May Favorites

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As it’s the end of the month I thought it would be a good time to do my May favorites. I tried quite a few new things this month, so I have a good mix. That being said, let’s get into it.

Starting with beauty, I started BoxyCharm and because I subscribed at the very end of April I got my April box in May along with my May box, meaning I have favorites from both. I will of course link both of those posts down below if you haven’t read them. The first is the Pretty Vulgar Uncaged Eyeshadow Primer. My go to eyeshadow primer is the Too Faced Shadow Insurance, but this one is now up there as a go to. It’s on the thicker side and has a fade proof and crease proof translucent finish that really does make my shadow last all day and brings out the vibrance.

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My second beauty favorite is the Murad Hydro-Dynamic Ultimate Moisture for eyes. This has hyaluronic acid and algae extract for smoothness, to seal in moisture and help in reducing the look of fine lines and wrinkles. This has quickly become a favorite of mine. I’ve been using this since I got it and I do feel like I can see a difference. I’ve used a few different Murad products and they’re honestly all great. I definitely recommend this if you’re looking for a new eye cream.

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My second to last BoxyCharm favorite is the Alamar Cosmetics Colorete Blush Trio in Medium-Tan. In this palette you get three blushes, hence blush trio, but you have Seclusion which is an orangey/peach shade, Isla which is a coral and Toasted, a rosey pink. These blushes are all very pretty. They’re buildable, blend out nicely and are quite  pigmented without being too much.

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My last BoxyCharm favorite is the Vintage By Jessica Liebeskind Cashmere Lip Pencil in Mocha. This is honestly a great lip pencil. It’s in a really nice medium brown that goes super well with most of my current nudey/brown lipsticks. I’ve also worn this on it’s own all over my lips, it goes on really smooth and has great staying power.

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And my last, non Boxy favorite is the e.l.f. Bite Size eyeshadow palette in Truffles. This palette is a mix of darker neutrals, browns and blacks. There is a lot of versatility in this palette and I’ve worn it a few times since talking about it. I also ordered the rest of the Bite Size palettes I was missing and got them yesterday, so look for part four of the Bite Size series soon.

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Moving on, I have a food favorite and it’s the Flamin’ Hot Cheetos Popcorn. Flamin’ Hot Cheetos are one of my favorite snacks and I love popcorn, so when I saw these I was intrigued. These don’t have as much of that vinegar pop that you get with the Cheetos, but they have a good heat and will leave your fingers that bright red-orange.

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And my last favorite, a music favorite, is the 20th Anniversary Edition of B.B. King and Eric Clapton’s Riding With The King album. This comes out on June 26th, but it’s available for pre-order now on CD, 2 LP and Digital. Along with being remastered, this album has also been expanded. So you get two unreleased tracks, Rollin’ and Tumblin’ and Let Me Love You Baby. I have the original CD, but I’ve pre-ordered this. Rollin’ and Tumblin’ has been released on Spotify and I think it’s great. Eric has done a few versions of this song over the years and this one fits in perfectly with the rest of the album and I’m glad they decided to add it in now.

That about wraps it up for this post, if we had any of the same favorites let me know and if not I’d love to know what your May favorites were.

Until next time, enjoy your favorites and I hope you had a great May :).

-K

April BoxyCharm Post: https://kyranycoleblog.com/2020/05/13/april-2020-boxycharm-unboxing/

May BoxyCharm Post: https://kyranycoleblog.com/2020/05/19/may-2020-boxycharm-unboxing/

e.l.f. Bite Size Post: https://kyranycoleblog.com/2020/05/06/e-l-f-bite-size-shadow-part-three-review/

Eric Clapton, B.B. King pre-order link: https://store.ericclapton.com

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Easter Treats

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As Easter is this weekend I thought today would be a great day to share some fun and delicious Easter treats, let’s get into it.

The first treat we have is Easter Funfetti Cookies. These are super simple to make and so yummy.

What You Need:

  • 1 box of funfetti cake mix
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup of oil
  • 1/3 cup of white chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup of Easter M&M’s
  • 2 tablespoons of multi colored nonpareils

What You Do:

  • The first things you’re going to do are preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line your baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Then in a large bowl add your cake mix, eggs and oil and mix for about 1 minute or until it’s well combined.
  • To your cake batter add in the white chocolate chips, M&M’s and nonpareils. Give that a good stir and make sure everything is well distributed.
  • Next take your cookie scoop, I recommend using a 1/1.5 inch scoop, and scoop out the dough. Place on your cookie sheet about 2 inches apart.
  • If you want, I do this, press extra M&M’s and white chocolate chips into the cookie balls before baking.
  • Bake the cookies for 8-9 minutes or until the edges are just golden brown.
  • Once the cookies are done take them out and place them on a cooling rack completely.
  • Serve and enjoy!

The next treat we have is No Bake Chocolate Coconut Nests. I love little things like this, I’ve made this many times over the years and it’s always a hit.

