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Saw It On Pinterest: Nutella Bombs

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Last week I bought some puff pastry in the hopes of recreating my middle school pizza pockets.  Lo and behold, when I was finally inspired to get down in the kitchen, I found I was out of mozzarella cheese.  This is after I already set my puff pastry sheet out to thaw.  Fail!  So I had to think quick on my toes and figure out what to do with my pastry so it wouldn't go to waste.  

I thought about making something with eggs and then remembered, I ran out of eggs and egg substitute.  What am I good for???  Ha!  Then I thought, what about something with Nutella (or off brand Hazelnut Spread in my case).  At first, I thought about making spirals but then you have to refrigerator them so they slice better and I didn't have the patience for all that.  So I decided to just plop some Nutella down on a square of pastry dough, pinch it up and see how that turned out.  Before I started baking, I got on Pinterest to see if there were similar desserts.  Of course, there was and I ran across this one.  I swiftly added it to my Nutella Board and referenced it for info on bake times and such.  I liked that they didn't use an egg wash (remember, I didn't have any eggs) and it was easy.  So I decided sharing this recipe belonged under a "Saw it on Pinterest Post". Gotta give credit where is due.  

Here's how this simple dessert went down.  Thaw your puff pastry for at least 30 minutes.  Cut the sheet into squares.  I used a pizza cuter on a silicone pastry mat - no flour needed.  Scoop a teaspoonful of the spread in the center of a pastry square and then pinch up all the sides.   


Place in a muffin pan and bake at 350° for 20 minutes.  Depends on our oven.  I could have let mine go a bit longer to get more golden and crispy but I was hungry and they looked too yummy!  Sprinkle with powdered sugar, if desired.  Of course, I desired. 
Sorry for the phone pics.  I did grab the good camera eventually.  I also wanted to note that my five year old son loved these.  They make a great little sweet snack. 





Ingredients:
1 sheet puff pastry
1/2 jar Hazelnut Spread (Nutella)
Powdered sugar for dusting

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Thaw pastry.
Cut into 9 squares.
On silicone pastry mat or floured surface, drop about a tsp of spread in the center of pastry square.
Pinch up all the sided until a ball is formed. 
Place into lightly greased muffin tin (I used coconut oil cooking spray to lightly coat the tin).
Bake 20 minutes or until slightly golden.
Remove from sheet, sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve.




I'm still as obsessed with Pinterest as ever so I pin a lot.  Please follow me on Pinterest for a comprehensive collection of recipes, style, parenting tips and a little bit of everything under the sun.

Updated Kitchen Supplies and Gadgets Wishlist

Wednesday, September 13, 2017
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In anticipation of working from home in a couple of short months (remember my goal from this post?), I've started meal planning and really trying to organize our lives at the casa.  This series from Living Locurto really helped me get started with the meal planning for dinners (and lunches).  I bought a couple of items from Amazon that have also helped keep me stay organized with my planning: a magnetic chalkboard, dry-erase chalkboard markers w/ chalkboard labels, this cute lunch tote (I have a thing for stripes) and slim ice packs.  


However, I find myself lacking a few items that would really help me tackle some new recipes, eat healthier and be able to experiment more in the kitchen.  Here is my wishlist of  new kitchen gadgets and necessities to acquire ASAP!

Spiralizer

Zucchini seems to be the star of Spiralizer recipes and it's one of my favorite veggies.  I can't believe I don't already own this clever gadget.

I just need a smaller capacity dish for me and the hubs.  It's so easy to forget about leftovers so having recipes just for two and a dish the perfect size would be really helpful.  Dax is a picky poo and although I like to say I'm not a short-order cook, I do tend to make him his own dinners.  He's gotten better however, so there is hope that as he gets older, his palette is broadening.
  
I was lucky enough to score this from Williams-Sonoma for $8.95 several years back. Alas, it is not that inexpensive any longer but it is my favorite vanilla to use.  I love the thick consistency and all the little vanilla specks.

Really Nice China

I never received any fancy China when I got married although my Aunt did gift me these amazing goblets that I've used twice!  I love them so, so much.  I think I'm ready to upgrade to some fine dinnerware in case I ever have a grown-up dinner party.  


Instant Pot

So many of my friends have raved about this on Facebook.  I trust them so I now need this in our kitchen.  A small one would do us just fine but they have larger sizes available here at Target too.

Glass Prep Bowls

I watch enough Food Network to know that prep and planning when it comes to creating a recipe can help save time in the long wrong and actually make cleanup easier.  Since I don't have a lot of mixing bowls or any prep bowls, these are a must.

Blender/Food Processor

I know, I know.  You cannot believe I don't already have either of these.  But I don't, hence why it's on the wishlist.  I'm getting a combo ASAP.  I see lots of margaritas in my future.  I mean smoothies.  I see lots of smoothies in my future. 

As you can see, I definitely have my fair share of needs for the kitchen.  Do you have any must have kitchen items that should be on my radar?  What about the Instant Pot?  Again, I've seen raves so please do share your experience.


Instagram Update: September 2017

Friday, September 8, 2017
Hey gang!  Happy Friday.  It's so funny how these short holiday weeks can seem so long.  But we have so much to be thankful for heading into the weekend, don't we?  I'm still on par for blogging more but I have to say with school starting for my big little, I've been a tad busier and haven't posted as much as I've wanted to.  July was fire - August, not so much.  I have some good stuff coming up, however so get ready.  Thanks for staying here with me and keeping in tune with my little blog life.  I appreciate you so much!  Here's an Instagram roundup for you on this fine Friday.  

My little little.  I cannot even look at him sometimes, he's so cute.  And that dimple!!  Swoon... #NotHumbleAboutMyBabies 

One of my fave transitional outfits!



I got my "nails did" for my birthday.  Loved the dip powder color 240 - similar colors below.

    


I started a Bullet Journal after seeing so many pretty ones on Pinterest and Facebook.  It's a time consuming project but really fulfilling for a creative type like myself.  Here are some journals I recommend:



My new favorite shoes by Marc Fisher.  The suede is sold out but black leather is available here.

I put on makeup!  All products for this look below:


Just a little grown up coloring I did.  Click here to download the page from Erin Condren.

Don't forget to follow me on Insta!  Leave your handle in the comments and I'll check you out.

Blogging: What is an Affiliate Link

Friday, September 1, 2017
I realize that a lot of my readers don't look at blogs the same way I do.  I am obsessed with them and have been for going on 10 years or so.  My first blog (the now defunct Fountain of Fashion) was started way back in 2007!  I had a few other iterations, CC Style and my wedding planning blog, My Dallas Wedding (which still gets a good amount of traffic) but I didn't really understand that you could blog for a living.  


Now that I've been blogging here at The Cocooners since November 2011, I know that I'm going to keep it up and continue my blogging journey for as long as I can and monetizing the blog is a must.  But do my readers even understand exactly what blogging is?  I recently went to brunch with a close girlfriend and after speaking with her, I realized that not a lot of my friends and family know what this all means for me or for them so I thought I would share some information with you today in case you don't understand.  Today the topic is affiliate links and I'll share more on followers, engagement and sponsored posts on other posts next week.