Wednesday, March 22, 2017

M&M Brownie Cookies

M&M Brownie Cookies









































Hey! So today I wanted to share this delicious brownie mix cookie recipe with you guys. These cookies are absolutely amazing and totally addicting! ;) It's literally impossible to eat just one. :D I made them on St. Patrick's Day, so I chose M&Ms with a fitting color pattern. But you could switch out any color, depending on the holiday (pastels for Easter, etc.) There are so many possibilities with this recipes, and so many different colors and flavors of M&Ms you could choose.  These are guaranteed to be a hit!

Ingredients:

  • 1 box brownie mix 
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil (I used coconut oil)
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup M&Ms (I used the brown, yellow, and green M&Ms from a mix; any color would be awesome, depending on the occasion!)
Instructions:

1. Preheat oven to 375.
2. Mix together brownie mix, flour, eggs. vanilla, and oil with an electric mixer until the batter is smooth. Gently fold in the chocolate chips and M&Ms.
3. Roll about tablespoons of dough into balls and place on baking sheets lined with silpats or parchment paper. Top cookies with more M&Ms, if you want. 
4. Bake for 9 minutes. 
5. Cool on rack for 5 minutes, then transfer to cooling rack to finish cooling. 








































I love this picture of the M&Ms I chose. :)

Have a great week, everyone!  Stay tuned for more posts this month!

Love,
Elyse

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Easy Shamrock Punch

Hey guys!  Just in time for St. Patrick's Day, I ran to the store and got the ingredients to make this AMAZING sharmrock punch-give it a go and you'll know why it's such a hit at our house! :)

Easy Shamrock Punch
Serves: about 16 (depends on serving size)
Prep time: 5 min

Ingredients:
1 container (2 quarts) lime sherbet
1 (46oz.) can unsweetened pineapple juice
1 2 liter bottle ginger ale

Directions:

The directions are the same for either a punch bowl or individual glasses-however you decide to make it. Just use larger quantities for a punch bowl. For a party, I use a punch bowl, but for my family I used glasses.

  • Using an ice cream scoop, scoop two or three scoops of sherbet into glasses-half the container for punch bowl.
  • Fill glasses about half-way with pineapple juice-pour in the whole can for punch bowl.
  • Fill glasses the rest of the way with ginger ale, or fill punch bowl-it will be super foamy and fizzy!
  • Add desired amount of ice cream scoops to the top of glasses or punch bowl.
  • Enjoy!






































Thanks for stopping by!  Be on the lookout for new posts next week!  I will be posting more regularly this spring!  Much love! <3

Love,
Elyse



Saturday, February 11, 2017

Easy Valentine Pretzel Hugs

Hey friends!  Happy Valentine's Day weekend!  Looking for a last-minute treat for a Valentine's Day party?  Look no further!  These easy-peasy pretzel hugs totally fit the bill!  And what could be better than a delicious treat that uses only three ingredients?  How cool is that!  Check this.  Whether you're spending the day at home, celebrating with your special someone, or chilling with the gals for a GALentine's Day party, this recipe is for you! ;)

























Easy Valentine Pretzel Hugs

Ingredients:
Bag of pretzels (we used regular-shaped pretzels, but square works awesome too!)
Bag of holiday M&Ms (red, pink & white)
Bag of hugs

















Directions:
  • Turn oven to 170 degrees 
  • Line baking sheet with foil or parchment paper
  • Place pretzels on baking sheet and top with a hug
  • Bake for 4-8 minutes until chocolate is soft but not too melty.
  • Remove from oven and press an M&M into the center of each pretzel, onto the softened hug
  • Let them cool for a minute, then chill in the freezer for 10 minutes, set (simply put the whole baking sheet into the freezer)
  • Store in airtight container or zip lock bag
Enjoy!! 






















Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Holiday M&M Chocolate Chip Cookies

Merry Christmas, friends!  Here's a last-minute Christmas recipe I had so much fun making (and eating!)  The best part is that the prep and cooking time combined is only 20 minutes!

