How to Hack an IKEA Desk

DIY IKEA Desk Hack

I’ve been meaning to share the DIY we did on our studio desks forevvvvver (I mean, seriously 4 or 5 years) and I finally got it together! We hacked these…

How to Hack an IKEA Desk

I’ve been meaning to share the DIY we did on our studio desks forevvvvver (I mean, seriously 4 or 5 years) and I finally got it together! We hacked these desks together from a few different IKEA parts for a total steal, and they’ve been one of our best ideas ever. We each have one, and because they’re somewhat modular we can use them totally differently but they’re both incredibly functional. And best of all, they’re sleek and clean so they don’t take up a lot of bulk in a room — no eyesores here. And how ’bout those sexy desk legs? Sometimes you have to hunt around but IKEA seriously has some lovely little hidden gems.

Materials

Make Time: 2-3 Hours

Step 1: Assemble your drawer unit according to the instructions. Do not install the casters to the bottom of the unit.

Step 2: Attach the two table legs to the underside of one end of the table.

Step 3: Apply a few strips of velcro to the top of the set of drawers. Keep both sides of the velcro together and remove one side’s cover so that the sticky portion is exposed. Place this face down on the drawers. Repeat with a few other strips.

Step 4: Remove the cover of the top pieces of all velcro strips so that the top sticky portion is exposed.

Step 5: Decide which end of the desk you’d like the drawers to be on. Arrange your table so that the legs are on the opposite side, and position the blank end of the table top over the drawers. Be sure that it’s aligned on the front and outer edges. Set the table top down and press firmly (I leaned on ours with all of my body weight for a couple of minutes!) to make sure the velcro adheres. Tip! It’s best to assemble the desk in the area where it will ultimately be placed and just shift it slightly, rather than assemble elsewhere and try to pick it up and move it.

That’s it! These desks have been total workhorses for us for the last 5 years. They’re still in great shape, they clean super easily with some countertop spray and a rag, and they’re nice and sturdy. It’s been the perfect size for me, and the drawers are so nice to have to hide all my junk. This would be a perfect DIY for a college student, or someone moving into a new office or studio space! Long live the IKEA hack! xoxo

P.S. Remember our striped midcentury shell chair? Also, another pretty little IKEA hack for your bedroom!

How to Hack an IKEA Desk

How to Hack an IKEA Desk

DIY Floral Bike Basket

DIY Floral Bike Basket

I am jumping for joy to finally share this one with you! When these dreamy peonies came from Flower Muse in the mail I knew exactly what I wanted to…

DIY Floral Bike Basket

DIY Floral Bike Basket

DIY Floral Bike Basket

I am jumping for joy to finally share this one with you! When these dreamy peonies came from Flower Muse in the mail I knew exactly what I wanted to do with them. Remember our floral bike handlebars last year? Well, if you’re more a basket type of gal, this project might be right up your alley! I’m just dead over it. It’s so dreamy. And if you happen to be going to a music festival or something equally fun, how rad would this be to get around the place?! Pretty sure you’d be the belle of the ball.

Also, I’m so happy to say that this is our first post in another series featuring some insanely beautiful blooms from Flower Muse! We teamed up last year and it was such a blast we had to do it again. If you don’t know Flower Muse, check them out — they send farm fresh blooms right to your door, and they’re some of the best quality florals around. Because they’re so fresh they last forever! And they even have tons of special instructions on how to get the most out of your florals. Love them! And now, without further ado… Let’s make some bouts!

Materials

Make Time: 15 Minutes

DIY Floral Bike Basket

Step 1: Grab a large flower, trim away the greenery from the stem, and cut the stem off at about 4 inches. Cut a piece of floral wire to about 7 inches. Hold the bloom over your basket and use the wire to affix the flower firmly, weaving it through and around the basket wires. Repeat this process with large blooms across the basket, working in a diagonal.

