My Holiday Wreath Inspiration

     With the holidays quickly approaching (it’s only 65 days till Christmas!) it’s time to start brainstorming for new wreath ideas. As I was doing just that on pinterest, I came across several adorable wreaths. I found front-door-worthy wreaths for every season, not just the upcoming winter. I thought you’d like them too. So here’s 12 wreaths for the year, a new one for every month! Be sure & tell me which you like best! 

    

January- White Pinecone Wreath

February- Love Is All You Need Wreath

March- Burlap Rosette Wreath

April- Pastel Ribbons & Tulle Wreath

May- Ruffle Wreath

June- Pinwheel Wreath

July- Roses Are Red Wreath

August- Burlap Sunflower Wreath

September- Cut Disk Wreath

October- Halloween Tulle Wreath

November- Apple Cider Wreath

December- Vintage Bulbs Wreath

     Hope you found some inspiration here too! Happy Brainstorming  

Need more? Be sure to follow my wreath board on Pinterest, For the Door!

15 Halloween Desserts (That Aren’t Pumpkin-Flavored)

I don’t like pumpkin very much. I so wish I did so I could fully enjoy the captivating flavor of fall everyone else seems so in love with. I’m rather sad about it actually.

To cheer my self up, I found loads of Halloween dessert that call no for no pumpkin at all!

First up, Dracula’s dentures from The Girl Who Ate Everything

Pumpkin Pretzels from Butter with a Side of Bread

Candy Corn Poke cake from Wine & Glue

Halloween Candy Bark from Just a Taste

Witch Brooms from Couponing to Disney

Boo Bites from Seeded at the Table

Frankenstein Marshmallow Pops from Just a Taste

Butterfinger Fudge from Crazy for Crust

Cookies & Cream Mummy Pops from Life with the Crust Off

Candy Corn Swirl Cookies from The Simple, Sweet Life

Halloween Puppy Chow from Your Cup of Cake

Reeses Brownie Owl Cupcakes from myself!

Snickers Caramel Apple Salad from Chef in Training

Chocolate Peanut Butter Spider Cookies from A Spicy Perspective

Ghost Meringues from Smart School House

See plenty more inspiration + even more Halloween desserts on my Halloween Pinterest board.

Now which one to make first…I think I’ll start with those chocolate dipped pretzels this afternoon!

See all my Halloween posts here!

Blessings y’all!

Cathryne

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Oreo M&M Brookies

The other night my sister-in-law, Erica, asked me to help her make something for a bake sale they were having at work. Of course, I jumped on the opportunity! I love baking & I really love “testing” what I’ve made. Plus I was hoping to get a good blog post of it. Sure enough, here we are.

We had discussed a dessert layering cookie dough, Oreos, caramel & brownies that she recently tried. That sounded great, but we wanted to do it our own way. I had made chocolate chip cookies with Oreos inside a few times with my old roommate, Ciara & we always devoured them as soon as they popped out of our little toaster  oven.  So between both of our experiences, we knew the direction we were heading.

We decided to do a cookie dough with Oreo chunks & M&M’s mixed in on top of a fudgy brownie layer with some nuts. The results were breath-taking.

PS- I used this cookie cake recipe from Emeril Lagasse on Food Network minus a few of the last additions.

Get together all your ingredients- brownie mix + what it calls for (eggs/oil), flour, sugar, brown sugar, baking soda, salt, butter, eggs, vanilla, Oreos, M&M’s, mini chocolate chips, & pecans. Any of the last 4 ingredients are optional/interchangeable/replaceable. Experimenting is highly encouraged.

First, mix together your brownie batter. Never use a mixer for brownies! Do it by hand.

Go ahead & pour the brownie batter in the pan. That way it can set up a little before the cookie dough goes on top. This helps keeps the layers separate.

Measure out your flour, baking soda, & salt.

I usually use a whisk to ensure there are no lumps.

Cream together the butter & both sugars.

Add eggs & vanilla then mix thoroughly.

Now add the flour mixture a little at a time, mixing after each addition. I try to add the flour in 3-4 batches.

Mix in the chocolate chips. I chose to use mini ones because I wanted my fillings to all be different sizes. Regular chocolate chips work just the same.

Count out 12 Oreos (or more if you so desire) & eat the rest. That’s why you see my milk glass back there. 😉

I  have no clue what this tool is called but it worked perfectly to break up my Oreo’s.

I wanted to keep them pretty big for the cookie cake. I thought you’d be able to see them better this way, but not so much…

Add those to the dough too!

Next up are the M&M’s. We used the pretty spring ones for extra cuteness. You could make these appropriate for any holiday by using themed M&M’s & colored Oreo’s.

