Friday, March 30, 2012

One of my Fav Sweet Snacks!

How can you not like Rice Krispies and Marshmallows?  The combination is one of the best I have ever tried.  Even when I was younger, I would take a box of Rice Krispies and a handful of Marshmallows and eat them in spoon-fulls together - without milk!  So, one of my most favorite treats is definitely Rice Krispie Treats!

I made them last weekend just because :)  They are so delicious!!!  Click Here for the recipe!  It's easy as pie!!!  Just remember to wash off your saucepan and bowl when you are finished right away so that the marshmallow doesn't harden and make it hard to clean off!


ENJOY!!!
xoxo Sarah

Crock Pot 3 Bean Turkey Chili

Hello All!  And Happy Friday!!!

Sorry for the lack of posts this week - I have been extremely busy getting ready for my SNC College Girls weekend - I AM SO EXCITED!

Anywho - last Sunday, I made this really healthier version of Chili that I found on one of my favorite food blogs Skinny Taste!

It's extremely easy to make and you feel so much healthier eating it afterwords!

Click HERE for the recipe!!
This is a great meal for anytime of the year!  I know you are supposed to eat Chili during the fall and winter - but it was such a simple meal I had to try!

Yeah for Chili!
xoxo Sarah

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Tea of the Week!


Good Morning all!

It's dropped about 50 degrees since last week here in Chicago, and now it is 30 when I woke up in the morning!

So what else better than a warm cup of tea on the train!  This week's tea is another Harney & Sons Tea called "Yellow & Blue" tea.   This tea I picked up at Sendik's in Mequon - but I also saw it when I was in Geneva!  I love this creamy tea.  It is caffine-free and has a sweetness and creaminess to it that is wonderful!  Plus I love the container and the tea bags!

Take a look HERE if you are interested in purchasing this tea!  

Stay warm!
xoxo Sarah

Monday, March 26, 2012

THE HUNGER GAMES!

Yes - yes - yes!  It finally is here!  A movie I have been waiting to see since I first started reading the book!

This past weekend, Zachary and I went on a double date with our friends Conor and Morgan to dinner and then to go see THE HUNGER GAMES!  Personally, I loved it!  There is so much going into that story there were things they had to cut out.  The cast though - was spot on!  Everyone played perfectly to who I thought the characters were in the story.

I can't wait for the 2nd and 3rd movies to come out because the characters just keep growing and progressing!  Oh what fun this story is - like I have told everyone - girl, boy, adult - you have to read this trilogy - the thought of it - is just crazy!!!

SOURCE: HERE

"Happy Hunger Games, and may the odds be ever in your favor!"
- Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games
xoxo Sarah

Library Time!

Hey All!

Happy Monday!

So I finished Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter last week Thursday!  I thought it was GREAT!  It was a little political for me - but I thought it was a crazy twist on history!

I got some more books at the library to read: Too Close to the Falls, The Healing, Bel Canto, and The Pact.   I started The Healing today, but cannot wait to read Bel Canto which is an award winning novel about an opera-singing soprano and the danger that comes to a certain place she is singing at.  The Healing has been compared to The Help which is why I wanted to start reading - but it takes place in the mid 1800s and early 1900s - not so much during the Civil Rights Movement as The Help does.

Too Close to the Falls I am still trying to read - I will get to it I promise!  And The Pact is a Jodi Picoult novel about a suicide pact between two teenage lovers.  I will be honest, I don't know if I will be able to finish this one, but I am going to try.

Keep reading!
xoxo Sarah

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Gnocchi stuffed with Gorgonzola Cheese

Last Sunday on our way home from Church downtown, Zachary and I stopped at the Italian grocery store called Bari.   It is located 5 minutes from St. John's downtown in Chicago.  They have some of the best Italian food products I have ever seen.  So I decided to pick up some items to make dinner this week.

Since Zachary and I both work, dinner sometimes gets late by the time we get home.  But!  With these simple items picked up from the store, I was able to make Gnocchi stuffed with Gorgonzola Cheese with a Marinara and Sun-dried Tomato Sauce. 
I picked up some frozen gnocchi and homemade Bari marinara sauce as well as some fresh sun-dried tomatoes.  It took me about 15 minutes to put together the sauce and pasta.  It turned out to be such a filling dish - I am actually able to bring some for lunch to work tomorrow since there was no meat in the sauce!  When in a rush, this is a great meal.  


