Holiday/Seasonal

Dorm Room Decorations

Hey everyone! Yeah remember that post where I was all like “I’m totally going to be posting more now!” and then didn’t? Yeah sorry about that…BUT I will be going home in a few weeks and will hopefully have time to blog some more :) Thank you all for your patience with me.

So for this post I will show you a really neat thing you can do to decorate your dorm room! I think it’s added a lot of flair to our otherwise sort of drab room.

Woah! Isn’t it cool?

So what I did was ask my mom and sister to go to Home Depot and pick out a bunch of paint samples in different colors. I then used tape to attach them to the wall. This project is great because it’s pretty much free (besides the cost of tape), ambulance it’s easy to do, visit and it looks super impressive. Right now I have Christmas lights all over the room and I love how the colored lights look against the paint samples.

Here’s idea number two- displaying photos.

I love this for displaying photos. All you do is buy some Jute string ($2-$4 at Home Depot), some clothes pins, and have your photos printed. I have two of these strands in my room and I love them! They’re easy to put up, cheap to make, and look super awesome. Since it’s Christmas season, I have added some green tinsel.

You can also see that I have a bunch of other things on my wall. I love my pink white board, black chalkboard, and little cork board. They’re great for notes, hanging cards, letters, and photos, and for Christmas countdowns!

Ahh Christmas countdowns…one is days until Christmas and one is days until Christmas break! Woohoo! You may also notice that I hung some pretty little snowflakes on the wall- $1 at the Dollar Tree. I love that store around Christmas time!

As you can tell, I am very excited about Christmas and got pretty into decorating my room. Here is a collage of my room decorations (I have actually added more since I took the photo ;). I actually just won a contest for best decorated dorm room!

I hope you got some fun ideas for decorating your room- whether it’s a dorm room or just in your house! Let me know if you have any questions or if you try any of these ideas!

 

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Fall Recipe Round-Up

Oh my goodness! I have not written in forever. I do have a pretty good excuse- I have started my freshmen year of college and things have been incredibly hectic. Really good, dysentery but busy at the same time. Because I don’t have access to a kitchen here at school, cystitis you probably won’t see many new recipes for a while (although you just wait for Thanksgiving and Christmas! :) However, read I will try to post every once in a while…I have some ideas about posts that I’m really excited about! Some of these ideas include:

-Care Package ideas

-Dorm room (and home) craft projects and decorating ideas

-Restaurant reviews (I’m excited for this one!)

-General posts about my college experience

I will hopefully get to those posts soon (once mid-terms are over..gah!) but for now, I’ll leave you with a list of some of my favorite fall recipes. I can’t believe that it’s already October! Where has this year gone?

Pumpkin Recipes:

-Pumpkin recipes are some of my all-time favorites! Here are some great ideas now that you might start finding lots of pumpkin in the grocery store.

Pumpkin Bread

Pumpkin Donut Holes -this is one of my favorites

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars

Pumpkin Deliciousness Cake

Dinner- Ok so some of you might not be ready for all the pumpkin recipes yet…so here are some wonderful, comforting dinner ideas for those of you who are already experiencing cold weather :)

Mini Corn Dog Muffins– easy and portable! I could see these being really handy if you’re at a sports game.

Southern Corn Bread – make this along with your favorite chili

Swedish Meatballs – So. Good.

Taco Pasta

Non-Pumpkin Desserts:

Heaven in a Cinnamon Roll – well really, this is breakfast ;)

Dreamy Apple Pie – go apple picking and then make this!

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies – Even though I’m a huge chocolate lover, these cookies are one of my favorites.

Do you guys have any great recipes you’re excited to make this fall?

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Pioneer Cinnamon Rolls {Updated}

A few of the things that have made me happy this week:

  1. There are 5 days until my 18th birthday!
  2. There 25 more school days until graduation…not that I’m counting…hem hem.
  3. I am officially photographing a wedding this summer! An exciting first :)

4. Instagram. Enough said :)
5. I’m going on a church retreat this weekend which will hopefully be tons of fun!
6. Planning birthday parties (both of my sisters have birthdays coming up soon, prescription too).
7. Sunny weather.
8. We now have 2 working cars in our family!
9. Writing lists.
10. Pioneer Woman Cinnamon Rolls!

Last Christmas I made Pioneer Woman Cinnamon Rolls for the first time and knew that it would definitely not be the last. They are truly one of the tastiest things I have ever had! This Easter I made them again, visit this but experimented with some different methods to see what works best for making these cinnamon rolls ahead of time. The second time around it was definitely easier to make them, viagra sale and I’m sharing some tips I’ve learned that make these rolls easier to create. I definitely think you should make these very soon…they are sure to bring some happiness into your life :)

Heavenly Cinnamon Roll Recipe

Tips on preparing the dough:

The dough is very easy to make- don’t get freaked out just because you have to use yeast. My only advice for this part of the recipe is to make sure that you leave plenty of time (it takes about 2 hours for the dough to be ready from start to finish). Also, it is easier to work with the dough after it has been in the refrigerator for a while. I always make the dough the day before I need it and it works out great.

