Saturday, February 14, 2015

easiest valentine dessert ever

Thought I would share this super easy and crowd pleasing dessert for your Valentine... pizookies!

1. Start with cookie dough...for this one I did the classic toll house recipe from the back of the chocolate chip bag using dark chocolate chips.  I then folded in Valentine M&Ms to make them more festive.  90% of the time when making this I just use Pillsbury ready made dough (the key to making this the easiest dessert ever).

2. Fill individual Ramekins 1/2 full with dough. (spray first!)

3. Bake...this definitely varies by the size of your ramekins and I use two different sizes.  These are 4" diameter and I baked on 375 for about 30 min.  A good rule of thumb is to check about the 20 min mark and go from there.

4.  I only let them cool for 5 min tops (but this is completely personal preference).  We usually eat while each using a dish towel or paper towel b/c the ramekins are still so hot!  So be careful!  Now...Add your ice cream, my personal fave is vanilla bean!

5. Ta-da easiest dessert ever....Its funny how many "Oh my gosh, how did you make this?!" I get on this dessert...its almost embarrassing to tell how easy it is!

Obviously this can be done in so many different combinations of cookie and ice cream types...enjoy!

Sunday, February 8, 2015

valentine week | reviewing the bouqs

Over the holidays I was scent a Bouq arrangement to review.  The Bouqs Company is an online flower delivery site that delivers blooms straight from volcanos or the coast of California (depending on the collection you choose) to your door...easy as that.  What I love best about the site is their concierge program (every man should know about this)....You can set up weekly/monthly deliveries...or go in a set your calendar up for the year to make sure you never miss a special day...birthday, anniversary, mothers get the drift!  I am definitely a believer in keeping fresh flowers in your home (its proven to make you happier) so this was right up my alley!

So...about my experience!  First online I went to order my arrangement...easiest process ever (just like online shopping for anything else).  I am usually drawn to white flowers however the color variations in the Dawn arrangement just stood out and I knew thats what I wanted to try.  Obviously color choice is a completely personal preference, but I must say....these were amazing in color!  Next on my scheduled delivery day a giant box arrived at my door...where the delivery guy proceeded to ask what my boyfriend had done?!  Just made me laugh!  After opening the box I realized I had received 40 roses (I ordered the deluxe Bouq...which is 36) an added bonus!

This is where I make a slight mistake (that was later fixed).  I pulled all of the blooms out onto the counter to take a photo for instagram (blogger problems)....then walked off thinking I would come right back and was back in the kitchen 2 hours later.  Yikes!  Needless to say they started to droop a little...I had faith though.  I knew I wanted to do a ball arrangement, and that required cutting off a decent about of the long stem...this is what saved me...and my Bouq!  The flowers then lasted over a week and the color of them I fell in love with more as they started to open up.  Enough rambling...the pics speak for themselves.

Now go tell your Valentine about the Bouqs....or even better just treat yourself!
(I'm dropping hints for the concierge service!)

*This post is sponsored by The Bouqs Company, however all opinions are my own!

Friday, February 6, 2015

reveal day... the x bench style it challenge

I am so beyond excited to share with you something I have been working on recently.  Back at the end of last year I found out I was one of 5 bloggers chosen to participate in a Style-it Challenge in partnership with the fab Taylor Burke Home, Cotton and Quill, and One Kings Lane.  Each blogger designed one of Taylor Burke Home's customizable x-benches and then styled it in a room.  (And now you can shop all 5 of them...the event goes live today over on OKL!)

For my bench I pretty much knew right off the bat what my selection would acid wash cowhide (which I have a slight obsession with) paired with a brass base!  It is definitely a reflection of my own personal style, as well as a piece I would no doubt use with clients....and hopefully you would love for your home as well!  I feel its the perfect neutral while still having a fun know like when you have that perfect accessory that goes with every outfit!

Once the benches arrived I was so impressed with the quality and craftsmanship...I really wish you could all see and feel them in person!  So many times people have accent pieces in their homes that never really get used and are only there for looks.  These are so comfortable to sit on that I know they will be used as extra seating often!  Not to mention how perfect they are for small space living in that they can be used in so many ways.  I have switched them back and forth between the foot of my bed and as an extra space to lay things in front of the bedside tables.  They also would be great in a living room, an entryway, or even pulled up to a small dining table.

Be sure to head over to the One Kings Lane blog where they are featuring all 5 bloggers today!

Photos by Ashley May

Shop The Space
Peter 23" Ottoman X Bench Brass/Gold (Shop the others designs from the OKL blog!)

Vanity /// table lamps (similar) / horn cup / bust (similar) / bracelet stand / gold leaf arrow / shadow box / storage ottoman / vintage mirror (similar)

Now head over to the OKL blog to see all of the other benches!

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