Favorite Sweet Treats

On average, once or twice a month I get to volunteer as green room host at our church.  The job consists of setting out the food provided by whatever restaurant is catering that day, restocking the drink fridge and candy bowls, making coffee, and in general making sure that all of the musicians and production volunteers have what they need when they aren’t on stage.  I enjoy trying out new recipes that I find from blogs through Pinterest on the 30+ people each time.  It gives me a lot of feedback and I know whether or not to keep the recipe for future use.  I thought I would share some of the recipes that have been the biggest hits – you may notice a pattern that most involve Oreos.



Oreo Pudding Cookies by The Girl Who Ate Everything




Cookies and Cream Rice Krispie Treats by Cooking Classy





Homemade Kit Kat Bars by Serious Eats






Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Sandwiches by Two Peas and their Pod





Oreo Truffles by Kraft Recipes





Cookies ‘n Cream Puppy Chow by Whisk Away Your Worries





Cookies & Cream Bars by Willow Bird Baking



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Progress Report: Guest Bedroom

In preparation for our first overnight guests at the end of the month, I am finally getting around to painting the guest bedroom.  I chose this room as the guest room because it is on the back side of the house and is across the hall from the spare bathroom.  The room had a circus tent mural on one wall and four elephants painted on the opposite wall.  I started by sanding them down, then applied two coats of primer.  I liked the paint color the previous owners had used in the main floor bedroom, so I found the old paint can in the basement and had it color-matched at Sherwin Williams.  The inspiration color is Roaring Mountain by Ralph Lauren.

This room is bigger than either of the spare rooms at our first house and it has two windows, which provide nice natural light.  I had one of these curtain panels at the old house and luckily Target was still carrying them by the time we moved and I was able to order a few more.  It turns out that they are a little long in this room because of the large crown moulding. Even though I hung the curtain rod brackets flush to the bottom of the crown, the curtains still puddle a little.

This room is on the back side of the house, so anyone staying with us will have this nice private view from the window.  Not a neighbor in site.

There are a few changes that I would like to make over time in this room:

  • Hang white roman shades behind the curtains (Summer 2014)
  • Install new curtain rods and finials (Summer 2014)
  • Trade the full size mattress for a queen size
  • There is enough room for a larger, more comfortable chair and maybe a little desk
  • Add a ceiling fan (and scrape the popcorn texture from the ceiling)
  • Replace one of the panes in the smaller window that has a crack
  • Add a floor lamp to the corner with the chair

Here is how it looked when we moved in:

From the listing:

Progress Report: Kitchen

I’ve been dragging my feet, but I finally buckled down and painted the kitchen last weekend.  Because it was red when we moved in, I wanted to prime it before painting, so that meant double the cutting in around cabinets, three doorways, a window, chair-rail, crown moulding and countertops.  I consider myself pretty good at cutting in with a steady hand and patience, but it does require being in the right mood for such tedious work.  I used the same paint that I used in the den, which was color-matched at Sherwin Williams to the living room/dining room color - Gobi Desert by Behr.

My plan is to add a coat of Dover White to the cabinets this Spring.  It seems like whoever painted these cabinets before only used one coat of paint and probably no primer, so the wood color is coming through.  Unfortunately, it just makes all the cabinets look like they are dingy and yellowing.  I did already change out the drawer pulls for some cup pulls that I had from my kitchen makeover at the old house that ended up not fitting the old drawers.  We have a new gooseneck faucet for the sink and a vent hood for over the range that will be installed soon.

For the time being, I will probably just use the wooden folding table in the breakfast area and figure out some chairs for the space.  I think I would eventually like a new dining table, and we can use our current one in the breakfast area at that point.  Until we are ready for a full remodel, the only thing left to do is choose some window treatments and maybe some decorative accents.

The very red before:

Sugar and Spice Baby Shower

The last of the three cousin showers I helped with happened last weekend.  It was the only girl shower that my mom, cousin and I got to plan.  We went with a Sugar and Spice theme, which is wide open for interpretation, but I found some cute inspiration online.


For the gift table, I hung a dozen white tissue honeycomb balls and a sugar and spice, everything nice banner made using this kit from Rifle Paper Co.  My cousin made the adorable diaper tricycle on the table.

We used a lot of pretty cut glass dishes on the food table – I made chicken salad on croissants, sugar donut muffins and pumpkin spice muffins.  I also put out some sugared peach candies and rock candy sticks.  My mom made sugared and spiced pecans as well as a fruit and angel food cake trifle.  My cousin made chocolate-dipped oreos and Strawberry Lemonade Punch.  She also made the white tutu that we used under the cake stand.

Above the drink table, I hung a set of the Martha Stewart Pink Accordion Lanterns.  On the table, I added my gold sequined table runner that I use at my New Year’s Eve parties for a little extra sparkle.  I also rimmed the glasses with light pink sugar sprinkles and set out some pink and white striped paper straws.  The flowers came from mom’s yard.

Bradley nailed the design for our invitations (my inspiration came from here).  I love the way they turned out.

Progress Report: Master Bathroom

Our new master bathroom isn’t small, but it is the second item on our major renovation list after moving the laundry.  It is very dated with gold fixtures, a big frameless mirror and a vanity with a weird inset under the sink area.  The toilet sort of sits out in the middle of the right side of the room and the shower is tiny.  I started my temporary updates with new paint.  The previous owners had it painted a vivid golden yellow.  I used the same paint color from the bedroom, but added some mildewcide to the paint for added protection.

I painted the vanity using Sherwin Williams Adhesion primer and Pro Classic paint in Dover White.  I’m very happy with this shade of white.  It is slightly warmer than buying straight white gloss paint off the shelf.  I also changed the hardware – 3 inch finial pulls from Martha Stewart in polished nickel and nickel hinges.  I also scoured the internet for towel rings after discovering that the polished nickel selection at local stores was awful, not to mention that many of the towel rings now seem to have metal posts but plastic rings.  I found an ebay seller with three Waterhill polished nickel towel rings by Moen for $25 each, much better than the $88 msrp.  I bought all three so that when I get around to the other two full bathrooms, I will have them on hand.

Paint Color:

Here are the before shots:

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