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Friday, July 18, 2014

Double Chocolate Cookies

Happy Friday, friends! I don't know about you, but some days I just need a cookie. Today is one of those days. It's just a cookie kind of day.


This recipe is the reverse version of my Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe

I sometimes call them "Inside Out" Cookies.


These brownie-like cookies are chewy and chocolatey. SO good!


INGREDIENTS:
2 c. all-purpose flour
2/3 c. unsweetened cocoa
1 tsp. baking soda
3/4 tsp. salt
1 c. (2 sticks) butter, softened
3/4 c. sugar
3/4 c. brown sugar
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 (12 oz.) pkg. white chocolate chips

DIRECTIONS:
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
In a small bowl, mix flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
In an electric mixer, fitted with a paddle attachment, mix butter and sugars until smooth.
Add egg and vanilla and beat until batter is well mixed.
Add dry ingredients and beat until cookie dough is well mixed with no lumps.
Remove paddle attachment and mix in chocolate chips by hand.
Spoon 1"-2" cookie dough rounds onto cookie sheet.
Bake for 10-12 minutes.


Enjoy and have a happy weekend!


Saturday, July 12, 2014

No Bake Cheesecake with Fresh Blueberry Sauce

I'm over at 30 Days today sharing a dangerously yummy NO BAKE Cheesecake with the BEST Fresh Blueberry Sauce.

Click here for the recipe. You're gonna want to make this.



Friday, July 11, 2014

Guest Room Elements

I didn't mean to be gone for so long, but I've been busy working on our guest room. Since we moved in (almost a year and a half ago), it has been a catch-all.

With friends coming to stay in a few weeks and the kids at camp this week, it was the perfect opportunity to make our guest room a pretty and functional space.

I didn't really have a plan going into this, but I started with curtains...


Then I painted some existing tables we already had...




made some pillows...



and spray painted some thrift store lamps.


I scored these lamps for $3.50 a piece!

Hoping to share some more photos of the whole room next week. 

I was really inspired by Lysa TerKeurst's series on Turning a House into a Home on a Thrift-Store Budget and it came at the perfect time. 

What are some money-saving decorating tips?

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

My Favorite 4th of July Recipes

Happy July all!!

We are just 3 days away from Independence Day! Every year we go to my parents' house for a potluck and LOTS of fireworks.

I always bring the lemonade (flag) cake


And usually THIS



I could eat this by the spoonful! It's so good!!

A few of my other favorites include...

7 Layered Salad


My good friend, Kaitlin has brought these S'mores Bars to the potluck in the past. They are to die for!

Warm Toasted Marshmallow S'mores Bars...these are the bomb!

My sister-in-law makes a killer hot artichoke dip


And my mom makes this most amazing and easy berry pie


What are your tried and true favorites?

For more patriotic recipes, hop on over to Lil' Luna

25+ Patriotic Recipes - red, white, and blue drinks, treats, and desserts!! { lilluna.com }

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Make Pie

One of our summer list activities is "Make Pie". I'm compiling a list to let the kids the pick and here are some contenders:

Fresh Berry Pie with No-Fail Crust
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S'mores Chocolate Pie
Smores Chocolate Pie
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Frozen Mint Chocolate Chip Pie
Simple Frozen Mint Chocolate Chip Pie- uses only 3 easy to find ingredients! www.thirtyhandmadeda...
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French Silk Pie
French Silk Pie (Chocolate Pie) Recipe | gimmesomeoven.com
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Strawberry Cream Pie
Strawberry Cream Pie recipe!
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Grasshopper Pie
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Banana Pudding Pie
Banana pudding pie....yum!
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Chocolate Pudding Pie
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Blueberry Peach Pie
A classic lattice-topped homemade blueberry peach pie bursting with juicy flavor. You will love this pie crust too! @sallybakeblog
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Frozen Peanut Butter Banana Pie
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Pink Lemonade Pie
Pink Lemonade Pie
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Frozen Nutella Cream Pie
Frozen Nutella Cream Pie- super simple to make and is absolutely delicious!
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Apple Crisp Pie
Apple crisp in a pie? Amazing! This is the recipe everyone asks for - it is a must try!
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Lemon Icebox Pie
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Coconut Chocolate Pie
Coconut Chocolate Pie...YUM! This looks amazing!
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So many to choose from! Which one would you pick?

Monday, June 23, 2014

Monday Ramblings

Happy Monday friends!

We had a full weekend of baseball, dance recital, sleepovers and helping friends move. By last night everyone was cranky and tired. The house is still quiet this morning and I am letting the kiddos catch up on their sleep.

Our little dancer
Their dance routine was "The Lonely Goatherd" from The Sound of Music. It was the cutest! Our little sweet pea was so into it!

Now that summer is in full swing, we have our summer list to check off, but I also have my own list of projects around the house that I want to complete.

One of those projects is our guest room. It has been a catch-all since we moved in and I'd like to make it a more inviting and functional space. First project...curtains!


On Saturday night I was up late sewing. I got one panel done. Hoping to finish the other one today.

Have you ever sewed curtains before? They are pretty easy to do (and quick too)! Design Sponge has a great tutorial.

Speaking of house stuff...Lysa TerKerust and The Nester are teaming up for this awesome blog series: Turning your House into a Home on a Thrift Store Budget.

Turning Your House into a Home on a Thrift Store Budget: Day 1

Perfect timing! I will definitely be checking in on that!

What are some projects you have planned for the summer?

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Frozen Peanut Butter Banana Pie

Earlier this month, I shared my Frozen Nutella Pie over at 30 Days. This was a recipe inspired by my Frozen Peanut Butter Banana Pie, which I realized I had never posted. So, without further ado, I bring you the perfect summer dessert with one of my favorite combos...peanut butter, chocolate and banana!



Frozen Peanut Butter Banana Pie
adapted from Cooking Light

Ingredients
1/2 c. cream cheese, softened
3/4 c. powdered sugar
1/2 c. peanut butter
1 tsp. vanilla
1 (8oz) container whipped topping, thawed
2 medium bananas, sliced (about 1 1/2 c.)
1 (9") store-bought chocolate cookie crust
1/4 c. chocolate syrup for garnish


Directions
1. Using a mixer with a paddle attachment, mix cream cheese and powdered sugar until smooth.
2. Add peanut butter and vanilla. Mix until well blended.
3. Add whipped topping. Mix until well blended.
4. Add sliced bananas to pie shell.
5. Pour peanut butter filling over bananas. Cover and freeze for at least 4 hours.
6. Take out of freezer and remove cover. Drizzle chocolate syrup over pie.
7. Slice into 8 slices and enjoy!

So easy, cool and yummy!