Lucky Charm Pancakes

Happy St. Patricks Day friends!! Last night I tried being creative and making some green Rice Krispie treats, but for some reason they turned out this ugly brown color, poop brown to be exact. It was a Pinterest fail if I’ve ever seen one.

Well I gave this holiday another shot this morning (I am Irish after all!) and made some festive green pancakes with homemade whipped cream! The lucky charms marshmallows were a perfect touch and added some extra sweetness. stpattyday2

So toss aside your green eggs and ham and try out this recipe! Trust me it’ll be a hit and it’s fail proof ūüėČ

INGREDIENTS

For the Pancake:

  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 tbsp white vinegar
  • 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp melted butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • pastel green food coloring

For the Whipped Cream:

  • 1/2 cup¬†heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tbsp sugar

DIRECTIONS

  1. In a small bowl combine milk and vinegar. Set aside and let sit for a few minutes.
  2. In a large bowl combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  3. Whisk together butter, egg and vanilla into the milk mixture. Add the food coloring.
  4. Combine with flour mixture and stir until smooth.
  5. Add butter to pan and pour 1/4 cup batter. Let cook on one side until bubbles begin to pop, then flip to the other side. Cook until barely golden brown.
  6. Place a mixer bowl and whisk in freezer for at least 20 minutes to chill.
  7. Pour heavy whipping cream and sugar into the cold bowl and whisk on high speed until medium to stiff peaks form, about 1 minute. Be sure not to over whisk.
  8. Add as many Lucky Charms marshmallows as desired!

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Hope everyone has a super fun and safe St. Patty’s Day!! ūüćÄscreen-shot-2016-11-18-at-2-05-16-pm

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Lucky Charms Cereal // KitchenAid Hand Mixer, Ice // Wilton Pastel Icing Color Set

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The Shine Project

 

With Spring inching closer we’re leaving our warm coats behind us, but dainty jewelry is here to stay. I have never been a huge statement jewelry type of person, small and simple is the way to my heart. Especially if there is a little pink in it…I found an amazing company that not only makes gorgeous simple jewelry like the necklace I’m wearing, but they do it with a purpose.

 

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The Shine Project is a nonprofit started to give college scholarships to inner-city youth in Phoenix. Shortly after starting it, Ashley the founder, discovered the harsh living conditions of some of her students and decided to do something about it. Ashley taught herself to make bracelets and bought a bunch of jewelry supplies. She then employed some of the people she gave scholarships to so they could earn money while still going to school.

Now the students who are given scholarships are then given jobs making bracelets and handle everything from customer service and sales, to jewelry design and events. Currently 11 students are employed at the company and all donations made through the non-profit are given directly to the students! How awesome is that?!

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Outfit Details:

Badgley Mischka Blush Coat // J. Crew Button Up // Edie Smoking Silver Flats ( Thanks to my sister!) // Kate Spade Purse

It’s so easy to buy from big brands that we know and love but step out of your comfort zone and check out The Shine Project. Their amazing jewelry and story just might surprise you!
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Minny’s Famous Chocolate Pie

If you’ve read the book or seen the movie, The Help then you know about Minny’s famous chocolate pie that everyone loves. Of course I’m talking about the version without her shit in it.¬†I’m not much of a pie maker, but since it is National Pi Day I decided to give it a whirl!

The recipe I found is super simple, and while my pie didn’t turn out as pretty as I had hoped, it sure did end up being delicious! I also forgot to get the ingredients for whipped cream so we enjoyed it without, but it honestly didn’t need it. This fudgy pie was a huge hit and it’s creamy¬†filling made it easy to enjoy without whipped cream!

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If you feel like trying it out here’s the recipe…you won’t regret it!

Ingredients:

  • 1 packaged pie crust (I used Pillsbury) or you can make from scratch
  • 1¬Ĺ cups granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • ¬ĺ cup evaporated milk
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ¬ľ teaspoon salt
  • whipped cream to serve.

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Ease the dough into the pie plate and gently fold the extra dough over and pinch the edges decoratively.

2. In a large mixing bowl whisk together the sugar, cocoa powder, butter, eggs, evaporated milk, vanilla and salt until smooth.

3. Pour the filling into the pie crust and bake for 45 minutes, or until the filling is set around the edges but a little jiggly in the center. Cover the crust with strips of foil 15 minutes into baking to prevent over-browning.

4. Cool the pie on a rack before cutting. Serve with whipped cream if desired.

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Happy National Pi Day everyone! I hope you enjoy this recipe…I’m off to watch The Help while enjoying another slice of Minny’s Famous Chocolate Pie!¬†screen-shot-2016-11-18-at-2-05-16-pm

Here are a few things I recommend getting from this post:

The Help (book) // Glass Pie Plate, 9.5-Inch // Duralex Stackable Glass Bowl Set, 2 oz // Airtight Chalkboard Canister Jar (Set of 3) // Sur La Table Copper-Plated Measuring Spoons // Mud Pie Mixing Bowl Set, White // Classic Wood Rolling Pin // Cloth Napkins, Blush

Donut Fest Cleveland

This post is long over due but my sister, brother-in-law and I attended Donut Fest in early Feb and it was pretty darn amazing. Of course we invested in VIP tickets because we wanted to get all the warm donuts ūüôā

Donut fest was put on in 3 cities, New York, Chicago, and Cleveland. I know..who woulda guessed Cleveland. But I was pretty pumped to be able to go and visit my sister and pig out on donuts all at once.

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When we first arrived they gave us goodie bags filled with our tickets for donuts and coffee, a coffee mug, and a bunch of coupons. There were 12 donut venders and and 6 coffee vendors. At first I thought that wasn’t very many but once we started we realized it was more than enough. They also had a local dairy farm come to supply the most delicious chocolate milk I’ve ever tasted.¬†screen-shot-2017-03-01-at-11-14-22-am_o6a6761_o6a6762

We were able to try one donut from each place and let me tell you, I was in heaven. By the end, we almost had to be rolled out of there. To name a few of my favorite, the donut pictured above had these caramelized Rice Krispie treats on top that I couldn’t get enough of. I’m seriously going to put them on everything from now on.

My absolute favorite though was a donut hole infused with champagne chocolate frosting. It was incredible and I could’ve had ten.

While those were just a few of my faves the winner of the fest was…..

PEACE LOVE AND LITTLE DONUTS!¬†¬†I didn’t quite love the donut they provided at the fest but I’ve been to their shop with my sister before and we love their donuts. They are the perfect size and I like being able to watch them make it right in front you._o6a6784

Overall, I had an amazing time and will definitely be attending any future Donut Fests I can get my hands on. Have a great Sunday everyone! ūüôā

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