What You Need:

  • 24 Cadbury mini eggs
  • 3/4 cups of chocolate chips
  • 1 1/2 cups of unsweetened coconut

What You Do:

  • The first thing you’re going to do is preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Then you’re going to take your shredded coconut and spread it onto a baking sheet for toasting. Place in the oven for 5-10  minutes or until it’s lightly golden brown but make sure to keep and eye on it because coconut can burn quickly.
  • Once the coconut is toasted let it cool and while it’s cooling melt your chocolate chips. To melt the chips place them in a microwave safe bowl and microwave in 30 second increments until it’s all melted and smooth.
  • In a large bowl add the coconut and melted chocolate and stir. Making sure everything is well coated and combined.
  • Then take a spoon and spoon 2-3 tablespoons of the mixture on to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and make into a nest shape. Fill the next with 2-3 mini eggs.
  • Let the nests set before eating, you can do this at room temperature or in the fridge.
  • Serve and enjoy!

The second to last treat we have is Springtime Celebration Popcorn. I love popcorn and popcorn like this is great for every holiday.

What You Need:

  • 10 cups of popped popcorn
  • 3 tablespoons of salted sweet cream butter
  • 3 cups of mini marshmallows
  • Easter M&M’s
  • Easter sprinkles

What You Do:

  • The first step is to pop and salt the ten cups of popcorn. Once you’ve done that place it in a large bowl and set that aside.
  • Next take a medium sauce pan and to that add the 3 tablespoons of butter. Once the butter is melted add the mini marshmallows. Stir until the marshmallows are melted and turn off the heat once that has happened.
  • Pour about 3/4 of the marshmallow mixture over your popcorn and gently stir until all the popcorn is coated. Then pour the popcorn onto a parchment covered baking sheet and spread it out.
  • Then drizzle the rest of the marshmallow over the popcorn and add the candy and sprinkles.
  • Let the popcorn cool and place it in your preferred serving dish.
  • Serve and enjoy!

And the last treat we have is Cadbury Easter Fudge. This is such an easy recipe and fudge is always a great holiday treat.

What You Need:

  • 1, 12 ounce bag of chocolate chips. You can use any chocolate you like, I prefer milk chocolate
  • 1, 14 ounce can of sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 1/2 cups of mini marshmallows
  • 1 1/3 cups of Cadbury mini eggs
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla

What You Do:

  • The first thing you’re going to do is take an 8 x 8 pan and line it with parchment paper and place 1/2 of your mini eggs in the bottom on the pan.
  • Then in a microwave safe bowl add in your chocolate chips and sweetened condensed milk. Microwave that for 2 1/2-3 minutes and stir until smooth.
  • To the chocolate mixture add the marshmallows and stir to evenly distribute.
  • Pour the mixture into the pan with the mini eggs on the bottom and smooth it out. To the top of that add the rest of the mini eggs.
  • Place in the fridge for 30-45 minutes or until set.
  • Cut into desired size and place on whatever dish you’re using.
  • Serve and enjoy!

That about wraps it up for this post, if you guys have any go to Easter treats I’d love to know what they are.

Until next time, have fun baking and I hope you have a happy Easter :).

-K

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St. Patrick’s Day Treats

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As St. Patrick’s Day is on Tuesday, I thought today would be a good day to share some easy and delicious St. Patrick’s Day treats. Whether you’re having a party or just want to have something fun to eat on the day, these are perfect.

The first treat we have is Mint Oreo Truffles. I love little treats like this and they’re always super easy to make.

What You Need:

  • 1 package of mint Oreos
  • 1, 8 ounce package of cream cheese
  • White coating chocolate
  • Green coating chocolate
  • Green and white sprinkles

What You Do:

  • The first thing you’re going to do is grab a baking sheet and line it with wax/parchment paper. Then take your mint Oreo’s and put them in the food processor, if you don’t have a food processor then you can crush them in a bag. And crush them into fine crumbs.
  • Next take a large bowl and to that add in your softened cream cheese. To that add your crushed Oreo’s and mix until well combined.
  • Roll the mixture into balls and place them on your prepared cookie sheet. Place in the freezer for at least an hour.
  • Then take your green and white coating chocolates and place them in separate, microwave safe bowls. Microwave in 30 second increments until fully melted.
  • Take your truffles and coat them in the chocolate. Cover immediately with sprinkles and let set.
  • Once the truffles are set place them on your serving dish of choice.
  • Serve and enjoy!

The next treat we have is St. Patrick’s Day Crinkle Cookies. Cookies are a solid choice for any holiday and these take practically no time to make.

What You Need:

  • 1 box of white cake mix
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup of vegetable oil
  • 10-12 drops of food coloring, depends on how green you want them
  • 1 cup of powdered sugar

What You Do:

  • The first thing you’re going to do is preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Then you’re going to add the cake mix, eggs, oil and food coloring to a bowl and mix. Once they’re mixed roll the cookies into golf balls sized balls and coat with the powdered sugar.
  • Place the dough balls onto a cookie sheet and flatten just a little with a glass.
  • Bake for 7-9 minutes or until the edges are slightly brown. Once the cookies are done take them out and place on a cooling rack to cool completely.
  • Serve and enjoy!

The second to last treat we have is St. Patrick’s Day Bark. I don’t make bark a lot, I buy it during Christmas, but this is a fun one if you have kids that want to get involved.

