Classic Tiramisu

Classic Tiramisu Recipe

Three weeks after we moved in, we had friends move in two doors down from us. We actually got to know them as we were building our homes, which was so fun! After they got settled in, I thought it would be fun to make them a housewarming basket filled with an Italian feast to make one night of cooking a little easier for them. I thought I’d complete the meal with an Italian dessert, so I made this entire tiramisu just to break one piece apart and fill a little fry pan to go in the basket.

Classic Tiramisu

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours

Yield: 12 Servings

Classic Tiramisu

Ingredients

  • 6 egg yolks
  • 1 1/4 cups white sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups mascarpone cheese
  • 1 3/4 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 2 (12 ounce) packages ladyfingers
  • 1/3 cup coffee flavored liqueur (I used Kahlua)
  • 1 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder, for dusting
  • 1 (1 ounce) square semisweet chocolate

Instructions

  1. Combine egg yolks and sugar in the top of a double boiler, over boiling water. Reduce heat to low, and cook for about 10 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and whip yolks until thick and lemon colored.
  2. Add mascarpone to whipped yolks. Beat until combined. In a separate bowl, whip cream to stiff peaks. Gently fold into yolk mixture and set aside.
  3. Split the lady fingers in half, and line the bottom and sides of a large glass bowl. Brush with coffee liqueur. Spoon half of the cream filling over the lady fingers. Repeat ladyfingers, coffee liqueur and filling layers. Garnish with cocoa and chocolate curls. Refrigerate several hours or overnight.
  4. To make the chocolate curls, use a vegetable peeler and run it down the edge of the chocolate bar.
http://www.fabfatale.com/2014/04/classic-tiramisu-recipe/

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I made a double boiler by placing a glass mixing bowl over a saucepan of simmering water. Make sure the water is shallow enough so that it does not touch the bottom of the glass dish. Combine egg yolks and sugar in the top of a double boiler, over boiling water. Reduce heat to low, and cook for about 10 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and whip yolks until thick and lemon colored. Add mascarpone to whipped yolks. Beat until combined.

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In a separate bowl, whip cream to stiff peaks. Gently fold into yolk mixture and set aside.

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Split the lady fingers in half, and line the bottom and sides of a large glass bowl {you can also use a trifle dish or a springform pan}. Brush with coffee liqueur {I used Kahlua instead}. Spoon half of the cream filling over the lady fingers. Repeat ladyfingers, coffee liqueur and filling layers.

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Garnish with cocoa and chocolate curls {I clearly need to work on my chocolate curls :/}.

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Refrigerate several hours or overnight.

classic tiramisu recipe via allrecipes.com

Black & White Scallop Dot Tips With Bronze Gemstone Nails

Tribal Nails - Black and White Scallop Dot Manicure with Bronze Gemstones, Perfect for Coachella

In the spirit of music festival season kicked off by Coachella, I thought it would be fun to do a tribal, scalloped dot tips manicure. It was inspired by a River Island Coachella Kimono, sold at one of my favrorite online shops ASOS.com and previewed below.

I thought I’d use my Zoyas only for this mani as a fun giveaway reminder. If you haven’t already entered, my massive Zoya giveaway ends tonight!

Tribal Nails - Black and White Scallop Dot Manicure with Bronze Gemstones, Perfect for Coachella

The inspiration for my tribal manicure has a black and white scalloped beaded design, and works in some beautiful bronzed beads. I used Zoya Purity and Zoya Raven, both swatched at my Zoya Gilty Pleasures post, which also featured Zoya’s 18k Gold top coat in the same set!

Tribal Nails - Black and White Scallop Dot Manicure with Bronze Gemstones, Perfect for Coachella

Start with two coats of white cream polish, topped off with a fast dry top coat. I used Zoya Purity.

Tribal Nails - Black and White Scallop Dot Manicure with Bronze Gemstones, Perfect for Coachella

Next, place a blob of black polish on a paper plate, I used Zoya Raven, and dab your nail art dotting tool into the polish and then onto your nail. Don’t press too hard, or else your dots may turn out too big.

Tribal Nails - Black and White Scallop Dot Manicure with Bronze Gemstones, Perfect for Coachella

From my dotting tool set, I used both sides of the white pen. After using the large side for the first row of dots in the scallop, I alternated every other row with the large and small dots, for a total of four rows.

Tribal Nails - Black and White Scallop Dot Manicure with Bronze Gemstones, Perfect for Coachella

Next, using tweezers and my quick dry top coat, I added in a bronze gemstone at the base of each nail.

Tribal Nails - Black and White Scallop Dot Manicure with Bronze Gemstones, Perfect for Coachella

Ta da – an easy tribal dot tips manicure for all those music festivals you’ll be attending this spring!