Step 2: Once your larger florals are firmly affixed, insert a few smaller blooms (we used ranunculus and anemones). Wedge them in between the larger florals and affix with more wire if necessary.

Step 3: Fill in any blank spots with some greenery and you’re all set!

DIY Floral Bike Basket

I love it I LOVE IT! And the coolest part is that the basket is still functional because all of the florals are on the outside. So fill your basket with all your goodies and ride this baby around town. We rode downtown to take some photos with the flowers on the bike and it was quite the topic of conversation with the people we passed, lemme tell ya. It’s not every day you get to see some pretty fresh flowers riding around town! xoxo

Florals for this post graciously provided by Flower Muse.

DIY Floral Bike Basket

DIY Floral Bike Basket

DIY Floral Bike Basket

DIY Floral Bike Basket

DIY Floral Bike Basket

DIY Wood Mother's Day Plaques

DIY Wood Plaques for Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is coming! I love celebrating my mom, and this year I made some little plaques that I think she’ll find hilarious (after, of course, I explain what “Bae”…

DIY Wood Mother's Day Plaques

Mother’s Day is coming! I love celebrating my mom, and this year I made some little plaques that I think she’ll find hilarious (after, of course, I explain what “Bae” means). These are crazy fast to make, so if you accidentally wait a few weeks and realize you have nothing for your ever-lovin’ mama the night before Mother’s Day, whip these up and you can pretend you were on top of it all along.

Materials

Make Time: 10 Minutes

DIY Wood Mother's Day Plaques

Step 1: Trim your patterned paper to the size of your wooden boards.

Step 2: Spray a light coat of adhesive onto one side of the boards. Carefully align the paper on the board so that all edges and corners are even. Press the paper onto the wood.

Step 3: Decide on some fun phrases that your mom would love, and spell them out with your stickers.

DIY Wood Mother's Day Plaques

DIY Wood Mother's Day Plaques

Give them to mama and make her giggle! She can place them around the house, on shelves, hang them on the wall — any old place! I can’t decide which I like best, but “Mom is Bae” is pretty hilarious, right? What would you have them say for your mom? Be sure to check out what the rest of the Michaels Makers are creating for Mother’s Day, right here! xoxo

P.S.  You are the hottest mom I know.

DIY Wood Mother's Day Plaques

DIY Wood Mother's Day Plaques

Toddler Essentials

Toddler Essentials

This parenting gig is a changing game, yo! Every time you think you’ve got something nailed down, the rug gets pulled out from under ya. We’re now deep in toddler…

This parenting gig is a changing game, yo! Every time you think you’ve got something nailed down, the rug gets pulled out from under ya. We’re now deep in toddler land, and we’re developing our arsenal of tools that keep ol’ Hank healthy, happy, and entertained. If you’ve got a toddler (or will have one soon, or need some good ideas for gifts, or are just the curious type!) read on for our tried and true baby gear ’round these parts.

Toddler Essentials
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Food + Drink

Henry started wanting to feed himself pretty early on, and that meant lots of messes. He would somehow manage to grab and toss any suction plate we set in front of him until we found these ezpz Happy Mats (we have a couple of bowls too). They’re impossible to pull off the table. We’ve also started letting him experiment with toddler utensils, and we love these because of the curved grip.

For a little while, Henry couldn’t quite get the hang of drinking from a straw. He’d tilt a cup upside down like a bottle and it just wasn’t working for him. So we used a few transitional cups to help him get the hang of it. The Boon Snug Spout is brilliant because it’s just a lid that can stretch over the mouth of any cup. We take one out with us to restaurants and put it over a water cup for him. For learning to drink like a grownup, we’re fans of the Munchkin 360 trainer cup; they can sip out of any side, tipped any direction. And on-the-go, Henry’s a big fan of his Skip Hop bee bottle.

Our other secret weapon — a cheap pair of scissors! We got a compact pair from the Target dollar aisle and use them to cut food into little chunks. So much easier than a knife and a cutting board. One pair stays at home and one stays in my purse.