What You Need:

  • 2 cups of chopped bittersweet chocolate
  • 1 cup of milk chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup of white chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup of mint M&M’s
  • 6 Oreo’s broken into pieces

What You Do:

  • The first step is to grab a cookie sheet and line it with parchment paper. Then take your bittersweet chocolate and place it in a small microwave safe bowl. Microwave in 15 second increments, stirring after each increment, until it’s melted and smooth. Spread onto the baking sheet in an even layer.
  • Repeat the process for the milk and white chocolates but make sure you drizzle those over the bittersweet chocolate and don’t spread it on top.
  • Then take the mint M&M’s and the Oreo’s and sprinkle over the chocolate, making sure to gently press them in so they don’t fall off.
  • Let cool completely and once it’s set, break into large pieces.
  • Serve and enjoy!

And the last treat we have is a Boozy Triple Irish Trifle. Because it wouldn’t be St. Patrick’s Day without something a little boozy.

What You Need:

  • 1 box of devil’s food cake mix
  • 1/2 cup of vegetable oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 1/4 cups of Guinness, with a little extra to drizzle
  • 2, 8 ounce bars of softened cream cheese
  • 1/3 cup of Bailey’s
  • 1 cup of powdered sugar
  • 2 cups of whipped cream
  • 1 bag of baking caramels
  • 6 tablespoons of Jameson

What You Do:

  • The first thing you’re going to do is preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line your 13×9 pan.
  • Then add your cake mix, oil, eggs and instead of the water use the Guinness. Mix until well combined then bake for 30-35 minutes or until you can insert a toothpick and it comes out clean.
  • Next make the cream filling. In a medium bowl add your softened cream cheese and mix until soft and creamy. Then add in the Bailey’s and powdered sugar. Once that is well combined, fold in the whipped cream by hand and set aside.
  • To make the caramel drizzle, take the bag of caramels and once you’ve unwrapped them put them in a medium pan with 3 tablespoons of Jameson and place that over low heat. Add in 2-3 more tablespoons of Jameson until you’ve got the consistency and taste you want.
  • Once your cake has cooled cut it into medium pieces and put in a bowl. Pour 1/4-1/2 cup of Guinness over the cake pieces and let it soak.
  • To assemble the trifle take a medium sized trifle dish and cover the bottom with cake pieces. Then do a layer of cream filling and drizzle with the caramel sauce. Continue this process until you get to the top. Then top with the rest of the whipped cream, a crumbled piece of cake and a caramel drizzle.
  • Serve and enjoy!

That about wraps it up for this post, if you guys have any favorite St. Patrick’s Day treats I’d love to know what they are.

Until next time, have fun baking and I hope you all have a happy St. Patrick’s Day :).

-K

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Valentine’s Day Treats

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Before we get into today’s post I want to say that today is the 12th and that means that it’s the 5 year anniversary of this blog! As always I’m incredibly grateful for all of the follows, reads, like, shares, comments, everything and here’s to many more in the future. On to today, as Valentine’s Day is on Friday, I thought today would be the perfect day to share some Valentine’s Day treats. Whether you’re having a party or just a chill night, these are perfect.

The first treat we have is Red Velvet Blossoms. I always love cookies like this and they’re typically super simple to make.

What You Need:

  • 1 box of red velvet cake mix
  • 1/4 cup of oil
  • 1/4 cup of water
  • 1 egg
  • 1 jar of red sugar crystals
  • 28 Hershey’s Kisses

What You Do:

  • The first thing you’re going to do is preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line your baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Then take a bowl, you can do this in a stand mixer as well, add in your cake mix, oil, water and the egg. Mix that until it’s well combined and there are no lumps of cake mix.
  • Next pour the red sugar crystals into a bowl and set to the side. Take your scoop and get about 1 1/2 to 2 tablespoons of the dough and drop that into the red sugar. Make sure the dough ball is evenly and completely coated.
  • Place the dough balls on the baking sheet a couple inches apart and bake them for 8-10 minutes.
  • Once the cookies come out of the oven immediately press a Hershey’s Kiss into the center and transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely.
  • Serve and enjoy!

The second treat we have is Valentine’s Day Puppy Chow. I love puppy chow, I make it for pretty much all holidays and it’s always such a crowd-pleaser.

What You Need:

  • 5 cups of Chex cereal
  • 5 ounces of white candy melts
  • 5 ounces of pink candy melts
  • 1 cup of powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 3/4 cup of Valentine’s M&M’s
  • 1/2 cup of small cinnamon heart candies

What You Do:

  • So the first thing you’re going to do is take 2 1/2 cups of the Chex, pour it in a large bowl and set that aside. Then take the white candy melts put them in a microwave safe bowl and microwave them in 30 second increments until melted and smooth. Pour that over the cereal you set aside and stir until it’s evenly coated.
  • Then take 1/2 cup of the powdered sugar, 1/4 teaspoon of salt and pour over the coated cereal making sure to evenly coat that.
  • Transfer to a baking sheet, spreading it out to cool completely.
  • You’re going to do the same thing with the other half of the cereal. Place it in the same bowl and set aside. This time take the pink coating chocolate and melt in the microwave in 30 second increments until melted and smooth and pour that over the cereal and stir until evenly coated.
  • Coat with the remaining powdered sugar and salt, transfer to a separate baking sheet to cool completely.
  • Once both are cooled, combine in a large bowl, add in the M&M’s and the cinnamon hearts and stir to combine.
  • Serve and enjoy!

The second to last treat we have is Sweetheart Milkshakes. Milkshakes are such a fun dessert this one sounds delicious.

