peach cobbler cookies are my fave

September 3, 2014

from guest contributor Rebecca Hansen
peach cobbler cookies
peach cobbler cookies
These cookies are the perfect marriage between summer and fall. For those of you savoring the last few weeks of summer, you get the taste of the juicy peaches at their peak. For those of you jumping on the arrival of pumpkins and boots, you get a warm baked good and crumble topping. A win/win in my book.

Peach Cobbler Cookies

Dough

  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 sticks of butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups white chocolate chips
  • 2 peaches, peeled and diced

Crumble Topping

  • 4 tablespoons softened butter
  • 1/3 cup flour (add more if needed)
  • dash of cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 4 tablespoons oats

In a mixer fitted with the paddle attachment cream together the butter and both of your sugars until fluffy. On low speed at the salt, vanilla, and eggs. When that’s combined add in the flour, baking soda and cinnamon. Mix in the white chocolate. Chill the dough in the fridge for one hour.

While the dough is chilling, mix all the crumble topping ingredients together with a fork until small clumps form.

Preheat the oven to 350.

After the dough is chilled mix in the peaches on low speed. You only want to mix it briefly so you don’t mash up the peaches.

Use an ice cream scoop and drop on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Press down with a fork and sprinkle with the crumble topping.

Bake for 13-15 minutes. Enjoy warm!

peach cobbler cookies
peach cobbler cookies

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a baby shower in a box is my fave

September 2, 2014

from guest contributor Kersey Campbell

Since Melanie had a baby (yay!) I thought it would be appropriate to throw her a little baby shower in a box. It’s so her, right? If you know someone who is expecting, this would be a really fun way to throw a mini party just for them.
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You can mix up the box to include a theme or color scheme to make it perfect for the mama to be. Since Melanie had a little lady, I went ahead and made this one for a girl with a few elements you might see at a baby shower.

First off, some simple and fun party decorations. Even just a few balloons and a garland can go a long way. The thank you cards are especially great since she will undoubtedly have a lot of notes to write. Add in the balloon animal figurines for a little element of fun (I have been giving these as gifts for a while now and they are always a hit, they’d be great party favors too). And of course, chocolate. If you don’t include some form of chocolate, don’t expect to get a thank you card.

And that’s it! Put it all into a cute box (or tin in my case) and send it on it’s way!

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Sources: thank you cards, balloon animals, dress (Gap – no longer available), honeycomb balls, chocolate from Trader Joes

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toasted marshmallows are my fave

August 29, 2014

from guest contributor Kelly Smith

Okay, so we know that Melanie loves ice cream. And I mean, who doesn’t? In high school, we may have been keeping the local TCBY in business. Coincidentally, it shut down a year after we left for college. But listen, summer treats don’t end at the cone. This weekend celebrate National Toasted Marshmallow Day with the classic campfire s’more. Better yet, here are six nontraditional campfire s’mores for you to try out!

Coconut Delight | Salty Strawberry

Banana Nut | The Adirondack

Junior S’minty

Dark Raspberry

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kiwi crate is my fave

August 27, 2014

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Have you heard of Kiwi Crate? They sell crates with crafting supplies for kid friendly projects that you receive monthly, delivered straight to your door. Beck and I just tried out our first crate and couldn’t have loved it more.

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The timing really couldn’t have been better since as any parent of 2+ kids can tell you, once the littlest arrives the older child has a lot of downtime for the first few weeks. When I told Beck we had a project to work on he couldn’t contain his excitement. I was so happy I didn’t have to come up with the project or shop for the supplies, we just opened the box and everything was there for us to create animal finger puppets and a miniature garden. It occupied Beck for over an hour, which in toddler time is eternity. I think you can tell from these photos how enthralled he was with it all. Afterwards he said, “thanks for the fun project mommy!” Ummm, he’s two.

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kiwi crate review
kiwi crate review
kiwi crate review

I’d recommend Kiwi Crate for a few reasons:
1. It’s really well executed. The branding is great and the projects are doable and cute.
2. It’s really easy. No coming up with the projects or shopping for supplies. I love doing hands-on projects with Beck but I’m unlikely to do it if too much work is involved. To me this is the biggest perk.
3. It’s well priced. If you added up the cost of going to the store and buying all the same supplies, it would be about the same price or more expensive.

Have a little at home that you think would enjoy Kiwi Crate too? Get 25% off your first month subscription with the promo code FAVEBTS. New subscribers also receive free shipping PLUS a bonus welcome kit.

Yay for innovative products for kids (that make the parents look good)!

Kiwi Crate is a YAMF sponsor but I would recommend their products even if they weren’t.

a sugar rush in a box is my fave

August 26, 2014

from guest contributor Kelly Lanza
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I’m going to let you in on a little secret… Melanie and I both love sugar. Ok, I lied… that’s definitely not a secret. Also not a secret: How much I love Mel’s “In a Box” series! So, I jumped on the bandwagon and combined all things awesome to bring you a Sugar Rush in a Box! BAM! Who wouldn’t want to receive a sprinkle filled box with sugary treats in all varieties!? Because we don’t want to just eat sweets, we wan’t to wear ‘em too. Let’s dig in.

