Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Perfectly Boiled Eggs for Easter

Ok it's that time of year where you have to boil eggs! My family is not huge fans of hard-boiled eggs, so I pretty much only boil eggs once or twice a year. I found this cute poster that told me how to boil eggs, the same way I did it last year. Lucky for you - I'm going to share! The eggs are perfectly boiled and taste delicious. The boys are excited to dye their eggs tonight when daddy gets home from work!

 Directions on how to Boil Eggs

 Place eggs in a large pot and pour COLD water until they are submerged, add salt (1 tsp.)

 Boiling eggs for 1 minute

Remove eggs from heat and cover for 12 minutes

 Rinse eggs with cold water and let completely cool before handling

Enjoy!
Brittney

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Chocolate Chip Cookies... with Cream Cheese!

This weekend I am leaving my dudes to attend my sweet cousin's baby shower in Texas. Naturally, I have been baking and cooking so they don't starve while I am gone! I made a nice lasagna for them to eat and pasta... but if all else fails, there is a frozen pizza in the freezer! My husband's favorite cookie is a chocolate chip cookie, so I some that have cream cheese in the recipe. They are really soft and fluffy when you bite into them - it's hard to just eat one. Hopefully the cookies last through the weekend!

Chocolate Chip Cookies with Cream Cheese (makes 2 dozen)

Ingredients:

- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 1/4 cup cream cheese (not light or whipped)
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 large egg
- 2 tsp. vanilla extract
- 2 1/4 cup flour (plus 2 tbsp. at high altitude)
- 2 tsp. cornstarch
- pinch of salt
- 2 1/4 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

1. Cream butter, cream cheese, and sugars together until smooth. Add egg and vanilla and mix on medium-high until mixture is light and fluffy (about 5 minutes).
2. Mix four, cornstarch, and salt together in a separate bowl. Add to butter mixture until combined.
3. Add chocolate chips until incorporated throughout the dough.
4. Using a cookie scoop, scoop batter onto a greased baking sheet or parchment paper-lined baking sheet.
5. Bake at 350 for 8-10 minutes (mine took 8 minutes).

 Butter, cream cheese, sugar, brown sugar

 Fluffy butter batter with vanilla and egg

 Completed batter with flour mixture and chocolate chips

 Cookie Dough

Cream Cheese Chocolate Chip Cookies

Enjoy!
Brittney

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Easter 'Mod Podge' Eggs

I've been wanting to share my Easter/Spring decor but haven't had the time to complete it - until now! I made these cute Easter eggs to place in a basket and they are pretty easy to make, the hard part is waiting overnight for the 'eggs' to dry! You can use your eggs to make an Easter Egg Garland as well. I also found a super cute *free* printable for Spring!

Supplies

- Mod Podge (matte)
- sponge brush
- balloons
- yarn

1. Blow up a balloon to your desired 'egg' shape.
2. Using sponge brush, brush Mod Podge on balloon. Wrap yarn all over balloon and tie it off on itself.
3. Heavily coat balloon/yarn with more Mod Podge. Patiently wait for balloons to dry. (I placed mine in a cup)
4. Pop your balloons!

Mod Podge, sponge brush, balloons, yarn

 Evolution of the Easter Mod Podge Egg

 Letting my 'eggs' dry in cups (excuse the Christmas ones!)

 My decor! Wreath and 'Spring' banner from JoAnn's Fabrics, green basket from Hobby Lobby

My Eggs and Printable on display

Enjoy!
Brittney

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Anniversary Fondue

My husband and I celebrated 4 years of marriage yesterday! What a ride it has been and we look forward to many more years together! We decided not to go out this year because we just had vacation, relatives and a birthday party. We have been going non-stop the last few weeks, so it was nice to order sushi take-out, drink a bottle of wine, enjoy homemade fondue, and watch a grown-up movie! What a nice evening. We even waited to enjoy the fondue until after putting the boys to sleep - which worked out because Kinley would have gladly eaten chocolate fondue and stayed up ALL night with us on a sugar high!

Since we decided to get take-out, I didn't want to complicate dessert and find the fondue set and make the fondue. Thank you Pinterest for having a recipe for Chocolate Caramel Fondue with an option to just nuke it in the microwave! It was delicious and took about 3 and a half minutes to melt!

Easy Chocolate Caramel Fondue

Ingredients

- bag of caramels, unwrapped
- 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 5 oz. can evaporated milk

1. In a microwave safe bowl, combine all ingredients and place in mircrowave on high for 2 minutes.
2. Stir and continue to melt/stir in 30 second increments.
3. Serve warm with dessert dippers of your choice! We had strawberries, brownies, bananas, and pretzels.

 Ingredients

 Before being melted in microwave

Chocolate Caramel Fondue and Stella Rosa wine (our favorite!)