30 Second DIY – Instagram Cork Frames

DIY Cork Frames - Instagram Frame

This was such a fun and easy DIY and the perfect way to frame those square Instgram pics {other sizes may work as well}. I found an app, PostalPix, that allows you to upload Instagram pics directly from your phone and then they send you the square printed pics in the mail days later. PostalPix will actually print all sizes from your phone, I just especially like them for printing square pics. They will print them in your choice of 4″ by 4″, 5″ by 5″ and even give you the choice of printing on metal! Too cool! I also used their printing services for my DIY Instagram wall art.

For this cork frame DIY, all you will need is corks {made out of cork, not rubber or any other material} and a sharp knife. Lengthwise, and so so carefully, cut off the bottom 1/4 of the cork. Next, lay the cork on the flat bottom you just cut out, and then in the same direction, cut into the cork about a 1/3 of the way through. Pop a pic into the the slit you just cut and that’s it! In 30 seconds or less, you have these adorable Instagram frames, perfect for showcasing those vintage-style square pics!

Check out my Instagram page to see these pics as I post them in real time.

Lemonade Themed 1st Birthday Party

Lemonade Party Invitation

Yes, we like to bite off almost more than we can chew. After the crazy 3 years we’ve had, we decided, let’s have a housewarming first birthday party two weeks after we move in, before we’re even out of boxes lol. Well, little man turned one the day we moved in and he deserved a big celebration. I think we’re all still recovering from all of the excitement!

John’s first birthday had to be a lemonade themed party! When I was pregnant with him I was addicted to Simply Lemonade {chugged it daily!} and in February when he was in the hospital with pneumonia and finally started to come around again, he got a hold of my plastic cup of lemonade and started chugging it. The video of him all hooked up to monitors is too sad to share, but boy was he cute attacking my glass of lemonade. It was a wonderful moment of him acting like himself again. I also accidentally planted a lemon tree the year he was born lol, so a lemonade themed party it was! I thought it was better than a character themed party since it was part housewarming as well. The mason jar lemonade party invitation by LemonadeDesignStudio at Etsy set the vintage style and color palette for the entire party.

Lemonade Birthday Party Smash Cake Invitations Favors Cookies Cake Flag Banner Printables Fabric Bunting

I found these amazing lemonade printables at Etsy {thanks MimisDollhouse for offering up a blue boy version for me} and had my mom and mom-in-law cut them up before the party. It takes a village to throw a party lol. Now, the pic above was supposed to look like this oh-so-popular pin at Pinterest, but when you’re still decorating at 1:15 for a party that starts at 1, you just have to give up at some point LOL.

Lemonade Birthday Party Smash Cake Invitations Favors Cookies Cake Flag Banner Fabric Bunting

My sister was in charge of the fabric bunting, the cake, and almost everything else LOL. That poor girl got worked! I found four pieces of fabric {1/2 yard each} that coordinated well with the invitation and cut about 1/2 inch strips lengthwise. They were tied from the middle around a piece of twine and then hung above the table. The “Lemonade Stand” printable is part of the same set as his banner, the paper straws are also from Etsy, and the mason jars, flower cut-out lids, footed beverage dispenser and burlap runner are all from my fav home shop, One Kings Lane! We added a 6 pack of applesauce squeeze pouches for all of his toddler friends that may not be interested in the barbeque we were serving, an idea that I stole from another 1st birthday I went to earlier this year. There were supposed to be few more things on the table, but again, we ran out of time LOL.

Lemonade Birthday Party Smash Cake Invitations Favors Cookies Cake Flag Bunting

I am so in love with this Happy Birthday cake flag banner, courtesy of the the super sweet and talented LingeringDaydreams at Etsy! Besides the invitation, it was one of the first things I pinned towards the party and HAD to have it. The banner gives the cake a super cute vintage flare, is printed in black onto heavy weight cream card stock, is hung from bakers twine in a color of your choice between two bamboo supports, and uses nontoxic adhesives. I even liked LingeringDaydreams’ cake pic at Etsy, which I totally copied except with dots of frosting between the layers rather than piping {my sis’s idea, of course}.

Lemonade Birthday Party Smash Cake Invitations Favors Cookies

I’m not sure where I got the idea to have a homemade honeycomb candle, but sure enough, I was able to find one on Etsy. The color and style was perfect for the simple smash cake my sister made, finished off with a bit of fabric used for the bunting. It was perfectly adorable!

Lemonade Birthday Party Smash Cake Invitations Favors Cookies

Baby boy LOVED his smash cake, and really wanted to grab that lit candle lol. Luckily, I was a little faster than he was! The highchair name banner was also part of the lemonade printables set. Thanks also to my sis for taking all of the party pics!