What You Need:

  • 2 to 3 cups of vanilla ice cream
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 5-6 fresh strawberries
  • 4 tablespoons of strawberry syrup
  • 2 tablespoons of cocoa (if you want a red velvet flavor)
  • White melting chocolate
  • Red or pink sprinkles
  • Whipped cream

What You Do:

  • The first thing you’re going to do is put your ice cream, milk, strawberries and strawberry syrup in a blender and blend until smooth. If you want to add the cocoa, this is where you would do it.
  • Next melt your white chocolate. Then take your glass and dip the rim in the melted chocolate, making sure it’s well coated. Then dip in your red/pink sprinkles and allow to set.
  • Pour your milkshake into the glass, top with whipped cream and red/pink sprinkles.
  • Serve and enjoy!

And the last treat we have is White Chocolate Valentine’s Day Popcorn. Popcorn is one of my favorite snacks and I love to jazz it up like this for holidays.

What You Need:

  • 10 cups of popped popcorn
  • 12 ounces of white chocolate
  • 2 tablespoons of sprinkles
  • 1 cup of conversation hearts

What You Do:

  • The first step is to take the popped popcorn and place it in a large bowl. Then you’re going to melt your white chocolate. Once you’ve done that pour the melted chocolate over the popcorn and stir until it’s evenly coated.
  • Then add in the sprinkles and conversation hearts and stir.
  • Pour popcorn out onto a baking sheet to cool completely.
  • Serve and enjoy!

That about wraps it up for this post, if you guys make any of these treats let me know how they turn out and if not I’d love to know what your favorite Valentine’s Day treats are.

Until next time, have fun baking and I hope you all have a happy Valentine’s Day :).

-K

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Blogmas Day Four: Holiday Treats

Hi everyone,

Welcome to Blogmas Day Four! Today I thought it would be fun to share some delicious holiday treats with you guys. I love baking all throughout the year, but especially during the holidays and I do quite a lot of it. I have four different treats I’m going to talk about, so let’s get into it.

The first treat we have is Christmas Muddy Buddies. I make these for every holiday, they’re super easy to put together and always a crowd pleaser.

What You Need:

  • 1 box of Chex cereal, you can use whichever you prefer, I do a combo of half rice Chex half chocolate Chex
  • 2 cups of semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup of creamy peanut butter
  • 6 tablespoons of butter cut into small pieces
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
  • 2 cups of powdered sugar
  • 1 cup of holiday M&M’s

What You Do:

  • The first step is to take two baking sheets and line them. Once you’ve done that, set them aside. Then pour your cereal into a large bowl and set that aside as well.
  • Next take a microwavable bowl and add in the chocolate chips, peanut butter and butter. Microwave that on high for one minute and stir. Microwave for an additional 10-30 seconds or until the mixture is smooth when you stir it.
  • Once the mixture is smooth stir in the vanilla and pour over the cereal, making sure it’s evenly coated.
  • Then coat the cereal in the powdered sugar. For this you can stir it into the bowl or you can pour the cereal into large Ziploc bags, add powered sugar and shake it all up. But either way make sure it’s evenly coated.
  • Spread the cereal out on the two baking sheets to cool. Once it’s cool put it in your serving vessel, add the holiday M&M’s and give a gentle stir to make sure everything is well combined.
  • Serve and enjoy!

The next treat we have is Christmas Sprinkle Cookies, these are a holiday classic and easy to make.

What You Need:

  • 1 cup of softened butter
  • 1 cup of granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups of all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon of kosher salt
  • 1/2 of Christmas colored sprinkles

What You Do:

  • The first thing you’re going to do is get a large bowl and to that add your butter and sugar. Beat that at medium speed until it’s light and fluffy.
  • Then add in the egg and vanilla extract and mix.
  • Once that’s mixed add the flour and salt and mix until just combined.
  • Next, shape your dough into 1 inch balls and roll in the sprinkles, making sure they’re evenly coated.
  • Once all the dough balls are coated slightly flatten them and add a few more sprinkles.
  • You can put these in the fridge to firm up but it takes much longer, so I freeze mine for about 15 minutes.
  • While you’re waiting on the cookies to firm up, preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line your baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • Remove your cookies from the freezer and place on the cookie sheet at least 2 inches apart and bake until the edges are lightly browned. About 12-15 minutes.
  • Once the cookies are out let them sit on the pan for 2 minutes then move to a cooling rack to cool completely.
  • Serve and enjoy!

The second to last treat we have is a cookie I make every year and it’s Chocolate Peppermint Thumbprint Cookies.

What You Need:

  • 1 cup of softened butter
  • 1/2 cup of white sugar
  • 1/2 cup of brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon of mint extract
  • 1 1/2 cups of all purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup of cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 28 unwrapped peppermint Kisses

What You Do:

  • The first step is to preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line your cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  • Next, cream together the butter and both the sugars until they’re light and fluffy. Then add in the eggs one at a time until just combined and mix in the mint extract.
  • In a medium bowl combine the flour, cocoa powder, salt, baking powder and baking soda. Add the dry mixture to the butter mixture in parts, making sure to mix until just combined each time and scrape down the sides of the bowl.
  • Once everything is well combined refrigerate the dough for at least 3 hours. You can let it sit overnight if you want.
  • Once out of the fridge, roll into 1 inch balls and place 1-2 inches apart on the cookie sheet.
  • Bake for 10 minutes. Once they’re done let them cool for about 3 minutes and press 1 peppermint Kiss into the top of each cookie.
  • Move the cookies to a cooling rack to cool completely.
  • Serve and enjoy!