Play + Wear

These days, the little dude pretty much wants to play with whatever we have in our grownup hands. But there are a few tried-and-true things in his toybench that he loves, too. Melissa and Doug tends to be our go-to for toys that are cool, educational, and easy on the eyes. This wooden barn is his current fave — he loves anything with small moving pieces that he can manipulate. These are small enough for him to grab but not so small he can eat ’em, which is perfect. This thing has been hours of fun. (We actually installed a little latch on it so we can secure it shut if we’re traveling with it.

Books have always been a hit in our house at playtime, too. Henry still loves the BabyLit books, and now that he’s older we can delve into them in a different way, asking him to point out certain things or find his favorite page, etc. His other favorite book is Cars and Trucks and Things That Go. I kid you not, he’ll read it for almost an hour, just pointing out different things. It’s awesome because there is so much content and it’s very visually stimulating, but not overwhelming for kids. It’s also a good book for little girls, too; there are plenty of female characters and lots of visuals for both genders.

The dude has pretty much worn two styles of shoes thus far in his life — moccasins and the Toms Tiny Paseos. They’re the easiest on-and-off we’ve found, and they’re good for a kid with a high instep. As far as clothing, our go-to for boy clothes that are affordable but not cheesy is totally Old Navy! They have little guy stuff that’s fun, easy to wear, and pretty stylin’ too.

Travel + Health

We’re on the go lots with Henry and I love that he’s becoming a good little traveler. We did a baby travel post here, but these days our routine is adjusting and we have a few new faves. We take click-lock bowls with locking lids, along with a couple of suction cups. They transport food and then you can suction cup them to the table at a meal so they function as a plate or bowl, too. A good travel crib is key — for a long time we used our Pack ‘n Play, but it’s a little bulky. So recently we switched to this one, which is light and small and works like a charm. We always take his Sleep Sack with us, too; we use them as blankets whenever he sleeps or naps, and so when we’re on the road and put one on him he knows it’s time to rest.

Both on the road and at home, we keep a few specific items in stock in our medicine cabinet in case little dude catches a bug. I swear by the Nosefrida for stuffy noses, along with a good saline spray. If he’s stuffy, we put Baby Vicks on his feet and chest to help him breathe a little better. And I thought they were a gimmick until I tried them, but Boogie Wipes are the best for wiping runny noses without making them red and raw.

Spring Cleaning Hacks

Spring Cleaning Hacks

I admit it, okay?! I’m neither June Cleaver nor Martha Stewart when it comes to keeping my house spotless. Sometimes juggling a job, a toddler, and a baby on the…

Spring Cleaning Hacks

I admit it, okay?! I’m neither June Cleaver nor Martha Stewart when it comes to keeping my house spotless. Sometimes juggling a job, a toddler, and a baby on the way makes it so that I can barely get food in my mouth, let alone have a pristine house. But the problem is that I feel best when the house is clean and tidy. It’s just better for my brain. So I’ve been trying to streamline my cleaning routine, especially now that spring is rolling around and I have a major craving for a clean space. My darling mother would probably be shocked to know that I haven’t actually vacuumed in weeks and sometimes instead of scrubbing a sink I use one of my secret weapons (which we’ll get into in a sec). But you know what? It’s all good, because we have to make the most of the time that we have. So! If you’re in the same boat, read on for my favorite cleaning hacks and get your space clean in a jiffy.

Start with the Grime If it’s gross, don’t ignore it. Sinks and toilets need cleaning, bottom line. So do the marks on my midcentury shell chair from the first time Henry used crayons, along with a zillion other little nooks and crannies around the house. This, friends, is a job for my secret weapon – a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. No joke, if you haven’t tried them you need to get ON it! You can use them to scrub sinks, clean your shoes, wipe down appliances, and a whole bunch more. (They also happen to be the only thing that will clean my ceramic. salt and pepper shakers.) They somehow clean and lift dirt with little micro-scrubbers but have zero harsh chemicals. When I’m trying to speed-clean the house, I get a few Magic Erasers and just do a quick once-over of everything. Grime = gone.

