X and O Cookies for a Tic Tac Toe Valentine

DIY Tic-Tac-Toe Valentine with X and O Cookies

Why have I never discovered slice-and-bake cookies before?! It’s such a cool take on sugar cookies, and right up your alley if you love to experiment with colors and shapes. We teamed…

X and O Cookies for a Tic Tac Toe Valentine

X and O Cookies for a Tic Tac Toe Valentine

Why have I never discovered slice-and-bake cookies before?! It’s such a cool take on sugar cookies, and right up your alley if you love to experiment with colors and shapes. We teamed up with Creativebug to learn a few sugar cookie techniques (since I know you guys are suuuuuper into cookies right now, evidence here) and couldn’t resist making these cool swirly cookies for Valentine’s Day. What I love about these is that once you prep the dough, you just slice them up, bake them, and the decorating is already done for you! They’re ready to eat as soon as they come out of the oven. And we all know how important instant gratification is when it comes to sugar. And the best part is that these little x and o cookies go perfectly with our printable Tic-Tac-Toe Valentine!

Creativebug has an awesome cookie making class using the Wilton Method, where they break down the recipe and how to customize it with different flavors and colors. (I totally learned a new coloring trick that saved my hands from being dyed red all week!) You can check out the class here, and even try Creativebug for free. They’ve got bunches of Valentine classes too, if you need some inspiration to get your Cupid on! To get going on your cookies, check out the video and make your dough. We’ll pick it up from there!

Materials

Step 1: Make dough according to Creativebug’s recipe. Split the dough up into as many different bunches as you would like different colors. Color the dough according to Creativebug’s instructions.

Step 2: Roll out each color of dough and chill for about an hour.

Step 3: Remove from the fridge and stack the sheets of dough on top of one another; stack as many sheets as you would like colors in your swirl. Use the rolling pin to roll the stacks out a bit to help the colors adhere together.

Step 4: Roll the dough into tubes, following Creativebug’s instructions. Chill the tubes, wrapped in parchment paper.

Step 5: Remove from the fridge and slice the cookies into 1/4″ slices. For the o’s, leave as-is. For the x’s, cut each cookie into an x shape by cutting away a small triangle of dough on all four sides of the slice.

Step 6: Place on an ungreased cookie sheet and bake at 350 for approximately 8-10 minutes.

X and O Cookies for a Tic Tac Toe Valentine

Yay! Pull those bad boys out of the oven and enjoy. And if you want to give a little bag of them with our Tic-Tac-Toe printable, simply print, cut, and give about 6 x’s and o’s with each board. Write a little note on the bottom or the back of the board and tell your Valentine how much you love ’em. Be sure to head to Creativebug to see all the other fun ways you can get your cookie on! xoxo

X and O Cookies for a Tic Tac Toe Valentine

X and O Cookies for a Tic Tac Toe Valentine

This post is sponsored by Creativebug. All ideas and opinions are my own. Thank you for being supportive of the sponsors who help keep Lovely Indeed rocking!

How to Make Heart Shaped Waffles for Valentine's Day

How to Make Heart Waffles for Valentine’s Day

  Valentine’s Day is alllll fun and games until you have a kid. Seriously, forget any big sweeping romantic plans and just get comfy with the fact that you now…

How to Make Heart Shaped Waffles for Valentine's Day

How to Make Heart Shaped Waffles for Valentine's Day

 

Valentine’s Day is alllll fun and games until you have a kid. Seriously, forget any big sweeping romantic plans and just get comfy with the fact that you now have an extra mini-Valentine who will probably throw his peas at you while you’re trying to have a civilized dinner. It’s probably a good thing that Ryan and I have never been huge Valentine fanatics because our dreams would be dashed. But even so, you’ve gotta at least try to do a little something special to celebrate, so this year we did an early Valentine’s date at home, since we’ll be traveling on the actual day. I got all inspired when Wayfair came to us and asked what our ideal Valentine’s Day at home would be, because obviously it includes waffles. Waffles, and something to distract Henry while we try to eat them in peace and sip some bubbly, which is why we snagged a teepee for him. Bribing a kid with heart waffles and a teepee apparently works like a charm.

