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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?


Thursday, June 18, 2015

Vans Warped Tour 2015

It's that time of year again to rock till you drop because The Vans Warped Tour is back and is coming to Jones Beach!
 On July 11th, the longest running and largest tour in America is coming to the Nikon at Jones Beach Theater with some brand new acts as well as some classics and they are ready to rock.
This year you can head bang to bands such as Asking Alexandria, Black Veil Brides, Hands like Houses, and a personal favorite of mine, The Wonder Years, who will be taking on this 15,000 seat amphitheater located in Wantagh, NY.
The Vans Warped Tour was initially created to showcase punk and skate music, yet over the many years it has grown to promote a diverse range of rock-oriented genres.
While at warped tour you will hear music styles ranging from rock to dubstep to metal core and everything in between. Moshing is a must at The Vans Warped Tour so beware of the circle pits or the wall of death. Better yet, dive right in and let the spirit of punk wash over you.
And don't be afraid to rock too hard, the festival is equipped with cooling stations!

 Screen shot via Vans Warped Tour Main Site

Warped Tour has become a platform for a lot of up and coming bands and artists.
This festival is accredited for bringing previously unknown bands such as Blink- 182, My Chemical Romance, Fall Out Boy, Green Day, and even singer Katy Perry to the public eye.
Because of this, you may want to keep an eye out for some cool new bands and artists who will be performing at Warped Tour, they may just be the next big thing.

You can check out the rest of their set list as well as purchase tickets at vanswarpedtour.com
You can also follow Vans Warped Tour on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook for the latest details on the show!

Have you attended the Vans Warped Tour before?
Do you plan on joining in on the fun this year?!


Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Hot Looks For Stylish Getaways With Farfetch

Ahhhh the summer months are upon us which means fun and exciting vacays and getaways!
The big question though when it comes to packing for these trips? What am I going to wear?!
Well thanks to Farfetch they provided Cupcakes & Crossbones and our viewers with the ultimate "hot looks for stylish getaways."

Hot Looks for a Stylish Getaway Infographic

Which look is your favorite?
Tweet us @CnCRocks and @Farfetch and let us know what look you'll be rockin' this summer.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Hummus Recipe

Hummus is a favorite of ours and its so easy to make.
Why go out and buy such expensive containers of it when you can make it on the cheap at home?
Check out our favorite and least expensive version of hummus that we know will have you hooked!

What You Need:
1 15oz can of chick peas drained and rinsed
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 
3 tbsp water
1 minced garlic clove
1 tbsp lemon juice 
1/4 tsp salt
2/4 tsp ground cumin

What You Do:
Add all ingredients to your food processor and blend away!
Add salt to taste and extra water if needed to smooth out the mixture.
You can also get creative and add different items to change the flavor, like sundried tomatoes or pine nuts!
Garnish with tomatoes, extra chick peas, or a sprinkle of cumin.

Are you a hummus fan?!

Monday, June 15, 2015

Cupcakes & Crossbones Weekly News Update

Hope you all had a fabulous and rockin' weekend.
We have a few bits of news to share with you this Monday,
so sit back and let us catch you up on the weekly scoop over here at Cupcakes & Crossbones.


We had the opportunity to meet with and discuss some fun upcoming events with the people over at the Sherman Theater
in Stroudsburg PA.
We will be working with them and covering some great shows that are coming up this summer and we can not wait.
You are not going to want to miss this and we know you will love this partnership as much as we will!

If you follow us on Instagram you probablly saw how we inherited a kick ass bar cart.
I'm kind of obsessed with it and can't wait to get some cute accessories to spice it up a bit, but in the mean time this is how she's looking.

 Luckily, I happened to stumble across this awesome blog that had the most adorable FREE printable that I knew would add the most perfect touch to this little set up.

 Lastly but certainly not least I would like to introduce you to the newest member of the Cupcakes & Crossbones team!
Meet our incredible and gorge intern, Skye, who will be helping us with everything from covering this summer's events to
writing some must read articles that will grace the pages of Cupcakes & Crossbones, so without further hesitation I would like to introduce you to Skye! Take it away girl!

Hey guys! 
My name is Skye and I'm so excited to be a part of the Cupcakes And Crossbones team! I'm from Long Beach, New York and just recently graduated from Holy Trinity High School. Come this fall I will be making my way into the big city for college! 
I will be attending The King's College located in the financial district with a major in business. 
Some things that I enjoy are music, concerts, coffee, acting, Mexican food, and obviously, the beach.
 I'm looking forward to sharing my experiences with you all on this new journey! 
Hope you guys enjoy!

We know you are going to love her as much as we do and we hope you are all ready to rock with our newest team member!
 Tune in tomorrow, same place, same time, and prepare yourself for a delicious and healthy recipe that is easy and always a hit with guests.
Till tomorrow, stay sweet and rock out!

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

#OOTD - Channeling Olivia Palermo Denim on Denim

Denim on denim is so in now, and denim skirts?
They are back in full force.
This week Olivia Palermo is the perfect example of how to totally rock this look
appearing cool and chic as always.
But we are not down for spending what she probably dished out for this look.
So today we are bringing you Olivia's denim on denim look, but for way less!

