Thursday, July 9, 2015

Chili Mac & Cheese Recipe

On a cold fall night or winter evening this recipe truly hits the spot! Here is what you will need:

1 Tbs Olive Oil
2 Cloves of Garlic
1 Onion, diced
8 Ounces Ground Beef
4 Cups Chicken Broth
1 Can of Diced Tomatoes
3/4 Cup Canned White Kidney Beans (drained and rinsed)
2 Tsps of Chili Powder
1 1/2 Tsp Cumin
Pepper and Salt to Taste
1 Box of Elbow Pasta
3/4 Cup of Cheddar Cheese
2 Tbs of Chopped Fresh Parsley 

On a cold winter night this dish is magical!!

1. Heat olive oil in a large skillet on medium heat and add garlic, onion and beef (drain any excess fat).

2. Stir in all items besides cheese and parsley. Simmer for about 13-15 minutes until pasta is cooked.

3. Remove from heat. Top with cheese and cover until melted, about 2 minutes

4. Serve immediately, garnished with parsley, if desired!

It is as Simple As 1-2-3!

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Bachelorette Weekend Ideas

The weekend was upon us and I was busy getting ready to make it the best bachelorette weekend possible! I went out and got all the goodies to make up beach bags and survival bags! I had some awesome Etsy and bloggy friends chime in and help me with some of the items! I would love for you to check out their blogs and websites!! Let them know Simple As 1-2-3 sent you~

My kitchen table with all the items!! Yikes! I got the girls, pink bags, pink flip flops, pink nail polish,  pink gum, pink sun glasses, pink lip gloss and pink hair ties! Are you seeing a trend? :)

I got these cups and had the labels placed on them and filled them with goodies for the girls!

These super cute lip glosses were a awesome for the beach!!

They were a huge hit and taste delicious!! 

I made a sparkly pink champagne bottle for our first night! It was pretty simple…I sprayed it with spray paint, covered it in glitter and sprayed Mod Podge on top of it to adhere the glitter.

I made up survival bags for the girls as well…here are some of the items..

This is what the bags looked like after they were done.

I got this super cute sign to hang up on the front door of the beach house! I wanted the girls to hashtag all the pictures to a specific link and this was a great way to do it!

I got the sign from Custom Printables NY

Introducing: Custom Printable's NY

It's funny - all of this money in debt, for several degrees and I'm not using any of it. I'm doing something I enjoy more, putting smiles on others faces by helping someones special day become even more special as best as I can. I've traveled many places and have seen many styles. However, since my son was born in April of 2013, lets just say traveling around the world is no longer as easy or really that possible yet.  

I can't complain, I'd have it no other way - working from home and having my little man around me 24/7, he is the reason I am now selling on etsy...

I've done web design for years (stay tuned I will have a site up soon). I came on here in March 2014 to order something for my sons 12 month old party. I filled out what they asked, made my requests, not only were they all ignored but it took nearly 2 weeks to get my file and there was nothing personable about the transaction. 

I then realized, why the heck did I just pay for something I can create myself? Then that's when I started my etsy store. If I get an order and I can get right to it, I do. I don't like to keep anyone waiting. My goal is to also make sure no one walks away disappointed, these after all are called CUSTOM files, right? So that's what we'll do together, customize your file to be perfect just for you!

If you have any questions feel free to ask :)

They were a huge help and great to work with!

We got these super cute hair ties from Lucky Girl Hair Ties!

Introducing Lucky Girl Hair Ties:

Tame Your Mane with Lucky Girl Hair Ties 

It's a Stretchy Hair Tie and Bracelet in One

To Have & To Hold, Your Hair Back Party Favors

(1) Single Hair Tie + Cute White "To Have & To Hold" Slogan Card 

Leave a Note to Seller with your selection of ties otherwise by default Buyer will receive a mix of Pink, Black & White with gold dots.

Cute little gift on it's own or perfect addition to "Hangover Kit" & Goodie Swag Bags

+ Easy on Hair & Wrist
+ No Fray Ends
+ Hand Washable, Air Dry

The girls loved them and they truly came in handy on the beach!

Jess was able to wear this awesome sash for the weekend from Glamour Sash!

Introducing Glamour Sash:

Our company was started out of our small apartment on the kitchen table. We had the idea to offer a high quality sash with unlimited options and at a price point anyone could afford. Etsy has given us an amazing platform to build and showcase our products with the world and we are forever grateful to them. 
In the beginning we were lucky enough to be only 1 of 2 companies on Etsy that wanted to sell sashes at the time and we were happy to share our sash designs with the world. We do consider ourselves a premier sash company not only because of the volume but because of our quality of service and repeat business. It's easy to see from our reviews that our customers love us and we love them. 
Although there are now MANY small sash sellers on Etsy that "copy" our designs, they can't copy our overall quality and experience, we are the original and are always setting the trend. 

Glamour Sash (owned by TheCraftyVixen LLC) is the premier sash company for any and all custom sash applications.

What do we offer?
Whether you need a cheer sash, Prom Sash, birthday or any other event that requires a sash, we can make and customize them to suit your needs.

Are the sashes high quality?
Every single sash is designed and hand-made in the same facility to ensure quality.
These are not throw-away sashes and can be used time and time again and then handed down.
Quality guaranteed!

What do customers love most about us?

