National Toasted Marshmallow Day – S’mores Dip

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Happy Toasted Marshmallow Day eve!!! HA! Do I really need a reason to celebrate the toasted marshmallow? This actually seems like it should be a fall holiday, but since I’m going with a s’mores theme, I’ll take it any day of the year! I knew I wanted to do something today to inspire you all for “the big day tomorrow”, so I thought it was time to give the s’mores dip phenomenon a try! It couldn’t be easier, or more delicious!

National Toasted Marshmallow Day

National Toasted Marshmallow Day

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups milk chocolate chocolate chips
  • 1 1/2 cups marshmallows (I used mini marshmallows)
  • Honey Graham Crackers

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Fill bottom of a small cast iron skillet, or small baking dish of your choice, with chocolate chips. Layer the marshmallows over the chocolate chips and bake until marshmallows are golden brown. Allow the dish to cool for a few minutes and then serve with graham crackers while warm and gooey! Enjoy!
http://www.fabfatale.com/2014/08/national-toasted-marshmallow-day-smores-dip-recipe/

National Toasted Marshmallow Day - S'mores Dip

National Toasted Marshmallow Day - S'mores Dip

National Toasted Marshmallow Day - S'mores Dip

Nail Polish Storage and More Fun Organizers

Clear Nail Polish Storage Drawers

We moved into our new house a few months ago and it is VERY lived in already! In addition to trying to keep up with our everyday messes, we’ve also had company non-stop, so it’s been a challenge to keep things clean. Organization is a must right now! If we can keep things clean and functional, unlike our old place which was working against us in every way possible, then hopefully that will lead to more time for the other things we’d like to do around the house, like getting out of a couple more boxes, hanging artwork, and eventually a redesigned room for John.

If you’ve been following my blog for a while, then you may remember a post I did on nail polish storage (updated pic above in my office bookcase). In fact, you may have discovered my blog from that post because it went viral at Pinterest and StumbleUpon and is almost always at the top of my trending list in my sidebar. I found the clear shoe drawers at OrganizeIt.com, so we thought it would be fun to team up and feature a few more of their must-have organizers.

Bamboo Expandable Flatware Drawer Organizer

I found three bamboo drawer organizers, including this expandable bamboo flatware organizer, and I love the way they coordinately with each other, and they look great in our new drawers. We had a white plastic flatware organizer before that had seen better days.

Bamboo Drawer Knife Block Organizer

If you have a knife block that sits on your countertop, you need to take a good look at the top and backside of it. I was mortified when we moved to realize how much dust the countertop knife blocks collect and I had no idea that a drawer knife block was even an option. This is one of my favorite finds at Organize-It!

Bamboo Drawer Divider Expandable Organizer

This is another one of my favorite finds. These bamboo expandable drawer dividers are perfect for separating your drawer clutter into organized spaces. Two come in a pack so you can either divide one drawer into thirds, or a couple of drawers into halves. They are super spring loaded so they stay in place very well!

Baby Food Clear Plastic Divided Cabinet Organizer - Perfect For Squeeze Pouches

Baby John, or shall I say toddler John these days, has his own cabinet at our new place that houses all of his squeeze pouches, bowls, and utensils. The cabinet is a little high for me, and his pouches don’t really like to stand up on their own, so this clear plastic cabinet shelf organizer and Pullz cabinet shelf organizer, both divided, are perfect for keeping his snacks organized and easily accessible.

Herb Scissors

Obviously these herb scissors have nothing to do with organization, but they’ve been on my Organize-It wishlist, so they were nice enough to send me a pair. These scissors cut herbs in no time, and the little strips of basil were perfect for topping a pizza. Run through the herbs once more for a finer cut. The blade cover provides safe storage and doubles as a tool for cleaning excess herbs from the blades.

Chrome Closet Scarf Hanger Organizer - Also For Ties And Belts

This scarf organizer, also perfect for ties or belts, is WAY better than my DIY Scarf Organizer (yes, even I can give myself a bad review lol). The scarf organizer that I put together stacked the scarves so that most were hidden under another scarf and the cute little shower curtain rings I used were brutal on the fabric. This chrome hanger keeps all of my scarves side by side so that I can find the scarf I’m looking for so easily. There are also hooks on the opposite side for storing 14 scarves total.

