Recipe: Crockpot by Carly

I love guest bloggers, its so fun to see people's awesome ideas come to life on tattered to taylored.  One of my May sponsors is Carly from Carly Blogs Here and I'm so excited she is sharing this yummy crockpot recipe!  Easy and delicious? Yes please!

I'm so excited to guest post on Taylor's blog today! I thought I would share a no-hassle recipe I recently tried out. A few months ago I picked up the ingredients to make Mix and Match Mama's "lasagna soup". I've used my crock pot for a lot of different things, but I had never used it to make pasta.

For the most part I followed Shay's recipe exactly...I will admit to not being the biggest fan of ground meat so I omitted it from the recipe and used diced tomatoes with chillies to give the sauce a bit more flavor-- it gave it a pretty big kick!

Here's what you need:
1 pound of browned ground beef (or turkey)
3 cups beef broth (I used about 2.5 as I wasn't using any meat)
1 onion, chopped 1 28 oz can of diced tomatoes**
1 6 oz can of tomato paste
1 8 oz can of tomato sauce
2 tablespoons of Italian seasoning
2 cups uncooked pasta (I did about 3.5 cups, again because I didn't use meat)
optional cheese for topping

**I used an 8 oz can of diced tomatoes with chillies.

Add in the first seven ingredients into your crock pot and cook on low for about 7-8 hours. About 30-45 minutes before you're ready to eat add in your uncooked pasta.

Add cheese or whatever other toppings you might enjoy and that's it! The best thing about this recipe is that you can make really easy adjustments based on your preferences. If you want it to be more soup like you can add more broth. This is definitely the perfect weeknight meal for when you don't want to put any effort into your meal!

Have you tried any pasta crock pot recipes?
What are some of your favorites?

A huge thank you to Taylor for letting me guest post today. You can find me at my blog Carly Blogs Here!

I am totally making this tomorrow, you don't even have to use the cheese which is great for us dairy free folk!  Enjoy the rest of your hump day!


DIY: Size your Fedora

A few weeks ago you could get a fedora at Target for THREE DOLLARS!  Uh yes please!  The fedora in the pictures is an older one I had from Nordstrom, but the tutorial works for any hat that may be a little too big.  I really wanted a hat that would kind of squish my curls, not one that would cover them because I apparently have a small head.  One size does not fit all my friends.  So after searching on how to size my new hat, I decided to figure this one out on my own...

What you need:
glue gun
measuring tape
Measure the width of the band that is inside your hat, then measure the circumference.  Cut your felt to the length, but three times the width.  My measurements were 1in. x 20 in, so I cut 3in. x 20 in.  Now decide how much smaller you need your hat, a lot or a little.  
I went a lot smaller so folded over my felt three times, keeping it at one inch (the width of the band), before gluing it into one long strip.  Cut off an scragglies.  Now glue the strip to the INSIDE of the band, this way you can fold the band back over and nobody will know about your small head.  Bam, the hat should now fit your head perfectly!  

Enjoy your fitted fedora by the pool or beach this summer!


5 Summer Style must-haves!

Today I have someone very special guest posting!  D's sister, Amber is probably the best dressed person I know.  Going to a thrift store with her is awesome, she somehow makes pieces you'd never pick up trendy!  She is D's sister so of course she has some adventurer in her, she cave crawls, uh how cool is that!?  Oh yeah, and she has two ducks.  So when I wanted to share summer trends I couldn't think of anyone better to guest post on tattered to taylored. So here she is...

When Taylor asked me, “D’s” little sister to write a summer trend report for her I was a little surprised. It seems to me the trends making way this season are ones that she’s been wearing for years; retro, simple and always on trend. 

With that said, simplicity reigns this summer season! Shapes are sharp while colors are basic. Even the wildest patterns have toned down to becoming a bit subtler. There is not room for confusion when it comes to patterns this season, the boldest designs you will be seeing are the ever classic “picnic check” or the light floral prints we all have come to love. 
In celebration of Memorial Day weekend, we'll kick of summer with some summer must have's. So what are your Five Summer Essentials?

{one} Find yourself a pair of bold, retro inspired glasses. This key accessory can take any ensemble to next level let alone make you feel cool as ever. "You won't find a quiet moment, it's a statement accessory. Nothing was understated and all the shapes were slightly cat-eye,” advised Francesca Burns, British Vogue editor as she describes the sunglasses used in a recent summer photo shoot.

