Monday, February 8, 2016

{monster} brownies- these are RIDICULOUS

Soooo everyone knows that the best part of football game days are the delicious treats at the party! I found myself needing something sweet to cut through all the delicious spicy, salty snacks we had around on Sunday. I had found a couple of "brookie" recipes that sounded good and decided to make a frankenstein version that combined a few of them together and I came up with what I call {Monster Brownies}

They. Are. So. Good. 

Here's what you need:
1 recipe of monster cookie dough
 {I used Paula Deen's monster cookie recipe because they are the best I've ever found!}
1 box of fudge brownies (prepared as directed)
1 bag of soft wrapped caramels {unwrapped}
1/4 c. heavy cream {I used milk to lighten it up a little}

{step 1}
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Prepare your cookie dough and brownie mix and set aside.

{step 2}
Place unwrapped caramels in a small saucepan. Add cream and melt together over medium low heat, stirring constantly, until smooth.

{step 3}
 Pour brownie mix into a greased 9x9 cake pan. {I used a glass pan so I could make sure the brownie mix baked through}
 {step 4}
Pour melted caramel mixture over the brownie batter- as shown below.
 {step 5}
Drop balls of monster cookie dough in a random pattern on top of caramel and brownie. Make sure your cookie dough sinks slightly into the brownie batter.
{step 6}
Bake at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes or until the cookie has turned golden brown on top and the brownie batter sets. The inside of these bars are still gooey where the caramel mixes with the brownie batter, creating an addictive rich molten center.

{step 7}
Try not to eat the whole pan. {I failed :)}


Sunday, February 7, 2016

every girl {needs a tutu}

Every girl needs a tutu {and these are tutu easy and tutu cute!- see what I did there?!}

To DIY your own tutu all you need is the following:
  • a spool of ribbon 1/2"-1" wide
  • spools of tulle, as many colors as desired {I used 3 colors}
  • fabric scissors

{step 1} 
Cut the ribbon long enough to go around the waist of who will be wearing the tutu, plus extra for a bow.

{step 2}
Cut strips of tulle in lengths twice as long as you'd like the tutu fluff to be. {as shown above}

 {step 3}
Take a piece of tulle and fold completely in half.
With the ribbon laying flat, layer the ribbon over the tulle's loop {as shown below} thread the ends of the tule up and through the loop, attaching the tulle to the ribbon.

 {step 4}
Repeat step 3 until you have filled the ribbon with tulle, all in one direction. Remember to leave enough room on the ends to tie in a bow.
*Note: if you want your tutu to have a layered effect, use only one color of tulle for each step. I wanted this tutu to have a random pattern with equal amounts of my 3 colors mixed together.
 {step 5}
Repeat the process of step 3 but this time pulling the ends of the tulle loops to go the opposite direction. Add tulle until you have the same amount of tulle in each direction.

 {step 6}
This is honestly the most difficult step {but you'll be fine, trust me :)}
Grab ahold of a tulle loop on each side of the center ribbon, directly across from each other. Split each in half and repeat step 3 to bring the ends of the tulle straight out and drawing both sides of tulle together to the middle.

Tie each set of loops together using step 6 until all of your tulle fluff is now sticking straight out from the center ribbon.

{step 7}
Fluff your tutu as needed to complete the tutu! Tie around the waist of the child {or adult} completing with a bow in the back.
*Note if you finish your tutu and you feel that the length is too long, never fear! You can always go through and give the tutu a "haircut" with you fabric scissors until you've reached the desired look. Don't worry about it being too perfect, you'll never notice if the cuts are not exactly perfect, everyone will just be in awe of it's adorableness!

Monday, February 1, 2016

{coming soon}

Busy making a birthday tutu for my {almost} one year old! (Wahhhh) 

Stay tuned to the blog for the step by step tutorial...