Tips on preparing the cinnamon rolls:

The first time I made these, I halved the recipe and got 14 cinnamon rolls. I knew mine must have been larger than Pioneer Woman’s because according to her, I should have been able to make 25. This past time I made them I realized that I hadn’t rolled the dough out long enough (I’d made it too wide). In my opinion, it doesn’t really matter how big these are (I kinda liked the really big ones :), but if you want smaller cinnamon rolls, you need to make sure you roll the dough out pretty long.

Once you have the dough rolled out (on a floured surface), you pour the melted butter on it. This is just going to be messy, but it’s worth it. Rolling up the dough with that much oozy melty butter is a little tricky, but just do your best.

Tips on making the cinnamon rolls ahead of time:

These cinnamon rolls take a while to make, even if you already have the dough ready, which can be tricky for holiday mornings when you need to get going. This past time I made them, I tried two different methods of preparing the rolls ahead of time, and both ways worked great.

  1. Baking them the night before: The day before you need the cinnamon rolls, take your prepared dough, make the rolls, and go ahead and bake them. The next morning, simply heat up the rolls (microwave works great) and make the maple frosting. These rolls actually re-heat really well and, as long as the cinnamon rolls are just from the night before, there’s not really any difference between the re-heated ones and freshly baked ones.
  2. Preparing them the day before: If you really want truly fresh-baked rolls, use your prepared dough to completely make the rolls, except for baking them. Cover the pans with a towel and put them in the fridge. The next morning, simply take the rolls out of the fridge (put them in a warm place to let them rise a bit more while the oven is preheating), and bake them. While they’re in the oven, prepare the frosting.

Both of these methods worked out great for me and allowed me to have these delicious cinnamon rolls ready for a stress-free Easter breakfast before we went to church :)

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Pi Day

Happy Pi day everyone! While I really don’t care about pi, rehabilitation I do care a whole lot about pie! For some reason, stomach I don’t bake pies very often. But every time I do, I absolutely love them. Here are some of my favorites:

Dreamy Apple Pie. It’s incredible. Eat with ice cream :)

Brownie Nutella Mousse Pie. Soooo fudgey and creamy and nutella-y.

Marshmallow Pie. I always make this pie for Thanksgiving!

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So what kind of pie am I making for today? Well..I’m not (gasp!). My mom bought a pie at the store since I already made a cake¬† because today is Einstein’s birthday! In Physics we had a project where part of it was making Einstein a birthday cake. There were a lot of impressive cakes! Mine was ummm interesting ;) I’m a baker, not cake decorator for sure!Don’t judge me! Haha I think it would have been better if I had remembered to add eye brows and ears…oh well! Live and learn. I hope you guys have a great pi day!

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Valentine’s Day Recipes

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! How do you celebrate?

I kinda miss the days of elementary school Valentine’s Day, cardiology when you got a little paper card from all the kids in your class, sometimes with a piece of candy taped onto it. My littlest sister, Ella, is in Kindergarten and she’s been working on writing all her classmates’ names on the cards she and my mom bought. I think it’s cute and nobody has to be sad that they didn’t get any Valentines.

Most of my high school classmates, on the other hand, hate Valentine’s Day. I just don’t get that! It make me think of the scene in Freaky Friday when Jamie Lee Curtis is talking to one of her patients on the phone while she’s grocery shopping. She says “Remember, you are a smart, strong, beautiful, independent woman and you don’t need a man to complete you” and the woman at the butcher counter thinks she’s talking to her and says “Thank you” all teary-eyed. Hehehe. I just want to go up to all those Valentines-day-hating-girls and tell them that they don’t need a man to complete them!

That being said, I’ve never really been big into Valentine’s Day, but I definitely love using it as an excuse to bake. Instead of giving people chocolates, why don’t you bake them something with chocolate? It’s tastier and more personal :) Here are some delicious ideas.

This Brownie Nutella Mousse Pie was incredible. There’s a fudgy brownie layer topped with a creamy Nutella mouse layer. Make this for anyone who loves Nutella :)

Here’s another Nutella recipe…Nutella Swirl Brownies. Bite-size, cute, and tasty!

Chocolate Cake+Buttercream Frosting+Ganache+Heath Bar= delicious!

If you’re making anyone breakfast in bed, definitely check out these Cinnamon Rolls! You could also make them for dessert…they’re really that good. I think I would fall in love with anyone who make these ;)

These Mini Peanut Butter and Nutella Cheesecakes have been super popular on this blog…and for good reason! They’re tasty and look really adorable!

Cookies with raw dough in the middle. Need I say more?

Oreo Truffles are one of my all-time favorite treats. You could put these in a cute little heart box :)

I hope you all have a wonderful Valentine’s Day, whether you go out to a romantic dinner or bake up some treats and watch the movie Valentine’s Day :)

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