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Dec. 18, 2017

Cookie Butter

 

The Foodie: Cookie Butter

Cookie Butter (with any cookie!), makes 1 1/2 cups

  • 2 cups cookie crumbs
  • 1/2 stick butter
  • 1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/4 cup evaporated milk
  • water as needed

First you’ll want to make your cookie crumbs. If you have a cookie with no creamy middle filling (like a chocolate chip or sugar cookie), then you can put them straight into the food processor. If you do have a filling (like an Oreo or Nutter Butter would), then you’ll want to open the cookie and scrape out the filling with a butter knife first. You want a dry crumb to work with, so the filling has to be removed. Place your cookies into the food processor and blend until it forms a very fine powder. You’ll need 2 cups of crumbs, so just keep blending cookies until you get there. 


In a small saucepan, heat the butter over low heat until melted, and then stir in your sweetened condensed milk and evaporated milk until it’s all melted together. Starting with 1/2 cup of the liquid, pour it into your cookie crumbs and mix together with a spoon. Keep adding small amounts of the liquid until the cookie butter is just wet enough to stay together. Depending on how dry the cookie is to begin with, you’ll need more or less liquid. Really buttery cookies (like sugar cookies) didn’t need nearly as much as the drier Oreo cookies, so just keep checking and stirring as you add the liquid.


Once your cookie butter is blended, allow it to cool in the fridge for an hour or two, then remove the cookie butter from the fridge and stir very small amounts of water (start with 1/8 teaspoon) into the dough. At first it will look like the water is separating from the dough, but just keep stirring and mashing. You should start to notice that the cookie butter loosens up a bit as you stir in more water. Keep adding and stirring until you get to a consistency you like and refrigerate the mixture again. Store in the fridge and enjoy for up to two weeks! 

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Dec. 18, 2017

Orange Creamsicle Soap

The Spa Lover: Orange Creamsicle Soap

  • 1 lb melt and pour soap, cut into cubes
  • Silicone soap mold
  • 15 drops orange essential oil
  • 15 drops vanilla soap fragrance
  • 1 tsp orange zest, patted dry with a paper towel

Add soap to a microwaveable bowl and microwave on high for 30 seconds. Then microwave at 10 second intervals, stirring in between, until soap is melted.
Quickly stir in orange essential oil, vanilla soap fragrance and orange zest. Pour into a silicone soap mold, and let sit at room temperature for at least 40 minutes.
To remove, turn over soap mold and carefully push on the bottom to pop out the soaps. These look adorable with a twine bow, for that personal touch!

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Dec. 18, 2017

Chalkboard Picture Frames

Chalkboard Picture Frames

  • Hardboard, cut to frame size
  • Picture frames 
  • Chalkboard spray paint (Rustoleum makes a great one)
  • Chalk
  • Hammer and shallow nails (depending on your frame)

First, choose the picture frames you want to use. (This is a great excuse to stop by that cute antique store you've been wondering about!) Depending on the frame color you want, you may want to spray paint it before you begin - your choice! Take a piece of hardboard, cut just slightly larger than the inside of your frame (Home Depot can cut the board to the size of your choosing). After wiping down thoroughly, spray the hardboard with Chalkboard spray on one side; let dry, then repeat with another coat. Once fully dry, rub chalk (the wide way) across the board to season it. Then, wipe chalk away with a damp cloth. Secure board to the back of the frame, using the build-in flexbile points, if possible; if not, simply secure with hammer and nails. Voila!

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Aug. 21, 2017

Watermelon Popsicles

Is it really even a summer cook-out without watermelon? For a fun and refreshing backyard dessert, give these "sweet" popsicles a try! Warning: sticky juice hands may still occur!  

Yield: 10 popsicles

Ingredients
19 oz cubed seedless watermelon (about 3 1/2 cups)
5 1/2 Tbsp granulated sugar, divided
1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup canned coconut milk, well shaken
13 oz kiwi (about 6 medium)  
1 Tbsp mini chocolate chips

