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Classically Rustic

Published January 20, 2012 by sweetcraftastrophe

Morning lovelies!

How are you all doing? Having a splendid week I hope! So anyways today is the FIRST Friday Briday on my new blog! Yay! I am currently loving all of the rustic inspired weddings even though I am not an outdoorsy person whatsoever! A rustic wedding is simple, elegant and so beautiful that I just had to share it with you all.

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Glance at Your Goals!

Published January 16, 2012 by sweetcraftastrophe

Morning darlings,

Hope you had an eventful but safe weekend! Since this new year has begun it’s been hard to focus on my goals and I know that I can longer blame winter break! I’m not much of a morning person until I make a pit stop to Starbucks but even before then I have completely forgotten my goals. The past year has flown by so quickly and now its a brand new year, a new page so this year I’m changing things up a bit. Instead of keeping my goals tucked away they will always be visible from now on beside my bed. This way I have no excuses not to be accountable to myself. Another idea for you visual learners like myself is to create a visualization board and yes it may sound a little cheesy but who cares?! You deserve to make the most of this and every year! I used to think they were silly and pointless but it’s actually very helpful to assign pictures to the goals you WILL accomplish.Once you create your own visual board this will help keep you motivated and excited for each day.

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Fresh Start

Published January 9, 2012 by sweetcraftastrophe

Good Morning!

So as you can see I have moved my blog to a new site and will be continuing to post from this page permanently. I do realize I have been slacking in keeping up with the posts but I’m back! It’s a brand new year and I know for some you of that means new resolutions and new promises to yourself to make this year a better one. Well I’m not one to set resolutions because I feel like they end up being broken promises. So instead of listing all the things you mightdo this year just start fresh this year! It’s a clean slate and from now on you have the opportunity to make this year count and strive to really make it amazing by doing all the things you love! Make it the year of you! Do whatever makes you happy and surround yourself with great people. Yes I know that sounds so cliche but in all honesty it works! Negative Nellies never make good friends or good company. Finally, always remember to be thankful for everything and everyone in your life. I guess I’m just full of cliche’s this morning but you get the jist.

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Just Breathe…

Published December 12, 2011 by sweetcraftastrophe

Good morning,

I’m so sorry I ahevn’t been keeping up with the posts but its finals week and I have been in study mode for the past two weeks! So just bare with me as I finish my last two finals and I’ll be back to regularly posting. Since I’ll be pretty busy studying I figured that if I write at least one post I won’t feel too terrible about neglecting you all!

I want you to start off your week with a few laughs and remember to take in some “me time” during your hectic schedules.

Well hopefully you’ve smiled and laughed a little so go start your awesome Monday! I probably won’t be posting as much for the next two weeks but I will try to sneak in a few posts here and there. I have some amazing ideas for 2012 so stick around!
Have a sweet day!

It’s all about the labels

Published November 29, 2011 by sweetcraftastrophe


Hope you’re Tuesday is starting off to a fabulous one! So last night as I was writing today’s post I totally got ahead of myself and realized that to shop for healthy products you need to learn the basics of food labels. Yea I know it kind of sucks but you just have to do it and trust me you’ll be better off for it in the future ūüôā
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Everything Thanksgiving : Round two

Published November 22, 2011 by sweetcraftastrophe

Today it’s all about Thanksgiving¬† leftovers and clever ways to work them into new dishes! I’m pretty excited for Thanksgiving (and of course Black Friday)! I’m sure by now the menu is finalized and you have a game plan for the day of because you’re just awesome right? Of course! The biggest challenge to work into other dishes is of course the¬† turkey, ham or prime rib. I mean I like turkey sandwiches with extra stuffing ¬†but honestly how many turkey sandwiches can you have?

Turkey Bolognese

This recipe is genius! How easy and smart is this?! For a lighter option use wheat pasta.



Heat the oil in a heavy large frying pan over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and saute until translucent, about 5 minutes.
Add the carrot and celery and saute until the vegetables are tender, about 5 minutes.
Add the turkey and saute 1 minute.
Add the marinara sauce.
Decrease the heat to medium-low and simmer gently for 15 minutes to allow the flavors to blend, stirring often. Stir in the basil. Season the sauce, to taste, with salt and pepper. (The sauce can be made 1 week ahead.
Cool the sauce completely, then transfer it to a container and freeze for future use. Bring the sauce to a simmer before using.)

Meanwhile, cook the spaghetti in a large pot of boiling salted water until just tender but still firm to bite, stirring often, about 8 minutes.

Drain, reserving 1 cup of the cooking liquid. Add the pasta to the sauce and toss to coat, adding enough reserved cooking liquid to moisten as needed.

Serve with the Parmesan

Potato Croquettes


 These tasty little treats would be perfect to make in the middle of the week with your leftover mashed potatoes.


