My Darling Week 1


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YAY to new post series! I can’t wait to start sharing my weekly recap’s with you all. Even though it’s gloomy today and raining in the Atl, it’s still been a great week.  This Darling Week I:

– Walked 53 miles with Fitbit. Thank you to Courtney from Pizzazzerie for sharing her fitbit picture on Instagram. I totally had to run out and get one and I’ve been using it for a few weeks. This week I walked 53 miles {patting myself on the back}

– I hoped over to Mom and Munchkins and shared a little about myself & Deliciously Darling! Huge thank you to Cheryl for the sweet feature.

– Booked a trip to Disney! Officially. Restaurants  tickets, activities  check! Just a tip, if you are planning a Disney vacay then book & plan early! Restaurants start taking reservations 180 days in advance.

– Baked 4 dozen Peanut Butter Cup cookies, why? Does anyone need a reason for cookies?

– Started making my must-purchase list for my Blissdom Conference trip, I started with this and this. Sharing more on Blissdom very soon!

– Met up with Mandy from Waiting on Martha at Roswell Provisions. I ordered some amazing goodies from her shop & can’t wait to get my hands on them!

xoxo – Dina

I Craft So Hard I Sweat Glitter

Deliciously Darling | Glitter Quotes | #DIY #Quotes

I’m in the process on working on lots of customer orders and crafty things but had to take a moment to stop and share my sweet little Glitter print! I get easily distracted sometimes {especially by shimmering things} so I had to stop what I was doing and just whipped this up for my studio.

Want to make one too?  All you will need is to make one of your own is card stock, Ultra fine gold glitter and Martha Stewart Glittering Glue. You can find these goodies at Michaels Craft Store. Type, Print, Glue & Glitter and you have your own crafty print.

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Happy Glittering!!!

xoxo – Dina

 

St Patrick’s Day Rainbow Party Picks

Deliciously Darling | St Patrick's Day Party Picks

Valentine’s Day was yesterday and well instead of taking some down time I immediately began working on my ideas for a St. Patty’s day celebration. I love love love rainbow parties so I’m already thinking about a Rainbow St. Patrick’s Day party for my kiddos. I’ll be sharing some kids ideas as well as adult party ideas in the next few weeks. So back to Rainbows! I absolutely need those chevron paper straws in my life! Details on where to get these adorable items below:

Deliciously Darling | St Patrick's Day Party PicksWhere to buy ||  Shop Sweet Lulu: Rainbow Treat Cups, Chevron Paper Straws, Chevron Mini Treat Bags || Petite Party Studio Shop: Rainbow Balloons, Push Up Pop Containers, Milk Bottles || The Tom Kat Studio Shop: Shimmer Gumballs, Rainbow Popcorn Cups, Rainbow necklace ||

You are the Milk to my Cookie

Deliciously Darling | Milk and Cookies Party

Last minute Valentine’s Day inspiration for you all! I love Milk and Cookies. Seriously, love! When my oldest son’s teacher requested a Milk and Cookies themed Valentine’s day party I literally jumped. Here’s a peek at what I’m going to be setting up at school tomorrow. Peanut Butter Cup cookies, Chocolate Chip Cookies and French Macarons = YUM. With treat bags from Waiting on Martha {with labels from Party on Designs } and the Valentine’s that my kiddo will be handing out to his class mates {Printable by Paper & Pigtails found on Pizzazzerie}. Cuteness overload!

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Deliciously Darling | Milk and Cookies Party

Deliciously Darling | Milk and Cookies Party

King Cake Pops

Can you believe that Mardi Gras is tomorrow!? Sharing a quick and easy Mardi Gras Treat – King Cake Pops! I adore King Cake. Just adore it. On a side note: I’m totally itching to try to make my own king cake tomorrow, I’m eyeing this recipe. 