Spring Cleaning Hacks

Tidy it Up If you don’t have time to really get in there and do the kind of deep spring cleaning where you empty out all the drawers and closets, I’m here to tell you: It’s okay. Just keep it tidy. Make sure that everything has a place and put it away. It does wonders for your sanity when you’re in a tidy space. We’re in the midst of toddlerville, where no matter what you do the toys are strewn all over the house in about 5 minutes flat. But if you can at least start each day with your space cleaned up, you’re already ahead of the game.

Make it Smell Good Ever walk into a house that just smells impossibly fresh? I love that! And I always want that to be my house. There’s something about a fresh scent that just makes things feel… cleaner. My favorite trick is to toss some fresh lemon slices down the garbage disposal and run it for a few seconds. Boom! The kitchen smells lemony fresh and it’s all natural.

Add Something Pretty Maybe it’s cheating, but a bouquet of pretty flowers goes a long way to make a room look so fresh and so clean-clean. Take a tidy room, put some fresh blooms on the table, and BAM you’ve upped your June Cleaver game by a mile. It doesn’t need to be fancy or expensive, either — scour your yard for some pretty florals or foliage, pop it in a container, and you’re good to go.

So give it to me straight — are you a true spring cleaner, or will you be using a few of our secret tricks? If you’re knee-deep in sorting clothes and cleaning out closets, I salute you! And for the rest of us, here are even more simple little tricks for getting your house clean in a snap. We’ll just call them our dirty little secrets! 😉 xoxo

Spring Cleaning Hacks

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Blogging Project DIY Failures

Blogging // Failed Projects

Ya know, sometimes in the DIY world things just plain don’t work out. We’ve all been there, right?! You have this beautiful vision in your head about what you’re going…

Blogging Project DIY Failures

Ya know, sometimes in the DIY world things just plain don’t work out. We’ve all been there, right?! You have this beautiful vision in your head about what you’re going to create and when you’re done it ends up looking like something your dog dragged through the dirt and left on your doorstep. It happens! Today I thought I’d share my latest fail, just to keep it real and acknowledge the fact that it ain’t always pretty around here, folks.

A few months back I bought about a jillion tiny wooden beads, with the intention to make a really killer beaded curtain for a doorway. It was gonna be rad. It was gonna be all painted and designy and super cool. And then I got all the beads in the mail and I sat back and looked at the project and I was like YEESH this is going to take me until the end of the year. So I put that on hold because lord knows I didn’t have time to string a thousand beads onto twine with a baby running around the house.

So then, I downsized the project. I had this great idea — a beaded wall hanging, a couple of feet square, in the shape of a heart. I figured, how hard could it be to just put some beads on a few strings of twine and organize it all so that it hangs perfectly in the shape of a heart? It’ll be so cool! So I stayed up one night stringing beads until my eyes were crossed and I got them all together in (what I thought was) the right shape while the project was laying down on the floor. And then I picked it up and it looked like a sad kidney. Gah.

Attempt number three: call in the big guns (A.K.A. Mr. Lovely). My husband is so great with precision stuff and I figured if anybody could get this blob to look like a heart, it was gonna be him. So the next night we tackled it together. We restrung, remeasured, retied all the knots for hours. And then we picked it up and it looked like a slightly less sad kidney. Attempt number four: we redid the whole thing again while it was hanging up. And here was the result:

Failed Blog Projects

Not exactly an ideal heart shape, huh? After this round I just scrapped it. It’s waiting in the closet for another day when I can either decide to devote more time to it or when I can bear to repurpose it into another project. I can’t even tell you how many hours are in this lopsided, weird, misguided project. Eventually I’d still love to make it work well enough to provide specific directions for you all to put it together. But for now, we’re stepping away from it.