Directions
Add watermelon, 2 Tbsp granulated sugar and lemon juice to a blender and blend until well pureed. Skim off foam then carefully pour into 10 popsicles molds (I have this mold here if you are looking to buy one) filling each about 2/3 full (try not to splash on sides, I found it worked best to let it run down the outside edge then just wipe off that part later with a damp paper towel or q-tip). Sprinkle the chocolate chips over tops then using a popsicles stick gently push down to immerse chips (push towards sides so you can see them once the freeze). Wipe sides clean as needed. Cover with the lid and insert popsicles sticks. Freeze 3 1/2 hours. During last 30 minutes of popsicles freezing, whisk together coconut milk with 1 1/2 Tbsp sugar until sugar has dissolved, chill 30 minutes (you want it to be a nice pourable consistency after chilling, not too thick. If you find that it is stir in 1 - 2 Tbsp cold water to thin. I recommend chilling it because you just don't want it warm or it will melt the watermelon layer when pouring in).
Remove popsicles from freezer, remove lid and carefully pour a scant tablespoon coconut milk into an even layer over watermelon layer (again, it works best to pour it down the outside edge then wipe clean). Clean sides as necessary. Return to freezer, uncovered, and chill 45 minutes. Meanwhile, cut tops from kiwi and use a spoon to scoop flesh from kiwi while leaving skins. Transfer kiwi to blender along with 2 Tbsp granulated sugar. Pulse until well pureed. Force mixture through a fine mesh strainer into a bowl using a rubber spatula to remove seeds (at this point I mixed int just a tiny bit of blue gel coloring because mine weren't the best shade of green, so that's optional). Chill kiwi mixture 30 minutes.
Remove popsicles from freezer and carefully pour about 1 Tbsp kiwi mixture over coconut layer. Return to freezer and chill until popsicles are solid about 2 - 3 hours.
To remove popsicles from molds, turn tray to the side and run plastic molds under warm water several seconds (don't let the water touch the kiwi portion at the top) then slowly pull from molds.

Recipe source: Cooking Classy

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Aug. 21, 2017

Grilled Apple & Blue Cheese Pesto Flatbread

If you've never ventured into the world of grilled pizza, now is your opportunity. We already know that apples and blue cheese are best friends, but add the smoky flavor of a grilled pizza crust, and you'll never crave cheap delivery pizza again. Pro Tip: Save yourself a step by picking up fresh pre-made pizza dough at your local grocery store; then you can get right to the good part!

What you need:
1/2 tsp yeast
2/3 cup AP flour
1/2 tsp salt
4 tbsp warm water
1 tbsp olive oil
1/2 cup packed baby arugula leaves
2 cloves garlic
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp walnut
2 tbsp parmesan
2 tbsp shredded mozzarella {optional}
1 small granny smith apple, sliced
2 tbsp crumbled blue cheese

How to do it:
Mix yeast, AP flour, and salt together. Add warm water and olive oil, and stir until a dough forms. Knead dough in the bowl until smooth, about 5min. Cover with a tea towel and let the dough rise for 1-3 hours.
After rising, turn dough out onto a floured surface and knead again for 5min. Let dough rest, covered, for another 15min while preparing the pesto.
Blitz arugula, garlic, olive oil, walnut, and parmesan in a food processor until pesto comes together. 
Brush grill with olive oil and heat on medium high. Roll dough out into a circle and grill on one side until dough has puffed up and the bottom is a light golden brown.
 Flip dough around. Immediately pread with pesto, and top with a sprinkle of shredded mozzarella if using.
Arrange sliced granny smith apple and crumbled blue cheese. Turn the fire down to medium low and cover the grill with a large bowl or lid. Let it cook for about 5min, until cheese is slightly melted but apples are still a bit crunchy.


Recipe Source: Bacon + Egg + Cheesecake

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Aug. 21, 2017

Grilled Bacon Wrapped Asparagus

bacon wrapped asperagus

A twist on the crowd favorite, this appetizer is the perfect way to wow guests right in your own backyard. Simple, savory, and somewhat healthy - what more could you want? Pro Tip: Add a drizzle of balsamic glaze to really put this snack over the top!

 

Prep time
10 mins

Cook time
30 mins

Total time
40 mins

Ingredients

  • 1 pound asparagus
  • ½ pound of bacon

Instructions

  1. Heat grill to around 400 degrees.
  2. Break each asparagus spear in half.
  3. Slice each strip of bacon in half, then wrap it around both halves of the asparagus spear.
  4. Toothpick the bacon through the loose end on top at an angle, so it goes through the bacon on the other side.
  5. Grill for about 25-30 minutes, flipping them over halfway through

 

Posted in House to Home
Feb. 16, 2017

WMG - Testimony

Feb. 16, 2017

10 Ways To Love Your Home

 

Poised Taupe - Living Room

1.) Go Gourmet

Take an evening to really savor your space and cook an elegant meal! Spanish tapas, a 3-course Italian dinner - the sky's the limit!

 
Poised Taupe - Living Room

2.) Set The Tone

Choose a playlist that suits the mood you want to have.  Need to relax? Cue some smooth jazz. Ready for a feel-good beach day? Play some happy hits!  (With Google Play music, you can actually choose music based on your mood, or activity!

 
Poised Taupe - Living Room

3.) Bring The Outside In

Fresh flowers, a bowl of scented pine cones, some hand-collected seashells. Bringing nature inside can help freshen up and bring life to your home!

 
Poised Taupe - Living Room

4.) Scent Sational

Hang some dried lavender in your bathroom, or invest in some wall plug-ins. Create your own signature smell, so that when you walk in the door you can breathe a good-smelling sigh of relief.

