Cinnamon Roll Heaven

 

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This weekend, I FINALLY made this cinnamon roll casserole that I’ve been seeing all over Pinterest.

It’s super simple, and really takes your breakfast to the next level. This recipe is kind of like cinnamon roll french toast in “monkey bread” form.

So so good, and so easy to throw together on a Saturday morning.

Recipe

  • 1 can cinnamon rolls (I used Trader Joe’s brand)
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon

Take the rolls out of packaging and cut each roll into 6 pieces. Grease a baking pan, and fill will cut up pieces of cinnamon roll. Whisk milk, eggs, and cinnamon together and pour over the top of the roll pieces. Sprinkle a generous amount of cinnamon sugar on top for extra flavor and crunch. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes (time can vary depending on type of pan). I used a bread loaf pan.

 

 

 

What A Difference A Little Paint Can Make!

I recently moved back to my hometown and into my DREAM apartment. (More pics + info to come soon!)

I’ve always had hand-me-down furniture + accessories, so this time, I wanted to treat my 25-year-old self to some real “grown up” furniture.

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Although I did buy some new things, I re-purposed a lot of what I had. It’s amazing what a little paint can do! I had two old wooden desks from my last place that I never did anything with. But with a little paint magic, they were transformed into exactly what I was envisioning for my new space.

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Your Canvas

Did you know?
You are an artist. We are all artists.

And this life we are living in, right here right now. That’s our canvas.

What we decide to do with that canvas is our choice.
It’s our choice to wake up each morning and paint something beautiful.

To see the beauty, the good, the extraordinarily ordinary moments… and embrace them until they become a vision on our canvas.

If you mess up, even better. Because life’s not meant to be perfect. And we all have a different way we want our canvas to look. It’s not about being perfect. It’s not about staying within the lines of “what looks good” or what’s “right.”

It’s about grabbing that paintbrush, closing your eyes and saying, okay God, work through me. What will you have me paint today? Then seeing what happens from there.

What happens when you let go of the control and give it up to a higher power?

A beautiful piece of art.
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Sweater Dress | Only $9

Last weekend, I went to a couples shower for a truly inspiring couple from my new church. I had never seen anything like it. So much support and love in one room. Since I’ve been back in Omaha, there have been so many moments where I know I’m here for a reason. Where I feel so blessed to be meeting such nice, genuine people. It’s going to be a great year.

Anyways, I’ll stop rambling now… I really wanted to share the outfit I wore because this dress is on sale now for only $9!!! Get it before it’s gone ->  http://bit.ly/1j4Aabg

Seriously one of my favorite purchases this year.


Lazy Monday Makeup

I don’t know about you, but most Mondays, I’m just trying to wake up, much less put makeup on + get glammed up for the day! Since I work from home, it can be really easy to just stay in my pjs all day and not put a stitch of makeup on. Don’t get me wrong, I fully believe in pulling off your natural beauty… but I’ve found that if I don’t clean myself up a bit, the rest of my day reflects that laziness.

Basically, putting myself together in the morning by getting dressed in something cute + putting on a little makeup boosts my confidence and my productiveness the rest of the day. :)

If you’re like me, and want a simple makeup routine for lazy Monday mornings, here’s what I use.

  1. Bobbi Brown Blush – Nectar 11 – I love this blush for a subtle hint of color on days where my face needs a little brightening (aka all winter long).
  2. MAC Eye Shadow – Tempting Lustre  – As you can see, I use this shade A LOT. It’s the perfect soft color to sweep across my eyes when I’m not going to put on any eye liner.
  3. Physicians Formula Organic Wear Mascara  – I just discovered this stuff at Walgreens, and LOVE it. It goes on smooth and with a couple of layers, does a great job of opening up my eyes. Love that it’s 100% natural and it washes off easily with face cleanser.
  4. Bobbi Brown – Tinted Eye Brightener  – So much love for this under eye brightener. It has a much wetter consistency than most concealers, and I love how it glides over my skin so easily just using my finger. Really does a great job of hiding those Monday under eye circles.
  5. Tizo3 Tinted Facial Mineral Sunscreen – I can’t say enough good things about this sunscreen slash light foundation. It feels like I’m rubbing velvet all over my skin. It’s a bit pricey, but doesn’t take much for good coverage and makes your face feel like a baby’s bum.
  6. Viktor&Rolf Flowerbomb – Great, fresh scent for any time of the year. I’ve had this roll on for a long time, and love to throw it in my purse when I’m going out to run errand or to the gym.

For those of you who are visual learners like myself… :)

 

 

Secret Ingredient Chocolate Caramel Krispie Treats

I made these delicious treats a while ago, and couldn’t believe how easy it was to whip up a fancy looking (and tasting) desert! These babies are a great treat to bring to your next holiday party. Your friends + family will think you’re a pro baker. ;) P.S. The secret ingredient is NOT caramel…

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Introducing… PRETZELS!

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Caramel-Pretzel-Chocolate Krispie Treats

Ingredients: 

  • 1 10 oz. bag mini marshmallows
  • 3 tablespoons butter, unsalted
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 11 oz. bag caramel squares
  • 2 tbs. milk
  • 1 10 oz. bag chocolate chips
  • 1 tbs vegetable shortening
  • 5.5 cups Rice Krispies
  • 1 cup finely crushed pretzels

Instructions:

  1. Line a 9×9 pan with aluminum foil (easier cleanup!)
  2. Place butter and marshmallows in a pan over medium heat. Stir until melted and fluffy. Mis in vanilla. Add Rice Krispies and pretzels and stir. Press into pan. (Tip: Butter your hands first, to prevent the sticky treat from sticking to your hands.)
  3. Place caramels in a microwave safe bowl and heat 2 min. or as needed to melt. Take out to stir in 30 second bursts. Pour over Rice Krispie Treats. Let cool.
  4. Place chocolate and shortening in microwave safe bowl. Heat 1-2 min, stirring in 30 second bursts. Pour mixture over cooled caramel.
  5. Once partially cooled, sprinkle with sea salt.

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