When I’m in the middle of a project and I can see it going south there’s always a point where I have to decide to push through and try to make it work or just scrap it and move on to the next idea. And I’m sure you’ve all been there too! There’s a lot involved — how badly you want or need to complete your project, the time you have to invest, pride at whether you can figure the dang thing out. When you find yourself in the midst of something that’s not going well, how do you react? Do you get mad? Do you just laugh maniacally? I tend to kind of fall on the floor and just lay there until I think of a solution. (Completely true, no exaggeration; we put a carpet in our studio because we lay on the floor while we ponder things.)

And if you have a magnificent fail that you just have to get off your chest, leave a comment! I need my blob heart to have a little company in the pile of discarded projects. xoxo

P.S. Get lost in our Blogging archives right here!

How to Make a Macrame Camera Strap

DIY Macrame Camera Strap

On our last big trip, I was wishing the whole time I had a better strap for my camera! While we’re at home I like using a hand strap but for travel, it’s…

How to Make a Macrame Camera Strap

How to Make a Macrame Camera Strap

On our last big trip, I was wishing the whole time I had a better strap for my camera! While we’re at home I like using a hand strap but for travel, it’s just not practical or safe. And as the girl who tends to drop things, I really try to keep tabs on my precious equipment. (One time in Paris I dropped my lens cap down a storm drain and had to find a camera store to try to purchase a new one in a weird English-French hybrid. Not an ideal situation.) So! Enter this awesome DIY macrame camera strap! It’s so quick to make and is perfect for spring and summer travel adventures. We teamed again with Carnival Cruise Lines to put together another fun travel-inspired DIY for your next trip. How cute are you gonna look on a cruise while snapping photos with this around your neck?!

Materials

  • macrame cord
  • swivel clasps
  • clothespins
  • industrial strength glue
  • scissors

Make Time: 1 Hour (Plus Glue Drying Time)

How to Make a Macrame Camera Strap

Step 1: Cut 2 lengths of macrame cord, 4 yards each.

Step 2: Fold each length of cord so that there’s 1 yard on one side and 3 yards on the other side. Insert the midpoints through the flat part of one swivel clasp, keeping the long ends of the strands on the outsides.

Step 3: Pull the ends of each cord through its own respective loop and pull taut around the clasp.

Step 4: Begin tying a square knot. Take the leftmost cord (should be a long one), cross it over the center two cords and under the rightmost (the other long) cord. Then bring the right cord under the center two and up & over the left cord. Pull this taut. This is half of your square knot.

Step 5: Complete the square knot by doing the reverse of step 4. Cross the right cord over the center two and under the left; then cross the left cord under the center two and over the right. Pull taut and you have completed a square knot.

Step 6: Continue tying square knots until your camera strap is the right length for you.

Step 7: Trim the ends of all four cords. Insert all four cords through another swivel clasp. Place a dollop of glue on the end of each cord, fold the cords over the clasp, and hold in place with clothespins while the glue dries.

How to Make a Macrame Camera Strap

Once the glue is dry, remove the clips and pop the strap on your camera! I love the macrame cord for a camera strap because it’s super lightweight and flexible, and comfy around your neck. It’s brilliant for travel, too — so handy to be able to sling your camera over your shoulder and go. So where are your spring travels taking you? Hoping you get to cruise away to somewhere fun! Will you be toting your camera on your new macrame strap?! xoxo

P.S. More travel DIYs!

