Monday, August 15, 2016

Almond Maraschino Cherry Ice Cream

I love all things cherry; cherry pie, cherry filled donuts, cherry pop tarts, even cherry snowballs (you know the one that tastes like cough medicine). Last weekend I made myself a bowl of vanilla ice-cream and drowned it with maraschino cherries. I thought I had invented my own ice-cream flavor until I did a quick Google search and found the "New York Cherry" by Baldwin (insert disappointed emoji here). I was already in my pjs and ready to binge watch Friends on Netflix so I wasn't running out. Instead, I made my own....and it's kind of amazing....
Ingredients:
2 c. Heavy Whipping Cream 
1 can of Cold Sweetened Condensed Milk (14 oz can)
2 t. Almond Extract 
2 Jars of Maraschino Cherries 

Directions: 
Using a standing mixer, whip the heavy whipping cream on low until soft peaks form. Add in the cold sweetened condensed milk and almond extract. DO NOT OVER MIX. Cut the maraschino cherries in half and drain the juice into a bowl. Fold in the maraschino cherries and add in the cherry juice (this part is completely optional). 

Thanks for stopping by!!
xx 

Monday, August 8, 2016

Host your own paint night.

This past week my family and I were on vacation in Sandbridge, VA. This small town was a mini replica of Nags Head in North Carolina, a mixture of old and new homes lining the coast. For the most part, our goal was to relax and drink wine. However, every year we try to do some sort of craft. Being that my grandmother is a very talented painter we thought we'd host our very own paint night. Here's how to host one too….


First, you need donuts…priority, not optional. Remember, this doesn't have to be a huge event , just something small and personal.  It's best to host this type of event after everyone has ate dinner so that donuts and coffee are all you need! 
Second, pick out your painting. Keep in mind, not everyone can paint (including myself) so you'll need something on a beginner level like this one below.


Third, gather your supplies. Find out the size canvas you prefer for your painting. Take advantage of Michaels coupons to get the best deal. Find your color scheme and gather paint accordingly. Make sure everyone has a copy of the painting, a pallet to put there paint in, a brush and a cup of water. Place a roll of paper towels in the center of the table and a lazy susan for the paint display. 


Lastly, have your guests wear suitable clothing if you don't have aprons…because if you're anything like me, you'll have it everywhere! 

Enjoy hosting your very own paint night!

Thanks for stopping by!!
xx

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Beach Essentials

Those post may be late in the summer but in my eyes, we still have one month of beach days left so I'm hangin' on.
My family and I are heading to Virginia for our annual family vacation. We have a few things planned (stay tuned for a diy paint night) but other than that, I plan on staying glued to my beach chair with a cold beer in my hand. With that being said, every year I get to the beach and have that, "I forgot_____ but I'm too lazy to walk back up and get it" moment. Well, that's not happening this year. I've done my planning and here's what I've come up with.
Essentials
Water
Hair ties
Hat
Sunscreen 
Face sunscreen 
Spf lipbalm
Snacks
Beach towel
Magazine
Portable speaker 
Towel clips
Sea salt hair spray 
Sunglasses 
Deck of cards 

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Finding Joy.

Find joy in those little things. This is honestly the philosophy I live by. If you can't find job in the little things, what can you find joy in? 

Find joy in an all-in-one cleaning basket. Let's be honest here, this makes cleaning look "cute". Now let's be realistic here, I'm probably the only one that can find joy in this. However, I promise if you try this tip, it will limit the chaos under the kitchen sink. 
Find joy in vintage. Whether it be a vintage floor design, an old mail box, window panes, milk crates, old barn doors, etc. Find joy in the stories that these peices have created. 
 
Find joy in being by yourself whether it be long or short term. Be comfortable with yourself, your mind, your happiness. Swing from a tree swing, read a book, learn the words to your favorite song, bake a dessert (and eat it), try a new recipe, take a walk...they're are endless ways to be comfortable with being by yourself, find joy in that. 
 
Find joy in long drives and scenic routes. Take the back roads... the windy ones, stop at that country corner store or hat local produce stand. Turn on the music and sing your heart out or turn it off and roll the windows down. 
Find joy in those tiny local boutiques. Walk around, browse the window displays, study the style and creativity. This local boutique located in historic downtown Ellicott City used an old candle as a succulent planter. 
Find joy in your boyfriend (girlfriend, fiancĂ©, wife, husband) bringing you flowers, or something thoughtful. There is no need for an expensive caribbean  vacation to show someone you love them, it's truly the "thought" that counts. 


