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newspaper heart jars… perfect for valentines day

11 Feb

I found these heart candle jars on the I love this… blog! Too cute and simple. You could also fill with candy hearts or other small treats to give on valentines day!

These could also be used for table decor at weddings or even for the favor!

sweet valentine’s day party table

10 Feb

How sweet is this Valentine’s Day party table?! The team at Project Nursery did a great job. I love that some of the items are so easy to make…I never would’ve thought it could be as simple has carving a small heart into an apple. The table is both fun AND healthy!!

i wish my valentines day party looked like this…

9 Feb

Party Inspirations posted these photos the other day and I just had to share them. How adorable! Perfect for valentine’s day, a wedding shower, baby shower or even little girls birthday party. I want to print out the pictures and hang them on my wall :)

yummmmmm, whoopie pies!

9 Feb

If you’ve never had a whoopie pie before then you need to try one, NOW! I’ve made them in the past, and although they don’t come out as awesome looking as I’d like, they are still mighty delicious. In honor of Valentine’s Day next week I’d like to share a red velvet recipe with you, give it a try! If you are crafty, you can try and shape the dough (before cooking them) to make them heart-shaped. Good luck!

Ingredients – For the Cookies

  • 1 ounce semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1/2 ounce milk chocolate, chopped
  • 12 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon red food coloring
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Ingredients – For the Filling

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted
  • 1 vanilla bean, halved lengthwise and seeds scraped

Directions

Make the cookies: Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper. Combine the semisweet and milk chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave at 50 percent power until melted, about 2 minutes. Whisk until smooth.

Whisk the melted butter, sour cream, eggs, vinegar, vanilla and food coloring in a bowl until combined. In another bowl, whisk the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt.

Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture in four equal batches, whisking each batch completely before adding the next. Stir in the melted chocolate.

Scoop heaping tablespoonfuls of batter onto the prepared baking sheets and smooth the tops with a damp finger. Bake until the cookies spring back when lightly pressed, 8 to 10 minutes. Let cool 10 minutes on the baking sheets, then transfer to racks to cool completely.

Make the filling: Beat the cream cheese and butter with a mixer until smooth. Beat in the confectioners’ sugar and vanilla seeds. Sandwich a heaping tablespoonful of filling between 2 cookies; repeat with the remaining cookies and filling. Refrigerate 30 minutes before serving. TIP: Add a bit of red food coloring to dye the filling pink!

is it a hershey kiss? a cookie? a cupcake?

8 Feb

Looks like a hershey kiss right?

A nice giant piece of chocolate…. (pretend you didn’t see the cupcake text up there).

It’s a cupcake! Perfect for Valentine’s Day! Check out the recipe via tomkat studio! 

share the love!

4 Feb

I used to love going to the store and picking out my Valentine’s Day cards as a kid. So many options….Rainbow Bright, Snoopy, Barbie, ones with candy, ugh the options were endless! As an adult, I haven’t really stuck to the tradition of sending out cards but after seeing these I just might have to! Our friend over at MLC Designs created these cool and fun cards with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Baltimore Child Abuse Center, amazing! Check out the six limited edition designs and order your pack of 18 (with envelopes) today! Check out the website for information on where to purchase in-stores or how to order online.

cute valentines for the kiddos

3 Feb

Here are some adorable ideas for valentines for your kids to bring to their classroom. I think they are cute for any age though! :)

valentine’s day heart-shaped cake pops

24 Jan

Valentine’s Day will be here in a few short weeks!! Our friend Kara from Kara’s Cakery (in Baltimore) has her amazing valentine’s day cake pops up on her etsy shop! For 10 adorable, tasty and even wrapped with a cute ribbon cake pops, it’s only $22 plus shipping (they can be shipped anywhere!).

Whether it’s for your sweetie, parents or grandparents, or to send in with your kiddo to share with their classmates and teachers, these cake pops will surely win the hearts of all :)

If you’re planning an event and need a favor, these would be a great option as well. You can chat with Kara about customizing them to match your wedding colors or event theme.

Check out her blog here! She makes all sorts of sweets!

Here is more info from the Etsy listing:

Want to send them to your sweetie? I can incorporate a card with a personalized message. Just tell me where to send it!

Each cake pop comes individually wrapped and tied with ribbon.

Choose from the following cake flavors:
Vanilla cake – cream cheese frosting
Vanilla cake – vanilla frosting
Vanilla cake – strawberry frosting
Red velvet cake – cream cheese frosting
Any other flavors in mind? Just ask in a convo.

delicate & beautiful valentine’s day cookies

16 Jan

Valentine’s Day will be here before we know it and I just loved the delicateness of these beautiful valentine’s day cookies. Check out Nadia’s Cookies on etsy to order!

These would be great for a valentine’s day party, a girls night, or even a birthday party in february. I may send one to my grandma, I think she’d love it.

The bottom picture with the white hearts would also be perfect for wedding favors!

sunday funday: rice krispy pops!

15 Jan

Not a fan of watching football all day? Try this yummy and fun recipe to pass the time. We’ve all heard about cake pops (and their amaziness!) so why not try a rice krispy pop! The directions are pretty simple and you can use a cookie cutter of any shape for the final pop. Change the shape up for any holiday! Check it out!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 Stick Butter
  • 1 Package of Mini Marshmallows
  • 8.5 Cups of Rice Krispies Cereal (be a little daring and use Cocoa Rice Krispies!)
  • 24 White Sticks about 5 inches long (you can get these at any craft store)

Directions

  • Heat up a large pan and melt the butter over medium/low heat. Add the marshmallows and melt completely. Combine the rice krispie cereal to the marshmallow/butter mixture and mix thoroughly.
  • Line a 9×13 pan with parchment ot wax paper and place the rice krispie mixture and spread out evenly. Press down firmly and evenly. Allow to sit for about 10-15 minutes at room temperature.
  • Grease a heart cookie cutter and press down evenly on the rice krispie mold and remove the heart shaped rice krispie treat. Take your stick and carefully pierce the bottom of the heart shaped rice krispie and stop when you have about 2.5 inches of stick remaining. Press firmly on a flat surface with your palms on each sides of the heart to secure the stick. Also, press the sides as well.

For chocolate ganach 

  • 1/2 Cup Heavy Cream
  • 1 Package of Ghirardelli Milk Chocolate Chips

Directions

  • Heat your heavy cream on medium-high and bring to a boil (or microwave for 1 minute). Pour the hot heavy cream on top of the chocolate chips in a medium bowl and mix to combine. Allow to cool for about 10-15 minutes.
  • Dip the heart into the chocolate sauce and using a butter knife smooth out the surface also removing access chocolate.
  • Place on a lined baking sheet and allow the hearts to set in the refrigerator for about 15-20 minutes.

And of course…wrap them up and make them a favor for any party!

ENJOY!

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