The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee ~ 5 Fashionable Ways To Celebrate

Heading to London for the big celebratory event this weekend? Over the next couple of days, the Brits are celebrating the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II! For those of you who aren’t familiar with the celebration, this event marks the 60th anniversary of the accession of Queen Elizabeth II to the thrones of 7 countries after her father, King George VI, died on February 6,1952. She is the queen of 16 sovereign states, 12 of which were British colonies or Dominions at the start of her reign.

Queen Victoria has been the only other Queen who has celebrated the Diamond Jubliee!

In celebration, we scouted out some cute products and outfits that would be perfect for wearing on the special day. If your kids would like to write a letter to the Queen or learn more about the monarchy, have them visit the official Diamond Jubilee website for fun facts, games and information.

The Trunki pictured above  is a Team GB Limited Edition Trunki available through

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Food Friday Featuring: 4-Ingredient Eggplant Parmesan

When it comes to home-cooked meals, I tend to resort to the classics of my childhood. I was never picky, lucky for my Mother, and would even eat my veggies. As an adult one of my favorite vegetarian dishes is Eggplant Parmesan, or Melanzane alla Parmigiana as my family calls it.

It is seriously one of the most simple dishes to prepare as long as you have a few staple ingredients on hand, and can be whipped up quickly. The most labor intensive part is preparing the eggplant, but this can be done is so many ways the options are endless.

My Mom tends to fry them in a dry pan (no oil) until browned. I like to either BBQ them ahead of time and leave them in the fridge, bake them, or I often use my big electric griddle to save time and cook more at once. The main trick with eggplant that I learned a LONG time ago, is that once you slice them, you sprinkle them with salt and let them sit for a bit which draws out some of the bitterness. You can actually see clear bubbles form after they have been sitting for a bit, and you simply need to pat them dry. It makes a huge difference in flavor.

As far as skin goes, I like it, and only peel it for the sake of my Mother and Husband.

Happy Food Friday everyone!

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