And the last treat we have is Gingerbread Cookies. I really like gingerbread but I don’t make it a whole lot, maybe this will change that.

What You Need:

  • 2 1/4 cups of flour
  • 2 teaspoons of ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 3/4 cup of softened butter
  • 1 cup of white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon of orange juice
  • 1/4 cup of molasses
  • 1/4 cup of sugar

What You Do:

  • The first thing you’re going to do is sift together the dry ingredients (flour, ginger, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves and salt).
  • Then cream together the butter and 1 cup of sugar until light and fluffy. To that add the egg and mix until well combined.
  • Add the orange juice and molasses and mix until well combined.
  • Next start to add the dry ingredients, in small parts, until well combined.
  • Refrigerate the dough for 2-3 hours or if you’re in the rush, pop in the freezer for 30 minutes.
  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line your cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  • Take about 2 tablespoons of the dough and roll into balls. Roll in the 1/4 cup of sugar and flatten.
  • Bake for 9-11 minutes.
  • Let cookies cool on cooling rack.
  • Serve and enjoy!

That about wraps it up for this post, if you guys make any of these treats let me know how it turns out.

Until next time, have fun baking and I’d love to know what your favorite holiday treat is :).

-K

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Halloween Treats

Hi everyone,

Today I’m back with the next part in my Halloween series. This time it’s fun and delicious Halloween treats. Whether you’re throwing a party or just want something themed to eat on the night, these are perfect.

The first treat we have is Dark Chocolate Halloween Chip Cookies. Chocolate chip cookies are great for every occasion and these literally scream Halloween when you look at them.

What You Need:

  • 2 cups of all purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup of Hershey’s special dark chocolate cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 cup of softened butter
  • 1 cup of granulated sugar
  • 2/3 cup of packed light brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla
  • 1 cup of Nestle Halloween baking chips
  • 1/2 cup of peanut butter chips
  • 1/2 cup of white chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup of mini Reese’s Pieces baking candies

What You Do:

  • The first thing you’re going to do is preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Once you’ve done that line your baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  • Then, take a large bowl, and combine the butter and the sugars. Beat that until it’s light and fluffy, about 3 to 4 minutes. Next add the eggs and vanilla and mix until well combined.
  • Next add in the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt. Mix that on low and make sure everything is combined.
  • In another bowl add the Halloween chips, peanut butter chips, white chocolate chips and the mini Reese’s Pieces. Stir that gently so everything is evenly distributed. Then take that mixture and fold in about 1 3/4 cups of it into the dough. Set aside the rest of the chips.
  • Refrigerate your dough for about 30 minutes or as long as it takes for it to be set so it doesn’t fall apart when rolling.
  • Once it is set, take 2 tablespoons for each cookie and roll them into balls. Set the cookie balls 2 inches apart on your baking sheet and bake for 8 to 10 minutes. You’re looking for the cookies to be just set.
  • After the cookies come out of the oven take the chips that you set aside and press into the tops of the cookies.
  • Serve and enjoy!

Next we have Halloween Muddy Buddies. I make muddy buddies for parties all the time and it’s always a crowd pleaser and takes hardly any time at all.

What You Need:

  • 9 cups of Rice Chex cereal
  • 1 cup of semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup of peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup of butter
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups of powdered sugar
  • 2 boxes of Reese’s Pieces
  • 2 cups of pretzels
  • 2 bags of candy corn

What You Do:

  • The first step is to take a microwave safe bowl and in it add the butter, peanut butter and chocolate chips. Microwave that for 1 minute, stir then microwave again for 30 seconds and stir when it comes out.
  • To that add your vanilla, give a little stir and pour over the Chex. Mix that well and scoop into a Ziploc bag.
  • Add the powdered sugar to the bag and toss around to evenly coat everything.
  • Pour coated cereal into a large bowl and add in the Reese’s Pieces, pretzels and candy corn. Give that all a big stir.
  • Serve and enjoy!

The second to last treat we have is Trick Or Treat Pretzels. I love mixing candy and pretzels, so this is perfect.

What You Need:

  • 10 ounces of small pretzel twists
  • 2 cups of chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil
  • Halloween sprinkles
  • Candy Corn
  • Mini Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
  • Mini Kit Kats
  • Mini M&M’s

What You Do:

  • First, take your baking sheet and line it with parchment paper. Once you’ve done that, place the pretzels on the baking sheet in a single layer.
  • Then, in a medium bowl add the chocolate chips and the oil and microwave for about a minute. When I melt chocolate in the microwave I don’t always stir in increments, but you can if you want. But if you don’t make sure to keep an eye on it.
  • Once the chocolate is melted, drizzle it over the pretzels and top with the candy and sprinkles.
  • Let it set for an hour at room temperature. Then break apart.
  • Serve and enjoy!

And the last treat we have is Halloween Pumpkin Brownies. Brownies are one of  my favorite desserts and so easy to dress up for any holiday.

