Delicious 3-Ingredient Fruit Dip

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Easy and delicious is one combo we can’t resist. If your looking for a yummy recipe to share at your next BBQ, or a festive side on the 4th of July, we’ve got an amazing recipe for you. Our grandma always has a tray of strawberries with this amazing 3-ingredient fruit dip every Easter. We devour it. We love anything with cream cheese, so it was bound to be a favorite from the beginning. Place it on a tray, pack it in a jar, dip strawberries or take a spoonful – whatever you do, make it! Yum.

Ingredients:

  • 8 oz. cream cheese, room temperature
  • Kraft jet-puff marshmallows, 7 oz.
  • 1 tsp Vanilla

Mix all ingredients with a mixer in a bowl, refrigerate and serve with a large tray of strawberries. It’s that easy!

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Dairy-Free Turmeric Tea Latte

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Our mom has been preaching about the anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits of Turmeric for years. Well, mother knows best again, because lately we’ve been reading about all the benefits of that golden spice. According to studies, the properties of Turmeric (it’s most active component being Curcumin) is beneficial for brain and digestive health, improving cardiovascular health, and boosting immunity.

About one year ago, Jessica started adding Turmeric (a couple shakes), a pinch of Black Pepper, 1/2 teaspoon Coconut Oil, and Half and Half (just can’t seem to give up that bit of cream) to her coffee every morning. It’s a morning cocktail inspired by our mom. The black pepper seems like an odd spice in the coffee, doesn’t it? Well, your body can only use a small portion of the Turmeric you consume, which somewhat limits the full potential of it’s healing properties. Black pepper contains piperine, which helps the body fully consume the Turmeric in the body.

We found a new way to incorporate it into our nightly routine with a dairy-free, creamy and delicious turmeric tea latte. It’s so good! It’s so easy to make, plus it boasts healing benefits we feel good about putting into our body.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 teaspoon Navita’s Organic Turmeric Powder (we bought it from Whole Foods)
  • 8 ounces Organic Soy milk, or nut milk (almond or cashew)
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp coconut oil
  • pinch of black pepper (helps the absorption of turmeric)

Directions:

Mix all the ingredients in a saucepan on the stove. Use a whisk to mix as it heats up. That’s it!

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Take the time to learn more about Turmeric, and how it can benefit you, and if necessary, consult a doctor if taking other medications. 

Pucker Up: DIY Lip Balm with Essential Oils Just in Time for Valentine’s Day

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We have a drawer full of essential oils. The more we learn about the uses of the oils, the more we love. The more we love, the more we want to make. The more we make, the more we want to share.

This post was inspired by Gabriella’s (Jessica’s daughter) lip-making kit she got for Christmas (if a 6-year-old can make DIY lip balm with the help of a kit, we could surely make it, too), as well as Valentine’s Day. We made DIY lip balms with essential oils that not only smell amazing, but feel soft and smooth on lips too! These make awesome gifts for girlfriends and loved ones. It was so easy, and so fun.

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DIY Lip Balm with Essential Oils
makes 6 lip balm tubes

Ingredients:

Directions:

Step 1: Add 2 inches of water to a saucepan on the stove. Put on high for boiling water.

Step 2: Add shea butter, beeswax pellets and coconut butter to a glass measuring cup.

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Step 3: Place the glass measuring cup in the pan on the stove, and occasionally stir the mixture with a wood popsicle stick until all pellets are melted. Once they are melted, remove the cup from the stove, wait about 30 seconds, then add the essential oils. The combinations we chose are:
Peppermint: 30 drops
Peppermint and Lavender: 15 drops Peppermint and 10 drops Lavender
Peppermint and Wild Orange: 15 drops of each
Lemon and Wild Orange: 15 drops of each

Step 4: Stir the essentials oils in the oil. Quickly pour into the lip balm tubes before it hardens.

Step 5: Print labels. We made our labels for our lip balms using Avery labels. Free PDF file here. The Avery label you need to purchase is 5195. There are 60 labels per sheet.

Step 6: Once the lip balm is set (about 3 hours), stick the labels on.

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Share the lip balm love, and give to friends! Baci, Baci (kisses, kisses).

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DIY Typography Decanter

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Nordstrom is one of our favorite places to shop. The shoes, the fashion, the return policy, the cafe – we love all of it! We noticed a fun Booze Decanter and Stopper throughout the holidays, and we never quite stopped thinking about it. Thankfully, we were able to re-create a DIY Booze decanter with our Silhouette cutting machine, and our minds {and bar} are at peace…at least for now.

