A Peep Four Ways!

Are you a fan of Peeps??  You know, those sugared covered marshmallow bunnies and chicks that used to only come out at Easter??  Now they make an appearance for every holiday AND they are now in Oreos!!  Heaven help me!

I am a fan!!  Yep, right here!!  However, my favorite way to eat a Peep is after it has been out of the package 1 day!  I like when it tends to have a little more “bite” to it than the squishy soft right out of the package texture!

I thought it would be fun to show you Peeps 4 ways!  Two ideas you can eat, but if eating them is not your thing, you can always decorate with them!

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How about Peeps and jelly beans lining the inside of my trifle bowl, and a vase of tulips stuck in the center!  Super easy and a darling Springtime centerpiece!

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My kids always get Peeps in their Easter baskets..some love them more than others, but everyone loved this S’mores Peep dip!  Just line the bottom of a 9×13 pan with chocolate bars, lay your chicks in a row, and bake at 300 until the chocolate is melted.  Use graham crackers for dipping!

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I am crazy for these Peeps Pops  I found on Pinterest from Gimmie Some Oven…this is what I’m making this year!

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Ok…and is this not the cutest wreath ever from Tried and True Blog???

So whether you love ’em or hate ’em…maybe you could decorate with ’em!

xoxo~Dawn

S’mores Cupcakes…yes please!

Have you ever had a S’mores Cupcake?

This recipe is from Trophy Cupcakes, and was shared by Jennifer Shea a few years agon on Martha Stewart.  I, of course, took a short cut (like I always do!) and used a chocolate cake mix and added in chocolate chips…but they were still amazing!

I’ve shared the original recipe with you below, in case you want to make them from scratch.  The Marshmallow frosting is my favorite part!

 

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INGREDIENTS

  • 2 1/4 cups plus 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon cocoa powder (not Dutch-processed)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs (from about 20 squares)
  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 9 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • Marshmallow Frosting

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 standard muffin tins with cupcake liners; set aside.

  2. Sift 2 cups plus 2 tablespoons sugar, flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together into the bowl of an electric mixer. Using the paddle attachment, mix ingredients together on low speed.

  3. In a large bowl, mix together eggs, milk, oil, and vanilla. Add to flour mixture and beat on medium speed for 30 seconds. Scrape down sides of bowl and continue mixing on medium speed for 2 minutes. Add boiling water and stir to combine; set cake batter aside.

  4. Place graham cracker crumbs, remaining 1/4 cup sugar, and melted butter in a large bowl; stir until well combined.

  5. Place 1 tablespoon graham cracker mixture into the bottom of each prepared muffin cup. Use the bottom of a small glass to pack crumbs into the bottom of each cupcake liner. Reserve remaining graham cracker mixture for topping.

  6. Place 2 teaspoons chocolate in each muffin cup. Transfer muffin tins to oven and bake until the edges of the graham cracker mixture is golden, about 5 minutes. Remove from oven and fill each muffin cup three-quarters full with cake batter. Sprinkle each with remaining chocolate and graham cracker mixture. Return to oven and bake, rotating pans halfway through baking, until tops are firm and a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean, 18 to 20 minutes. Transfer muffin tins to a wire rack and let cupcakes cool in pan for 10 minutes. Remove cupcakes from pan and let cool completely.

  7. Transfer frosting to a large pastry bag fitted with a large plain round or French tip (such as Ateco #867 or Ateco #809). Pipe frosting in a spiral motion on each cupcake. Transfer cupcakes to a baking sheet. Using a kitchen torch, lightly brown the frosting, taking care not to burn the cupcake liners. Serve immediately or store in an airtight container, up to 2 days.

Marshmallow Frosting

This frosting recipe from Jennifer Shea of Trophy Cupcakes is used for delicious Chocolate Graham Cracker Cupcakes with Toasted Marshmallow.

    • YIELD: MAKES ENOUGH FOR 2 DOZEN CUPCAKES
    • 8 large egg whites
    • 2 cups sugar
    • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
    • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

DIRECTIONS

  1. Place egg whites, sugar, and cream of tartar in the heatproof bowl of an electric mixer. Set over a saucepan with simmering water. Whisk constantly until sugar is dissolved and whites are warm to the touch, 3 to 4 minutes.

  2. Transfer bowl to electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, and beat, starting on low speed, gradually increasing to high, until stiff, glossy peaks form, 5 to 7 minutes. Add vanilla, and mix until combined. Use immediately.

 

I hope you love these as much as my family did!!

xoxo~ Dawn

Spring in Bloom Brunch {Styled Shoot}

Has this not felt like the looooggest winter EVER??

I don’t know about you, but I am ready for sunshine and flowers, however, I’m sure there will be a few showers sprinkled in there as well!

I recently partnered with Oriental Trading to celebrate Spring with a colorful brunch!!!

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Cranberry Orange Scones and Orange juice…yes please!  You can find my easy recipe on the Oriental Trading blog as well!

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I am so in love with these darling ceramic wellies!!  I even created a pair to resemble my favorite Hunter green ones!

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I had a vision for this planter box centerpiece, and it came together perfectly!  I tucked 8 pint size mason jars inside, grabbed two big bunches of tulips from Costco and a floral bouquet from the grocery store and just started plunking them in…really so easy and it lasted on my kitchen table for a couple of weeks!

