White Chocolate Cocoa Krispie Treats

I have to admit it, whenever I think of rice krispie treats I think of a dessert I would have enjoyed when I was 8.  I don’t know why I picture them as a little kid’s treat but I do, right up there with otter pops and fruit-by-the-foot.  Because of this I haven’t made them in years, but this version has convinced me to change my mind.  These are seriously delicious.  And while they are simple to make the flavors and presentation are definitely suited for grown-up tastes.

White Chocolate Cocoa Krispie Treats

In fact, the combination of the chocolate krispies, marshmallows, butter, and white chocolate make these so rich and sweet that all you need are bite sized pieces, and a tall glass of milk.  And some restraint to keep from eating way too many.

*Tip: If you can find it I recommend using Ambrosia White Bark for the melting chocolate.  It’s delicious!

White Chocolate Cocoa Krispie Treats White Chocolate Cocoa Krispie TreatsI also forgot how great a party food krispie treats are.  You can make a ton, fairly easily too, and pretty much everyone enjoys them.  Change out the sprinkles on the top to match whatever colors you need!

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White Chocolate Cocoa Krispie Treats

A Very Sweet Birthday Party

A couple of weekends ago we had Savannah’s first birthday party!  I’m still having a hard time accepting that my little baby is now one, but we had a wonderful day with friends celebrating her and the sweet girl she is.  Now I’m warning you, picture overload ahead!

As her birthday got closer I found myself overwhelmed with all the ideas and cute themes out there and I’ll admit it, I had to try really hard to not go overboard.  There’s so many cute things to do!  But I also knew that I wanted to be able to just enjoy the day, keep the stress low, and do something simple and sweet.  I decided to go with a Berry Farm Stand theme and I’m pretty happy with how it all turned out.

Sweet Berry Farm Stand Birthday PartyOne reason I picked this theme was I knew that I could already use  lots of items from around my house to decorate.  Because of this I was able to keep the cost really low, basically buying only the food, plates/napkins, and a couple small things.

Sweet Berry Farm Stand 1st Birthday PartyI created the Farm Stand sign in Photoshop and ordered it from Costco, my favorite place to order large prints on the cheap.  I love collecting old milk bottles so I already had a bunch on hand to create some pretty floral arrangements.  You may also recognize the two wooden crates from this post and this post.

Sweet Berry Farm Stand 1st Birthday Party

I also have to brag on the food because it was ah-mazing!  And it’s okay for me to brag on the food because it was the genius work of someone else.  We were so lucky to have Savannah’s birth mom fly out and visit us for a week and be here for Savannah’s first birthday.  We had a lovely visit, open adoption is wonderful!  Her birth mother also happens to be a kitchen mastermind and she planned out the food.  I loved cooking next to her in the kitchen, and I love that I’ll have those memories to share with Savannah as she grows.

Sweet Berry Farm Stand 1st Birthday PartySavannah took us all by surprise when it came to eating her cake.  Knowing her silly, wild personality I thought she was going to go crazy on the cake and get it all over but except for one little face-plant she ate it so daintily.  What a little lady.

Sweet Berry Farm Stand 1st Birthday PartySweet Berry Farm Stand 1st Birthday PartyI’m so thankful to everyone who came and celebrated this special day with us.  We sure love our sweet girl, she brings us more joy than we could have ever imagined.

Sweet Berry Farm Stand 1st Birthday PartyI’m sure you can all relate to the feeling of the first year just flying by.   How has it been one year already?  I’m amazed at how much Savannah has grown and changed and I’m so thankful that I have these pictures to remember it by.

Monthly Baby Pictures for the First Year

Happy 1st Birthday Savannah!  Can’t wait to enjoy year #2 with you!

June 2014 Visiting Teaching

The Visiting Teaching Message for this month is called The Divine Mission of Jesus Christ: Minister and reminds us of our ability to be instruments in the hands of the Lord and follow His example as we serve those around us.  One of the quotes I really loved is from David L. Beck, “Heavenly Father will guide you, and angels will assist you.  You will be given power to bless lives and rescue souls.”

Here is the handout for this month!

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June 2014 Visiting Teaching

Nautical Inspired Summer Shelf

Seeing as Easter was oh, a month and a half ago, I finally decided I should switch out my holiday shelf for something that wasn’t bunnies and eggs.  I’m not quite ready to put up Fourth of July decor so I gathered up a few items from around my home and put together a Nautical Inspired Summer Shelf.