Salud!
xoxo Sarah

Stonewall Kitchen

When I was in Geneva last Friday, I came across an amazing company called "Stonewall Kitchen."

Stonewall Kitchen is what Ina Garten uses in her home for kitchen and dining items.

We had the chance to try all these different types of dips and relishes!  I came away with two of the ones I tried - a Raspberry Honey Mustard Pretzel Dip and a Farmhouse Relish.
 I am not a big fan of mustard - but this Mustard Dip was DELICIOUS!  And for the Farmhouse Relish - you add 8 oz. Cream Cheese and 1/4 cup of the relish and it becomes one of the best appetizer dips I have ever had!  It's sweet but spicy like a salsa at the same time.  

You can purchase either of these Stonewall Kitchen's website.  They also have amazing home and kitchen items!  I am so happy I found this!  Definitely going to be using this for a gifts website :)

Yeah for pretzels!
xoxo Sarah



WE ARE...MARQUETTE!

Ok, so I know I am a graduate from St. Norbert, but there are two teams that I was raised on to love more than any other sports teams in the World - The Green Bay Packers and the Marquette Golden Eagles.

Tonight, Marquette plays in the Sweet Sixteen hopefully making to the Elite Eight Dance.  Just wanted to show some Marquette pride and root for my fav college basketball team.

Some fun Kaminski-Marquette facts:

  •  My Dad is a graduate of Marquette
  •  My Uncle is a graduate of Marquette
  •  My Brother-in-law is a graduate of Marquette
  • My Sister is currently getting her MBA from Marquette
  • My Cousin is currently getting his Law Degree at Marquette
  • Zachary and I were married at Marquette's Cathedral - Church of the Gesu
  • I was made an honorary Alumna to be married at Marquette
  • My dad and uncle have season tickets to the basketball games
  • My dad, sister and I saw Dwayne Wade play his last game at home before he went to the NBA
  • My sister and I rushed the court after they one their division - the year they made it to the final four - and we had to leave the court because my sister got elbowed in the head by a player

Therefore!  We are definitely a Marquette family!


SOURCE: HERE

We are...Marquette!
xoxo Sarah

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Smile...

Happy Wednesday all!

You know when you get to work sometimes and everything just seems frustrating or you are just too tired to do anything, but have to make yourself do the best you can?  That is how I felt yesterday!

And then all of a sudden after lunch,  a bouquet of yellow and white flowers with a balloon were delivered to me!  My recruiting manager, Mari, who I work for that works in Green Bay, sent me this beautiful flower arrangement just to thank me for all I do for her.  Out of the blue!  Being appreciated like this, makes me realize what a great company I work for and what great leaders I have!

Today at work, I am having to be a part of a leadership video and describing what I believe is Leadership.  Last night and this morning, I really reflected on what a leader really is about.  It's not just a title.  It's about inspiration, transparency, innovation, change...it's about wanting to illuminate the strengths in others. I am lucky enough to have met and worked for/with leaders with the characteristics above!

How are you a leader?  What is leadership to you?  What does being a leader mean to you?  Think about it!  It's a great way to reflect!
"Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other."
-JFK

BE A LEADER!
xoxo sarah

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

First Day of Spring!

Happy First Day of Spring everyone!

It has been like 84 degrees here every day for the past week, feels more like summer than spring to me!

Yet, I am so excited to make exciting new recipes for the spring and summer including rainbow fruit skewers, Caprese skewers, Caesar salad wraps and more!

Plus - this means closer to starting up our garden again!  Zachary loves to grow fresh basil, oregano, rosemary, and thyme, plus all different kinds of peppers!

I also love the sight of limes and lemons in our fruit bowl :)  It makes me very excited for spring!
xoxo Sarah
SOURCE: MICROSOFT CLIP ART

Monday, March 19, 2012

St. Patrick's Day - Campillo Style!

Ok, So last post of the evening I promise, but I told you there were going to be a lot :)

Believe it or not, my Italian husband is more Irish than anything else :)

So on Saturday, we went over to the In-Laws to celebrate St. Patrick's day and Zach's 100% Irish Grandma's birthday!

