Wednesday, December 6, 2017

White Chocolate Dipped Gingerdoodles

Christmas time is here! We finally put up our tree and I am busily baking for my Cookie Exchange Party I am hosting! I tried this new recipe out and I love them! They are delicious with both the white chocolate and without. Such an easy recipe I enjoyed making with my littlest guy. More to come on what all I plan to do for my Cookie Exchange Party if you are in need of ideas for yours!

White Chocolate Dipped Gingerdoodles

- 3/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 1/4 cup molasses
- 2 1/4 cup flour
- 2 tsp. baking soda
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- 1 tsp. ginger
- 1/2 tsp. ground cloves
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar (for rolling your dough in to)
- white chocolate, for dipping

1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees and line your baking sheets with parchment paper.
2. Cream your butter and brown sugar until fluffy.
3. Add your egg and molasses and mix thoroughly.
4. In a separate bowl, whisk your dry ingredients together: flour, cinnamon, ginger, ground cloves, salt and baking soda.
5. Slowly add to your wet ingredients until a dough forms.
6. Create 1 1/2 inch cookie balls with your dough and roll each ball into granulated sugar before placing on your baking sheet.
7. Bake for 8 minutes.
8. Allow to cool completely before dipping into white chocolate, as desired.

 Rolling Gingerdoodle Balls with my little guy!

Baked Gingerdoodles

Festively dipped in white chocolate with sprinkles


Thursday, October 19, 2017

Homemade Healthy Tomato Soup

It's finally getting cooler out here in Colorado! My husband and I attended a wedding this past weekend and the appetizer was a martini glass filled with tomato soup and a square of grilled cheese - it was amazing! I have been craving tomato soup ever since... but wanted to make it healthy! Here is my version of tomato soup without the guilt, so you can pair it with a guilty grilled cheese!

Healthy Tomato Soup

- 2 x 28 oz. cans of whole tomatoes
- 4 cloves garlic
- 1 medium onion, diced
- 1 sweet potato, diced
- 1 red bell pepper, diced
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1/2 tsp. pepper
- 2 1/2 cup vegetable broth, low sodium
- 1/3 cup fresh basil leaves, chopped
- 1 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil

1. Heat your olive oil over medium heat in a stock pot.
2. Add the sweet potato, onion and red bell pepper and sauté them for a few minutes as they soften.
3. Add your garlic, pepper and salt and stir about 1 minute until garlic is fragrant.
4. Stir in your tomatoes, vegetable broth and basil leaves. 
5. Allow soup to simmer for 20 minutes.
6. In batches, add your soup to a blender and blend until smooth. Repeat until all soup is blended.
7. Add blended soup back to your stock pot and simmer for a few minutes before serving.

 Softened Vegetables

 Added tomatoes, vege stock and basil

 Blending the soup

 Tomato Soup

Paired with a grilled cheese!


Thursday, October 5, 2017

Pumpkin Spice Chip Bread

Fall and everything pumpkin is in the air! I recently made a really delicious pumpkin spice bread with these pumpkin spice chips that I found at Target. The recipe I used said to make it with chocolate chips, so you can use those if you prefer, but I decided to use the pumpkin spice chips instead. We are going on Fall  Break to the east coast and I hope to experience a little bit more "Fall weather" and visit at least one pumpkin patch while we are away! My husband and I are also attending a wedding and I think I might include a review of how much I have enjoyed using Rent the Runway for formal events in my next post!

Pumpkin Spice Chip Bread

- 1 3/4 cup all purpose flour
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 3 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
- 3/4 tsp. salt
- 2 large eggs
 - 3/4 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1 cup pumpkin puree
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 1/4 cup orange juice
- 2/3 cup pumpkin spice chips

1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and grease your bread pan.
2. Place your dry ingredients into your KitchenAide Mixer: flour, baking soda, pumpkin pie spice, and salt.
3. In a small bowl, whisk your eggs, sugars, pumpkin puree, vegetable oil and orange juice together.
4. Slowly add your wet mixture to your dry mixture at a low speed until combined.
5. Add your pumpkin spice chips until combined and pour your mixture into your bread pan.
6. Bake for 50-60 minutes.

 Fresh Baked Pumpkin Spice Chip Bread!

Perfect served with butter when warm... yum!


Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Cookie Bars

It's (almost) Fall! I bought my first can of pumpkin for the season and have been waiting for a recipe I haven't tried before. These cookie bars are thick, moist, and delicious! You must try them! My 4-year-old and I had so much fun making them together and now I have some pumpkin leftover... so I'll need to make something else soon!

Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Cookie Bars

- 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 3 tbsp. pumpkin puree
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 1 egg
- 2 1/2 cup flour
- 2 tsp. baking soda
- 1/2 tsp. baking powder
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
- 1/2 tsp. ginger
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1 tbsp. milk

1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and use non-stick spray on a 9"x 11" glass pan.
2. Cream your butter and sugar together then add your egg, pumpkin, and vanilla.
3. In a separate bowl, mix your dry ingredients together: flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and salt.
4. Slowly add your dry ingredients to your wet and add the tbsp. of milk if not moist enough. Consistency should be of cookie dough, so pretty thick but pliable.
5. Spread cookie dough on the bottom of your pan and bake for 15020 minutes.

Pumpkin Buttercream Frosting

- 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
- 3 cups powdered sugar
- 3 tbsp. pumpkin puree
- 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
- 1/8 tsp. ginger

1. Whip all ingredients together until smooth. Frost your cookie bars and cut.

 Baked Cookie Bars

 With Pumpkin Buttercream Frosting

Tastes like Fall!


