October 29, 2010

October 28, 2010

Halloween candy fun

Halloween is only a few days away! I'm sure everyone has been loading up on candy. But what to do when your trick-or-treaters come home with an overload of sweets or you end up with bags of leftover treats? Do not fret, Real Simple comes to the rescue. They have several recipes using leftover candy. I will definitely be trying a few of these!

{All photos and recipes by Real Simple magazine.}

York Miniature Peppermint Patties Brownies


  1. Prepare a 19-ounce box of brownie mix. Spread half the batter in an oiled 8-inch square pan. Top with 16 York Miniatures Peppermint Patties (13.6 grams each), leaving even borders of batter.
  2. Spread the remaining batter on top; bake according to directions. Cool; cut into 16 squares.

Twix Cheesecake Pie


  1. With an electric mixer, beat 2 8-ounce bars cream cheese (at room temperature) with ½ cup sugar and 2 large eggs. Mix in 16 chopped Twix Fun Size Bars (16 grams each; 2 cups total); pour into an 8-inch chocolate cookie piecrust.
  2. Bake at 325ยบ F until set, 40 to 45 minutes; cool. Sprinkle with 6 chopped Twix bars; chill until firm.

Kit Kat-filled Angel Food Cake


  1. Beat ¾ cup heavy cream with 1 tablespoon sugar until stiff; fold in 5 chopped Kit Kat Snack Size bars (14 grams each; about ¾ cup total).
  2. Halve a 9-ounce angel food cake horizontally. Hollow out each layer slightly. Fill bottom with the cream mixture; replace top. Dust with cocoa powder. Slice; serve with chocolate sauce.

Dulce de Leche Snickers Terrine


  1. Line an 8-by-4 ½-inch loaf pan with parchment paper, leaving an overhang. Cut 14 Snickers Fun Size Bars in thirds (17 grams each; about 1 ½ cups total); arrange on the bottom of the pan. Top with 2 pints softened dulce de leche ice cream.
  2. Press gently to settle the ice cream; freeze until firm, 6 hours. Invert onto a plate and slice.

Candy Corn and Pretzel Bark
{Hopsy and Grove Gal both made this and it looks delish!}


  1. Line an 8-inch square baking pan with parchment, leaving an overhang. Spread 8 ounces melted white chocolate in the prepared pan and sprinkle with 1 cup miniature pretzels, ½ cup candy corn, and ⅓ cup dried cranberries.
  2. Chill until firm. Remove from the pan and break into pieces.

Frozen Reese's Banana Pops


  1. Halve 2 bananas crosswise. Insert a wooden stick into each piece; freeze the bananas and 4 Snack Size Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups (21 grams each) for 2 hours.
  2. Chop the frozen candy. Coat the frozen bananas in 6 ounces melted chocolate; sprinkle with the candy. Freeze on a parchment-lined plate until firm.

There also were recipes for a Sweetarts Milkshake, Twizzlers Popcorn snack mix, Peanut M&Ms and Jelly cookies and Skittles Meringues. All recipes can be found here. Enjoy!

October 20, 2010

Fall is in the air

Ecclesiastes 3:1

To everything there is a season; and a time for every purpose under heaven.

{Image: weheartit.com}

October 19, 2010

Happy feet

{J. Crew Star-Dip Ballet Flats in smoky charcoal}

My new J. Crew glitter flats were the perfect thing to start off the day on the right foot!

With glitter on my toes, how can I not put my best foot forward :)

October 14, 2010

Glitter pumpkins

After this post, I was in need of glitter. And with Halloween on the way, there was no better time to glam up some pumpkins—Martha Stewart style.

After reading recommendations, I decided to use fake pumpkins so I can reuse them. I got mine at Michaels (on sale!). I also got the Martha Stewart glittering glue that has the brush applicator, which definitely came in handy. As for glitter, I used smoky quartz for the smaller pumpkin and fire opal for the bigger pumpkin.

Tips: I coated small sections of the pumpkin with glue at a time and then sprinkled on the glitter. This is a much easier way than coating the whole pumpkin in glue and then trying to add glitter. If you don't have glue that comes with a brush applicator, just use a paint brush. Once I sprinkled the glitter on, I spread it with my fingers and patted it down. The glue can cause it to clump so make sure the glue is spread thin.

This project is very easy to do and in no time at all you'll have a sparkly pumpkin!
(And perhaps even a sparkly home if you're generous with the glitter like me ;) )

Go get your sparkle on!

October 12, 2010

Purple nails!

I've been on a big purple kick lately and just had to get my nails painted with a fallish purple.

It was OPI, but I can't remember the name. It's not as dark in person. It's more of a brighter, royal purple. Cheers to the little things that keep us smiling!

October 11, 2010

Reach to the sky

". . . Let their spirit ignite a fire within you to leave this world better than when you found it."

I have this card pinned on the wall by my desk at work.

It teaches me to dream big, while remaining grounded.
It inspires me to make a difference in every little thing I do.
And it makes me thankful for the loyal, kind, caring, sweet and wonderful friends and family in my life that surround me.

There's nothing like a true friend!
Much love to all of you today :)

October 8, 2010

Friday cuteness

I came across this cupcake eraser set, and just couldn't pass it up.
Pink + Green + Cupcakes = Love at first sight.
And it looks so sweet on my desk.

Hoping your Friday is sweet as well!

October 6, 2010


Bob at Simply-Bags sent me the Stylish Laptop Bag to review.

Here it is! And yes, my monogram is aPe :)

I travel quite frequently and don't own a laptop bag, so this will come in handy.
As you can see below, the size is generous and fits up to a 16-inch laptop.
There is a spot for business cards, pens and pencils, and a zippered pocket.
Plenty of room for folders, notebooks and any other essentials as well.

FYI- It only comes in the turquoise/chocolate brown color combo and there is not an option to change the monogram font. What you see is what you get :)

Simply-Bags had great customer service and the bag arrived very quickly. They have many other reasonably-priced bags on the web site, and most are monogrammed.

I look forward to taking my laptop along on my next trip, wherever that may be!

October 5, 2010


"Have you ever thrown a fistful of glitter in the air?" —Pink

It goes without saying that a girl needs a little sparkle in her life.

I am so wanting a sparkly, sequined skirt for fall.
No idea where I'd wear it, I just know I need one :)

Definitely wouldn't mind if the sparkle fairy delivered a pair of these to me!

But maybe I'll just settle for a pair of glitter Tom's.

I hope your day has a little sparkle to it!
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