Usually, when I host a get-together, I struggle and spend a majority of my time trying to figure out what cocktails to serve on the menu. What type of liquor to serve, what pairs well with the meal, the type of event I’m hosting, and what variety of options I should have available. That’s a lot to wrap your head around and it can be a bit overwhelming sometimes…right?! One of my go-to’s is this super easy coffee shooter recipe!
Guys, I. Love. Sprinkles.
In case you were wondering, the best combination at Cold Stone Creamery involves Sweet Cream ice cream, cookie dough, Kit Kat, and SPRINKLES.
But back to the sprinkles…
I’m a big believer that sprinkles make just about anything better. Including Easter eggs.
Sprinkle Easter eggs….? Duh. Of course.
They are bright, colorful, and just plain fun. And who doesn’t love sprinkles? (If you don’t, I am questioning your sanity).
I’m a sucker for sweets. I don’t try to deny it. I own it. And just about everyone else in my life already knows it.
Me and sugar are besties and have been for years. It’s a love/hate relationship, but somehow the sugar always wins…go figure.
I usually don’t discriminate against different types of sugar, but if you add multiple chocolatey layers, soft marshmallow, and gooey caramel together, you’ll have these dipped marshmallows pops and one happy camper.
Not only are these triple dipped marshmallow pops delicious, but they’re also the perfect treat to give out as party favors too!
There’s just something about balloons.
As much as I try to hate them or try to convince myself that they have past their prime, they always seem to do something that makes me fall for them all over again. (Yep, still talking about balloons here).
They add the perfect touch to a birthday party and seem to make photos so much more fun.
There are SO many fun ways to elevate (no pun intended) them and make them a bit more fancy or fun.
Today, I’m sharing a really easy and quick way to add a bit of personality to them by adding a DIY balloon garland! And the best part…? All you need to pull it off is a sewing machine!
Spring is definitely in the air and I can’t say that I’m complaining.
I’ve already noticed the bulbs in my garden springing to life and these beauties that are stocking the grocery floral departments too.
With Easter only a few short weeks away, I wanted to share a SUPER easy way to upgrade those grocery store flowers and turn them into something pretty to bring as a host or hostess gift when you’re invited to brunch (my fave!) or dinner.
All you need are:
- flowers (any variety works)
- wrapping paper that you love
- small gift tag
First, cut your paper into a square. Ensure that you have enough paper to wrap the flowers, but also not too much that it covers your blooms or the bottoms of your stems. (You can make adjustments to your size as you start placing your flowers).
Turn your paper so that it resembles a diamond, with the tip of your paper towards the top. Place your flowers on top of your paper (make sure the stems are dry!) and arrange them so that you have a few varying layers. This can take a few tries before you get it just right.
Gently wrap the middle of the paper around the stems, tucking the inner corner under the stems.
Wrap the twine around the center of the paper wrap. Pull tight and secure with a bow.
Add your gift tag!
A DIY floral wrap is such a quick and easy way to give some fresh flowers even more of a wow factor and impress your host!
Normally, February in Utah is a bit more snowy and a bit more freezing, but lately we’ve been hitting temps in the low 60’s.
Utah seems to be having a climate crisis, but a mug full of piping hot chocolate is always ok in my book, regardless of the weather.
Jazz it up with a splash of Baileys and a cute topper and you’ve got a winner!
I combined 4 cups of milk and 1/2 cup of heavy cream together and simmered on the stove until warm.
Next, I mixed in one 11.5 ounce bag of chocolate chips, stirring constantly until melted. I used gourmet milk chocolate baking chips, but you can use any type of chip you want. If you want a less sweet hot chocolate, only use 3/4 of the bag.
When it has all melted, it’s a smooth chocolatey dream.
Pick your favorite mug and pour! If you want to spike it, add 1 Tbsp. of Bailey’s Irish Cream in each mug and stir.
I used really tall mugs (yours might be smaller) and this amount filled up three of them perfectly.
Now, let’s get to the fun part…
I just cut them out with a pair of scissors, but you could easily use a Silhouette too.
Place the stencil over the top of your mug and dust with any type of powdered topping you like. I used cocoa powder (because who doesn’t want more chocolate) but you could use cinnamon too!
