Something happened this year that I don’t think has ever happened to me before since I left the Girl Scouts at the age of 10. Not a single girl scout asked me to by buy cookies. Not a girl scout, a brownie or even a daisy came to my door. Well, little did they know they were taking away one of my very favorite things that in life that I only get one time a year…Samoas ( or the now PC term Caramel DeLites).
Then I am assuming God smiled down on me when he showed me a link to this. Now, I love to bake but the hubby doesn’t have good taste buds…well they can’t be that good if you don’t like coconut! But, I had to put his taste buds aside and delve into this recipe. I am bound and determined to make the princess a coconut lover.
I made a few minor changes. The first is that I doubled the vanilla on the shortbread cookie layer. Extra vanilla makes everything taste better. Instead of dipping the bars in chocolate I made a layer of chocolate on top of the shortbread hoping it would better meld the layers together (a tip I learned from reading her readers comments on the recipe) At that point it looked like this:
Save some of your drool for this…I died and went to toasted coconut heaven.
As if that wasn’t enough what make coconut even better…..you mix it with hot caramel!
For a brief moment I almost threw my logical side away and nearly scalded my tongue on this deliciousness. Thankfully, my brain remembered that burning your tongue affects your tastebuds.So, I opted to leave them intact, for now.I also threw on the remainder of my bag of chocolate chips instead of making a drizzle. So sue me, it was just easier.
You are supposed to wait for it to cool to eat, I could not. I had to sample a little piece. It was pretty much perfection and dare I say better than a real Samoa Caramel DeLite. The recipe says it can feed 30. Um, yeah…I don’t think so unless you think bite size is enough for you. It isn’t for me so if you come looking for leftovers in a few days and wonder how I could have eaten this 30 times. Just nod politely at me and go about your business and try hard not to imagine me pigging out on this with chocolate drips on my chin as I picked my child off of the bus. (That may or may not be what really happened, ok it really did but I told you to try and not imagine that)
End of story, delicious coconut caramel and chocolate bliss.
Valentines Day is around the corner and I always love having something personalized for my kids! This year I made these envelopes that are 5×5 inches and perfect for stuffing with little treats for your little ones!
They are $8 each and I have a link for your order them here! Valentine’s Order Form
This buy in will be a quick one as we want to get the envelopes out in time for early celebrators ❤️
Do you decorate for Valentine’s Day? I never really have, so a little treat for my kiddos is about as festive as I get! I am probably still recovering from getting all of Christmas put away!
Pallet crafts are all the rage. You can get on Pinterest without being bombarded with crafts featuring DIY pallet projects. These used to really intimate me! I couldn’t even figure out how to break down a pallet much less paint on it. But, after a few fails I attempted every trick I could find to succeed! When I came across this tip I felt like I won the craft lottery! Mod podge! Let me show you how this works!
First you begin with your stencil. I use Oracal 651 and that is what I like best. But, pallet wood isn’t the most forgiving surface to apply anything too. So before I begin a project I always sand down my wood to prepare it. Then I make sure that I like the placement.
In this step I have weeded my vinyl in reverse to create a stencil and have applied it using tranfer tape. Pallet wood is not smooth, even after sanding it has texture that looks great but still does not allow you to get a great transfer. The first tip is to use a tennis ball.
Yes, you read that right!
For Christmas my kids got me a pair of Converse Chuck Taylor shoes. Believe it or not I have never had a pair! But, recently I found out that my daughter and I had the same size feet and when I tried hers on I was an instant convert! I was shocked how comfy they were and since we can wear the same shoes of course I needed to personalize mine! I had embroidered my daughters in the past and decided to try and Monogram mine using my silhouette cameo.
I chose the master circle font and welded it together. I don’t always work with heat transfer vinyl so when I do I have to remind myself that you need to mirror my design.
Next up weed your monograms. This glitter HTV is a dream to weed. It comes up so easily. The settings I chose for this was HTV flocked vinyl and then changed my blade to a 3. It suggested 7 but I know that isn’t what works best on my machine!
Next you need to figure out placement! Then I got my iron nice and hot to get ready. I could not take pictures and press at the same time. But, I use a teflon sheet when my object is super flat in between my iron and item Suck as a shirt but for something like this that is awkward shape I use a flour sack towel instead.
With my iron I presssed for 15 seconds with the carrier sheet attached. Did a hot peel and then another 10 seconds after removing the carrier sheet. However, I still used the flour sack towel.
