Thursday, January 12, 2012

Food Feature - Chocolate Mint Cake Pops

Cake Pops ...what are they exactly? Well, the are cake on a stick. And in my opinion, the perfect treat for any occasion. My first encounter with these delicious desserts happened at while at a local Starbucks. I was so intrigued by the idea of them. Since then, I have learned that cake pops are actually a huge trend in the culinary world. At first they can seem a bit intimidating, but in my opinion, they just take a while to create. So make sure you set aside enough time to focus on the "cake pop making process." The best part is you can make them as simple, or as fancy, as you want. They will still taste heavenly!

The first step is to pick a flavor combination. This time I chose a triple chocolate fudge cake mix, chocolate frosting, melted milk chocolate and chopped up Andes mints for decoration.

1. Bake a cake using your favorite recipe or a box of cake mix in a 13x9 pan. Like I said, I used the triple chocolate fudge cake mix. Let it cool.

2. After the cake has cooled, break it up into a bowl so that it is in small pieces. Mix in 2 cups, or about half of the tub of icing. You can use store bought icing, which is what I used, or homemade icing. Again, it's all up to you. (This part is messy, but fun!)

3. Roll this mixture into one-inch balls. They should be able to fit into the palm of your hand. Place them on a tray or plate that is covered with wax paper. Cover them and place them in the refrigerator for an hour or so.

4. For the covering of the cake balls, melt some chocolate, candy melts or white or chocolate wafers according to the instructions. I used used milk chocolate baking chips.

5. Take the lollipop stick and dip one end of it into the melted chocolate. Then take the dipped end and stick it into the bottom of the cake pop. This helps the stick stay in place.

6. Dunk the cake pop into the melted chocolate and gently twirl the stick to remove excess chocolate. Immediately top with sprinkles, crushed up candy, nuts or any garnish of your choice. I used the chopped up Andes mints.

7. You can set the completed pop face down, stick up on a plate or push the stick into small styrofoam blocks, with the stick down and cake pop up.

8. Enjoy! Share with your friends! Impress your family! Try new flavors! Get creative!

My sister was instantly obsessed!
Let me know how your cake pops turn out :)
<3 oohv

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

What I Wore - Rustic Retreat

Today I ventured to Cleveland with my cousin to eat at Melt Bar and Grilled. She had never been there before, and being that I am obsessed with the restaurant (I even have a tattoo of their logo), decided that we should go on our day off. It was a blast and the perfect way to spend my afternoon. Nothing is better than girl talk, yummy brews and delicious & cheesy sandwiches!

...And this is what I wore for our day date.

top - Forever 21
tank - Old Navy
bottom - Forever 21
leg warmers - Urban Outfitters
shoes - Forever 21
necklace - Forever 21
earrings - H&M
bracelets - Decree Jewelry

I can't believe it's been months since my last What I Wore post!
I'm going to try to keep up with them as much as I can.
Have a lovely evening, everyone.
<3 oohv

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Tattoo Tuesday - Nautical

Nautical tattoos have been around since the early 17th century. Sailors were notorious for displaying such tattoos that represent myths and fantasies in relation to the sea. It is said that people who have nautical tattoos are often as mysterious and as vast as the ocean. The most popular type of nautical tattoo is the nautical star, which was used to guide lost sailors in the night. Other types include tattoos with the underlying theme of aquatics, boating, navigation, sea creatures, mermaids, ships, etc. Being that I LOVE the ocean, I find this theme to be of interest. I could definitely use a couple days on the beach right about now...

<3 oohv

Friday, January 6, 2012

Wreck This Journal

 Look what I bought myself the other day!

I can't think of a better book for anyone out there who has ever had trouble starting/keeping a journal, diary, sketchbook. The goal in mind is to purposefully "wreck" this little book by forcing yourself to destroy its perfectly mint-condition, blank pages. Completing tasks such as pouring, spilling, dripping, flinging coffee on the page, to cleaning a mess you've made with one of the blank pages, will allow your creative side to run wild. For those of you who are afraid to start a journal because you're afraid you won't write something "good" - no worries. "Good" does not exist in this book. The purpose, to fill it up, will help you shift your perception of a blank page. Instead of being intimated, you will WANT to use the pages for your own experimentation.

I feel that the entire process will turn out to be so empowering. It's the perfect push in the right direction of freeing your mind and creating something personal and true. I can't wait to get started!

Has anyone out there completed this journey?
If so, share! I'd like to hear about it.
<3 oohv

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Tattoo Tuesday - Wrist Tattoos

Tattoo Tuesday is back everybody! Sorry it went missing for a while. Life happened :) Anyway - today's theme is a wrist tattoo. The wrist is one of my favorite spots to place a tattoo and I would definitely consider it for a future idea.

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