The weather was beautiful and picture perfect!  Here are some great pictures from the day!
Zachary and our nephew Max plus Sam and Amanda and then Mom and Pops!
Campillo family shots!
Zach and I in a nut-shell!
Love that last picture!
xoxo Sarah

Geneva!

This past Friday, I took the day off to enjoy the beautiful weather and spend a day with my Mother-In-Law and Sister-In-Laws and my nephew/Godson Max came a long too :)

We took advantage of the weather and traveled to Geneva, IL and had a late lunch in St. Charles. 

Our favorite stop was definitely The Little Traveler, which is a cute old Mansion that has 36 rooms of stores in it!  Everything from wine, old fashioned Taffy, hats, Vera Bradley, Women's fashions, knick-knacks foer the kitchen and home, baby clothes and toys, to crystal and antiques!  If you would ever like to go, here is the website for the Little Traveler: http://www.littletraveler.com/

It has such great things, and I definitely came out with some great finds!

Here are some pics from the day!
Yeah for Girls Day!
xoxo Sarah

Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes

Ok now for the adult St. Patty's Day Treat!

I made Irish Car Bomb cupcakes - and let me say, the alcohol is not cooked off especially in the frosting, so these probably aren't the best for kids!

But for desert on Saturday for the Campillo family Irish bash/Grammie's Birthday, I decided to make these one of a kind, INTENSE cupcakes.

They are fun to make but do take time.

Click HERE for the recipe!

And take a look below!  I used the large opening of a piping top to make the wholes in the cupcake for the filing!
YUMMY!
xoxo Sarah

Irish Soda Bread Scones

For Breakfast on St. Patrick's day, I made Irish Soda Bread Scones.

Click HERE for the recipe.

I have never had Irish Soda Bread before so I had no idea what it tastes like.  The scone style takes like a sweet biscuit!  It was actually very very yummy - and they turned our very pretty!

Take a look:
Yeah for trying something new :)
xoxo Sarah

Tea of the Week!


Good Afternoon!!!

GREEN TEA TIME!

Yes, tea of the week is Green Tea - and I am sure there will be a number of other times when Green tea is the tea of the week because there are so many varieties!

This week , the Green Tea of the week is Trader Joe's Decaffeinated Green Tea - Simple, easy, and to the point!

I love how Green tea makes me feel - it makes me feel healthier for some reason!!

There is a quote on the Tea Bag wrapper I would like to share:

"There is no such trouble so great or grave that cannot be much diminished by a nice cup of tea." 
- Bernard - Paul Heroux, 1900's Basque philosopher

This quote is so true!

Have a cup of tea today and relax!
xoxo Sarah




Library Time!

Hi All!

What a weekend!  I had off on Friday and was busy all weekend so sorry for the lack of posts!  I can't wait to post about this past weekend later tonight!

Anywho, last Thursday I FINALLY finished Water for Elephants.  It was a good story.  Not really type of story really - it was VERY ADULT!  But, it was a good story nonetheless.   The pictures within the novel are from Baraboo, WI so it was pretty crazy to see those!  I would recommend it to anyone who likes those really romantic/suspenseful love stories.

Onto the next book!  I was going to read Too Close to the Falls, but Zachary returned it last week to the library.  So instead, I picked up Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and decided to start reading that since it is being made into a movie.  I started it today, and I am liking it so far!  We will have to see how it goes!

I will be going to the library tonight with Zachary to recheck out Too Close to the Falls - and hopefully some other ones as well!

Get ready for some major posts tonight about the past weekend with a Campillo Girls Day on Friday, Campillo St. Patrick's Day on Saturday, and all the treats I made for our last Saturday together before Sam, Amanda and the kids go back to Colorado!

Have a great Monday and Keep Reading!
xoxo Sarah

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Happy Pi Day!

Hello All Math-fanatics!

Happy Pi Day!  Yes it is 3.14 today.  That means in math terms it is, π day!  

π = 3.1415926589793...

So π is approximately equal to 3.14!  
In all my years of math classes, this day is a huge day in the math world.  Usually consisted of π worksheets and a real Pie at the end of class.  

If I had someone to bake for tonight (Zachary is going to the Chicago Wolves game with his dad and brothers tonight), I would be making a pie of some sorts. 

My favorite pie is a tie between pumpkin pie and raspberry pie!

What is your favorite pie?

Happy π Day!
xoxo Sarah

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Shake It Out, Shake it Out!

Happy Tuesday!

So I am into the new show called Smash...probably because I love Broadway - Did I mention Zachary and I are going to see "Book of Mormon" during Christmas time? So excited!

Anywho - last night on the show - Katherine McPhee sang "Shake it Out" by Florence + the Machine.  I love Florence - I love both of her albums - "Lungs" and "Ceremonials."  But "Shake it Out" is such a great song on the "Ceremonials" album.

I really suggest you go on iTunes and download it if you don't have it already!

Just wanted to share :)

Whoa!
xoxo Sarah

Monday, March 12, 2012

Thé de la Semaine!


Bonjour!

This week's "Tea of the Week" is actually from Aveda - the spa company!  I am sure the majority of you have heard of Aveda skin and hair products.  Believe it or not - they sell "Comforting Tea" too!

Aveda comes from the word Ayurveda (pronounced eye-yer-vay-duh) which is the art of healthy living that enables you to create harmony in daily life by applying self-knowledge and self-care. The word, Ayurveda, is from the ancient Indian language, Sanskrit, and literally means "Knowledge of Life."
Source: Here


I ordered this online and was waiting till this week to try it!  It has a very unique flavor perfect for bed time.  Just when you think it is a Chamomile tea - there is the sweetest, smoothest taste at the end of the sip of tea!  I love it - it was a great surprise tasting that sweet part of the tea!

Click HERE to visit the website where you can purchase Aveda products along with the Comforting Tea!

Bonne Nuit!
xoxo Sarah


A Cousin's Weekend!

Good Evening everyone!

This past weekend was another crazy fun filled family weekend- but on my side of the family.   My sister and I - sans Mom who had laryngitis - went to Menasha/Appleton area for my cousin Liz' shower and Bachelorette Party!

It was super fun and I got some really fun ideas if I ever have to host one of these :)

Here are a few pics from the shower and the night after the bridal shower:
At Liz's shower with family!
At Bachelorette Party in Appleton!
The other thing I have to show you is how my cousin Amy made JELLO shots.  Now, the last time I had a Jello shot I believe was in college and I remember how great they were - but how Amy made these was so creative!  I have to get the recipe - she made them in orange peels.  Take a look!

Congrats Liz and can't wait for August!
xoxo Sarah

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Fusilli alla Caprese

Good Evening!!!

Today I made dinner - Yes, Zachary was the taste tester this evening and I was the cook (usually it is the other way around).

I was watching Giada on the Food Network one day and she made this amazing simple pasta that reminded me of summers back at home.  My hometown best friend Michelle and I would make these amazing pasta salads for lunch some days with fresh veggies and Italian dressing - and even sometimes shrimp!

Unlike the pasta salads, this is a hot dish but probably could be served cold as well!


Also for a healthier version, I used brown rice Fusilli instead of regular.

Here is the recipe:

Ingredients
1 pound fusilli
3 tablespoons evoo
2 garlic cloves, minced
3 cups cherry tomatoes, quartered (1 1/2 pints)
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup packed fresh basil leaves, torn
8 ounces fresh mozzarella, diced (about 1 1/2 cup)

Directions
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat.  Add the pasta and cook until tender but still firm to the bite, stirring occasionally, 8 to 10 minutes.  Reserve 1/2 cup of the pasta cooking liquid then drain the pasta and transfer to a large bowl.  Heat the olive oil in a medium skillet over medium heat.  Add the garlic and saute until fragrant, about 2 minutes.  Add the tomatoes, salt, and pepper.  As the tomatoes cook and soften, smash them with a fork.  Continue to cook until the tomatoes make a chunky sauce, about 4 minutes.  Add the tomato sauce to the bowl with the pasta and too to combine.  Stir in the basil leaves and mozzarella, then add the reserved pasta water, 1/4 cup at a time, until the pasta is moist.

Here is a link as well to the Giada website where I got the recipe:
http://www.giadadelaurentiis.com/recipes/544/fusilli-alla-caprese

It's super easy and Zachary loved it!  So I was a happy camper!!!

Salud!
xoxo Sarah

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip and Oatmeal Cookies

Dessert Time!

So Monday was my boss Erin's Birthday - she was turning 22 ;)!

