Vitacost $10 Credit

I am a huge fan of Vitacost! And right now you can get yourself $10 off any order (no minimum purchase required)!  You just have to sign up through this link here and they will immediately send you your $10 code via email.

This is what I got with my $10 credit (all I had to pay was shipping and a $.59 overage, so my total was $5.58):

 

Just follow these steps to get your $10 credit:

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[free printable]: iPhone Monogram

via: for chic sake

I love am obssesed with Pinterest!  It’s very easy for me to get caught up in “pinning” things that I will never make.  Today I came across this really cool monogram printable for your charger and home button for your iPhone from For Chic Sake.  I will definitely be printing my monogram today!

No-Bake Cookies and Cream Treats

I love easy and tasty last minute desserts!  I especially love any dessert that starts with “no-bake”.  As much as I love baking, there are times when this Domesticated Diva doesn’t feel like turning on the oven.  This recipe is fantastic because it only uses 3 ingredients and 15 minutes of my time, which gives me more time to watch the Gossip Girl marathon clean the house and do laundry.

 

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No-Bake Cookies and Cream Treats

very slightly adapted from: picky palate

Ingredients:

One 16 oz. package of Oreos
One 10 oz. bag of big marshmallows
5 tablespoons butter

Directions:

Prepare a 8x8 pan by lining it with parchment paper, making sure the parchment paper hangs over the edges.

Place the Oreos in a food processor and pulse until ground, set aside.

Melt the butter in a saucepan. Once the butter is melted add the marshmallows and continuously stir until all the marshmallows are smooth and melted. remove the marshmallow mixture from the heat and quickly add the Oreos and mix thoroughly (use your muscles).

Once it is mixed well place into the prepared pan and pat evenly into place. Let it sit for about an hour. Remove the bars by using the edges of the parchment paper and cut into squares.

 

 

two ingredient ice cream

I know what you are all thinking, “Ice cream that only takes two ingredients to make?!, yeah right!”, but really this ice cream does only have two ingredients.  Want to know another secret?….it’s dairy free.  Okay, no need to roll your eyes in disbelief because I’m telling the truth.  Oh something else you should know….you don’t need an ice cream maker to do this.  I know, I know you think I’m full of it, but I’m not. Trust me.

If you are a Pinterest addict like me most women then you would have seen this “ice cream” being pinned on most boards.  If you don’t know what “pinned” or “boards” is then that mostly likely means you are behind the times and you need to sign up for Pinterest (I must warn you that Pinterest is addicting and once you start you can’t stop).  Anyhow, this recipe is amazing because it just uses frozen bananas and peanut butter to make the ice cream.  I decided to switch the peanut butter for Nutella (because everything taste better with Nutella) and man oh man! was that a delicious decision.

frozen bananas being “pulsed” into ice cream

It’s quite simple to make this ice cream.  All that you need to do is take a couple of bananas and slice, freeze and then pulse.  Don’t you just love when things are easy?

 

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banana and nutella "ice cream"

slightly adapted from: use real butter

Ingredients:

5 ripe bananas (make sure they are brown spotted), sliced into 1/2-inch slices
4-5 tablespoons Nutella

Directions:

Place the sliced bananas in a single layer on a baking sheet lined with wax paper. Put the bananas in the freezer for a couple hours or until they are completely frozen. (I left mine in the freezer overnight.)

Once the bananas are frozen place into a food processor that is fitted with the blade and pulse. At first the bananas will look like little pebbles, but don't stop just keep it going (Once in awhile you will have to stop it to scrap the sides down with a spatula.) and it will start to resemble frozen yogurt.

When the bananas have reached a creamy consistency add the Nutella and pulse until it is well mixed.

You can eat the ice cream as it is or place in a air tight container and store in the freezer for "scoopable" ice cream.

S’mores Brownies for National S’mores Day

I have a really bad habit of going MIA on my blog.  I swear I don’t mean to it just kinda happens.  Time flies when you’re having fun I guess.  Speaking of having fun I have to share my excitement that a few hours from now I will be boarding a plane to Las Vegas for one of my very dearest friend’s bachelorette party.  I cannot wait to see her and the rest of the girls (It’s been almost a year since I’ve seen any of them)!

Okay so back to business, I figured since I’ve been gone so long I owed it to you guys to make a decent comeback by making something yummy.  Since today is National S’mores Day I had to make something s’moreish (yes, I did just say s’moreish) and when I came across these brownies from My Baking Addiction I knew that these would be perfect to make for this special day (my comeback and S’mores Day).

