Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Inked in Sweets

Hey guys and YAY!!!!!! …… I feel like I need to scream that right now. I guess you’ve noticed a little lack of baking lately. I’m sorry about that. I’ve been away from the blog for a few weeks but everything is fine. (Thanks for your sweet emails asking if I was okay.) I’ve just been moving to a new house and my kitchen has been all packed up for a while. And on top of that, I’ve been without internet for almost two weeks, too. Can you say stir crazy? … Because that would be me. But they finally got it up and going last night. YAYAYAY! So now that I’m starting to get all settled in to my new space, I’m way excited to start baking again … and in a new oven.

In the meantime, how about a fun little giveaway now that I can finally blog again. It’s a pretty cute one.

Tattly Party Set

Have you heard of Tattly?

They’re designy temporary tattoos for adults and kids alike … plus they are totally cute.

Tattly

They’re like real, but fake.

And you can buy them in sets or singles.

I chose some that are sweet themed of course but there are tons of other cool and whimsical Tattly designs to choose from.

Tattly Party Set

These designs all come in the Party Set illustrated by Julia Rothman.

Tattly Birthday Set

Tattly Birthday Set

And these designs are in the Birthday Set illustrated by Mike Lowery.

You could totally use either set for a birthday though. Fun times.

Want to see some more sweets in single versions?

Popsicle Tattly

How about popsicles? These are fun because you can use all four as one tattoo or cut them into sections and use one at a time. Love these.

Ice Cream Tattly

Ice cream cone tattoos with sprinkles? Yes please.

Lollipop Tattly

What about lollipops?

Birthday Garland Tattly

Or Birthday Garland? Way fun.

Tattly

Want to win some?

Enter for a chance to win one of two Tattly sets including:
The Party Set, The Birthday Set plus the popsicles, ice cream cones, lollipops, and birthday garland.

  • To enter, just leave your answer to one of the questions below on this post.
  • Which one of the above temporary tattoos is your favorite (if any)? OR Do you have a real tattoo? and what is it? I’m curious.
  • Deadline to enter is Friday, August 16 at 8:00 pm ET. Sorry, Time’s Up! Winners announced below.
  • Two winners will be chosen at random and announced sometime Saturday.

Good Luck!

 

And we have two winners. Sorry, I didn’t get these posted last night but here they are.

Congratulations Kathy and Wendy M! I hope you have as much fun playing with these as I have.

Giveaway sponsored by me.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Nice Cream Giveaway

 

I’m giving away something nice today.

It’s silver and boxy. Short and sweet.

 

 

And it will help you make beautiful creamy creations right at home.

It’s the Cuisinart 2-quart ice cream maker.

Very Cool! Freezing, actually.

Want endless ice cream options? Sweet scoopable treats? Fun frozen flavors right at your fingertips?

I think yes. Because I know I totally want one, too. But first I’m giving away one. And to go along with it, a copy of Jeni’s Ice Creams at Home. I love this book and her ice cream, too! It’s soooo so good.

Here’s the scoop for a chance to win a Cuisinart 2-quart ice cream maker and the book, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams at Home:

  • To enter leave a comment on this post and share something fun you’ve done this summer.
  • Deadline to enter is Wednesday, July 24th, 2013 at 8:00 pm ET. Sorry guys…Time’s Up. Winner announced below.
  • One winner will be chosen at random and announced sometime Wednesday evening.

Good luck!

Giveaway sponsored by me.

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And now we have a winner. Congratulations Princess! Looks like it’s party time for you guys.

P.S. Thank you all for entering and sharing your summer.  You guys are having way too much fun.  It makes me smile reading your responses. Hugs!

 

Monday, July 8, 2013

Easy Oreo Ice Cream Sandwiches

Oreo Ice Cream Sandwiches

Okay, I almost feel silly posting this. It’s sooo so easy, but it makes me way happy when I bite into one that I can’t resist.

It’s the simple things sometimes you know.

I was at Bruster’s the other day getting some ice cream and this poster was staring me back in the face.

Oreo Ice Cream Sandwiches

Umm duh!! Why have I never ever done this before? And why am I not at the grocery store buying a bunch of Oreos right now.

Side note – Is it bad when the teenager at Bruster’s knows my order when I walk up and he finishes my sentence before I do? What about when the new guy that I’ve never met before knows my order. Is that bad? I’m thinking so. That or either I’m helping inspire great customer service.

Either way, I’m way too excited for this easy ice cream treat. I didn’t try any of them at Bruster’s (I stuck to my regular order of course) so I don’t know if theirs are special larger size Oreos made just for them or if they just use the regular cookies.