What You Need:

  • 1/2 cup of pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 cup of water
  • 1/4 of oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 package of brownie mix (You don’t have to use mix, you can make your own)
  • 1, 10 ounce, package of Halloween chips
  • Halloween sprinkles

What You Do:

  • First, preheat your oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Then line your 9×9 pan with foil or spray with a non stick cooking spray, whichever you prefer.
  • Next, in a large bowl whisk together the pumpkin, water, oil, eggs and pumpkin pie spice until it’s well blended. Add in the brownie mix and stir. Then add in 1/2 of the Halloween chips and stir until well combined. Pour that mixture into your prepared pan.
  • Add the rest of the Halloween chips and the sprinkles to the top of the brownies and put in the oven.
  • Bake for 40-45 minutes or until the edges pull away from the pan.
  • Once they’re out of the oven and cooled, cut the brownies into squares.
  • Serve and enjoy!

That about wraps it up for this post, if you guys make any of these treats let me know how they turn out and if you have any Halloween treats that you love I’d love to know what they are.

Until next time, have fun baking and enjoy your treats :).

-K

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August Favorites

Hi everyone,

As it’s the end of the month, I thought it would be the perfect time to do my August favorites. I have a pretty good mix this month, so let’s get into it.

Starting with beauty I have two favorites from my August Sephora Play Box, and if you haven’t read that post I’ll link it below. The first Play favorite is the Bobbi Brown Vitamin Enriched Face Base Priming Moisturizer. This is a product that you can use as a moisturizer and a primer, so I was instantly interested. I’ve used it a couple of times since getting it and I’ve used it as a primer. The first time I used it I wasn’t having the best skin day and nothing was really sitting right on my face, so I wasn’t loving it. But the times that I’ve used it since I have really liked it. It really helps to smooth your face so you have a solid base to start with and it locks in the makeup. It also has shea butter, vitamins B, C, E. It’s gluten free, vegan and is free of parabens, phthalates and sulfates SLS and SLES. I would definitely recommend giving this a try and I think it’s one of those products that’s worth the price.

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My second Play favorite is the Algenist Genius Sleeping Collagen. I have been using this since I got it, and I can honestly say it has lived up to what I had heard about it. I put this on right before I go to bed and in the morning my skin feels really soft and it looks almost dewy and hydrated. This is a vegan collagen and it also has alguronic acid, ceramides and Mary Thistle. What it’s free of is pretty much everything, sulfates SLS and SLES, parabens, formaldehydes, phthalates and the list goes on. This cream is on the more expensive side, but I think skincare is so important, especially when you find a product that works for you and you love, so in my opinion it’s worth it.

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And my last beauty favorite is the Colourpop Lippie Stix in Slacker. I can’t even tell you how much I love this. I have a few of the Lippie Stix in different shades and finishes and this one is just so good. It’s a really gorgeous, really pigmented, nudey/light salmon color in a crème finish. This is really long wearing, it has vitamin E and shea butter, and the formulation is fantastic.

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My next favorite is a food favorite and it’s kind of random. I had the opportunity recently to try pickled brussel sprouts, I love pickles and most pickled things, and brussel sprouts are one of my favorite vegetables. So I thought why not, and they were so good. There was that initial pickle flavor mixed with a sweet and sour flavor and a little bit of heat because there were chili flakes in the pickling liquid.

My next favorite is actually a sunflower update. I do these frequently on my Instagram, but I thought I would do an update here. I had the first one fully open the other day and since I took this picture, more have opened up and I’m so happy about it.

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And my last favorite is a music favorite, Joe Bonamassa’s British Blues Explosion. I’ve been a fan of Joe for a while and this is one of my favorite things he’s done. Basically it’s him paying tribute to Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page. Playing their songs in his style and it’s amazing. And it’s not just the super popular songs, but it’s the deep cuts like Cream’s SWLABR from the Disraeli Gears album which was an important album for Cream and later it was the B side to Sunshine of Your Love. And I love that he chose to play those songs. I highly recommend giving this a listen if you haven’t.

That about wraps it up for this post, if we had any of the same favorites let me know and if not I’d love to know what your favorites were.

Until next time, enjoy your favorites and I hope you had a great August :).

-K

August Sephora Play Post: https://kyranycoleblog.com/2019/08/21/august-sephora-play-unboxing-2/

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Snack Crate Unboxing and Review

Hi everyone,

Today I have a fun post for you. I recently discovered Snack Crate, which is a monthly subscription box where you get snacks from all over the world. I’m always down to try foods from different countries so this seemed like a fun thing to try out. Because this is my first box I got to choose which country I wanted it from and I chose the UK.

So when you first open it there’s a Snack Crate sticker and a pamphlet that gives you information about the country and tells you about the snacks in your box. SC1

Under that is the snacks and they’re wrapped together in tissue paper that’s sealed with a Union Jack sticker.

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And then there’s your snacks. In this box, which is the mini, you get six. Two bags of chips and four sweets. Full disclosure, I did open the chips before I took these pictures because I was a little hungry when I received the box.

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The first snack we have is Walker’s French Fries in Worcester Sauce flavor. I know that Walker’s is Lay’s UK division so I figured it would be a solid chip. I was super intrigued by these because of the flavor. I like Worcester sauce so I was hopeful that I would like these and I definitely do. These look exactly like French fries, they’re light and crispy and the flavor is spot on. They’re tangy and savory and I would definitely buy a bigger bag of these.

