Month: February 2015 (page 2 of 3)

Happy Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Have a sweet day with those you love.

A Few Of My Favorite Things {This Week}…

{A few of my favorite things this week that I either just discovered or already know I couldn’t do without}

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1.     Hozier.  His soothing voice has been on repeat in my house lately.  And his performance with Annie Lennox at the Grammy Awards was off the charts.  My favorite tracks of his are: Angel Of Small Death & The Codine Scene, Jackie And Wilson, Work Song.

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2.     The sweetest stack of laundry I ever did see.

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3.     The prettiest little headbands from one of my new favorite shops, Lemons & Lace.

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4.     These.  Girls.  That’s it.

my girls

Happy Friday!

This is Motherhood

Sweet dreams are made of these two…

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…that time my arm fell asleep and my foot, which was balancing on the coffee table went numb, but I didn’t want to budge because these girls both curled up close and dozed off and I didn’t want to wake them, because I know these days don’t last.

This is motherhood.

Valentine’s Day Sweet Treats

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There are so many sweets surrounding Valentine’s Day, but here are two that are uncomplicated and delicious, and my toddler happens to like them just as much as I do.

Strawberry Heart Pink Lemonade Pops

Emma loves ice pops long after summer, much like I still prefer ice cream to any other dessert deep into the winter months.  And these pops are super easy to make and the strawberry hearts give them a pretty, festive touch.

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Ingredients:

Just cut out heart shapes from your strawberries and set aside.  Make sure your mold has been in the freezer overnight before using.  Place the heart-shaped strawberry slices on the sides of your popsicle molds, and let them adhere to the sides before adding your juice.  Pour in pink lemonade and let freeze (I used our Zoku Single Quick Pop Maker, which freezes pops in 7 minutes, but if you are using a mold other than Zoku, make sure to let them freeze for at least a few hours or for best results overnight).

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Serve and enjoy!

Double Chocolate Brownie & Strawberry Ice Cream Sandwiches

*check out this other double chocolate brownie sea salt caramel ice cream sandwich recipe HERE*

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This boxed brownie mix is easily my favorite and it cuts the time and effort in half by skipping out on making these from scratch.  So, if you’re looking for a quick dessert, this is the way to go.  Add pink, strawberry ice cream and you have a sweet treat that goes perfectly with February’s most famous holiday.

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Ingredients:

  • Ghiradelli Double Chocolate Brownie Mix
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/3 vegetable oil
  • Haagen Dazs Strawberry Ice Cream

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Instructions:

1.     Pre-heat the oven to 325 degrees (or as your brownie mix calls for).  Prepare the pan and bake the brownies as called for on the back of the box.  Since the box I used called for a small pan in order to make the brownies nice and thick, I opted to spread the batter out over a larger rectangular pan instead (13×9), in order to make them thinner and easier to create the perfect bookends for my ice cream sandwich.

2.     When the brownies are cooked (about 28 minutes for this boxed mix in a 13×9 pan), cover and place the pan directly into the freezer for at least one hour.

3.     Remove the brownies and use a heart cookie cutter or cut out hearts by hand.  Scoop a generous amount of strawberry ice cream onto the center of one of the brownie hearts and top with a second brownie.  Press down gently and, with a spoon, scrape the edges of the ice cream sandwiches so that the ice cream fills the whole brownie from edge to edge and the finished product looks clean.

4.     When prepared, store in an airtight container and place in the freezer for an hour or serve immediately.

heart ice cream sandwiches

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Enjoy!

 

Valentine’s Day Outfits: Casual Look

Though this Valentine’s Day falls on a weekend, I will most likely be staying in and opting for a casual outfit for both the day and night.  Or if you prefer laid back outfits no matter the occasion, these options may be perfect for you.

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1.     A sweet and simple scooped neck tee.

2.     An overcoat with an oversized collar in a flattering color.

3.     Distressed skinny denim at an unbelievable price for the win.

4.     Delicate heart-shaped studs.

5.     A perfect pair of cognac brown booties.

valentine's day casual look 21.     Oversized knit sweater in a romantic pink.

2.     Winter white ripped jeans.

3.     Comfortable kicks.

4.     A dainty cuff with heart details.

 

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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