Denim Skirt- $13.80
Chambray Top-  $37.00
Nude Sandals- $34.00
Belt- $8.00
Sunglasses- $24.99

Is this something you would rock?!

Friday, June 5, 2015

Favorites, #NationalDoughnutDay and A Giveaway!

It's Friday and we couldn't be more ready for the weekend!
With that said we thought we would give you our favorite round up of the week along with a fun giveaway 
to get your weekend started off right!

Favorite Giveaway
This one right here! 
We are giving away a free autographed poster from one of our "Women Who Rock" Stef with an F and

Just follow the instructions below and we will announce our winner next week!
(be sure to follow all instructions as entries will be checked)

Favorite Outfit:
This summer we are on a roll with festivals coming up and concerts, what a better outfit to rock out in than this.
Super comfy, cool, and a pair of shit kickers are always the cherry on top!

Favorite Recipe
Oh it is not one recipe but 10!! Biana did it right when she posted
10 of The Best Naan Pizza Recipes 
First of all, who doesn't love pizza? Second of all Who doesn't love naan? Third of all how freakin easy are these recipes!
Now I can eat a different style pizza every single day of the week, and then 2 the following week!
Do you hear the pizza angels singing? We do!

Favorite Deals:

Did you know that today is #NationalDoughnutDay ?
Like we really need another excuse to eat doughnuts, but when they are free? Well that's the best excuse of them all. Here are the deals going on today!

Dunkin' Donuts - Buy a beverage and get a free doughnut!
Krispy Kreme - Free doughnuts all day - 1 per guest.
Entenmann's - One customer has the chance to win free doughnuts for a year through their Facebook contest. Also, for every person who enters the contest, Entenmann's will donate $1 to the Salvation Army
Cumberland Farms - This store is offering up a free doughnut for customers who purchase a coffee or a Chill Zone beverage from 5 a.m. to 10 a.m. today.
So go out there, grab your free doughnut and start this weekend off right!
Enjoy your weekend!

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

#OOTD Channeling Kristin Cavallari - All White

It has been a while since we have done a #OOTD post so we say, what better time than today right?!
So lets get this party started and channel Kristin Cavallari
and her awesome sense of style with this white on white ensemble
that is bound to have you lookin like a fashionista in no time, but for way less!

Shirt - $31.60
White Jeans - $29
Heels - $35
Hat - $17.90
Sunglasses  - $18
Purse - $22.90

So what do you think?
Is this an outfit that you would rock?

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Crock Pot Chicken and Broccoli Recipe

It is getting warm out and nothing is worse than heating up your home with the stove and oven when you get home from work. 
That is why I love me my crock pot. 
Just put all of your ingredients into your crock pot and have it ready for you after a long day while the A.C. cools you off!
So today we are bringing you a delicious and easy meal that you and any guests that you may have over will love!

Crock Pot Chicken and Broccoli

What You Need:
-4 boneless chicken breast
-1 onion chopped
-1 - 8 oz. box of yellow rice mix (cooked according to the package)
-1 cup cheddar cheese
-1 10.5 oz can cream of mushroom soup
-1 bag microwavable steamed broccoli (cooked according to package)

What You Do:
-Place your chicken on the bottom of the crock pot.
-Place onion on top of the chicken
-Pour soup over the top of your chicken and onions
-Cook on low for 7-8 hours
-Slightly shred chicken with two forks
- Right before serving, combine cheese as well as steamed broccoli with your chicken mixture.
-Spoon the mixture over your cooked yellow rice and enjoy!
 What do you think?
We give it two thumbs up.

Monday, June 1, 2015

Weekend Recap - Everything You Need To Know

How is it that the weekends go by so quickly?
It's Monday and it is time to kick this week's butt, and what better way to start the week than with a weekend roundup. 

1.) We now have a convenient little spot on our site where you can catch all of our "Women Who Rock" interviews! So be sure to check it out just in case you missed our exclusive sit downs with each of these rockin' women.

2.) If you have yet to follow Noah Coughlan and Run For Rare it is about time you did.
If you don't know who Noah is you can read all about him here or head over to the Run For Rare site.
This weekend Noah mentioned that the details were up and out for the Run for Rare feature length documentary planned to be released in 2016!
We are so excited and can not wait to catch a glimpse into the 3 transcontinental runs of Noah Coughlan in his effort to raise awareness for Rare Diseases and give those facing Rare challenges a much needed voice.
Check out the full details for this documentary here and be sure to follow Noah on his journey through Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and show him your support.

3.) Our kitchen renovation is coming along and with the last details being put in place I should hopefully have the full recap for you between this week and next.  Until then, enjoy this very very tiny sneak peek teaser.
What a tease!!!

4.) We are asking you for your opinion and comments!
Cupcakes & Crossbones wants to know who YOU would like to see featured in our next "Women Who Rock" articles.
Also, with summer approaching we are planning on hitting many music festivals and concerts.
On that note, we also want to know what are some up and coming bands/musicians that you want to see more of.

5.) Lastly, stay tuned this week as we will be bringing you a fun and exciting rockin' giveaway.
Stay tuned!

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