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It had been three years since my last hair cut. Yes, you read that right. I am no stranger to having short hair or even coloring my hair but I had never taken what I would consider a big hair risk. (Minus the fire engine red mistake in college but I digress) I have eyed the pretty mermaid pastel hair trend recently and thought if only I was younger. Enter Melanie Scheel and her fab Instagram. It took months for me to take the plunge but I decided if I was ever going to do it I needed to trust a pastel hair master.
If you are in Cincinnati you can call Melanie at Darren and Co but if you are not find a stylist that specializes in what you want and don’t be afraid to ask lots of questions. A good stylist and colorist will listen and suggest what is best for you.
I like to come up with new recipes for Christmas morning but it is always a good idea to do a trial run! This year we are making an easy apple danish which is so easy that it is a quick and easy to prepare even on a busy holiday morning!
For this recipe you will need:
1 large can of apple pie filling
1 rolls of crescent roll baking sheets
For the rest of the details check out the video below! Happy Holidays!
There are only a few traditions that are no negotiable in my family during the Christmas season and seeing going Nutcracker and then stopping for Hot Fudge Cake at Frisch’s Big Boy.
Nobody does the classic Hot Fudge Cake like Frisch’s Big Boy and when a little birdy told me that they were making my minty dreams come true with a holiday version featuring peppermint ice cream and crushed peppermint sandwiched the fudgy chocolate cake and hot fudge sauce…well I needed to see it to believe it. Well to be more specific, I needed to taste it.
My mind was blown. Well, my tastebuds were! It’s always a little nerve wracking to change up a classic but Frisch’s knocked it out of the park.
If you are wondering what inspired this delicious idea it was Frisch’s long standing sponsorship of the Cincinnati Ballet’s Nutcracker. Want to hear of a treat that was just as sweet as the peppermint hot fudge cake? We were also given the opportunity to see the Nutcracker on its opening night!
That was of course after we filled up on a great dinner. My personal favorite menu items were the roast beef and turkey.
It was truly an incredible show! The Cincinnati Ballet does an amazing job with the sets, visual imagery of the costumes and of course the dancing!
Even better was on the way out I received an invite to come back for more peppermint Hot Fudge Cake! No worries, Frisch’s! Consider this my RSVP!
But you need to hurry into Frisch’s to experience the limited edition Hot Fudge Cake! It goes away with as quick as the Nutcracker! So, stop by and fill up your belly and then enjoy the Nutcracker. You will be so glad you did!
Thank you to Frisch’s for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own.
Getting together with friends is always a good idea. But, the holidays seem to the time when as much as you want to see people it gets a little stressful. But, the store At Home recognizes Mom’s and how much is on our plates and suggested that we throw a party for Mom’s to get holiday ready!
First I had to check out At Home had to offer for Christmas and I was like a kid in a candy store. Seriously! The selection is absolutely amazing! Just the Christmas section alone was mind boggling!
But, I ended up with some amazing finds! You know once I narrowed it down to just one cart…trust me once you visit you will understand!
Next up was this unique take on an advent calendar! We added verses that shared the Christmas Story and a small candy! It was great to chat with the other moms on their Christmas traditions and share ideas!
Then we made cookies! I mean what is a party without Christmas cookies? I found this adorable sweater cookie cutter At Home! So fun! These were fun to personalize! Just a note these make cookies that are big enough to share!
Next we crafted! But with a purpose we sat down and made these fun reindeer hot chocolates to give to our kids classes. Check one thing off the list! All we needed were marshmallows, Cocoa, dessert piping bags, eyes and Pom Poms. Easy, fun and delicious!
Next up I wanted to surprise the ladies with something special! Cupcakes are lovely enough but when you party it’s fun to go a little over the top! We took chocolate melts, pretzels and sprinkles and took these cupcakes to the next level! Also, how cute are the paper products from At Home?! Love them!
A sincere thanks to At Home for sponsoring this party! Your decor made our party amazing! The party guests were beyond happy to be going home with gift cards of the their own to find treasures pieces that will enhance their holidays for seasons to come!
Do you love At Home as much as I do? Share your reasons online with the #myreason and tag me and @athomestores so I can drool..err..I mean see your goodies!
I received free products from At Home in exchange for this post but all opinions reflected are mine.
Thanks to Nikki for the fun TMNT inspired idea!