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I would love for you to head over to the Oriental Trading blog and see all the details, as well as,  the posts for my DIY Ceramic Rainboots, my DIY Tulip bulb party favors, and you can get that recipe for the Cranberry Orange Scones as well!!

If you would like to see some of my other projects, you can check them out here!

Thank you so much for stopping by!!

xoxo~ Dawn

This review is based strictly on my opinion. I was provided these samples free of charge by Oriental Trading to provide my honest review. I was also compensated to blog on the Oriental Trading Blog.  All ideas and opinion are my own.

Top 5 Favorite Podcasts {March}

I have become a Podcast junkie.  I love finding new shows to listen to, and LOVE when someone recommends a new one to me.  So…I thought I would share 5 Podcasts that I’m loving right now!

First up, Awesome with Allison.  She is fun and quirky, and share the mic with her husband producer.  They are real and feel like your next door neighbors!

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Ep.11: Ideas for unplugging and being present

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Ted Talks are some of my all time favorite videos and podcasts.  There are always interesting topics to interest a wide range of listeners.  I loved this podcast on being simply happy..so much so that I told my 24 year old son to listen to it!

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Simply Happy :TED Radio Hour

Being Boss is a great podcast for Creative entrepeneurs with so many great topics!

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Being Boss:  Creativity comes First

I am a huge fan of Modern Mrs. Darcy.  She is one of my go-tos for book recommendations, so her podcasts are a huge hit with me!

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The Modern Mrs. Darcy: What Should I read next?

Tsh Oxenreider feels like your sitting down with your girlfriend over a cup of coffee to chat about life’s delights…books, home and travel.  I think you will enjoy, there is so much good stuff there!

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The Simple Show

I hope you find something new here that maybe you hadn’t thought to try!

I would love to know if you have a favorite podcast or two!!   Please share in the comments below!

xoxo~Dawn

 

Instagram Outfit Round-up

I thought I would do an Instagram Outfit round-up here on the blog and share a few of my fave looks from the past few weeks and why I love them!  To shop each of these looks…click on the “Shop Sale” box right under my “Hello” photo and it will take you to all the links!  Easy Peasy!

So, first off, athleisure…yes, I hated that term when it first came out, but let’s be honest, I am all about this look!  Its comfy, perfect for hanging at home or running errands and looking like you put a little effort into your leggings and sneaks!  And, really…how cute are these bright babies??

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I am a huge Anglophile, so when I saw this tee I knew I had to have it!  It is super soft and a great fit!  You can find it at Shop Everyly Co .

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This outfit is a mix of my two most beloved patterns…plaid and leo!  You can never go wrong adding leopard to any outfit…consider it a neutral!  This coat is the BEST hand-me-down I have ever received, it has easily become my winter staple!

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Told you, winter staple that coat!  My beloved booties recently got a hole in them, so I need to replace these stat as I wear them at least 3x a week they are that versatile!  This cute sweater was a Jcrew find and I love the purple/navy combo!

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This here is really just a mix of all things I love…a cute sweater, a plaid scarf and my fave leopard sneaks that are years old from Target.  I have linked some similar pairs for ya though!  This bag, found it at Target and loved the shape…it has a very Kate Spadesque feel don’t ya think?

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My beloved moto jacket.  I bought this baby a couple of years ago for under 40 bucks, and have never looked back!  I probable wear this a couple of times a week as well!  I am a huge sneaker fan and these nikes cover all the bases…spots, neutral and comfort.

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Alright friends…think I better make this fam of mine some dinner!  Thanks fo sticking through this post! Mwwwaahhh!!

xoxo~Dawn

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Modern Mint & Gold Birthday Party

My sweet Lucy turned 12 this year and just started middle school…stop time please!!

This year for her party she wanted to invite 5 of her closest friends for a late night get-together.  Her favorite color is mint, so a mint, gold, black and white party was the request.  Ask and you shall receive!  I found all the perfect supplies from Oriental Trading!

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The girls loved that I set them a “fancy” table in their own private dining room.

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They dined on Mac and Cheese, Cesar Salad, Strawberries, 6 layer dip and lots of chips.  Their favorite though was the Sparkling cider poured over rock candy sticks served in champagne flutes!  The rock candy turns the cider colors…for us it was turquoise.

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I loved the shape of the chevron mint plates, and how cute are the gold heart plates??  Little gift boxes were at each place setting filled with gold chocolate candies.

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Lucy is not a big cake girl, so I thought it would be fun to make mini cupcake push pops!!  These were the perfect size, fun to eat and tasted delicious!!

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We did a couple crafts which always make a party fun.  Each girl brought a t-shirt and I supplied pillow forms and we made these pillows.  So cute and easy!  Ribbon chokers were the other craft…just ribbon cut to size, fastened with velcro dots and a jewel glued on!

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Overall, it was a simple party spent eating, laughing, and just having fun together!

Happy Birthday Lucy Joy…we love you!

xoxo~Dawn

“This review is based strictly on my opinion. Others may have a different opinion or experience with the product listed above. I was provided the sample free of charge by the company and I provided my honest opinion. No other type of compensation was received for this review.”