All Things Foodie

Unicorn Bark

I always bring a sweet treat to my girls’ night dinners and try to make it myself. I was inspired to make candy instead of bake…mostly because I have been short on time lately. So I decided to make white chocolate unicorn bark. It was so easy to make and turned out so pretty. I know the bright colors will bring a smile to my friends’ faces.

To make this simple bark, you will need a microwave, a freezer, a toothpick, a rubber spatula, two spoons, glass bowl (or any microwave safe bowl) and two smaller bowls, cookie sheet, parchment paper, white chocolate candy melts (I used Ghiradelli), pastel food coloring (I used Wilton gel food coloring), sprinkles of your choice, and your favorite candies and toppings. I used Lucky Charms cereal, sprinkles, and edible glitter. The total time this treat will take to make is about an hour.

First you will line the cookie sheet with parchment paper. Pour the white chocolate candy melts into the glass bowl (tip: I used two bags of candy melts) and microwave the candy in 30 second increments, taking the bowl out of the microwave to stir until the candy is melted. It took me about 1 minute and 15 seconds…so the last time I just did 15 seconds. Make sure to stir the chocolate together until smooth and glossy. Next you will pour a small amount of the melted chocolate into the two other bowls and color with food coloring. I decided on pink and purple, so I made those colors in the small bowls by dropping a few drops of coloring into each bowl and stirring with a spoon until I got the color I wanted. Now spread the uncolored melted white chocolate on the parchment paper in an even thickness with the spatula. Then take one of the bowls of colored chocolate and use a spoon to drizzle on top of the uncolored white chocolate layer. Repeat this process with the other color of melted white chocolate. You can use as many colors as you want. Take a toothpick and swirl these colors together to make a pretty design.

Now just have fun topping the melted chocolate with the sprinkles, glitter, cereal, candy or whatever you have chosen until you feel you have covered the chocolate enough. Use your hands to lightly press the toppings into the chocolate so they will stay put.  Place the pan in the freezer (make sure it lays evenly) for 30 mins to an hour. Mine was ready and set after 30 mins. Then take out of the freezer and use your clean hands to break apart the hardened bark into whatever size pieces you desire, the more uneven the better it looks. I then packaged mine up in cute little treat bags and tied them with pink ribbons. I am sure my girlfriends will love this whimsical treat and if you have children, the topping possibilities and colors are endless and will provide a fun rainy day edible project that they will love to do and eat!

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All Things Foodie

Unicorn Hot Chocolate

Ever since I was a little girl I have always loved everything pretty, pink, and magical. So it was only natural that after reading about a little cafe in Anaheim that served Unicorn Hot Chocolate, I try it for myself.

I had just celebrated my birthday and I celebrate the entire week, so I decided to end the week of festivities by driving from LA to Anaheim and try the drink that has taken Instagram by storm. I waited 2 hours in line at the Creme & Sugar cafe and purchased the secret menu items, the Unicorn Hot Chocolate, Unicorn Bark, and Unicorn Cake. I was so excited when I finally had them in my hot little hands because the colors were so vibrant and fun. The pink colored white hot chocolate was piled high with whipped cream, sprinkles, and multicolored marshmallows. The beautiful bark was covered with Lucky Charms, rainbows,sprinkles, and marshmallows, and the pretty pastel layered cake looked so fluffy and moist.

Now this is the hard part…..

I was severely disappointed. The flavor of the white hot chocolate was barely there and the cake was flavorless as well. The only redeeming item was the bark as it was super sweet and the cereal added a nice texture with each bite. That being said, I would not drive an hour and wait another two to partake in these secret menu items again for myself. I would however, bring my friends children to indulge in these treats as I think they would absolutely go bonkers over them and truly appreciate the whimsical nature of all three items. I was completely impressed with the presentation and the anticipation of trying the treats conjured up magical feelings and excitement that brought me back to my childhood, so for that I am delighted.

http://www.cremensugar.com

 

 

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Beauty

Lush Pink Dragonfruit Scent

I am a sucker for coupons and samples. All my friends think I’m insane, but I LOVE a good deal! So when Bath and Body Works sent me a coupon for a complimentary travel size signature scent and 20 percent off my purchase, I darted to the store.

I sniffed all the scents and chose Lush Pink Dragonfruit from the new spring line. I used it tonight during my ritual evening shower and was captured by the scent. It is delicately fruity and transported me to my last vacation. I am obsessed!! And of course it is a pretty pink color, my favorite.

The scent is contains notes of Dragonfruit, wild water lilies, pomegranate caipirinha, jungle plum, and passion fruit nectar. It is a lovely combination. The extra bonus is the shower gel has Shea butter, vitamin E and aloe so your skin is not only clean but well moisturized.

The shower gel retails for $12.50 and can be purchased at Bath and Body works.

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All Things Foodie

Berrylicious Smoothie

I was inspired by the Berrylicious Smoothie at Kreation to try to replicate it at home. Their version is delicious, but mine came pretty darn close.

Blend together 6 raspberries, 5 large strawberries (I used Harry’s berries from the farmer’s market), 1/4 cup coconut water, 1/2 cup coconut milk, one small banana, one spoonful of almond butter, and one spoonful of raw clover honey. Blend until it becomes a smooth consistency and beautiful pink color. This is a great way to start your day or a midday snack. It is thick and luxurious and totally satisfying.

Thanks for the inspiration, Kreation. Don’t worry, I will still buy yours because it is packed with additional goodness, but this is a great substitute.

Visit http://www.kreationjuice.com for locations near you and do try this one at home.

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Fashion

Blushworthy Bedding

I have been daydreaming about the blush colored bedding at Restoration Hardware’s Baby & Child. Yes, it is kid stuff, but I love it still.

The display rooms at the store were so beautiful and whimsical, I wanted to permanently set up camp in one of the awesome monogrammed tents and stay forever. The fluffy beds were layered perfectly with plush pillows, faux furs, and pintucked duvet covers, all welcoming you to snuggle up and read a bedtime story. I actually think the delicately colored bedding would work well in any room, no matter your age, as the decor was a far cry from Carebears and Unicorns. It radiates luxury and comfort in a way that is also inviting, rather than pretentious. The boys’ decor was just as amazing, but since I am a girly girl, I gravitated toward the frills.

I urge you to take a peek online or go to the store in Santa Monica to revel in all the pretty little things the store has to offer and to be inspired by their designers hard work.

Www.rhbabyandchild.com

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Beauty

Going Incognito

I am always on the hunt for the perfect shade of nail polish for everyday. The answer to my neutral nail dreams is Dior nail lacquer in Incognito.

Dior Vernis gel shine and nail lacquer in this shade is the perfect fit for a lovely daily color. It is a pale, nudey pink that gives your nails just enough of a hint of color to compliment any outfit. This polish is super glossy and wears really well for a week! It only slightly chips on the tips, which is a huge feat in my book because my nail polish always chips easily.

Dior Vernis nail polish sets itself apart from other brands because it is sold as a “gel-coat” which has a special techno-polymer on the formula that keeps the polish intensly shiny. It is also is composed of organic silicon, which enhances the long wear ability of the polish. The brush is longer, with a rounded tip for flawless, easy application. The color is so rich, that it easily covers the nail with two coats. You can feel good about using this polish because┬áDior Vernis is formulated without toluene, formaldehyde, phthalates or camphor.

I am in love with this color and have adopted it as my new staple.

The polish retails for $25 and can be purchased at http://www.dior.com and http://www.sephora.com

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