 

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S'mores Brownies

recipe from: my baking addiction

Ingredients:

For the Crust:

1.5 cups graham cracker crumbs (about 12 graham crackers)
6 tablespoons unsalted butter; melted
2 tablespoons sugar

For the Brownie Layer:

8 tablespoons unsalted butter
4 ounces unsweetened chocolate
1 1/4 cups sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1/2 cup all-purpose flour

For the Topping:

20 large marshmallows; cut in half

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line an 8-inch-square metal baking pan with foil and spray lightly with nonstick cooking spray.

Combine the graham cracker crumbs, 6 tablespoons of melted butter in a bowl and mix until the crumbs are moistened. Press the crumbs evenly into the bottom of the pan and bake at 350 degrees for 7 minutes. Allow crust to cool on wire rack.

Turn the oven temperature up to 400 degrees and prepare the brownie layer.

In top of a double boiler set over barely simmering water, or on low power in a microwave, melt butter and chocolate together. Stir often, and remove from heat when a few lumps remain. Stir until smooth.

Stir in sugar, vanilla and salt. Stir in eggs one at a time, followed by flour. Stir until very smooth, about 1 minute, until mixture pulls away from sides of bowl. Scrape batter into prepared pan and bake for 18 minutes.

Let cool completely, then lift out using the foil and place brownies onto a broiler safe pan. Move your oven rack about 6 inches from your broiler and preheat your broiler to low.

Layer marshmallows (sticky side down) across the top and toast under the broiler until golden, (watch this like you have never watched anything before - it can burn QUICK), about 2 minutes. Cool and cut into squares.

 

Teacher Appreciation Gifts

A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.

~Henry Brooks Adams

Water Bottles w/ Crystal Light (via Creative Cowgirl)
 
 
“Creative Juices” cup (via Tatertots & Jello featured on Skip to my Lou)

 

DIY Survival Kit (via Modern Parents Messy Kids)

 

Popcorn and a Movie (via It’s All Small Stuff)

 

Supply Basket (via Less Cake More Frosting)

 

Pencil Cup (via How Does She)

 

Summer Relaxation Kit (via The Lovely Cupboard featured on Skip to my Lou)

 

“Take a Break” gift (via Pinterest)

Biscoff Swirled Chocolate Fudge Brownies

The first time I discovered Biscoff was back in October when I went back home (SF Bay Area) at the Westfield Shopping Center a.k.a Bloomingdale’s Mall at a little waffle shop by the BART.  I was tempted to buy a couple jars and bring it home with me, but there was just not enough room in my luggage for it.  Let’s face it, I am horrible at packing.  I can never manage to be under the 50 lb. limit.

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So, Imagine my giddiness finding this jar full of happiness on the shelf of the Walmart on 15th Street in Joplin, MO.  It was a happy moment and a “What can I make with this?” moment.

When I got home I sat and thought about what it is I would do with this wonderful spread. I thought about making cookies, cake, cupcakes, mousse, pie, ice cream and then  I decided that making brownies would be a good fantastic idea and I was right.

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Biscoff Swirled Fudge Brownies

slightly adapted from: king arthur flour

Ingredients:

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
2 1/4 cups sugar
4 large eggs
1 1/4 cups cocoa powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon instant coffee
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups flour
2 cups chocolate chips
1/3 cup Biscoff spread

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease a 9" x 13" pan

In a medium-sized microwave-safe bowl, or in a saucepan set over low heat, melt the butter, then add the sugar and stir to combine. Or simply combine the butter and sugar, and heat, stirring, until the butter is melted. Continue to heat (or microwave) briefly, just until the mixture is hot (about 110°F to 120°F), but not bubbling; it'll become shiny looking as you stir it. Heating the mixture to this point will dissolve more of the sugar, which will yield a shiny top crust on your brownies.

While the sugar heats a second time, crack the 4 eggs into a bowl, and beat them with the cocoa, salt, baking powder, espresso powder, and vanilla till smooth.

Add the hot butter/sugar mixture, stirring until smooth.

Add the flour and chips, again stirring until smooth.

Spoon the batter into a lightly greased 9" x 13" pan. Dollop the Biscoff spread on top of the brownie and using a sharp knife swirl into the mixture.

Bake the brownies for about 30 minutes, until a cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean

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Chocolate Mousse

This past Sunday my wonderful husband turned 34!  To celebrate he wanted to have dinner at home, so I let him pick the menu.  Of course he picked Mexican so his birthday menu consisted of nachos, Tex-Mex Chicken with Chiles and Cheese and his favorite, chocolate mousse.  We kept the food simple and delicious.