Materials:

Instructions:

Assemble empty glass bottles you can transform into DIY typography bottles.

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Design your labels with the Silhouette software. Print according to package instructions.

Once the vinyl is cut, remove the excess vinyl around the words, and place Frog’s Tape over the words.

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Pull the tape up, and the words should be attached to the tape.

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Press the tape and words onto the bottle, and get all the bubbles out with a straight edge {we used a credit card}.

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Pull the tape up from the bottle, and the vinyl should stay in place on the bottle. You may have to use one finger to press down on the vinyl if the font is thin and it comes up with the tape, but we didn’t have to on this project.

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Once all the tape is removed, you should have a new DIY typography decanter. Fill with alcohol and say cheers!

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For this project, we took it one step further and got a little Typography happy! We couldn’t do just one bottle! This DIY project makes for a really fun addition to any bar, and a great hostess gift.

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Not only did we create several bottles, but we couldn’t have a bottle that holds alcohol without actual alcohol in it. With St. Patrick’s Day several days away, we ventured into making our own Bailey’s Irish Cream. My girlfriend, Kacey, made a delicious batch of our favorite Irish cocktail for a birthday brunch recently, and we couldn’t believe homemade Bailey’s could be so good. We’ve revamped a couple of recipes to make our homemade version, but most are similar.

Homemade Bailey’s Irish Cream
adapted from several recipes

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup + 1 tablespoon Jameson Whiskey
  • 1 pint half and half
  • 1 can Eagle’s Condensed Milk
  • 2 tablespoons chocolate syrup
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla
  • 1 tsp. instant espresso mixed with 1 tsp. boiling water

Instructions:

Place all ingredients in a blender, and blend. If you don’t blend for 30 seconds or more, we found that our Bailey’s had some chunks from the cream, so continue to blend until smooth.

Keep in a sealed glass jar in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. Give it to a friend as a gift this St. Patrick’s Day, too!

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Cocktail to Cupcake: Gluten Free Champagne Cupcakes

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Pop. Fizz. Clink. Bake.

Yes, you read that right – we added the word bake at the end of Pop. Fizz. Clink.

We can do that because we had some bubbly action in our kitchen as we participated in the Wayfair Cocktail to Cupcake Campaign. The fun challenge was to make a yummy cupcake with our favorite cocktail on the ingredient list. We love our Italian bubbly, and we wanted to make it gluten free so we could actually eat it. The result is a delicious Gluten Free Champagne Cupcake.

Sip and bake – now that’s something we can get use to.

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Gluten Free Champagne Cupcakes
servings: about 16
recipe adapted from DC Cupcakes

Ingredients:
Champagne Cupcakes

  • 1.5 cups gluten free flour
  • 1 cup gluten free oat flour
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1.5 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon Champagne

Champagne Buttercream Frosting

  • 16 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3.5 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp half and half
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup champagne
  • 1 cup strawberries, diced

Directions:
Champagne Cupcakes

Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees. Set cupcake liners in the cupcake baking pan.

In a medium bowl, cream the butter and slowly add the sugar. Blend with an electric mixer until combined.

Add the eggs, and blend.

Pour the vanilla, champagne and milk in a separate measuring cup.

Combine the flours, baking powder and sugar in a separate medium bowl.

Pour 1/3 of the flour mixture to the butter mixture, followed by 1/3 of the milk mixture. Continue this process until all the flour and milk is fully combined. Do not over mix.

Pour the batter into the cupcake liners {fill 1/2-3/4 of each liner}.

Bake for about 20 minutes or until you insert a toothpick and it comes out clean.

Let the cupcakes cool.

Champagne Buttercream Frosting

In a medium bowl, cream the butter and add the sugar slowly. Beat with an electric mixer until well mixed.

Add the vanilla, milk, salt and champagne, and beat until the mixture is fluffy.

Then, place in piping bag and decorate your cupcakes.

Top the cupcakes with your diced strawberries, then place a safe, indoor mini sparkler on top.

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Enjoy! And remember, you don’t always have to drink your cocktail. You can eat it, too.

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This #Cocktail2Cupcake post is sponsored by Wayfair, but we would love them and their products even if it wasn’t. Thanks for supporting the wonderful companies that support us. 

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