food

candy mix {gluten free}

This is a recent discovery candy mix {some recipes refer to it as white trash mix}, and I absolutely love it. It’s very simple to make {does require a little mess} and you can really use any ingredients you want. For this batch, I used all gluten-free ingredients, Corn Chex, Sticks & Twigs crackers, and pecans, and a few sprinkles for a little color, although they don’t really show up in the photographs.

Ingredients

1. Mix dry ingredients in a large bowl

2. Melt Vanilla Almond bark in a microwaveable bowl {30 second intervals work best}

3. Once melted add dry mix to melted almond bark and mix {I use my hands to make sure all pieces are covered}

4. Spread mix out onto aluminium foil or parchment paper

5. Allow melted almond bark to harden {typically takes only 15 minutes}

6. Enjoy! Easy to package, not to mention would make a great Valentines treat!

*hosting a party? put in small bowls throughout your home, perfect for a quick sweet treat 

easy as pie

I love, love to bake, but I have to admit I like it simple, nothing too crazy, and not a lot of ingredients. I made this “pie” {it’s a brownie on the bottom} for Christmas and a few times since, it has been an absolute hit! I have to thank my friend for sharing the recipe with me. If ever you need an easy, beautiful and delicious dessert this is it! I also used a gluten free brownie mix for the base, any brownie mix will do.  I highly recommend using an oven to table dish {similar one here}, which makes transporting much easier!

get the recipe here 

let there be cake

One of my favorite parts of living in New Orleans is Carnival season. Today is 12th Night, which marks the official end of the Christmas season and the official start of Carnival {aka Mardi Gras}. Essentially today is also the first day King Cakes are available. A pastry we use to celebrate the season!

I have the good fortune of living way too close to Sucre. It’s a locally owned shop that can cater to every sweet need you may have. It’s not everyday you come across a truly fantastic bakery, sweet shop and coffee-house, all in one! They by far have the best King Cakes in town, and you’re in luck, they are available for online ordering! I highly recommend between now and Mardi Gras Day {Feb. 21}  you celebrate the season with your friends and family, no matter where you are!

 

*P.S.-Sucre has amazing macaroons and chocolates, ALL available for online ordering!

highlights {NYC}

New York proved once again to be an amazing time. I have so many things to share that one post won’t be enough! I did however want to highlight a few places that stand out from this years trip! Look for more post focusing on the finds I came across!

{scarves in Chinatown, who could resist?}

{New World Trade Center and Memorial}

{80's cover band, Rubix Kube}

{Macy's Herald Square, Bergdorf Goodman Window}

{Beauty & Essex: HIGHLY recommended}

{well hello lady liberty, off in the distance}

{Oysters @ the mermaid NYC}

*Links to places photographed: 

World Trade Center Memorial  {a MUST visit}

Rubix Kube  {amazing 80′s cover band that has outfit changes galore}

Macy’s Herald Square  {love at Christmas time}

Bergdorf Goodman  {the windows are to die for, not to mention the shoe section}

Beauty & Essex {food and atmosphere maybe be one of my all-time favorites}

The Mermaid Oyster Bar  {great oyster and cocktail happy hour, the decor is precious}

easy truffles

I love chocolate candy! Especially the pricey kind that comes in a fancy box. Who knew you could make your own. I came across this super easy recipe {on pinterest, of course} for vanilla-chocolate truffles and they are delicious! No baking needed and pretty simple to make, just a little messy, but totally worth it! These would be great to have at your next holiday party too!

 1 cup vanilla cake mix

7 oz sweetened condensed milk {i used about half a can}

2 cups chocolate chips

1/2  tsp. vanilla extract

*you can substitute and use gluten-free cake mix 

1. Mix cake mix, vanilla extract and sweetened condensed milk

2. Refrigerate dough mix for 15 minutes then roll dough into small balls and refrigerate for another 15 mins.

3. Melt chocolate, I used my microwave melting in 30 second intervals and mixing

*use parchment paper to keep the dough and chocolate from sticking

4. Dip refrigerated cake balls into the melted chocolate {this part is very messy}

5. Place back onto baking sheet and refrigerate

*store in the refrigerator

jack-o-lantern candy jar

With the Halloween weekend upon us it’s only fitting to share the DIY jack-o-latern candy jar I am using! These make great candy holders for your Halloween party, or even use as party favors!  I’m looking forward to the next few days….the costumes and festivities, and of course the sweets!

{click-through for chalkboard DIY}

{candy corn}

{jack-o-lantern jar}

baked

I have forever been a fan of Le Creuset, and you would be surprised to know I have NEVER paid full price for any of my pieces. I love that the pieces are oven to table and the color options are beautiful! They have a great outlet store {locations here} that always have multiple offers and sometimes hard to find pieces at discounted prices. Also at the outlet the more you buy, the more you save. I have had luck finding pieces at Marshall’s and TJ Maxx as well, you just have to look a little harder. I received an email for a discounted piece this weekend {in-store only} at Williams-Sonoma, and I will be making a visit to pick up mine. This particular piece is on sale for $49.50, from $100! {Offer ends 10/30}

candy pecans

I made candy pecans this weekend to accent a cheese plate I had put together. This was the perfect touch and flavor with the cheese selection. Not to mention so easy to make. {full recipe}

1 egg white

1/2 cup packed brown sugar

1 dash vanilla extract

4 cups pecans

1. Pre-heat oven to 250

2. Mix egg white, brown sugar and vanilla extract together in large bowl

3. Mix in pecans, make sure they are well coated, spread on baking sheet

4. Bake for 10-15 minutes, and let cool before serving

*chalkboard cheese plate how to 


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