happy valentine’s friends!

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wishing you all a happy valentine’s day! while the mister and i don’t go out to eat or anything (it’s kind of amateur hour when you’re restaurant nuts like us), we do have a few fun things planned for today and this weekend. and a long weekend to boot! as you can maybe tell from the photo above, i made homemade sprinkles to celebrate this day of hearts and it’s possible i went a little overboard. but it was SO fun.

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i got cute little jars and sent them out for “Galentine’s” Day – super cute and fun! i would definitely make my own sprinkles again. it’s a bit tedious but i popped in a movie and was done before i knew it. they are made from royal icing and whenever i need to make royal icing, i look up new royal icing recipes and this time, i ultimately decided to go with a meringue powder version because i didn’t want to have to figure out what to do with the leftover egg yolks.

Royal Icing
2 T meringue powder
2-4 c powdered sugar
1/4 c water (+1-2 T depending on consistency)
1/2 t vanilla (optional, for flavor)
food coloring
*blend everything together and pipe onto parchment. let dry overnight

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and a bonus – i would never leave out holiday treats for our four-legged friends. my dog flipped out for these pumpkin peanut butter biscuits. like, really flipped out. they’re simple to make and so much more inexpensive than buying organic dog treats. check out the recipe here from My Baking Addiction.

that’s all, folks! happy heart friday!

one intense cake

my friend zac’s lovely wife, kelly asked me to make a cake for her friend’s birthday that was inspired by a peanut butter cup. the peanut butter cup is one of the greatest things created by man so i was happy to oblige. there’s chocolate cake. with peanut butter frosting in the middle and on the outside. that chocolate fudgy topping over the top. and of course, chopped up peanut butter cups. the mister wanted to eat the frosting with a spoon. i was told the cake was a big hit and beat out the muddy paws cheesecake that was also a dessert option. go me!!!