Heart Shaped Marshmallow Pops

Making marshmallows is just about the coolest science experiment that is both kid friendly and ridiculously tasty. I’ve given the recipe a Valentine’s spin by making heart shaped marshmallow pops in a pretty pink, and taking it one step further by dipping them in chocolate. Feel free to adapt them to any holiday by changing the shape, color and flavor (think shamrocks + mint for St. Patrick’s Day or bunnies + almond for Easter!). If you are thinking to yourself “I don’t really love marshmallows” you need to try homemade marshmallows.Read More

Valentine’s Day Gifts For Her

Valentine’s Day is only two weeks away! Whether you need a gift for a sister, mom, best girlfriend or you want to get something for yourself (self love people!), I’ve compiled a list of the best Valentine’s Gifts for her, all between $25 and $100. Shoes, bags, fluffy jackets, fun details and the best perfumes and face mask – it’s all listed and linked below with plenty of time left to order.

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LPD (Little Pink Dress)

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When you find a dress you love, and the problem is you don’t have an upcoming event, you buy it anyway. You put it in your closet and dream of somewhere to wear it and hope it comes true. Or, you have a tea party in your home and wear it. I am a fantastic problem solver.

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If you are wondering what the gold is on the floor, it’s confetti. My shoes are blingy and so are my floors. It’s how I roll on holidays. My daughter and I had a Valentine’s tea party and spared no decorative expense.

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Check out the back of the dress detail. Love the criss cross straps.

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This dress is perfect for a bridal or baby shower, date night, girls night out, bachelorette party, or again (just to reiterate) a party in your home on a whim. Below I paired with black shoes and even red. Just match the cutest pair of red shoes you can find with a pretty little red bag and you have an adorable and unique color combination.

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I might add this dress is under $50.

Pink Dress // Blingy Shoes // Necklace (similar) // Earrings (similar)

Black Shoes // Red Shoes

The one. The Chocolate Cake.

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Do you like chocolate? Do you want the ultimate chocolatiest chocolatey chocolate cake as in chocolate on chocolate on chocolate? Here it is.

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It is tall, dark, rich and handsome. I mean delicious. Well it is handsome too, and if I weren’t already married I would consider marrying this cake. But that would be silly, right? NO.

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For this cake I use Hershey’s Special Dark cocoa powder. In the description of the cocoa, Hershey’s actually uses the words “premium” and “sophisticated.” It’s like the Chanel of cocoa only its under $6 and you can buy it at your local grocery store. It does not exponentially increase in value sitting on your shelf (and why would you leave it sitting on your shelf?!), but otherwise it is in the same category. There are four layers of dark chocolate cake with a smooth and creamy milk chocolate frosting, but because that just isn’t enough chocolate, it is then glazed with a dark chocolate ganache.

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So if you have a birthday coming up, or need a dessert for Valentine’s Day, or finished all your errands (yay! reason to celebrate!) I recommend you give this cake a whirl.

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Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Frosting and Chocolate Ganache…with sprinkles

Chocolate Cake

  • non-stick spray
  • 1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 1/4 cups packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup Hershey’s Special dark cocoa powder
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt (table salt works just fine)

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Line 4 8″ round cake pans with parchment paper and spray with non-stick spray (if you do not have 4 cake pans, grease two and bake in two batches). In a medium bowl, sift together flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder and salt. In a large mixing bowl cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Add eggs, yolks and vanilla, beating until combined. Add buttermilk and mix again, scraping down bowl with a rubber spatula as needed. Add flour and cocoa mixture and beat until just combined. Do not over mix! Pour evenly (layers will be thinnish) into 4 pans. Bake for 25-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cakes cool for 10 minutes, then remove from pans and place on a wire rack to finish cooling.

Chocolate Frosting

  • 1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 3 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 4 teaspoons unsweetened cocoa
  • 2 teaspoons Hershey’s Special Dark cocoa powder
  • 6-9 tablespoons milk

In a medium bowl, cream the butter. Combine sugar and cocoa, and slowly add to the butter. Add 4 tablespoons milk, mixing until combined, then whipping until desired consistency is reached, adding more milk as necessary. You want a light and fluffy frosting.

To assemble, start by taking four rectangular pieces of wax paper and lay on cake stand or plate in a circle (there will be no wax paper in the center). This is my trick so when you frost the cakes, the extra frosting lands on the wax paper that you simply remove when you are done. Your cake plate remains clean.

Place one cake layer on wax papers. Dollop a healthy 1/2 cup (or slightly more) frosting on top. Spread evenly and over to sides. Add second and third layers, and repeat. Finish with final layer. Place rest of frosting on top and spread down sides. Once cake is frosted, place in refrigerator for 30 minutes.

Chocolate Ganache

  • 8 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2/3 cup heavy whipping cream

Place chocolate chips in a medium glass mixing bowl. Pour heavy whipping cream into a  liquid (glass) measuring cup. Microwave until boiling. Carefully remove from microwave and pour over chocolate chips. Cover with plastic wrap and let sit for 5-7 minutes. Remove plastic wrap and whisk until glossy and smooth. Let sit for another 2 minutes, then pour over cake, letting ganache drip down the sides. Top with sprinkles and ENJOY!

 

Delicate Details for Valentine’s Day

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Dainty gold jewelry is great for so many reasons. It looks beautiful, layers well, adds a little shine to any outfit, and is perfect for everyday. It also works for women of all ages and makes a memorable, cherishable gift – Valentine’s Day is around the corner!

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You can find little gold (or rose gold or silver) pieces anywhere from Forever 21 to Etsy to Nordstrom because it is trending. And the glory is, there are beautiful options for any budget. I have linked my favorite necklace and a few earrings I recently picked up for less than $6 each. I’ve also gathered a selection for all the ladies on your gifting list.

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Flower ear pins from Forever 21. Perfectly petite, sparkly and feminine.

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Star pin earrings from Forever 21 – they are ear cuffs at a totally wearable length. Not the total crawler, but edgy and taking advantage of the current trend.

heart necklace // rose gold heart necklace // you can never go wrong with Tiffany’s necklace

cutest heart earrings // Ted Baker heart earrings // Pandora heart earrings

want bracelet list Wanderlust Bracelet // Ted Baker bracelet // Rebecca Minkoff bracelet // Follow Your Arrow Bangle

Arrow Ring

In case you missed it, see my favorite ring + where to buy link. If the man in your life needs a hint, send him to this post!