She is gluten intolerant and therefore can only have gluten free food!  So I decided to buy her a Starbuck's coffee and make the rest of the office Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip and Oatmeal cookies.  They are to die for! (Erin did try a bite!)

I'm sure this can be made with a gluten-free flour as well, but unfortunately we didn't have any at home.

Take a look -I'm sure you are going to love!
Click here for the recipe.  What's great about these cookies is that not only are they delicious but the texture and the golden color - because of the peanut butter - are beautiful!

I have been known to make a mean chocolate chip cookie in my day, but these are probably the best I have ever had.   You have to try!

COOOKIE!
xoxo Sarah

Library Time!

Good Morning everyone!

Hope all is well!

Wanted to share a couple books I have read and am about to read.

Last week, Zachary and I went to the Library.  There, I picked up some guilty pleasure books from Danielle Steel and Janet Evanovich, both NYT Bestselling Authors, as well as Water for Elephants and Too Close to the Falls - both books were referred to me by Zach's Nana.

I read both the Steel and Evanovich books in 1 week.

The Steel book was 44 Charles St.  This was a book about a artsy girl living in New York and trying to pay her mortgage on her house as well as save her Art Gallery after a break up with her boyfriend.  She takes in roommates (3 of them) and becomes family with all 3 of them.  This book has romance, mystery, and suspense all packed into one.  I normally don't read Daniel Steel books - when I think of her I think of these totally over-the-top romance novels.  But this wasn't at all like that.  I found this book on a top seller list off the internet.  I really enjoyed it.  It was a quick easy read.

The Evanovich book I read was Wicked Apetite.  This is a great fantastical series starting out about the 7 deadly sins.  I'm excited to read the next book coming out in June called Wicked Business. But if you like vampires, like I do, this is an ADULT book that has all that piled into one.  It's a little out there so you have to follow along but I thought it was great!  It's about Lizzy and Diesel - two Unmentionables - that you learn about - trying to find stones for the 7 Deadly Sins.  It takes place in Salem - which already has a crazy history already with the memories of the Salem Witch trials.  It was a fun read.

Next up on my list is Water for Elephants which I have not seen the movie for yet because I don't know how much I like Rob Pattinson with Reese Witherspoon - I like them on their own!  But we shall see!

Have a Good Read!
xoxo Sarah

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Tea of the Week!


Happy Tuesday everyone!

This weeks "Tea of the Week" is from Harney & Sons - which is a tea company located in New York.  I am currently drinking "Peppermint Herbal Tea."

I get this tea when I come visit my sister and parents in Mequon.  It can be bought at Sendik's there.  I am not sure if the other Sendik's carry it or not like in Germantown or Whitefish Bay.  But I know it is at the Mequon location.

This tea is very refreshing in the morning on my way to work.  Just kind of wakes you up with the peppermint smell and flavor.  Not to mention - the tea bags are super cute - and the tins they come in can be used for anything when they are empty!

Here is the website for the Harney & Sons if you are interested in reading up a little more about their teas:
http://www.harney.com/index.cfm

Have a wonderful Tuesday!
xoxo Sarah

Monday, March 5, 2012

I'm a Godmother!

This past Sunday, I was made a godmother at my nephew Maximilian David Campillo's Baptism.

Here are some great photos from Sunday that Zach's Auntie Anne took:
Campillo Family pictures!

God Bless Max,
xoxo Sarah

Snickerdoodle Cupcakes...

Happy Monday everyone!

It has been a while since I posted due to some big family events that happened this weekend.  I will post about that shortly...

But first, for the weekend, I decided to try a new recipe I found on the Brown-eyed Baker website.  They are called Snickerdoodle Cupcakes. 

I love anything snickerdoodle.  Sugar + Cinnamon = GREATNESS!

Click Here to go to the link for the recipe.  

They were awesome!
ENJOY!
xoxo Sarah

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Rabbit - Rabbit - Rabbit

Rabbit-Rabbit-Rabbit Everyone!

Happy March!  Happy Spring!

When I was younger, my mom would always tell me "rabbit, rabbit, rabbit" on the first day of each month as a form of good luck.  I am not sure where this tradition originally started, but I wanted to wish you all luck for the next month!

Rabbit, Rabbit, Rabbit!
xoxo Sarah