DIY Silhouette Cookies

DIY Silhouette Cookies | With Lovely,Tired of stars and trees? Make your own custom cookies in any shape you can dream up—including your (or your kid’s) face!

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Cake Puffs for The Proper Pinwheel

Birthday Cake Puffs | With Lovely,
You guys know I’m all about birthday cake. And cream puffs. And tasty dessert hybrids. So these birthday cake cream puffs just had to happen. And Lexy‘s lovely little one’s entrance into the world was a perfect reason to make them!

There’s funfetti cake mix in the pastry cream filling AND in the choux pastry, which makes the filling completely addictive (as you’d expect) and makes the shells softer, fluffier, and more flavorful than classic cream puffs.

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Best Ever Homemade Oreos

Homemade Oreos filled with Caramelized White Chocolate wiith Sea Salt | With Lovely,
Confession: I’m sort of terrible at making cookies. Occasionally, they turn out beautifully and trick people into thinking I’m an excellent cookie-baker (spoiler alert: these homemade oreos were perfection), but about 75% of the time they come out flat or dry or just plain wrong. I think it’s because I always try to add and change and swap and reinvent when I bake. That works great for ice cream, muffins, and even bars, but I don’t quite have the science down yet to pull it off with cookies. (more…)

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Chocolate Raspberry Pudding

Chocolate Raspberry Pudding w/ Vanilla Whipped Cream | With Lovely,

It’s been extra chilly in SF this week, so naturally I’ve been craving chocolate pudding. I finally made some today, and it definitely hit the spot. I don’t know why it took me so long to get around to making it, since it takes less than 10 minutes to put together!

Of course, I couldn’t just make plain old chocolate pudding. Simple classics are great, but I always like to mix things up a bit in the kitchen. So I whisked in some strained raspberry compote and topped it with a dollop of homemade vanilla whipped cream. This chocolate raspberry pudding is everything a pudding should be: rich, creamy, and decadent.

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DIY Bow Jewelry

DIY Gift Bow Rings | With Lovely,

This DIY bow jewelry is so simple, it’s a bit of a stretch to even call it a DIY. But sometimes I’m too busy for a full day of crafting, or I’m cozily cuddled up with a hot cup of eggnog and don’t want to leave the couch, and a 10-second project is just perfect.

Simple things are often the best things anyway, don’t you think?

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Free Holiday Fonts

Free Holiday Fonts | With Lovely,

I’ve been on a bit of a font-downloading spree lately. Pretty, scripty fonts are my favorites, and they just so happen to be perfect for holiday crafting. I hope you like them as much as I do!

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Eggnog Mille Feuille

Eggnog Mille Feuille | With Lovely,

Bored with pumpkin pie and Christmas cookies? Okay, neither am I, but it never hurts to add another delicious recipe to your holiday dessert arsenal!

Especially when that delicious recipe involves eggnog pastry cream, buttery puff pastry, and homemade vanilla whipped cream (are you drooling yet?). Plus, you won’t have to worry about someone else bringing an eggnog mille feuille to your Thanksgivukkah feast or Christmas potluck, which is definitely a bonus.
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Peppermint Bark Whipped Body Butter

DIY Peppermint Bark Whipped Body Butter | With Lovely,
Chai truffles, pumpkin pie sugar scrub, coconut-almond body wash — I’m kind of obsessed with dessert-inspired beauty products. This peppermint bark whipped body butter is my favorite yet!  It smells exactly like peppermint bark (but wears off so you don’t walk around smelling like a candy bar all day) and it makes your skin incredibly soft!

I’m planning on printing some cute gift tags and making this for pretty much everyone on my Christmas list.

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Holiday Cocktail Stirrers

DIY Cocktail Stirrers for a Holiday Party | With Lovely,

I’m head-over-heels for anything miniature, so it was love at first sight (read: impulse purchase) when I came across some adorable mini gift boxes.

Turns out they’re even cuter in the form of DIY holiday cocktail stirrers! These would make a perfect addition to a glass of spiked eggnog, a jar of spiced cider, or a flute of bubbly at your winter fête (just think of all the photo ops!)

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Thanksgivukkah Latkes

Potato/Sweet Potato Latkes + Sour Cream + Stuffing + Turkey + Cranberry Apple Sauce | With Lovely,

I’ll be honest, I didn’t think latkes could get any better. Crispy, salty fried potato, creamy sour cream, bright apple sauce… perfection, right? Wrong!

These loaded Thanksgivukkuh latkes take things to a whole new level of deliciousness. Yams are added to the shredded potato mixture for a hint of sweetness, cranberries give some tang to the applesauce, and cornbread stuffing and brown butter-and-herb-basted turkey breast complete the made-to-be marriage of Turkey Day feast and Jewish potato pancake.

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