{two} A shapely, girly and versatile dress. This is a piece we should always have in our closets but regardless mine as well treat yourself to a brand new one this summer! Try one of my favorites; a “picnic check” pattern or a pastel color painted on an A-line cut. 

{three} A slip-on shoe. Whether it be a backless sandal, a feminine sneaker or a cute summer oxford style, that is completely up to you. Buy a comfortable, trendy shoe that you can wear any day, with any outfit so you don’t have to resort to the all too easy Old Navy flip-flop this season. 

{four} A modest bikini. Some days we all find ourselves a little uncomfortable on the beach. Don’t sell yourself short, find a bathing suit that is not only on trend but can make you feel more comfortable and feminine than ever. Find your perfect fit choosing anywhere from high-waisted bikinis to adorable 50’s inspired one-pieces. 

{five} A midi skirt. If you so dare to trade in your maxis for a midi now is the perfect time. This skirt is not going away and I guarantee you if you jump on the trend now you’ll still have time to claim, “I wore it first!” Try something eyelet or light so you can wear it on any day of this soon to be scorching summer. And why not consider pairing it with your trendy new sunglasses for a vintage feel?

I am so excited to try all these trends, thanks so much Amber for sharing!  If you want to keep up with Amber's journey, follow her here


Recipe: Fruit Salsa Cups - Perfect for your cookout this weekend!

I wasn't going to share another recipe this week since I shared two ingredient banana cookies on Monday, but these fruit salsa cups are just too perfect to not share for this upcoming weekend!  I brought these to a BBQ this past weekend and they were a hit, and help up very well in the warmer weather.  The longer the salsa sits together in the bowl, the better it tastes!  If you need something to bring to a memorial day picnic, this is it!  There are two parts to this recipe, the cinnamon chip cups (they end up being about the size of a tortilla chip scoop) and the fruit salsa.

what you need:
1 package flour tortillas (10 ct.)
1/3 cup sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
cooking spray (I used butter flavored)
1 lb strawberries
2 apples
2 kiwis
1/2 lb raspberries
3 tbsp preserves
cool whip

Cinnamon Chip Cups:  Preheat your oven to 350 F.  Working with one tortilla at a time, spray both sides with the cooking spray, cut your tortilla into pieces (as shown in picture).  Mix your cinnamon and your sugar together before sprinkling the tortillas with the mixture.  Use a small muffin tin and squish each piece of tortilla into the circular form of the tin.  Once the tin is full, bake for 9 minutes.  They may still seem squishy, but once removing from the oven, leave them in the tin for a minute to harden before removing.  Repeat with all your flour tortillas.

Fruit Salsa:  Cut up all of your fruit into tiny pieces and mix together in a large bowl.  Add your preserves and mix.  Allow this mixture to sit together at room temperature for 10 minutes before refrigerating. 

Final Prep:  Shortly before you leave the house or serving, scoop a spoonful of salsa into each cup and top with a little dollop of cool whip.  

Yum!  I'll be spending memorial day weekend in Austin so I won't have a chance to make these again, but I hope you all enjoy them as much as I did!  Until tomorrow!


DIY: Penny Clock

If you saw my loft kitchen tour last week, you'll know I have a new penny clock that was a real tattered to taylored diy.  I took an old clock that I've had from college that looked, well it looked cheap.  So I decided to taylor it.

What you need:
You'll need an old clock, you could definitely find one like this from a thrift store
glue gun

Take apart your clock so you're only looking at the part where you'll be putting your pennies.  Then scourer the house looking for pennies, luckily we have a big vase of change.  Then lay your pennies out in your design, do this before of you might end up with not enough pennies!

I decided to paint over the original design of the clock so it would be uniform with the black edges.  Now you just need to bust out your glue gun, glue your pennies on, and put the clock back together and you're done!  You now have a very hip penny clock.

Have a great Tuesday everyone!


Recipe: 2 ingredient Banana cookies

Ah, I love cookies.  But lets be real, I'm on a diet, are you on a diet?  Maybe.  Its only a few weeks until summer and that means bathing suits.  Ugh.  So how dare I eat a cookie??  Well, if you use the right ingredients you'll be in the clear!  This recipe is easy and you most likely have what you need in the house...

What you need:
1 banana
1/2 cup oats 

Preheat to 350.  Using an older banana will make this easier, but you can most certainly use a nice yellow one as well.  Squish up your banana and add your oats.  Mix it all up!  Grease up a cookie sheet and then add a spoonful of batter to the cookie sheet before flattening.  You should get about 6 cookies out of the mix.  Bake for 12 - 15 minutes, remember on a greased cookie sheet!  Bam, cookies.  And think about it.  If you ate all six cookies you're eating on banana and a 1/2 cup of oats.  Share them, if you can, and you're eating even less calories.

