January 26, 2013 by Jenn
One of the biggest complaints I hear from vegan buddies is the lack of peanut butter cups in their lives. Reece’s doesn’t even know they’d be sitting on a gold mine if they’d just use some vegan chocolate. Here’s a way to make these delicious treats on your own.
Yields: 24 cups
- 3 Cups Vegan chocolate (chips or chunks, doesn’t matter)
- 1 Cup powdered sugar
- 1/2 Tsp salt
- pinch of cinnamon
- cupcake pan
- cupcake liners
- double boiler (or make-shift double boiler like mine)
- Cut the top off the cupcake liners so they are half their original size. Place them in the cupcake pan.
- Melt your Vegan chocolate in your double boiler. Use a small spoon to deposit melted chocolate into the cupcake liners. Not very much, just enough to cover the bottom.
- Put cupcake pan in the freezer for 20 minutes or until chocolate has hardened.
- Mix sugar, peanut butter, and cinnamon in a bowl. It will be kinda tough. I just used my hands to incorporate all the ingredients thoroughly.
- Make small disk shapes out of the peanut butter mixture and place on top of the hardened chocolate. I wanted my cups to have the same appearance as the originals so I made sure to leave a little room around the sides of the cups for the chocolate to drip into.
- Once you’re done with the disks, take more melted chocolate and cover the disks completely. Use your spoon to smooth out the tops.
- Place in the freezer for another 25 minutes until they are completely hardened.
- Then eat all of them in one sitting.
No but seriously. You might. I would recommend keeping these bad boys refrigerated until you plan on serving them, just to make sure the chocolate doesn’t melt at all.
I will neither confirm nor deny that I ate 3 of these for breakfast.
January 24, 2013 by Emily
Alex and I have almost exactly 9 months until our wedding day!! I’m so excited!
This is something Alex and I talked about for a while before he proposed, so we are on the same page about pretty much everything, from location, to food, to music. How lucky am I?! There’s no wedding stress coming from my man!
I’ve always wanted to get married at my grandparents (now my parents) barn in western Maryland and the moment Alex saw it he agreed that this was the place for us!
The barn, paired with a promise to play our reception from our super talented musician friends from The Manly Deeds set us on the path to a Rustic and Retro inspired hootenanny wedding.
Now I don’t know about you, but I’m addicted to Pinterest, I see things and go YES! that’s what I want, that’s what we’ll do! And sometimes I see things and know that while beautiful, they’re completely ridiculous. A typewriter in a snowy forrest, with a fur wearing bride does not a wedding (nor marriage) make…. But it’s still my go to for ideas! Here are the images that have popped out the most (I’ll try my best to have the photos click through to the original content, Pinterest is amazing, but not always the best at linking back to the person who deserves the credit!)
First and foremost we want our wedding to be FUN! What better way than to have lawn games?! My parents have always put up a badminton net or bocci balls during parties at our house so it only seems fitting to have them at THIS party! Recently one of our groomsmen introduced me to corn hole, and apparently I’m a natural! I can’t wait to kick everyones butt!
On to decor!!
Thanks to Jenn, I’ve become enamored with the aesthetic of mismatched chairs, fingers crossed I’ll be able to thrift, beg, borrow and steal enough chairs for our guests. Who ever doesn’t get a chair…
can rest their laurels on some fabric topped hay bales.I love the idea of have simple “filler” flowers in simple canisters as our centerpieces, and utilizing my parents herb garden to create boutonnieres and bouquets. I’d love to carry something that smells amazing down the aisle, and since I can’t carry pot roast I think lavender and rosemary work right?Thats enough wedding spam for now, I hope you’re ready to live through our journey of wedding planning! Stay tuned for the real fun when we actually start planning things instead of just ogling things on the internet. look forward to lots of DIY posts and mini-online-freakouts about getting hitched!What should I talk about for my next weddingly update? THE DRESS?! Food? Invites?! Let us know what you want to hear about!
January 20, 2013 by Jenn
Here’s a product that I know most people have in their homes. It doesn’t matter what brand or what measure of hold it states on your hairspray can. There a bunch of lots of uses for this inexpensive product, here are 5 of my favorites.
1. I have a black cat. That’s a fun fact, right? Yeah, it also means that my house is covered in black cat hair, especially the couch. If your pet’s fur is bumming you out there’s an easy solution. Take a paper towel and spray it heavily with hairspray then wipe whatever piece of furniture is covered with the animal hair. Picks it right up!
2. Often times I’ll get all dressed for the day and then realize that there is a small hole in my tights. If I do nothing, I know by the end of the day there will be a huge run in my stockings. Next time this happens, spray the snag or hole in the tights with hairspray and it’ll keep it from running! (It also helps with keeping you dress from sticking to your stocking due to static electricity, just a light mist will due.)