Lemonade First Birthday Party

John and I snuck away for a little alone time about halfway through the party. Poor thing moved into a new house on his first birthday and because he was 1, he also moved to a new room at his day care. So many changes in this guy’s life and then a big party with lots of friends and family in and out of our house. It was nice to have a few minutes together just to catch our breath.

Lemonade First Birthday Party

Our day was so full of love from friends and family that came from near and far. We are so very lucky!

Lemonade First Birthday Party Cookie Favors

Thank goodness John’s birthday is during Girl Scout cookie season, because that was one less thing for me to make. We wrapped their Savannah Smiles lemon cookies in cellophane bags and then attached one of the printables favor tags with twine to each. To save on time, and get the perfect circle, I picked up this 2″ circle punch to cut out each favor tag.

Check Out My “Lemonade Birthday Party” board for more Pinspiration!




Easter Nails – Easter Egg Dyed Manicure

Easter Manicure Tie Dye Water Marbelling Easter Nails

For those of you that saw my white primed nails and a dozen hard boiled eggs at Instagram, you may have had an idea that I’d be trying a swirly twirly Easter egg dyed manicure today! What better way to get the look than by water marbelling!

I have found water marbelling to be one of the most difficult types of nail art EVER! Actually, it’s not that difficult… it’s just frustrating trying to get the polish in place on my nail and cleaning up all of the polish that lands on my fingers! Luckily, this manicure doesn’t involve any shapes, like my Valentine’s Day heart water marbelling manicure, so it doesn’t have to be perfect. The frustration aside, I think it turned out pretty well and it’s PERFECT for Easter.

Easter Manicure Tie Dye Water Marbelling Easter Nails

For this Easter manicure, I started out with a white base using Zoya Purity, a beautiful bright white cream polish, perfect for Spring! For the water marbelling, I used every color from the Zoya Spring Awaken collection including Dillon, Rebel, Hudson, Dot, Cole, Brooklyn. I won’t have a tutorial on water marbelling for you here since I didn’t invent it and there are a ton of how-tos already out there on YouTube.

In case you haven’t entered, I’m giving away the entire Awaken collection, including 4 other Zoya collections!

Easter Manicure Tie Dye Water Marbelling Easter Nails

Do you have your Easter manicure planned out yet? I hope you’ll share pics with me at my Facebook page or Instagram :)

Selena Gomez Look For Less

Selena Gomez Look For Less - Polka Dot Blouse, Denim Jean Shorts, Cap Toe Flats

Yay or nay? On occasion, I really miss my blog thelooksforless.com that I sold last year in an attempt to simplify my life. So I thought, on occasion, it would still be fun to do a look for less post for old times. If you all enjoy a good look for less, let me know in the comments and maybe I can make it a once a week or so series :)

First up is an adorable look for less on Selena Gomez. I love this outfit so much, I may have to go pick up the look for less in it’s entirety to add to my closet! By the way, the Steve Madden Btalia white satchel is a look for less of the very expensive Balenciaga Giant 12 Mini City leather tote!

“I’ve Moved” Giveaway Part 2 – Zoya

I just entered to win a massive 5 collection Zoya nail polish giveaway at http://www.fabfatale.com/2014/04/ive-moved-giveaway-part-2-zoya/

Welcome to Part 2 of my “I’ve moved and ended up with way too many nail polishes to swatch on my doorstep” giveaway! In case you missed it, you have one more day to enter my massive OPI giveaway!

I’m selfishly a little sad to be giving these gorgeous Zoya nail polishes away, but I just don’t have the time to swatch everything that showed up before our big move, so it’s all yours. I wanted to make sure I promote the brands that we nice enough to send me this polish, rather than it just sitting on my shelves, so I thought a giveaway for you all would be so fun!

This giveaway includes 21 bottles of gorgeous Zoya nail polish at over $190! I’m giving away the entire PixieDust, Magical PixieDust, Cashmere, Awaken, and Naturel collections.

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Zoya Magical PixieDust – Vega, Cosmo, and Lux

zoyaNaturel

Zoya Naturel – Chantal, Taylor, Rue, Brigitte, Odette, Normani

zoyaAwaken

Zoya Awaken – Dillon, Rebel, Hudson, Dot, Cole, Brooklyn

zoyaPixieDust

Zoya PixieDust – Dahlia, Chyna, Godiva, Vespa, Nyx, London

zoyaCashmere

Zoya Cashmere – Livingston, Sailor, Hunter, Louise, Flynn and Pepper

How To Win

One lucky reader will win this entire Zoya nail polish giveaway! Follow the directions in the RaffleCopter below to enter. There is one mandatory entry, US and Canadian readers only, giveaway ends April 22nd.

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