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Peanut Butter Rice Krsipie Roll

 A coworker requested peanut butter krispie treats. With chocolate. I played with the idea before when I made these, but I wanted to do it in a fun different way. 

I followed the recipe on the cereal box (1/4 cup butter, 1 bag mini mallows, 6 cups cereal), and added 1 cup of creamy peanut butter to the pot with the butter and mallows. 

Once it was all melted I poured it on top of the cereal and stirred it all up. It was actually easier to stir than normal because of all that peanut butter. 

 I pressed it into a sheet pan with greased up hands, then topped it with chocolate chips. 
I put the pan under the broiler for maaaybe like a minute or 2. Just enough to soften the chocolate.   

Then I spread the chocolate with a spreader…

Definitely doesn’t need to be perfect here. 

Cuz then I rolled it up into a log!

Carter likes to watch in the kitchen from atop his kitchen stool my dad built him. 

Once I had it all rolled up I wrapped it in wax paper so that it would stay together, and let it cool/harden overnight. 

The next morning I sliced it up! 

Gorgeousness golden peanut buttery krispies with a perfect chocolate swirl. 

I brought these to work with me and they were a hit!

These are seriously so good. Personally it was a tad to much chocolate for me, but everyone else disagreed and said they were perfect!

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Dia de Los Muertos Cookies

I was recently asked to make some Day of the Dead skulls for a wedding. I’ve been wanting to try making them for a long time so I was super stoked for the opportunity and creative freedom given to me!

I made a ton of colors of buttercream to decorate the tops of the cookies. 


The base cookie I just wanted to be white. My new vanilla extract was a little too dark and left them very “off white” even after adding white food coloring. It actually looked more like real bone so it worked out!

To make the cookies I used my flip flop cutter. Which, interestingly, I have never actually made flip flops with. I did however bend it into these beer pong cups a long time ago. 😜 I just had my husband re-bend and rework the cutter until it was a perfect skull. 

I wanted these to all have completely unique and different looks to them, but they also needed to be uniform in their “skullness.” So I created a template and marked the mouth, nose, and eyes with a poker. It just left tiny holes that would be hidden once covered with frosting. 


I had so much fun making these. I googled sugar skulls, dis de los muertos, and everything like it tso that I could pull ideas from all over. I even had a Fancy Flours catalog on hand with a nice selection to be inspired by. 

Here are just a few of the finished skulls:


And here they all together on the tray:


I also did some monogram cookies. The event called for more cookies than I knew I could handle if they were all skulls so I did half of them like this monogram to pair well with the rest of the cookies. 

I just did these freehand based on a sketch I did on paper. 

I love how they look together and I hope the couple enjoyed them!



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StitchFix (Post Baby #2)

Dang it StitchFix, why do you have to be so good?! I truely wanted to keep everything in this box! Unfortunately I couldn’t afford it all so I had a tough decision to make!


These jeans were comfy! Just the right amount of stretch to hug me well. Especially surprising since I received this box less than 2 months after having a baby! I didn’t keep these because I just didn’t really feel like I needed another pair of jeans at this time. 


I want to cry looking at this sweater. I loved it so much, but didn’t keep it. Tough decisions I tell you. It was warm and soft, but cute enough I could’ve worn it to work. The front was wrap style so I seriously wanted to just cuddle into it like a blanket. 

As you can see, taking these pictures can be difficult with a toddler…


My husband said this shirt wasn’t “me.” It was super soft fabric and so comfy. Hides the tummy well too. I liked it but he didn’t. Husband’s opinions matter. Sometimes. I sent it back. 


I loooove this top. The detail on the top is amazing. Perfect for work or a night out or anything. And black pairs with everything. I wanted to cry a little as I packed it back into the bag. It wasn’t as practical as the next piece and I could only keep 1. *tear*  


This is the top I decided to keep. It looks plain, but that’s one of the reasons I kept it. Practical. Soft and stretchy and long. Long enough for leggings. And black goes with everything! Also, it’s about to be fall and the longer sleeves will allow me to wear it for longer. 

As always, loved my fix!

Have you tried StitchFix yet?! You totally should!

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Caramel Brownies

Dude guys. I made caramel. If you haven’t seen my caramel post, check it out here

So then I made some brownies. Just boxed brownies cuz I was in a hurry. Then I dumped a bunch of that caramel into the batter. Mixed it up well, then poured it into these cute little baking cups. I bought these a while back and never got a chance to use them. I thought they were perfect for individual sized brownies!

Since the caramel was IN the brownie batter and they were not standard sized, I had no idea how much to fill them or how long to cook them so I kind of had to just wing it. 

