Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Milk Chocolate Cold Brew Brownies

Is anyone else out there just obsessed with the flavor of coffee? I mean there is nothing better! Oh wait, unless you mix it with chocolate and make fluffy delicious brownies!

I have a confession to make... before testing out this recipe over and over until it was perfect, I had never made brownies from scratch! That's right, I used a box mix. So sue me! I was always under the assumption that make brownies was hard or time consuming. Well guess what, its not! It's the easiest thing ever and they turn out oh so delicious!

These brownies will be ones that you make on repeat! You know, like those recipes that you don't even need to look at because you have them memorized you have made them so many times! Don't believe me? Try 'em!

Milk Chocolate Cold Brew Brownies-

Yields- 9 Brownies

1 Stick Unsalted Butter
8 oz Milk Chocolate Chips
3/4 Cup Granulated Sugar
3 Large Eggs (room temp)
2 tsp Vanilla Extract
4 Tablespoons Cold Brew Concentrate
3/4 Cup All Purpose Flour
2 Tablespoons Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
1/4 tsp Salt

Melt the butter and chocolate chips in a saucepan over medium heat. Remove from the heat and pour into your mixing bowl. Allow mixture to cool for about 10 minutes.
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9x9 inch baking dish with parchment paper. 
All the sugar to the chocolate mixture and whisk until well incorporated. Add the eggs one at a time. Whisk in the vanilla and cold brew concentrate. 
Add the flour, cocoa powder, and salt mix until just combined. Try to avoid over mixing. 
Spread the batter into your prepared baking dish. 
Bake for 45-50 min. 


xx, Prosecco and Projects
Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Double Stuffed Chocolate Covered Dates

I feel like the name of this recipe is quite fitting. Not only because the dates are literally double stuffed but because after the holidays I am feeling double stuffed myself! I took the word indulge to its full potential this year!

Today is a new day and I am ready to have a salad for lunch and grab for this healthier dessert option if my sweet tooth calls! To be honest I love everything about these double stuffed dates and enjoy them just as much as I would a cookie but with a little less guilt!

I love all of the different textures that are happening here! The crunchy chocolate coating on the outside, then the chewy date, the creamy almond butter and then the crunch from the almond inside! Its perfect! Almost like you are eating a mini candy bar... but skinny!

Double Stuffed Chocolate Covered Dates-

15 Dates (Pitted)
Almond Butter 
Dark Chocolate Chips
Sea Salt

Melt the dark chocolate in a sauce pan. While chocolate is melting fill the inside of the date with almond butter and one almond. Squeeze the filled almond shut and dip in melted chocolate. Using a fork remove the date from the chocolate and tap it on the side of the pot to remove the excess. Place on a cookie sheet lined in wax paper. Sprinkle each date with sea salt. Place in the freezer until chocolate has hardened. Store in an air tight container in the refrigerator. 


xx, Prosecco and Projects
Thursday, December 21, 2017

Everything But The Bagel Cheddar Drop Biscuits

Who doesn't love a flaky buttery biscuit?! There is something about these biscuits that make you feel all cozy inside! The combo of the everything bagel spice and the big pockets of cheddar cheese takes these biscuits to the next level! They are like a Sunday morning for your mouth!

Everything bagel spice is really having a moment right now and I hope it never ends... why have we not realized this sooner? There is nothing that doesn't taste better with this combo of spices sprinkled on top! Pop corn, deviled eggs, avo toast, you name it! Even biscuits!

Everything but the Bagel Cheddar Drop Biscuits-

Yeilds- 6 Biscuits

2 Cups All Purpose Flour
2 Teaspoons Baking Powder
1/2 Teaspoon Salt
1/2 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
4 Tablespoons Everything Bagel Spice
1/2 Cup Cold Unsalted Butter (cut into small pieces)
1 Cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese
1 Cup Cold Milk

3 Tablespoons Melted Butter
More Bagel Spices

Pre- Heat the oven to 425 degrees. 
In a medium mixing bowl mix together flour, baking powder, salt, garlic powder, and everything bagel spice. 
Using a fork or pastry cutter, cut butter into flour mixture until the mixture is crumbly. Mix in the cheese. Mix in the cold milk until just combined.
Drop biscuits (about 1/4 cup of dough per biscuit) onto a baking sheet lined in parchment paper. 
Melt the 3 Tablespoons of butter and brush on top of each biscuit. Sprinkle with bagel spices. 
Bake at 425 degrees for about 13 minutes. 

