December 17, 2013 by Jenn
My mom still lives in south Florida and every December I go home to visit. This year I took Patrick and my bestie Kurt. Here’s a look.
1. 12 hours after leaving Baltimore we finally get to the border
2. First stop: Waffle House. Naturally.
3. 2nd stop: South of the Border. Naturally.
4. Spooky broken down hotel
5. Shark head.
6. Boys at the beach.
7. The illusive “sand face”
8. Me and the skyline
9. Patrick, victorious, after helping my mom seal cracks on her roof.
10. Emma the dog.
December 14, 2013 by Emily
The Christmas season always makes me flashback to my junior year of college when I was working at a store… that rhymes with Silliams-wanoma (I’m a master of concealing names right?!) I loved being surrounded by kitchen gadgests I couldn’t really afford, and the candles that smelled like pine tree.. and the room in the back full of samples! Being a clean freak that I am I actually volunteered to work in the kitchen that was in the store room, cleaning all the dishes and machines we used for demonstrations… but I also got to prep all the samples.
Including the peppermint chocolate bark. Good gravy, I wasn’t even a chocolate fan and I HATED peppermint…but it was SO.DAMN.GOOD.
I wanted to recreate the peppermint bark at home so I could bring it in as a gift for my coworkers, the recipe is super simple (and quick!) I was able to find everything I needed in the baking aisle and whipped this up in just a few minutes.
What You’ll Need:
1 pound of dark or semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 10 ounce bag of white chocolate chips
1/4 teaspoon peppermint candy flavoring OR 1 teaspoons peppermint extract
15-20 crushed peppermint candies (I used the little round starlight mints, if your using candy cane 5-6 should work)
Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper
Melt 3/4 of the dark chocolate in a double boiler over low heat, when the chocolate is melted remove from the heat and stir in the remaining dark chocolate until its melted (this will help the chocolate keep its temper) stir in the peppermint extract and spread evenly on the lined cookie sheet.
Allow the chocolate to set for at least 1 hour.
Repeat the melting process with the white chocolate chips then spread evenly over the dark chocolate layer, immediately top with the crushed peppermint candies, pressing gently to make sure they stick.
Allow the chocolate bark to set at room temperature for about 1 hour before breaking into jagged chunks, and then try not to eat them all.
October 30, 2013 by Jenn
Halloween is tomorrow and I just can’t wait. Emily and I are doing Guns N Roses. She is Axl and I’m Slash… photos to follow. Anyhow, I enjoy a good spooky front yard. However, we don’t have a front yard. Living in Baltimore city, we basically have a flower bed. So I worked with what I had and came up with a spooky fence and sign for our front “yard”. Here’s how to make it!
You will need:
- gray spray paint
- thin wire
- wood (I found these cool small stakes from my local hardware store for 50 cents a piece)
- white paint
First I took all of my wood pieces and spray painted them gray.
I sanded the wood a bit with the sandpaper to make them a little rough. Next you’ll want to white wash the wood to make it appear older. White wash in stores can be expensive and it’s much easier to make your own. Just mix water with your white paint until it has the consistency of glue. Paint the gray wood with the white wash mix until it looks spooky. I then nailed the wood into the front flower bed. Once all my pieces were in order, I wrapped the metal wire around them. Super simple and easy.
To make my beware sign, I took a wood piece from my boyfriend’s stock and spray painted some of the edges red and used black acrylic paint to write beware. Again, so easy.
We spray painted a few old boxes gray and organized our pumpkins on them. Voila. Spooky front yard display.
I used yellow and orange lights all around the perimeter of the flower bed to make it look spookier at night.
Yay! Halloween party is ready for tomorrow night. What’s your favorite way to decorate?