When I was a kid my Nana used to make me a peanut butter based spread when I would visit to top my morning waffles! As an adult I still think of it as a treat but I’m a little more concerned about the level of sugar it contained! I’ve reinvented the recipe into something just as indulgent but a little less guilt inducing!
1 cup peanut butter (I used the kind that’s ONLY made from peanuts!)
3 Tbsp organic honey
1/4 cup raw cocoa powder
1/2 cup SoDelicious Mint Chocolate Holiday drink (it’s usually in the organic refrigerated section at Kroger)
OR chocolate cashew milk and a few drops of peppermint essential oils.
Combine all ingredients in a glass bowl and use a fork to make sure powder is thoroughly combined with wet ingredients.
Enjoy as a spread on rice cakes, waffles or toast!
If you want a smoother version for dipping fruits and vegetables in add a few tablespoons of mint chocolate drink until you reached the desired consistency.
What are you favorite Winter treats to make? Do you stick to the original recipe or do you switch out ingredients in an attempt to reduce your calories!?
You’re invited to dinner, betch. You better not be late.
Glad you could make it. But was it really ever up to you?
Now that you’re here we’ll start off with some Rosé.
It may look pretty now…
But we can’t guarantee it won’t be covered in blood…
…by the time dinner is over.
Eat up. There’s a lot more where that came from.
We’ll be serving Prune-X for dessert because you’re fat now… But somebody had to eat that betch. And you’re not leaving… until that entire bottle is empty.
Okay THAT was intense!!! Can you imagine being invited to a dinner party thrown by KKT?! We can — and this was our vision come to life! Ali Weber (of Oh La La Ali blog) and I collaborated to create the perfect Scream Queens Season 2 Virtual Premier Party! And YOU’RE invited! We’ll be live Snapping, Instagramming and Tweeting the premiere, so tune into social media September 20th at 9:00pm ET/PT to follow along and see our take on what happens!
Ali made that incredible chopped up, bloody “hand” in the fingerless glove, and it’s totally edible! Hop on over to her blog to learn how so you can plan your own Tuesday night party with this delicious treat! Make sure to invite your gal pals over for some bloody cotton ball rosé! I purchased a bottle of our favorite rosé, removed the label, and created my own DIY Scream Queens inspired label to replace it (to get that pink foil effect on the label I printed the design with a toner printer and ran it through a Minc). Next I popped some edible cotton candy on top to represent the Chanel’s favorite food group (cotton balls!) and splattered with some edible “blood!”
For props I pulled from my personal collection of home decór items and clothing everything I could think of that the Chanels might have in the KKT house, like my favorite satin robe (seen HERE before), Victoria’s Secret Bustier (see HERE before) & sleep mask (seen HERE before). Since the new Scream Queens season is apparently “Hospital” themed we decided to fill a few fake “syringes” with random candy like rock crystal, cotton candy and gummy eyeballs! The Chanels aren’t the brightest group of girls when it comes to the proper usage of food so it’s not crazily far fetched to think they might attempt to inject sugar instead of ingesting it (I mean, don’t we all wish we could skip those calories?!). The final “Hospital” touch was a fake bottle of pills (red and white candies) with a very fake looking prescription label that we could totally imagine a Chanel trying to use to poison her enemies. We found all our supplies at Michael’s, Amazon, Party City, Kroger & Target.
Independence Day is one of my favorite holidays, so I always have a huge menu, decorate my house and plan my outfit weeks in advance. Having been blessed with a long family military history, and being a Kennedy, means the patriotic blood runs strong through my veins! It’s so bad I actually start tearing up literally any time I see an American flag! Anyway, one of my favorite Summer dishes to make is chicken salad, and since this will be on my July 4th menu, it gets a makeover with a patriotic name (plus, it actually is red, white and blue!).