I think these biscuits would be perfect made into a breakfast sandwich! Imagine a crispy piece of bacon and fluffy scrambled eggs sandwiched between these flaky biscuits! Don't forget the hot sauce and a glass of prosecco. Yum! 


xx, Prosecco and Projects

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Honey Pomegranate Baked Brie

As you should all know by now I am all about the lazy girl recipes that are sure to impress! And this Honey Pomegranate Baked Brie is just that! It took me about 15 minutes to toss this one together and look at how decadent it looks! Plus its festive AF! Am I too old to say AF? Probably but I am also too lazy to backspace so I'm leaving it there!

There are three ingredients involved (well four if you count the bread) and it tastes like heaven on a plate! I mean who doesn't want delicious ooey gooey cheese topped with sweet honey and pomegranates! It even sounds fancy! Make this for your next party and people will think you slaved away! 

The textures going on here are perfect! The soft cheese and the crunchy pomegranates on top of the crispy toasted bread create the perfect mouth feel! (Let's add mouth feel to that list of phrases that are super weird but also unavoidable! I will put it right under nut milk!) And this appetizer pairs perfectly with a glass of prosecco! So cheers! 

Honey Pomegranate Baked Brie-

Wedge of Brie
2 Tablespoons of honey + more for drizzling
1/2 cup pomegranates
Chunks of bread or any other vehicle you wish to use!

Pre- heat oven to 425 degrees. Put pomegranates and honey in a small pan and simmer for ten minutes stirring frequently until it becomes a jam like consistency. While pomegranates are simmering put brie on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake until gooey (about 8 min). I like mine really ooey and gooey so I got about 10 min. Place brie on a plate and top with the pomegranate/honey mixture. Drizzle with more honey! 


xx, Prosecco and Projects

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Ginger and Orange Mulled Wine

There is nothing that makes me feel more warm and festive inside than a mulled wine! Something about those warm spices just really gets my Clark Griswold spirit going! "We're gonna have the hap-hap- happiest Christmas since Bing Crosby tap danced with Danny fuc**** Kaye"

My favorite thing to do during the holidays is to make a big batch of mulled wine, wear pajamas all day and watch Christmas movies while wrapping gifts! I could do this the whole month of December! And maybe I have... you will never know!

This version of a mulled wine is extra delicious! The combo of the orange and ginger makes it even more festive. The ginger really adds that kick of spice that makes you feel cozy! I love how it fills your house with the smell of the holidays. Make this for a holiday party and your guests will feel right at home!

So put on your PJ's, grab some tape and scissors and join me for a batch of Ginger and Orange Mulled Wine!

Ginger and Orange Mulled Wine

2 Bottles Red Wine (I use a blend)
1/4 Cup of Honey
Juice of 2 Oranges
Zest from the 2 Oranges
8 Cloves
4 Cinnamon Sticks
2 Star Anise
2 Inch piece of Peeled Ginger

Put all ingredients in crock pot. Bring to a simmer. Serve and enjoy!

xx, Prosecco and Projects
Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Instagram Live Tips and Tricks

Does anyone else kinda want to throw up a little when they think about doing an Instagram Live? I know I can't be the only one... for whatever reason it makes me so nervous but guess what, I did it! Twice now actually! And it wasn't that bad!

I want to share with you some of the things that I have learned so that it seems a little less scary to us all!

Pick your topic! And pick something relevant to your audience. Pay attention to your recent posts that are getting the most attention and that will give you a hint as to what people want to see more of!

Once you have picked your topic then you can pick a date. Find a day where you are not going to be stressed or overwhelmed. Don't do it right before you have to be somewhere. Give yourself plenty of time because we all know shit happens and the worst thing you can do is feel rushed.

Gather your props as necessary. Like I said I have done two lives now and each one featured multiple products. Pick your back ground. I recommend something light and basic. You dont want something with a crazy pattern that is going to take away from the products you are featuring and bright colors don't always show up well in a video.

Pick your spot. You want it to be well lit! It is very important that things a visually pleasing! This one is hard for me because the light in my house is terrible! But I figured it out. In my last live I was featuring Christmas Gifts so I surrounded my products with cute twinkle lights! It brightened things up and added to the ambiance. Its all about the little details!

Plan it out! I literally take notes. Take this tip with a grain of salt. This can be really beneficial for some but for others it can be distracting. I write out all of the info that I want to cover and then I practice out loud a few times. Then I condense my notes to bullet points that I can keep next to me during the Instagram live. The bullet points just remind me of the things that I don't want to forget to mention. Then I do a run through and record it. I watch it back just to be sure that everything looks ok! Again, this is not necessary if you are comfortable with winging it!

