just any Passover Seder. Yes, there will be a quick service and then a festive meal afterwards, but this night is different from all other nights. This will be the night the Golds of Greenwich meet the Rothschilds of New York City.
The Rothschilds are the stuff of legends. They control banks, own vineyards in Napa, diamond mines in Africa, and even an organic farm somewhere in the Midwest that produces the most popular Romaine lettuce consumed in this country. And now, Sylvia Gold’s daughter is dating one of them.
When Sylvia finds out that her youngest of three is going to bring her new boyfriend to the Seder, she’s giddy. When she finds out that his parents are coming, too, she darn near faints. Making a good impression is all she thinks about. Well, almost. She still has to consider her other daughter, Sarah, who’ll be coming with her less than appropriate beau and his overly dramatic Italian mother. But the drama won’t stop there. Because despite the food and the wine, despite the new linen and the fresh flowers, the holidays are about family. Long forgotten memories come to the surface. Old grievances play out. And Sylvia Gold has to learn how to let her family go.
Great book! As a parent I can relate to Sylvia in the sense that you have such great expectations for your children that you want to push them towards success, sometimes disregarding the fact that maybe they yearn for something different. And I also could relate to Sarah because growing up I always wanted to please my parents even if it meant keeping secrets that I know would disappoint me. I sometimes felt like I wasn’t doing a lot of the things that I wanted to be doing in fear that they’d judge me. This book is so true to life when it comes to tight knit families. I recommend this awesome read.