Saturday, February 28, 2015

Custom Fabrics from

As you all know, I am a huge fan of We used them to make our save the dates, wedding invitations, rsvps, and family brunch invitations. I am currently perusing the wedding thank you cards now.

As D and I get closer to the wedding and to buying our first home together I am dreaming about how we will decorate. I am loving browsing through and finding so many cool, customization home goods. Did you know Zazzle now carries fabrics?

Things to Know:
You can now pick from 7 different fabric styles.
You can pick from tons of designs, or you can create your own!
Fabrics are available in swatches, quarters, or by the yard.
All fabrics are printed here in the USA and are printed with non-toxic ink.

Here are some of the designs I love... which is your favorite?

I picked this cute ABC pattern fabric to use for covering a bulletin board in my classroom. Follow me on Instagram to see the finished product!

Monday, December 29, 2014

Kale Pesto & Hamilton Beach Stack and Snap Review

Confession: until I made this pesto, I had never made it before. I don't know why... it's incredibly easy and affordable!! Plus, with my new Hamilton Beach 10 Cup Stack n Snap food processor, the whole process was a breeze!

As the Holidays whizzed by this year, I found myself surrounded by cakes, cookies, and all kinds of goodies! My mouth said "oh heck yea!" but my waistline said "whooooaaaa!!!". I decided I needed something dark green and leafy in my life. I bought a giant bag of kale and started putting it in everything!

I Pinterest-searched recipes and that's when I found this gem. It was quick, easy, totally affordable, and tasty! Plus, with my new handy dandy Stack n Snap food processor it was done in no time!

I loved the easy clean-up and break down most about this baby. Other food processors are bulky with lots of  STUFF attached. This one is super simple and takes up almost no space. WIN!

((I received this product free of charge to honestly review for you, my lovely readers. All opinions are my own.))

Kale Pesto
recipe from shockingly delicious

12 oz washed and cut kale
2 cloves garlic
1/2 cup parmesean cheese
1/4 cup olive oil
2 tbs lemon juice
salt and pepper to taste

Blend all ingredients until smooth. Serve over warm pasta with toasted kale leafs or smear it on your morning biscuit.
Keep leftovers refrigerated.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Peppermint Hot Cocoa Cookie Bars

This year my school did a Secret Santa Gift Exchange with one catch. The gifts had to be $3.
What in the world do you get for $3!??

I decided that the best thing I could get were cookie ingredients and a cute cookie tin! I have some scrumptious cookie recipes and who doesn't love a homemade gift?

These Hot Cocoa Cookies have been a Christmas Cookie staple in my house for years now. I change up a few small things to make it different each year and it's always delicious!

Peppermint Hot Cocoa Cookie Bars

1 stick + 2tbs unsalted butter
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla (use coffee extract to make mocha cookies)
1 egg
2 pkgs Starbucks Salted Caramel Hot Cocoa mix
1 & 1/2 cups All Purpose Flour
1/2 tsp salt + more for the top
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 cups Peppermint Chips (find near the chocolate chips)
1/2 cup Kraft Mallow Bits
Peppermint Vanilla Bean Sugar for sprinkling on the top (Found here)

Preheat oven to 350*
Grease a 15x9 inch jelly roll pan, or line with parchment paper. I use my Magic Brownie Pan and love it!

In your standmixer or large bowl, beat butter and sugar until it increases in volume and becomes a creamy color- about 4 minutes.
Add vanilla and egg to butter/sugar mixture and combine.
In a separate bowl, combine cocoa mix, flour, baking powder, and baking soda.
Add this dry mixture to the wet mixture 1/4 cup at a time, mixing completely, scraping the bottom of the bowl as you go.
Fold in the peppermint chips and mallow bits. Your dough may be a bit thick at this point, that's GOOD!
Chill the dough in the fridge for at least 20 minutes.

Spread dough out evenly into your pan and press down. Sprinkle the top with the Peppermint Vanilla Bean Sugar.

Bake 12-15 minutes.
Let cool.

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