Easter Surprise: Bunny Butt Cake

Posted by    |    April 4th, 2012 at 7:00 am

With Easter just a few short days away, it’s time to get to the nitty-gritty of what to make for Easter treats.  When I saw Betty Crocker’s “Bunny Butt Cake”, I almost fell out of my chair.  It’s hilarious, holiday-appropriate, and easy to make!

After reading this comment by someone who tried it, I decided this was the year to make this my family tradition as well.

“When I was a child, my mother always made a bunny cake for Easter (though never from this perspective) and I have continued this legacy for my kids and grandkids. This year I intend to make the Bunny Butt cake but, being from northern Texas, I think I’ll use coarsely ground ginger snaps to simulate our clay soil under the green “grass” instead of chocolate cookies. And to further explain what the bunny is doing, I’m going to build up the area around the edges of the “rabbit hole” with extra “dirt”. I’m certain that my family will LOVE it!! Thanks Betty Crocker!”

Get the recipe and helpful suggestions if you don’t like coconut HERE.

Hoppy Easter!

Wardrobe Remix: Dip-Dyed Skirt

Posted by    |    March 29th, 2012 at 2:37 pm

Breathing new life into old clothes is an art form.  Some people have vision for old clothes being new trends that the rest of us just don’t have.  When I stumbled across A Pair & A Spare blog, I realized just how talented some of these remix masters really are.

Read the description of Geneva, the brains behind this super cool blog: A Pair & A Spare is a chronicle of Geneva’s day-to-day addiction to Do It Yourself fashion, where she shows you how to create the most desirable and on-trend fashion and lifestyle projects with minimal skill. Originally from Brisbane, Australia and now living in Hong Kong, Geneva believes in a sustainable approach to fashion and revels in making old new and on-trend using sewing, beading, studding, refashioning and a host of other projects. Proving that DIY Fashion can complement traditional fashion ideals, Geneva also posts a weekly DIY tutorial over at Harper’s BAZAAR Australia.”

Wow, do I feel like an underachiever.  Luckily, Geneva is nice enough to post easy-to-follow tutorials to teach us her crafty ways.  When I saw the gorgeous lilac dip-dyed skirt she created from an old white skirt, I fell madly enough.  Check out these photos and follow her tutorial to create your own. (Isn’t it perfect for Easter?)

Cool Stuff You Wish You’d Thought Of

Posted by    |    March 15th, 2012 at 9:48 am

How to Wrap a Gift with a Pocket to Hold the Card/Giftcard so it doesn’t get lost.

MarthaStewart.com gives the low-down:

1. Cut paper several inches larger than the amount needed to wrap the item. Fold paper in half, pattern side in.

2. Fold top layer of paper back partially creating a pocket of desired depth; press to crease.

3. Wrap and tape presents as you normally would, keeping the pocket fold in place. Decorate the pocket with ribbon, cord, or other trim.

 

Struggle no more with perfect pancake shapes and messy batter.

RealSimple.com has the solution.  Re-purpose an old ketchup bottle by filling it with your pancake batter. “Portion pancake batter with precision―without the usual mess of transferring batter from the bowl. Squeeze out baby-size or plate-size rounds, or add Mickey Mouse ears to a batch of silver dollars.” Genius!

Ketchup Bottle as Pancake Batter Dispenser - Portion pancake batter with precision―without the usual mess of transferring batter from the bowl. Squeeze out baby-size or plate-size rounds, or add Mickey Mouse ears to a batch of silver dollars. (more…)

Make Your Own Lollipop Tree

Posted by    |    March 14th, 2012 at 10:08 am

Centerpieces for parties can be expensive, time consuming, and sometimes downright cheesy.  To save a little extra dough and get your craft on, making these colorful lollipop trees are a perfect addition to any birthday party, kid’s party, baby shower, etc.

The super cool blog, Meet the Dubiens shows you how to create these cute centerpieces in just a few easy steps.

All it takes is a plant pot (paint it or buy it your color of choice,) a styrofoam ball, and 1 bag of Dum Dums.  Some bags of Dum Dums hold 300 suckers, so you can make several small centerpieces, or one huge bad boy.  Just make sure to send the candy home with your guests once the shindig ends in case you gave up candy for Lent or want to stick to that New Year’s diet.

 

Red-E or Not: Sexy Siren Red Fashion

Posted by    |    February 14th, 2012 at 7:00 am

“Scientists at the University of Rochester have found that women who wear a red outfit on a date with a man will be treated more generously and hold his attention more carefully than women who don’t wear the color. Through five psychological tests, researchers show the color red makes men feel more romantic toward women. And the best part? Guys are unconscious of the affects the color plays in their attraction – all they know is that they want you. Bad.

This gorgeous red dress is $143 by Pepe Jeans.

Even more interesting: Male study subjects say they would spend more cash on a woman wearing a red shirt, than the same woman in a blue shirt. When wearing red, a woman was also more likely to score an invitation to the prom and to be treated to a more luxurious date.” These startling facts are courtesy of Momlogic.com, and wow, do they make you think! (more…)

Affordable Last-Minute Valentine Romance

Posted by    |    February 13th, 2012 at 2:22 pm

It’s tomorrow, people.  The day of love, romance, and candy hearts.  Have you scooped up something sweet for your Valentine?  If not, shame on you. You should have known spending those extra hours on Pinterest or watching Reservoir Dogs for the millionth time would make you late with your shopping.

No worries, procrastinator-types. Here are a few affordable, easy, and local gift suggestions you can grab in the next 24 hours to avoid your beloved’s disappointment.

