Thursday, July 24, 2014

DIY Carmel deLites


I know these have an updated name, samoas, but they were carmel delites when I was a Girl Scout, so I'm sticking with that name. I came across this recipe on Pinterest and thought it was way too good to pass up. I figured I would take a mini shortcut and use the Betty Crocker sugar cookie mix for the cookie and the ingredients for the topping seemed pretty basic.

I'm going to start by saying these cookies were delicious. They were also difficult because I made a few mistakes along the way, but I have a few suggestions that will make this recipe a little bit easier for you!


First, I'll tell you where I went wrong.... I was slightly confused by the recipe because I couldn't figure out how you would apply the carmel topping then dip the cookie in the melted chocolate. In my mind you were supposed to submerge the entire cookie in chocolate and then add the topping. I quickly realized this was not going to work- I didn't have close to enough chocolate for that and it was a complete mess. It was actually pretty easy to just dip the bottom of the cookies in the chocolate. I realized that you are supposed to apply the topping and then dip the cookies. Live and learn.


I melted my carmel in the microwave as directed and all was well until it came time to apply it on the cookies. I think I burned every single one of my fingers trying to work with the topping. You have to keep it hot so it doesn't harden and I had a hard time finding a balance between keeping it moldable and not burning my fingers.

I followed the recipe exactly and you can find the full recipe here from bakingbikes.com.


A few tips...

1. Use a cookie mix to save time-- you'll have to wait for the cookies to be completely cooled before you can move onto any of the other steps, so make sure you make the cookies the night before, or have a few hours set aside.

2. Skip the mini circle in the middle of the cookie-- I get that you want these to look as authentic as possible, but I burned every one of my fingers trying to work with the carmel topping- it was much easier (& faster) to just plop down the carmel topping on the cookie without worrying about making it in a wreath shape. I promise it tastes just the same.

3. I would also completely skip dipping the bottom of the cookie & just skip to adding the chocolate drizzle on top. Skipping this step will save you so much time and trouble & taste wise I really did prefer the ones with less chocolate.

And because these are so delicious and a definite treat I'm linking up with Treasure Tromp!

PS. I guest posted on Lauren's blog yesterday & shared a few all-time and recent book favorites!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Shorts for Summertime (& a giveaway)

I don't really talk about fashion very often on my blog but lately I've had shorts on my mind. I typically stick to dresses in the summer but this year I've been a lot more into shorts-- the only issue is finding the perfect pair. If a pair is too long they make my legs appear short, if a pair is too short-- well that's just not cute on anyone. I'm linking up for Trending Tuesday to share this post today!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Ulta Haul (NYX & L'OREAL)

I love when Ulta does the 40% off sale on brands like L'Oreal, Neutrogena, and NYX. It gives me the perfect excuse to try a few new drugstore products I've had my eye on. The usual Buy 1 Get 1 50% off is nice, but it's really not even that good of a deal if you think about it! I'm all for a sale where you get a discount on every item! Especially these days when I feel like many drugstore prices are rather high for the quality you often get.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Peanut Butter Cup Peanut Butter Cookie Bites


A few weeks ago I got a mini muffin pan, and it might be the cutest gadget type item in my kitchen! I had been looking all over pinterest for some good recipes to try out and came across these delicious peanut butter cup cookies. I'm linking up with Mary and Emily today-- make sure to check out their linkups for more recipes!

Monday, July 14, 2014

My Mini MAC Lipstick Collection

mac lipstick

I'm back with the second Christmas in July giveaway featuring 2 MAC lipsticks and 1 lipglass of your choice! I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to share my (small) MAC lip product collection.

Angel; Impassioned; Dark Side

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

BBQ/Buffalo Chicken Pockets with Crescent Rolls


I always see people making the most creative things out of crescent rolls, so when I saw them on sale at the grocery store I finally decided to pick up a container. I came across these seemingly easy recipes for BBQ chicken and buffalo chicken pockets and thought it was the perfect thing to try.

Ingredients:
Pillsbury Crescent Rolls (I used the butter flakey version-- they were good but rich!)
Cooked shredded chicken (I used 3 thin sliced chicken breasts)
Toppings of your choice (sauces, cheese, onions, peppers, etc.)

Directions:
1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees
2. When you unroll your crescent rolls there should be 4 large rectangles or 8 triangles-- you'll want to fuse together the triangles to make 4 rectangles for the top and 4 for the bottom of the sandwich/pocket.
3. On an un-greased cookie sheet place two rectangles, top with chicken mixed with sauce of your choice and other toppings.
4. Place the other rectangles on top of the filling and fuse together the ends-- as you would press a pie crust.
5. Bake for 18-20 minutes.

I made two different kinds... I'm a buffalo chicken girl, so I mixed the chicken with buffalo sauce and then topped with greens once it was cooked.

My husband used a sweet & spicy BBQ sauce, cheddar cheese, and red onions as his filling. He said this was definitely one of the best recipes I've made yet!


I was worried the bottom might get soggy, but the crust was perfectly light and crispy! I love how easy the recipe was to really make your own, and I already know this is going to be a quick and easy staple throughout the summer when we just want a quick weekend lunch or dinner!

As big of a buffalo fan as I am? Check out these other recipes:

What is your favorite thing to make with crescent rolls?

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Why I Blog

When Nadia emailed me about the Virtual Blog Tour I thought it sounded like a really fun idea. Plus it was the perfect opportunity to talk a little bit about why I love blogging since it's something I've never really posted about. Nadia is a Canadian blogger who shares posts on beauty, fashion, and lifestyle! She has great product recommendations & has swatching beauty products down to an art! Definitely check out her blog if you haven't already!