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The second bag of chips is the Nando’s Peri-Peri Chicken Grooves. I watch quite a few British YouTubers so I hear a lot about Nando’s and it’s on my list of places to eat in the UK. These are groove cut, so they’re like Ruffles. Taste wise I would compare these to Chicken Top Ramen but with more spice. They’re very peppery with a citrus hint.

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Moving on to the sweet side, the first thing we have is Millions Vimto. I had to do a little bit of research on this one because I didn’t know what Vimto was, it’s a juice drink with grapes, raspberries and blackcurrants. These are chewy candy balls and they’re pretty good. Now that I’ve had these I’d like to try a glass of Vimto and see what it’s like in juice form.

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Next up we have the Wham Original Bar. This is a taffy bar that is really fruity, tangy and has little sour pieces that give a great pop of flavor. I liked this a lot more than I thought I would and this is the type of candy I would go for if I wanted something fruity.

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The second to last candy we have is Cadbury Twirl. We do have Cadbury in the US, but it’s not the exact same products. Because I love Cadbury chocolate, I was excited to see this. You do get two in the pack, but for this I only needed one. What these are is milk chocolate fingers that are flaked on the inside, then covered in smooth chocolate on the outside. This has to be one of the best candy bars I’ve had. It’s really light and soft on the inside and you get a really great, true chocolate flavor. I would definitely recommend trying one of these if you haven’t.

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And the last candy we have is Cadbury Crunchie. I’ve heard a lot about these and always thought it sounded interesting because it’s chocolate on the outside and honeycomb on the inside. I personally haven’t had any experience with honeycomb flavored candy, but this is really good. It’s light, brown sugary and sweet without being overly sweet. I would 100% eat this again.

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That about wraps it up for this post, overall I quite like Snack Crate and this is something that I would do again.

Until next time, you can never try too many subscription boxes and enjoy your snacks :).

-K

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Mother’s Day Desserts

Hi everyone,

I was looking at the calendar and realized that Mother’s Day is coming up, so I thought that this was the time to start looking at different food and drink options. So today I’m going to be talking about a few different desserts that are perfect for Mother’s Day. My mom has a big sweet tooth, so finding something to make for her is always fun for me. That being said, let’s get into it.

The first dessert we have is Double Lemon Cheesecake Bars. I’ve made these before and they’re super good. This recipe makes 16 servings.

What You Need:

  • 52 finely crush vanilla wafers
  • 3 tablespoons of melted butter
  • 4 eggs
  • 4 softened 8 ounce packages of cream cheese
  • 1 3/4 cups of sugar
  • 3 tablespoons of flour
  • 1 tablespoon of lemon zest
  • 1/3 cup of lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons of cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup of water

What You Do (Cheesecake):

  • The first thing you’re going to do is preheat your oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Then line a 13 x 9 pan with foil, making sure to have a little foil going over the sides.
  • Next take the finely crushed vanilla wafers and combine them with the butter and mix well. Pour that mixture into your foil lined pan and press down making sure to evenly distribute it and bake for 10 minutes.
  • Your next step is separating 1 egg and refrigerating the yolk until you’re ready to use it. Then add the cream cheese, 1 cup of sugar, flour, lemon zest, 2 tablespoons of lemon juice, and vanilla to a large bowl and mix until well combined.
  • Then add the egg white and the remaining 3 whole eggs one at a time, making sure to blend at a low speed until it’s completely blended and pour over your crust.
  • Bake for about 40 minutes or until the middle is almost set. Cool for an hour then refrigerate for four hours.

What You Do (Lemon Glaze):

  • Mix the cornstarch and remaining sugar together in a medium saucepan. Stir in water and the remaining lemon juice gradually until it’s well combined. Bring barely to a boil on medium heat and stir constantly until it’s clear and has thickened.
  • Take the egg yolk that you reserved and beat it with a fork in a small bowl. To that stir in 2 tablespoons of the cornstarch mixture then pour that back in to the saucepan and stir until well combined.
  • Cook that mixture for about 1 minute or until thickened, making sure to stir constantly. And cool slightly once it’s done.
  • Take the lemon glaze and spoon it over the cheesecake. Pop that in the fridge for an hour or until it’s firm.
  • Remove the cheesecake from the pan and slice.
  • Serve and enjoy!

The next dessert we have is Chocolate Mousse. When it’s done right, chocolate mousse is one of my favorites and this is one of the good ones. This recipe makes 8-10 servings.

What You Need:

  • 1 1/2 cups of mini marshmallows
  • 8 ounces of semi sweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1/2 cup of milk
  • 2 cups of heavy whipping cream

What You Do:

  • The first thing you want to do is add the marshmallows, chocolate and milk to a saucepan and heat it over medium low heat. Making sure to stir constantly until the marshmallows and chocolate are completely melted. Once they are completely melted, take off the heat and cool completely.
  • Next take the heavy whipping cream and beat it in a large bowl until it forms stiff peaks.
  • Then gently fold the chocolate mixture into the whipped cream until it’s well combined.
  • Spoon the mousse into whatever dishes you’re serving it in and put in the fridge for about 3 hours or until it’s set.
  • Serve and enjoy!

The second to last dessert we have is Strawberry Lemonade Cookies. Cookies are great for any occasion and this recipes makes 2 dozen.