 

Monday, July 11, 2016

Marbled Cheesecake Brownies

I'm a foodie- a person who has an ardent or refined interest in food. A foodie, "seeks new food experience as a hobby rather than simply eating". Did you know that's like, a real thing! To say food makes me happy is an understatement. Am I a little ashamed? Not at all. I own it. I enjoy every aspect of food, the colors, the textures, the display, the smell, the fact that it brings everyone together and obviously, the taste. These marbled brownies embrace all of those aspects, so let's do this.





Cheesecake Ingredients: 
8 oz. Cream Cheese
1/4 c. Granulated Sugar 
1 Egg
1 C. White Chocolate Chips (I use Ghiradelli baking chips)

Brownie Ingredients: 
1/4 c. Butter
1 c. Milk Chocolate Chips (I use Ghiradelli baking chips 
1/2 c. Granulated Sugar
2 Eggs
2/3 c. All-purpose Flour
1/2 t. Baking Powder
1/4 t. Salt 

Directions: 
-Preheat over to 350 degrees
-For the cream cheese mixture, combine cream cheese, sugar and egg and beat until smooth 
-Fold in the white chocolate chips and set aside
-On the stove, fill a saucepan with water and bring to a boil 
-Turn off heat, set an oven safe mixing bowl over the water and combine butter and milk chocolate chips until melted
-Mix in the sugar and eggs
-In a separate bowl, mix the flour, baking power and salt and gradually pour into your chocolate mixture 
-Grease a 9x9 baking pan 
-Pour half of the chocolate batter into the pan
-Spread the cream cheese mixture over the chocolate layer and top with the remaining chocolate 
-Swirl the top chocolate layer into the cream cheese to achieve the marbled look 
-Bake for 25 to 30 minutes

Monday, June 27, 2016

Bathroom Cabinet Renovation


This project is one of those, "I have nothing to do….I have to do something" kind of jobs. 

  • First off, you want to start with a clean surface. I use scrubbing bubbles for everything in the bathroom and no, it has nothing to do with the fact you can draw in the foam…not not at all.
  • Next, you'll want to run to your local Target/Home Goods/Tj Maxx and pick up some drawer liners. I found mine in the dollar section of Target for $3…make sure you find the type that doubles as contact paper. 
  • The next few steps are self explanatory. Gather all your goods, clean them and place them in the arrangement that makes sense for you. Don't junk up your space, try to keep it as minimal as possible. I found the acrylic container from Tj Maxx for $6.99 and the teeny glass cup around my house. I'm a firm believer in, "use what you have" first, so start searching your home for items to recycle. 
  • Lastly, you're never to old for alphabet letters, don't let anyone tell you different. I found mine at Target (here) and used a little gold spray paint to jazz em' up! 






Thanks for stopping by!! 
xx

Monday, June 20, 2016

Kits.



 

Keep kits to keep organized. I put together this kit above as a fixer-upper drawer for everything you may need in a "fashion emergency" situation. I love having everything accessible in one place. This idea of keeping, "kits" can be used in several different ways. Here are just a few….

Car Kits: 
I love to keep a car kit for emergencies or those, "oops, I forgot" moments. 

-first aid kit
-non-perishable snacks
-glass water bottle 
-jumper cables
-cleaning wipes
-anti-bacteria 
-emergency blankets 
-umbrella 
-ponchos 
-tire pressure test 
-Swiss army knife 
-gloves 
-towel 
-reusable grocery bags 

Craft Kits:
Ok, so you enjoy making pom-poms for gift toppers, designate a container or basket for just that. This way when you go to wrap presents you just grab your handy dandy all-in-one kit and you're ready to go! 

Mini Emergency Kits: 
Grab a small container and fill it with things you might need in any "mini emergency" situation. The kit should be small enough to keep in your purse. 

-advil
-butterfly closures
-band aids
-alcohol prep wipes 
-disposable gloves
-ointment 

Cleaning kits: 
Find yourself a cheap shower caddy in the dorm section of target or Walmart and fill it with cleaning supplies. Buy a shower caddy for each room so that you don't have to go to a centralized location to find your cleaning supplies. 

-cleaning toothbrush
-window cleaner 
-vinegar 
-microfiber rag
-duster
-surface cleaner