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Healthy Kale and Berry Smoothie

Healthy Kale and Berry Smoothie

Healthy Kale and Berry Smoothie Making healthy smoothies in our home is a regular thing, we either make them in the morning for breakfast or as an afternoon snack. My kiddos love fruit (thankfully) and I want to introduce it to them in as many ways as possible. I'm...

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Academy Awards Party Ideas – Act III

Academy Awards Party Ideas – Act III

Welcome to day three of tips on how to host a fabulous Academy Awards Viewing Party! The Oscars are all about celebrating the best of film, whether it is the actors, the music, the directors, the screenplay writers or the cinematography - this is an evening of...

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Wicked Good Gyoza

Wicked Good Gyoza

Maybe someday I will tell you about the boy I followed to Hawaii after college, but it's not for today's post. What I do want to share with you about Hawaii is that it was the first place I ate Japanese Gyoza, also known as "pot stickers" which are actually...

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Crispy Brussels Sprouts

Crispy Brussels Sprouts

Crispy Brussels Sprouts {Crispy Brussels Sprouts Recipe from Connecticut in Style} I've often wondered if the reason people don't like certain foods is simply due to the fact that they haven't been cooked correctly. When my husband and I first started dating, I would...

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A Smart & Healthy Lunch

A Smart & Healthy Lunch

{Trader Joe's Broccoli Slaw and Kale Salad with Grilled Chicken} I'd like to introduce you to my latest lunch addiction. Meet Trader Joe's $3.99 Broccoli Slaw and Kale Salad with Grilled Chicken. It is a bright and colorful salad that covers a lot of important food...

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Ham, Cheese and Egg Cups

Ham, Cheese and Egg Cups

All-in-one meals make sense to me. Especially when the flavor combinations pair really well like ham, cheese and eggs. They remind me of farm to table food. Ham, cheese and egg cups is a great twist on breakfast. I used sliced ham for these cups, but partially-cooked...

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New Year’s Eve Photos to Remember

New Year’s Eve Photos to Remember

Happy New Year's Eve! To wrap up the week-long series about hosting a Chic New Year's Eve party, I wanted to share the elements needed to create memorable New Year's Eve photos! Thanks to Jess at The Confetti Bar for collaborating with me on this fun post! To set the...

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New Year’s Eve Outfit Ideas

New Year’s Eve Outfit Ideas

{Banana Republic Fringe Hem Dress and Adelia D'Orsay Pump} My husband does really well when it comes to buying gifts for me. He always seems to have a handle on what's on my lust list. However, if he's ever stumped, he has a fail-safe backup plan that he knows that I...

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How to make Glitter Champagne Flutes

How to make Glitter Champagne Flutes

These gorgeous glitter champagne flutes add instant glam to your New Year's Eve Party! Here is a quick and super easy do-it-yourself project to make your New Year's Eve celebration more festive. Using plastic or glass champagne flutes, simply spray them with spray...

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A Chic New Year’s Eve Party

A Chic New Year’s Eve Party

{A Chic New Year's Eve Party - Ideas and Inspiration} If you celebrate Christmas, I hope that it was wonderful! We are savoring the last helpings of Christmas Dinner leftovers: prime rib sandwiches, pan-fried Brussels sprouts with crispy bacon, chicken sausage...

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Sugar Cookies With Color Mist

Sugar Cookies With Color Mist

Perhaps there is no greater time of year than Christmas to continue old traditions. Baking cookies and making gingerbread houses are some of my treasured holiday traditions. Every year I challenge myself to experiment with a new design or style. I've been on a "gold...

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Healthy After School Snack

Healthy After School Snack

Healthy After School Snack from Connecticut in Style I enjoy making healthy after school snacks for my children, Jackson and Catherine. We really like smoothies consisting of fresh berries, organic whole milk and yogurt. But, I've found that when winter is upon us,...

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Peppermint Bark Pops

Peppermint Bark Pops

As you all know, chocolate and mint are a classic flavor combination. I think I was first introduced to it via Andes Crème de Menthe Thins and then the Girl Scouts of America eclipsed them with the best cookie ever. Thin Mints (Tip: Thin Mints preserve fabulously in...

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Clean Eating: green&tonic

Clean Eating: green&tonic

Life's too short not to eat cake, at least once in a while. But we totally indulged in Halloween sweets and treats and on top of that, our son got the biggest candy "haul" ever. He and his friends (and extremely fun parent chaperones) must have walked miles filling...

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Halloween Spider Cupcakes

Halloween Spider Cupcakes

I don't know many people that are a fan of spiders, but if these little guys don't make your Halloween guests smile, I don't know what will. I found these chocolate spiders at Balducci's in Westport, Connecticut and I knew that I needed to find a way to use them for...

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Halloween Drinks for Kids

Halloween Drinks for Kids

Happy Monday and yay! Why am I so excited? Because it is Halloween week and I've got so many fun posts planned! I can't wait to share each and every one. A couple weeks ago, I started curating some cute ideas for Halloween and when I saw this Mummy Juice Box, I had to...

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National Dessert Day

National Dessert Day

Today is National Dessert Day! In honor of the occasion, I've put together a round-up of my favorite desserts. I bake what I love to eat the most, so in this list there are several recipes that I have made. I actually took a stab at ordering them in priority from my...

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DIY Flower Crown

DIY Flower Crown

I recently purchased a dress designed by one of my fashion icons, Diane von Furstenberg. It is one of her classic wrap-dresses in a vivid print. Getting the dress is one thing, putting the entire outfit together is another. I felt like I owed it to the dress to...

