Valentine’s Day

I know this post is waaay last season but hey, there’s always next year right? This past Valentine’s Day my boyfriend and I were doing long distance. I wanted to do something that was cute, fun and relatively easy to ship.

These customizable sweetheart cookies were just what I was looking for. I personally find regular sugar cookies to be boring and funfetti is my absolute favorite. Luckily I was able to find this recipe to make cake mix into shape cookie dough. I followed this wonderful royal icing guide, and employed the help of my bake savvy roomie.

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The only downside to these cookies is they were a multi-step process and ended up taking me several hours to finish. However I did enjoy getting to think of classic, funny, and personal cookie sayings.

Classic

Classic

Personalized

Personalized

Once I finished making the cookies, I packaged them up all cute in this little paint can like container, added a ribbon and headed to the post office.

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I also made this super cute card. All it took was:
Black Card-stock
Red Card-stock
adhesive
Cuttlebug with Disney cartridges
and obviously loving words

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The boyfriend loved the cookies and appreciated the card. So I’d have to say this was a pretty successful Valentine’s Day. 🙂

Wonton Paper Madness!!!

This summer I finally got to try my hand at making different wonton type finger foods. Two of my old roomies came over and we made our entire meal using wonton wrappers and various fillings.

Appetizer Wontons

    Mozzarella Cheese
    Spinach and Cheese

Main Course

    Mix of spinach, carrots, onion and chicken: delicious dipped in soy sauce and siracha sauce.

Dessert

    Chocolate Strawberry
    Chocolate Peanut Butter
    (topped with powdered sugar of course)

These were all absolutely delicious. Our favorite appetizer was the spinach and cheese wontons. The main course was perfect. The desserts were also wonderful, but we were unable to agree upon a favorite.

For the appetizers and the main course we fried them in a pan with just a bit of olive oil. However, for the desserts we dropped them in hot oil and deep fried them. As you can see in the pictures we wrapped some like wontons and some like ravioli. The wrapping shape is really a preference but it was sometimes easier to wrap like a ravioli when you added a little too much stuffing.

Speaking of stuffing when using cheese fill to the brim because the cheese will melt and then they end up seeming a bit empty. All in all I’d say it was an incredibly successful meal.

Ooey Gooey Deliciousness

Next time I think I will try a taco inspired main course with diced apples and cinnamon sugar for dessert.

Leprechauns and Rainbows

Well this is a long overdue post, but hey better late then never right?

My roommate is slightly obsessed with Ireland, so she decided she wanted an Ireland themed party. So we whipped out the Jameson, anything and everything green and some good ol’ Dropkick Murphy jams and had a killer celebration.

Being the shortest person amongst my group of friends I found it absolutely necessary to dress up as a leprechaun.

But the real purpose of this post…our Irish themed birthday desserts! There was both Irish car bomb cupcakes (how cool does that sound?) and of course the Leprechaun ensured that there were rainbow cupcakes!

First: Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes

All the Cupcakes


These were good in theory, but seeing as how most of us don’t like whiskey they weren’t that great in practice. However the few people that did like whiskey thoroughly enjoyed them. Now I didn’t make these and have no idea what recipe they used. But basically there is Guinness in the cake mike, Jameson in the ganache filling and Bailey’s in the frosting. The cake and the frosting were delicious, it was the ganache filling that I didn’t like. In fact the Bailey’s frosting was really really good!

Second: Rainbow Cakes
These I did make! I used a box of Pillsbury Funfetti cake mix (because we all know this is the ultimate birthday cake mix).


1. Seperate cake mix into 6 small bowls.
2. Dye each bowl a different color of the rainbow
3. Transfer first color (purple) into a piping bag. Or, if you are cool like me a ziploc bag with the corner snipped off.
4. Pipe some of that color into each cupcake paper. (Start by adding a little and then going back and adding more if you have extra of the color. I found that there was not as much mix of each color as I had anticipated, and therefore some of my cupcakes seem to be missing a layer of the rainbow)
5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 for all six colors.
6. Bake as directed.
7. Let cool and then Frost! (I frosted mine white and orange in order to complete our cupcake flag, but you could also make the cupcake 5 of the 6 rainbow colors and have the frosting be the final color.)
8. Share and Enjoy!

Beautiful and Delicious

4th of July

Although I had to miss my Aunt’s annual 3rd of July party, this was one of the best 4th of July’s I’ve had. I started my day off by painting my nails red white and blue! Then I went about painting some festive shorts
and making some scrumptious desserts for a BBQ with friends. After our BBQ we went down the beach to enjoy live music and one of the best firework shows I have ever seen. I am not kidding you these fireworks were fabulous. They had music playing during the show that related to America or fireworks (ie Katy Perry’s Firework), and we were so close to the fireworks that you could feel them bursting in your chest…it was phenomenal.

Now the pictures of my nails were horrible but lets just say they were cute. (I received a lot of complements to back this fact up.) Each nail was red white and blue striped. And my toes were alternating solid red and blue.

The Shorts on the other hand I not only remembered to take pictures of but the pictures are also blog-worthy…unlike my fingernails.

Stars and Stripes

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My Milkshake Brings All The Boys to the Yard

I have the worlds greatest soft spot for ice cream. I could definitely eat a bowl everyday, but I don’t. However a few weeks ago I broke down and decided a milkshake was a necessity. My roommates and I went out and got not one, but TWO cartons of ice cream…because really who can ever settle on just one flavor.

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Butterfinger Delicious-ness

I decided to make simple milkshakes, ice cream and milk, nothing complicated and absolutely delicious; mine was butterfinger. I found that in order to get a nice thick milkshake you need quite a bit of ice cream. To top it all off I added chocolate drizzled whipped cream topped with shredded chocolate.
My next ice cream challenge will be to try one of these healthy ice creams…maybe I can eat ice cream everyday.

Peppermint: The Key Ingredient

My roomate and I decided to kick start our winter break with some baking…so long as it involved some peppermint. Peppermint bark, peppermint gluten free sugar cookies, chocolate chip peppermint cookies and peppermint rice krispies.

The peppermint bark was delicious but I will have to make it again for the regular chocolate to the white chocolate ratio was  bit off. We used this recipe.

For the peppermint gluten free sugar cookies, we used a basic sugar cookie recipe, substituting for gluten free flour and adding crushed candy canes. And for the chocolate chip peppermint cookies we just added crushed peppermint to a standard chocolate chip cookie recipe.

Now…the peppermint rice krispies were my favorite. A few weeks ago we bought peppermint marshmallows for our hot cocoa, then decided they would be the perfect substitution for regular marshmallows in rice krispie treats, and well, we were right. (Although you will need a few more then 40 peppermint marshmallows)

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