Nautical Inpsired Summer Shelf and Decor

The beachy/seaside looks is one of my favorites, and always says warm summer days to me!  On one side you can see my DIY Rope Vase, which lends itself perfectly to a nautical look.  I also love the different blue hues in the bottles that I’ve collected from trips to the thrift store.  I think I have a weakness for colored glass bottles.

Nautical Inpsired Summer Shelf and Decor

Any guesses as to what the three blue globes are in the netting?

Nautical Inpsired Summer Shelf and Decor

Well if you guessed unused curtain rod finials that I found at a yard sale last summer than you are correct!   They were sitting in on a table, all three for $0.50 and I just had to scoop them up!  No idea what I would use them for, but I thought they were so pretty.

And lastly I put some sea shell scrapbook paper in my frames underneath and made another quick banner with paper as well.

Nautical Inpsired Summer Shelf and DecorNautical Inpsired Summer Shelf and DecorI haven’t made it out to the beach yet this year but I’ve got a little bit of it in my own living room, which is almost as good!

 

The Wheels on the Bus…

I had planned to show you a fun new project we’ve been working on but the weather is seriously interfering with our ability to be outside and paint.  It’s been kind of cold/windy/rainy for the last few days and while that is great snuggle up with a book weather, it’s not the best for DIY-ing.  So in the meantime I’m answering a question sent in by one my readers, Elizabeth.

She was looking for an end of the year gift idea for her children’s bus driver.  I don’t know why I never thought of that before, after all this is the person who gets your child to and from school safely every single day.  Of course they deserve a thank you!  I did a quick search to see what I could find and stumbled across some really cute ideas which I thought I’d share.  There are some seriously creative people out there!  So here’s a round up of some of the best ideas for a bus driver thank you:

End of the Year Gift Ideas for Bus DriversI love how Alish used yellow and brown M&M’s to put together these cute treat bags.  The color of school buses and bees! Very nicely done!   Thanks for BEE-ing the BEST Bus Drivers-Sister’s Stuff

End of the Year Gift Ideas for Bus DriversUm, could these little bus candy bars be any cuter?  I’m seriously impressed.  We “Wheelie” Appreciate You!- Like a Pretty Petunia

End of the Year Gift Ideas for Bus DriversNot only is there a cute kid in this picture, but how clever is this gift idea?  Gourmet sausage wrapped up to look like a bus.  And you know I love a good pun!  We’ve never “Sau-sage” a Great Bus Driver- Michelle Paige

End of the Year Gift Ideas for Bus DriversDarcie created this clever gift with a tumbler and gift card.  I love it, and I think any driver would too!  A Smoothie Ride- Such the Spot

End of the Year Gift Ideas for Bus DriversAnd last is this great idea which could also work for croswalking guards if you were so inclined. Either way, I think it’s great!  Stop to Say Thanks- Finding Pins and Needles

I like how all of these gifts can be done fairly easy and inexpensively. I know that the gift list can seem like it is starting to add up sometimes but it really isn’t about the “thing” you are giving.  It is more just taking time to say a genuine thank you to someone who makes a difference in your (or your child’s) life.  Having a cute goody to go along with it is the cherry on top!

So there you go Elizabeth (and everyone else) I hope this helps you!  And I’m keeping my fingers crossed for a sunny weekend and hopefully a finished project to show you next week!

The Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie

This past weekend my parents were in town visiting and my dad decided to treat my mom and I with a little bit of cookie goodness for Mother’s Day.  Fantastic gift idea Dad.  I convinced my Dad to let me share his super secret recipe with you because honestly…this is the PERFECT chocolate chip cookie.  I’m telling you, it really is that good.

The PERFECT Chocolate Chip Cookie

Now I know what you’re thinking.  Once you’ve had one chocolate chip cookie you’ve had them all right?  They’re all pretty much the same.  But if you are thinking that, then you’re thinking wrong.  These cookies are incredibly soft, light, and fluffy.  They use both milk chocolate chips and white chocolate chips which is sounds awesome in and of itself, but wait… there’s more.  They also use butter and margarine, as well as white sugar and brown sugar.  Do you see where I am going with this?   To pure cookie perfection.

The PERFECT Double Chocolate Chip CookieIf you are not careful I promise you that you will want to eat an entire batch all by yourself, in one sitting.  Nice and warm right out of the oven, or completely cooled and served with a glass of milk, you can’t go wrong either way.  If you’ve ever been on the search for the perfect chocolate chip cookie, then look no further.

The PERFECT Double  Chocolate Chip Cookie

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