Kimberly Ann: A Blog About Fashion, Beauty, and Life

Friday, August 28, 2015

Friday Favorites

Hi Guys! I can't even believe it's the last FRIDAY of August! Where did the summer go??? This summer has been quite a journey and I am excited for the upcoming months. I am super pumped for the fall season that is just around the corner. I am already prepared to buy everything "Pumpkin" related. Anyways, I hope that you all had a wonderful week and I am wishing you an even better weekend!

Here are a few of my favorites from this week!!

XO

KP


Favorite Cup of Tea or Cocoa




Favorite Pooch




Favorite Notebook via SadieRobertson



Favorite Mantra



Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Share-A-Chef Wednesday

Hi Everyone! Have you guys ever just have a day or a week where your like, Chocolate you NEED to step forward right NOW! Well I feel like this is how my week is going so far! So I wanted to share with you a recipe that will cure that chocolate craving that so many of us have! I stumbled upon this new blog, LifeIntheLofthouse and it's author Holly Lofthouse is simply amazing. She creates these simple and delicious recipes that are family friendly! What is better than that?? She is married and has three children and by day she is a recipe creator for Pillsbury, and by night she is your typical mom tending to homework, laundry and getting food on the table! I hope you all go over and visit her blog and try some of her yummy recipes! 

What is on your menus this week?

KP








LUNCH LADY BROWNIES



Ingredients
  • 1 cup butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 4 teaspoons vanilla extract
Chocolate Frosting
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup milk ( I use 2%)
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
Instructions
  • 1
    Preheat oven to 350° F. Line a 9x13-inch baking dish with foil and spray foil with non-stick spray. Set aside.
  • 2
    In the bowl of an electric stand-mixer, add the melted butter and cocoa powder. Using the paddle attachment, blend until smooth.
  • 3
    Add the flour and sugar. Beat together then add eggs and vanilla. Mix just until combined. Don't over mix. (Batter will be thick)
  • 4
    Pour batter into prepared baking dish and spread out evenly. Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Remove brownies from oven and let stand 15 minutes before frosting. You want the brownies still warm when you frost them!
  • 5
    FOR CHOCOLATE FROSTING: Beat together all the frosting ingredients until smooth. Pour and spread over warm brownies. Let cool completely before cutting and serving.
Notes
  • Yields: 12 large brownies or 24 small brownies

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Tuesday Ten: Thank You Notes

Hi Everyone... Let's face it we live in a very technological world but I can't tell you how important it is to take the extra five minutes to "write" a thank you note! It means so much to the person receiving it and it shows that you care enough to actually take the time to sit and express your thoughts. I started collecting "thank you cards" from Target's Dollar Bin and have been using them when I substitute. It gives me the opportunity to thank the teacher I am subbing for, for the experience they are allowing me to have. If if wasn't for them I wouldn't be able to gain wonderful moments and experiences in the classroom. The best part about leaving a card is that there are so many cute patterns to choose from. Stationary has definitely taken a step up in the cute department. This week I wanted to share with you ten of my "favorite" card patterns. 



XO

KP




2. Zazzle

3. CraftsUnleashed (Homemade)




7. Target via AnnieAtoZ

8. Marshalls via HarperHoney

9. Etsy

10. Etsy (Different Seller)











Friday, August 21, 2015

Friday Favorites!

TGIF! We have reached another Friday, I am so happy about that! This week has been quite a blur but it has also been a very positive week for the Pinney clan. We definitely are feeling happy and grateful for the little things in life. So here are a few of the things that I have been absolutely loving this week!
What are you guys up to this weekend?

KP


Favorite Shop via DesignGem



Favorite Music via LukeBryan



Favorite Vest via AmazingLace



Favorite Celebrity EVENT aka Jennifer and Justin's Wedding!!!




Favorite Laugh









Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Share-A-Chef Wednesday

Happy Hump Day Everyone! Today I am sharing an all-time favorite for me, especially in the cooler months. Since the fall season is just around the corner I decided to share an amazing Macaroni and Cheese recipe courtesy of Alton Brown. Alton Brown is a celebrity chef, best-selling author and a Food Network Star! Brown states that he developed his cooking skills by watching his mother and grandmother in the kitchen. Brown is a regular commentator on Iron Chef America and a cohost on the tv series The Next Iron Chef. Alton lives near Atlanta, Georgia with his wife and daughter and he also is an avid motorcyclist. I discovered his recipe online and I have to say, it looks delicious! I am definitely planning it for the upcoming months!

What are you guys cooking this week?

XO

KP








Stove Top Mac-n-Cheese
Recipe courtesy of Alton Brown

Stove Top Mac-n-Cheese
Total Time:
35 min
Prep:
10 min
Cook:
25 min
Yield:6 to 8 servings
Level:Easy
Ingredients

1/2 pound elbow macaroni
4 tablespoons butter
2 eggs
6 ounces evaporated milk
1/2 teaspoon hot sauce
1 teaspoon kosher salt
Fresh black pepper
3/4 teaspoon dry mustard
10 ounces sharp cheddar, shredded
Directions

In a large pot of boiling, salted water cook the pasta to al dente and drain. Return to the pot and melt in the butter. Toss to coat.

Whisk together the eggs, milk, hot sauce, salt, pepper, and mustard. Stir into the pasta and add the cheese. Over low heat continue to stir for 3 minutes or until creamy.





Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Tuesday Ten: Healthy Lunch Ideas

Hi! Well as summer slowly starts to come to an end I am beginning to Prep for fall! This year I will be continuing with subbing and working on my master's program. I am always on the lookout for healthy choices for lunch and snacks during the day. I am totally one of those people that NEEDS food to function. I tend to get angry if I'm hungry... So, with that being said I wanted to share with you ten ideas that would be perfect for lunches for work or school! 

What do you guys pack in your lunches?

xo
KP


1. Salad and Fruit


2. Fresh Veggies, Crackers and Hummice


3. Fruit, Veggies, Cheese, Meat, Bread


4. A Wrap


5. Yogurt Parfait


6. Half of a Sandwich with a Side of Fruit


7. Chicken and Broccoli 


8. Pasta Salad


9. Mini Pizzas


10. Leftover Chicken and Veggies










Friday, August 14, 2015

Friday Favorites!

Hi Guys! TGIF!! This week has been quite an adventure for the husband and I and I'm really excited to be able to be spending the next SIX days with him! He has a couple vacation days on top of his days off so we will be spending some quality time together! Anyways, on to what I am loving this week! It is a mix of a few things but I hope you all had an amazing week and are looking forward to the weekend!

Loving anything this week???

KP

Favorite Maxi




Favorite Beauty Product via Ulta




Favorite Hair Do via CARALOREN




Favorite Blogger via TheTeacherDiva  Instagram




Favorite Laugh









Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Share-A-Chef Wednesday



Hi Guys! The husband and I LOVE anything with peanut butter and chocolate and I am always on the lookout for recipes that incorporate the two! Well... this week I have found something AMAZING! Folks, how does Peanut Butter Brownie Parfaits sound? AHHH! I actually found this recipe via Jamie from MyBakingAddiction. She is a middle school teacher by day and at night she is baking up some delicious dishes and desserts! You have to check out her blog because the recipes that are on there look too yummy not to try at least once! 

Let me know if you try this one out!

xo
KP




Peanut Butter Brownie Parfaits

yield: 9 SERVINGS

prep time: 45 MINUTES

cook time: 30 MINUTES

Ingredients:

For the Brownies
4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, roughly chopped
3/4 cup unsalted butter, cut into cubes
1 cup granulated sugar
3 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup all-purpose flour
9 peanut butter cups
For the Peanut Butter “Mousse”
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup plus one tablespoon confectioners’ sugar
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2-3 tablespoons heavy cream
For the Ganache
6 ounces heavy cream
4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, roughly chopped
For the Garnish
whipped cream
chopped peanut cutter cups

Directions:


1. Preheat oven to 350° F. Line an 8x8 inch baking pan with foil or parchment and spray with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.
2. Microwave bittersweet chocolate and butter in a large bowl microwave-safe bowl at medium (50%) power. Stir every 30 seconds until chocolate and butter are melted and smooth.
3. Add sugar, eggs, vanilla, and salt to the chocolate mixture and whisk to combine. Using a rubber spatula, gradually fold in the flour until just combined.
4. Spread half the brownie batter into prepared pan. Evenly place the peanut butter cups onto the batter and cover with remaining batter. Spread batter evenly over the peanut butter cups and bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes. Remove pan to cooling rack to cool completely.
5. Once brownies are completely cooled, remove them from the pan and use a small glass or round biscuit cutter to cut the brownies into 8-9 circular shapes. Once you have 8-9 brownie circles, slice each brownie in half horizontally, directly through the centers of the brownies, so each brownie is now two thinner circular brownies.
6. Prepare the Peanut Butter Mousse: In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment or in a large bowl using an electric mixer, beat cream cheese, peanut butter, confectioners’ sugar, vanilla, and heavy cream until thoroughly combined and fluffy; about 3 minutes.
7. Prepare the Ganache: Place bittersweet chocolate in a medium bowl. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, bring cream to a simmer and immediately remove from heat. Pour hot cream over the bittersweet chocolate and let stand for 3-5 minutes. Whisk ganache until smooth. Allow ganache to cool at room temperature for 10-15 minutes before assembling the trifles.
8. To Assemble he Trifles: Place a brownie at the bottom of each trifle dish or small glass. Evenly pipe or spoon a layer of the peanut butter mousse onto each brownie. Add a layer of ganache and then a layer of whipped cream. Repeats layers. If desired, garnish with additional whipped cream and chopped peanut butter cups. Refrigerate for a few hours or serve immediately.

Notes:

-Servings per recipe will depend on the size of serving dishes.

What's Hap- "Pinning" : Fall Decor & Recipes

Hi! I have recently linked up with Jessi and Jenn for the linky series: What's Hap-"Pinning". A once a week link-up where you can show what you have been loving via Pinterest, whether it is home, food, decor, or anything that you have been "pinning" lately. This week I am going to be sharing my favorite Fall Home Decor and Recipes! I am so excited that fall is right around the corner and I am super pumped to start decorating! So make sure you go check out Jessi and Jenn's blog for what they have been loving this week and I hope you link-up as well!

Talk to you soon,

KP


Fall Home Decor Ideas









Fall Recipes

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread via Sally'sBakingAddiction



Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Pancakes via Sally'sBakingAddiction



Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars via Roxanna'sHomeBaking



Chicken Dumplings via Backtothecuttingboard