Thursday, April 17, 2014

Pretzel Brownie Easter Nests


Need a cute and easy dessert for Easter Sunday? These little pretzel brownie nests are just that... cute and so easy! Start by preparing your brownie batter. I used this recipe but a brownie mix will work too. Grease a cupcake tin and drop a little batter into each cup. Bake until a toothpick comes out clean.


While the brownies are baking, prepare the nests. Use a double boiler (or a microwave) to melt some chocolate chips. I used half a bag. Add two tablespoons of peanut butter. Break pretzel sticks in half (or thirds) and mix those in too.


 Keep adding pretzels until the mixture looks like this.

Pop the brownies out of the cupcake tin while they're still a little warm. Add a scoop of the pretzel mixture to each brownie and top with some chocolate eggs.

Put them in the freezer for about 5 minutes so the nests will harden. Let everything come back to room temperature before serving. You might need a glass of milk. These little guys are rich!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Recently


I thought I'd share a few of my recent VSCO Cam pictures. I've been pretty bad about blogging lately but I'm more active on Instagram. Feel free to follow me (misspleasenote).

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Vintage Shop Update!


It took me long enough but I finally updated my vintage Etsy shop! I added 28 new items. Click here to check it out!

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Irish Soda Bread


St. Patrick's Day is tomorrow so I decided to make some Irish soda bread. I used Ina Garten's recipe and although I'm not sure just how traditional it is, it does the trick.

Ingredients:
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour, plus extra for currants
  • 4 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch dice
  • 1 3/4 cups cold buttermilk, shaken
  • 1 extra-large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange zest
  • 1 cup dried currants

Preheat the oven to 375 and line a sheet pan with parchment paper. Combine the flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment.

Add the butter and mix on low speed until the butter is mixed into the flour.

Lightly beat the buttermilk, egg, and orange zest with a fork. With the mixer on low speed, slowly add the wet ingredients.

Combine the currants with 1 tablespoon of flour and mix into the dough.

Knead the dough on a floured surface.

Form a loaf (or multiple loaves) out of the dough and cut an X on the top.

Bake for 45-55 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool on a baking rack.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

March Through the Years

Every once in a while I like to take a look back through the blog and see what I was up to during this time in the past. This morning I went through all of my posts from March 2011-2013 and found a few of my favorites.

In March 2011 Brittni of Paper & Stitch featured my workspace. My cards and invitations have changed a lot since then and my workspace is much different. I'm currently living in a studio apartment and I converted half of my closet into my new workspace. I'll try to share photos soon!

In March 2012 I shared my growing nesting doll collection. I haven't expended this collection much since then. I'd say it's at capacity.

In March 2013 my favorite post was when I featured photos from Rancho Los Alamitos. My mom and I visited the local ranch one afternoon and took our own little tour. It's so pretty!

I can't believe it's my fourth year running this blog. When I started it, I just thought it would be fun to share recipes and crafts. My favorite aspect now is what a time capsule it's become. It's kind of like my own virtual scrapbook. I love that.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Mini Cookies 'n Cream Cheesecakes


Oh man. I'm warning you guys right now. These mini cheesecakes are addicting. I can't eat just one! I found this recipe via the Kraft website and decided to give it a try because it looked simple. Well, it was! Not only were these easy to make, I found everything on sale so the whole recipe only cost about $10!

Ingredients:
  • 19 Oreo cookies (12 for the tin, 7 for chopping)
  • 2 (8 ounce) packages of cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • eggs
Heat your oven to 350 degrees. Begin by lining a cupcake tin and placing one cookie in each cup.

 Coarsely chop the remaining 7 cookies.

Beat cream cheese and sugar until blended. Add sour cream and vanilla. Mix well. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating on low speed after each just until blended.

Stir in the chopped cookies.

Spoon the batter into the cupcake tin (on top of the cookies).

Bake for 20 minutes or until the centers are set. Refrigerate for 3 hours. Remove the liners and serve upside down.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Valentines for Dudes (free printables)


Valentine's Day is Friday! If you're not ready (like myself) and don't know what to get your man, or your dad, or even your brother... don't worry about it! All you have to do is print these free valentines I whipped up and stop by your local market (or liquor store, or gas station) and you're all set! Click here for the free printable.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

3rd Anniversary Giveaway! - CLOSED


It's officially been three years since I started the blog. What better way to celebrate than with a giveaway? One lucky reader will win all of the goodies pictured above!

What you can win...

-a set of postcards created by my good friend (since third grade!) Claire of Red Elephant Press
-a large deer head necklace via Godscreation
-a cute little Rosie the Riveter pocket sketchbook via Crimson Hollow
-a set of twig pencils that I couldn't pass up on a recent shopping trip

How to enter...

Why make it complicated? You don't have to share this or "like" anything or "follow me". Just leave a comment! Don't forget to include your email address. One comment per reader. Multiple comments will be counted as one.

The winner will be chosen at random and announced on Tuesday, February 18th. Good luck!

This giveaway is now closed. Thank you!

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

DIY: Simple Felt Heart Wreath


I love the look of yarn wrapped wreaths and I've made quite a few but let's be honest, they take forever. So I decided to make something simpler for Valentine's Day this year. This felt wreath takes almost no time at all and you can use fabric scraps that you probably already have.

What you'll need...
  • foam board or cardboard
  • x-acto knife
  • felt
  • hot glue
  • scissors

 Start by cutting a heart out of your foam board.

Next, cut the felt into strips and wrap it around the heart. Secure the felt with hot glue.

Add whatever details you like. I added some simple hearts and an arrow but felt flowers would be cute too.