Showing posts from March, 2014

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

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.   Print With Image Without Image Chonky Boy Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches Yield: 8 Author: Jenn Erickson Loaded with chocolate chips and buttery, brown-sugary vanilla flavor, these mall-sized cookies form a perfect partnership with a

DIY: Vintage Paper Easter Egg Art {Guest Post}

I'm so happy to be welcoming Laura Barker, the owner of Pink Flamingo Ephemera on Etsy, to Rook No. 17 today.  For scrappers, crafters and lovers of all things vintage, Pink Flamingo is an incredible online resource for unique vintage paper ephemera. Here's a peek at some of my favorite items for sale at Pink Flamingo . I've been as busy as a bee crafting with a fabulous pack of ephemera that Laura sent my way, and I look forward to posting a fun project soon.  But today, Laura is the star of the show. She's put together an easy, elegant Easter project that upcycles scraps of paper into charming Easter Egg greeting cards. To make these adorable Easter cards, Laura used the pages from a vintage book.  You could do the same, or play with variations on the theme with materials like sheet music, scrapbook paper, newspapers, or paint chips. Ready to get started? Here's Laura's step-by-step tutorial: Vintage Paper Easter Egg Card

Recipe: Artichoke Lovers' Four Cheese White Lasagna

Let's cut to the chase, shall we? If you love artichokes, you're going to love this dish. This is one of my earliest recipe creations as a young adult.  The year was 1995.  I was fresh out of college.  To earn some money over the summer, my dad hired me to cater a fully vegetarian Italian dinner for his "How to Host a Murder" party (remember those?).   I came up with this easy, elegant vegetarian lasagna for the occasion, and I've been making it for friends and family ever since.  It's one of my husband's most favorite dishes.  The lasagna consists of layers of lasagna noodles, an artichoke and spinach ricotta filling and homemade b é chamel sauce.  It is creamy, but not overwhelmingly rich.  If you're lucky enough to have leftovers, it gets better by the day and makes the perfect lunch to take to school or work.  It's amazing hot or cold. Enjoy! 4-Cheese Artichoke Lover's Lasagna 6 ounces fresh baby

Peeps-a-Palooza: The Ultimate Guide to Making Easter Treats with PEEPS®

   Howdy Peeps! Are you ready for a treat?  This post is packed with sugary-sweet, marshmallowy goodness featuring the magic of Peeps ® bunnies and chicks.  There's something for everyone!  If you love to eat 'em, you'll find a peck of perfect recipes.  If sweet and squishy isn't your thing, check out the craft tutorials for ways to add that sugary sparkle to every room in your house. My Peeps Bunny Silhouettes on a Stick   My Everything's Coming Up {PEEPS} Bunny Bouquet Easter Tweets for my Favorite Peeps Printable and Project from Yellow Bliss Road How to make a Peeps Topiary from Crafts n' Coffee These Assorted Chocolate Dipped & Sprinkled Peeps   from Your Homebased Mom are Peeper by the Dozen! Adorn your Peeps treats with these free printable Peeps Gift Tags from I'm Topsy Turvy Peeps S'mores Trifle recipe from The Scrap Shoppe Little Peep Pal, Felt Plushie PDF Project from Micha

DIY Handmade Egg-Shaped Soaps, Using Plastic Easter Eggs

I created this project and featured it as a guest post many moons ago. Today, I'm delighted to be sharing this simple and versatile DIY project with my readers at Rook No. 17. Plastic eggs -- they're great for filling with sweets and goodies for the annual Easter egg hunt. But afterward you're left with a bunch of brightly colored plastic eggs that don't exactly lend themselves to sublime home decor.  However, with one simple modification, you can transform those plastic eggs into poured soap molds to create elegant egg-shaped soaps that look like they came right out of a chic little French country boutique. With this simple and versatile DIY project you can design custom soaps by adding your choice of colors, scents, and natural elements (mine are made with dried Lavender and essential oil). The egg-shaped soaps make a lovely gift when packaged in an upcycled egg carton.   DIY: Egg-Shaped Soaps  makes 1 dozen Materials For the soaps: