Thursday, October 13, 2022

Easy DIY Halloween Board Treats





Halloween is almost here! Here are some easy DIY treats you can make this year. All you need to get started is white melting chocolate, some candy eyes, and your choice of Oreo cookies, Nutter Butter cookies, and/or strawberries. The great thing about Halloween treats is the chocolate doesn't have to look perfect. The messier it is, the more it fits the spooky theme. I dipped the Nutter Butter cookies in the chocolate and added the eyes and a mouth to create a ghost. I turned the strawberries and Oreos into mummies. All you do to is drizzle some extra white chocolate on top of the dipped chocolate and add some eyes. These are SO easy to make and would be perfect to make with kids (as I said they don't need to look perfect). I used the extra Oreos to make some spiders and bats. The bats are made with peanut butter cups. You can use Reese cups, but I chose to use dark chocolate peanut butter cups from Trader Joes (these are my favorite). You simply cut the top of an Oreo in half and secure it with some chocolate and add eyes. For the spiders you need small pretzel sticks and eyes. I used a variety of different sized eyes, but any would work. You can find candy eyes on Amazon here.

I added a few more festive treats to complete the board and love how it turned out! I used a cookie cutter to cut some ghost shaped cheese as well as ghost chips, cider mill donuts, monster cookies (which can be found here), and letter cookies from Trader Joe's.

Happy haunting!

XO,
Sarah



Thursday, September 29, 2022

Halloween Boards








I can't believe October is almost here! September flew by. October means it is time for everything Halloween! The last few years I have LOVED making festive Halloween boards. The possibilities are endless - breakfast boards, snack boards, dinner boards, treat boards. Here is a round up of ones I have made so far. The best part is many of these treats are super easy to make. Most things you can throw some candy eyes on or plastic spiders, skeletons, or Dracula teeth and make them the perfect festive treat for your board. Here is the spider web waffle maker and a skull one also!

Below I have linked some of my favorite things needed to make these boards extra Spook-tacular. Also see my post about how to make these amazing pumpkin cookie sandwiches here.

XO,
Sarah


Thursday, August 18, 2022

An Italian Summer

 Finally sharing some details from our Italy trip here on the blog! I am by no means an expert after being once, but I'm happy to share where we went, what we did, and what we loved while we were there! 

I linked all outfit details with LiketoKnow.it (check out the tab if you are looking for something in particular) and I also included links at the bottom of this post.

We mostly stayed in rentals and Airbnbs, but I'm happy to share more about those if you are interested in more information, just contact me. 

We flew into Rome (we took a red-eye flight which seemed to help with jet lag) and rented a car. We spent a few hours in Rome exploring and seeing some of the major tourist spots like St. Peter's Square, the Colosseum, and the Trevi Fountain. I was happy to see some of the popular attractions but didn't feel like we needed a ton of time there. If our trip was longer, I might have wanted to spend a night there. 

We then drove to the Amalfi Coast. We stayed in Positano for four nights and I could have stayed even longer. It is seriously a DREAM. We stayed at a rental and it had the most beautiful balcony with an amazing view. The location was perfect and made it easy to get to all the other places we wanted to go in Positano. Some of the restaurants we loved were Chez Black, Ristorante Bruno, Terrazza Cele, Caffe Positano, Maestro's at Villa Treville, La Tre Sorelle, Ristorante Don Giovanni, and Arienzo Beach Club. We chose to do Arienzo Beach Club for one day and would highly recommend it. You can get to their private beach by boat and you can buy different packages for the day that include lunch at their restaurant, a bottle of champagne, appetizers, desserts, etc. We had reservations for most of these places as we went in June, the beginning of the busy season. You will need to make reservations for the beach club as well. There are a LOT of stairs in Positano that are not avoidable, just FYI. We also LOVED Franco's Bar. No reservations needed, no reservations taken - that is their motto. We got there right when it opened one day and had the best seats. It was perfect. The drinks are delicious and the views are spectacular. Something else we did in Positano was the Path of the Gods hike. Once again the views were breathtaking, however it was a little more strenuous of a hike than we thought based on our research. It took about 4 hours for us to hike from the top starting point down to Positano. We took a private car to the starting point and we started very early in the morning to avoid the heat, which I would definitely recommend. The timing worked out well. We were hot and tired afterwards, but got a lemon sorbet at Collina Bakery afterwards. 



We then drove to Sorrento, parked our car, and took the ferry to Capri. We only stayed one night there, but definitely could have stayed longer. On Capri we stayed at the Hotel Weber Ambassador and we loved the location! It is right on the smaller marina, Marina Piccola which is where we rented our boat from. We swam there a bunch also and it was honestly just so beautiful! I would highly recommend doing a boat day and spending some time enjoying the views from the water. That was one of my favorite days of our trip! We had dinner at Il Geranio and I would recommend it for sure. It is a lovely setting, delicious food, and a stunning view of the famous rocks, Faraglioni.



We then drove to Santa Margherita Ligure and Portofino for a few days. We stayed in Santa Margherita and Portofino is very close nearby. You can walk, but we took a bus. Portofino is such a beautiful place, I definitely want to go back! We hiked to the lighthouse and had drinks at the end of the peninsula with the most beautiful views. We had aperitivo at the Belmond Splendido in Portofino and it was possibly the nicest place I've ever seen. Simply stunning.

Last, we drove to Torino (Turin) for a few days which is where Zach and his family used to live. We visited the house where they lived and where Zach went to school. It is a beautiful city and every building is so pretty it looks fake. I couldn't get enough gelato, cappuccino, and croissants the whole trip. The food overall is unmatched and I couldn't have been happier eating all the pizza, pasta, and seafood for every meal and of course all the red wine. One day we also drove up into the mountains for lunch and the Alps were magnificent. 

We flew home from Torino. We had a short layover in Amsterdam both ways and it was very smooth. Overall we had the best trip! I swear I tried my best to edit down the photos, but there are still a million. Happy to answer any other questions you might have! Thanks for stopping by!

XO, 
Sarah