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Mint and Blue Aquatic Nursery

Ahoy Sisteroos, it’s Shrink here. The husband and I are expecting our first and we’ve spent some time creating a calm aquatic nursery. When I started looking into nursery design ideas, I was all over the place, but my design came together when I bought our beautiful rug. I fell in love with a rug online, but was not too fond of the price tag. When I saw this nearly identical rug for a mere $50 at Ross, I knew the nursery design had set sail.

Dark Chocolate Ganache Easter Egg Cake Dark Chocolate Ganache Easter Egg Cake

Easter dinner has always been a big event in the Sisteroo household. In addition to the usual leg-of-lamb, cream-drenched scalloped potatoes, grilled asparagus and butter-soft rolls, we are quite serious about our desserts. Actress's Easter Coconut Carrot Cake is always a huge hit and an annual Easter staple. But this year I decided to up the ante with a dark chocolate, buttercream-filled ganache cake shaped like an Easter egg. The recipe is ridiculously simple and sure to impress your guests.  I'm thinking this cake will become a Sisteroo Easter tradition too!

St. Patrick's Day Chocolate Mint Trifle

Sisteroo St. Patrick's Day Chocolate Mint Trifle

I've been working on the perfect recipe to lure the leprechauns away from their pot o' gold this year, and I think I've found it with this mouth-watering chocolate mint chip trifle. Your friends (small and large) will be doing the Irish jig over this concoction of layered devil's food cake, mint chocolate ganache, chocolate chunks, and thick mint whipped cream. The best part is that it only calls for 4 basic ingredients and takes less than an hour to create, baking time included! Luck of the Irish, indeed!

President's Day Apple Flag Pie

Patriotic Apple Blueberry Cherry Flag Pie

I'm a patriotic American. I eat apple pie, watch baseball in June, mistrust the metric system, and wear a fanny-pack while traveling abroad. (The latter not since the early 90s. Thankfully.) So it shouldn't surprise you, Sisteroos, that I decided to bake a decidedly American pie in celebration of this upcoming President's Day. I used my hands-down favorite apple pie recipe and a no-fail buttery pastry crust for this red, white and blue concoction, and the results were simply flag raising!

Homemade Valentine's Gummy Candy


Happy Mandatory Store Bought Candy, Card and Flowers Day!  In celebration of the upcoming holiday that I simply can't bring myself to loathe because it involves pink hearts and sparkles (and chocolate), here are some spectacular homemade Valentine's-themed fruit jellies I whipped up.  I made mine in peach, strawberry, orange and raspberry flavors, but you can try any flavor you like!

Easy Party Meringues

Sisteroo Party Meringues
(Meringue flavors from bottom to top: root beer, peppermint, strawberry cheesecake, egg nog, peppermint, coconut, strawberry cheesecake)
I don't know about you, but I'm stuffed.  I spent this holiday season gorging on confections of every sort--pies, cakes, cookies, candy, cocoa...ooof.  So with the New Year (and serious diet resolutions) fast approaching, I figured I'd better come up with a guilt-free, fat free dessert to sate my ferocious sweet tooth.  Enter the crispy, light meringue...

White Mint and Dark Mint Oreo Truffles

White Mint and Dark Mint Oreo Truffles

Sisteroos, I've been meaning to make Oreo truffles for years. The recipe is so simple I could bake them in my sleep and upside down, possibly while reciting the Declaration of Independence (When in the course of human events...).
  And it involves cookies and chocolate, two spectacular foods that compliment each other perfectly. So it's quite a surprise that I'm just now getting around to making these. You can bet I won't wait to make them again!

DIY Industrial Candlesticks

Sisteroo Industrial Candlesticks
(Note: these candlestick holders are sturdy and large.  From left to right, they stand 6 1/2", 4", 5" and 6 1/2".  They hold regular-sized 10" tapers.)

Hardware stores are not my thing. This isn't especially surprising, is it? They're sorely lacking in baked goods and bling, and are instead heavily stocked with dreadful things like manure and two-by-fours. It's not exactly Lawyer Sisteroo style. Husband, on the other hand, would live in a hardware store if I'd let him. So it was with much glee that he dragged me to the local hardware store this weekend to pick up a sprocket (or a spring?) that came loose from our barbecue. It was while I was standing (miserably) in the nuts and bolts aisle of said local hardware store that the idea for these industrial candlesticks hit. These giant hex nuts are a cool and modern twist on your standard candle holders. They look gorgeous on a coffee table or mantle, and would make the perfect DIY holiday gift for that uber stylish friend who has everything. The best part? You can bling them out a dozen different ways. I'm thinking that hardware stores have just become my thing....

Homemade Peppermint Joe Joes

Homemade Peppermint Joe Joes

If I were superwoman, I am convinced that my kryptonite would be Trader Joe's Candy Cane Joe Joes. (My thighs and rear are SO grateful that they're only in stock during the holidays. Good gracious.) I love Candy Cane Joe Joes so much that I decided to make my own this year...and believe me, these things are JUST as good (if not better) than the original!