Look out bikini, I'm coming for ya! Pst, want another easy cookie recipe?  Check out my 3 ingredient cookie


Five on Friday!

Friday posts are my favorite.  I love linking up with Carolina Charm and ALizadventures.  And special congratulations to both of them, they are both now Mommies to beautiful baby girls!  Lets get into it...

{one} Coffee:  I've always said that Starbucks is my Breakfast at Tiffany's.  I love the feeling, but my wallet doesn't.  So when I can make an amazing drink at home, that tastes as good... I am pumped!  So, have you started to use cold brew yet?  Its basically concentrated coffee that is made by soaking coffee beans in water.  Its perfect for an ice coffee to get your day started.  Lately I've been taking a 16 oz glass and filling to the brim with ice.  I then fill up 1/3 of the glass with the cold brew, filling the rest with vanilla soy milk and topping it off with thin mint creamer.  Ah, its so good and gives me the kick I need.

{two} Go Ginza:  This Essie color is my absolute favorite nail polish right now.  It is the perfect lilac.  When I get my summer tan, its going to look even better!

{three} St Tropez DARK bronzing mousse:  Pop over here to see my review on the original St. Tropez bronzing mousse.  I love that product, but I want to be extra tan for my summer in Texas, so this time around I opted to purchase the Dark version of this product.  I haven't used it yet, but I'll be testing it out this weekend and sharing the review next week.

{four} May Sponsors:  Yesterday, I gave away four spots on tattered to taylored for free sponsorships.  And the lucky girls are:  Carly Blogs Here, To Travel and Beyond, One Eighty, and BLovedBoston.  Look out for an email from me today!

{five} Copper:  I went a little copper crazy in my kitchen this week.  What can I say I love the color a penny.  If you missed my loft kitchen tour, go check it out!

I hope you all have a great weekend where ever you are!


May Sponsors! Free sponsorships!

Hey y'all! I have absolutely LOVED giving away free sponsorships for the past two months!  I have met some awesome girls, had guest bloggers, and did a fun giveaway!  But the time has come to giveaway four free sponsorships to four new girls here on tattered to taylored!  I've had so much interest in these free spots the last two months, that I've decided to change it up for May.  Some folks read in the morning, some at night, so I'm trying to keep it fair by using rafflecopter.  This way everyone has a chance for these free spots.

If you are one of the four lucky bloggers, along with being featured on the sidebar of tattered to taylored for one month, you'll also have a chance to guest post and participate in a fun summer giveaway to drive traffic to your blog.  So what are you waiting for!?  Just enter your email for an entry!

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Loft Tour: Kitchen

As you know we've been working on our bar/wall for, well forever.  So much so that I've been neglecting the decor I could do now.  So when I bought three little plants from Trader Joe's the other day, it inspired a whole kitchen upgrade.  I used copper spray paint to totally revamp, and I didn't buy anything new! Chaching!  Spray paint sure goes a long way.  Remember that we do rent, so we are working with what we've got.  So here it is... my kitchen!

After I had painted almost everything copper, I saw a penny that had some patina rusted on it.  And with that, I added teal accents, in the mason jar that holds our pens, the box on top of the fridge and in one of the paintings.  (Make your own diy canvases).  But my favorite thing in the kitchen is definitely my DIYed Penny Clock.  It was actually very easy to make and I'll be sharing that DIY soon!

Btw, I'm considering spray painting out trash can copper as well?  What do you think, too much???  Please tell me what you think in the comments!?


DIY: Easy Canvas Art

I've had these blank canvases in my craft bin for quite sometime and was never sure exactly what I wanted to do with them.  But when I started reworking my final decor I decided to bring them out.  These were so easy to do and you could work them into anywhere that needs a little somethin' somethin'.  The colors of the canvases will give you a hint to the colors I'm using in my kitchen.

What you need:

To begin I decided to tape out some lines.  I am a terrible artist, like the worst, so having some guidance would make these simply.  For my one canvas I taped up half of the canvas and for the other I made a simple design.  Then paint the non taped part of your canvas.  After the paint has dryed, peel, and voila!  You are now an artist!

Come back tomorrow for my kitchen reveal :)  Have a great Tuesday!

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