Enjoy!
Brittney

Friday, April 4, 2014

White Chocolate Lemon Poppyseed Blondies

There is snow outside but I am still trying my hardest to make it feel like Spring! I have been craving a sweet dessert that isn't too heavy or in the shape of a cookie or cake. Good thing I follow Picky Palate's blog and she recently posted a recipe for White Chocolate Lemon Poppyseed Blondies. Let me tell you - these are amazing! The lemon curd with white chocolate and the texture of the poppyseeds makes this dessert a win! They didn't take too long to prep and bake either, plus I am a sucker for white chocolate. I will thoroughly enjoy them over the weekend... if they last that long!

*If you have trouble finding lemon curd, it is in the jelly/jam aisle of your local grocery store, or Whole Foods

Ingredients

- 4 tbsp. unsalted butter
- 3/4 cup white chocolate chips
- 1 cup flour (plus 1 tbsp. at high altitude)
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup white chocolate chips
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/2 tsp. baking powder
- 2 large eggs
- 1/4 cup prepared lemon curd
- 2 tbsp. poppyseeds

1. In a microwave safe bowl, heat your butter until melted in the microwave 30-45 seconds. Add white chocolate chips and let sit for 1 minute and stir until smooth. You can heat an additional 15-20 seconds to heat through if necessary.
2. In your mixing bowl, add flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, white chocolate chips and melted chocolate mixture. Stir together well.
3. Add eggs, lemon curd and poppyseeds. Stir until combined.
4. Line a small baking dish with parchment paper and pour batter inside.
5. Bake at 350 degrees for 25-35 minutes, until cooked through. Let cool completely before cutting.


Ingredients

 Green Bowl: Melted butter with white chocolate chips, blended mixture
Bottom Bowl: Dry ingredients with melted chocolate, batter with lemon curd, eggs, poppyseeds

 Batter in parchment paper

White Chocolate Lemon Poppyseed Blondies

Enjoy!
Brittney

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Easter Candy Milkshake

Spring was in the air... until we woke up to 6 inches of snow this morning! Well I saw this super cute Easter Candy Milkshake and decided to try it today for my son's snack. I didn't use as much candy in his because I wanted it to make two milkshakes (one for me!) and didn't want him to have too much sugar this afternoon. Feel free to add more candy and whipped cream to yours!

Easter Candy Milkshake (makes 2 servings)

- 1/2 cup of Easter candy, blend in food processor or blender until you have crumbs
- 1/2 cup milk
- 4 scoops of ice cream
- Peeps

1. Mix crumb candy, milk and ice cream together.
2. Top with toppings of your choice.

*My son did ask for seconds!

 Easter Egg Whoppers candy, vanilla ice cream, blue Peeps

 Kinley was in charge of the food processor

 Ice cream, milk, and candy

Easter Candy Milkshake

Enjoy,
Brittney

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Pirate 1st Birthday Party

This past week our little guy turned 1! So we had a Pirate themed birthday party to celebrate! I thought we could have a little photo booth during the party, since you can't do a lot of activities with 1-year-olds. I made six pirate props: a mustache, a beard, a pirate hat, a treasure map, a hook, and an eye patch out of black poster paper that I cut out and hot glued to a wooden dowel. I also hand drew a Pirate Ship on butcher paper that we hung up as our photo booth backdrop. The photo booth was a big hit and we got some super fun photos of our guests as they came in!

My son is wearing a pirate costume that my mom ("NaNa") had made for my first son's 1st Halloween
- I'm really glad each boy got a chance to wear it! I made a small smash cake that I placed a number "1" cookie cutter on top and filled it with red sprinkles. I also made a few red tissue paper puffs and two banners that read "Palmer is 1" and "I Am 1." The bunting parts of my banner are from a free printable I found here.

The food we had for our guests were snacks, appetizers, and cake! Potato chips and gold fish mixture ("Fish and Chips"), strawberries and blueberries, homemade sugar cookies with buttercream frosting, pigs 'n' blankets, Pirate's Booty and lemonade. The Pirate's Booty was almost all gone by the end of the party - and we had to add the second bag we had bought! All the cookies were almost gone as well.

The pirate cake I had made for the party was amazing! It tasted great and matched our decor so well. I had only sent the lady who made the cake two pictures as ideas and let her creativity take over - we were extremely pleased!

My son had a ball at his party and loved when everyone sang "Happy Birthday" to him. His big brother even helped blow out his candle!

 "Get Yer Mug Shots Here" sign, and photo booth props

Pirate Ship backdrop, and camera set-up for picture taking

 "I Am 1" and goody bags

 "Palmer is 1"

 Pirate Party!

 Singing Happy Birthday and Kinley blowing out his brother's candle

Eating the smash cake, Etsy Pirate onesie bought here

Smash Cake and Professional Pirate cake (fed 25 people!)

Family Photo Booth shot!

I was too busy to take a picture of my goody bags, but for the babies' goody bags I put a pirate rubber ducky, bath color tablets, a pirate eye patch and a snack trap container. For the big kids' goody bags I put a blow up pirate sword, a pirate eye patch and candy. 

Enjoy!
Brittney