How to Make Heart Shaped Waffles for Valentine's Day

How to Make Heart Shaped Waffles for Valentine's Day

The heart waffles are as simple as it gets!

Materials

Make Time: 20 Minutes

How to Make Heart Shaped Waffles for Valentine's Day

Step 1: Make your favorite waffles!

Step 2: Slice a bunch of fruit in thin slices. Bonus points if you use lots of different colors!

Step 3: Use various sizes of heart cookie cutters to cut out the waffles and fruit.

Step 4: Stack them up, hold together with a skewer, and enjoy!

We had a blast hanging out and getting our waffle on, and Henry thought it was hysterical that he could eat in his little tent instead of at the table. We’re walking on the wild side over here, people.

How to Make Heart Shaped Waffles for Valentine's Day

How to Make Heart Shaped Waffles for Valentine's Day

A couple other Wayfair faves that made our V-Day so fun? That yellow couch!!! OMG. That baby is going in the new studio and I’m sure you’ll be seeing it around these parts all the dang time. It’s perfect with the little gold side table, too. See below for all of our Wayfair picks!

Mid-Century Sofa
Fur Throw Pillow
Canvas Teepee
Moroccan Shag Rug
Round End Table
Ice Bucket
Black and Gold Shaker
Black Flatware Set
Pink Dishes
Striped Blanket
Mrs. Throw Pillow

How to Make Heart Shaped Waffles for Valentine's Day

How to Make Heart Shaped Waffles for Valentine's Day

How to Make Heart Shaped Waffles for Valentine's Day

What about you? Do you have any Valentine’s Day traditions? Or a favorite thing to do? If you have kids, do you celebrate with them? I cannot WAIT until Henry’s old enough that he and I can secretly DIY a Valentine for Ryan together. Oh man that’s gonna be fun. I’m just picturing me trying to force him to use glitter on everything and him wanted to draw a tractor with hearts on it. In any case, hope these little heart waffles make their way to your Valentine’s table! Big thanks to Wayfair for helping us celebrate in style. xoxo

How to Make Heart Shaped Waffles for Valentine's Day

How to Make Heart Shaped Waffles for Valentine's Day

This post is presented in partnership with Wayfair. All opinions and ideas are my very own. Thank you for being supportive of the brands who help keep Lovely Indeed rocking!

How to Make Conversation Heart Popcorn for Valentine's Day

Conversation Heart Popcorn

Quick Note! This is one of those projects we made and then saw on Pinterest that someone else had the same brilliant idea. So shout out to my homegirl-in-popcorn Sugar…

How to Make Conversation Heart Popcorn for Valentine's Day

How to Make Conversation Heart Popcorn for Valentine's Day

Quick Note! This is one of those projects we made and then saw on Pinterest that someone else had the same brilliant idea. So shout out to my homegirl-in-popcorn Sugar and Bash! We have slightly different techniques but we both clearly know what’s up. 

Valentine’s Day, Schmalentine’s Day — it’s conversation heart season! Maybe, just mayyyyybe my favorite seasonal candy. And you guys KNOW I’m a candy connoisseur. So clearly I’m the authority on these things. If you love those weird little hearts as much as I do, I’m thinking you should probably test out this super quick little popcorn recipe, just to be safe. I’m only looking out for your best interests.

Ingredients

Make Time: 10 Minutes

How to Make Conversation Heart Popcorn for Valentine's Day

Step 1: Make your popcorn. We just use plain kernels and an air popper like this one. So simple!

Step 2: Spread your popcorn in a single layer on some wax paper.