3. The next time you want to save your flowers by drying them out, use hairspray. Hang the flowers upside-down and each day spray them once a day for 1 week. This will keep them protected in stages while they are drying.
4. Sometimes I don’t have the cash to go to a salon so I dye my hair myself. Things can get a little crazy sometimes and I end up with hair dye on my t-shirts. To remove hair dye stains, simply coat the dyed area with hairspray and wash normally. The stains will come out.
5. Unruly hair and flyways are really annoying. You know what else is annoying? Looking like you doused your head in hairspray to make them behave. Next time spray the hairspray directly on your hairbrush before brushing your hair. It’ll tame the flyways without giving your hair that ever so attractive (not) glossy look.
Have a great week!
January 18, 2013 by Emily
1. I’m a huge fan of classic food presentation. Nothing is classier than a single large perfect cube of ice in a fancy cocktail, particularly one with bourbon. The Tovolo King ice cube trays are only 8 bucks, they come in a few different colors but I prefer the pink. ; )
2. Okay, an apple slicer might not seem that cool but I use it for a lot of things besides apples. You name it, tomatoes, potatoes, even cake. Sometimes I’m a little lazy and don’t feel like it, having a slicer makes my life a little easier. Plus, Ikea sells em for only 3 dollars!
3. French Press, oh how I love thee. I’ve always been a coffee gal but lately I’ve been getting more and more into tea. This french press is by Bodum, the one I had before (who shall remain nameless) did not properly steep loose teas. Somehow tons of little tea bits would end up in my water. Not cool. This french press has an extra reinforcement layer to strain out even the smallest pieces. I haven’t had dirty tea since. It was also a bargain at Target, in store I got mine for 17 dollars for a 4 cup, the online for an 8 cup is 29.95. Still not too shabby.
4. This is probably my favorite thing I own right now. First of all, the brand is called Babycakes, super cute. Second, it makes WAFFLE STICKS. Yeah, you heard me right, no, I didn’t stutter. Breakfast just got way more fun. Maybe sometimes I eat them for lunch, maybe don’t worry bout it.
5. Just because they’re adorbs. I collect salt and pepper shakers and these cupcakes are cuuuute.
1. Silicone Tongs- Ok, I’m not going to lie, I used to be the type of cook that would reach into a hot pan and grab something with my fingers…. YES, I’ve even done this with things in boiling water. I’m crazy. After many burnt fingertips I realized something needed to change, and apparently so did my mother…because every Christmas for the past few years she gives me a new pair of tongs that have silicone ends on them. I use my tongs every single day in the kitchen, they’re heat resistant and have a soft edge so they’re perfect for using in my non-stick pans, but also strong enough to hoist a pot roast out of the pan and onto a serving plate.
2. Digital Kitchen Scale: This is a new gadget for me. I used to be fine with liquid measurements when cooking, and usually I still am, but having a digital scale handy is really great for a lot of things. Personally, I use my scale most often to portion out bulk foods (cheaper in the long run!) into packets to go into the freezer for later, or when making bath products (like our solid lotion bars!) but I’ll also use it when I’m working on a finicky pastry recipe like macaroons where exact measurements are really important.
3. CUPPOW!- Cuppows are a plastic sippy cup lid that will fit onto any wide mouth mason jar, turning any mason jar into a travel cup…. Alex and I have a few of these in our kitchen that I use every single day. Now I have loads of travel mugs, bonus is that I didn’t need to clutter my cabinets with other travel cups!
4.Mason Jars- Seriously… I can’t live without mason jars. I use these bad boys for everything in my kitchen. They have become my drinking glasses, my Tupperware, pantry storage, liquid measuring cups and even my cocktail shaker. I especially like being able to utilize these kitchen multi-taskers when I bring liquids to work for my lunches, I used to be paranoid that my soup or smoothie would spill in my bag on the way to work, but the mason jars screw on lid has given me great peace of mind.
5. Covered Metal Mixing Bowls- These are along the same line as my obsession with mason jars, I really like being able to seal up my containers and bowls to reduce my chances of spills (I’m really clumsy!) plastic wrap just doesn’t do it for me, so these covered bowls are right up my alley! I especially like them for when I’m breading things because I can pop the lid on and shake with reckless abandon!
6. Silicone Cupcake Liners- ANOTHER kitchen multi-tasker! I like them because anything I put inside them for baking or molding purposes pops right out! very little mess and NEVER any baked good left behind, stuck to the bottom of the muffin tins! It doesn’t hurt that they’re reusable until the end of time and I don’t need to deal with any more of those paper liners!