Stephanie K

Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Cookie Sandwiches

Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Cookie Sandwiches

These Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches are sooo yummy and perfect for a hot summer day. Vanilla Bean Ice Cream is sandwiched between fresh, homemade chocolate chip cookies, then rolled in mini chocolate chips. Tastes like cookies & milk. Say no more.

If you like to bake, you probably have a go-to Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe. The beauty of these is that the combinations are endless. This recipe is tried and delicious and highly recommended. But I wouldn’t be offended if you used your own chocolate chip cookie recipe – once you’ve found a good one, it’s hard to stray!

If you have an ice cream maker, you can make your own ice cream (which I’m sure would make these guys even better!); however, I don’t have one so I settled for some store-bought, but good quality ice cream. Read More

DIY Leather Wallet / Clutch

DIY Leather Clutch

Happy Fourth of July! We had quite a rainy Fourth of July weekend so we had to spent much of it inside – boo. The rain gave me a good opportunity to post this DIY Leather Clutch that I’ve been wanting to post for awhile.

This DIY Leather Clutch (or wallet – multipurpose!) makes for a perfect gift. It’s super simple and you can make multiples for less than $10!

I found a bag of assorted leather remnants from Hobby Lobby on sale for about $6. If you choose your bag right, there are several large scraps of leather from which you can make these great wallets. If you don’t have a Hobby Lobby near you, or just don’t have time to go, you can an check out these options on Amazon.  Read More

DIY Wooden Jewelry / Accessories Box

DIY Wooden Jewelry Box
I’m not naturally organized. I love to be organized but staying in an organized state? Just not in my nature. When my husband and I first got married, the one thing we bickered about what keeping the house tidy. He was a “neat freak” and I had a habit of leaving things out. The roles have reversed a bit but still, it’s a struggle.
I made this little accessories box to hold some of my excess jewelry. I loooove my Pottery Barn antler jewelry stand that the hubs happened to get me for Christmas a couple years ago, but it was a bit overloaded.  This box measures 8″ x 8″ so it’s the perfect size for a nightstand. And of course, it was super easy to make!

Supplies:

One common 1″ x 3″ x 8′
A piece of 2″ slat
3″ door hinge + screws
Wood Stain
Gold Paint (or color of choice)

Instructions:

Cut the 1″ x 3″ x 8′ into eight 8″ pieces + two 6″ pieces.
Cut two 6″ pieces from the slat board.
Stain the wood (this can also be done once the box is built but I find that the coverage is better when I stain before assembling).
Once the stain is dry, glue and nail two of the 8″ boards to form a 90 degree angle as shown below.

 

A 6″ board will wedge into the angle; glue & nail.
Repeat these steps with two more 8″ boards and the remaining 6″ board.

 

Next, attach the frame, gluing and nailing into place.

 

Glue & nail another 8″ board into the above pictured space to complete the bottom of the box.

 

You should have three 8″ boards remaining as well as the slats. These will come together as the lid.
Glue together the edges of the three 8″ boards. Glue the slats perpendicular to those edges to act as a brace.

 

Clamp the slats to the lid until these are thoroughly dried.

 

Beckham was helping me this project and decided to take his first ever selfie, so I figured I’d share 🙂

 

The last step in assembling the box is attaching the hinge.
Screw the hinge onto the top back edge of the box.

 

Once the glue has dried on the lid, screw in the remaining holes into the back, bottom of the lid *Be sure the screws will not cut through the 1″ width of the lid*

 

I finished my box by painting “pretty little things” in gold on the lid.
It’s now the perfect little accessory for my nightstand!
DIY Wooden Jewelry Box

 

DIY Wooden Jewelry Box

 

 

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Chocolate Cheesecake Brownies

 Chocolate Cheesecake Brownies // Beckham & Belle

This recipe is quite the cheat but makes for a great dessert when you’re in a time crunch… and you can’t really go wrong when we’re talking about chocolate and cheesecake… Yes, it starts with a boxed brownie mix, but if you get a good box like Ghirardelli and take an extra minute to whip up homemade frosting, no one will be able to tell the difference.

Ingredients
 
1 Box Brownie mix, preferably Ghirardelli Triple Fudge + ingredients to prepare per the box instructions
Cheesecake Batter:
2, 8oz. pkgs cream cheese, room temperature
3/4 c. sugar
1/2 c. flour
2 tsp. vanilla
1/4 c. milk
2 eggs
Chocolate Frosting:
1/2 c. butter, softened
1/2 c. unsweetened cocoa powder
2 2/3 c. powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1/3 c. milk
Directions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9×13″ baking pan.
Prepare the brownie batter according to the box directions. *Note: if given the option for cakey vs. fudgy, prepare the fudgy version. Pour the brownie batter into the prepared pan, reserving approximately 1/3 of the batter.
Prepare the cheesecake batter by beating the cream cheese and sugar in a bowl until smooth. Add the flour, vanilla, milk, and two eggs, beating until all ingredients are thoroughly incorporated.
Pour the cheesecake batter on top of the brownie batter. Spoon the remaining brownie batter on top of the cheesecake batter and cut through the batter of both to create swirls or a marbleized look.
Bake 35-40 minutes or until a tester comes out clean.
While the brownies are baking, prepare the frosting. To prepare, cream the butter until smooth. Beat in the cocoa. With the hand mixer set to medium, add the powdered sugar and milk, alternating between the two. Finally, add the vanilla.
Once the brownies have cooled, frost, cut, and indulge.
Chocolate Cheesecake Brownies // Beckham & Belle
 Chocolate Cheesecake Brownies // Beckham & Belle
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