Spoon the cookie dough on top of the brownie layer very carefully. You want it as even as you can get it without intermixing the layers. Bake in a 375 degree oven for 25-30 minutes. Let cool for 10 minutes then slice & enjoy!

Oh My Lanta!

Now this is a treat that deserves to be topped with a scoop of Blue Bell ice cream or chased down with a glass of milk. This will be so good as a skillet cookie topped with ice cream, whipped cream, &  more M&M’s. I’ll be making that one soon!

Get the printable recipe here or copy/paste from below.

Make sure you have a crowd to feed these to or you will eat every last bite yourself.

They’ll be perfect for a last minute Easter treat with some pastel M&M’s & spring Oreo’s.

See my regular chocolate chip cookie recipe here & all my Oreo recipes here!

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Patriotic Door Hanger

The Fourth of July has always, always, always been one of my favorite holidays. Probably my second favorite. Like, Christmas first, Fourth of July second. I just looooove all the patriotism & fireworks & summerness of it all. I’d say over 1/2 of my Fourth of July’s have been spent traveling which makes it that much better. Although, I do keep saying I want to throw a huge July 4th party one of these years. It will have to wait till we have a nice, fancy pool! my original due date was the Fourth of July, I was born 5 days later on the 9th. I almost came on the fourth, my momma even went to the hospital (I was her first baby), but I wasn’t quite done baking yet. So I feel a special connection with the holiday. Also, fireworks are my very favorite thing in the whole, entire world. I wish fireworks shows went on for hours upon hours. Alas, I will settle for 10-20 minute shows. Disney World is my jam for said reasons. It is my dream to one day stay at the Grand Floridian & watch the fireworks at Magic Kingdom from my balcony.

One extremely long tangent later & we’re on to this fabulous wooden door hanger! I found the wood cutouts blank at Target for $5 a piece in the One Spot/Bullseye’s Playground. The words “Land That I Love” were even cutout already! You really can’t beat that for 5 bucks y’all. It comes blank & was just perfect for an easy Fourth of July DIY!

To make your own you’ll need:

Land that I love wood cutout (Target One Spot)

Red, white & blue spray paint

Blue star burlap ribbon (Walmart)

Painters tape

Step 1: Untie blue hanging cord & set aside. Wipe wood with a cloth to remove lint, etc.

Step 2: Spray paint entire thing white & let dry.

Step 3: Use painter’s tape to make stripes on the America.

Step 4: Spray paint entire thing red & let dry.

Step 5: Remove painter’s tape.

Step 6: Add the blue burlap bow using twine. Tie between the top of the “L” in “Land” & the top of the America.

Step 7: Retie blue cording to hang with. Put it up!

That’s it y’all! Pretty darn easy! You can use other patterns too, of course. I did one all red with white polka dots & one that was navy & red chevron. This version was my absolute favorite & has received the most attention. I made a whole bunch to sell at the shop, but am hoping one is left for me to use!

Blessings Y’all!…

Chocolate, Cherries & Cream Trifle

This dessert is a little over the top & that’s just what I love about it! You know what else I love about it? How incredibly easy it is to make! A little mixing & a lot of dumping is all it takes to get you to this glorious dessert! It’s all thanks to our pie BFFs, Edwards® Pies!

The Edwards® Hershey Crème Pie & Edwards® Reese’s Peanut Butter Crème Pie are 2 of my favorites! I’m more of a chocolate pie person myself, not a fan of fruit pies. So these are exactly what I prefer! While these would make stunning desserts as is, why not take it the next level & turn one (or both) into a trifle!

That’s precisely what I’ve done with the Edwards® Hershey Crème Pie! It’s unbelievably easy, but makes a showstopping finale! It would be a lovely Easter dessert! Edwards pies are truly perfect for every celebration! With so many upcoming festivities- Easter, Mother’s Day, Grad Parties & Summer BBQ’s, a chilled dessert is just the fix!

Follow along for the how to!

First, the pie must come out of the packaging & onto the cutting board. Use a serrated knife to chop the pie into bite size pieces.

Whip up a block of cream cheese till it’s nice & fluffy! Then stir in whipped topping. This creates a luscious filling!

Start layering in your trifle dish, or other large, clear dish, with half of the pie pieces.

Next goes half of the cream cheese mixture, then half of the crushed sandwich cookies.

Lastly, pour in half a can of cherry pie filling & spread around carefully.

Continue with another layer of each ingredient till finished.

Drizzle chocolate syrup all over the top & serve cold with a big ole spoon!

Make sure you store it in the fridge right up until you’re ready to serve it.

You can totally switch things up in the recipe- a different pie flavor, vanilla sandwich cookies, any flavor of pie filling, etc. The sky is limit! Or the grocery store in this case!

Edwards® Pies make this dessert so simple & special! Pick any of their yummy flavors to put your own spin on this dessert. I’d love to hear how you make it your own!