  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon chopped green onion
  • 2 egg yolks, beaten
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 4 cups mashed potatoes
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • Sifted dried bread crumbs
  • Peanut oil, enough to fill pan 1/2-inch


Add milk, salt, pepper, chopped onion, beaten egg yolks and flour to mashed potatoes.
Chill and then shape using an ice cream scoop.
Dip in the beaten egg, then roll through bread crumbs.
Fry each croquette in shallow oil until brown on all sides.

**Cook’s Note**: Cook in small batches, giving each croquette at least 2 inches of space around it to not overcrowd the pan. This prevents the croquettes from crumbling while frying.

30 Minute Turkey Chili


Anything under 30 minutes to make catches my attention and this is such a hearty meal for those cold nights.


  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 5 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 chipotle chile en adobo, coarsely chopped, with 1 tablespoon sauce
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1 (12-ounce) Mexican lager-style beer
  • 1 (14 1/2-ounce) can whole peeled tomatoes, with their juice
  • 1 (15 1/2-ounce) can kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • Sliced scallions, cilantro sprigs, avocado, sour cream, grated Monterey jack cheese, and/or tortilla chips, for garnish, optional


Heat the olive oil in a large, heavy skillet over medium-high heat.
Add the onion, garlic, salt, chili powder, and oregano and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 3 minutes.
Stir in the tomato paste and the chipotle chile and sauce; cook 1 minute more.
Add the turkey, breaking it up with a wooden spoon, and cook until the meat loses its raw color, about 3 minutes.
Add the beer and simmer until reduced by about half, about 8 minutes.
Add the tomatoes–crushing them through your fingers into the skillet–along with their juices and the beans; bring to a boil.
Cook, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until thick, about 10 minutes.

Ladle the chili into bowls and serve with the garnishes of your choice.

**Cook’s Note**: A skillet’s larger surface area reduces sauces faster than simmering in a saucepan.

Extra Veggie Frittata 


Ok I’m loving this idea for leftover veggies! It’s so simple and easy to make! Perfect snacks for anytime of the day.


  • 8 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup stuffing
  • 2 cups leftover cooked veggies (broccoli or cauliflower, green beans)
  • salt and pepper to season
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup grated cheddar


Beat 8 eggs, 1 cup milk and salt and pepper.
Add 1/2 cup stuffing bread cubes and 2 cups leftover cooked vegetables (such as broccoli or cauliflower).
Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in an ovenproof 10-inch nonstick skillet over medium-high heat; add the egg mixture and cook 2 minutes.
Reduce the heat to medium-low, top with grated cheddar and cook 10 minutes.
Broil 3 minutes, then slice.
Cranberry Tartlets
 One word- delish! I am definitely going to make these for a little post lunch treat! You could even freeze half of them for later and just heat them up when you need them. For a lighter option substitute the sugar for Splenda.


  • 12 (2 3/4-inch) squares of dough (phyllo)
  • 6 tablespoons cranberry sauce
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tablespoon heavy cream
  • Sanding sugar


Preheat oven to 400 degrees

Arrange squares of dough in cups of a mini-muffin pan. 

Top each square with 1 1/2 teaspoons cranberry sauce; fold in edges. 

Freeze for 30 minutes.

Beat together egg yolk and cream. 

Brush tartlets with egg wash; sprinkle with sanding sugar. 

Bake at 400 degrees until golden, 30 to 35 minutes

Have a sweet day!

Unabashedly Lilly

Published November 10, 2011 by sweetcraftastrophe
Today is one of my absolute favorite days next to National Pink Day and my birthday because it’s Lilly Pulitzer’s birthday! The big 8-0! I love the bright colors, patterns and the lifestyle behind it! So if you’re planning on making a shopping trip make sure you head over to your local Lilly Pulitzer store for some fabulous shift dresses, wedge sandals and gifts with purchase! I know that once you step ,into the pink and lime green walls of a Lilly store you’ll instantly be transformed into a Lilly Lover! Speaking of pink and lime green, all of this inspired me to create a Lilly – collage featured below with a few of my fav pieces
Did you know Lilly Pulitzer eloped with her husband to Florida and started her own juice stand? That’s where it all began! She used to wear brightly colored dresses to hide her stains and the rest is history!
For this very special occasion I’ve compiled a random list of Lilly stores that will be having a small celebration in honor of this fabulous day! Don’t forget that all these great pieces are available online as well at Lilly Pulitzer.

Pink a Lilly Pulitzer, Greenvile, NC
The Pink Crab, Annapolis, MD
Ocean Palm, Virginia Beach, VA
Pink Bee a Lilly Pulitzer Via Shop, Greenville, SC
Lilly Pulitzer, Sarasota, FL
Lilly Pulitzer, Palm Beach Gardens, FL
Lilly Pulitzer, Austin, TX

This is one of my all time fav stores! Lilly Pulitzer, Southlake, TX 

And last but certainly not least… Museum of Lifestyle and Fashion History Museum, Boynton Beach, FL

Have a sweet day!