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Apple Crisp Recipe

Apple Crisp Recipe

I love apple crisp. Even the name sounds delicious! Last night, my husband brought a business associate over for dinner and thankfully, he gave me plenty of notice so I could prepare. I knew I was going to make pork chops and I immediately thought of a dessert with...

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Greenwich WINE+FOOD Festival

I'm still smiling after the Greenwich WINE+FOOD Festival. It surpassed my expectations on all levels from the size of the crowd (over 5,000 very happy people) to the delicious and never-ending samples of drinks and food that were generously handed out by the hundreds...

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Gifts for the traveling man

Gifts for the traveling man

Gifts for the Traveling Man You may be wondering what milk and cookies has to do with a traveling man. Here's the story. Today is my husband's birthday (Happy Birthday honey!) and instead of a traditional birthday cake, he got his favorite chocolate chip cookies. The...

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Mixed Crystal Jewelry

Mixed Crystal Jewelry

Mixed crystal jewelry from J. Crew - my favs this fall on CT in Style, a Connecticut-based lifestyle blog. Mixed stones. Mixed crystals. This fall's fashion trend is to mix it up on your ears, neck and your wrist with a burst of colorful and bright jewelry to make you...

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Decadent Blueberry Pancakes

Decadent Blueberry Pancakes

One of the many reasons I love summer is the extra time I have with my kiddos. In the summer months when school is out, everything slows down and starts later. I especially love the lazy mornings because my children sleep a little longer, my husband and I can enjoy a...

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The Allure of the Locket

CT in Style Product Crush - Monica Rich Kosann Lockets I recently inherited a pair of Tiffany earrings from my mother. She knew that I was coveting them and surprised me with them as a gift on my last birthday. They had been given to my mother by my father after I was...

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Papaya and Lime Snack

Papaya and Lime Snack   CT in Style, a Connecticut-based lifestyle blog serving up Papaya and fresh lime juice! Papaya and Lime Snack Growing up on a tropical island was sublime. Fruits like mangoes, bananas and pawpaws (papaya) were an everyday staple and we...

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Fresh Southern Peach Cobbler

Fresh Southern Peach Cobbler

Next to authentic strawberry shortcakes with fresh whipped cream, peach cobbler is my favorite dessert. I wanted to share a link to my favorite recipe Fresh Southern Peach Cobbler. I think it is best served warm with vanilla ice cream, Enjoy!   Combine the...

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Flower Arranging Tips

Connecticut Bloggers - CT in Style is a Connecticut-based lifestyle blog. Elevate your style. Flowers make me happy, which is why I cannot leave a supermarket without my arms or cart filled. They always make my days brighter, and it's not just because they are so...

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How to make Cappuccino at home

How to make Cappuccino at home

I was a Barista. The summer before I went to Penn State, I worked in a really unique place in Westport, Connecticut that was a combination of a dry goods and fresh produce store, charcuterie, restaurant and espresso bar. I got the early morning shift working the...

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Dining al fresco snapshots

Dining al fresco snapshots

CT in Style - A Connecticut-based lifestyle blog by Sarah O'Brien With warm weather finally here to stay, I love to dine al fresco with friends - and they love it too. Recently, a group of us gathered at my friend Lisa's home for a book club dinner and as I turned the...

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Homemade Peanut Butter Cookies

Homemade Peanut Butter Cookies

As with all great recipes, the one I have for peanut butter cookies is one that has been handed down through the generations. Mrs. Dot's Peanut Butter Cookie recipe has been in my family for many years. The 3x5 index recipe card is stained with butter, but the bright...

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Hi, hi Miss American Pie

Hi, hi Miss American Pie

In honor of the July 4th weekend I made a classic blueberry pie with a patriotic theme. Blueberry pie just happens to be my husband's favorite dessert so I know he's looking forward to this. I modified the Blueberry Pie recipe from The Silver Palate cookbook, by...

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Flirty Fringe Sandals

Flirty Fringe Sandals

As we welcome in the warm weather, the layers come off in favor of clothes that are more streamlined. I'm seeing lots of airy, light weight summer dresses that are very simple and beautiful. While I am in favor of simplicity, I also subscribe to the French phrase je...

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SomruS Gingerbread Cake

SomruS Gingerbread Cake

I love everything about Ginger. I love the spice. I love Ginger Snap Cookies. I love making Gingerbread Houses. I love my friend Kim's homemade Ginger Lemonade. I love saying the word. You get my drift. One of the desserts that I have on Christmas Day is Bobby Flay's...

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Creating a Welcoming Guest Bedroom

Creating a Welcoming Guest Bedroom

CT in Style, a Connecticut-based lifestyle blog - Creating a Welcoming Guest Bedroom The official start of summer is only a few weeks away and with the kiddos out of school, this is the ideal time to host family and friends for a visit. As a child, I eagerly awaited...

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Erica O’Brien Cakes

Erica O’Brien Cakes

CT in Style - A Connecticut-based lifestyle blog - Erica O'Brien cakes It's the first day of June and I am already daydreaming about all the glorious weddings that will take place this month. The brides-to-be have been in planning mode to ensure every detail is...

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Oatmeal Breakfast

Oatmeal Breakfast

  Mornings in my home are pure chaos. From 7:00am-8:20am we are changing diapers, feeding two kids, making school lunch, checking homework, showering, dressing, getting one kid on the bus and the other to nursery school. For a couple years straight, almost every...

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Lemon Cake

Lemon Cake

  I love anything that has lemon in it, especially cake. I have a fabulous recipe for lemon cake from my childhood in Jamaica, but it requires lemon jello mix and I didn't have any so I ended up trying out a new recipe. It calls for fresh lemon juice and lemon...

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