Step 3: Melt your chocolate. Start with one cup of unmelted wafers and microwave according to the instructions. Once they’re about half melted add two drops of pink food coloring (the neon set in our ingredients list is awesome!). Melt fully and stir to mix the color.

Step 4: Drizzle the melted chocolate over your popcorn, and while it’s still melted, sprinkle conversation hearts over the top. You may want to individually nestle some hearts into the spots with lots of chocolate so that they stick well.

Step 5: Allow the chocolate to cool and harden, and eat up! You can bag it and give it to pals, or just make a big bowl for a Galentine’s Day movie marathon.

How to Make Conversation Heart Popcorn for Valentine's Day

So easy and SO GOOD. For bonus points you can sprinkle a little sea salt and get that extra good sweet-salty combo going on. I accidentally maybe ate a whole bowl of this stuff while watching an episode of Jane the Virgin. Which, by the way, is my new favorite show. Are you watching it? Watch it ASAP so we can talk about whether you’re #teammichael or #teamrafael! xoxo

How to Make Conversation Heart Popcorn for Valentine's Day

How to Make Conversation Heart Popcorn for Valentine's Day

How to Make Conversation Heart Popcorn for Valentine's Day

P.S. Need more Valentine’s Day ideas? I’ve got you covered.

How to Make a Kir Royale

How to Make a Kir Royale

Hey party animals! Today is the day we dive head first into lots more beautiful and fun video content for you lovelies! Sometimes while I’m looking around online for tutorials…

How to Make a Kir Royale

How to Make a Kir Royale

How to Make a Kir Royale

Hey party animals! Today is the day we dive head first into lots more beautiful and fun video content for you lovelies! Sometimes while I’m looking around online for tutorials I don’t want to read or scroll through photos — I just want to watch a quick video to get the gist of how to do something. And that’s what we’re aiming to do for you with all of our videos this year! Quick, easy, awesome. We’ll be filling up our YouTube channel with lots of killer DIYs and recipes so be sure to subscribe. And in the meantime, let’s make a kir royale!

Ever heard of one? It’s soooo French, non? Mais oui. I had my first one on a trip to Paris in college and I felt tres chic. So let’s make the kir royale a thing this Valentine’s Day, huh? It’s the perfect drink to make when you want to feel a little, ya know, French, but don’t want to be fussy about it.

Ingredients

  • champagne
  • creme de cassis
  • optional: edible flower petals

Check out our quick  video and you’ll be sipping kirs with your Valentine in a jiffy! Have fun! xoxo

How to Make a Kir Royale

How to Make a Kir Royale

How to Make Conversation Heart Sugar Cookies for Valentine's Day

DIY Conversation Heart Sugar Cookies

We had so much fun at Christmas with our Elf Quote sugar cookies that we had to do it again! I figured Valentine’s Day would be the perfect opportunity to…

How to Make Conversation Heart Sugar Cookies for Valentine's Day

How to Make Conversation Heart Sugar Cookies for Valentine's Day

How to Make Conversation Heart Sugar Cookies for Valentine's Day

We had so much fun at Christmas with our Elf Quote sugar cookies that we had to do it again! I figured Valentine’s Day would be the perfect opportunity to get wordy on some heart-shaped cookies, so these Conversation Heart Sugar Cookies were born! I went a little hog wild making up phrases or putting our favorite lyrics on them…

How to Make Conversation Heart Sugar Cookies for Valentine's Day

And just in case Valentine’s Day isn’t your thing, we made a few cranky ones. Because “Bye Felicia” should definitely be on a conversation heart somewhere in the world.