Closet Baby Clothes Dividers Organizer

Every time I’d go to a department store, I was tempted to ask them if I could purchase some of their clothes rack dividers for keeping John’s baby clothes organized in his closet. Who knew that these adorable little baby clothes divider organizers were an option? I’ll get good use out of the 18 month and up dividers, and hopefully we can use them all if/when we have another little kiddo :)

Wall Fabric Slack Hangers

I picked up a few slack hangers for hanging my food styling linens. This helps me see exactly what I have to work with, and keeps them wrinkle free since I’m no longer stuffing them in drawers. I hope to fill the opposite wall with my growing collection since I feel like it actually dresses the wall up, in an “art for food photographers” kind of way lol. You can also do this if you are a collector of fabric or scrap booking paper. I hope to dedicate this entire corner to my food photography by adding a cabinet for all of my bowls, plates, utensils, and drinking glasses.

Do you have any organizational tips you can share with all of us? Do you have any organizers that you use in a way other than their intended purpose, like my slack organizers? If so, I’d love to hear from you!

Thanks so much to Organize-It for sending me these amazing products. All opinions are 100% my own. For more info, please view my full disclosure policy.

Boozey Tuesdays – Rosemary Gin Fizz

Rosemary Gin Fizz

Let’s just go ahead and add this Rosemary Gin Fizz to the top of my summer cocktail favs list! Wow, this was good! I usually work on my blog pics over the weekend, you know, a little Boozey Tuesdays R&D, but as I write this I’m so tempted to make myself another lol! The lemon and honey was such a nice addition to the mix of gin, soda water, and rosemary. I love a drink that looks interesting and is super refreshing!

Boozey Tuesdays – Rosemary Gin Fizz

Yield: 1 Rosemary Gin Fizz

Boozey Tuesdays – Rosemary Gin Fizz

Ingredients

  • 1 three-inch sprig of fresh rosemary
  • 1 small lemon, juiced
  • 1/2 teaspoon honey
  • 1 1/2 ounces gin
  • 3 ounces club soda

Instructions

  1. In a small drinking glass, muddle the fresh rosemary, lemon juice and honey.
  2. Fill the glass with ice, then pour in the gin and top with club soda.
  3. Give it a little swirl with a spoon. That's it!
http://www.fabfatale.com/2014/08/boozey-tuesdays-rosemary-gin-fizz/

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What are you sipping on this summer? Anything interesting you’d like to share?

rosemary gin fizz recipe – slightly adapted from cookieandkate.com

Zoya Naturel Deux “Instagram” Giveaway

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Well, I goofed up and now I’m making up for it. Sometimes there’s just so many details that go into a giveaway, that if you miss one, it changes everything! Luckily, it changes in your favor because I’m giving away a second Zoya Naturel Duex (2) collection!

One of the entries for my Zoya Naturel Deux giveaway is to share the image above at Instagram. Well, I forgot to add a step in the image to go to my site and enter the Instagram’s url in the Rafflecopter. SOOOOOO for all the people that saw the pic at Instagram only and regrammed, I’m giving away another collection for you all! I had two choices – I could either record every Instagram entry into the Rafflecopter myself to make up for my flub, or just give away another set for the regrams, giving everyone another chance to win which is a way more fun option!

  1. If you regramed AND entered your URL at my previous giveaway that ends tomorrow, then you have a chance to win both separate givewaways.
  2. If you entered by regramming the pic above at Instram and never knew to record your entry in my Rafflecopter, then you have a chance for the second “Instagram only” giveaway collection (no recording necessary, I will simply select an Instagram pic entry at random).

How To Win

One lucky reader will win the entire Zoya Natural Deux (2) nail polish giveaway! Follow the directions below to enter. US and Canadian readers only, giveaway ends 11:59 Eastern on September 2nd.

Follow @FabFatale at Instagram and regram this pic with the following caption, “I just entered to win the newly released @zoyanailpolish Naturel Deux (2) giveaway and you can too! 1. Follow @FabFatale 2. Regram this pic 3. Hashtag #FabZoyaGiveaway #zoya #zoyanaturel”

Julep Summer’s {Almost} In The Bag Giveaway

I just entered to win a @JulepMaven Summer's In The Bag giveaway at http://www.fabfatale.com/2014/08/summers-almost-in-the-bag-giveaway/ #julep #nailpolish #giveaway

Happy Manicure Mondays everyone! I hope you all had a great weekend! My husband and I went out with friends Friday night {we had a baby sitter watch John, whoop!} and had such a great time. We were part of a very fun event that I can’t wait to share with you all soon! The rest of the weekend was so productive, with the exception of a little much needed pool time, so I think I’m ready to face this Monday! I hope to cure your Monday blues with a few, yes a few, givewaways!!!

Today I have 3 nail polish giveaways for you all, I hope you can keep up with all of the giveaway madness lol – ending tomorrow is my Zoya Naturel Deux (2) giveaway, I’m hosting a second Zoya Naturel Deux (2) giveaway for my Instagram followers, and I also have this super fun Julep “Summer’s In The Bag” giveaway, a $150 value!