How to Make a Macrame Camera Strap

How to Make a Macrame Camera Strap

How to Make a Macrame Camera Strap

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Poppies and succulents, happy Easter text

Happy Easter

Every year on this day I leave you for the weekend with one of my favorite quotes, and this year is no exception. Wishing you an Easter weekend full of…

Poppies and succulents, happy Easter text

Every year on this day I leave you for the weekend with one of my favorite quotes, and this year is no exception. Wishing you an Easter weekend full of peace, joy, and renewal. Happy Easter! xoxo

For I remember it is Easter morn, and life and love and peace are all new born. 
-Alice Freeman Palmer

How to Make an Acrylic Phone Stand

DIY Acrylic Travel Phone Stand

I have to tell you, this DIY was like the perfect storm. I’ve had all of this awesome acrylic hanging around, dreaming up projects to use it on. Aside from…

How to Make an Acrylic Phone Stand

How to Make an Acrylic Phone Stand

How to Make an Acrylic Phone Stand

I have to tell you, this DIY was like the perfect storm. I’ve had all of this awesome acrylic hanging around, dreaming up projects to use it on. Aside from that, we have some travel coming up and we’ve started letting Henry play little games on our phone sometimes when he hits a wall while we travel (Peek-a-Boo Barn is our current savior). And then, the folks at Dremel contacted us to team up on a travel-inspired DIY, and everything fell into place! Do you know the exact best tool I’ve found to cut through acrylic? You guessed it. A Dremel tool. We prototyped one of these little DIY travel phone stands and it was so easy to make with the Dremel I was jumping for joy. So now when we’re traveling, we’ve got a place to set our phones if Henry needs a distraction or if we want to watch a movie. And the stand folds up flat and tiny, so it’s pretty easy to tote along.  What did I tell you?! The perfect storm.

Materials

Make Time: 1 Hour (Plus Drying Time)

How to Make an Acrylic Phone Stand

Step 1: Download and print our phone stand template. Cut out along the border.

Step 2: Leave the protective covering on your acrylic sheet. Place the cut-out template on a corner of the sheet, aligning it with the edges. Trace the template. Flip the template over and repeat on the opposite corner of the sheet. You should have two mirrored pieces traced.

Step 3: Put on your protective goggles and gloves. Clamp the acrylic sheet to a work table so that one traced portion is free.

Step 4: Attach the cut-off wheel attachment made for plastic. Holding the tool away from the acrylic, turn on the tool. Holding the blade at a 90-degree angle to the plastic, begin to carefully cut along the traced lines. Cut along the long lines first, leaving the more detailed areas for last.

Step 5: We recommend cutting out the long lines first, and not cutting the actual notch where the phone will rest. Cut both pieces free from the larger acrylic sheet in this way.

Step 6: Once both pieces are free, stack them on one another and re-clamp. Use the cutting tool to even any uneven edges. Then use the cutting tool to shave away a large notch in the area where the phone will rest. (We tried a few different attachments for this, but got the best results with the single attachment. Feel free to experiment with others!) Turn off the tool and remove your protective gear.

Step 7: Once all edges are smooth, peel away the protective covering from the acrylic.

Step 8: Place a dollop of glue on either side of two small hinges.

Step 9: Carefully glue the hinges to both pieces of acrylic, being sure they’re even. Allow to dry for 24 hours.

To use your stand, just open it to about a 45-degree angle and place your phone in the little notch! It’ll work with your phone both horizontally or vertically, so you can use it however you need. And if you like to tote your tablet with you, just enlarge the template to a size that will work for however large your tablet is! Use it on your next trip, or even just to set up your tech on your desk at home. Happy making! xoxo

How to Make an Acrylic Phone Stand

How to Make an Acrylic Phone Stand

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How to Announce a Second Baby

Announcing a Second Baby

So it turns out, having a second baby comes with all kinds of conundrums. Where do you put it? How do both kids sleep at the same time? Do you really…

How to Announce a Second Baby

So it turns out, having a second baby comes with all kinds of conundrums. Where do you put it? How do both kids sleep at the same time? Do you really need a second baby shower? Do you even announce it in the same way? I kind of mentioned it on Friday, but I feel like so many times a second pregnancy goes a little uncelebrated. And it makes me feel bad for the kid! Yes, babies are born every day, and maybe after the excitement of the first baby things die down a little bit, but I’m jumping for just as much joy this time around. So after debating whether or not to send a full-blown baby announcement, we both came to the conclusion that we really wanted to let our friends and family know in a personal way, and went for it.