Prep Time: 20 min.
Yield: about 2 dozen
Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 and 3/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 3.5 oz vanilla pudding mix (I couldn't find 3.5 at our little store so I used 1 3.4)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup red and green M&Ms (again, our store didn't have holiday M&Ms, so I used brown as well as red and green)
Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Line baking sheet with Silpat silicone baking mat. (Parchment paper also works if you don't have one.) Set aside.
3. In large mixing bowl, cream butter with electric mixer for about 30 seconds. Add granulated and brown sugar, and beat for 3 minutes or until light and fluffy.
4. Add the egg and vanilla and mix until well incorporated.
5. In another mixing bowl, whisk together flour, pudding mix, baking soda, and salt. 
6. Add dry ingredients to butter sugar mixture and mix with an electric mixer until mostly incorporated.  Add chocolate chips and M&Ms, (reserving some) stir with a spoon until well mixed.
7. Scoop the cookie dough with cookie scoop (1-1/2 tablespoon). Roll into balls and placing on prepared cookie sheet spacing them 2" apart.  (The finished dough tends to be crumbly, but comes together when rolled into balls in your hands.)
8. Press reserved M&Ms and chocolate chips onto cookie balls.
9. Bake for 10-12 minutes.  11 minutes worked well for me. Cool for 2 minutes on cookie sheet, then transfer to baking rack to cool completely. 
10. Enjoy!








Monday, November 14, 2016

Reese's Pieces Puppy Chow


Hey friends!  Thanks for stopping by!  Today I wanna share this awesome puppy chow recipe which is an absolutely perfect snack for the holidays or just for a movie night. I absolutely love how Reese's Pieces are orange, yellow and brown because it's so festive for fall.

Ingredients:
9 cups rice Chex mix
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup butter
1 cup milk chocolate chips
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 cups Reeses's pieces
11/2 cups powdered sugar

Instructions:
1. Pour all the cereal into a large bowl
2. Melt peanut butter, butter, and chocolate chips in a pan on the stove at low-medium heat.
3. Add the vanilla, then pour over the cereal.
4. Stir until all the cereal is covered.
5. Put powdered sugar into a gallon bag.  Add cereal. close bag. and shake until all the cereal has sugar on it.
6. Add Reese's Pieces and shake a bit more.
7. Spread over wax paper to cool, then store in an airtight container.

Enjoy!

I hope y'all absolutely LOVE this puppy chow!  I know my family did. ;) Happy Thanksgiving!

Love,
Elyse




Sunday, November 6, 2016

Everyday Fall Fashion {from Grandma's closet}


























Hello friends!  Today for my fall fashion blog post, I'm modeling a simple, everyday outfit which I wore to run errands yesterday.
Sweater: Take Out, from my grandma's closet clean-out.  I absolutely love it!  My grandma has the best style. ;)
Jeans: Aeropostale, $26 on sale
Sneakers: Airwalk, $10.  These are super old; I've been wearing them for almost five years now! :D





















I recently picked up these cute little necklaces from my favorite local department store for only $15 for both of them.  My new favorite accessories! ;)
So there you have it.  A glimpse of my everyday wardrobe.  Life has been crazy lately with work and school, music lessons, moves, and events, and will become even more so with the coming holidays, but I plan to continue blogging as much as possible.  Hopefully once a week, but at least every other week. :)  I have several awesome holiday-ready recipes planned that will be on the blog closer to Thanksgiving.  Thanks so much for your continued support!  Hope y'all are having a wonderful day!

Love,
Elyse







Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Fall Fashion {Sweater + brown boots}





















Hello, friends!  Welcome back!  Thank you so much for stopping by!
This is another casual fall outfit, and definitely one of my very favorites!




















What I'm wearing:
Green jacket: Prince & Fox $30
Sweater: Aeropostale $10
Jeans: Aeropostale: $20
Boots: Walmart $20





















Who else loves casual fall outfits? Have a super amazing fall day!

Love,
Elyse