Pastel Peanut Butter No-Bakes ~ Easter

 No-bake cookies are a favorite childhood treat of mine. Not only are they yummy, but also very easy to make. This year for Easter, I thought I’d put a little spin on the traditional no bake cookie using white chocolate instead of cocoa powder to create a delightful rendition. Peanut butter is the shining star in this version, and to make them Easter-chic I cut them into shapes, dipped them in milk and white chocolate and added in some Spring color with pastel sprinkles.

Perfectly posh and deliciously divine.

Happy Easter!

Peanut Butter No-Bakes

Ingredients/Supplies~

1 3/4 cups Sugar

1/2 cup milk

1/2 cup butter

8 oz white bakers chocolate

1/2 cup crunchy peanut butter

3 cups quick-cooking oats

1 teaspoon vanilla

White & Milk Chocolate for dipping.

Confetti Sprinkles.

Parchment Paper.

Directions~

Line cookie sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

In medium saucepan, combine butter, milk, sugar and white chocolate. Bring to a boil and allow to cook for 1.5 minutes.

Remove from heat and stir in vanilla, peanut butter and oats.

Pour hot cookie mixture onto baking sheet, spreading evenly.

Allow to chill in fridge until hardened.

Once completely chilled, use an Easter cookie cutter to cut the cookies into shapes.

Dip cookies into melted milk and white chocolate.

Decorate with sprinkles.

Place decorated cookies back on lined parchment paper and chill in fridge until chocolate has hardened.

Serve and enjoy~

Source of pastel print: Pastel Canvas Prints 

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Yellow Gray & Glam ~ Baby Nursery

In one of my recent posts Sunshine Yellow & Gray, I mentioned my plans to design my daughter’s nursery in that same color scheme. Well after much planning and ordering like a mad woman online it is finally nearing completion! Although I’m not quite ready to share live photos with you yet, they will be coming soon. Right now I’m just waiting on a few final touches to tie everything together, but here’s a sneak peek of the items that have arrived for her Yellow, Gray & Glam nursery.

My ultimate goal in designing the nursery was to make it girly and chic, choosing prints and some glamorous elements to achieve my vision. To avoid having the room be too matchy matchy, I mixed and matched the bedding through custom and clearance orders, thus allowing the budget for favorite items such as the brocade rug and the baby blankets from My Blankee. To me there’s nothing more feminine than ruffles and damask. The gold tufted pouf was a must because…well, I’m a sucker for anything tufted, and the crystal knobs dressed up our existing white baby furniture adding a bit of glam. Lastly, the sunshine prints and owl bank were just too cute to pass up and ended up being the perfect addition to the room.

To finalize the nursery, I’ll be recycling and reusing some of the vintage elements from my upcoming baby shower such as the gold ornate mirrors, crystals and a few birds.

I love that what was only a vision a few months back has turned out exactly as I hoped for. We couldn’t be more excited for our sweet baby M’s arrival!

Note~ Any of the items above would be great gift ideas for expecting Mommies you know. Check out the sources below for links to the sites where I ordered them all.

Source: 1. PotteryBarn Courtney Bedding 2. My Blankee 3. Sunshine Prints 4. Owl Bank 5. Gold Tufted Pouf 6. My Blankee 7.Ozborne Gray & White fabric 8. Yellow brocade rug 9. Crystal Knobs

Glamorous Glitter Clothespins ~ DIY

What’s the first thought that comes to your mind when you think of clothespins? For me it’s laundry or a clothesline, yet after gaining some inspiration on Pinterest, I found some alternative uses much more exciting than laundry. Just add a little glitter and viola! You now have a glamorous version perfect for weddings, bridal or baby shower games, favors, gifts and celebration decor.

Today I made some for my upcoming vintage-glam baby shower using gold and white glitter. They turned out adorable and all you need are the following 3 supplies to make your own:

1. Glitter in colors of your choice.

2. Double stick tape.

3. Wood clothespins.

A pair of Scissors and scrap paper.