How to Make Conversation Heart Sugar Cookies for Valentine's Day

If you want to make these bad boys, follow our tutorial for our Elf Quote cookies! Be sure to read it thoroughly – there are lots of tips and tricks for getting the cookies just right. It’s the exact same process with the exact same materials. If you’d like to replicate our colors, use the food coloring on that ingredients list and separate the dough into quarters. We colored each quarter differently with these drop amounts:

  • pale pink = 1 drop pink
  • bright pink = 6 drops pink
  • lavender = 4 drops purple
  • blue = 1 drop green, 4 drops blue

Then go to town with your cookie imprinting set and make them say whatever you want! This would actually be a super fun thing to do at a Valentine’s (or Galentine’s!) party. You could do it with kids, too — set up the cookies and let them stamp words to their hearts’ content.

Hope you try some of these bad boys! If you do, share ’em on Instagram with #thelovelysquad so we can see whether you love or hate Valentine’s Day. Ha! xoxo

How to Make Conversation Heart Sugar Cookies for Valentine's Day

How to Make Conversation Heart Sugar Cookies for Valentine's Day

How to Make Conversation Heart Sugar Cookies for Valentine's Day

Photos by Scot Woodman

Belgian Waffle Recipe

Best Waffle Recipes for Your Weekend

I declared 2016 the Year of the Waffle on Instagram a while back and you guys got pumped! I think my love for waffles may be second only to Leslie…

I declared 2016 the Year of the Waffle on Instagram a while back and you guys got pumped! I think my love for waffles may be second only to Leslie Knope’s, so I’m reallllly excited to share some of the waffle recipes and DIYs we’ve got cooking (pun pun pun) for you. But in the meantime if you want to get a jump on the Year of the Waffle you should try some of our Waffle Greatest Hits! Pretty sure one of these should end up on your table this weekend. Bieeee! xoxo

Legit Beligan Waffles

Belgian Waffle Recipe

Edible Flower Waffles

DIY Edible Flower Waffles

Maple Chicken + Waffle Sandwiches

Maple Chicken and Waffle Sandwich Recipe

Cinnamon Coffee Crumbcake Waffles

Crumb Coffeecake Waffles

Vanilla Waffles with Dark Chocolate Drizzle

Vanilla Waffles with Dark Chocolate Drizzle

How to Make Ombre + Gold Cocktail Napkins

DIY Ombre and Gold Cocktail Napkins + a Raspberry Italian Soda Cocktail

The holidays are over, and there’s always a bit of a letdown, right? All the parties are done, the decorations are put away, and we’re all like, “Wait, I have…

How to Make Ombre + Gold Cocktail Napkins

How to Make Ombre + Gold Cocktail Napkins

How to Make Ombre + Gold Cocktail Napkins

The holidays are over, and there’s always a bit of a letdown, right? All the parties are done, the decorations are put away, and we’re all like, “Wait, I have to go back to work?” Well, figuring you needed a little pick-me-up to get you through January, I teamed up with Chambord to give you a little mini party just #BecauseNoReason. We whipped up some fizzy raspberry cocktails and these gorgeous ombre and gold cocktail napkins, so you can invite all your BFFs over and have a Yay January party! Here’s how.

Materials

Ingredients

  • Chambord
  • club soda
  • lime

How to Make Ombre + Gold Cocktail Napkins

Step 1: Pour the desired amount of dye into a bowl with hot water (more dye = a more saturated color). Thoroughly wet your cocktail napkins. Use rubber gloves to protect your skin!

Step 2: Dip one end or one side of a napkin into the dye. The longer you leave it in, the deeper and more saturated the color will be. Allow the dye to bleed into the napkin a bit, but leave some of the napkin plain white.

Step 3: Remove the napkin once it’s the desired color. Run the napkin under hot water to remove excess dye (be sure to hang the dyed end down under the water so the dye doesn’t run over the un-dyed part). Repeat and dye all of your napkins! If desired, run them through a wash cycle to be sure all excess dye is removed.

Step 4: Paint random brushstrokes on the dried napkins with your iron-on adhesive.

Step 5: Cut a square of foil and place it over all the areas with adhesive. With an iron on the hottest setting, press down very firmly on the foil for about 7 seconds (you might want to test it a few times first on a scrap of fabric!).

