Every time my mom and I are together and see a photograph, greeting card, newspaper clipping, anything, she'll exclaim, "we should frame that!!!" or "that would be perfect in your apartment!!!" Its to the point where if we followed through every time she said it, my 17 foot high apartment walls would be completely covered. However, her intentions (as always--love you mom!) are good and there are a few I wouldn't mind on my walls or in picture frames for my desk. In particular, I love any and every design by Inslee! Oh my god, obsessed. Here are just a few of my favorites:
Saturday, December 31, 2011
Friday, December 30, 2011
Nothing bad can come from this special night--resolutions, parties, glitter, new year, new you--crammed full of cliche's! And, it's only natural that I thank everyone for such a wonderful year. I cannot wait to make 2012 the best one yet.
This is the oldest you've ever been and the youngest you'll ever be--cheers!
Thursday, December 29, 2011
Somebody at work requested I make peanut butter blossoms and naturally I was thrilled because I've never made them before! After rummaging around on Foodgawker for the perfect recipe, I came across a Martha Stewart version (made with Reese's Peanut Butter Cups!) I was really tempted to try but ending up just sticking with the traditional form.
-1/2 cup sugar
-1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
-1/2 cup softened butter
-1 egg (works best if egg is at room temp)
-1 teaspoon vanilla extract
-1/2 cup peanut butter
-1/4 teaspoon salt
-1 3/4 cup flour
-1 teaspoon baking soda
-1/4 cup sugar for rolling
-about 40 Hersey's kisses
Method: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine 1/2 cup sugar, brown sugar, softened butter and peanut butter in a bowl and beat together until light and fluffy. Add the egg, vanilla extract and salt to the same mixture and beat until everything is fully combined. In a separate bowl, combine flour and baking soda. Slowly add the ingredients from the flour bowl to the first bowl and beat until all ingredients form a dough. Roll the dough into small balls and fully coat each in the reserved 1/4 cup of sugar. Place them 2 inches apart on a cookie sheet and bake for 8 to 10 minutes. Immediately press 1 chocolate kiss into the center of each cookie and place back into the oven for 1 minute. Remove and let cool completely. Enjoy!
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
One of my favorite post-holiday shopping finds is always the markdown holiday p.j.'s! Victoria's Secret has been having a huge sale this week and I personally love the dreamer flannel sleepshirt (only $25)! It reminds me of the colorful Holly Golightly from Breakfast at Tiffany's. You could even buy these amazing replica tassle ear plugs and sleep mask to complete the look! I have to have them.
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Sunday, December 25, 2011
Saturday, December 24, 2011
Friday, December 23, 2011
Thursday, December 22, 2011
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
I haven't had much time to bake this December but after my last exam tomorrow - let the games begin! Luckily, I did have a little bit of free time last night to whip up some festive treats.
The snacks I made back in August (seen here) were such a hit and just so easy that I wanted to make them again with a little Christmas twist. This time I used Hersey Hugs and Hersey Kisses along with red and green M&M's. The hugs melt a lot quicker than the kisses so beware!
I've been salivating over the second desert for a long time. The recipe is popping up all over Pinterest so I finally gave it a try. Plus, I had a ton of chocolate and pretzels on hand from the first snack.
I used a recipe from Two Tiny Kitchen's calling for the following ingredients:
-1 cup creamy peanut butter
-2 tablespoons softened butter
-1/2 cup powdered sugar **I ended up using about a full cup
-3/4 cup brown sugar
-1 bag semi-sweet chocolate chips
Start by adding the butter's together in a mixer. Slowly add the sugars and mix until you are able to roll the combined mixture into small balls without sticking to your fingers. If the mixture is sticking, continue to add sugar until you reach the right consistency.
Once your mix is ready, scoop out a portion, roll it into a small ball and sandwich it between two whole pretzels. Freeze the sandwiches for about a half hour. Melt the chocolate chips and dip one half of each pretzel sandwich in the chocolate. Place the sandwiches back in the refrigerator/freezer until serving time so the chocolate has time to set. Enjoy!