Cupcakes & Cocktails Night

Last night we attended the Cocktails and Cupcakes event hosted by Happy Hour Events and A Sweet Affair Weddings & Events.

This event was a women in business networking event to benefit the Formal Dress Project - a nonprofit organization that collects gently used formal dresses and accessories to sell for a minimal cost to local high school students.

It was a fun night to meet other women in business, enjoy champagne cocktails and delicious cupcakes made from local bakeries . To add to the fun, we got to judge the cupcakes as well as the ladies who attended. We gotta say - this was a tougher job than it sounds.

Photo Mar 21, 6 39 25 PM.jpg

The Station on Kings

Coconut Cake with Passion Fruit Curd, Mango Buttercream and candied Pistachios.

BoK_BC.jpg

Lefty's Alley & Eats

Devil’s Food Cupcake with Strawberry Buttercream dipped in Chocolate.

LAE_BC.jpg

Bethany Blues

Lemon Blueberry Cupcake with a Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting.

BB_BC.jpg

Blue Moon

Chocolate Cupcake with Chamboard Buttercream.

BM_BC.jpg

Three Blonde Bakers

Chocolate Coconut Cupcake with Caramel Buttercream icing dipped in Chocolate and rolled in Toasted Coconut.

3BB_BC.jpg

How delicious do these all look??!! 

And the winner of the 2018 Cupcake & Cocktail contest is ....

The Station On Kings

Station on .jpg

We had such a great time, and got to meet so many awesome women killing it in the business world. Thank you again Dana and Katina for hosting such an amazing event! We can't wait for the next one!

Storm Prep: Grocery Store List & Recipes

It's the first day of spring, but we're pretty sure Mother Nature doesn't realize it. Some forecasts say rain and wind, some say snow, but who actually knows. What we do know is that the food store is going to be a mob scene with everyone trying to stock up on some essentials before this impending storm hits. 

We thought we'd help you out and give you a simple Shopping List with the essentials and some of our favorite recipes we like to prep when we know a storm is coming.

These are items that don't need heat to be prepared or stay cool in the refrigerator: 

  • Water [prefer bottled]
  • Peanut butter or similar nut spreads and preserves (jellies, jams)
  • Fresh fruits and vegetables
  • Dried fruits and nuts
  • Juices (particularly those that are not commonly found in the refrigerator section of the supermarket).
  • Breads, muffins, bagels, tortillas
  • Canned Soup
  • Dry cereal or granola
  • Protein bars or protein shakes.
  • Cookies, Crackers, Chips

Light storm - don't think you'll lose power? Check out these easy recipes we like to make, require few ingredients, & can easily be prepped ahead & reheated.

Breakfast Muffins

 via Buzzfeed Food

via Buzzfeed Food

  via The Kitchn

via The Kitchn

  via Refinery 29

via Refinery 29

  via Food Network

via Food Network

  via Food Network

via Food Network

Veggie Wraps.png

Do you have any go-to recipes you make when a storm is coming? We'd love to try them!

Comment below or email us at blondecravings@gmail.com

How To Eat Healthier On The Go

Between running our own business and planning a wedding, my lifestyle can sometimes be completely chaotic. My goal for 2018 is to start eating a little cleaner and healthier.

Eduplated_1.jpg

For those of you who may not know, Nick and I are getting married in September. Between running our business and planning the wedding [which is no joke!], I'm usually running off of multiple cups of coffee and eating whatever is "quick" in between photoshoots. By the time I get home, the last thing I want to do is make dinner. I have tried the meal delivery services and the "quick meals ideas" on Pinterest. Yeah they were great, but neither were practical or worth the money. We have resorted to quite a bit of take out in 2018, which clearly isn't the healthiest - and I have to fit in to a wedding dress in 6 months! [eek!]

Enter: Eduplated

Eduplated is an app that helps you make smarter nutritional decisions for your lifestyle with a virtual dietitian - so you never have to leave your house. This is so perfect, because I do not have time to be prepping food for an hour everyday, let alone make multiple appointments to meet with a dietitian. 

edu_5.jpg

I signed up for Eduplated, because for me,  I am looking to cut back on my dairy and sugar intake as well as just eat cleaner overall without spending a couple hours a week meal prepping or cooking meals that take over an hour.

