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Friday is here, what a fast 4 day work week! I am excited for my weekend at home with my parents! Buffalo Chicken dip is amazing and one of the best combinations around in my opinion…it started with the dip and chips…then the dip and  vegetables like celery and carrots…buffalo chicken mac and cheese and now buffalo chicken stuffed mushrooms. 

Ingredients
2 oz cream cheese
1/4 cup ranch dressing
1/4 cup buffalo wing sauce
1/4 cup franks red hot
1 can cooked chicken
1/2 cup shredded cheddar
10 large mushrooms
 Directions
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees
Remove the stem and the insides of your mushrooms, and place in a baking dish.
Then add the cream cheese, blue cheese, ranch and buffalo sauce. Stir together until the cream cheese is melted.
In a bowl, add your shredded chicken and the buffalo sauce mixture from the pan. Mix together until the chicken is coated.
Spoon the chicken mixture into your mushrooms, and top with cheddar cheese.
Bake in the oven for approximately 20 minutes until the cheese is golden.
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More Daily Reads

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I have so many favorite blogs, many of which are very well known like Rockstar Diaries & Cupcakes and Cashmere  but some of my “must follow gems” are a bit less known but absolute “follow musts” so I wanted to dedicate this post to other blogs you may want to start following. In December I posted my first post with my favorite fashion and food blogs! In the past I have posted links to a few of my favorite daily reads so if you missed these check them out HERE! I hope you will love them as much as I do!

1) Nishaantishua travel blog by Freya who started life on a beach in Bermuda she now lives with her soon to be husband Adam and their dog Molly. 

2) SpruntingCatherine a writer from London with tons of frugal recipe ideas and inspiration from her daily life.

3) Sweet Thing Blog– Jessie a photographer living in Los Angeles whose blog is all about fashion, photography & interior design.  

4) Everyday Musingsphotographer named Olivia residing in Charleston, SC.

5) Wish Wish Wish– love love love this blog by a girl named Carrie living in London. If you like cats, ‘60s dresses and junk food as much as I do, then you need to start following her!

6) The Velvet Bird– a blog by vanessa who loves sewing, photography, coffee, baking, natural things, exercising, animals and vegetables. Her blog is adorable!

7) Tulips & Rain– Tulips & Rain is a blog with tons of  tasty treats, DIYs and lots of pretty things

8) Le Stylo RougeKansas-City based fashion blog

9)  The Style Lettersa style & fashion blog by Maria

10) Desire to Inspirean interior design blog with tons of creative ideas for any type of home!

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A much more delicious and healthier way to satisfy your jalapeno popper craving. You get more bang for your buck with a jalapeno popper by stuffing it into a chicken breast. If you love jalapeno poppers, this recipe is a must try. Enjoy!

Ingredients

  • 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts cut into 4 fillets
  • 2 jalapenos, seeded and diced
  • 3 oz reduced fat cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup reduced fat sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray a shallow baking dish with non-fat cooking spray.
  2. Using a mallet, pound out each chicken fillet to get a larger, thinner fillet, and then season both sides with salt and pepper.
  3. In a medium sized bowl, combine cream cheese, cheddar and jalapeños.
  4. Spoon the cheese mixture onto on half of each chicken breast fillet. Fold in half to close, and secure with a toothpick.
  5. Place into baking dish and cover with foil. Make a few holes to allow steam to release.
  6. Bake in the oven for about 30 minutes, or until chicken is cooked all the way through and is no longer pink in the middle.

We all stayed dry for approximately 15 minutes until the sun became scorching hot this Sunday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

It was a gorgeous day for a race not a cloud in the sky. The sun was shining and the temperature was hot hot hot especially the closer you got to the track and the more spectators that kept piling in! We were all sweaty, muggy, and sun burnt on the party bus ride back home after the race. 

The day was all about “beer drinkin’, “snake pit dancing’, music listenin’, race car watchin’, and hot dog eatin’.” It was a blast!

