Archive for March, 2011

March 30, 2011


A couple of weeks ago I received an invitation to join my friend Michelle for brunch this past Sunday. I gladly accepted… Hellllo breakfast buffet (side note: best french toast casserole EVER and i plan to recreate this weekend) and all you can drink mimosas. I sort of had an idea what it was for but I didn’t want to pry!

On Friday, Michelle asked me to come over ahead of time on Sunday so I could help her carry some bags she had for the girls. When I arrived she asked me to open mine… I wanted to wait so she asked me to open the card for now. As i read one of the SWEETEST cards anyone has ever given me I got goose bumps! At the bottom it read “I would be more than honored for you to stand by me and be my maid of honor on the day I become Mrs. Mitchell!”

I was so honored and of course said yes 🙂 I’ve known Michelle for 10 years now and couldn’t be any more excited to spend this special day with her. I’ve even started thinking of bridal shower AND bachelorette ideas. Um, MOHzilla much!? Just kidding. But, really… I’m already planning – That’s what happens when you ask a planner to be your Maid of Honor!

Here are some pictures of Michelle and I over the past 10 years… I left out the ones when we were younger because nobody wants to see pink sweaters, with pink chain belts, pink pointy shoes and jeans with a pink outline. I’m sure the visual is enough.

Even though I knew Michelle would be engaged ahead of time – She had no idea. Robby & I had been on the hunt for the perfect ring! Michelle & Robby flew out to Vegas for a friend’s wedding and she came back with a big rock of her own.

Bling Bling

I’m so excited to see you two say your vows and spend every waking second for the next year helping you plan!!

Now that you know how excited I am about their wedding let me tell you what else I’m excited about… Bananas + Pudding + Muffins.

When I went to work today the mom said “Sorry it looks like I’ve been running a concentration camp – I’m headed to the grocery store now” It was kind of true… The only thing there was to eat was bananas, banana pudding mix and cereal. But we made do with what we had and invented the best banana pudding muffins EVER. The 5-year-old said “It’s so much fun cooking with you”. Those words make my heart melt… Therefore I let her have a no nap day! Good idea or Bad? I guess the parents will find out later, whoops!

Banana Pudding Muffins


  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup butter melted
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 box of banana pudding mix
  • 4 medium bananas
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  • Mash bananas

  • Mix in sugar and lightly beaten egg
  • Pour in melted butter and stir
  • Make a well in the center and add the remaining ingredients

  • Mix well

  • Pour into lined muffin tin

  • Sprinkle Brown Sugar on top if you’d like

  • Bake for 20 minutes

(The 5-year-old said the elephant couldn’t wait any longer!)

  • Let cool for 10 minutes

  • Enjoy one when it’s still warm!

I usually spread Peanut Butter all over my muffins/breads because well, i guess just because I’m addicted.. But this was perfect without it! These were fluffy with a pudding like taste. I love banana pudding, shakes and candy so these are definitely my new favorite muffins 🙂

So next time you see some of these…

and some of these…

(we clearly couldn’t use these…luckily i keep some extras with me at all times – that is not a joke)

Definitely make these!!

Now the children won’t have to starve 😉 Kidddding

I also wanted to share the cutest cards the girls made today for an 11-year-old they know who just found out she has an inoperable brain tumor. We went to Target while they picked out “pretty paper” with “bright colors”. I hope these make her (and you) smile!!

Happy Wednesday everyone!

P.S. I added my blogroll to a tab at the top of my page. If I missed you – let me know here or shoot me an email alyssakuminski(at)gmail(dot)com

QUESTIONS: What is your favorite muffin? Have you ever been a Maid of Honor in a Wedding?

March 28, 2011

Sunday Dinner

There is just something special about Sunday’s. It’s a day for families, but todays families are always so scattered and it seems the older we all get the busier we are. Regardless of what is going on in our lives or how “busy” we are, we always take the time to spend Sunday with Grandma.  On a typical Sunday at my Grandma’s house you will find (at least) 12 people watching whatever sport is on, various chips & dips on the table and me overloading on M&M’s before dinner is even served!

If you’ve ever met my Grandma you know what an amazing woman she is. She always leaves a lasting impression, knows exactly what to say at exactly the right time and cooks up some of the best dinners I’ve ever had. No matter what’s on the menu we know it’s going to be delicious. Some of our Sunday staples include lasagna, chicken tetrazini, stuffed chicken, stir fry, GRANDMA BREAD and let’s not forget about dessert! I truly give my Grandma credit (blame) for my obsession with sweets. When a waitress at a restaurant asks if we want to order dessert after we’ve all eaten ourselves silly she always says “Sure, we’ll have a bite!” My kind of girl…

Last night’s Sunday dinner was one of my favorites. We inahled enjoyed Pot Roast, Mashed Potatoes (the best you’ll ever have), carrots, broccoli, strawberries and rolls. I almost didn’t go because I was “busy”… I had/have a lot to do for an upcoming Bridal shower this weekend and didn’t think lounging at Grandma’s for 6 hours was a good idea. My brother called and said he was going back to college in the morning and wanted to make sure I’d be there. So, off I went. I don’t need much convincing when it comes to a homecooked meal – ESPECIALLY when it gives me a break out of the kitchen.


Grandma with her grandchildren - I'm the only girl!



I hope we continue this tradition forever and ever. I love the family time, the memories it makes and the dessert my grandma serves 😉

Of course I forgot to take pictures of my dessert… I was overly excited that we were having brownie sundaes and there were 4 different types of ice creams to choose from. I also had to try out all 4 flavors. It was completely unnecessary.

I wont be giving out any of Grandma’s recipes today… But I did make a cookie you might be interested in!

When these are on sale for $1…you buy them.

Then, you think of some way to incorporate them into a dessert recipe…

Next, you remember how good these monster sized cookies were.

So you decide to substitute the butterfinger for the oreo.

Now you do a happy dance because you are a genius (and you’re on a sugar high)

Butterfinger Stuffed White Chocolate Chip Cookies


  • 2/3 c Butter plus 2 tbs.
  • 1/2 c Sugar
  • 1/2 c Dark brown sugar
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 ts Vanilla
  • 1 1/2 c Flour
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips (i used ghiradelli)
  • 1/2 cup milk chocolate chips (i used ghiradelli)
  • Mini butterfingers


  • Heat oven to 325 degrees F.
  • Grease cookie sheets. In large bowl with electric mixer beat butter, sugars, egg and vanilla at med-high speed until fluffy.
  • Reduce mixer speed to low, add flour, increase speed gradually and beat just until blended. Stir in white and milk chocolate chips

  • Take a ice cream sized scoop and place one on each end of butterfinger

  • Press sides down and seal edges so butterfinger is completely covered.
  • Place on baking sheet about 2 inches apart because these will be large and in charge

  • Bake for 10-14 minutes. Remove from oven when browned on edges

I dare you to eat just one…Double dog dare you. Now you have to…

I clearly need some type of detoxing in my life… My stretchy pants aren’t stretching anymore.

QUESTIONS: Do you have Sunday dinners with your family?? What is your favorite dish your Grandma makes?