Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Caramel Pretzel Brownies

Caramel, pretzels, chocolate, white chocolate = heaven to me! When trying to decide what to make for dessert at my mom's house for Mother's Day, I knew I wanted something with pretzels and caramel. My mom loves the combination. I turned to Pinterest and was flooded with hundreds of yummy recipes. I needed something easy and quick though. I found this heavenly-looking brownie recipe and hope to try it out one day when I have more time. It did inspire me to whip up a copy-cat version, using boxed brownie mix. This is too easy to even be considered a recipe, but here ya go!

  • Brownie Mix (I used Milk Chocolate) + ingredients needed to make brownies as listed on box
  • Pretzel sticks, broken into pieces
  • White Chocolate chips
  • Caramel Ice Cream Topping
Make It!

  • Prepare brownies as directed on box
  • Place broken pretzels on batter and bake as directed
 (Don't you just love my handy brownie pan? Was a Christmas gift and I love it!)
  • When done baking, melt chocolate chips in microwave 
  • Drizzle white chocolate over brownies
  • Drizzle caramel on top

  • ENJOY!

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Decorating wall above the couch

I've been searching for ideas on how to decorate the wall above our couch for a while. It's an awkward space, stuck between a window and door and not the length of the whole sofa. What to do? A mirror would suffice, but I plan on putting one near the closet in the same room. A photo gallery wall was my next choice, but I didn't want just photos. Browsing Pinterest, I found several ideas and decided to mix a few of them together.
We had just had a family photo shoot, so I made some prints of my favorites and framed them in frames from Michael's. The prints cost $8 and the frames were $6 each. So, my photos were framed and ready to go for under $30.
Next, I grabbed 2 canvases that I already had and some paint and painter's tape. I taped off wide stripes and painted green and white stripes. Once they dried, I needed to decorate them somehow. I printed off some family rules- subway art and grabbed a monogram I had laying around. A little Mod Podge for the family rules and hot glue for the monogram and I was all set.
I hung the pictures and canvases up and stepped back to admire! Such an easy project with minimal work and I love it! It may be simple, but I love the green stripes and the character it adds to what would've been an ordinary gallery wall!

Next thing to change in this room will be the couches! We hate these couches and can't wait to buy a new set!

Friday, May 3, 2013

Ella Monthly Progressions Photos

Here's some of the progressions of Ella growing up! Stay tuned for updates each month :)