the secret to the best happiness bars are my fave

May 6, 2014

nanaimo bars recipe

I posted a photo of this goodness on Instagram yesterday and was surprised by the number of people who expressed they had never heard of happiness bars (also known as nanaimo bars). Okay, so it was only about five people, but in my mind that is too many. So the recipe must be shared.

These layered treats are a go-to favorite that never disappoint. And while I’ve been making them for years, my sister recently shared a secret that makes them taste even better. Simply 1 1/2 the recipe but don’t adjust the pan size (this is a good plan for rice krispie treats too). Since I’m never using the original measurements again, I’ve already adjusted the ingredients in the recipe below. Time for some happiness in bar cookie form.

nanaimo bars recipe

Happiness Bars

– 3/4 c butter
– 6 Tbsp cocoa
– 3/4 c powdered sugar
– 2 eggs, slightly beaten
– 3/4 c nuts (optional – I always leave these out)
– 1 1/2 c coconut
– 2 tsp vanilla
– 3 c graham cracker crumbs (18 whole)

Melt butter and cocoa then stir in remaining ingredients. Press in 9×13 pan and chill until set.

– 3/4 c butter
– 4 1/2 Tbsp milk
– 3 tsp vanilla dry instant pudding
– 2 tsp vanilla
– 3 c powdered sugar

Melt butter and milk together over stovetop. Add pudding mix and cook for one minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and add powdered sugar and vanilla. Spread on the crust and chill until set.

Melt 1 1/2 cups of chocolate chips then drizzle and spread on top. Chill and store in freezer, bring to room temperature to serve.

nanaimo bars recipe
nanaimo bars recipe

Remember, there’s no excuse for bad dessert.

a new mom in a box is my fave

May 5, 2014

gift ideas for new moms

What would new moms appreciate?
– a headband to cover up the hair loss
a pretty robe to make her feel like she got dressed
– snacks and more snacks
a card letting her know why she’s awesome
– a water bottle that is more attractive than the hospital cup
a journal to catalog the delirious joy
– cash for a Netflix subscription

Bonus ideas!
– a cute nightlight for the late feedings
– ear plugs for when the husband takes over
– a favorite book or magazine for when instagram gets old

gift ideas for new moms

fridays are my fave

May 2, 2014


1. I’d like some personalized painted pennants for my team (Beck and baby)
2. A simple way to make white balloons fancier
3. This Paris flat is all so lovely (I’m especially fond of the gold rolling ladder)
4. I sure hope the half moon pattern doesn’t become the next chevron because I love it so
5. A breakfast birthday cake

printable mother’s day cards are my fave

April 30, 2014

Let’s make a pact to be on top of Mother’s Day this year, mmmkay? Or force our husbands/dads/children to make the pact.

free mother's day card
free mother's day card

Here’s how I’m helping, I’m offering an even easier version of the photo booth strip Mother’s Day card I made last year. Top a box of good quality chocolates with it and you’ll have a happy madre.

Get the download (designed by Kirsten Bingham) right here on Julep.

PS That strip is the result of Beck’s first solo try at the photo booth. He wasn’t a fan of the flash. Ha!

the color condition is my fave

April 29, 2014

Tuesday’s happy inducing find: hued streamers created by the two ladies behind The Color Condition.

the color condition
the color condition
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the color condition

The streams are made from a mixture of table cloths, shower curtains, and painters drop cloths. Pretty amazing, right? I’d love to see an installation in person and dance through them as if I were Maria on top of the mountain in Sound of Music.

See more on The Color Condition and Patina.

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