I’m mourning summer already and it’s not even over yet lol. I always get a little sad when all of the fall promo emails start rolling in, which seems to be earlier and earlier every year! If you’re not ready to let go either, then this giveaway is for you. One lucky reader will win an orange and gray tote, Julep lip gloss in Charming, Solace oil-free sunscreen SPF 30, Sea Salt Texture Spray, Maddy (Classic with a Twist) nail polish, Princess Grace (It Girl) nail polish, and Julep’s Freedom Polymer Top Coat!

How To Win

One lucky reader will win this entire Julep “Summer’s In The Bag” nail polish giveaway! Follow the directions in the RaffleCopter below to enter. There are no mandatory entries this time; however, some options are worth more entries than others (ex. liking my Facebook page = 10 entries), US and Canadian readers only, giveaway ends 11:59 Eastern on September 2nd.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

The products mentioned in this post were sent to me by the merchant or their PR company. All opinions are 100% my own. For more info, please view my full disclosure policy.

French Toast & Fruit Skewers

French Toast Skewers Recipe

Have you ever wanted to serve yummy, oh-so-messy french toast at a brunch, but opted for easy to eat finger foods instead? This french toast skewers recipe is perfect for your next morning get together when you want to keep it clean, yet delicious! The fruit paired so well with the french toast and the blueberry sauce may have forever changed the way I eat french toast! This one is a “must try”. Apparently I’m going through a food on a stick phase lol {see my chocolate covered banana pops}.

To save on time, I cheated just a bit on the blueberry sauce. I took the smaller blueberries that wouldn’t skewer well, microwaved them for 30 seconds, smashed them with a fork, and mixed them with Smuckers blueberry syrup. Delicious!!! I also used my homemade vanilla which was amazing! It’s time to start making a couple more batches for the holidays!

French Toast & Fruit Skewers

Yield: Serves 4

French Toast & Fruit Skewers

Ingredients

  • 8 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2/3 cup 1% buttermilk
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 loaf (one-pound) unsliced dense white bread (I used French bread), crusts removed and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 pint fresh blueberries
  • 1/2 pint fresh raspberries
  • 2 bananas, sliced
  • 1 teaspoon confectioner's sugar
  • Blueberry sauce (or warmed, smashed blueberries mixed with blueberry syrup)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Place a rimmed baking sheet in the oven to warm. In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs, buttermilk, salt, and vanilla. Stir in bread.
  2. In a large saute pan set over medium heat, melt 2 tablespoons butter. Place half of the bread mixture in pan; cook, turning occasionally with tongs, until browned on all sides. To keep warm, transfer to the oven. Cook remaining bread in the remaining 2 tablespoons butter as before.
  3. Thread bread cubes onto skewers alternating with blueberries, raspberries, and banana slices. Dust skewers lightly with confectioner's sugar. Serve drizzled with blueberry syrup.
http://www.fabfatale.com/2014/08/french-toast-fruit-skewers/

French Toast Skewers Recipe

French Toast Skewers Recipe

French Toast Skewers Recipe

French Toast Skewers Recipe

French Toast Skewers Recipe

french toast skewers recipe – altered from marthastewart.com via yumsugar.com

Boozey Tuesdays – Pink Salty Dog

Salty Dog Recipe

I think this pink grapefruit salty dog may be the first frozen cocktail in my Boozey Tuedays series, and it is the perfect summer sipper! It’s a beautiful drink, so refreshing, and pretty easy to make too. The Campari liqueur is optional and is really only needed if you prefer to bring out the bitter bite of the grapefruit. If not, then the pink grapefruit and vodka is perfect on it’s own.

Boozey Tuesdays – Pink Salty Dog

Yield: 1 Pink Salty Dog

Boozey Tuesdays – Pink Salty Dog

Ingredients

  • Coarse salt, for rim of glass
  • Grapefruit slice, for garnish
  • 1/3 cup freshly squeezed pink grapefruit juice
  • 2 tablespoons vodka
  • 1 tablespoon Campari liqueur (optional)
  • 1 to 1/2 cups ice cubes

Instructions

  1. Place salt in a saucer. Moisten the rim of a glass with a grapefruit slice. Dip rim in salt. Combine juice and vodka with Campari or grenadine in the jar of a blender; blend. With the motor running, add ice until fully incorporated and slushy. Pour into prepared glass.
http://www.fabfatale.com/2014/08/summer-cocktails-pink-grapefruit-salty-dog-recipe/

Salty Dog Recipe

pink grapefruit salty dog recipe – marthastewart.com