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Friday, July 3, 2015

Friday Favorites. Hot Looks and Sweet Treats!

We made it! 
It's Friday, and even better than that...we will all be celebrating this weekend. 
Whether it's a BBQ, going to see fireworks, or just lounging around and taking in the sun I know you are dying to get this weekend started, so lets do that! 
What better way to kick this weekend off then with some Friday Favorites!

Favorite Accessory: 
The perfect accessory to complete any summer look are these cool and trendy Ray-Ban aviator sunglasses! You can dress them up for a afternoon event or dress them down for a day at the beach! 
They work with any look and give your entire outfit a bit of edginess. 

Favorite Outfit: 
Sweet, simple, and super cute! 
Stripes paired with converses make for a perfect summer look! 
An oversized striped tee or even a short striped dress such as the one in the picture work perfectly with a pair of white low-top converses. 
You can even top the look off with those new Ray-Ban aviators you got! 
A black bag and some gold accessories would look perfect with this outfit and you can wear it almost anywhere this summer!

Favorite Bathing Suit:
  A crochet halter top bikini is the latest trend this summer and they are super cute and so comfortable to wear! 
They come in so many different colors and patterns and will keep you looking hot and stylish this summer. Whether your on the beach, sitting poolside, or going to a summer party, this bikini will blow everyone out of the water !

Favorite Summer Dessert:
  S'mores are a must during the summer and are always a hit with the guests! 
Here is an easy and fun recipe that will be sure to impress all friends and family at your summer party.

S'mores Krispie Treats!
-3 TBS unsalted butter
-Pinch of salt
-5 cups mini marshmallows, divided
-6-7 cups Golden Graham cereal
-3-1.55 oz. Hershey's Milk Chocolate Bar, broken into little rectangles

1. Spray a 9" x 13" pan with cooking spray. In a large stock pot, melt butter and salt over medium heat. Once it's melted, add 4 cups of the mini marshmallows and stir until completely melted.

2. Take mixture off heat me add in the cereal and stir. Add the extra cup of mini marshmallows and stir just to combine.

3. Working quickly, pour half the mixture into the prepared pan ms press down then top with half the Hershey's rectangles. Pour the rest of the mixture onto the chocolate and press down then top off with the rest of the chocolate. 

4. Allow to sit at room temperature for several hours to set up OR place in refrigerator for about an hour.

5. Remove from pan and cut into bars. 

Favorite Summer Drink: 

Cool down this summer with a refreshing sparkling raspberry lemonade! 
Quick, easy, delicious, and you can look cute while drinking it by pouring it into these adorable mason jars! 


12 oz fresh raspberries 
1 cup fresh lemon juice, chilled
1/2 cup cold water
1/2 cup granulated sugar (or to taste)
1/2 cup honey
1 liter (33.8 oz) sparkling water or club soda, chilled 
Fresh mint and ice, for serving

Place raspberries in a food processor and pulse until well puréed. Force raspberry purée through a fine mesh strainer into a bowl.
In a large pitcher whisk together water and sugar until sugar has dissolved. Pour in honey me mix until blended. Stir in raspberry mixture and lemon juice then pour in club soda and stir once. Serve with ice and fresh mint. 

Happy Friday and 4th of July everyone!


Thursday, July 2, 2015

NYSEA Is The Place To Be

When most people think of New York, they think of tall buildings, big bad corporations, one dollar pizza, and very rude people. 
Growing up in Long Beach, I always thought that was a very unfair generalization. 
What these people don't see are the miles and miles of beautiful beaches, the most amazing bagels, and some of the best surfers and skaters on all of the east coast. 
So, what would happen if we combined the energy and excitement of one of the largest cities in the world, New York City, with the chill and fun vibes of a small beach town like Long Beach?
 Lucky for us, NYSea has done exactly that and has created an awesome experience for all of New York to enjoy. 

NYSea is a week long surfing and skating competition that will take place on July 15th to the 19th in Long Beach, NY on National Blvd. 
The whole week is filled with intense tournaments, a vendor village on top of the boardwalk, kids events and family nights, beach concerts, and they even put a half pipe on the beach for a skateboard jam session. 
To end the week, they have their annual NYSea summer party with an indoor skate jam, live music, and so much more that is available for anyone 21 and over.


Amongst all the intense competitions and wild beach parties, the professional surfers take time to work with Surf for All, a charity designed to assist developmentally disabled teenagers into the ocean. 
Throughout the week, the Surf for All programs hold different events for varying disabilities. The ocean has proven to be a source of spiritual healing and there is nothing more inspiring than watching these courageous teenagers surf waves into the shoreline.

If you couldn't already tell, this event is pretty amazing and I strongly recommend trying to make it out here for the week.
 I myself have attended this event a couple years in a row and have had the greatest time and met some really cool people. If surfing or skating is something you're into, you can join in on the fun and register to compete here: http://www.nysurfweek.com 
Or if you just want to chill out, watch the competition, and join the parties, then bring yourself and a beach chair and you're good to go! 

So what do you say? Does this event sound like fun to you? 
Will you be attending the NYSea surf and skate week this summer?


Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Philly Cheese Potatoes Recipe

So as we speak we are currently on our journey through the 21 Day Fix.
So far feeling great and I can thank our coach, Melissa, for all of her support and motivation.
She is honestly way more than I could have ever hoped for!
Although it is a bit difficult to get into the habit of measuring foods and prepping for the days ahead, she has made it a breeze. 
The other thing she made me realize, you don't have to cook boring meals!
Here is one recipe that she shared with me that was so tasty, it was hard to believe that I wasn't eating a cheat meal!
Check out this 21 Day Fix approved meal that is too good not to try!
(PS If you are doing the 21 Day Fix, be sure to measure out each ingredient in the appropriate container)

What You Need:
3 potatoes
Teaspoon of coconut oil
Garlic powder to taste
Pepper to taste 
Paprika to taste
1/2 small onion
1/2 red pepper
Cheddar cheese

What You Do:
Cut potatoes into 1/2" cubes
In a mixing bowl combine coconut oil, garlic powder, pepper, and paprika
Stir in potatoes to coat them
Lay your potatoes on a greased cookie sheet
Bake at 400 degrees F for 30 minutes flipping the potatoes half way through.
Remove potatoes from oven and add diced onion and peppers
Lower the oven's temperature to 300 degrees F and bake for another 30 minutes flipping the potatoes half way through
Remove tray from oven and top potatoes with cheddar cheese.

PS If you are interested in getting your free coach you can email Melissa at meljacobs96@gmail.com
and tell her cupcakes & Crossbones sent you.


Monday, June 29, 2015

Turn Up The Heat With These 4th of July Outfits!

Well welcome back!
We hope you all had a fabulous weekend. 
Can you believe that we are less than a week away from The 4th of July?
I'm sure by this time you either have your outift picked out or you are on the hunt for that perfect 4th of July party outfit. 
Well if you are still on the hunt, we have you covered. 
Today we are bringing you the hottest outfits that are sure to have you lighting up any room 
and have the temperature rising at any event.
(P.S. Each outfit provides overnight shipping!)

What kind of outfit are you leaning towards this 4th of July?


Thursday, June 25, 2015

4th of July Must Haves!

Temps are rising and the 4th of July is right around the corner.
Time to get together with family and friends and enjoy being outside with a hamburger and drink in hand.
Here at Cupcakes & Crossbones there are a few items that we must have when celebrating not only the 4th of July but these amazing summer months as well!

ColdCock Whiskey  -
This beverage is always a hit with the guests and with us too. Head over to their site and find out how to make their "cocky mule," the best tasting American mule starts with ColdCock!

Blue Bikini -
The weather is not the only thing that's hot! How great is this bikini?
Did I mention that it is only $15.90?!
Anchor Towel -
We are a huge fan of anchors so it only seemed appropriate to include this kick ass beach towel to lay out by the pool or sea side.

Drinkwear Set -
Obviously you need some amazing drinkware to serve your amazing ColdCock cocktails.
What better than this blue set from Joss and Main?!

Cocktail Napkins -
A delicious beverage, check, amazing drinkware, check, fun and summery cocktail napkins, check.
A great accent to add to any party or gathering.

Cover up Tunic -
Throw this baby on, feel cool, and look hot.
Its a necessity when having summer fun right?

What's your favorite must have for the 4th of July and summer?


Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Breaking Benjamin - They're Back!

It's been a long and troubling 6 years for American rock band Breaking Benjamin. 
Since the release of "Dear Agony" in 2009, the band has faced illness, legal affairs, and almost a complete lineup change. 
Such things could tear any group apart, but Breaking Benjamin survived and have returned with an album that has exceeded all expectations.
 The release of their fifth album "Dark Before Dawn" will mark the end of this extended hiatus and I'm confident that their fans will be very pleased.

Despite all the hardships and changes the band has undergone, they were able to maintain their original sound. 
However, Breaking Benjamin now has four new members so it is likely that their sound will evolve in the near future. 
The one track from the album that stands out from the rest has to be "Ashes of Eden".
 It is a slow and soft ballad that is strikingly different from the heavy alternative rock sound we hear in the rest of the album.
 The song is filled with soft guitars and with Ben's gentle singing layered over it, it creates an alluring and beautiful sound.
 The rest of the album is classic Breaking Benjamin. 
Some tracks such as "Hollow" and "Bury Me Alive" have more of a metal sound with some screamed vocals and heavier breakdowns.

This album is definitely worth listening to and I know fans will enjoy it without a doubt. 
Breaking Benjamin is back and "Dark Before Dawn" has definitely created a new beginning for the band. 
So, are you going to listen to Dark Before Dawn? 
Are you happy the wait is FINALLY over? 

Also, check out some of their past songs HERE


Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Quick and Easy French Toast Casserole

I don't know about you but I absolutely love french toast.
What I don't love about it though is cooking each piece individually.
Luckily this recipe eliminates the time consumed by making french toast and leaves more time for you to sit down and enjoy it!

What You Need:

1 loaf challah bread
1 dozen eggs
2 cups milk
1/3 cup maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract
dash of cinnamon to taste
9x13" casserole dish

What You Do:

Cut your bread into cubes and spread them throughout your buttered casserole dish.
Combine all other ingredients in a large mixing bowl and blend well and until smooth.
Cover your casserole dish with plastic wrap and allow it to sit in the fridge over night.
Preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
Bake for 45 minutes.

Serve with butter and extra syrup.

Are you a french toast fan?

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