Monday, December 9, 2013

Merry "Kiss"mas Neighbor Gift with Free Printable!

Looking for an easy neighbor gift this year?  Grab some Hershey Kisses, put them in a jar (because everything is cuter in a jar), print off these free labels (see, I am making this super easy for you), then give away!

For the details... I used my Silhouette to cut out the scalloped green part, but you don't necessarily have to do that.  You could print and cut the labels I made and just use them.  I also bought my bakers twine from Pick Your Plum.  They don't always have twine, but when they do you can get it for a really great price. Christmas ribbon would be cute too!  Make it your own and have fun.  Your neighbors will love it!

Free labels here (just click on them and save the picture, then print):

For personal use only

P.S... one more tip, if you use the Target Cartwheel app they have Hershey Kisses for 10% off.  I love that app!

For another easy neighbor gift idea, check out the Candy bar Snowmen I made last year.

Merry "Kiss"mas!


Monday, September 23, 2013

3 Ingredient Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

It is officially Fall (as of yesterday), which means it's time to start baking with pumpkin!  I love Fall and I love anything pumpkin!  I also love these muffins.  They are made from 3 ingredients, yes 3!  They are my go to pumpkin recipe when I want something easy and delicious.  I wish I could give credit to whoever came up with this recipe, but I really don't know, I just heard it from my friend who heard it from her sister... one of those word of mouth recipes... but whoever thought this recipe up is a genius.  

3 Ingredient Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins
yields: 14-16 muffins

1 box spice cake mix
1- 15 oz. can pumpkin (make sure it's just pumpkin puree, not pumpkin pie filling... and it's one small can of pumpkin or half of a large can)
Chocolate chips (I like milk chocolate, and I usually use half of the bag)

Those are the only ingredients you will need.  Just mix all 3 ingredients together well.  Feel free to add as little or as many chocolate chips as you'd like.  I know my friend I got the recipe from always added the whole bag.

You then need to put the batter in a muffin tin.  You can use liners like I did or just spray it well.  Then fill the batter in each cup about 3/4ths of the way full.

Time to bake!  Look on the back of the cake mix box, whatever temperature and time it tells you to bake cupcakes at, use that exact same temperature and time for these muffins.

It's that simple!  I hope you love these muffins as much as my family does.  Once you make them you will then have the recipe memorized and can whip them up whenever you need a pumpkin treat!


Monday, September 16, 2013

Personalized Halloween Bags

Whenever I see something I love on Pick Your Plum, I like to share it.  Today they have these adorable personalized Halloween treat bags!  I am a sucker for anything Halloween (can it be October yet???), so I ordered one for my 7 month old.  I know she won't be using it for a year or two, in fact, the bag is probably the same size as her.  But how could I pass up such a great deal???  Only $4.99 today! Sure beats a pillowcase :)

*Whenever I try to go to Pick Your Plum using Chrome, it doesn't work.  Try a different browser if you are having that same problem (i.e. Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari, etc.)


Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Brownie Trifle

Today I want to share with you possibly one of the BEST desserts I have ever made.  It was seriously so good (but how could you go wrong with brownies, cream, strawberries & pudding?)!  I got the idea from a show called Studio 5.  They featured a similar trifle (found here).  I didn't have all of the ingredients for their recipe, so I made it my own.  Here's what you need to make my version of this delicious trifle:

Brownie Trifle
Serves 8-10
  • 1- 9x13 inch pan of brownies.  I just used a Pillsbury box mix.  Make as directed on the box then slice into 1 inch squares (my squares were definitely not perfect)
  • 1- 16 oz. tub of Cool Whip (or 2- 8 oz. tubs)
  • 1 lb. strawberries sliced
  • 1 recipe of chocolate pudding mixture (which is also an awesome filling for chocolate pie):
    • 4 oz. cream cheese softened
    • 1/2 c. powdered sugar
    • 1 small box of instant chocolate pudding
    • 1 3/4 c. milk
    • 4 oz. Cool Whip
    • Mix cream cheese and powdered sugar together.  In a separate bowl add milk to pudding powder to create pudding.  Once you have your chocolate pudding, mix in the cream cheese mixture. Then fold in Cool Whip.  
You are now ready to assemble your trifle!  I wish I had a trifle bowl, but I didn't.  Any clear glass bowl will work, you just want to be able to see the layers.  Start with the brownies, then top with 1/2 pudding mixture, then 1/2 of strawberries (make sure to place them so you can see them on the outside of the bowl), then 1/2 of remaining Cool Whip.  Repeat the layers one more time.  I topped mine with a decorative strawberry but you could also put chocolate shavings, chocolate curls, or chocolate chips on top.  I even thought another fun variation would be to try this recipe with raspberries instead of strawberries.  

I hope you enjoy this easy and delicious recipe as much as we did!  It was the perfect dessert to finish off our Labor Day BBQ.    

*Shout out to my mother in law... I used her chocolate pie filling recipe for the pudding mixture.  She makes the best chocolate pie, I knew it would be the perfect pudding for this recipe!


Monday, September 2, 2013

Vecco Design Your Own Rug Kit

Recently I was given the opportunity by QVC to try one of their products, the Vecco Design Your Own Rug Kit.  It was a really fun project and I love how my rug turned out.  Plus I like the idea of having a unique rug that no one else has!

The kit came to me in a really neat package.  It included the rug, 2 cans of paint (I got blue and green), 2 cans of sealer, and lots of stencils.  I got the geometric kit which included stencils of the whole alphabet and various geometric shapes.

The directions are really quite simple.  First you must vacuum the rug, then paint your rug (which can be done inside... it's safe for kids and pets!), and once it has dried for 48 hours, you seal it.  After you complete those steps you have your very own customized rug! 

This gives you an idea of what the stenciling part is like.  You need to cover the stencils around the one you are using, so you only paint the one you want.  I started out covering them with paper towels but switched to duct tape, that way I didn't have to keep changing the paper towels.  Usually after I sprayed the paint I would have to use a paper towel to blot the excess paint.  It really wasn't too difficult, my only problem was I should have been more diligent in measuring my pattern.  I made a few mistakes, but one really cool thing about this paint is you can actually vacuum it up if you make a mistake!  I definitely had to do that a few times, but in the end my rug turned out great.

Here is my finished rug: 

I decided to have it say "hello" instead of the traditional "welcome".  I then went with a chevron pattern because it's fun and I love geometric patterns.  All in all I really enjoyed trying this kit and I am very happy with my finished product.  It is a great addition to my entry way!

How would you design your own Vecco rug?

To learn more about the Vecco Design Your Own Rug Kit, check out Jill Bauer's blog.

*Disclaimer: I was given the Vecco Design Your Own Rug Kit for free by QVC.  No other compensation was received.  All opinions are 100% my own.

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