Month: April 2015 (page 1 of 3)

In The Kitchen: Dark Chocolate Covered Coconut Clusters

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For as long as I can remember, I have picked through those Russell Stover assorted candy boxes that are always present over the holidays, the kind with the separate brown sheet of paper that covers the candies, and I’ve snatched up all of the chocolate covered coconut bites that I could find.  Every.  Single.  Time.  I still love coconut and I definitely don’t cook or bake with it enough, so I was happy to come across a quick and easy recipe for these dark chocolate covered coconut clusters.

*ingredients and their measurements adapted from Pinch of Yum’s dark chocolate coconut bites*

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups shredded coconut
  • 4 tablespoons honey
  • 5 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 6 ounces dark chocolate for melting

Instructions:

  1. With your hands or a wooden spoon, stir/mix the coconut, honey, coconut oil, and vanilla, until all ingredients are well combined.
  2. Form the mixture into about 24 small balls.  Place the coconut balls in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes or until firm.
  3. Place a glass bowl on top of a saucepan that has a tiny bit of water on the bottom, with the heat turned to medium.  Melt the chocolate wafers in the glass bowl slowly and gently until smooth and spreadable, for about 5 minutes stirring continuously.
  4. Lay out a sheet of wax or parchment paper.  Using two forks, roll each coconut ball in the chocolate until completely covered.  Scoop the ball out with the fork and let the extra chocolate drip off the fork.  Gently nudge the chocolate covered ball onto the wax or parchment paper and chill until the chocolate has hardened.  Store in the refrigerator.

dark choc coconut clusters

Enjoy!

xo gina

Something for Saturday: A Pretty, Simple Way to Display Leftover Flowers

Just a little something for Saturday.

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I have been having so much fun with Reese’s monthly photos and love how they are turning out, but I hate wasting beautiful blooms, so I have been playing around with different ways to use the leftover flowers after they are cut.

candle holder flowers

This week, I placed the used tulips in candle holders, letting them twist and turn around the wax pillars, and fill the space with their bright colors.  You can fill your candle holders up with water (just make sure the water only sits on the bottom and does not reach the wick).  Or you can do without water, the flowers just won’t last as long.  I chose not to add water to my glass candle holders and let the stems dry out in the vases instead, and they looked great for about a solid week.

reese evelyn 3 months 2

Enjoy!

xo gina

Happy Three Months, Reese Evelyn

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Happy three months, baby girl.

reese evelyn 3 months 3

You make me smile every single day.

reese evelyn 3 months

And your sister loves to make you laugh.

reese evelyn 3 months 2

xo

The Backpack

backpack on bed

When I had just one daughter, I didn’t find the need for extra hands.  I was always able to hold her and only her, and that was truly my preference.  And throwing a diaper bag over my shoulder was never a hassle.  Now with two daughters, I rely heavily on a wrap baby carrier to have my hands free so that I can run after my toddler and I just recently purchased a backpack for the summer so I have even one fewer thing to carry.  I was able to find one that was great looking and inexpensive and I have come to really like it.  I have used it on mornings when I don’t have the kids with me, too, simply because it is convenient and chic.

backpack at my feet {Target fringe backpack}

Here are some other options I am loving right now at all different price points:

backpacks{Top Row, Left to Right: REBECCA MINKOFF julian fringe backpack / TARGET solid backpack with front flap tassel / TARGET suede mini backpack}

{Bottom Row, Left to Right: NENA & CO. vintage huipil backpacks / TARGET solid drawstring backpack / URBAN OUTFITTERS mosson bricke leather backpack}

 

Have a great week!

xo gina

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}

bugaboo donkey

1.     Red Eye Café hot chocolate.  I’m a sucker for a good cup of hot chocolate and this local coffee shop makes some of the best.

red eye cafe hot choc

2.     Montclair Bread Company apple cider donuts.  This donut is my go-to for a rainy day pick-me-up and weekend mornings.  Also a huge fan of their other flavors: blueberry cake, cinnamon swirl and jelly.

box o donuts

3.     Katie Rose dresses for special occasions.  This past Sunday was our youngest daughter’s baptism.  She wore this same dress that her sister did when she was christened and my niece after that.  I love the sweet and vintage feel of the ivory lace, and it holds such a sentimental spot in my heart having seen all of the littlest girls in my life wear this.

katie rose

4.     Bugaboo Donkey.  Hands down the best stroller ever.  Perfect for a growing family, it has been the most convenient and easy-to-use stroller that I have found (and crazy as it may be we already had 4 other strollers before this).  It easily converts from a single to a double and back again and it is absolutely ideal for moms on-the-go.

bugaboo donkey 2

Happy weekend!

xo gina

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