Our go-to is always Minted for customizable stationery. We’ve got it down to a science, and these literally took me about 20 minutes to customize and order (including having them addressed and return-addressed for me!). I looooove the Minted process because you can really take a card and make it into anything you like. We used this birth announcement and adjusted it to be a pregnancy announcement, no problem. It’s brilliant!

As for a photo, we didn’t want to go too cheesy — just fun photos of our little family with something extra as a nod to the new little nugget. So a balloon was our stand-in. Turns out, Henry was thrilled to have a photoshoot with a balloon. Who knew? Thing was hours of entertainment afterward, too. Ryan kept wanting to tuck his shirt in and put a bowtie on him and even though it’s so cute I can’t stand it, the bowtie photos ended up on the cutting room floor. So here are some bowtie photos for good measure.

Little boy in a bowtie holding a balloon

We also used our tried-and-true method of taking our own photos with the process we outlined for you here. Sometimes it’s just easier for us to run out and do a photoshoot on a whim, rather than hire a photographer and go through all of that hooplah. So if you need to snap some family photos, check out our tutorial on how you can do it on your own. We picked and edited our favorite snap and popped it onto our announcement card. Piece of cake.

So excited to be sharing these little projects with you for Baby #2! Anybody out there have more than one little one? Did you announce it in the same way as your first? I’d love to know your thoughts on announcing a second kiddo! xoxo

How to Announce a Second Baby

How to Announce a Second Baby

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Waffle Croque Madames Recipe

Easter Brunch Idea // Waffle Croque Madames

When we’re in Paris, I just loooooove a good ol’ fashioned croque madame. It’s just a ham and cheese sandwich, but with that fancy Frenchy twist that makes it super delish….

Waffle Croque Madames Recipe

Waffle Croque Madames Recipe

When we’re in Paris, I just loooooove a good ol’ fashioned croque madame. It’s just a ham and cheese sandwich, but with that fancy Frenchy twist that makes it super delish. I was dreaming about whipping up a croque madame in waffle form, and thought it would make a perfect recipe for an Easter brunch! So if you’re looking for something special to serve this weekend, we’ve got you covered. Let’s make waffle croque madames!

Ingredients

  • waffle mix and mix ingredients
  • sliced ham
  • 1 c gruyere, grated
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 c milk
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • dash of nutmeg
  • eggs
  • optional: dijon mustard

Start by making your waffle mix, according to the instructions on the box. Heat up your waffle iron. Set aside while you make the bechamel sauce.

To make the sauce, heat the butter in a heavy saucepan over high heat. Once melted, stir in flour. Whisk for about two minutes. Add the milk and salt, whisking until it begins to thicken (a few minutes). Stir in the nutmeg and half the gruyere. Keep over low heat as you prepare the waffles.

Once the waffle iron is hot, spoon in about 2 tbsp of the wet mix into the bottom of the waffle iron. Place a piece of ham over that, and sprinkle the ham with gruyere. Spoon in another 2 tbsp of wet mix over the cheese. Close the iron and cook as you would a plain waffle. Remove from heat when the mix is cooked through. Make as many as you like!

Fry an egg sunny side up for each waffle. Drizzle a spoonful of bechamel sauce over each waffle and place the egg over the sauce. Serve with dijon mustard if you like.

Ohhhhh man these are delicious! Sometimes I put things in the wafflemaker and they end up not quite being winners, but this one is over-the-top delicious. And once your guests realize there’s a little ham and cheese surprise inside their Easter waffles, they’ll declare you a brunch superstar. (Psst – bonus, Henry inhaled these things! So they’re pretty kid friendly too, maybe just skip the raw yolk on the egg.) Happy cooking! xoxo

P.S. Edible floral waffles, too!

Waffle Croque Madames Recipe

Waffle Croque Madames Recipe

Waffle Croque Madames Recipe