Friday, May 29, 2015

Friday Funday!

Tiramisu Dip


I did it. I made something, I photographed it, and, now, I'm posting it. It's been a while guys, a long while. Sometimes, I'm like, "yeah! I'm going to make this and take some pictures!" Then it doesn't come out as pretty as I want, so I don't. Oh, the woes!
I'm headed to my friend's tonight for dinner, and I agreed to make dessert. She loves tiramisu, but I'm much too lazy for that on a Friday. So, let's make it a dip, which is also just perfect for summer! (In my opinion..)

Ingredients:

8 oz. cream cheese, room temperature
3/4 c. mascarpone cheese
1/2 c. powdered sugar
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 1/4 tsp. instant coffee
1/8 c. chocolate chips
Vanilla wafers for dipping!

How to:

In a mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese until smooth and fluffy. Add in the mascarpone and combine. Mix in half the powdered sugar at a time, just to avoid having a cloud of sugar in your face.  Toss in the coffee and vanilla and combine! In a food processor, pulse the chocolate chips until they're pretty fine. 
Place your dip in whatever serving bowl you'd like and sprinkle as much of the chocolate as you'd like. Serve that up with some vanilla wafers, and you're good to go!
Refrigerate if you happen to have any left over!


So, can we discuss something completely irrelevant for a moment? While working on this post, I was watching True Life. Who even knew they still made this show? Remember when it was like, "True Life: I have OCD" or "True Life: I have Tourettes"? The only problem these kids have now? "True Life: I hate my butt" and "True Life: My family hates my boyfriend". 
The epitome of first world problems...

Anyway! This recipe is amazeballs, and, hopefully, it'll pass the tiramisu lovers test! I'd love to know if you try it!

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Mother's Day Gift Guide

It's May!


Why, hello there! I apologize for the looooooong silence. I have a tendency to get overwhelmed by the amount of things I decide to take on. However, we'll have time to catch up in later posts!
Does anyone else have an awful time thinking of what to get their mom's for Mother's Day? If not, kudos to you, man. I've thought of a list of fool proof gifts, and decided I'd help all of us out. I might just be posting this so I can look at it next year, though. (; 

1. Personalized bracelet
Everyone likes personalized things. This could be anything from getting the word "mom" on something, to getting your (and your possible siblings) birthstone on rings, bracelets, or necklaces. 

You can find this one here.

If you have a little extra $$, this necklace is awesome.

Target has this bracelet! Not exactly personalized, but cute!


2. Anchor bracelet
I'm pretty sure I got my mom an anchor bracelet last year with a little card that said, "thanks for always being my anchor." If that note wasn't attaches, sorry mom! It was supposed to be! Here are a few cute bracelets:

This one is basically perfect for this note, and your mom!

I bought this one for my mom last year!



3. Spa basket
Let's face it, our mom's are probably exhausted from dealing with our shit for the past 18+ years. Or however long you've been alive. A basket with Lush products, fuzzy socks or slippers, body scrubs, wine, face masks, etc would be a great "thanks for dealing with me!" Here are some item ideas:

Lush has this massage bar soap conveniently called, "Love You Mom," or this slightly creepy bubble bar. If  you head over to the site, or store, they have a whole section of Mother's Day special products.

Do you remember my review of these? They're heavenly, and Target sells little individuals!

4. Candles
My mom is a candle fanatic. While you could definitely add a nice one to your spa basket, you could also get her a nice candle warmer and candles to go with it. Maybe some cute, decorative candle holders she'd love for the coffee table? The options are endless. 

Target has these or this birdcage, as well as plenty of candles to go with them.

World Market has these awesome hanging mason jar lanterns.

5. Cool cards to go with your brilliant gift
I personally despise cards. I hate trying to pick one out for someone, especially sappy ones. I'd rather just get something obnoxiously sarcastic and call it a day. 

Of course, Etsy has wonderful cards. You can find these here and here.

6. DIY vases, jars, scrubs, etc. 
even if you aren't in grade school anymore, she'll still tell you she loves what you've made! If you're tight on cash, DIYs can be really easy. 

I adore these easy DIY stamped bowls. They'd be great for mom's rings!

This simple watercolor mug is also a perfect DIY gift!

These gold-striped vases are great for spring and your mom!

Do you guys have any gift suggestions!? I'd love to hear them... I still haven't gotten anything! (;