Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Flourless Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

While reading my October issue of the Rachael Ray magazine I came across a recipe for flourless Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip cookies. The recipe looked so delicious and easy I had to give these a try.

There were only 6 ingredients. Peanut butter, white and brown sugar, chocolate chips, egg and vanilla extract.

Mix all ingredients together.

Roll into balls.

Flatten with a fork.

Bake and then let cool on wire racks.

I will definitely make these cookies again. The recipe says it should make 30-40 cookies. My batch made about 25. When I make these next I will make the cookies smaller and cook for a bit less.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Updated 5th grade bracelets

I can remember making lanyard bracelets when I was in elementary school. My mom and sister still laugh about the time I made a hot pink and green lanyard bracelet for my love....Fred Savage!! I really was convinced that I would send him that bracelet with a letter and he would dump Winnie Cooper and we would live happily ever after.

Never would I have thought that these bracelets would make a comeback. I first saw the grown up version on I SPY. Then while I was browsing Anthropologie I came across this bracelet and after seeing they were charging $48 for the bracelet I decided this would be my next DIY.

I first made this neon green and blue bracelet. The only part I had a hard time with is finishing the bracelet cleanly. There were a few imperfections but I think for my first try in 20 years it came out pretty good.

After seeing the Anthropologie bracelet I tried a long version that I could wrap around my wrist twice.
I was going to post last night but had the idea to make an all black version with gold charms. I love the way it came out and I think it looks really stylish.

I am hooked on making these bracelets again. Now if there was only a Wonder Years marathon on!

Thursday, September 15, 2011


I am always looking for new DIY ideas that can double as gifts for people. I was very excited when I came across a tutorial for coasters on my new favorite site Pinterest . I quickly went to AC Moore to pick up some cute scrapbook paper. I already had unused 4x4 tiles and Mod Podge so I was able to give this a try for very little money.

I followed the tutorial directions but I did find that I had to really smooth out the paper and make sure it stuck to the edges. On my first attempt the paper stuck up a bit but on my next try I cut the paper a little smaller and pushed the edges down.
Here is a picture of the finished product.

I also had some larger tiles laying around so I decided to make a larger version. I was thinking it could be used on a counter as a mini tray. Here is the whole collection.

I found this cute dog paper and thought it would make really cute coasters for a dog lover!

I loved the palm tree paper and want to make coasters out of it for my (future) deck. I think with a little more practice these coasters will definitely be a Christmas gift!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Cake Pops....

I first came across Cake Pops when I stumbled upon the amazing website Bakerella. I have always been a fan of dipping just about anything in chocolate so I couldn't believe I hadn't thought of cake pops earlier. I was going to a BBQ for a basketball team this weekend and thought it would be the perfect time to try my hand and make my own version.

I made a store bought chocolate cake according to the box instructions, let it cool, crumbled it in a bowl and mixed it with chocolate icing. I rolled the balls to about the size of a quarter and placed them in the refrigerator overnight.

The following morning I began dipping the cake pops into the chocolate. This is where I ran into some issues. The first couple were okay but I thought the chocolate was a little thick and did not coat evenly.

Very soon after this photo was taken things began to fall apart. Literally! After being out of the fridge for a little while the balls became too soft. When they hit the hot chocolate they became very loose and started sliding down the pop. After getting very frustrated I decided my only option was to forgo the stick.

I put all the cake balls in mini cupcake wrappers and used Wilton's Decorating Gel to make the decorations. Overall, they were cute for the party but not sure they are worth all the aggravation. I would make them again but just dip them in some chocolate and not worry about the appearance. No one will care what they look like once they take a bite!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011


Recently, I have come across the most addictive website I have ever been on. Pinterest is a virtual inspiration board where you can get ideas for everything from fashion to food. Pinterest allows you to create your own personalized board from anything you find on the internet. Instead of bookmarking a site or printing something I find, I now can just pin it to my board. You are also able to see what other people have pinned. Since coming across this site, I have spent many hours looking at all the DIY projects and recipes I want to tackle. Now I just have to get myself off Pinterest long enough to do them!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Leather Wrap Bracelets

I am always making jewelry. If I find a design that I love I have been known to become a little obsessed and when that happens I make the item in every variation I can think of. My latest obsession are these leather wrap bracelets I saw on Honestly...DIY.

I really love the leather and rhinestones together. The combination is tough and girly at the same time and would compliment any look.

Love the way multiple bracelets look together. These bracelets are a great addition to my collection!