If you’ve been on social media at all the past week you’ve probably seen the phenomenal and bizarre rise in popularity of a Starbucks “secret menu” beverage called “pink drink.” I stopped drinking Starbucks coffee (except for a once-yearly PSL!) between March 2011 and June 2015 because I was surrounded by truly amazing coffee while living in Europe. Starbucks coffee started tasting ‘burnt’ to me, and with all the incredible coffee options in Germany, France and Italy, I started asking for coconut milk in flavored tea when anyone I was with wanted Starbucks. My coconut tea drinks tasted like a fruity latte to me and were so refreshing during the Summer when I wasn’t in the mood for coffee. It never occurred to me to blog about my “secret menu” combos because I never thought anyone would be interested!
Now that the “pink drink” has gained in popularity I have to share my pink drink ‘hack,’ because if you are one of the 91k+ people who tagged your pink drinks on Instagram, I’m sure you were immediately hooked — and daily trips to Starbucks can get pricey!
Valentine’s Day is my favorite day of the year. You can be as sappy and romantic as you want, chocolate calories don’t count, and decorating everything in sight with pink and red is socially acceptable. My husband doesn’t really understand my obsession with Valentine’s Day but he respects that I absolutely adore it, and being the cheesy person that I am, need him to acknowledge that! Because we respect each other’s arbitrary preferences he does his best to make Valentine’s day special for me… just like I make major football game days fun for him (I even cancelled plans for a highly anticipated NYE party this year so he could watch a game that went from 7-10 that night!). Even though he doesn’t get excited about Valentine’s day I still try to surprise him so he enjoys it as much as I do!
Friday morning I went out to my Jeep and found this sweet cuddly teddy bear in my front passenger seat! Yes, I took him to work with me 🙂
Later that morning a bouquet of gorgeous roses arrived! He knows how much it means to me to receive flowers at my office especially if Valentine’s Day falls on a week day I can’t take off — of course it didn’t this time, which is why the flowers were such a surprise!
When I left my office Friday I went home and made him heart shaped pepperoni pizza and chocolate fondue with strawberries for dinner and surprised him with a mock “lottery ticket” as a gift. He has a little ritual of buying those $1 lottery tickets after something lucky happens and the funny thing is he always either breaks even or wins over the value of the ticket! So I knew he would get a kick out of receiving a “lottery ticket” on Valentine’s Day!
Creating the “lottery ticket” was so easy. I designed a ‘ticket’ using graphics on PicMonkey.com and printed it on 4″ x 6″ paper in full color ink. Using a silver paint pen I wrote the ‘prizes’ inside the lip prints. Next, I covered the front and back of the ‘ticket’ in clear contact paper and trimmed the excess to 4″ x 6″. Lastly, I used a Sharpie poster paint pen to draw over the contact paper and cover the prizes inside the lip prints. After drying (maybe 10 minutes) the gold poster paint easily scratches off using a coin… just like a real lottery ticket!
Saturday morning I made him an omelet with heart pepperoni served on a heart shaped plate and chocolate milk in the cutest red and gold mug I found at Homegoods. It’s hard, even for someone who thinks Valentine’s Day is unnecessary, to dislike a special Saturday morning breakfast!
Any excuse to wear my favorite red lipstick is a red letter day for me!
When one of your Valentine’s Day gifts appears on your mantle as an unexpected surprise, and comes in a little red box, you decorate the rest of your mantle around it as your inspiration!
On Saturday my best friend and I celebrated GAL-entine’s and went to Sprinkles cupcakes on 12 South for the first time. We ended up scoring two of the limited edition raspberry and chocolate chip cupcakes for FREE and later stopped at a new coffee shop on 21st to exchange our Valentines.
On Sunday morning I took my husband to Josephine’s on 12 South. My best friend introduced me to this delightful spot a few months ago and after going on and on about how amazing it was to my husband I knew I had to take him. What better day to enjoy a delicious, cozy brunch than on a cold and gray Valentine’s Day?
A huge thank you to Rocksbox for the crystal peach Perry Street earrings and crystal Loren Hope necklace you see above to wear for this special date!
Cheers to the sweetest Valentine’s weekend ever!
What do you love (or hate!?) about Valentine’s Day?