Treats and Trends Turns Two

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It’s amazing looking back at my earliest posts and seeing how much has changed, both in my personal life and the quality of my blogging. When I started Treats and Trends in 2012, I was a recent college graduate living in a Seattle townhouse with two friends and working at a clothing boutique. Since then I have moved to Las Vegas, become engaged to my dream guy (yes, that sounds so sappy, but is also so true) and have built up my resume with jobs in PR and copy editing. In the past two years I have stepped out of my comfort zone and it has allowed me to become a strong, independent person. As much as I miss my old life in Seattle, I am proud of how much I have grown and have enjoyed blogging about life’s adventures every step of the way.

IMG_1069{Throwback to the sorority days. Little did I know I would be meeting my husband-to-be in a few months and moving to Vegas a year later.}

I started this blog as a hobby because I enjoy writing and wanted to share the things I am passionate about, but it has turned into much more than that. It’s a way of documenting everything from day to day activities, like cooking and crafting, to our exciting adventures and important life events. It’s also a creative outlet and gives me an excuse to try Pinterest projects, take “artsy” photos and put together fun outfits.

IMG_1381{Cheesy picture from our trip to White Sands in New Mexico.}

One of the hardest things about blogging is the photography. I love taking pretty photos and capturing the beauty in everyday life, but I don’t have formal training or a fancy camera. Through trial and error (and by following a variety of inspirational bloggers on Instagram), I feel that my skills have greatly improved, although they are far from perfect. Looking back at my first posts, the pictures were definitely not something you would see on Pinterest! My goal is to keep learning and improving to create beautiful, engaging posts similar to those on the blogs that I follow religiously.

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Thank you to everyone for reading my blog and all of the supportive comments :) It means the world to me knowing that people enjoy it because it is something I am very proud of and enjoy writing. I’m excited to see what the upcoming years have in store!

Happy National Ice Cream Day!

ice cream CollageWith temperatures in the 100’s my favorite dessert to make right now is ice cream! We got an ice cream maker for Christmas and have been putting it to good use making delicious flavors such as chocolate Thin Mint and brown sugar bourbon. I’m always looking for new combinations to try, so with July being National Ice Cream Month and today being National Ice Cream Day, I thought it was fitting to share some recipes that I can’t wait to whip up! Calories don’t count on holidays, right? Looks like July is a free pass for these tasty treats!

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{Watermelon Ice Cream Cones)

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(Roasted Strawberry Ice Cream from The Novice Housewife}

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{Coffee Hazelnut Ice Cream from Top with Cinnamon}

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{Ice Cream Sandwich Cake from A Subtle Revelry}

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{Doughnut Ice Cream Sandwiches from Paper & Stitch}

 

“I Do” Take the Blog…

After a busy spring, I vow to be better about posting on Treats + Trends. I have so many recipes and DIY projects saved up that I want to share – my favorite being these peanut butter cookie dough Oreos!

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I’ll start off with some exciting news… I’m engaged! It’s no surprise that I love chocolate, so Rob couldn’t have proposed in a more perfect way. Hope y’all don’t mind quite a few wedding posts. Let’s just say I have spent a lot of time on Pinterest this past week and have been pin-spired to get crafty! Yes, there will be Mason jars, cupcakes and cowboy boots.

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 Stay tuned – more posts to come :)

Pumpkin Ravioli with Brown Butter Sauce

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Pumpkin and pasta – the ultimate comfort foods for fall. I’m trying to make every last pumpkin recipe on my to-cook list before eggnog, gingerbread and peppermint season arrive in full force. If you’re a Starbucks fan, you know that this season arrived on Nov. 1. Hello, red cups! This means time is running out, so here is a delicious dish that uses my favorite fall flavors.

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup hot water
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 can pumpkin 
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup toasted pecans, chopped

How-to:

  1. For the ravioli dough: In a medium-sized bowl, mix flour and salt. In a small bowl (or measuring cup) mix water and eggs. Add to flour mixture and stir until incorporated. Knead the dough until firm. It shouldn’t be too sticky, so add additional flour until it doesn’t stick to your hands. Wrap ball of dough in plastic wrap and let stand at room temperature for one hour.
  2. For pumpkin filling: In a medium-sized bowl, mix together pumpkin, brown sugar and nutmeg. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  3. To assemble ravioli: Unwrap ravioli dough and place on floured working area (I floured parchment paper and taped it to the countertop). Use a floured rolling pin to roll out dough until very thin. Use a ravioli cutter (or pizza slicer) to cut dough into 2″ x 2″ squares. Place about one tablespoon of filling in the middle of one square. Place another square over it and use a fork to press the edges together. Repeat until you run out of dough (makes about 25).
  4. To cook ravioli: Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add ravioli and cook for 5 to 10 minutes. Drain and set aside.
  5. To make brown butter sauce: Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook until butter begins to brown and smells nutty, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and mix in balsamic vinegar and brown sugar. Add ravioli and gently stir until coated. Serve on plates and sprinkle with pecans. Enjoy :)

 

Pinterest Picks

When I have blogger’s block, I look to Pinterest for inspiration. Whether it’s a DIY project or a recipe for brownies baked in a mason jar, it never disappoints. The only problem is that I don’t have enough time to try everything! Here are some of my favorite pins, which I hope to try in the future or just get my creative juices flowing.

ed0745184fca51ef0542a8b946975e8dThere are three things I love about this outfit from Happily Grey. First, the studded accessories. The statement necklace is subtle and blends perfectly with the leopard-print shirt, which brings me to the second thing I love – the trendy tee. The pattern looks classy, not cheap or trashy. Finally, I love the pop of color the blue clutch brings to the outfit. I would never think of pairing the royal blue color with this look, but it’s such a fun addition! My new style goal is to add an unexpected pop of color to an otherwise neutral outfit.

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I have an unhealthy obsession with cupcakes. These twinkling treats from Stay At Home Chic make me want to bake up a storm. The polka dot wrappers and ruffled-edge cake stand are adorable!

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Gorgeous nails! I love the nude base with gold tips and one nail with glitter! It’s simple, shimmery and stylish!

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With the holidays coming up, these handmade mugs would make for great gifts! There’s nothing like a cup of peppermint hot chocolate, a cozy blanket and Christmas lights to get you into the holiday spirit! Check out Wit and Whistle for the full tutorial.

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I love dogs, especially labs, so I could scroll through the puppy pages for hours. All of the adorable photos make me miss my two dogs at home in Washington. There’s nothing like a goofy, loving pup to brighten your day!

Happy Pinning!