Step 6: Remove the excess foil and you’ve got golden brushstrokes!

How to Make Ombre + Gold Cocktail Napkins

How to Make Ombre + Gold Cocktail Napkins

Now all you need is a cocktail to put on that pretty napkin! This one’s simple as can be and totally delish. Fill a rocks glass with ice and pour in one ounce of Chambord. Fill with club soda and garnish with a lime round. Ta-daaa! Raspberry Italian Soda with a kick. Say cheers to the new year and have a ball.

Raspberry Italian Soda Cocktail

How to Make Ombre + Gold Cocktail Napkins

So take that, January! We’re gonna party like it’s the holidays all year long. Please, as always, drink responsibly and wait to raise a glass until you’re over 21. Cheers! xoxo

Raspberry Italian Soda Cocktail

How to Make Ombre + Gold Cocktail Napkins

How to Make Ombre + Gold Cocktail Napkins

Raspberry Italian Soda Cocktail

This post is sponsored by Chambord and Refinery29. All ideas and opinions are my own. Thank you for being supportive of the sponsors who help keep Lovely Indeed rocking!

Winter Woodland Themed First Birthday Party

A Wintery 1st Birthday Party // How to Make a Naked Cake

Before Henry was born and we realized his birthday would be during the winter months, just a couple days after Thanksgiving, at first I was a little bummed. I didn’t…

Winter Woodland Themed First Birthday Party

Winter Woodland Themed First Birthday Party

Winter Woodland Themed First Birthday Party

Before Henry was born and we realized his birthday would be during the winter months, just a couple days after Thanksgiving, at first I was a little bummed. I didn’t really know what to do with a baby birthday party that wasn’t during spring or summer so you could be outside and do the usual kid-birthday-type-stuff. And I was pretty stumped on a theme (although I’ve never been one to get too terribly theme-y with a birthday party). But when the weather turned cold and I started looking around at fall and wintery stuff, inspiration hit and pretty soon I was pumped to be throwing a winter woodland 1st birthday party!

I posted the cake I made for Hank on Instagram and I wasn’t really expecting it but it was a hit! So although I didn’t take step-by-step photos, I thought I’d share the how-to here, just in case you want to recreate it. But before we get to that, a few other details! Because his birthday was between Thanksgiving and Christmas, we just decided to go full-out winter and woodsy and wonderful. I combed through my Christmas decorations for little bottlebrush trees and any woodland animals. We used  painted plastic toy animals from another project here and there. We had some pinecones laying around that made up a little centerpiece, and we tossed some tinsel on a cardboard moose head we found in the Target dollar aisle.

I wanted mostly kraft and gold with a few pops of color, and we picked up a bunch of goodies at Shop Sweet Lulu that were just perfect! These tiny gold plates were perfect to use as bread plates (we had chili, mac and cheese, and cornbread). We spelled out “One” in my favorite little gold balloons for decor and I’m planning on leaving them up until they disintegrate because I love them so much. We got some super-slim, tall candles for Henry’s cake, which we put in a moose candle holder I made a few years back. This little bunny nightlight was the king of all of our little forest creatures, and now hangs out in Henry’s room. And we sent our guests home with teeny chocolate muffins in these cool little corrugated cardboard containers. (Psst — you can go on a shopping spree at Shop Sweet Lulu and get a little 10% off boost if you use code TINYFOY during the next two weeks! How sweet are those gals?)

Winter Woodland Themed First Birthday Party

Winter Woodland Themed First Birthday Party

Winter Woodland Themed First Birthday Party

Boom, instant wintery party! And in case you want to make that forest cake, I outlined what we did below. Apparently it’s called a “naked cake,” because there’s no frosting on the side. Who knew?! And be warned: it’s straight outta the box and I ain’t ashamed.