#1 Price: You can't get a higher quality custom made sash for less (without paying for it later.)

#2 Options: We offer more color & font combinations than we can count. There is always a combination to fit your needs.

#3 Quality: Every aspect of our sashes from material to machinery to our quality assurance department is top notch. If there is ever a problem with sash sent out, we fix it immediately.

#4 No Hassle Customer Service: We always treat our customers with respect and understanding, we care about people and it shows (not only in our reviews) but in our repeat business and customers photos we receive every day.

What makes us different from other companies?

Want to see a couple thousand of our company reviews?

They did a beautiful job "glittering" this sash for me with her new name ;)!!

Here are some more pictures from the weekend and how I set up the tables..

I also did a mimosa bar the morning after~ I filled jars with fruit and juices for the girls to enjoy!

The forks and spoons were from Mod Party!

Introducing Mod Party:

Birthday Party, Wedding, Bridal Shower & Baby Shower Decorations just got easier! We have invitations, favors, water bottle wrappers, banners, favor tags, cupcake toppers and more! Get the custom look for your party without having to put hours into printing, cutting and pasting. No digital files here, all items listed are for actual PRINTED goods shipped right to your door. What are you waiting for? Pick a theme, done. Yes, it's that easy. :)

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They matched our decor perfectly !

The sign was from Designs By Lindsay

She did a beautiful job on the sign and the girls just loved it!!

Introducing Designs By Lindsay:

Instant downloads for weddings, baby showers, bridal parties, bachelorette parties and more! Make your special day even more special with custom decorations. For specific colors or sizes please message me. 

For more information about instant downloads:

We did an "underwear" line for the bride to be! We each brought a pair of panties for her that had something to do with our relationship with the bride! This was a big hit and a lot of fun!

As you can see we had an amazing weekend with a great group of girls!!

I hope you enjoyed looking at these ideas and I hope it sparked some ideas for you and your next bachelorette weekend!! 

It is as Simple As 1-2-3~

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Spinach Artichoke Spaghetti Squash Recipe

If you are on the 21 Day Fix this is a great recipe for you to use! It was so yummy and you felt like you were eating pasta!! Here is what you need to do:


Spaghetti Squash
Greek Plain Yogurt
Can of Artichokes
Salt and Pepper
Parmesan Cheese

Cut the spaghetti squash in 1/2 and fill with water, place it in the microwave for 10 minutes.

While that is cooking dice a quarter of an onion and place in a pan with 1 tbs of oil. Minced garlic and add it to the pan. While that is cooking add 1/2 of container of plain greek yogurt. Then you can add your diced artichokes and spinach to the pan. Cook until spinach is cooked down!

Fill each spaghetti bowl with ingredients from the pan. Sprinkle parmesan cheese on top and enjoy!!

It is as Simple As 1-2-3!

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Tortellini Soup Recipe

What you will need:

*1 Bag of frozen tortellini
*2 Onions
*5 Cloves of garlic *minced*
*Chicken broth -2 cartons
*Turkey sausage
*Can crushed tomatoes
*Salt, pepper and crushed red pepper

-Cook the sausage in a pan and place aside 
-Cook onion and garlic in a pot until clear
-Pour chicken broth, can of crushed tomatoes and kale into the pot
-Cook on medium to high for about 10-15 minutes
-Boil and add tortellini cook for another 10 minutes
-Add salt, pepper and crushed red pepper to taste

Once the pasta is cooked you can enjoy!

Recipe adapted from: Healthy_Homies

It is as Simple As 1-2-3!

Monday, February 2, 2015

Red Velvet, White Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

 Are you ready to celebrate Valentines Day? It is one of my FAVORITE holidays! Single or married I have always LOVED this holiday! When I was single I honored how strong I was as an independent woman, I knew who I was as a person, which I think many people forget to do. Being married I enjoy spoiling my husband more than receiving anything from him. I love to show him how much I love and appreciate him! One way is to his stomach! Introducing these yummy cookies! I tweaked the recipe from Life in the Longhouse! They came out SO GOOD!

Let me know what you think!


  1. 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  2. 2 1/2 Tablespoons cocoa powder
  3. 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  4. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  5. 7 Tablespoons butter, at room temperature
  6. 6 Tablespoons vegetable shortening, at room temperature
  7. 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  8. 1 large egg
  9. 1 large egg yolk
  10. 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  11. 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  12. 1 Tablespoon red food coloring
  13. 1 cups white chocolate chips, divided

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. In a medium bowl, mix together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt. Place aside!
  2. Add butter, shortening and sugar to the bowl of an electric stand mixer and mix on medium speed until very fluffy, about 3 or so minutes. Add egg, egg yolk and mix until combined. Then add vinegar, vanilla and food coloring. Mix until well blended.
  3. Slowly add dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Stir in 1/2 cup white chocolate chips. Scoop dough out by the heaping Tablespoonful, and roll into balls. Place balls on a parchment lined baking sheet. Gently press about 4-5 more white chocolate chips into the top of each ball. Being careful not to flatten the balls. This will make the chips stay on top rather then sink inside the cookie!
  4. Bake cookies for 6-7 minutes. Allow cookies to cool for a few minutes before transferring to a wire rack.

You can eat these yummy cookies right away or you can freeze them for up to three months!

It is as Simple As 1-2-3!