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Chonky Boys: The Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches that Scream Summer!

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Featuring my thick and nuggy Chonky Boy Chocolate Chip Cookies, these ice cream sandwiches are the stuff that summer dreams are made of.  If you've ever had the Cookie Ice Cream Sandwich at Disneyland , you are going to LOVE these! 

These big and bold chocolate chip cookies are based on a recipe from my culinary school studies at Auguste Escoffier, but with a few modifications to give them that Jennuine touch.  They make the perfectas book for a fat slice of real vanilla bean ice cream.  And those mini chips?  You just gotta have that extra cronch!

Thank goodness this recipe only makes 8 sandwiches, otherwise I would be eating them for breakfast lunch and dinner.  This way, my big family can help save me from my inner child diet-saboteur.  
PrintWith ImageWithout Image Chonky Boy Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream SandwichesYield: 8Author: Jenn Erickson Loaded with chocolate chips and buttery, brown-sugary vanilla flavor, these mall-sized cookies form a perfect partnership with a fat wedg…

Valentines Fit for a King or Queen ~ Mini Upcycled Paper Crowns

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On Valentine’s Day everyone deserves to be treated like royalty.
So what better token 
to present to your King or Queen of Hearts than their very own crown? 

These diminutive diadems are easy to make, fun to decorate, and cost almost nothing to make. 

Made from upcycled cardboard tubes and embellished with scrap paper, cupcake liners, and a bit of sparkle, you can make enough crowns to cover a few dozen royal heads in an afternoon.




I decorated my crowns in a Valentine’s Day motif, but the possibilities are endless. In glittering pink, with pompoms on each point or trimmed out in marabou, the crowns would be adorable placecards for a princess party. Wrapped in vintage sheet music and embellished with Dresden trims and German Glass Glitter, they’d make an elegant napkin ring for a shabby chic tea party.

Queen/King of Hearts Valentine’s Day Crowns

Cardboard tubes: toilet paper, paper towel, wrapping paper You can get two crowns out of one toilet paper tube
Paint I used gold and silver spray paint…

Chocolate-dipped Marshmallow Cupid's Arrows
14 Days of Crafting Love

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Anyone lucky enough to be struck by one of these sweet arrows is sure to fall in love! 

Today, as part of the 14 Days of Crafting Love event, I'm delighted to be sharing an easy tutorial for making delicious chocolate-dipped marshmallow arrows for Valentine's Day.  


Fourteen Days of Crafting Love is hosted by Angelina from Jo Jo and Eloise and will feature Valentine projects from 10 of your favorite creative lifestyle bloggers. 


Be sure to visit Jo Jo and Eloise today for a tutorial on how to make this adorable ruffled apron.



Sewing not your thing? That's okay, Angelina is giving one away at the end of the party!  Be sure to stop by and enter her giveaway!
For more Valentine Inspiration, visit:
Kristin from My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
Lisa and Sarah from A Spoonful of Sugar Designs
Kelly from Live Life Rowe
Carol from The Polkadot Closet
Lucy from Craftberry Bush
Malia from Yesterday on Tuesday
Jessica from Mom4Real
Holly from 504 Main


Chocolate-dipped Marshmallow Cupid's Arrows
Jet…

Game Day Party Food: Buffalo Chicken Lollipops
Low fat, low carb, and totally delicious

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I have to confess:  Growing up, I was always a little more excited about the fun party foods at Super Bowl parties than I was about the game itself.  Since I no longer have the metabolism of a teenager, but have the capacity to still scarf down basket of buffalo wings before half-time, I decided to develop a buffalo chicken inspired appetizer that is low in fat and carbohydrates, but still big on taste.


I experimented with ground chicken, lean ground turkey, and 99% fat free turkey breast.  To add moisture and a nutritional boost, I played around with cauliflower, zucchini and carrots.  Both the ground chicken and regular turkey were too heavy.  The turkey flavor was too intense.  The cauliflower added moisture, but left a vegetable after taste.  Ultimately, I came up with a formula using 99% fat free turkey breast, grated zucchini and grated carrot that is moist, delicious, low in fat, high in protein, and gluten free.  The celery stick, aside from being a traditional buffalo wing acc…

The Perfect Valentine's Day Dessert ~ Raspberry Dusted Cream Puffs

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With its rich, seductive scarlet color, raspberry dust is the perfect natural garnish for Valentine's day desserts.  After discovering the secret to making raspberry dust back in November, my first confection to top with this gorgeous little powder was the Dark Chocolate & Raspberry Truffles that I included in my holiday candy boxes.  But I knew right away that for Valentines' Day it would be all about the cream puffs!
You see, I've had a lifelong love of cream puffs -- the buttery, rich, yet airy pastry filled with ethereally light vanilla cream.  Add to that the classic marriage of dark chocolate a raspberry and....be still my beating heart.

A cream puff is all at once comforting and elegant.  They look deceptively complex to make, giving that "Honey, I slaved for hours in the kitchen to make this for you" impression.  On the contrary, the Pâte à Choux (the dough used for cream puffs) involves only a handful of ingredients and very little time or culinary pro…

Scenes from a Tiny Kitchen: Creative Kitchen Decorating and Storage

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Tiny kitchens call for creative storage and decorating solutions. My kitchen is a diminutive 5' x 5' ~ making decorating and storage a real challenge.
By looking at a few old vintage pieces with a fresh eye, I've been able to put them into service doing double-duty as both functional storage and fun decor.
Here's a little tour of the small space solutions in my itty bitty kitchen:
This poor matryoshka mama was all alone at a friend's yard sale.  I knew I could find a perfect place (and a new role) for her in my home.  She's turned out to be my absolute favorite piece in my entire kitchen since she serves the ever-important role of salt pinch bowl.  She holds an ample amount of kosher salt so I always have enough salt on hand to season a sauce, add to a batter, or pour into a boiling pot of water for pasta.  Because she has a lid, I don't have to worry about the salt getting dirty or dusty while I'm cooking.
When my girls outgrew their vintage tin dollhouse, …

Vintage Folk Art Style Paper Mache Snowman Tutorial

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With the Christmas tree curbside, and the ornaments all neatly packed away, I'm thankful for my small collection of winter decorations that can be left out a bit longer to grace my home with their snowy sparkle and winter whimsy.
I would have loved to have had the time to share this sweet little tutorial earlier in the season, but the holidays were busy (as they always are).  Now that things have slowed down, this may be, perhaps the best time of all to fix yourself a mug of cocoa or coffee and enjoy the process of creating a vintage style paper mache snowman at your leisure.  He is sure to bring smiles to all that behold him, all winter long!

This is a fun project to do with children as well.The process is very simple, versatile, and inexpensive.  The frame for the figure is made from aluminum foil which can be worked into the shape of characters for any occasion.  I'm looking forward to sharing my bunny and chick figures for Easter.  The foil frame is covered with tissue paper…