Ingredients and Materials

Make Time: 1 Hour Prep, 1 Hour Baking/Cooling

How to Make a Naked Carrot Cake

Step 1: Mix the cake according to the instructions on the packaging. I used three 9″ round baking pans to bake all three layers at once. Optional: butter the sides of your pans and lay parchment paper on the bottom to ensure nice, even baking and cakes that won’t stick and then crumble.

Step 2: Once the cakes are baked, let them cool thoroughly. Then carefully slice off the rounded tops of two of the cakes so that they’re flat and level. The best way to do that is to take a bread knife, make a light perforated cut around the edges of each cake to make sure you’re level, and then slice off the top at the perforation. Always cut less than you think you need at first; you can always cut more!

Step 3: Place a small dollop of frosting on the center of the cake stand and smooth it down. Place the bottom layer (one of the two flat ones) in the center of the stand and press gently to get it to adhere to the frosting.

Step 4: With a clean icing spatula, add a thin layer of frosting on this first layer. Be sure to get it out along the edges where you’ll be able to see it between the layers. In fact, I added a little extra on the outer edge.

Step 5: Repeat with another layer of cake and frosting. Then place the top layer (the one you didn’t flatten) on the very top and add a nice thick layer of icing.

Step 6: Sprinkle a light dusting of powdered sugar all around the cake and cake stand.

Step 7: Add your candle, or animals, or tiny trees and you’re done!

And then your kid will eat it like this:

Winter Woodland Themed First Birthday Party

I have to say, we had the best time. I was kind of expecting Henry to be a little overwhelmed or freaked out from having so much hooplah, with cameras in his face and weird boxes wrapped in crazy paper and his first bites of cake. But it was almost like he totally knew what was going on and was so sweet and game for the whole adventure. It was such a lovely little night. And then all of a sudden, I was a veteran mom with a one-year-old, who actually knew what she was doing. How does this happen?! Big thanks to the dolls at Shop Sweet Lulu for helping us party, and high five to m’husband for tag teaming the first year of parenthood. Hey, we didn’t screw anything up yet! xoxo

P.S. Don’t forget to pick up some festive supplies at Shop Sweet Lulu, and use code TINYFOY for 10% off!

Winter Woodland Themed First Birthday Party

Winter Woodland Themed First Birthday Party

Winter Woodland Themed First Birthday Party

Elf Quote Christmas Cookies

Elf Quote Christmas Cookies

I’m singing! I’m in a store, and I’m SIIIING-IIIIIIIING! Aw, man. I dare you to tell me that Elf doesn’t have the best quotes of any holiday movie ever. A bunch…

Elf Quote Christmas Cookies

Elf Quote Christmas Cookies

I’m singing! I’m in a store, and I’m SIIIING-IIIIIIIING! Aw, man. I dare you to tell me that Elf doesn’t have the best quotes of any holiday movie ever. A bunch of us blogger-type folks recently got together and founded the #ChristmasCookieSquad: a one-day, no-holds-barred cookie extravaganza! And since recipes aren’t usually my forte, I had to find another way to jazz up my cookies. So obviously I turned to the thing that I do best — quote movies. I’m almost sad to eat these cookies, they’re so fun! And they’re the perfect complement to an Elf-watching holiday party, amiright? We’ll get to what the rest of these amazing folks have baked up for you, but first, here’s how to make yourself some Elf Quote Christmas Cookies.

Ingredients

1 cup soft unsalted butter
2 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
1 cup sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1 teaspoon lemon zest
3 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt

Additional Materials

For the basic sugar cookie recipe, you’ll need one that makes for a firm cookie that won’t spread at all as it bakes. This recipe held up like a champ! Start with that to create your plain dough.

