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Side by Side {I Love Your Crazy}

Hi, my name is Shannon, and I write the blog I Love Your Crazy. I love the Side by Side series here on Cupcakes for Breakfast. After a gushing email, Nikki and I decided that we would do a Side by Side with our favorite colors for each other’s blogs. Normally, I would jump at the chance to profess my love for navy blue, but sometimes I cheat on my go-to color with corals and reds. I saw this little number and instantly craved watermelon shades of red. I couldn’t pass up the chance to pair the two together today. Here is my version of Nikki’s clever series.

side by side Kate Spade watermelon frock pink Shannon I love your crazy

red frock // red watermelon

* Don’t forget to check out Nikki’s Side by Side over on I Love Your Crazy today!

Be My Valentine {One Bite At A Time}

I hope everyone is having a happy heart day! So, I had to include a little DC food blogger love in this series. After all, it’s where this blog got it’s start. So I’m happy to welcome Alejandra from One Bite at a Time. She’s always inspiring me with her kitchen concoctions, fabulous dining experiences, and social media expertise. She definitely deserves a follow on Twitter!

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A Guide For Two Cooks In The Kitchen

When Nikki originally asked me to do a Valentine’s day guest post I was excited, but at a loss as to what to write about. Then I recalled a conversation I had with a chef friend of mine.

Food is so many things, but most importantly food is all about love. And on special days, it’s quite sexy too! My chef friend asked me if I’d ever cooked with someone before and imagine his surprise when I said no, no I had not. For loving food as much as I do and cooking or baking all the time, I’d never cooked with someone!

Valentine's Kitchen Frjolita One bite at a time

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Whether you cook with friends, a new love, or a time-tested love cooking with someone can be so special! So here’s what I’ve learned so far:

Keep it simple. One pot dishes like basic braised short ribs or a beef stew are easy and double down on taste. Pair that with a creamy polenta and dinner is set!

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We all know reading the recipe is so important before we set off to cook a dish, but especially so when cooking with someone. This is the time to divide up the tasks! This way everyone stays out of each other’s way.

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Chop, stir, and sip your way to dinner! Maybe mix a cocktail, or pour a glass of delicious wine but let’s not forget we’re having a little bit of fun here!

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For heaven’s sake, turn off the tv and turn on the iTunes (or the Pandora, or the Spotify…whatever you are using)! I’ve always loved cooking to music – while I’m more apt to put on Shakira or Madeleine Peyroux depending on my mood, maybe it’s Lil Wayne or Carrie Underwood that suits your evening? Either way, a dance party in the kitchen and some spontaneous singing into your wooden spoon is just what an evening makes!

If your cooking partner is of the more romantic variety, a dish that needs to sit a bit – like a braise or a soup – gives you plenty of time for a cuddle and maybe a kiss or two. That’s where the wine or cocktail might also play a role? Of course, then there’s roast chicken and we know what Ruhlman thinks of that!

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I’m having fun cooking with people lately – you certainly learn there’s a rhythm to how you operate in your kitchen – but mixing it up with a laugh, a dance, or something sweeter only makes a meal that much better! Do you like to share cooking responsibilities? What are your favorite things to make with someone?

Be My Valentine {So Much to Smile About}

Well, we’ve made it – Happy Valentine’s Day!

I think I squealed when I found out that Liz from So Much to Smile About lives in DC too. She’s bringing so much style to our city – it’s super exciting! This lucky girl just got back from New York Fashion Week, but she was sweet enough to put together a hot outfit for going out tonight. I love the pops of pink!