Edwards® pies help you embrace the chaos of life and enjoy every step of the journey. Pause and take time for yourself, indulge without apology and without compromise. Whether it’s celebrating the week’s wins, reconnecting with friends, or making it through another day, Edwards® invites you to take a break and reward yourself during those everyday moments.

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Strawberries & Cream Layer Bars

This all started a few nights ago. I was being good & treadmilling upstairs in the girls lobby, when I saw, from the corner of my eye, an abandoned box of bakery sugar cookies with a note, “free cookies.” I ignored them the that night & the next night assuming someone would come along & take the entire box. By the third night a few were taken but over half the box was left. That’s when I finally decided to take them all before they went bad. I wanted to make something with them. So that night while on the treadmill, I ran (get it?) through some ideas. I remembered an easy strawberry dessert my mom had made a few times with a sugar cookie crust. It’s a yummy pillsbury recipe actually. So that’s where I started. For this purpose, I halved it.

You’ll need an 8 oz block of cream cheese softened, an egg, a jar of strawberry sauce, an 8 oz. container of cool whip, fresh strawberries, & 1/4c. sugar. Plus 6 already baked & cooled sugar cookies. They can be homemade, store bought, or whatever you like.

Mix together cream cheese, sugar, & 1/3 c. strawberry sauce. Then add the egg & beat for 2 minutes at medium speed till creamy. Pour into a greased muffin tin, but only fill 6 slots. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes or till set. Cool in pan 10 minutes then remove to cool further.

In the meantime, slice up a handful of pretty strawberries. Might as well eat a few.

Fold 4 Tbs. strawberry topping into the container of cool whip.

Finally layer it all up- cookie, strawberry cheesecake, cool whip, fresh berries. Store in the fridge until you’re ready to serve.

I made these last night & set ‘em all up cute for my small group. Thursday nights are community nights on campus. So we have a short devo in our dorm, then break up into small groups. Afterwards is late night breakfast & some activity in the gym. My girls enjoyed the spread. I absolutely have the best group of girls in the dorm!

PS- I apologize for the poor poor lighting. Trying to figure out how to best take photos in my horribly lit white-wall-white-floor dorm room.

Anyways, hope you get to try these & love them I do! They’re pretty easy to make, taste delicious, & look adorable.…

Chocolate Covered Marshmallow Arrows

Surprisingly, I have never made chocolate covered marshmallows before. I felt valentine’s Day was a pretty good time to test out my first batch. Of course I had to jazz them up a bit & turn them into Cupid’s arrows! They turned out mighty cute & you should make some for everyone you know because they couldn’t be easier. You can’t really mess up dipping a marshmallow in chocolate & covering it with sprinkles.

To make some yourself you’ll need- large marshmallows, melting chocolate, Valentine’s Day sprinkles, festive straws, scrapbook paper, hershey kisses & hot glue gun + hot glue.

Stab a straw into the middle of the marshmallow & dip into melted chocolate. Immediately cover with sprinkles & place on wax paper to set.

In the meantime, cut pieces of scrapbook paper into arrow shapes. I cut a strip about 2″ wide then folded in half longways. Then I cut a triangle off the top & cut down the strip in angles creating several of these arrows.

Use tape to attach the paper to the straw, about an inch or 2 from the top. Use the tiniest dab of hot glue to attach the Hershey’s kiss to the top of the straw. As long as you don’t go overboard, the chocolate will not melt & will be just fine.

These look fabulous displayed in a large glass jar on the counter but you can package them up too.

They are perfect for giving away to friends with this printable!

Download here- Shot through the Heart

The fit great in some cello gift bags. Tie them up with the printable & you’re VDay ready! Here comes Cupid.

Blessings Y’all!…

Christmas Bucket List Printable

I made a fall bucket list at the beginning of the season & shared a printable version for you guys to use. How did yours come along? We did everything except go to the corn maze. We were planning to go the very last night it was open but ended up getting a do instead…long story. Anyhow, I think the dog makes up for the corn maze. Her name is Dolly & she keeps tearing up the beds we get her. But other than that she’s pretty darn cute. See a picture over on my Instagram right here!

We definitely needed a Christmas bucket list to keep this good thing going. So here’s the one I made for us.

Pretty typical. I’m undoubtedly the most excited about getting our first tree! I want to visit a local Christmas tree farm & find the perfect one. What I really can’t wait for is decorating it!

Here’s a blank, printable version just for you to fill in! This will be a fun project for the kids to work on tomorrow while the Turkeys cookin’ away.

You can right click/save as then print or download & print through this link.

I like to limit the list to only 5 things because then they’re that much more likely to get done.

What’s at the top of your Christmas bucket list? I’d love to hear about your favorite traditions!

Blessings Y’all,…