January 2012 archive

Sisterly Six

This week we celebrated with friends: coming to visit, tying the knot, sharing the Kardashians finale. Don’t judge. You love it too. Here’s to good friends. Oh, and other things we are obsessing over this week.

Niki:







This book {series of books} has pretty much consumed my existence. Do not let your kids read it.







A note I spotted on an apartment door in Miami. Intriguing…..

Ali:







New favorite eyeliner for a smokey eye. At a great price point.







Privileged to have been a part of this gorgeous wedding this weekend. {photo by Jeff Kolodny}

Gavi:







Dying to make these dehydrated kale “chips.” {AKA can one of my sisters with a dehydrator please make and send to me}.







Spotted on House of Turquoise. Love the colors.

xoxo,

Niki, Ali + Gavi

Say Cheese







I did it. I caved. I bought a camera. This camera. A digital SLR. Woot woot.

I wish I could insert a fabulous photo taken with new said camera right here.

Unfortunately, UPS is currently holding it hostage. Until tomorrow. Or so says my tracking number.

In the meantime, I’m distracting myself by pre-ordering lots of new and exciting books.







Like this one by our talented and amazing friend, Amy Atlas. It’s going to be delicious both looking and tasting. I just know it. Amy rocks.







Or this one by the talented and amazing Tori Spelling. Although we are not yet, I’m pretty sure we should be friends.

Any pearls of wisdom for the new camera?

xoxo,

Niki

Cakery Friday: Homemade Thin Mints

Last week I did something nice for Niki. I babysat the twins while she went to see the Heat beat the Lakers. I never thought I would be rewarded for my efforts {I mean, aside from an evening with my favorite babies}. Boy was I wrong.

Around 9 pm there was a knock at the door. Slightly confused as to who would be visiting at that hour, I went to the door. And low and behold there were Girl Scouts standing outside. After purchasing {and consuming} one too many of those delicious delicacies I knew I had to attempt to re-create them on my own. Now, don’t get me wrong, I want to support the Girl Scouts of America. But at the same time, I want to support my year-long need for thin mints. The results are nothing short of perfection!









Gather all of the ingredients.







In your electric mixer, fitted with the paddle attachment, cream 8 ounces of room temperature, unsalted butter until light and fluffy.







Add in 1 cup of confectioners’ sugar and continue to cream.







Stir in 1 teaspoon of vanilla, 3/4 teaspoon of salt and 1 cup of cocoa powder and mix until batter is smooth and creamy {almost the texture of frosting}.







Add in 1 1/2 cups of all purpose flour and mix until the batter is no longer dusty but still crumbly.







Turn the dough onto your countertop and knead together. Divide the dough in half and wrap in plastic wrap. Allow to chill for 15 minutes.







Roll the dough very thin {approximately 1/8″}- you can either flour the countertop and your rolling pin or place the dough between two sheets of parchment paper to ensure it does not stick. If the dough is too firm, microwave it for 5 seconds to thin it out.  Cut the cookies using a round cookie cutter and bake for 10 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven and allow to cool completely.



















Meanwhile, melt 1 pound of chocolate candy coating melts with 1 teaspoon of peppermint extract on a double boiler OR using this handy dandy contraption. If the chocolate is too thick, thin it out with 1 tablespoon of shortening.







Using a fork gently drop cookies {1 at a time} into the chocolate coating. Flip to coat all sides. Lift cookies out with a fork, allowing the excess chocolate to drip back into the bowl. Place on parchment paper and allow to dry completely.













Enjoy!









For a printer-friendly version of this recipe click here: Homemade Thin Mints

xoxo,

Ali



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