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Hi sweet readers! Liz here from So Much to Smile About. While I swear I do love Valentine’s Day, I’m just not a huge fan of pinks and reds – but the perfect LBD and a pop of color? That’s something I can support! So I thought I’d share with you some of my picks for adding in a bit of festive color this Valentine’s Day, whether you’re hitting the town with your girlfriends or have a romantic evening planned! OR even if you’re staying in, who says you can’t wear fabulous pink pumps around the house?

valentine's day outfit so much to smile about guest post Liz

1. BaubleBar necklace / 2. James Perse dress / 3. ASOS bag / 4. BaubleBar earrings / 5. ASOS shoes / 6. Juicy Couture dress / 7. Essie nail polish / 8. Essie nail polish / 9. BaubleBar necklace / 10. Rebecca Minkoff bag / 11. Kate Spade pumps

Be My Valentine {Brunch at Saks}

Now that we’re all decked out in pink for Mackenzie’s pajama party, I think we need a little  snack. And what a better combination than these chocolate chip cookie dough truffles from Brunch at Saks? (Seriously, I think cookie dough was made for sleepovers!) I’m so happy to have gotten to know Annemarie recently. She is the sweetest, has superb taste, and has been blowing me away with all of her gluten-free baking ideas! Ok, now we’re ready for a fun girly night!

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Hi there! Annemarie here from Brunch at Saks. I’m so excited to be a part of Cupcakes for Breakfast today. I’ve loved Nikki’s blog since the first day I came across it, so I’m thrilled to be here. With Valentine’s Day coming up, I thought these chocolate chip cookie dough truffles would be just the treat to share.  They’re rather easy to make, look really good dressed up with fun toppings like sprinkles, and best of all they’re egg-free, so the worry of eating them is gone (the guilt, however, remains!). I made these gluten free and dairy free as well, but sub any ingredients that work best for you.  Wishing you lots of love and happiness this Valentine’s Day!

Valentine's Day chocolate chip cookie dough truffles Brunch at Saks

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Truffles

  • 1 C. butter or margarine, room temperature (allergy substitute: Earth Balance soy/dairy free butter)
  • 1/2 C. white or raw sugar
  • 3/4 C. brown sugar
  • 1/3 C. milk (allergy sub: coconut, soy, almond, or hemp milk)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 1/4 C. flour (I used a blend of white rice flour, potato starch, and tapioca flour)
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 C. semisweet chocolate chips for dough (allergy sub: EnjoyLife chocolate chips)
  • 2 C. any chocolate for melting (chocolate chips, bars, wafers, etc)

Suggested toppings:

  • Sprinkles, shredded coconut, chopped nuts (peanuts, macadamia, pistachio, almonds, pecans- which ever you prefer)

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Directions

  1. In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or a large bowl with an electric mixer) cream together butter and sugars on low speed until fluffy. Add in milk and vanilla extract. Slowly incorporate flour, salt, and baking soda until fully combined. Add in chocolate chips. (I used a wooden spoon during this last step).
  2. Cover dough and refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour.  Once dough is firm, form 1″ balls and place on a wax/parchment paper lined baking sheet. (I used a 1″ ice cream scooper at this step so all the truffles would be close in size. A tablespoon would work fine too). Place in the freezer until firm, about 30 minutes.
  3. Now the fun part begins! In a glass or microwave safe bowl, melt any dipping chocolate (or extra chocolate chips) according to package directions. Double broiler or microwave both work just the same for this step, which ever you prefer.
  4. Using a spoon, dip dough balls into chocolate and roll until fully covered. I found they turned out best if they’re nearly frozen prior to being dipped. It might be easiest to do these in batches, leaving some of the freezer until just before you’re going to dip them. Place dipped truffles on a lined baking sheet to cool.
  5. Add on your toppings if you want a little extra pizazz!

Enjoy!

Valentine's Day chocolate chip cookie dough truffles Brunch at Saks

Valentine's Day chocolate chip cookie dough truffles Brunch at Saks

Recipe adapted from Love & Olive Oil via York Ave. All images by Brunch at Saks.

Be My Valentine {Design Darling}

I’m delighted to share a post this morning from Mackenzie of Design Darling. This girl is a superstar and will soon knock our socks off with the DD boutique launching this year. I can’t wait to see where she goes and all the great things she will do – but I think I’m even more excited to meet her a week from today! Let the blogger love continue!

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Hi there! I’m Mackenzie from Design Darling and I’m excited to be sharing a little Valentine’s Day post here on Cupcakes For Breakfast! Whether you’re single, married, or somewhere in between, I think we can all agree that the holiday is a really great excuse to don our girly best and have a ball!

 

Pajama party, anyone? What are your plans for February 14? Thanks, Nikki, for having me!