Instructions~

Apply a piece of double-stick tape to one side of the clothespin.

Using a pair of sharp scissors, trim the excess tape from the pin.

Place the clothespin on a piece of scrap paper (sticky side up) and pour glitter over top, covering completely.

Once applied. Press glitter down with fingers and shake off any excess.

Repeat these simple steps to make additional clothespins.

Note ~ I prefer to use Martha Stewart crafts, but you could use any supplies of your choice and I’m sure they’d turn out just as great!

Adapted from: Creature Comforts Blog

“Kiss Me I’m Irish” ~ Peppermint White Chocolate Kisses

Today I made these adorable Peppermint White Chocolate ‘Kisses’, using St. Patrick’s Day and the term “Kiss Me I’m Irish” as my form of inspiration.

To add a posh dimension, I used an ombre color scheme, which is a trend that I absolutely love right now.  The shaded affect offers a unique element, which as you can see, looks beautiful when displayed.

And the best part of all…(other than eating them of course) is that they only require 3 ingredients to make! So simple.

Peppermint White Chocolate Kisses

Ingredients/Supplies~

1. Natural Peppermint Oil

2. 2  boxes Baker’s Premium White Chocolate Squares (10 squares total.)

3. Green Food Coloring.

Parchment Paper.

5 sandwich ziplocks.

Directions~

Line cookie sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

Heat 10 squares of white chocolate in double boiler or in microwave for 30 second intervals until melted.

Add in 1/4 tsp peppermint oil and stir well (you can always add more if you like a stronger peppermint flavor.)

Divide the chocolate between 5 small bowls.

For ombre shades:

Leave the first bowl of divided chocolate white. Add 1/2 a drop of green food coloring to the second bowl. Add 2 drops of food coloring to the third bowl. Add 4 drops of food coloring to the fourth bowl and 8 drops of food coloring to the *5th bowl.

Stir well until food coloring is completely incorporated.

*You may notice the chocolate beginning to seize up a bit on the 5th bowl however this is ok because it should end up being the exact consistency that you’ll need the chocolate at when you pipe the kisses.

Other than bowl number 5, you will want to let your chocolate cool for about 10 minutes so it is the proper consistency for piping.

Once cooled and thickened a bit, spoon each bowl of shaded chocolate into the corner of a ziplock bag.

Snip the corner of the bag with scissors and begin piping the chocolate onto parchment paper using a circular motion to form each kiss. Repeat for all 5 bowls.

Place in fridge immediately to harden for at least 1 hour.

These are best served chilled.

Enjoy!

St. Patty’s Pretzel Rods

Chocolate and pretzels equal a heavenly combination of sweet and salty. I am a sucker for both so I combined the two not only for a bit of pregnancy craving relief, but also with St. Patty’s Day day in mind. These chocolate dipped pretzels are in the ‘mini’ version if you will. I made them in minis because I adore anything pint sized, perhaps because they give the illusion of less guilt? Regardless of the reason, they are a perfect treat or favor for your next St. Patrick’s Day Fete, or any occasion for that matter.

To make them all posh and festive, I used a few drops of green liquid food coloring and then decorated them with my sprinkle mix. So simple to make, and adorable too. If you have little ones they will just love to help you make and eat them as well.

Happy St. Patty’s Day!

St. Patty’s Pretzel Rods

Ingredients~

1 Bag Rold Gold Pretzel Rods.

1  box Baker’s Premium White Chocolate Squares.

Green Food Coloring.

Parchment Paper.

Sprinkles.

Directions~

Line Cookie Sheet in parchment paper and set aside.

Heat white chocolate in double boiler or in microwave for 30 second intervals until melted.

Divide melted chocolate into two bowls, adding the food coloring to one of them until the desired color is achieved (I used two drops in mine.)

Dip pretzels in both green and white chocolate, then decorate.

Place decorated pretzels onto parchment paper and allow to harden in the fridge for at least an hour.

Enjoy!