Saturday, December 27, 2014

MINT OREO TRUFFLES

After months without a kitchen, it's time to do a recipe post now that I'm home for winter break! These Mint Oreo Truffles are the perfect treat for the holidays and winter festivities--they were certainly a hit at my house. Even if it's not Christmas time, I love peppermint flavors in desserts for winter, and these truffles are full of minty, chocolate-y goodness. The recipe originally came from Sally's Baking Addiction, and it's very simple with only three ingredients: mint Oreos, cream cheese and Baker's chocolate (plus I added a few crushed candy canes as a topping).

What you'll need:
  • 1 package of mint creme Oreos
  • 8 oz cream cheese (softened to room temperature)
  • 12 oz Baker's chocolate for melting (buy a little extra if you can, I was running low towards the end!)
  • Optional: crushed candy cane (about 5) for topping
Directions:
  1. Start by crumbling the Oreos in a food processor until a fine crumb consistency. You'll notice that the frosting is already starting to "glue" the Oreo bits together.
  2. Mix together the processed Oreos and softened cream cheese in a large bowl. 
  3. Roll about 30-35 balls (I had enough Oreo mixture for 34) and place them on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper.
  4. Place the Oreo balls in the freezer for about 30 minutes. This will keep them from crumbling apart when you dip them in the melted chocolate.
  5. Chop the Baker's chocolate and heat in a large bowl as directed on the package. Be sure to heat the chocolate in intervals and stir so that it melts evenly.
  6. Take the Oreo balls out of the freezer and get dipping! In order to cover the truffles in chocolate as neatly as possible, use a fork to flip the Oreo ball around in the chocolate until it is fully covered. Scoop the coated truffle onto the top of the fork prongs and let the excess chocolate drip off before placing back on the parchment paper to harden. The fork trick is a tip from Sally's Baking Addiction that definitely helped my truffles come out much better than last year's.
  7. Place in the refrigerator for about 10-15 minutes to let the chocolate set.
  8. Once hardened, serve to your friends and family and the compliments will come pouring in! These things are too good!

What do you think of these Mint Oreo truffles? They are quick and easy to make and delicious. Bring them to your New Year's Eve party with the some festive champagne like this and you'll be everyone's favorite party chef!
Hope you're enjoying the holidays everyone!

Saturday, December 13, 2014

5 Ways to Make Your LBD Holiday Party Ready

Holiday party season means, reds, greens and sparkle, right? Well, not if you don't have the time to actually get a festive look together, never mind have the funds to buy a new outfit for your office party, family gathering, and hometown friend reunion. This is where the classic Little Black Dress saves the day! You may feel like an LBD is too plain or you wear it all the time, but these styling tips will help you make your outfit a little more festive for your next Christmas party without breaking the bank.
  • Throw on a statement jacket - Whether sequined, a fun print or a bright color, a statement jacket can turn your LBD into a whole new outfit. I'm loving the statement clutch in the photo below to match!
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  • Rock a red lip - There's no better time than the holidays to flaunt a holiday red pout. This small makeup touch can make your black LBD more dressy and festive. I personally like a bright red, similar to Leighton Meester's look below, but darker reds work just as well.
  • Stand tall with statement heels - Whether they are a Christmas red or have an intricate design, statement heels will lift your LBD to new heights, literally.
  • Add a touch of sparkle with a statement necklace - Yes, statement necklaces are a typical staple for added glitz, but they look fab with LBDs. Plus, just that one accessory is needed for jewelry, so throw on the necklace and you're good to go.
  • Style your locks into a classic updo - Although not an added accessory or article of clothing, a gorgeous hairstyle can truly complete your look. A hair accessory, such as a glittery barrette or hair bow, can also update your LBD and make your outfit more festive.
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Look no further than your LBD for your next holiday party outfit and dress it up with festive accessories, hair and makeup. These ideas are simple and budget-friendly, so you can save a little during the heavy spending season. You could even where the same dress to multiple parties without anyone even noticing!
How will you dress up your LBD for Christmas?

Friday, December 12, 2014

HOLIDAY SCARF

Scarf: Purchased in Scotland (similar) | Sweater: J.Crew Factory | Pants: (℅) Boden | Boots: Nine West

It's that time of year to get cozy and bring out my favorite scarf and comfy pants! I purchased this scarf when I visited Edinburgh last winter while I was abroad. It is so warm and festive with the tartan plaid pattern. Plaid scarves are very popular right now, especially in the blanket scarf size which can be worn as both a wrap and a scarf.

The simple, black pants I'm wearing in this look are just as cozy. I've been wearing these Boden Ponte Roma pants a ton. They are incredibly soft and feel like yoga pants, but they have a zipper and pockets, similar to a legging jean. I've been wearing them both professionally and casually, so you can definitely get away with wearing them to the office (even though they feel like sweats!). These pants are perfect for the holidays, too, since they stretch and form to your figure, even when you eat one too many Christmas cookies.

The holidays are nearing--what are your favorite festive pieces?

Friday, December 5, 2014

Not-Your-Average Holiday Cards With Treat

One of my favorite holiday traditions is Christmas cards. As soon as I get home from college I immediately sift through our Christmas cards to see the year's collection. This year my family and I threw on the Christmas sweaters we bought in London last year (the Brits are crazy about the holiday!) and took a photo over Thanksgiving break for our card. I haven't decided whether I should share the photo on here…unless you'd like to see me in some reindeer ears.

Family holiday cards are cute and all, but don't you love when you get a card sent personally to you? This season I'm loving Shutterfly's Treat for personalized cards this holiday season! Instead of sending the same card to everyone on your list, you can pick close friends and families to send cards with their name on it.


Images via Treat

Treat has holiday card templates for thank you notes, Christmas greeting cards, and letters from Santa for your friends, parents, siblings, grandparents, significant other, teachers and children. Although I wouldn't send one of these to everyone on the Christmas card list, the personalized notes are fun for close loved ones. You can even incorporate your personal style to the card to help get in the holiday spirit.

If you haven't ordered your holiday cards yet, be sure to take a look at Treat. These cards are the perfect personalized card for all styles and tastes. I can't wait to see what's in store for this season's Christmas cards!
What's your favorite holiday tradition?
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