I was paired with Morgan RDN who created a personalized meal plan for me - complete with recipe links, recommended brands, serving sizes, substitutions, and other tips to help me reach my goals.

Here are some of the meals she put together for me. 

BREAKFAST

Avocado Toast / Veggie & Fruit Smoothie / Oatmeal with fruit. 

This all is simple, healthy breakfast ideas that took me under 5 minutes to make and 5 minutes to eat. Exactly what I needed. 

SNACK

Apples with Almond Butter / Hummus and Veggies / Granola Bar. 

All of these snacks were easy to take on the go and were actually flavorful. Who wants a bland snack? Not me. 

LUNCH

Tuna Salad with Lettuce & Spinach / Greek Salad

These two meals were stepping out of my comfort zone. I have never eaten either of these meals before, but they were actually incredibly delicious and didn't leave me feel disgustingly full. Yay for new favorite recipes!

DINNER

Homemade Flatbread / Salmon with Salad / Shrimp & Zoodles

Now that I've been eating 3 balanced meals a day (+ snacks) , I'm having an easier time with portion sizes at dinner. I know longer have to make up my calories at dinner by binge eating.

The second I saw Morgan put seafood in my meal plan, I got super stoked. I am a huge seafood lover, so trying a new simple recipe with my favorite food had me looking forward to making dinner this week. 

Why you should try Eduplated

Forget the meal delivery services, the Pinterest diets, and the juice cleanses. EduPlated is for individuals, parents, and children who are looking to eat healthier and live a more active lifestyle. Their nutritional advice is great if you're looking for weight-loss, nutritional plans for medical conditions, mitigating food allergies, and enhanced athletic performance.

Individuals select from (I) monthly for $49, (II) 3-months for $135 ($45/month) or (III) 12 months for $449 ($36/month). All plans include:

  • Pairing with the right dietitian based upon client goals and needs
  • Unlimited interaction with your dietitian, anytime, anywhere
  • Caloric assessment, nutrition analysis, customized meal plans and much more

To get started with EduPlated, download the app here.  

For 15% off your first month use code blondecravings15 at checkout.

https://www.eduplated.com

Created in Parntership with EduPlated. All opinions and content are my own. 

10 Cookbooks That Have Recipes You Want To Eat

Cookbooks are far too easy to impulse buy. They are big glossy books filled with beautiful images of dishes you can convince yourself (if only for a moment!) that you’re going to start making. Does that sounds like you? Definitely sounds like us! Especially when they are created by our favorite celebrity, and they are promoting the heck out of it on Instagram!

While they can still be nice to page through on occasion, as it sits on your coffee table or on a shelf in your kitchen -  the best cookbooks are those that are filled with recipes you'll actually make for yourself, or a more impressively meals your friends will actually eat. They are filled with tips that will slowly but surely make you a better cook.

Here are 10 of our favorite cookbooks that will make you actually want to hop in the kitchen instead of settling for a frozen pizza or take out. 

FOR THE TRENDY EATER: Tasty - Latest & Greatest

24243703_2156351781284126_5511705559289561088_n-720x600.jpg

FOR THE VEGAN OR (WANT TO BE) VEGAN: Thug Kitchen - Eat Like You Give A F*CK

Community-Thug-Kitchen-Giveaway-1024x683.jpg

FOR THE NO HASSLE COOK: One Pan: 100 Brilliant Meals

DTQKbcWWkAE6GY3.jpg

FOR THE FLAVOR FOODIE: Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat

Salt-Fat-Acid-Heat-Samin-Nosrat-650x432.jpg

FOR THE MOVIE LOVER: Eat What You Watch

eatwhatyouwatch.png
Chrissy-Teigen-Lemony-Arugula-Spaghetti-Cacio-e-Pepe.jpg
23723820566_7a5d0a7152_c.jpg

FOR THE HEALTH CONSCIOUS: True Roots: A Mindful Kitchen with Recipes Free of Gluten, Dairy, and Refined Sugar

trueroots_1.jpg

FOR THE COOKIE LOVER: Sally's Cookie Addiction

sub-buzz-25548-1512653935-1.jpeg

FOR THE FOOD BLOGGER: Half Baked Harvest

Halfbaked-Harvest-Bk-Cropped.jpg

Want to stay up to date with everything Blonde Cravings? Follow us  on Facebook and Twitter!