I went about 1/2 way up, and baked at 325 for 38 minutes (I started at 30 and checked them, then added a little time as necessary). When the toothpick came out clean I pulled them out to cool. I definitely didn’t want to over bake them and dry them out.   



Topped each with a little dollop of vanilla ice cream and a dribble of warm caramel… 


I made these for a wine tasting party we had. They paired nicely and they were perfect little proportions!

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Homemade (Microwave!) Caramel

Dude guys. I made caramel. From scratch. In like 5 minutes. And it’s amazing!

(Insert obligatory caramel-in-mason-jar photo here.)  

I used this recipe from Cookies and Cups. You cook it in the microwave! There are only 5 ingredients, most of which you will already have on hand. And did I mention it only took like 5 minutes?! 


This would be perfect for dipping apples, marshmallows, fingers… 😜

 Later this week I will share a recipe I used with the caramel!

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Frozen Snowflake Cookies


Snowflakes in summer?!

Layla turned 6 and wanted a Frozen party! I absolutely LOVE Frozen and this is the first time I’ve been lucky enough to make something for it. 

Snowflakes were the obvious choice and they were so fun to make!    
I chose a light turquoise as the base, which seemed just right for Frozen. Mama later said that they matched the cake perfectly!


I couldn’t decide which design I liked best so I did all 3! The designs on top were all dipped in white sanding sugar to really make them sparkle. 


I love how these turned out!  Happy Birthday Layla! 

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StitchFix (Post Baby!)

I first started StitchFix after I had my first baby. I had NO IDEA how to dress my post baby body. After my first few fixes I was totally hooked! The more details you give your stylist, the better they get to know you. 

I recently have been posting my StitchFix maternity boxes I’d been receiving. I only got them for a few months because I had a ton of maternity clothes, but I got some great things! (See the posts here, here, and here.)

Now that I’ve had my second little baby, I started my fixes back up again. (It’s so awesome how easy it is to stop and start them up anytime!) This is my first Fix post baby!

The top above is my favorite! The colors are perfect for me, and the fabric is soft and flowy. It looks great over a cami, and that makes it super easy to nurse in. 

I loved this top too. Such a fun bright color. I love that the side is split in 2 layers. The sleeves are sheer and have some texture to them. This will definitely be great once I return to work!

I liked this top too, though I decided not to keep it. It was slightly sheer with a lace detail pattern. It looked cute over this red tank. It also helped hide the post-baby tummy. I only sent it back because I needed to limit myself to 2 items. 

This dress is the maxi version of the grey dress I kept from this Fix. I absolutely loved the grey dress, but the maxi version didn’t work well for my tummy. I think the pattern on the grey one helped with bumps and bulges too. 

I sent the necklace back because it wasn’t really my style. It’s reversible, which was pretty cool. 

Glad to be back to StitchFix! Have you tried it yet?

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Little Deer Cookies

I can’t believe Gracie is 1!!

Her mama is one of my very best friends. She asked for deer cookies for her little dear’s first birthday party, so I knew I had to make something special!


How cute are these!?

I stuck to a simple design. It felt right. Didn’t want it to be cartoony.

Happy birthday gorgeous girl!!


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Introducing Baby Levi

I had my second baby on July 7th. Meet my little Levi!

 Well, little relatively speaking. I mean, all newborns are little. But my big boy was 10 lbs 1 oz. He looks like he’s much older than he is. 😂

 He looks pretty much like Carter’s twin. Only differences are hair line and hair color. Eye color is still to be determined. 

Carter is an amazing big brother. He is always kissing Levi’s head, just like he used to kiss my belly. He is so helpful, especially fetching diapers or whatever else I need. As soon as he wakes up or gets picked up from daycare he’s always asking for Levi right away. They melt my heart!


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Tiara and Bow Cookies

My coworker and I were both pregnant together and were due about 3 weeks apart. I made these cookies for her gender reveal party. I was SO excited to find out she was having a little girl, I LOVE to make pink cookies!

Mama is ALL about the pink, fluff, girliest of girly everything. I made her bows and tiaras to go with her princess theme shower.

I love using these bows because they’re little – only about an inch and a half tall. They pair perfectly with almost anything girly!

The tiaras I made from a new cutter. I’ve made princess crowns before (here), but I just loved the shape of this one!

I had these big pink pearls on hand that I thought made the perfect jewel for the tiaras.

And while I knew I wanted them sparkly, I didn’t want them glittery… if that makes sense. Instead of glittery disco dust I decided to go with sanding sugar to give them their sparkle. I started with a pastel pink, but it just wasn’t enough to give it any color. I added a little bit of this bright pink and mixed it together. I love how it turned out! Not overwhelmingly hot pink, but brighter than just a white outline.

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