Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Cake Batter Truffles {Pinterest Challenge}



Hi all, this is Week 4 of the Pinterest Challenge! This week I decided to work on the Cake Batter Truffles from Chef in Training:




What you need:
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 & 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup yellow cake mix, dry
  • 3 tablespoons milk, may need more
  • 16 oz white dipping chocolate/almond bark
  • Optional: sprinkles

In a large bowl beat together butter and sugar until well combined. Beat in vanilla. Add cake mix, flour, and salt, mix thoroughly. Beat in milk. If needed, add more milk till you achieve your desired consistency. 

Roll dough into one inch balls and place on a wax paper lined cookie sheet. Refrigerate balls for ~15 minutes to firm up.



Melt almond bark in the microwave in 30 second intervals until melted. Stir in between each interval to prevent burning. Using a fork, dip the balls into the almond bark and shake off excess bark. Place truffle on to the cookie sheet and top with sprinkles. Refrigerate in an air tight container. 

Makes 24-30 truffles. 



They turned out excellent! All my co-workers loved them. ; )

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And you call also follow the challenge on this Pinterest Board:

stephanie

Monday, April 14, 2014

{Guest Post} 4 Fabulous Spring Trends for Your Home


Hey all! Today I have a guest blogger, Jessica Socheski, here to share with you all how to decorate your home for spring. First a short bio about Jessica:




Jessica Socheski is a writer and design enthusiast who loves learning about the latest in home interiors. You can find her onGoogle+




Now take it away Jessica:

Spring is in full swing! And that means plenty of fresh new interior design ideas to try out in your home. Whether it is adding an accent color or completely repainting all your walls, there are lots of ways, both big and small, to renew your living space. Here are four fabulous spring trends for your home.

1. Bright Is Beautiful
This spring, color is big. From the radiant orchid, the Pantone color of 2014, to beautiful shades of blue, like navy and turquoise, the best way to make a design splash is with vibrant hues. Some of the most prevalent colors right now include:
•Yellow
•Pink
•Blue
•Green
•Turquoise
•Red

What If Bright Is Too Bold?
Bright colors are a big trend this year. But for some individuals, bold shades and brilliant hues can feel intimidating at first. A smart way to start implementing these trendy fresh colors is by starting with baby steps. Add a small pop of color with accent pillows. Or try repainting a tiny room such as a bathroom.

A small half bath presents the perfect place to try out a bold color because the small area will not prove as overwhelming. Designer Mona Ross Berman tells HouseBeautiful.com, “Powder rooms are places where you can gild the lily.” In other words, feel free to be a little wild in the smallest spaces.

2. Painting the Cabinets, Too
Dark kitchen cabinets can have a tendency to suck light from the room, according to This Old House. Fortunately, “a brighter makeover doesn’t necessarily mean replacing those gloomy boxes with all-new cabinets.” With some clean up, primer and a fresh coat of color, you can breathe new life into your existing kitchen. What’s great about this project is that it is relatively inexpensive and can still create a major transformation.

3. Fabulous Florals
Floral patterns began as a clothing trend. But as things tend to ooze and mix in the design world, floral patterns and watercolor prints are now a beautiful way to accent interiors, too.

The key to implementing floral fabrics and other touches in your interiors to not to over-do it. Flower patterns stand out and a little can go a long way. Choose some accent pillows or curtains. But don’t cover your furniture, pillows and curtains all in floral.

4. Mad for Metallics
Metal shades like gold, silver and bronze can add mood, glamour and drama to a room. Details like chandeliers, frames and other architectural elements are excellent ways to incorporate a touch of the metallic trend.  

You can also add metals in big ways. Spiral staircases offer an elegant but functional way to use metal or cast iron in your home.

With these incredible design ideas, you can easily implement a trend for a quick update or totally renovate your entire home for this season.

Image from www.designoffurniture.com


Thanks for those great spring decorating tips Jessica! 
stephanie

Friday, April 11, 2014

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday everyone! This weekend we have nothing planned so I am spring cleaning! I couldn't be more excited. I'm going to deep clean, go through things, and hopefully get ride of some stuff. I'm also going to clean my car, finally! This winter was really rough on my car and I can't wait to freshen it up. : )

Do you have any fun plans this weekend?

Here are my internet favorite finds of the week:

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Simply Create Thursdays #54

Happy Thursday everyone, we've almost made it to the weekend! I can't wait to see what you all have been working on lately.    : )

Here are the features from last week's link party:

Friday, April 4, 2014

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday everyone! Do you have any fun plans this weekend? We really don't but the weather should be nice! Maybe Chris and I will have a date night Saturday night. : )

Here are my internet favorite finds of the week: