Valentine’s Day Treats: CONVERSATION HEART CUTOUT BROWNIES

Valentine's Day Treat: CONVERSATION HEART CUTOUT BROWNIES

Valentine's Day Treat: CONVERSATION HEART CUTOUT BROWNIES

Valentine's Day Treat: CONVERSATION HEART CUTOUT BROWNIES

Valentine's Day Treat: CONVERSATION HEART CUTOUT BROWNIES

A deliciously savory dinner followed by a rich chocolate brownie is never wrong. Whether you plan on baking your brownies or get store-bought ones, these conversation cutouts are so cute and easy create! All you need is a heart-shaped cookie cutter and a white icing pen to add a personal message on your brownie for Valentine’s day.

I used two different heart-shaped cookie cutters. The larger one was used to decorate the brownie with mini heart sprinkles and the smaller one was used to write conversation heart sayings like love, hug, kiss, adore, and xo.  If you find that the tube is releasing too much icing, you can squeeze the icing in a plastic storage bag and with a pair of scissors, snip off a tiny hole on the corner of the bag. You may find you have more control in releasing a small amount of icing to write the letters.

Spread the love with these adorable brownies and share it with your friends or your special someone!

-Photos by Rose Angel Lopez

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Drink Recipe: PINK OMBRE STRAWBERRY EGG CREAM SODA

Drink Recipe: PINK OMBRE STRAWBERRY EGG CREAM SODA

Drink Recipe: PINK OMBRE STRAWBERRY EGG CREAM SODA

Drink Recipe: PINK OMBRE STRAWBERRY EGG CREAM SODA

Who could resist pretty pink drinks, especially when they have an ombre hue?! Inspired by ‘ladies celebrating ladies’ on Galentine’s day, I adapted Ina Garten’s New York Egg Cream recipe, by substituting the chocolate syrup she used for strawberry syrup. Perfect for Galentine’s (or even to celebrate a ‘It’s a Girl’ baby shower), serve up this cherry strawberry flavored drink in a wine glass. And whether you opt to spike it or not, enjoy this drink alongside your favorite Valentine’s day dessert!

Drink Recipe: PINK OMBRE STRAWBERRY EGG CREAM SODA

Drink Recipe: PINK OMBRE STRAWBERRY EGG CREAM SODA

Drink Recipe: PINK OMBRE STRAWBERRY EGG CREAM SODA

PINK OMBRE STRAWBERRY EGG CREAM SODA
 
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Recipe type: Drink

Ingredients
  • ½ cup, Cold Whole Milk or half-and-half
  • 1¼ cup, Ice Cold Club Soda or Seltzer Water
  • 3 tbsp, Hershey's Strawberry Syrup

Instructions
  1. Pour the milk in a wine glass. While beating the milk vigorously with a fork with one hand, use your other hand to slowly add club soda or seltzer water, allowing a foamy head to form.
  2. To create an ombre effect, pour strawberry syrup and do not stir. Or you can gently stir from the bottom until just combined.

 

-Photos by Rose Angel Lopez

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PRETTY STORAGE CONTAINERS FOR YOUR MAKEUP VANITY

CHIC WAYS TO DECORATE YOUR MAKEUP VANITY

CHIC WAYS TO DECORATE YOUR MAKEUP VANITY: ADD PRETTY CONTAINERS TO HIDE THE NOT-SO-PRETTY THINGS

A few weeks ago on my insta-stories, I had shared two new containers I purchased for my makeup vanity. I thought it would be helpful to all you beauty-lovers out there – to create a blog post that showcases some pretty containers to hide the not-so-pretty things we use on a daily.

I didn’t always have a makeup vanity and because of storage limitations, I didn’t want the top of my dresser to look like a beauty counter you see at a department store! Luckily, when we had redecorated our master bedroom, we had room to designate an area for me to get ready in the mornings. My vanity is actually a desk that I had converted to a makeup vanity. I use the two drawers to house all of my makeup and makeup brushes – you can see that, here. There are a few items like my makeup wipes, perfume testers, makeup sponge blenders, and hair accessories that I use but need to conceal them. For those not-so-pretty items, I look for pretty storage containers that I can decorate the top of my vanity with – creating a chic look.

I’ve rounded up a few of my favorite containers that are similar to what you see here and have also linked some of the containers that I purchased, which are still available online!

CHIC WAYS TO DECORATE YOUR MAKEUP VANITY: ADD PRETTY STORAGE CONTAINERS TO HIDE THE NOT-SO-PRETTY THINGS

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Tabletop Vanity Mirror: Nate Berkus Gold Mirror

Storage Containers: Zaragoza Box /  Knox Box / Tahari Marble Box with Agate lid

Perfume Trays: Jay Gold, Silver Glass Loop Mirror Tray / Gold Mirrored Round Decorative Tray / Jay Looped Mirror Tray

 

-Photos by Rose Angel Lopez

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A Valentine’s day Treat: HOMEMADE STRAWBERRY GLAZED DONUTS

A Valentine's Day Treat: HOMEMADE STRAWBERRY GLAZED DONUTS

A Valentine's Day Treat: HOMEMADE STRAWBERRY GLAZED DONUTS

In the past, I tried the easy and foolproof way to make donuts by frying up Pillsbury Grand biscuit dough. This time, I wanted to make donuts from scratch – using ingredients I already have in the pantry. I found this baked donut recipe by Creations by Kara and since I had strawberries left in the fridge, I decided that rather than adding cinnamon sugar as the recipe calls for, I will top my donuts with a strawberry glaze and decorate them for Valentine’s. Afterall, pink is the popular Valentine’s day color!

I whipped out my six-well donut pan and 13 minutes later, I had yummy tasting donuts! The light strawberry glaze gave an unexpected sweetness.

A Valentine's Day Treat: HOMEMADE STRAWBERRY GLAZED DONUTS

A Valentine's Day Treat: HOMEMADE STRAWBERRY GLAZED DONUTS

I tweaked this donut recipe  by adding almond extract in addition to the vanilla extract and I sifted all my dry ingredients. You can use any type of Valentine’s day sprinkles as your topping – from mini hearts to pink sanding sugar.

For the Strawberry Glaze

Instructions:

  • In a blender, puree 6-8 fresh strawberries
  • Strain through a a fine mesh sieve, set aside.
  • To the Puree, whisk 2 cups of Confectioners Sugar and 1 tsp, vanilla extract.
  • When the donuts are cool, dip the donuts, on at a time, into the glaze and put the donuts on a baking rack so any excess glaze can drip off.

***Add more Confectioners Sugar if you want a thicker consistency and a darker color. 

-Photos by Rose Angel Lopez

 

 

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Friday’s Favorite Finds: SUGAR & CLOTHS’ ENTERTAINING + PARTIES PRODUCT LINE

Happy Friday, everyone! Last night, I stumbled upon the newly launched entertaining & parties product line by Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth. For all those who love to entertain, get ready to set the table – these fun and stylish party essentials look to good to be disposable and are perfect for kids parties and adults alike! They make entertaining easy and stylish.

Happy, fun, and colorful…if you can’t pick one favorite hue, throw a party that celebrates the soft pastel colors of mint green, pretty in pink, peachy peach or the sophisticated look of modern marble plate designs with a beautiful gold rim.

I’ve rounded up a few of my favorites below! My ultimate fav are these plastic forks that look like real china! You can shop all the products, here.

Friday's Favorite Finds: Sugar and Cloth's Entertaining & Parties Product Line

So for all you seasoned hostess with the mostest, add some flair to your next celebration!

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