Once your dough is made, separate it into as many sections as you’d like different colors of cookie. We separated into four sections. Color each different section of cookie with some food coloring. To create similar colors to ours, use the chart below:

  • pink = 5 drops neon pink
  • red = 20 drops neon pink
  • light green = 1 drop neon green, 1 drop neon blue
  • dark green = 5 drops neon green

Drop the coloring onto the ball of dough that you’re working with and knead it until the coloring is evenly spread. Do this with all colors. Once the colors are mixed, lightly flatten each dough ball and wrap it in its own individual plastic wrap. Chill all dough for at least 1 hour; we let ours chill overnight.

Once the dough is chilled, remove it from the refrigerator about 5 minutes before you plan on rolling it out to soften a bit. Prep your baking pans with a bit of nonstick spray and set your oven to 350. Flour your surface and rolling pin generously. Roll one color of dough out to about 1/4″ thick. Cut out your cookie shapes and place them on the baking sheet. (We strongly recommend putting them on the baking sheet before stamping the letters into them!)

With your cookies cut out, gather your letters. Stamp the letters onto the cookies either one at a time or by sliding them onto the frame of your imprinting set and stamping all at once. For this project, I found that one letter at a time yielded a better result. One tip: start with whichever letter will be in the center of your cookie and work your way out, so you don’t end up with too much or too little room on the end of your line after you start stamping.

Stamp out all of your messages and place the cookies in the oven to bake! The recipe calls for 8-12 minutes in the oven but we baked ours for about 6 minutes. Just keep a close eye on them, as they’re pretty delicate and will burn easily.

Elf Quote Christmas Cookies

Ta-daaaaaa! If your guests don’t absolutely die for these babies, you tell ’em to call me and I’ll straighten them out. I seriously had to keep slapping Ryan’s hand away as I was taking pictures because he kept trying to sneak one away to eat. (They’re delicious to boot!) Now before you run to the kitchen to get baking, be sure to check out the rest of the Christmas Cookie Squad, who have some insanely great cookies for you today! Be sure to peek at them all and let us know which you’ll be trying out. Also, we want you to join the Squad! Share your own cookies on Instagram with #ChristmasCookieSquad so we can all get a virtual sugar high. Can’t wait to see what you’re baking this year!

Go get your cookie on! xoxo

Peppermint Drops from Julie Blanner
Linzer Christmas Cookies from Freutcake
Blood Orange Vanilla Bean Meringues from Paper & Stitch
Cream Wafer Tree Cookies from Inspired by Charm
Italian Meatball Cookies from The Sweetest Occasion
Almond Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies from The Effortless Chic
Color Dipped Gingerbread Cookies from Studio DIY
Candy Cane Peppermint Bark Fudge from Sugar and Charm
Everything Sweet Sugar Cookies from Sugar & Cloth

Elf Quote Christmas Cookies

Elf Quote Christmas Cookies

Maple Chicken and Waffle Sandwich Recipe

For Brunch // Maple Chicken + Waffle Sandwiches

I never met a brunch I didn’t like. But truth be told, I don’t have a lot of experience actually making brunch dishes at home! Most of my brunch expertise…

Maple Chicken and Waffle Sandwich Recipe

Maple Chicken and Waffle Sandwich Recipe

Maple Chicken and Waffle Sandwich Recipe

I never met a brunch I didn’t like. But truth be told, I don’t have a lot of experience actually making brunch dishes at home! Most of my brunch expertise lies in picking a really good restaurant (that’s a skill, right?…). So recently we decided to have a couple friends over for brunch and we wanted to get a little adventurous, and by adventurous I mean these super easy maple chicken + waffle sandwiches. Guys, I’m pretty sure this recipe qualifies me as a culinary genius — we couldn’t stop eating these. We upped our game by partnering with Got Milk? to pair the sandwiches with a good ol’ fashioned glass of milk, which was totally crucial. True story: after the first bite, Mr. Lovely literally said, “Woah, these DO need milk.” And I was like, “Mission accomplished.”

