Friday, April 29, 2011

The Wedding!


I can't remember the last time I woke up at 3am (on purpose)... but I sure was happy to today. I can't get enough of this wedding! Kate was breathtaking and I absolutely LOVED the dress. Here are a few of my favorite photos...






photos: source

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Snag That Style: Kate Middleton

It's a very special royal edition of Snag That Style! I'll admit... I am obsessed with the royal wedding! I definitely won't be getting much sleep tonight because I have to see it live! So this week, in honor of the soon-to-be princess, Snag That Style is dedicated to the beautiful Kate.


Get Kate's style (without the royal cost) with some of these fabulous finds!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

31 Cent Ice Cream!

I just found out tonight is 31 cent scoop night at Baskin Robbins! 
Get your cheap scoop between 5pm and 10pm! 

Irvine Robbins - Cofounder of Baskin Robbins

...and yes, I thought this was important enough to dedicate an entire post to... I LOVE ice cream.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

America the Weird

Most people want to travel to far off countries or somewhere tropical and relaxing. Not me. I've always wanted to go on a road trip all over the US making stops at only the weirdest/most awesome roadside attractions. Here are a few of the places I'm dying to see...

The Neon Museum - Las Vegas, NV

Cadillac Ranch - Amarillo, TX

Dollywood - Pigeon Forge, TN

RV Hall of Fame - Elkhart, Indiana

Salem Sue - New Salem, North Dakota

 World's Largest Cuckoo Clock - Sugarcreek, Ohio

Tinkertown - Sandia Park, NM

Flinstones Bedrock City - Williams, AZ

Monday, April 25, 2011

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies


One of my favorite combinations is peanut butter and chocolate. That's why I decided to try this recipe from Zoe Bakes. If you're as big of a peanut butter fan as I am, you will absolutely love these cookies.

Ingredients:
  • 1 and 1/2 sticks (12 tablespoons) unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup chunky peanut butter (Skippy Super Chunk works well)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups peanut flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 4 ounces semisweet or bittersweet chocolate
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Using a mixer, mix together the butter and the brown sugar with the paddle attachment for 2 minutes on medium speed. Add the peanut butter and mix well. Add the eggs one at a time. Now add the vanilla.


In a separate bowl, whisk together the peanut flour, baking soda and salt. I bought my peanut flour at Trader Joe's. I couldn't find it anywhere else. 



Add this to the peanut butter mixture and mix until doughy. 


Now add the chocolate. I mixed it in by hand. Roll balls of dough with your hands that amount to be about 3 tablespoons. Use a fork to flatten them and create a crosshatch pattern.


Bake for 8 to 10 minutes. 


These are insanely rich! I can only eat one at a time... which is probably a good thing. Enjoy!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy Easter


I just had to post this beautiful photo. Happy Easter, friends!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Earth Day

To celebrate Earth Day, I've put together a list of some of my favorite recycled craft ideas. I'm looking forward to trying a few of these this weekend!







There are so many great recycled crafts out there. I'm currently looking for a good way to put all of my scrap paper to use. Once I find something, I'll be sure to share it. Happy Friday!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Peeps Please

I love peeps. They are one of my favorite Easter treats... but up until now, I never thought of doing anything with them except eat them (as is). After a little research, I've come to find many interesting uses for peeps and I'm so excited to try a few!






peep sushi

Although it sounds unappetizing, the peep sushi is made with rice krispies treats and fruit roll ups. Yes, please!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Spicy Pickled Eggs

Love them or hate them... they're here to stay (in my kitchen at least). I absolutely love pickled eggs. My Grandpa used to make the purple kind (made with beets) and ever since, I've been in love. Recently, I've been testing different spicy pickled egg recipes and I seem to have hit the jackpot!


Adapted from this recipe... these eggs are delicious. If you're a pickled egg fan, I definitely recommend giving these a try. The first step of course, is to hard boil the eggs. My favorite tool when hard boiling eggs is my Egg-Perfect Timer. This timer is really great... it changes color to tell you exactly when your eggs are soft, medium, or hard boiled.


Another trick I use is to place the hard boiled eggs in ice water when they're done... this way you can peel the shells immediately. The next step is to make the broth for your eggs to pickle in.

Ingredients:
  • 2 cups white vinegar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pickling spice (you should be able to find this in the spice section of your grocery store)
  • 3 teaspoons red pepper flakes
  • 6-8 cloves (also found in your spice section)
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 3 sliced habanero peppers
  • 3 sliced jalapeno peppers
  • 1 sliced red bell pepper
  • 1/4 of a white onion
Combine all ingredients and heat in a saucepan for about 15 to 20 minutes. Stir occasionally. Warning: this is a potent combination!


Carefully place the eggs and the heated broth in a jar. Try and refrigerate these for 2 to 3 weeks. I actually never wait this long because I'm too impatient... but, I'm trying.


Serve with salt, pepper, pretzels, and a nice cold beer! 

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Pinterest

I just discovered Pinterest and I'm smitten! Yesterday I requested an invite... I just can't wait to be a part of it. From what I can figure out, Pinterest is a virtual bulletin board. You can "pin" your favorite photos and create boards... the best part is, the links to the photos follow! I love the idea of being able to automatically credit a source. You can search through other member's boards...


Or you can search for individual items/photos...


I can't wait to start "pinning"!

Update: The lovely Kate of Another Donkey Design invited me and I'm now a member! Find me here!

Yellow Elm Interview!

Elizabeth over at Yellow Elm recently interviewed me. Check it out here! I know I don't really delve too much into my personal life here on the blog, so I think this is the perfect way to let you all know a little bit more about myself and the story behind Please Note!


Be sure and look for the Please Note shop discount code at the bottom of the interview!

Thanks, Elizabeth!

Monday, April 18, 2011

Easter Favorites

Easter is Sunday! I can't believe it's already here! If you're looking for fun Easter DIYs, decorations, or gifts... I've put together a list of my favorites. Enjoy!

EGGS
It wouldn't be Easter without dying a few eggs. Here are some interesting egg decorating ideas.

DIYs
These garlands and stickers are adorable, and this wheatgrass centerpiece would also serve as a perfect display for your eggs!

RECIPES
Leave it to Martha to come up with such cute Easter treats.

ETSY FINDS
After perusing Etsy to find some of the cutest Easter items, I decided on these for my top 6. I love them all!

I hope this sparked some Easter inspiration!