A few of my friends and I were in the baking mood and found this recipe for chocolate sandwich cookies! We tried it out and, not gonna lie, they were pretty delicious. They were a lot different than I was expecting. The polenta that the recipe calls for gave the cookies a gritty sort of texture and I loved the hint of orange flavor the orange zest gave it. I did add one thing to the recipe: cool whip to the filling mixture…soo good :) anywho..here’s the link to the original recipe:
a few tips and suggestions:
- After making the dough, make sure its thoroughly cooled in the fridge before rolling it out with a rolling pin. Otherwise its slightly difficult to work with.
-Also, I dusted my clean countertop with flour and rolled the dough out on it. I placed plastic saran wrap over the dough before rolling it. Otherwise, the dough would stick to the rolling pin. This helped a ton!
-Make sure the cookies are cooled before placing the filling, so it doesn’t melt.
Other than that…
Happy Baking :)
Perfect home decor for fall :) Here’s what you will need:
- round glass candle votive
- craft glue/adhesive (the one I used was multi-purpose, for glass, wood, etc)
- heavy duty cutters, ie garden pruners. I tried to use scissors at first, but it just wasn’t cutting it (no pun intended)
- some type of rope or rafia
- dry branches/twigs. I was able to find some at the craft store, but if you have some around your yard, it will save you about 9 dollars.
1. Take your branches and trim off any excess branching so that you have clean sturdy branches.
2. Take the votive and start measuring & cutting your branches. You can alternate them in height, but make sure the vary in height isn’t too drastic. I made the height about 1/4 inch to a 1/2 inch higher than the votive itself.
3. Start gluing the sticks in place. Tip: Since the sticks aren’t perfectly straight, position it to where it makes the most contact with the glass and place glue on those areas on the branch. Wait a bit for it to get tacky if it needs to, otherwise its just going to slide around on the glass. When the glue is tacky enough, position back onto the glass. Continue gluing all the way around the votive!
4. Finally, after everything has dried, take your rope or rafia and tie it around the middle! Place a tea light inside and voilà!
3: I’m not going to lie, I got pretty lazy and impatient after gluing about 10 twigs. If you are like me and less meticulous about these things, you can do what I did at this point.
Grab a rubber band that will fit around the votive securely. Set the votive down on the table/floor and start placing your twigs in between as shown above. Do this all the way around votive until all of your sticks/twigs cover the votive.
4. To secure the twigs in place, keep the rubber band in place and take your rope/rafia and tie them tightly around the twigs where the rubber band is.
5. Remove the rubber band and start gluing the spaces and areas where the rope meets the sticks.
6. Set the votive on a piece of paper on a flat surface and wait for everything to dry.
7. Set a candle/tea light inside and enjoy :)
I love the holiday seasons! And even though its still 100 degrees outside, I wanted to do something fall inspired. I love everything about Autumn…the colors, smells, fashion, weather, food, and the festive drinks, :) specifically pumpkin spice lattes!
I wanted try making my own, so I started scouring the internet for various recipes. Nonetheless, I didn’t follow one single recipe, but sort of combined a couple and made some substitutions. I tried one version last night and a different one today. The one last night, in my opinion, was too much work for a cup of coffee. Although I admit was pretty delicious.
This morning I made a much easier, less expensive version. I’ve listed both recipes. I recommend adjusting the recipe and tweaking it to fit your preference, ie. if you want it stronger, sweeter, etc.
For the more complicated version you will need:
a cup of your favorite freshly brewed coffee (strong for more flavor)
1/2 cup of whole milk (or your choice of milk)
1 tablespoon of pumpkin puree/canned pumpkin
1 teaspoon of sugar (I used 1/2 tsp of stevia instead)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
and 1/4 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice
(extra: cinnamon sticks, whipped cream)
1. Brew your coffee
2. Place all of your ingredients (minus the coffee) in a small pot on the stove. On low to medium heat, whisk everything together. You can also place everything in a microwave-safe bowl and warm it up that way.
3. When everything is whisked and warm, add as much as you want to your cup of coffee!
4. Add sugar and half & half if needed.
5. Add whipped cream and sprinkle some pumpkin pie spice over the top. And lastly add your cinnamon stick!
6. Enjoy :)
Now for the easier version you need:
a cup of your favorite freshly brewed coffee
half & half
pumpkin pie spice
(extra: whipped cream, cinnamon stick)
1. Brew your coffee.
2. Add desired amount of half & half, sugar, and pumpkin pie spice to taste!
If desired, add whipped cream, sprinkle pumpkin pie spice, and add your cinnamon stick.
Happy drinking ;)
So, I guess we are who we are for alot of reasons. And maybe we’ll never know most of them. But even if we don’t have the power to choose where we come from, we can still choose where we go from there. We can still do things. And we can try to feel okay about them.
With an approaching moving date, I can’t help but browse the internet for decor inspiration. Even though I probably won’t have the time or the money to completely redecorate, its one of the fun things about moving. When I imagine my dream home, it’s so difficult to picture because I’m so indecisive when it comes to choosing a style.
Lately I’ve been loving the french & vintage sort of style. I remember watching a movie with Anna Faris and Chris Evans (I think the movie is “What’s Your Number?”?) and instantly fell in love with her character’s apartment. The random colors and bizarre decor fit together beautifully:
and other lovely decorating ideas:
A fashion trend I’ve been loving lately. Cute, delicate, feminine small rings to wear mid finger! Where to shop… Etsy is always a good place to start :)