To make these King Cake Pops you don’t have to bake your own King Cake. A store bought one is just fine. My kids and I love the King Cake from Publix.  Another side note: This is a great idea for King Cake leftovers!

Directions:

1 – Cut the king cake into pieces & throw into your food process & pulse

2 – Scoop out the dough using a cookie scoop & roll into a ball

3 – Place cake balls into your freezer for 5 minutes. While you are doing this you will want to melt your Candy Melts per the instructions on the bag. Note: if your candy melts are thick you might want to add a little crisco shorting to it which acts as a thinning agent.

4 – Dip the end of a paper straw into the candy melts and insert in your cake pop. Let the chocolate harden a bit before you dunk in your cake pop.

5 – Cover in sprinkles & Enjoy!

xoxo,

Dina

 

Step Right Up to Valentines Day Desserts

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner! Are you ready? Here is some last minute inspiration for all you dessert enthusiast. With simple desserts & store bought treats you can pull off a lovely dessert table. Details below.

Sometimes we don’t have time to put together a big production. Buying store bought treats is more than okay! The adorable little pudding cups above are simply chocolate jello instant pudding with store bought frosting & finished with caramel popcorn. Looks adorable huh?

The larger cupcakes were semi-homemade using cake mix & store bought frosting. Secret: The baking cups are from Marshalls of all places!

The printable elements are the key to polishing off your last minute party. Huge thank you to Lisa Marie Invitations for sharing these to you all as a free download.

Finally – did you notice that adorable sparkling heart wand on the cupcake? You can find them from my pal Waiting on Martha. So cute and such a fun way to add a little sparkle to your desserts.

xoxo – Dina

Vendor Credits:

Dessert table & paper garland: Deliciously Darling || Printables: Lisa Marie Invitations ||  Fondant Hearts: Lynlee’s Petite Cakes || Heart sparkler wand: Waiting on Martha || Push up Pop Containers: Petite Party Studio || Little Pink Spoons: Shop Sweet Lulu || Table Runner, Mugs, Mini Cupcakes, Milk Shake Straws: Target ||

Ruffled Heart Sugar Cookies

I seriously love Valentine’s Day time. Spring is around the corner and you are surrounded by adorable little hearts. I couldn’t wait to break out my heart shaped cookie cutters and get to baking! Sharing my absolute favorite sugar cookie recipe. The cookies are so buttery and soft and delicious!

Modified Recipe from Bon Appetite 

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 sticks (3/4 cup) unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla

Directions:

1. Whisk together flour and salt in a small bowl.

2. Beat together butter and sugar in a large bowl with an electric mixer at medium-high until pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes in a stand mixer or 6 minutes with a handheld. Beat in egg and vanilla. Reduce speed to low and add flour mixture, mixing until just combined.

3. Form dough into 2 balls and flatten each into a 6-inch disk. Chill disks, wrapped in plastic wrap, until firm, at least 1 hour.

4. Put oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 350°F.

5. Roll out 1 disk of dough (keep remaining dough chilled) into an 8 1/2-inch round (1/4 inch thick) on a well-floured surface with a well-floured rolling pin. (If dough becomes too soft to roll out, rewrap in plastic and chill until firm.) Cut out as many cookies as possible from dough with cutters and transfer to 2 ungreased large baking sheets, arranging cookies about 1 inch apart.

6. Bake cookies, 1 sheet at a time, until edges are golden, 10 to 12 minutes, then transfer to racks to cool completely.

7. Meanwhile, gather scraps and chill until dough is firm enough to reroll, 10 to 15 minutes. Make more cookies with remaining dough and scraps (reroll scraps only once) and bake on cooled baking sheets.

8. Grab your favorite butter cream frosting, tint pink & swirl onto your cookies to achieve the ruffled look.

Cooks’ notes:· Dough can be chilled up to 3 days. · Cookies keep, layered between sheets of wax paper or parchment, in an airtight container at room temperature 1 week.

Happy Baking!

xoxo – Dina