But I vote regular cookies. Small and cute ice cream cookie sandwiches. Yes, please.

Okay, this is hard. Please pay close attention.

Oreos

Oreos.

Oreo Ice Cream Sandwiches

Ice cream.

Sprinkles

Sprinkles.

Cookies and Cream

Yum! … and done.

Oreo Ice Cream Sandwiches

Just use a 1.5-inch scoop to place ice cream in between the separated cookies and press.

Life. Changed.

Oreo Ice Cream Sandwiches

Rock and roll them in some sprinkles. Pretty and sweet.

Chocolate

The fun part is having a few flavors to play with. Chocolate is mandatory for me.
And these are totally fun for kiddos, too. Perfect portion-size treats.

You can make a bunch in advance and wrap them in wax paper so you can grab one from the freezer and go when the mood strikes.

Chocolate Sprinkles

Triple chocolate treats. I like.

Oreo Ice Cream Sandwiches

Now take a load off, smile and go make yourself something sweet and easy!

Monday, July 1, 2013

Hot. Sticky. Sweet.

Sticky Toffee Pudding

It’s July and it feels like 100 degrees outside so naturally I made something light and refreshing to cope with the heat.

Sticky Toffee Pudding.

Okay, not so much a summertime treat. But hey, I did add ice cream. I should get points for that.

I’ve been wanting to make this for the past several months after I saw the recipe in Martha Stewart Living. I ripped the recipe out to save and this picture has basically been begging me to make it every since.

Medjool Dates

So Sunday was the day. Mainly because I finally came across the Medjool Dates at the Fresh Market that are recommended in the recipe.

Whoppers! Just slice them open, remove the pits and coarsely chop them up for the batter.

Sticky Toffee Pudding Ingredients

I love that this dessert just calls for a few ingredients.

Soaking dates

And that the dates get soaked in steaming hot coffee. Again… so summery.

And then after the cake comes out of the oven, you pour warm, cozy toffee sauce all over the top.

Toffee Sauce Ingredients

The sauce is super easy, too. Three ingredients easy.

Toffee Sauce

Simmer down now.

Toffee Pudding

Poke the cake with a toothpick or skewer and pour the sauce all over.

I went all lollipop stick on mine for greater saturation.

Toffee Sauce

Help.

Toffee Sauce

Let’s look at that again.

Sticky Toffee

The cake is gloriously drenched and just delicious all by itself.

But it looks kind of lonely, don’t you think?

Sticky Toffee Pudding

There. That’s better.

Sticky Toffee Pudding Topped with Toffee Sauce -

Here’s the recipe from Martha if you want to make it too. I mean if you want something hot to cool you off.

Monday, June 24, 2013

A LoveLee Giveaway

LoveLee Soaps

How does a whole bunch of yumminess sound?

I’m talking cinnamon rolls, doughnuts, cupcakes, ice cream sandwiches, cookies, crullers and much more.

Sounds pretty sweet to me… only you can’t eat these little treats. No sirree.

You can shower, splash and scrub-a-dub-dub with them though.

That’s right. They’re not sugar, they’re soap. But, they’re still totally sweet. Like literally.

Wafer Cookies Soaps

These wafer cookies? Yep. Soap.

Doughuts and Cinnamon Roll Soaps

Doughnuts. All soap.

LoveLee Soaps

And the crullers. Well, they’re just cruel. I mean they’re soap, too. But they taunt me because they look too real … I just want to wash my mouth out with them.

But seriously, these soaps are super fun. And I can’t help but smile when I look at them. They’d make great gifts or party favors and they’ll certainly sweeten up your soap dish.

They’re all from Leeana of Lovelee Soaps. A while back Leeana surprised me with some adorable cupcake pop soaps and now I’m happy to be giving away gift certificates to three lucky winners to choose their own clean, sweet, fun.

Here’s some more samples of her work.
(P.S.… she has some savory soaps too if you’re into that sort of thing.)

Lovelee Soaps

Enter for a chance to win one of three $75 gift certificates to
LoveLee Soaps and 
choose your own treats.

  • To enter, just leave a comment on this post and let me know which sweet soap you’d pick first.
  • Deadline to enter is Wednesday, June 26th at 7:00 pm ET.
  • Three winners will be chosen at random and announced sometime Wednesday evening on this post.

Good Luck!

Sweet Soaps by LoveLee Soaps

Soaps for photos provided by LoveLee Soaps. Giveaway sponsored by me.

 

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Okay, I have have some sweet soap winners to announce. Congratulations Clarissa, Jackie and Karen!!!

It’s time to get your hands dirty so you can have fun cleaning up.

 

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