Promote it ahead of time. I typically do a post that morning teasing my live. Then I will post a couple of stories throughout the day as well. Some people watch stories more than they look at posts now so you want to make sure you are capturing as many people as possible.

You are going to want people to comment on your live because the more comments you get the more people will end up seeing it do to the algorithm. I have found that a good way to get comments is to ask questions during your live. I typically have music playing in the background and I will ask "is the music ok?" "Leave a thumbs up if it is good". Getting people to engage is really the goal here.

Speaking of engagement, one of the best ways that I have found to get people involved is a giveaway. Ask people to comment on your live or your last post in order to win!

I would also recommend shouting out a couple of your previous posts/other products in your live. It never hurts to give yourself a shameless plug! For example in my last live I was sharing one of my favorite mascaras so I told people to go check out my post on sneaky mascara tips! (see what I did there) ;)

Here's a recap-

Instagram Live Break Down:

  • Pick your topic
  • Pick your date
  • Gather your props
  • Pick a spot
  • Make notes
  • Do a run through
  • Promote it!
  • Ask questions
  • Do a giveaway
  • Plug other posts/products

Now get to planning and let me know when your live is! I want to engage!

xx, Prosecco and Projects
Monday, December 11, 2017

Soft and Chewy Sugar Cookies

I feel like the sugar cookie is the basic b**** of all cookies! You see them everywhere this time of year but you cant help but love the simplicity and perfection. You know like a real basic b****. You see her everywhere this time of year wearing Uggs, Starbucks in hand, humming "all I want for Christmas is you". Can't help but love her simplicity and perfection!

Now I am imagining adorable little Ugg boot shaped sugar cookies! I mean how cute! Maybe next year! ;)

This recipe lends the most pillowy and soft sugar cookie! They are still a little crisp on the edges but the inside is perfection. I wouldn't use this recipe for cut out cookies but this would be delicious with a little icing and cup of tea!

Soft and Chewy Sugar Cookies-

Yields- 2 dozen cookies

1 Cup Butter Softened
1 Cup Granulated Sugar
1 Egg Room Temp
3 Teaspoons Vanilla Extract
2 1/2 Cups All Purpose Flour
1/2 Teaspoon Baking Soda
1/2 Teaspoon Baking Powder
1/4 Teaspoon Salt

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper of cooking spray. In standing mixer or large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar. Add egg and vanilla, beat until well combined. Slowly add all other ingredients until they are well incorporated. Don't forget to scrape down the sides of the bowl occasionally. Roll dough into 2 inch balls. Place on baking sheet two inches apart. Use a flat spatula to press the dough down a bit, creating a thick disc shape. Bake for 11 minutes or until edges are golden brown.


xx, Prosecco and Projects 

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Prosecco and Booch Jingle Juice

'Tis the season for all the bubbles and booch! I have teamed up with Erica from Bring Your Own Kombucha to bring you this fun holiday Spritzer!

There is really nothing more festive than a glass of bubbles during the holidays! This drink is sure to have you rockin around the Christmas tree!

The combo of the lemon, ginger and pomegranate is surprisingly refreshing. You can also convince yourself that its healthy since it has komucha in it. Go ahead and have that extra glass! We wont tell anyone!

Prosecco and Booch Jingle Juice

Lemon Ginger Kombucha
Pomegranate Seeds
Dried Sweetened Lemon Slices 

Pour Prosecco in a champagne glass. Add a splash of Lemon Ginger Kombucha. Top with a few pomegranate seeds. Garnish with a dried lemon wedge. Enjoy! 

If you love this recipe and all of the festive fun on @bringyourownkomucha's Instagram today then join Erica and I on December 21st for our Instagram Live Holiday party! More info to come so stay tuned! 

Xx, Prosecco and Projects and Bring Your Own Kombucha 
Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Gingerbread Rice Cereal Treats

Do ooey gooey melted marshmallows bring anyone else back to childhood? That mixed with the smell of melted butter gives me deja vu of a cozy Sunday afternoon helping my mom make rice krispy treats while listening to that song "Strawberry Wine"! Anyone remember that song? No? Look it up! It's super catchy! These special memories were the inspiration for this recipe!

I wanted to put a fun twist on this classic treat so I added Wild Friends Gingerbread Peanut Butter to this recipe. It is so delicious!! You know that Cookie Butter from Trader Joes? It tastes kinda like that but better and it has waaaaaay better ingredients! I mean what more could we ask for?