Ingredients:

  • your favorite waffle mix
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup + extra syrup for drizzling
  • maple butter
  • your favorite boneless fried chicken

Maple Chicken and Waffle Sandwich Recipe

The beauty of these things is that they’re semi-homemade. So no, you don’t have to stand over a deep fryer making your own fried chicken. (Well, I suppose you could if you really wanted to.) But no! Just get some boneless breasts from your favorite fried chicken joint and check that off your list. Then make your waffles.

We used our favorite boxed waffle mix and altered the recipe a bit. We ended up with 2 cups of waffle mix, 1 cup of milk, 1 egg, and 1/4 cup of maple syrup to make the perfect waffle consistency. The maple syrup in the batter is key! You may need to add a little more or less milk to your mix; experiment until your waffle batter is not too runny but still pourable. Spoon your batter into a waffle maker and make your waffles.

Once you’ve got your fresh waffles all done, spread a bit of maple butter on the top of a single waffle. Stack a chicken breast on top of it. Drizzle some maple syrup over the chicken. Top it all with another waffle and you’ve got a brunch sandwich that will get the job done, lemme tell ya.

Maple Chicken and Waffle Sandwich Recipe

Maple Chicken and Waffle Sandwich Recipe

Feed this baby to your guests and don’t forget the milk — somehow it really is the perfect complement. The sweet and savory combo of the sandwich just needs that refreshing glass of milk to wash it down. And the most fun part about the meal is that it feels a little bit fancy and special, but it’s really just some great basic flavors all hanging out together. Simple is awesome!Give this one a shot at your next brunch get together, and tell all your guests I said you’re welcome. xoxo

Maple Chicken and Waffle Sandwich Recipe

Maple Chicken and Waffle Sandwich Recipe

Maple Chicken and Waffle Sandwich Recipe

Brought to you by Got Milk? Food Loves Milk.

Fruit and Herb Infused Water Bar

For Brunch // Fruit & Herb Infused Water

We’ve been traveling all summer and now that fall is approaching, we’ll be staying in one place for a bit. I’ve been missing seeing friends, since everyone has been on…

Fruit and Herb Infused Water Bar

Fruit and Herb Infused Water Bar

Fruit and Herb Infused Water Bar

We’ve been traveling all summer and now that fall is approaching, we’ll be staying in one place for a bit. I’ve been missing seeing friends, since everyone has been on the go for a couple of months! So to have an excuse to gather, we’re planning on hosting a little “summer detox” brunch for some pals. I had the idea to serve some beautiful fruit and herb infused waters instead of the general boozy brunch beverages, to help detox from all the summer celebrations and freshen up a little.

You can put together this gorgeous little spread in just a few minutes — it’s so pretty for a brunch, a shower, or any pretty occasion! You just need a few things.

Ingredients

  • fresh fruits like berries, melons, or citrus, cut up in individual bowls
  • sprigs of fresh herbs like mint, basil, or rosemary
  • ice
  • Brita pitcher with freshly filtered water

Fruit and Herb Infused Water Bar

Set up your fruits and herbs in various pretty bowls or dishes. Leave an ice bucket and some glasses for your guests, and as they arrive invite them to make themselves an infused water! Start with ice in a glass, and add your favorite combinations of fruits and herbs. (Some of my favorites are grapefruit-rosemary and blackberry-mint!) Pour some fresh, filtered water from your Brita pitcher over the ice and fruits and enjoy sipping as your water becomes infused with your favorite flavors.

Fruit and Herb Infused Water Bar

Fruit and Herb Infused Water Bar

Isn’t it just the prettiest? It also feels so good to detox a little after so much travel and too many mimosas at brunch. And not that we need an excuse to gather, but it sure is a lovely reason to have friends over and celebrate the end of the summer. If you’re in need of more reasons to gather, check out Gather on Tumblr for lots of beautiful inspiration! xoxo

Fruit and Herb Infused Water Bar

Fruit and Herb Infused Water Bar

Fruit and Herb Infused Water Bar

Fruit and Herb Infused Water Bar

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