I love unexpected details and this one is too cute.
How could you pass up a mug that looked that good…? I know I couldn’t.
If you’re looking for the perfect dessert to serve for Valentine’s Day, an anniversary, or even just a Tuesday night, this little recipe is sure to a be a hit. And those heart shaped ramekins…? They sure do elevate the cuteness factor.
I got my ramekins here.
The recipe is simple to put together and can be done in about an hour and a half, from start to finish.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 1 2/3 cup Heavy Cream
- 5 Egg Yolks
- 6 1/2 Tbsp. Sugar
- 1 Tsp. Vanilla
- 1 Cup of Diced Strawberries (plus some extra to garnish)
- Sugar for Sprinkling
Preheat your oven to 325 degrees.
Whip together sugar, egg yolks, and vanilla until well blended.
Heat the cream until just slightly simmering (about 190 degrees) and very slowly pour into the egg yolk mixture, while whisking the entire time.
Fill the bottoms of the ramekins with strawberries.
Remove any excess foam off of the top of the custard mixture and pour into the ramekins until they are about 3/4 of the way full. (The strawberries will float a bit in the mixture).
Set the ramekins inside a non-stick baking pan and carefully pour water into the pan until it reaches about 1/2 up the sides of the ramekins.
Place onto a middle rack in the oven and bake for about 20-25 minutes, until they have set and are no longer “liquidy”.
Once done, chill for 30 minutes in the refrigerator.
Sprinkle sugar over the tops of the chilled brulee. Using a kitchen torch, caramelize the sugar by moving the flame in a circular motion on the surface. (If you don’t have a kitchen torch handy, you can cheat a bit by placing the brulee into your oven on the “broil” setting to help get a crusty top using the sugar. Be sure to watch it carefully though, because it can get very hot, very quickly!).
Garnish with diced strawberries.
This recipe will make about 6 heart shaped strawberry & cream creme brulee’s.
They didn’t last long at my house, so next time, I might need to make double!
Last month, I had the opportunity to attend Alt Summit for the first time.
If you’ve never heard about it before, it’s a blogging/small business conference that takes place over 4 days and every single moment is jam packed!
I’m not sure why I’ve never attended before, considering it’s held at the Grand America hotel in downtown Salt Lake City, in my own state. I’ve definitely been missing out.
It was a whirlwind, but I really tried to soak up every opportunity I was given, from meeting other bloggers or business owners, networking with brands, or just learning from the talented and successful panel of speakers that were scheduled each day.
Alt does such a fantastic job with having the sponsors so available and waiting to meet with bloggers to work with in the future. It’s really casual and not intimidating at all. I’m not sure where else you would have the ability to network with so many fantastic brands all in one place.
The day sessions were fantastic. So many different topics were covered and it was really hard to choose just one at a time. I learned a lot and it will probably take me the next year to implement everything!
The fun didn’t stop when the day sessions ended either. Each night there were events planned for all of us.
The first night, I had the opportunity to attend a dinner that was hosted by one of the sponsors of the conference. I chose to attend the Joann’s Craft dinner and I was so glad I did.
The PR team from Joann’s was AWESOME. Seriously, the best girls. I can’t wait to work with them more in the future.
Alt hosted a really fun Downton Abbey themed party the next night. Everyone was dressed to the nine’s and we might have even snuck off to the hotel lounge after the party ended for an after-party!
One of my favorite nights was the Mini Party night. A handful of different themed rooms, all unique and uber creative, with fun waiting in each one. We were able to hop from room to room to mingle, dance, and have a blast. The “Cactus Makes Perfect” room was my favorite. Cactus temporary tattoos, little magnets, and that signage…? I was in love.
Overall, the whole experience was AMAZING. I am still trying to soak everything in. I learned so much over those 4 days and really made unforgettable memories with some of my favorite people.
I’m sure I’ll still be working on my to-do list this time next year, but for now, I think I’ll focus on going through all of those business cards I received! (There are a TON).
I really can’t wait to attend the next one, catch up with new friends that I met at the conference, and create new memories.
If any of you have the opportunity to go, I would HIGHLY recommend it. It’s definitely an unforgettable experience. Maybe I’ll see you there next time! 🙂