With simple and delicious being my main focus I picked a dessert that could be made ahead of time.  To add a little somethin’ somethin’, I took a slice of poundcake and spread some strawberry butter (that I got from the Amish market) and then put a scoop of chocolate mousse on top.  The result was uh-mazing!  The buttery poundcake with the rich chocolate and the hint of strawberries was a perfect combination.

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Chocolate Mousse

Recipe from: Epicurious

Ingredients:

Chocolate Mousse:
2 cups chilled heavy cream
4 large egg yolks
3 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
7 oz fine-quality bittersweet chocolate (not unsweetened), chopped

Strawberry Butter or Jam
Poundcake cut into slices (I used the frozen Sara Lee brand)
Strawberries for garnish

Directions:

Heat 3/4 cup cream in a 1-quart heavy saucepan until hot. Whisk together yolks, sugar, and a pinch of salt in a metal bowl until combined well, then add hot cream in a slow stream, whisking until combined. Transfer mixture to saucepan and cook over moderately low heat, stirring constantly, until it registers 160°F on thermometer. Pour custard through a fine-mesh sieve into a bowl and stir in vanilla.

Melt chocolate in a double boiler or a metal bowl set over a pan of simmering water (or in a glass bowl in a microwave at 50 percent power 3 to 5 minutes), stirring frequently. Whisk custard into chocolate until smooth, then cool.

Beat remaining 1 1/4 cups cream in a bowl with an electric mixer until it just holds stiff peaks. Whisk one fourth of cream into chocolate custard to lighten, then fold in remaining cream gently but thoroughly.

To assemble:

Take a slice of poundcake and spread the strawberry butter/jam on one side. Top with the chocolate mousse and garnish with fresh strawberries.

Easter Treats

Easter is less than a week away and you know what that means…..FOOD!  Don’t worry, I know the true meaning of Easter and yes, I know it isn’t about the food.  Can’t a girl just be excited to have a reason to eat ham and maybe something sweet?!

Feel like making something sweet this Easter?  Here are a few of my favorite Easter Treats.

Bird’s Nests (via Bake at 350)-  These yummy little things are made from chow mein noodles and marshmallows.  Frankly, anything that is made with marshmallows is good in my book.
 
 
Easter Basket Cookies (via Pillsbury)-  Little edible baskets made of sugar cookies are sure to please everyone.
 

 

Easter Chick (via Simply Simple Stamping)-  This has got to be the cutest little things I have ever seen.  They are made with individually packaged Hostess cupcakes.  Not only are they perfect for Easter they would be great for a baby shower as well.
 

 

Easter Bunny Marshmallow Pops (via Frog Prince Paperie)-  These adorable bunny are made out of marshmallows dipped in white candy melt. 

 

 

Peeps Rice Krispies Treats (via Love from the Oven)-  I don’t think I know anyone who doesn’t enjoy Rice Krispies Treats.  These Peeps Rice Krispies Treat make it that much better.  What a great way to get your kids to help in the kitchen.

 

Hidden Surprise Easter Egg Treats (via Rice Krispies)-  My kids have been begging to make these for Easter and how can I say no?!  They are simple, yummy and there’s a surprise in the center.

April Fools Day Food Pranks

Food pranks are a great and yummy way to fool people without hurting their feeling or embarrassing them.  I found some great food pranks for you to try on your friends and family for April Fools Day or any day.

Pizza Cake (via Taste of Home)- A cake that looks like a pizza?!  How cool!  I love that it is easy to make just buy using frosting, white chocolate shavings and Fruit Roll-Ups.
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Nuggets and Fries (via Hoosier Homemade)-  There’s no chicken in these nuggets.  Pound cake, frosting and cereal make these “nuggets” and french fries made out of toasted pound cake and dipped in a vanilla pudding “ketchup” make this dinner a treat.
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Faux Fish Sticks and Peas (via Family Fun)-  If there’s two things my kids hate it is probably fish stick and peas, but something makes me think they would think twice about eating these.   The fish sticks are made out of sugar wafer cookies and the peas are made from taffy.
 
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Gelled Juice (via Family Fun)-  A perfect way to trick a thirsty loved one.   This “Juice” is made with gelatin.
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Kitty Litter Cake (via Fabulous Food)-  This has got to be my favorite “prank” cake.  Trick your kids by telling them this is what they are having for dessert.  My kids would run straight for the door.
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