Mini S’mores Cakes (Baking Monday #8)

These delicious treats are the perfect mixture of all of the classic s’mores flavors. It is a moist chocolate cake with gooey marshmallows and a light dusting of graham crackers. Here are the ingredients for the cake:

  • 6 tbsp butter
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder

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First, I beat the butter for about a minute before adding in the brown sugar and beating that until it starts to become nice and fluffy.

Next, I mixed together all of the dry ingredients together in a small bowl, and I whisked together the wet ingredients in another bowl.

Then, I alternated adding the flour and sugar until everything was added and nicely combined.

I lightly greased my small sheet pan before poring in my batter and baking it at 350° for about 15 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the middle came out clean.

Once the cake was completely cooled, I flipped it out of the pan, onto a piece of parchment paper. I used a circle cookie cutter to cut out as many circles of cake that I could, and placed all of the scraps into a small bowl because this cake is too good to waste :).

The next thing I did was I cut all of the cake circle in half and placed them onto a sheet pan. I topped all of them with some mini marshmallows and placed them into my oven on the broiler setting until the marshmallows became nicely toasted. Once they were out of the oven I sandwiched them together while the marshmallows were still nice and sticky.

Finally, I placed a graham cracker into a plastic bag, crushed it up, and topped the mini cakes with the crumbs.

And that’s it! These s’mores deserts are absolutely delicious warm and gooey, and will definitely be gobbled up and gone within seconds!

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Wall Hanging Bracelet Rack

I always have my bracelets laying around all over my house, but this cute and simple bracelet rack is the perfect solution to organized jewelry.

You will need:

  • a scrap piece of wood
  • masking tape
  • acrylic paint
  • paint brush
  • drill with appropriate drill bit
  • hook screws

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First I placed different widths of tape along my wood. I decided to create an ombre effect by adding small amounts of black to the white paint each time, but you can do whatever pattern you would like. Next I marked every inch with some pencil where I wanted to place my hooks.

To make sure I drilled the exact right length for each hole, I placed some masking tape on my drill bit as a guide before drilling all of the holes.

I ordered these hook screws online, so you can choose whatever size is best for your wood. I then carefully screwed all of the hook screws into my pre-drilled holes.

Finally, I attached the completed rack to the wall and hung all of my bracelets on it.

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Mini White Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie (Baking Monday #7)

This chewy cookie is a delicious 1-2 servings and perfect for any day you want something amazingly indulgent. Here are the ingredients you’ll need:

  • 4 tsp butter
  • 4 tsp sugar
  • 4 tsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vegetable oil
  • 1/8 tsp vanilla
  • 1 drop almond extract
  • 2 tsp hot water
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/8 tsp baking soda
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 2/3 tbsp white chocolate chips

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First I whisked together the room temperature butter with the two sugars until everything was smooth and combined. Next I added the oil, vanilla, almond extract, and the water and mixed it in.

Then, I mixed together the flour, salt, and baking powder and slowly added it to the butter mixture, mixing it in with a spatula. Next I stirred in the white chocolate chips and placed the whole dough into a mini cast-iron skillet. Finally, I placed the cookie into a 360° oven for 20 -25 minutes.

I took the cookie out of the oven and let it cool for a few minutes before enjoying it!

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Chewy Brownies (Baking Monday #6)

These chocolaty treats are the perfect mixture of a chewy brownie and a cakey  brownie. Here is what you will need to make them:

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder

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First, I placed the butter into a medium sauce pan on low heat, and stirred it until it was completely melted. I then turned off the heat and added in the sugar and vanilla, and stirred until everything was combined.

While I was waiting for my butter mixture to cool completely, I stirred together the dry ingredients, and I sprayed my pan. I have a handy brownie pan that has separators, but any 8×8 pan will work just fine.

Once the mixture was completely cool, I whisked in the two eggs, and then added in the dry mixture in three parts. Finally, I poured the batter into my pan and placed it into a 360° oven for 20-25 minutes.

Once my brownies were done, I let them cool completely in the pan before serving them on their own or with some ice cream.

Patriotic Shortbread Cookies (Baking Monday #5) +4th of July Nails and Acai Bowl

Cookies are the perfect treat for any occasion. These Patriotic Shortbread Cookies are the simplest way to satisfy guests at your 4th of July  party or to just share with your family. Be sure to read through the whole blog for a couple of extra 4th of July DIYs!

