Chicks on Sticks

I’ve seen so many cute Easter recipes and ideas lately. Quite frankly though, all of them seemed like a lot of work so rather than baking cupcakes or trying my luck at cake pops, I decided to start with something pre made (Oreo cookies!) and focus my efforts on only the decorating. The process was a little messy but definitely saved me a few hours in the kitchen and yielded tasty results (plus quite a few broken cookies – ALL of which I ate.)

Scroll down for directions. Happy Easter!oreo chicks on sticks

(Oreo) Chicks on Sticks

*Inspired by these super cute chick cupcakes

Ingredients

  • 2 12 oz bags of yellow Candy Melts (available at Michael’s or baking supply stores)
  • 24 lollipop sticks
  • 1 box Double Stuf Oreos
  • 1/2 c mini chocolate chips
  • White, yellow, orange icing
  • 1 bottle yellow sanding sugar

Directions

  1. Twist the top off an Oreo cookie. Using one of the sticks, make an indent in the filling.
  2. Melt the candy melts in the microwave and stir until smooth. Dip the stick into the chocolate and press into the indentation. Put the top of the cookie back on and gently press together.
  3. Repeat with remaining cookies.
  4. Reheat the chocolate if necessary. Holding onto the stick, lower a cookie into the melted chocolate. Spoon over sides if needed to cover the cookie completely. Let remaining icing drip off.
  5. Sprinkle the yellow sugar over the cookie until the top and sides are covered, holding over plate or bowl and gently shake off excess sugar.
  6. Lay the cookie onto parchment paper to harden. Immediately push two mini chocolate chips into the chocolate, flat side up for eyes.
  7. Repeat steps 4-6 until all cookies are coated with chocolate and sugar. Allow chocolate to harden for 5-10 minutes.
  8. Using the yellow icing, pipe wings onto the side of each cookie and coat with yellow sugar. Next, pipe a triangle beak and feet onto each cookie using the orange icing. Finally, add white icing dots to each chocolate chip.
  9. Place cookies into small cellophane treat bags and tie with a festive ribbon, then arrange in a basket using floral foam and grass.
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Dining Room Inspiration

With most of the first floor renovations complete at Kyle’s house, he’s put me to work decorating. I’m feeling a bit overwhelmed. Before living on my own, I always attributed decorating to being a bit like picking out an outfit – just dressing a space instead of myself. But I’ve learned it’s a lot harder, a LOT more expensive, and something most of us don’t get to practice very often. I mean seriously, besides interior decorators, most of us probably haven’t had the means to decorate more than one or two spaces, college dorms aside, before we’re thirty. Until now, furnishing a place, for me, has consisted mainly of hand-me-downs from my parents and a few IKEA purchases here and there.

That aside, we’re having some friends over for dinner in a few weeks so I’m focusing on the dining room first. Kyle’s one rule: No re-painting walls. (Disappointing but after eight months of renovations, I suppose I see why.) So to get my own creative juices flowing inside the sage green walls and before going crazy with Kyle’s credit card, I put together some ideas:

Dining Room Inspiration

1. Mirror, Z Gallerie (or my DIY version here)  |  2. Parsons Side Chairs, Overstock.com  |  3. Chandelier, Overstock.com  |  4. Paint, Cedar Grove 444, Benjamin Moore  |  5. Rug, Pottery Barn  |  6. Table, World Market

Lovely Little Things: The Monogram Edition

Monograms aren’t just for über preps anymore, although I think we can certainly thank them for their rise in popularity over recent years. Lisa Birnbach, author of The Official Preppy Handbook, writes “Preppies have known it for years: who needs LV or YSL when you can lay claim to a discreet EBW III. Monograms symbolize ownership, telling people that we’re proud of our names and heritage. Not to mention, they add a bit of classiness to the most ordinary of things. A canvas tote? Kind of boring. A monogrammed canvas tote? A whole different story.

However, there are a few (subjective) rules before heading to the monogram shop:

Less is more. Monograms should be understated in both size and number. Your monogrammed filigree necklace should not be worn with your monogrammed Jack Rogers and your monogrammed J.Crew oxford. Pick one. Monograms should also be limited in size. Keep them small. You don’t go around shouting your first, middle, and last name to everyone you meet. Your belongings shouldn’t either.

Just because it can be monogrammed, doesn’t mean it should. Avoid monogramming the windshield of your car, a mani/pedi, or your dog’s collar. If you’re under the age of 50 and live in the Midwest, avoid the belt buckle too…by all means.

And so while, yes, there are a few don’ts to keep in mind with monogramming, here are few pieces that are definite do’s in my book.

Monograms

1. Leather Tote, Mark and Graham  |  2. Monogrammed Sunglasses, The Pink Monogram  |  3. Greek Key Monogrammed Note Set, Design Darling  |  4. Monogrammed Vase, Maid of Clay  |  5. Monogrammed Lamp Shade, Shades of Light  |  6. Coasters, Haymarket Designs

 

Mirror Makeover

My boyfriend, Kyle, is finishing up some renovations to his house and asked me to help decorate. I was lusting after a silvery quatrefoil mirror from Z Gallerie; price tag = $499 (+$50 delivery and processing). While I swore there was no piece more perfect for the dining room wall than this mirror, there was just no way…

Z Gallerie Quatrefoil Mirror,

Z Gallerie Quatrefoil Mirror, $499

So when I ran across a similar mirror in black at Hobby Lobby for $70 on sale for 50% off, I was clearly ecstatic. A couple coats of paint and I had my dream mirror for a total investment of under $50.

Materials and instructions below.

Mirror Makeover

Materials:

  • Quatrefoil mirror, available at Hobby Lobby (in store only) or Lowes
  • Metallic paint
  • Primer
  • Scouring pad
  • Brush (I used a bristle paint brush; use a foam brush for a smoother finish)
  • Razor blade (or painter’s tape; however, if your mirror has rounded corners, it may be easier to scrape any paint off with a razor blade once the paint has dried)

Directions:

  1. Scuff surface with scouring pad.
  2. Prime and paint the frame according to can or bottle instructions.
  3. Let frame dry overnight.
  4. Use a razor blade to scrape any dried paint off the mirror (or remove tape).
  5. Voila! You’re done. Hang the mirror and enjoy.