 
Poised Taupe - Living Room

5.) Lighten Up

Soft candlelight is a tried-and-true way to bring some warmth into your home. Try these electric candles on a lofted plant shelf for a unique touch!

 
Poised Taupe - Living Room

6.) Declutter and Donate

Donate some of those pots and pans you never use, and free up some coveted kitchen-space! We've all heard "one man's trash is another man's treasure", and it is SO true! Declutter, and bless someone else in the process - that's truly a win-win!

 
Poised Taupe - Living Room

7.) All In The Family

Turn your favorite faces into artwork, and hang up family photos around your home!

 
Poised Taupe - Living Room

8.) Home Grown

Start your own herb garden in the backyard, or create a small succulent terrarium in your kitchen! When you have something at home to nurture, that nesting instinct really kicks in!

 
Poised Taupe - Living Room

9.) Round It Out

Studies show that furniture with rounded edges feel more inviting; throw a "curve" ball to your bedroom by adding a rounded headboard and see for yourself!

 
Poised Taupe - Living Room

10.) Soften Up

Some well-placed fabrics add an instant feeling of relaxation and comfort to any room. Try draping a blanket over that accent chair, or adding some throw pillows to your living room sofa for a cozy feel!

 

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Jan. 11, 2017

2017 Colors of the Year

2017 Color of the Year: Sherwin-Williams
Color: Poised Taupe
Rooms to Use:  Living Room, Open Concepts
Technique: Full room
Where to Buy:  Sherwin-Williams, Lowes

 

Poised Taupe - Living Room

Paired with rustic wood, bronze, and cream decor, Poised Taupe paints the picture for a relaxed coastal or modern farmhouse feel. Entertaining spaces feel comfortably chic, especially when mirrors and simplistic decor are incorporated with this neutral shade.

 
Poised Taupe - Living Room

Used in open floor plans, Poised Taupe is a beautiful transitional color that adapts well to all room functionalities. Use this shade to anchor the bright white's of the kitchen, then style with varying shades of brown to bring out the deeper tones.

 


2017 Color of the Year: Glidden
Color: Byzantine Blue
Rooms to Use:  Bathroom, Entryway
Technique: Full room
Where to Buy:  Home Depot

 

Poised Taupe - Living Room

Byzantine offers an instantly calming, welcoming effect when used in the entryway of a home. Pair this color with white trim and bright decor for a coastal look, or with darker woods and muted tones for a more traditional feel.

 
Poised Taupe - Living Room

Transform your bathroom into a spa by repainting with Byzantine Blue. Experience total ataraxia when pairing this color with smooth tile and soft towels for a luxurious and relaxing experience.

 


2017 Color of the Year: Pantone
Color: Greenery
Rooms to Use:  Office, Bedroom
Technique: Accent wall
Where to Buy:  Home Depot, Sherwin-Williams, Lowe's

 

Poised Taupe - Living Room

Greenery serves as a life-giving breath of air in a room of stress and focus, making it the perfect accent color for a home office. One easy way to incorporate this shade is by painting the inside of your bookcase, as shown in the photo. Style Greenery with crisp white lines to make the color pop, then soften the feel by draping a blanket over a piece of neutral furniture.

 
Poised Taupe - Living Room

In bedrooms, Greenery brings a natural feel, promoting relaxation and positive attitudes; this statement color allows bedrooms to feel open and inviting, a lively haven of rest. Paired mostly with soft neutrals, a few metallic accent pieces - such as a gold end table, or a mirrored lamp - allow Greenery a modern feel with a wisp of antique charm.

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Dec. 16, 2016

Seashell Christmas Wreath

Seashell Wreath 

If I'm being honest, I'll probably keep this up long after the holidays have passed. While festive, I feel like this wreath is just an awesome pop of coastal that my front door has been missing! But, I digress. What's fun about this wreath is that everyone can make it their own way! Some people have chosen to add additional items like sea glass, pine cones, or even a small fishing net. You can make this completely your own, unique creation!

 

(Price breakdowns are assuming you already have a hot glue gun. If not, you can pick one up at Wal-Mart for about $5!)

Items Needed:

  • grapevine wreath (I got mine at Michael's on sale for $10)
  • burlap ribbon (Walmart, $5)
  • whole sand dollars (TJ Maxx, $4)
  • seashells from the beach 
  • leftover starfish from the rope trees
  • Hot glue gun

    Total Cost ~ $19

Step One: Spend some time before you even heat up the glue gun, and lay out where you'll want each piece to go on the wreath. This really helps to ensured that the finished product is nice and balanced!

Step Two: Loop the burlap through the top of the wreath and tie. Hang on the door where you intend to display the wreath, to make sure it lays the way you want. 

Step Three: Start gluing! Once finished, allow to dry overnight. 

 

Step Four: Hang, and enjoy!

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