Showing posts with the label REVIEWS (PRODUCT)

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: The Key to Easy Painted Plates, Mugs and Bowls

  Any chef will tell you that the key to good cooking is starting with good, fresh ingredients . The same could be said of crafting: Using quality tools and supplies is essential.   Recently, craft-maven Amy Anderson of Mod Podge Rocks! introduced a line of peel and stick stencils from Plaid.   These easy-to-use, re-useable, self-adhesive stencils are the key to adding artful touches to your craft projects in a snap!   The stencils work beautifully for glass etching.   They can be used with: Mod Podge and glitter to create glittered designs Etching cream on glassware Glass/Ceramic paint to embellish glass Acrylic paint and much more! You've likely seen dozens of tutorials out there for embellishing plain ceramicware and glassware.  Rather than re-invent the wheel, today's post is all about selecting the right tools for professional-looking custom dinnerware in as few steps, and with as little room for error as possible.  This meth

DIY: Cookies for Santa Autograph Plate

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group ™ and Sharpie, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #StaplesSharpie . I love making holiday magic for my girls!  Every year, we put out a plate of homemade cookies for Santa Claus and the girls leave a short note asking him for his autograph.  This year, I decided to bring the two traditions together.  Using an inexpensive white plate, a set of Sharpie oil-based paint pens and a box of reinforcement labels from Staples, I came up with this simple and inexpensive keepsake DIY project for a " Cookies for Santa Autograph Plate ."   Step 1:  Decorate a plain ceramic plate (tutorial below)  Step 2:  On Christmas Eve, put out cookies for Santa... ...and a Sharpie pen. Old Saint Nick will do the rest. Here's how to transform a regular plate into a Cookies for Santa Autograph Plate with Sharpie: Materials 1 whi

Wearable Art: Ephemera Collaged Ballet Flats
{with Martha Stewart Decoupage}

This post was sponsored by Martha Stewart Crafts/Plaid and Blueprint Social. All opinions are genuine and 100% my own.   Decoupage is an art that dates back centuries. From peasants in 12th Century China to gentlewomen in 18th Century England, decoupage -- the art of applying paper cut-outs under varnish -- has spanned continents, social strata, and generations. photo source: Today, I'm pleased to be sharing my own decoupage project that pays homage to the past, but with products from Martha Stewart Crafts that are all new! Now at Michaels Arts & Crafts stores, you'll find a full line of multi-surface Martha Stewart Crafts Decoupage products that include paper cut-outs, fabric die-cuts, decorative trims, decoupage brushes and tools ~ more than 50 products in all. The decoupage finishes come in a versatile array of formulas for paper, metal, wood, glass and even fabric. All decoupage formulas are dishwasher safe, machine was

Artful Scrapbooking, Simplified!
Product Review: Project Life Memory-Keeping System

This post is part of a paid campaign with American Crafts, but all opinions are my own. Less time on memory keeping = More time for memory making As an artist and aesthete I often find it difficult to reconcile the discrepancy between how I want things to look and the amount of time available to achieve that level of quality and style.  Sometimes I find a way to compromise, and other times I simply put my plans on hold.  Such is the case when it comes to memory books.  I confess, my album-keeping days came to an end with the birth of my second child.  I simply couldn't keep up.  The desire was there, but I didn't feel that I had the time necessary to devote to memory-keeping. Frankly, I find the art of scrapbooking a bit intimidating.  I'm in awe of those master scrappers who've devoted their artistic passion to crafting page after page of layered, enveloped, bordered and bedazzled showcases for every special moment of their lives.  I watch in awe, perhaps

Orecchiette Caprese Pasta Salad
{and Zyliss Salad Spinner Review}

Orecchiette Caprese Pasta Salad -- A union of traditional Capese salad ingredients and toothsome Orecchiette pasta.  The key to this recipe is using a high quality balsamic vinegar*.       In early June, the folks at Zyliss sent me their "smart touch" salad spinner to review.  I've had salad spinners in the past, and they've all been satisfactory in the beginning.  But after about a month, the baskets have cracked, the spinning mechanism would falter, and ultimately, the spinner would be destined for the landfill.  So, to ensure that this review wasn't a mere first-impression, I invested a month of spinning my favorite greens:  baby kale, butter lettuce, fresh basil, and baby romaine.  From the start, the Zyliss "Smart Touch" struck me as sturdier than any other spinner I'd previously used.  Over the month of daily use, the spinner held up beautifully.  It was easy to use and easy to clean.  It did a great job of drying my sal