Here are the ingredients you will need for the cookies:

  • 1 cup butter (room temperature)
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tsp vanilla

For the decorating:

  • white chocolate chips
  • red and blue food coloring

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First, I placed the butter into my stand-up mixer and beat it until it was smooth. I then added the powdered sugar and beat the mixture until everything was combined and scraped down the sides of the bowl.

Next, I added the flour in two parts, mixing in between, and I added the vanilla. I mixed the dough until it was just combined, and scraped down the sides of the bowl.

I then sprinkled flour onto a clean counter and placed all of the dough onto it. I split the dough into two halves and flattened each one out into circles. Next, I wrapped the dough in plastic and placed it into the fridge for an hour or two to chill.

To form the cookies, I floured my table and rolling pin and rolled the dough to about 1/8 inch thick. I then used a circle cookie cutter to cut out the cookies and placed them on a parchment lined pan. You can re-roll your cookie dough, but I wouldn’t recommend rolling more than 3 times or your cookies will not hold their shape. I baked the cookie in a 360° oven for about 13-15 minutes, or until they became golden brown around the edges. Let them cool completely on the pan.

If you just wanted to make yummy cookies, you are done, but here is how I decorated my cookies for the 4th of July! First, I separated my white chocolate chips into three bowl and colored one red and another one blue. I microwaved the chocolate in 30 second increments, mixing in between until it was melted and smooth. I then dipped each cookie into the different colors of chocolate and placed them onto some parchment paper.

Once I dipped all of my cookie, I placed the excess chocolate into small zip-loc bags and cut the tips. Next, I drizzled chocolate onto all of the cookies, making sure each one had red, white, and blue on it. To make sure the chocolate set completely, I placed the cookies into the fridge for at least 20 minutes.

Finally, I took the cookies off of the parchment paper, and broke off any excess chocolate. They are now officially 4th of July ready!

Nails

This easy accent nail is sure to impress. Have fun with your nails this 4th of July!

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First I painted all of my nails blue. I am just making an accent nail, but you could do a couple or even all of your nails like this. I placed a piece of cake diagonally onto my nail, painted it white, and quickly peeled off the tape.

Next, I poured out a little bit of white nail polish onto a note card. I dipped a toothpick into the polish, and carefully placed rows of small dots onto the blue portion of my nail. To seal this part in and to make the next step easier, I applied a coat of quick drying top coat, and let it dry completely.

Once my nail was dry, I placed a piece of tape over the blue portion to keep it clean, and I placed some striping tape on the white portion. I painted my nail red and quickly peeled off the tape. Finally, I applied a coat of top coat to seal off my design.

 

Acai Bowl

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For a great healthy start to your 4th of July, this simple acai bowl is the perfect treat! Here is what you will need:

  • 1 packet of frozen acai
  • frozen fruit of your choice (I used pineapple and blueberries)
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1/3 cup fresh orange juice (or any liquid)
  • red, white, and blue fruit (I used strawberries, blueberries, and banana)

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First, I placed the acai, frozen fruit, and chia seeds into my blender. I blended the mixture until it was smooth. Finally, I poured the mixture into a bowl, and topped it off with some fresh fruit.

 

 

Tin Can Desk Organizers

Store bought pencil holders are practical, but usually not very nice to look at. These pencil holders are cute and useful, and all you need is:

  • a clean tin can
  • washi tape
  • ribbon
  • hot glue gun

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The only thing you need to do to complete these cans is to just place the tape and hot glue the ribbon onto the can in any pattern you like. I decided to make a set of three that I use on my desk almost everyday.

These super easy cans are perfect to make on a boring day, and will help spruce up your office space!

No-Yeast Cinnamon Roll Muffins (Baking Monday #4)

Cinnamon Rolls are the ultimate indulgent treat. These no-yeast cinnamon rolls are delicious and super easy to make. Here are the ingredients you will need:

  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 4 tbsps sugar (separated in two)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 6 tbsps melted butter (separated in two)
  • 2 tsps apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tsps cinnamon
  • 6 tbsps brown sugar

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First I stirred the flour, half of the sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a bowl, and set that aside. I then mixed together the milk, half the butter, and the vinegar, and added that mixture to the dry ingredients. I stirred that together until a soft dough formed.

Next, I mixed together the brown sugar, cinnamon, and the rest of the white sugar in a small bowl and set it aside.

The next thing I did was I formed the rolls. First, I heavily floured my surface, laid down the dough, and spread it apart into about an 8 inch rectangle with my fingers. Next, I alternated spreading butter on the dough and sprinkling the sugar mixture onto it. I then rolled the dough into a long log and cut it into about eight even pieces.

Once my dough was ready, I placed each of the eight pieces into a greased muffin tin and baking them in a 375° oven for about 15 minutes.

Glaze

Every good cinnamon roll needs a delicious glaze. Here is a yummy recipe for just that, and you only need these three ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tbsp milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla

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All you have to do to prepare this glaze is to add the vanilla to the sugar, and then slowly add in milk until your glaze reaches the consistency you would like.

The last thing I did was I poured the glaze over the steaming cinnamon rolls for a deliciously, gooey dessert!

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DIY Up-cycled Tape Dispenser

I love everything on my desk to be super cute and pretty to motivate me to want to do my work. Tape dispensers can often be really boring and plain, but here are a couple of super easy ways to up-cycle them!

All you will need other than the spray paint of your choice and obviously a tape dispenser is:

  • masking tape
  • scissors
  • paper-cutter (optional)

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First I took my masking tape and I taped off the inside of the dispenser and the blade. Next, I used my paper cutter to cut a bunch of different sized strips of masking tape. If you don’t have a cutter, you could just use scissors, but that may not be as precise and straight. I then placed all of the strips onto the tape dispenser, you can do any design you want! The last thing I did for taping was I flipped the whole thing over and taped off the bottom just in case.

Finally, I took my dispenser outside and spray painted it gold. I waited a couple of hours, and then I peeled off the asking tape to reveal my finished tape dispenser.

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Disposable Tape Dispenser

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If you thought the last DIY was easy, this one will be a breeze! All you need is some paper and a pair of scissors.

All I did was I took the paper label out of the dispenser, traced it onto my paper, cut it out with scissors, and put the paper I cut out into the dispenser. It is that simple to completely redo your tape dispenser!

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Chocolate Crinkle Cookies (Baking Monday #3)

These deliciously indulgent cookies are definitely one of my go-to dessert recipes. They look so impressive, but are actually surprisingly easy to make. Here are the ingredients you’ll need:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup vegetable/canola oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • powdered sugar

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One of my favorite things about these cookies is how simple and easy they are. The only thing you need to do to make the dough is to just mix together all of the ingredients. Once they are fully combined, you need to place them into the fridge for at least 3 hours.

Just before I took my cookie dough out of the fridge, I set up a little cookie station by having a bowl of some powdered sugar next to a parchment paper lined cookie sheet. To form the cookie, I took a mini ice cream scoop, scooped out some dough, rolled the dough in the powdered sugar, and shook off the excess sugar before placing the dough onto the cookie sheet.

These cookies only need about 10-12 minutes in a 360° oven. I then took them out and let them cool completely on the pan. The picture on the right is my second batch, and you can see how important it is for your cookies to be in the fridge for at least 3 hours before making them. For best results, put the dough back into the fridge in between batches.

That’s it! These cookies are nice and crispy on the outside, and deliciously gooey on the inside. Be sure to share these cookies with your friends and family, and let me know how yours turn out in the comments below!

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Popsicle Stick Shelves

So these super cool-looking shelves are actually surprisingly easy to create. I found it hard to believe that some popsicle sticks would actually make a strong shelf, but these little hexagonal shelves happily surprised me.

Here is what you will need to make them:

  • hexagon template (just search “regular hexagon” in google)
  • E6000 glue (or any strong wood glue)
  • popsicle sticks (I just bought a giant pack of 1000)

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So pretty much, there are just two steps that you have to repeat. First, I placed every other popsicle stick onto the template, put a dot of glue on each edge, placed on the next popsicle sticks, etc. I made a normal hexagon, as well as a triple-hexagon design. I just let the shelves dry for 24 hours before I hung them with a couple of nails, and that’s it!

Styling

You can really get creative with what you display on your shelves, but I just wanted to show you some of the things I styled my shelves with.

First, I decided to spray paint these plaster animal figures with gold spray paint for a chic, sophisticated look, while still keeping a playful element with the animals.

Next, I added a cute little bottle that I actually DIY’ed by gluing and wrapping yarn all the way around it, and I filled it with some fake flowers.

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The last item I placed onto my shelf was another DIY jar/container that I made by wrapping yarn around the lid, painting the inside of the jar, gluing a flower on top, gluing beads below the lid, and placing letter stickers on the front.

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