Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Classy Baking: Christmas in August

Hey everyone!  So this week I have been thinking about what kind of Holiday treats I want to bake this year.  I know, I know, it is way to early to be thinking about that, but I always like to make homemade treats to give to family and friends, and I like to test all of them to make sure they are gift worthy, and since I have some free time this week, why not!  So I'm calling this post Christmas in August.  During the week, I'll add new recipes that I have tried.  Hope everyone enjoys!
*Edit* OK, so it ended up being a busy week :( But, even though I have not tried some of these recipes yet, I'll post a few I plan on making!

Drop Sugar Cookies
(not my picture, but they look just like this)

These are a family favorite and are always requested for any gathering we have, and they are super easy.


2 3/4 C. Self-Rising flour ( you can use AP flour, just add 1 tsp. baking soda and 1/2 tsp. baking powder)
1 C. (2 sticks) Butter, softened
1 1/2 C. Granulated Sugar
1 Lg. Egg
1 tsp. Vanilla


1. Pre heat oven to 375*
2. In large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until smooth.  Beat in egg and vanilla.
3. (Skip if using self rising flour) If using AP flour, combine flour, baking soda and baking powder in medium bowl.
4. Gradually add flour (or flour mixture) to butter mixture, beat until smooth dough is formed
5. Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls on to an ungreased cookie sheet.
6. Bake for 8-10 min or until golden brown.  Let rest on cookie sheet for 2 min. then transfer to cooling racks.  Let cool completely.  This makes about 4 dozen cookies.

Easy Crock Pot Candy
Our cousin made these last year and they were SO good and super easy to make! These little candies would be great to bring to a party or you can package them in pretty tins to give as gifts!


2 C. Semi-Sweet chocolate chips
1 C. Milk Chocolate chips
2 lbs of white almond bark
(you can add any type of chocolate chips or even those candy bits if you like)
24 oz. Dry, roasted peanuts


1. Pour peanuts in the bottom of the crock pot
2. Add bark and chocolate pieces
3. Cook on low heat for 1 1/2 to 2 hours or until good and melted
4. Stir a couple times to combine it all
5. Spoon onto wax paper and let cool

Decadent Dipped Pretzels
The hubby and I are headed north over the holidays to visit my family, and these yummy treats travel well and make great gifts, stocking stuffers, or even a handy snack for on the road!
2 cups chopped nuts (any kind you prefer)
1 bag soft caramel squares (unwrapped)
1 cup peanut butter-flavored pieces
1 cup milk chocolate pieces
2 Tbs. milk
25 pretzel rods


1. In a food processor combine nuts, peanut butter pieces, and chocolate pieces. Cover and process until mixture is coarsely chopped (or coarsely chop nuts, peanut butter pieces, and chocolate pieces with a knife and combine). Transfer mixture to a large bowl; set aside.
2. In a microwave-safe bowl, add caramel squares and milk. Microwave for 2 minutes, stirring once. Let cool slightly.
3. Dip each pretzel into caramel mixture, covering about 2/3 of the pretzel. Let caramel drip off slightly.
4. Roll, or spoon some of the nut and chocolate mixture, pressing the mixture into the caramel softly with a spoon.
5. Let cool on wax paper.

xoxo Julia

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Ellen Allen Annapolis

Hey fellow prepsters out there!  Today I was cruising around the blogs and came across a post by 2PreppyGirls about Ellen Allen Annapolis.  I had never heard of Ellen before so I took a peek and WOW!  I absolutely LOVE everything I see!

She has gorgeous Bags, Wallet/Clutches, Scarves and Ties, all in beautiful colors.  Here is a look at what they have:

The Eastport: $250 available in Navy, Yellow and Green. Extra large tote you can use for going to the market or for spending a day on the water.

The Oxford: $125 available in Green. Super cute!  You can use it as a wallet or a clutch, great for a grab and go!

The Murray Hill: $180 available in Yellow and Navy.  Super cute yet very practical Medium-ish bag.

The Edgehill: $90. Available in Green. Simple and classy, just like a wallet should be, not to mention it has tons of room! 

The Harwood Scarf: $75.00 in green.  This 100% Silk Charmeuse scarf is super preppy.  It would look great tied on one of the bags or in your hair.

I think I am going to be getting the Edgehill wallet, I don't think I can live with out it too much longer!  I hope y'all will check Ellen out!

xoxo Julia


Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Lilly Pulitzer Sale at Pink Pelican

Hey everyone.  Long time, no post!  I've been super busy with work (I'm hoping to get some pics up of my candle line for all to see really soon).

While all that was going on, I got an email from my local Lilly store, Pink Pelican, about their online 3 day sale.  I LOVE Lilly, so of course I had to check it out.  They have some really good deals and very cute stuff, so I thought I would share some of my favorites
The Docksider Clutch $128.00 $61.44

The Adelson Shift Dress $198.00 $128.64

The Hooked Up Clutch $138.00 $66.24

The Vanna Dress $198.00 $158.40 (how cute would that Docksider or Hooked Up clutch look with this!?)

Just a Little Knotty Wedge in natural $198.00 $118.00 (I LOVE these)

The Wilma Dress $278.00 $99.00 ( I love white dresses, this one is simple and classy with pretty detail) 

Set In Stone Sandal $228.00 $109.44 ( can't go wrong with these, and they would look great with that Wilma dress)

The Dolly Dress $268.00 $128.64 (I love Prep Green, and the detail on this dress is beautiful)

Capri Swim Trunks $68.00 $40.80 ( I can't forget my wonderful hubby!  He would love these, and who can complain at $40?)

Behind the Hedge Wedge $228.00 $109.44

I'll be surprised if I don't buy everything! Haha.  I hope some of you will be able to take advantage of all these great deals!

xoxo Julia