Get Inspired: DIY Summer Wreath

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Back to work I go! Only a couple of more weeks and it’s officially summertime! Who doesn’t love dressing up their front door for the season, so I’m thinking how cute would it be to do it yourself a new Summer Wreath. I’ve been searching the web high and low for some awesome ideas and this is what I have come up with as some of my favorites!

I hope you’re all enjoying your Memorial Day weekend and thank you to all who have served our country. For the past few weeks I have been trying to master the perfect green smoothie but somehow mine always end up purple or pink after all of the fruit I add in. To be honest… Some smoothie recipes are not the most appetizing thing to see. 

Triple Berry Smoothie

1 cup spinach 
1 cup strawberries
1/2 cup yogurt
1 teaspoon flax seeds
1 peach
1/2 cup blackberries & 1/2 cup blueberries
1/2 cup water
PB2 to taste

Blend up all of the ingredients in your blender and enjoy!

What an amazing weekend! Friday I spent the afternoon at Carb Day down at the track. Carb day stands for carburetion day which I just discovered! This day involves not only enthusiastic fans cheering on their favorite drivers, but it’s also a great place to be for all of the music lovers to enjoy the sunshine and outdoor concerts. This year the performance was Sublime and the Red Rocker from Van Halen. 

Gigantic M&M Cookies

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How to make these huggggge M&M Cookies!

  • 1 cup packed brown sugar

  • 1/2 cup white sugar

  • 1 cup shortening

  • 2 eggs

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 1/2 cups candy-coated milk chocolate pieces

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, mix sugar, eggs, shortening, and vanilla thoroughly. Add flour, salt, and baking soda to creamed mixture. Blend well. Add 3/4 cup of M&M candies.
  2. Drop dough by teaspoonful onto cookie sheet. Slightly push a few candies on top of each dough ball with remaining candies.
  3. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 9 to 11 minutes, to your liking.

Patriotic Gear

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Happy Happy Friday! Nothing says Indy 500 like a cute pair of white shorts with stars and stripes! Whether you are attending the race this year or not these patriotic shorts are a must have. I figure I can wear them again for the Fourth of July! The race is all about layering on the red, white, and blue but of course dressing appropriate for the warm weather. I picked up these shorts from Forever21 for just twenty two dollars along with this bright red  bow headband from Etsy!

The Greatest Spectacle In Racing

I am spending my Memorial Day Weekend probably doing what most people living in the midwest are going to be doing walking an insane distance, sweating uncontrollably and joining in the Indy 500 madness on Sunday.

Long before moving to Indianapolis I had heard about the Indy 500 race from my friends and family. Leave it to me to completely overlook the world’s largest single-day sporting event while residing in Indiana my entire life. Last year was my first year finally being interested in attending the Indy 500- and wow, what an experience it was! 

In case you need a crash course on the Indy 500, here are a few fun facts about the race:

  • 500 miles, 200 laps, 33 racers
  • Track fries: More than 24,000 pounds, equal to the weight of an elephant
  • Firestone tires teams used throughout the month: More than 4,900
  • Churchill Downs, Yankee Stadium, the Rose Bowl, the Roman Colosseum and Vatican City can all fit inside the IMS oval, which covers 253 acres (infield).
  • A good pit stop is 8 seconds or less. That’s super quick!
  • The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is the world’s largest spectator sporting facility, with more than 250,000 permanent seats. If the seat boards from the grandstands at IMS were laid end-to-end, they would stretch 99.5 miles.

And if you’re not familiar with the term “snake pit” all you need to know is this is basically where you want to be if you’re more into partying than actually watching the race. Some people camp out all night, tailgate with barbecue, bring coolers of beer and who knows what else. There is usually a moon bounce of some sort, a DJ/Band, and lots of drunk Indianapolis locals running around.

Last year we were up at 4:00AM just to keep a spot in the infield! The track is two and a half miles around, so when you are standing 100 yards away from the track it is impossible to see any of the race, I don’t know why i was so surprised by this. I knew when the race started but had no idea who was leading or when the race was finally over. It was quite entertaining people watching and watching all of the craziness of that day and I am excited to experience it again this year!