Scones are one of my favorite “socially acceptable” ways to eat dessert for breakfast. I’ve always loved scones but had completely forgotten about them until my mom baked a delicious batch for my bridal shower brunch last summer. Since then, I haven’t been able to stop thinking about this sweet and buttery treat. The recipe I’m sharing with you today is one that my mom learned when she was in 7th grade Home Economics! Over the years, she has altered and simplified the recipe so that it is quick and easy to make, while still being very tasty.
Growing up, I had a large imagination and believed in all magical creatures including leprechauns. Every St. Patrick’s Day, I would dress up in all green attire (to avoid getting pinched), grab a magnifying glass, and go on a hunt for leprechauns. To be fair, I had every reason to believe they existed thanks to the “evidence” my mom secretly created. Along with dying objects (such as milk) green, my mom would leave tiny leprechaun footprints around the house, as well as hidden chocolate gold coins. I remember being so excited to find the hidden treasure, and if I was lucky, catch a glimpse of a leprechaun! These St. Patrick’s Day memories of mystery and hidden treasure inspired me to create today’s recipe: Hidden Pot of Gold Cupcakes!
When it comes to shopping, makeup is my weakness. I’m constantly in search of the latest and greatest beauty products and often find myself buying makeup I don’t need just to test it out! My makeup addiction has helped me weed out the great from the not so great products and build an everyday makeup routine that I love. While I still buy and try out new products all the time, most of the products I’m sharing with you today have been a constant part of my beauty routine for over a year and great makeup staples.
The plague hit our home this past week (or what felt like the plague) taking out my husband first last Saturday and then me on Thursday night. After lots of sleep and heavy doses of NyQuil, we are both starting to feel like ourselves again. With all the cold medicine, my mind has been hazy, and I haven’t had the energy (or attention span) to do much besides sleep and watch TV this past week.
Personally for me, there’s nothing worse than being sick and not having anything good to watch. As much as I would have liked to read a book or even blog, my brain and body just didn’t have the energy for anything else. I found myself browsing Netflix at a loss for what to watch and ended up re-watching some tried and true favorites like Gilmore Girls and Friends. In case you find yourself in similar circumstances, I wanted to share with you all my favorite series on Netflix.
Some call it Puppy Chow, others call it Muddy Buddies. Whatever the name (I prefer Puppy Chow), they are both referring to the same delicious chocolate and peanut butter treat we all love. However, while the classic recipe has great flavors, it is visually boring and doesn’t look as yummy as it tastes! I decided to fix this by creating today’s recipe, which has the classic flavors of Puppy Chow, with a new colorful look that I’m referring to as Unicorn Puppy Chow. When I think of unicorns, I think about rainbows, glitter, happiness, and all things magical. Just like unicorns, this recipe is colorful, makes me happy to eat, and even has unicorn horns! These treats are both delicious and so pretty that you won’t be able to put them down!
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and this year, my husband and I will be celebrating the holiday at home. In the past, we normally would have gone out to a fancy steak dinner (a bad habit we are trying to kick), but we realized how expensive this was and instead have set a goal to cook most meals at home this year. It has been an adjustment so far (goodbye eating out 3-4 nights a week and daily Starbucks), but the money we can save in the long run will be worth it. Surprisingly, I’ve been enjoying finding lower cost alternatives to my usual lifestyle, and it has brought out my creative side for this coming Valentine’s Day. Here are some ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day on a budget, without feeling like you are missing out:
My skin has always been on the dry side, so in the winter months I often find myself stepping up my moisturizing game to fight dry and flaky skin. Ideally, I’d love to hop on a plane and escape to a tropical island to combat these problems, but since that’s not an option, I’ve settled on a few products that help maintain the moisture in my skin, hair, and nails. Here are my go-to products to help with dry skin, hair, and nails, especially in the winter:
I’ve never been a fan of New Year’s resolutions, and instead I like to focus on starting the year with a clean slate. For me, January is a time for cleaning, organizing, and tying up any loose ends from the previous year, so that I can start the New Year refreshed. December is always full of parties, hearty meals, Christmas cookies, and holiday travel so by January, my home is a mess, and my body is exhausted! To overcome the stress of the holidays, here are a few things I like to do at the start of each year:
Happy Holidays! My husband and I are heading to my parent’s house today until Christmas morning when we go and visit his family. The weather is forecasting a possibility for snow Christmas Eve, so I wanted to pack a warm, but still festive outfit to wear, and knew immediately it had to be this red sweater. This sweater is made with all merino wool and so warm, even in brisk 30-degree weather. My favorite part is the cute pom-pom detailing in the pattern! I plan on dressing the sweater up with a skirt for church, and then pairing it with jeans for any daytime outings. Currently, the sweater is 40% off with the code GIFTNOW.