Gingerbread Rice Cereal Treats-

4 Cups Mini Marshmallows
4 Cups Crisp Rice Cereal
1/2 Cup Wild Friends Gingerbread Peanut Butter
3 Tablespoons Butter 

Spray a 13x9 inch baking dish with cooking spray. Melt butter in a large pot over low heat. Add marshmallows and stir continuously until melted. Be patient and leave the heat on low! Once the marshmallows are melted turn the heat off. Stir in Gingerbread Peanut Butter. Stir in Crisp Rice Cereal. Carefully transfer to greased baking dish. Smooth out in dish. Let sit until set up. You can put them in the freezer if you are impatient like me! 


xx, Prosecco and Projects

Hazelnut Milk Cacao Hot Cocoa

Let me paint a picture for you... Santa Baby is playing faintly in the background, snowflakes are falling delicately from the sky and you are snuggled up under your favorite blanket! How cozy right?!? What could possibly make this situation any better, you guessed it!... Hazelnut Milk Cacao Hot Cocoa!

Hot Cocoa is always the cherry on top of a perfect cozy winter day! I have really elevated this nostalgic treat and made it everyones new and improved fave! The combo of the hazelnut and Cacao is reminiscent of Nutella! So delicious!

Why the Cacao you ask? First of all it is super chocolatey and delicious! And the benefits are a huge bonus too! Cacao powder is filled with antioxidants, calcium filled, its a natural mood booster, and full of magnesium! What more could you want? Oh, right... Marshmallows on top! And you can have a guilt free second cup since the cacao is so beneficial!

Hazelnut Milk Cacao Hot Cocoa-

Yields: 2 Cups

1 Cup Hazelnuts (Soaked Overnight)
4 Cups Filtered Water
1 date

2 Tablespoons Cacao Powder
1 Tablespoon Pure Maple Syrup

Soak your hazelnuts overnight. Rinse hazelnuts. Blend hazelnuts, filtered water, and date until smooth and milky. Strain milk using a nut milk bag. Here you have delicious Hazelnut Milk that you can drink as is. Or continue on to make the Hot Cocoa! Add Cacao powder and maple syrup (the syrup is optional depending on how sweet you want it). Blend again. Heat on stove top. Pour into mug. Top with marshmallows! 


xx, Prosecco and Projects

Sunday, December 3, 2017

DIY Cotton Ball Garland

Raise your hand if you are a complete psycho and have to have everything about your Christmas tree match perfectly!? If I raise my hand any higher I might dislocate my shoulder! I am a freak... like to the point that I want to tell guest what my theme is so that they can wrap all gifts accordingly if they bring them over! But I wont because that's just taking it too far... right?!

I am obsessed with an all white theme for my tree! It is just so bright and pretty! But finding garland for it was a challenge! I wanted something plush and soft. I was thinking of maybe a faux fur but my tree skirt is faux fur so that would be a bit much! I finally was just like "forget it! I am making my own" and landed on cotton balls!

Call me crazy, I mean if the shoe fits! I was a bit skeptical too at first but this garland is giving me life! It adds the perfect texture that was needed in this theme! And it pairs perfectly with my little bunny ornaments!

Cotton Ball Garland-

Cotton Balls (A ton of them) 
Large Needle
Nylon Thread

String the needle with nylon thread and press the threaded needle through the middle of the cotton ball. Continue this process until your desired length is fulfilled! It takes a bit to get the hang of it but once you do you will be on a roll. Plus, its cute if they aren't perfect! I used about 400 cotton balls and have a 6 foot tree. I really could have done more! 

xx, Prosecco and Projects

Friday, December 1, 2017

25 Songs of Christmas Ft. With Wildflowers

December 1st marks the first official day that it is socially acceptable to start listening to Christmas music, right?! Well lets be honest... I have been listening for two weeks now! There is something about it that is just so happy and fun!

I teamed up with music blogger With Wildflowers to bring you the most festive playlist of the season! 25 Songs for 25 days of Christmas! She is so talented and has the best taste in music!

This playlist is a mix of some fun classic rock versions and then of course just the classics! I mean it wouldn't be a Christmas playlist if we didn't have a little Mariah on there! Am I right?!

Click the link below to access the playlist on Spotify!>

Pour yourself a glass of prosecco add a few pomegranate seeds for a festive twist and turn on this playlist! Cheers!

xx, Prosecco and Projects