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Hi friends!  Something that you may not know about me is that I love to bake, so once and awhile I like to take a break from the usual fashion posts and throw in something a little different.  Now don’t let this fool you I’m a total amateur at baking (I mean c’mon I’m using boxed mix here), but when I saw these cute cupcake cones on Pinterest I just couldn’t resist trying them out.  I think they came out really awesome and I wanted to share how I made them with you all, so here goes…

You will need:

  • 1 box of cake mix + the water, eggs and vegetable oil called for on the box.  I used the Duncan Hines Lemon Supreme mix.
  • 1 box of ice cream cones
  • 1 container of frosting (I used the Pillsbury brand vanilla flavor)
  • sprinkles
  1. Heat your oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pans).  I found that my cones did not need them, but if you would like you can place a muffin baking cup in each of the tins.  Place a cone in each muffin tin.
  2. Divide the batter among the cups, leaving some room towards the top.
  3. Bake anywhere from 16-22 minutes, but be sure to check your cupcakes with a toothpick frequently to make sure they aren’t over cooking.  When the toothpick comes out clean they are done.  Give a generous amount of time for the cupcakes to cool (about 30 minutes or so).
  4. Frost as desired, however for the neatest application I recommend using a frosting bag with a tip.
  5. Enjoy!

I hope you guys try this out – it’s really cute for the summer time, especially if you’re using it as a treat at a party or bringing some over to a friends.  (: 

Thanks for reading!

Love,

Nicole ♡

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Hi everyone!  Valentine’s Day is the perfect excuse to get crafty and make something cute for someone that you care about.  This idea is perfect for a boyfriend, or can be turned into a silly kind of gift for your girl friends.  When I was in high school, our school would sell roses that you could send to a boyfriend or girlfriend with a personalized message.  So instead, my friends and I would all send each other the roses with cute notes talking about fun memories or our friendship in general.  Making something cute for a friend on Valentine’s Day is a great way to remind them that you care and can be a huge cheer-up for someone who is bummed about the holiday.  This project is so easy too and not expensive!

Okay, so you can find EVERYTHING for this project except for the nerds in the dollar section of Target!  I found the nerds at Walgreens.

You’ll need:

1 Glass Jar

1 Chalkboard Marker

1 Package of Burlap Gift Tags (With Chalkboard on Front)

1 36 Package of Valentine’s Day Themed Nerds

Pour as many nerd packages as it will take to fill your jar.  If you use the dollar jar from Target you will have some nerds left over.  (What a shame right 😉 you’ll just have to eat them all!)  Close the jar with the lid.  Uncap your chalkboard marker and begin writing your message on your burlap tag.  Tie the tag around your jar and wha-la your’e finished!

Love,

Nicole 

tumblr_inline_n84h3cRzEQ1sop1mjHi everyone!  Sometimes when I go to make breakfast I want something that is cheery and uplifting in the morning that I can get excited about making.  You can make a few of these for a filling breakfast, or just one for a snack!

Okay, so let’s get into it!  All you will need for this idea is:

 A waffle maker

☼ Strawberries

☼ Bananas

☼ A cherry

Here is the recipe for your waffle: 

✿ 2 cups all-purpose flour

✿ 1 teaspoon salt

✿ 4 teaspoons baking powder

✿ 2 tablespoons white sugar

✿ 2 eggs

✿ 1 ½ cups warm milk

✿ 1/3 cup butter (melted)

✿ 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  1. In a large bowl, mix together flour, salt, baking powder and sugar.
  2. In a separate bowl, beat the eggs. Stir in the milk, butter and vanilla. Pour the milk mixture into the flour mixture and beat until well blended.

When you are done making your waffle batter…

1.) Preheat your waffle maker

2.) Pour your waffle batter into the waffle maker once it has finished preheating.  Use enough batter to fill the mold, making sure there aren’t any thin areas.

3.) When my waffle is done, the waffle maker makes a sound like a fire alarm, but your waffle makers will obviously vary.

4.) Okay, this is probably the hardest part even though it’s really not hard at all.  My waffle maker is shaped in hearts, so to make the cone I had to cut off the top part of the heart straight off leaving the triangle shape. Depending on what your waffle shape is, you may just have to freehand cut it.  Waffles are pretty simple to cut, so you probably won’t’ have too hard a time.  Additionally, the recipe makes a few waffles so if you mess up, you can just try again!

5.) Arrange your cone on the plate first.  Then cut one banana and about six strawberries into flat pieces.  Arrange them in whatever order you like!  I chose to make the strawberries the bottom scoop and the bananas the top.  Grab a maraschino cherry and dry it off so it doesn’t dye your waffles red.  Place the cherry at the top and you are done.  Have fun! (:

Love, 

Nicole ♡

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Sometimes it can be hard to find a good healthy snack.  Personally, I know that I get bored sometimes with what is already in my house and I want try something new.  This snack is not only adorable (I’m a sucker for anything remotely cute looking), but it’s also super filling and simple to make!

All you need to do is grab a piece of whole wheat toast and spread a decent amount of peanut butter on it.  From there, take a banana and cut it in half.  Cut off one of the banana halve’s end pieces to make a nose for your bear.  Then take cut two pieces from the opposite side of the banana to make ears.  Now, grab three blueberries and arrange eyes and the tip of the nose on top of the bear.  You’re all done! (:

Want to have your bear as a lunch instead?  Make a 2-3 more for a yummy mid-day treat.