Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Chocolate Charcuterie

Charcuterie board, but make it chocolate! Sure meats and cheeses are nice, but how about desserts instead!? I rounded up some of my all-time favorite treats and put them all together to make this masterpiece. This is what Zach and I will be munching on this Valentine's Day. 

You can make it your own and add your favorites. Whether they are store-bought or homemade, it is such a fun, easy dessert option this Valentine's Day!

On our board I included chocolate covered strawberries (my personal favorite), white and dark chocolate drizzled popcorn, pretzel kiss bites (instructions below), M&Ms, assorted chocolates, mini strawberry pie love notes (instructions below), sugar cookies, berries, and chocolate cookies with cream cheese buttercream for dipping. 

To make the pretzel chocolate kiss bites, all you have to do it spread out pretzels on a cookie sheet, preheat the oven to 175 degrees, place one chocolate kiss on each pretzel and bake for 5-8 minutes. Once they are done, take them out and place one M&Ms on top while they are still warm. SO easy and SO delicious.

To make the mini strawberry pie love notes all you have to do it use pie crust (I used pre-made) and cut out squares. Add a small amount of your favorite jam/jelly and fold three corners in to the center. I added a heart sprinkle, but you could add whatever you want (or nothing). Use a simple egg wash to brush on top before baking at 375 degrees for 15 minutes. Another easy and yummy treat.

Happy (almost) Valentine's Day!


Sunday, February 2, 2020

Chocolate Football Cookies

Happy Super Bowl Sunday! If you're looking for an easy last minute treat to make, here ya go! These chocolate cookies are delicious and adorable.  The frosting is a cream cheese buttercream. You can use this to add to details to the footballs and for dipping the cookies into (there is no such thing as too much frosting on a cookie IMO).
Here is the recipe:

Chocolate Cookies:
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 stick (1/2 cup) butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1-2 tbsp. milk

Combine dry ingredients. Set aside. Mix butter and sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy. Add egg. Add dry ingredients slowly. Add milk. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate (at least an hour). Roll out dough and cut out football shapes with a cookie cutter. Bake at 350 degrees for 9-10 minutes. Allow to cool completely before frosting.

Cream Cheese Frosting:
6 oz. cream cheese, softened
6 tbsp. butter, softened
3 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla

Mix cream cheese and butter until smooth. Add vanilla. Add powdered sugar slowly. Mix until light and fluffy. You can use a piping bag or a plastic baggie to pipe the details on the footballs. Put a small amount in the piping bag and leave the rest in a bowl for dipping.



Friday, January 10, 2020

Palm Springs Trip

Pajamas (short sleeve version here)

Leopard Dress worn as a skirt (sold out similar here), Belt, Ankle boots, TopSimilar bag

Suit (similar herehere and here) LEOPARD, Cover-up

Kimono, Suit (old similar here and here also LOVE this one), Sunglasses, Headband

Happy Friday! I'm finally sharing some pictures from our trip to California over Christmas break. We stayed in Palm Desert and it was SO beautiful! The palm trees and the mountains make for the perfect scenery. We even saw a ton of snow up in the mountains. Simply breathtaking.
I hope you all are having a wonderful start to the new year!