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candy care package
candy care package

I think you would win all the awards if you gifted someone this for their birthday. All of ‘em. Happy Sugar High everyone! And most importantly, a very sweet congrats to you, Melanie! I know you’ll teach those babes of yours about the important things in life, like ice cream.

Sources: Striped Box from Target, Jumbo Quin Sprinkles, Ice Cream Balloon Weight, Candy Bracelet, Ice Cream Lollipop from Michaels, Donut Card, Cupcake Box, Dessert Erasers from 99 Cent Store, Rock Candy Lip Gloss, Sprinkle Tape from Target, Fruit Farts Candy (No really, that’s what it’s called.) Gummy Bear Box, Donut Necklace, Ice Cream Jump Rope from 99 Cent Store, Ice Cream Cups, Donut Sunglasses, Ice Cream Necklace (This was a favor from a party but you can get the cone in pillow form here!)


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topped toast is my fave

August 22, 2014

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There are few foods I like more than a good piece of toast. Here are ten ideas for topping the delightful food that are a tad more fancy than butter.

1. Avocado + strawberry + goat cheese
2. garden tomatoes
3. tomatoes + ricotta
4. smashed berries
5. peach + prosciutto + ricotta
6. egg + goat cheese
7. arugula + ricotta + pomegranate
8.
whipped feta + tomato
9. wild mushroom + cheese
10. pear + walnut + ricotta

a scalloped backdrop is my fave

August 21, 2014

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Surprise, surprise! I’ve created yet another party DIY that’s so easy, you really don’t need instructions (but I provided them for you anyway). Basically, if you can cut a circle, you can make this party backdrop.

Get the full tutorial right here on Julep.

Photos: Jennifer Little

a girly party is my fave

August 20, 2014

from guest contributor Ashley Rose

Today I’m sharing a few favorite ideas to create your very own sweet adventures party, perfectly styled for little princesses since Mel is celebrating her first baby girl.
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​Make these DIY invites to let guests know.

teepee

Let their imaginations run wild here.

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​Serve them sprinkled strawberry milk cheesecake.

favors

Send them off with the cutest party favors of all time.

photo one by Michaela Egger for Oh Happy Day // photo two by Alpha Smoot for Cup of Jo // photo three by Sprinkles Bakes // photo four by stevie pattyn for Shop Sweet Lulu

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an ice cream terrine is my fave

August 19, 2014

by guest contributor by Lyndsay Sung of Coco Cake Land

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There’s nothing very complicated about this summer-perfect ice cream terrine. We’re re-shaping ice cream into a cute brick, guys. But it is worth the effort because it INDEED becomes a cute brick, with three delicious ice cream flavours, ready to be sliced and diced onto the nearest eagerly awaiting plate – a cool, creamy treat perfect for summer parties.

ice cream terrine recipe

You will need:
- A loaf pan (I used a 9 x 5 x 3 inch)
- Three pints of ice cream in vanilla, chocolate and cherry (or your fave flavours). If you wanted to be completely insane you could make each ice cream flavour – but that leaves less time for frolicking in the pool or in the yard! I recommend the lazy approach here.
- A small offset spatula (crucial for smoothing)
- Whipped cream
- Fresh fruit to garnish
- Cake flags for extra cuteness (use washi tape or craft paper)

ice cream terrine recipe

Directions:

Remove your first ice cream flavour from the freezer; set on counter for five minutes until soft. Remember, you’ll be flipping the terrine upside down so the first flavour will be on the top. Using an ice cream scoop, dole out about six large scoops of ice cream and place in loaf pan. Working quickly, use the offset spatula to smoothe the layer flat. Place the loaf pan in freezer for 20 minutes to set the layer. Repeat with the following two flavours, making sure to freeze each layer until set.

Finally, freeze the whole thing for at least 3 hours to set it up. Before removing from freezer, make up a small batch of whipped cream (or just use a whipped cream canister from the grocery store).

To remove the terrine, have a flat plate or cake stand ready and waiting. You might even want to chill the plate or stand for 20 minutes beforehand. Run the sides of the loaf pan carefully under hot water for just a few seconds to loosen. Turn the loaf pan upside down onto the flat serving plate; terrine should release. Use a paper towel to wipe up any melty drips.

Using a piping bag fitted with an open star tip, or the nozzle of the whipped cream canister to pipe drop stars along the center of the terrine. Place fresh fruit on top – slice with a sharp knife, and serve with more whipped cream and berries!

Summer just got TERRINED.

ice cream terrine recipe

ice cream terrine recipe

ice cream terrine recipe

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popsicles are my fave

August 15, 2014

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Make room in your freezer this weekend, it’s popsicle time.

1. whole fruit
2. chocolate covered peanut butter
3. banana split pudding pops
4. strawberry orange
5. strawberry lemonade
6. blueberry mint
7. mango chile
8. creamy coconut and blood orange
9. brown butter
10. watermelon lime


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