1. A Cup of Tea.  So, a Starbucks gift card isn’t exactly romantic.  How about a warm, rich, cup of tea instead?  Teavana (with multiple locations across the metroplex,) offers a delightful assortment of delicious loose leaf teas that even the most picky tea lover will appreciate.

The quality is excellent, the prices are mid-level, and you can even sample their most popular teas right in the store to find the one you like best.  With 4 oz. of premium tea leaves averaging out to around $34, you and your sweetie can sip by the fire and rekindle your romance. (I recommend Youth Berry or White Ayruvedic Chai.) (more…)

Valentine Weekend Plans: Underground Dinner and Sweet Shopping

Posted by    |    February 9th, 2012 at 10:56 am

Valentine’s Day plans can be repetitive. Dinner. Movie. Flowers.

Not that there is anything wrong with the aforementioned plan, but how’s about a game changer this year?  Something to surprise your sweetie and make you feel like one creative cat?

It may sound risky, but why not try the underground dinner? A secret menu until you arrive is one sweet surprise, and will spark the excitement and romance that each Bachelor contestant feels on the fantasy dates. And, it isn’t some random chef at the helm of these CIA-like meals. No way.
Holly Muller of My Private Chef kitchen has added her name to the roster as lead chef for weekly underground dinners. Holly will offer the hottest trend in dining by kicking off the new underground dinner schedule as the featured chef on Friday, February 11th  for an exquisite Valentine’s dinner.
The general public can attend the underground dinners by adding their names and email to the underground dinner distribution list found on her website.

Early week, interested attendees will receive a notice of each week’s underground dinner to grant them time to make a required reservation. Guests will be notified of the featured chef within the emailed notice and to BYOB; the dinner menu is undisclosed until the guests arrive. Dinner costs will range from $50 and up depending on the selected menu which always favors small local purveyors. Wine pairings are offered upon request. (more…)

Fall in Love: Neiman Marcus Valentine Fashion with Rhonda Sargent Chambers

Posted by    |    February 6th, 2012 at 1:34 pm

Finding the right thing to wear for Valentine’s Day can be tricky business, especially if you haven’t been dating Mr. Right Now very long.  (Or you’re with Mr. Forever and want to spice things up…even more tricky business.)

You don’t want to miss an opportunity to wow him, but you don’t want to overdo it, either.  Lucky for us, DFW Style Daily contributor Rhonda Sargent Chambers is going to be at Neiman Marcus Willowbend this Wed., February 8th from 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. giving out the advice we so desperately need.  Chambers knows her stuff; as a model, instructor, and speaker, she’s worked with top international modeling agencies, produced fashion events through her company, RSC Show Productions, and will now help you get “in the know” for the upcoming day of romance.

Besides a little modeling of swanky style at the event, Rhonda will give everyone some great gift tips and latest info on this season’s accessories to snap up while they’re in stock.  So, before you head out on a romantic date a week from tomorrow, get yourself prepped and ready by an expert.  Your sweetheart won’t be able to forget the way you look that night.

Neiman Marcus Willow Bend

Designer Sportswear, Level 2.

2201 Dallas Parkway Plano TX, 75093

RSVP: 972-244-2813

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Super Bowl Sweets: Make, Eat, Feel No Guilt

Posted by    |    February 3rd, 2012 at 11:08 am

You like peanut butter? You like Rice Krispies? Yeah, me too.  Which is why this Super Bowl Sunday you need to make this snack to not only satisfy your own desire for a ‘lil sugar, but lift the spirits of those around you. (Because let’s face it, we are all a teensy bit disappointed America’s Team isn’t in the big game.)

Rice Krispies Treats Footballs will score…..trust me. (Thank you SnackPicks.com!)

Preparation Time: 15 Mins.
Total Time to Serve: 15 Mins.
Servings: 16

INGREDIENTS

16 Kellogg’s® Rice Krispies Treats® Original bars
14 oz. caramels
1 tablespoon water
12 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips (more…)

Bacon Double Cheese Burger Dip For The Big Game

Posted by    |    February 1st, 2012 at 11:00 am

I’ll freely admit that I’m much more interested in the food being served on “Big Game Sunday” than the teams on the field.  It’s basically a day of appetizers and drinks-what could be better?  If you find yourself hosting a party, invited to one, or just wanting to fix something yummy while you eagerly anticipate commercial breaks, I recommend this Bacon Double Cheese Burger Dip.  It’s not a low-cal option, so don’t blame me when you become addicted to the rich, cheesy goodness.

Bacon Double Cheese Burger Dip (courtesy of Closet Cooking)

A hot cheesy baked dip with all of the flavours of a bacon double cheese burger that makes for some great game day snacking!

Servings: makes 4+ servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour Printable Recipe

Ingredients
  • 1/2 pound ground beef
  • 6 strips bacon, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup mozzarella, shredded
  • 1/2 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoon ketchup
Directions
  1. Cook the ground beef in a pan over medium heat, set it aside and drain the grease from the pan.
  2. Cook the bacon in the pan until crispy, about 6-10 minutes, set aside and drain all but a tablespoon of the grease.
  3. Add the onion and saute until tender, about 5-7 minutes.
  4. Add the garlic and saute until fragrant, about a minute.
  5. Mix the ground beef, bacon, cream cheese, sour cream, mayonnaise, mozzarella, cheddar, worcestershire sauce and ketchup and pour it into a baking dish.
  6. Bake in a preheated 350F oven until the top starts turning a light golden brown and then sides are bubbling, about 20-30 minutes.

*I recommend bread rounds, baguettes, or good old fashioned chips for dipping!