What You Need (Cookies):

  • 1 box of strawberry cake mix
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup of vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons of flour
  • 2 teaspoons of lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon of lemon zest

What You Need (Frosting):

  • 2 cups of powered sugar
  • 4-5 tablespoons of lemon juice

What You Do (Cookies):

  • First up, preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line your baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • Next add the cake mix, eggs, oil, flour, lemon juice and lemon zest to a large bowl and mix until it’s well combined. Your batter should be kind of sticky.
  • Then drop tablespoons of the dough onto the baking sheets and bake for 8-10 minutes. Cool the cookies completely once they come out of the oven.

What You Do (Frosting):

  • Add the powdered sugar and 4 tablespoons of lemon juice to a medium bowl and beat until smooth. If the consistency isn’t where you want it, add the additional tablespoon of lemon juice.
  • Spread the frosting over the cooled cookies.
  • Serve and enjoy!

And the last dessert we have is Key Lime Pie Mousse. I love key lime pie and this is a very easy and time efficient way to make it. This recipe makes 10 servings.

What You Need:

  • 2/3 cup of graham cracker crumbs
  • 2 teaspoons of sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of melted butter
  • 2 cups of heavy cream
  • 1 can, 14 ounces, of sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 cup of key lime juice

What You Do:

  • The first thing you’re going to do is take the graham cracker crumbs, sugar and butter and add them to a small bowl. Mix that together until well combined and evenly distribute into whatever you’re serving them in.
  • Next, in a medium bowl add the heavy whipping cream and beat it until stiff peaks form.
  • Then in a different bowl, add the sweetened condensed milk and key lime juice and whisk together until smooth.
  • Take the key lime mixture and fold that into the whipped cream until it’s well combined.
  • Spoon that over the graham cracker crumbs and pop in the fridge until you’re ready to serve.
  • Garnish with a fresh lime wedge.
  • Serve and enjoy!

That about wraps it up for this post, if you guys make any of these I’d love to know how it turns out and if you have any Mother’s Day dessert recommendations let me know.

Until next time, have fun baking and I hope you all have a happy Mother’s Day :).

-K

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April Favorites

Hi everyone,

As it’s the last day of April, I thought today would be the perfect day to do my favorites. I think that I have a pretty good mix this month, so let’s get into it.

Starting with beauty, I have a couple of favorites from my April Sephora Play Box, I’ll leave a link to that down below if you haven’t read it. The first is the Clinique Pep-Start Eye Cream. I’ve been using an eye cream that I really liked but I was interested by this because I’m a big Clinique fan. And since I started using it I’ve not been disappointed. It hydrates, brightens and I feel like I look more refreshed. So this now has a permanent spot in my skincare cabinet.

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My second Sephora Play favorite is the Make Up For Ever Step 1 Skin Equalizer Primer in Smoothing Primer. I really like this, it smells good and it’s lightweight. It also really locks in my makeup and when I put it on I feel like it really gives me an extra nice surface to work with. If you’re looking for a new primer I would say definitely check this one out.

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My last Sephora Play favorite is the Fresh Sugar Advanced Therapy Treatment in Dream. I put this on before I go to bed and the next morning I can see/feel the difference. My lips are very moisturized and they have a slight plump to them. This also smells really good and there’s a slight pink tint to it so if you wanted to wear this during the day you’d get a little color.

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And my last beauty favorite is hairstyle. I got bored a few weeks ago and wanted to change up my bun a little so after I pulled my hair into a high ponytail I decided to braid it then shape it into the bun and I’m really happy with how it turned out. APRF3

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Next I have a fashion favorite and it’s this off the shoulder light blue top with little flowers on the sleeves from H&M. I bought this a little while and hadn’t had a chance to wear it yet, so when Easter came around I figured it was a good time. And I finished this look with a pair of white wedges. I don’t know if you can still get this top but they have quite a few other off the shoulder options.

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Moving on I have a food favorite and it’s Meiji Hello Panda cookies. I was at the grocery store a few weeks ago in the Asian food section looking for Pocky and I saw these next to it on the shelf. And they’re little cream filled cookies that are shaped like pandas and have pandas doing various activities on them. I bought them in strawberry and in the store they also had chocolate, which I want to try and I believe there are other flavors you can get online. But they’re really good and a fun little snack.

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My second to last favorite is a puzzle I did at the beginning of the month. You guys know how much I love puzzles. This one is 1,000 pieces and it took me a little longer to complete than the last one I did but most of the pieces are similar color, which in the grand scheme of things I appreciate. But this is a Thomas Kinkade and it’s a winter scene. Thomas Kinkade puzzles are always so pretty and I have a few sitting in my Amazon cart right now.

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And my last favorite is a music favorite. It’s the Doobie Brothers Brotherhood album. This album falls into that time period of the band’s music that I didn’t previously know a lot about and I only recently got into. And let me tell you, this album in my opinion, is super underrated. I mean top to bottom it’s full of fantastic, well written, well produced songs. If you haven’t ever listened to it, I would 100% recommend doing so.

That about wraps it up for this post, if we had any of the same favorites let me know and if not I’d love to know what you favorites were.

Until next time, enjoy your favorites and I hope you had a great April :).

-K

April Sephora Play Post:

April Sephora Play Unboxing

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