Family Friday: A New Development

Easter Family Photo Shoot 2014 |

I’ve decided to try something new here on the Apples to Ziti blog. After getting some feedback from you readers, I’ve decided to streamline my posts about my family & life. Your opinions are important to me. So I’m declaring Fridays the official posting day for ‘Chronicles’ about my family and life. Henceforth they shall be called, “Family Friday” posts. Clever, right? This will leave the rest of the week open for recipe and mom-lifestyle posts. I can’t promise you that I will never post about my family or life on the other days of the week. Sometimes exciting things happen and I just want to share them right away!! But, if at all possible, I will restrict posts about family & life to Fridays.

Along with this, I would love to encourage you to reply with comments or emails about your own families and life on these Friday posts! Or anytime actually!! Attach a picture if you can. I love to see you in action with your family. I love to see your latest creations in the kitchen. I love to see pictures of your pets. Your kids! Your outings! The whole gamut!  Getting to know readers is one of my absolute favorite parts of this blog. I’m excited and humbled when you tell me you’ve tried out one of my recipes, and I very much enjoy hearing about recipes you are concocting in your own kitchens!

I can’t wait to hear from you!

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Happy Family Friday!

love, Jenna

PS- The picture above is from our family’s Easter Photo Shoot 2014 (this year). You can read more about that HERE.

PSS- If you missed them earlier this week, the recipes posted were Vanilla Bean Banana-Walnut Muffins and Slow-Cooker Mexican Shredded Chicken. Enjoy!

The Small Things Blog + Sonia Kashuk Spring Beauty + Giveaway

Sonia Kashuk beauty line at Target

Photo Credit: The Small Things Blog

I thought it was high time I did a “Beauty” post here on Apples to Ziti. I grew up with three brothers so I didn’t have a sister to do my makeup and hair with. I was always playing one sport or another in junior high and high school so I never really wore makeup and my hair was in a ponytail most of the time. Even off the court or field I only wore makeup on special occasions really. Even then I didn’t know what I was doing. Not really, anyhow.

Nowadays I’ve figured out how to do my makeup and hair on some level. But, as of recently, I have had some help! A friend of mine told me about “The Small Things Blog”, authored by the lovely Kate. She writes about hair, beauty products, and her adorable, baby boy David. Being married to a David myself, this name holds a special place in my heart. You can read more about Kate and ‘The Small Things Blog’ HERE.

I knew very little… okay, pretty much nothing… about hair and beauty products prior to following Kate’s blog. I feel like I’m getting advice from a trusted friend when I watch her hair tutorials and read her posts. I want to try the products she suggests because I know that she knows what she’s talking about. We are friends. She just doesn’t know it yet.

Ha! Okay, so I have no delusions that we are actually friends, but it’s nice to get some “sister” advice since I’m not getting that advice from my brothers anytime soon here. Or from my husband for that matter.

On top of loving the hair and beauty advice from Kate, I also love the meaning behind the title of her blog: “The Small Things Blog”. She, like myself, believes that hair, beauty, clothing, and jewelry are not what gives us our self-worth. Most of the things she writes about may be superficial, but they are not “the big things” (the important things) in life. They are just… “The Small Things”. I love it.

This week Sonia Kashuk is sponsoring a Giveaway on The Small Things Blog. Click HERE to enter the sweepstakes to win a $100 Target Giftcard and to read Kate’s take on the Sonia Kashuk beauty line at Target.

I am definitely headed to Target this weekend to try out Sonia Kashuk’s line. I’m seriously curious about the Chic Luminosity Blush/Bronzer duo in Glimmer that you see in the picture on the right above. Stunning, isn’t it?

Good luck to you all!

love, Jenna

Disclosure: I am receiving a sweepstakes entry in exchange for writing this blog post, but I honestly jumped at the chance to write it as I really do read, and would highly recommend, ‘The Small Things Blog’ to you.  As much as I would love a $100 gift card to Target, I would also love to see my readers connect with this blog and have a chance at winning the sweepstakes. Good luck!

Contest runs from 5/5 to 6/30.

Slow-Cooker Mexican Shredded Chicken

Slow-Cooker Mexican Shredded Chicken | Cinco de Mayo Recipes |

On Cinco de Mayo I posted a Vanilla Bean Banana Muffin recipe that is to die for. But the thing is… banana muffins are not what you would call ‘festive’ for this holiday. Therefore, even though I didn’t have time to get step-by-step photos ready, I thought I should at least post one recipe this week in honor of Cinco de Mayo. {I will try to get a step-by-step for this recipe up soon though!}

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Vanilla Bean Banana-Walnut Muffins

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What a wonderful way to start off a new week… with muffins. I’m inclined to shout, “TOP OF THE MUFFIN TO YOU!!!”

Ah. That felt good. If you’re having a lousy start to your week, shout that out and see if it doesn’t brighten your day.

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Easter Family Photo Shoot

Easter Family Photo Shoot 2014 |

I hadn’t planned on sharing our Easter photos really. But after seeing them I felt that I must. It will give you some insight into our family. This first shot really speaks a lot to our family life.

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Shortcut Mini Cinnamon Rolls with Coffee Glaze

Shortcut Mini Cinnamon Rolls with Coffee Glaze |

I’ve been meaning to share these Cinnamon Rolls for a long time now. I can’t wait any longer!!!

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