Friday, August 18, 2017

Laundry Room Makeover

My laundry room is complete! A good friend of mine told me to make my laundry room pretty - because you are in there enough! So true! I was so inspired by palm leaves and tropical prints I had originally wanted to do wallpaper on the wall behind my washer and dryer, but because the wall was 8 ft. x 6 ft. - it was going to be about $300 to wallpaper just that space. Instead I opted to just paint the entire laundry room Behr Silky White from Home Depot and put two x 4 foot long grey wood shelves above the washer and dryer from Home Depot. I also replaced the florescent lighting with a semi-mount pendant light with a moroccan design. When I took off the florescent light I found 2 holes in the ceiling, so I had to teach myself how to patch a hole! Oh the surprises you find! I hope you like my before and after pictures!

Before - My laundry room had yellow/brown paint with florescent lighting and a shelf at an awkward location. I had to fill in a lot of holes!

 Florescent light is down but you can see the original paint and shelf

 2 holes in the ceiling!

New semi-mount found here

After - Laundry room is painted white and shelves are put up! I also bought a behind the door hanger for our ironing board. 

 IKEA Silverhojden gold frames, Etsy prints, Amazon rug, Target laundry basket


 Vase and plate from Anthropologie, Monstera leaf and hexagon shelf with succulent from Hobby Lobby, Small Target laundry basket

 Ironing board hook

Brittney Brengel

Friday, July 28, 2017

Our New Home!

This past May my husband graduated from Wharton and we packed up our life in Philadelphia and headed back West to Colorado! We bought a 5 bedroom, 4 bathroom home with a YARD! The kids are loving all the space and I am not lacking in home projects over here... I have painted and decorated a majority of the first and second floors. I think I will take a break from recipes on the blog for a bit and share a few things we have done with our home!

Palmer's Room - it was a very dark cave! All 4 walls were a dark blue, so to lighten it up I painted 3 walls Sherwin Williams Snowbound white. I kept an accent wall behind his bed blue and added a herringbone stencil on it (Herringbone Stencilit). We did a few accent pictures of superheroes and I'm excited to have decorated a room that he can grow in to!

 Palmer's Room Before

 Dark Wall with Stencil

 Stencil wall complete with white walls


Kinley's Room- Kinley's room turned out to need a lot of work! There was wood molding a foot from the ceiling all around his room, and when we went to remove it, we found it was liquid glued on and tore down to the drywall! We had to hire professionals to patch, re-drywall, texturize and paint his room. What a job! The walls are now a lovely white and I turned it into an Adventure room for our Adventure Dude! I also had to paint the ceiling since the previous owners had stuck glow in the dark stars on the ceiling and when the stickers were removed... the ceiling paint had come off with it.

 Kinley's Room Before

 Me painting the ceiling... not easy!

 White walls with his new desk area!

Mountain Wall Decal (found here)

Kitchen - The kitchen had a lot of red accents and brown walls... to update this dated look, we added new light fixtures and painted the walls Sherwin Williams On the Rocks gray. I recently got a Magnolia Home Brushstroke Rug that I love! 

 Kitchen Before (brown walls)

 Gray Walls and Clear Light Fixtures

Morovian Star Pendant from Pottery Barn

Magnolia Home 5"x7" Brushstroke Rug (pom pom placemats from Target)

Living Room - We had a red accent wall over the fireplace that we had painted the color of the rest of the room. I painted the fireplace white to give it a much needed update. We also ordered a large sectional couch and made a gallery wall! I love this room and how it is coming along. I am also succulent obsessed and find myself decorating all over with them!

 Living Room Before

 Used UGL Paint in White to paint the fireplace brick

 Gallery Wall with Ribba IKEA frames

 Mantel!!!! Wood art from World Market, Lantern from West Elm, Candles/Succulents/Vases from HomeGoods

 Couch from Macy's and pillows from Target

 Round Coffee Table from Craig's List


Kyle's Office - This room was RED! 2 coats of primer and 2 coats of Sherwin Williams On the Rocks later and it's a nice gray! This room originally did not have doors, so we had professionals come and install more drywall on the sides and top of the opening to fit French Doors. Kyle loves his office and it's a nice space for him to work at home if given the chance! We are looking for a cow hide rug to complete the look :)

Kyle's Office Before

 Priming the walls

 Second coat of grey

 Framing for French Doors

 French Doors

 The Office!

 Tripod lamp from Target

Linen Roman Shades from Home Depot

Banister - The stair banister was very dated and the wood was very worn. I decided to sand it and apply Minwax stain with Polyurethane in Espresso. I did 3 coats and then used white paint to re-paint every single spindle. This project was by far my longest one and took me a week! But the paint is fresh looking and I love how the banister is dark like our wood floors. 

 Banister with light worn wood Before

3 coats of stain and new white paint!

Entryway - I love how this piece turned out. I had an old window shutter that my mom and I nailed plates on hangers to and then placed it above my cute bar furniture piece from Pottery Barn. Plates are so fun to work with! 

 Plates from Homegoods/World Market, Lamp from Target, accessories from HomeGoods

Guest Room - My guest room had some really strange paint happening in there. The top of the wainscoting was brown and the wainscoting was an iridescent white/blue color. So I painted over the brown with leftover grey and used white paint by Behr in Silky White on the baseboards and wainscoting. Turned out great! 

 Guest Room Before

 Accent Table

 Grey and White walls

Well now I am busy re-doing my Master Bedroom. It now has white walls instead of brown/green ones and it took me two days to paint! A lot of sweat has gone into my home but I am so pleased with how it is turning out! I hope to continue to share more projects soon!