Win Your Holiday Shopping List (with Giftry)!

Giftry Holiday Shopping GiveawayOooo hoo hoo! This is one heck of a giveaway, folks. Remember when I introduced you to Giftry, a gift curating site, a few months ago? Well, they are ready to take on your holiday shopping list! From now until December 1st, you can enter to win $1,000 worth of gifts on your shopping list. Giftry will purchase up to $1,000 of gifts on the winner’s Giftry list and knock that holiday shopping right off your to-do list! (AMAZING!) In addition to the $1,000 grand prize, there will also be two runners up (2nd place gets $250 and 3rd gets $100!).

All entries will be run through Giftry. You can enter right here (you’ll have to sign up for an account first if you don’t already have one!).  Full details are on the page and you can win extra entries by sharing on social media. SHAZAM! In case you need some inspiration, here’s a little snapshop of some of my items I’m loving below from my Giftries….

Holiday Wishlist

…now get to shopping! Remember, enter right here and you may just have your very own Santa this year!

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Sugar Fix: Little Man Ice Cream

While I’m off being a newlywed, I’ve invited some schnazy talented pals of mine to share some DIYs, recipes + more to get you ready for Thanksgiving (and beyond!). Today Lexy of The Proper Pinwheel is taking over with a Denver-based Sugar Fix excursion!

Cupcake Ice Cream
Woo! Yay for marriage! Lexy from The Proper Pinwheel here. I’m so happy for Kelly & Jeff and am happy to attempt to fill the void while they’re off honeymooning!

Okay, so listen up. My husband and I are really, really into ridiculously tasty ice cream. We love the stuff. I’m not kidding when I say that we always wrap up Sunday dinner with a bowl. Or four. Logan’s ice-cream-lovin’ tactics are one of the things that drew me to him in the first place.

Because we are such ice cream connoisseurs, we know all the tasty places to hit up here in Denver, CO. I’m an ice cream aficionado who also moonlights as a donut expert. Truly. If you come visit The Mile High City, you call me. We’ll donut. But back to ice cream! Our little family just spent an afternoon enjoying cones at Denver favorite, Little Man Ice Cream. There is always a line at this place. ALWAYS. And since we’ve had such nice weather, we decided to hang out in line so we could enjoy a frozen snack with the rest of ’em.Little Man Ice Cream ShopLittle Man Ice Cream Shop
One of the best things about this place is the actual place. It’s tucked on a corner, but it’s not really tucked as it’s actually a GIANT ice cream can! Every time we’ve gone, there’s been live music playing. You can also catch a movie there in the summer time! There’s ample seating and there’s also a little play area with a slide! So the kids can be distracted while you devour your cone.Little Man Ice Cream Shop
They’re always blowing other ice cream menus outta the park, but I’m partial to the Coconut Almond Fudge and the Salted Caramel PB Cup. I couldn’t even type that sentence without drooling!
Little Man Ice Cream Shop - Denver
Little Man Ice Cream Shop
As if the cool venue and the baller menu weren’t enough, Little Man is also pretty sweet on the charities. For every scoop of ice cream purchased, they donate a scoop of rice or beans to a community in need. With over one million scoops of ice cream served, the charitable donations add up!
Cupcake Ice CreamCupcake Ice Cream

All Photos by The Proper Pinwheel

If you’re ever in the Denver area, Little Man Ice Cream is a must-lick. Er, I mean a must-see. Now, let’s all go have a bowl of ice cream, okay?! Okay.

Thanks so much Lexy! For more DIYs and adventures in sugar-y sweets, head on over to The Proper Pinwheel!

Let’s Eat! | Mini Colorful Leaf Cookies

While I’m off being a newlywed, I’ve invited some schnazy talented pals of mine to share some DIYs, recipes + more to get you ready for Thanksgiving (and beyond!). Today Chelsea of Lovely Indeed is taking over!

Mini Colorful Leaf Cookies
Hey gang! Chelsea here, from Lovely Indeed, and I’m beyond stoked to be helping out while Kelly & Jeff take some time to enjoy newly married life! In true Studio DIY style, I’ve got a sweet little recipe that’s not only delicious but adorable — and just perfect for the fall. We’re making teeny, tiny, bite-sized cookies in the brightest fall colors I could muster up! (We all know Kelly is the queen of color, and your standard fall tans and browns just weren’t going to cut it.) Bake up a batch of these for your pals and they’ll thank you, bite by bite.Mini Colorful Leaf CookiesColorful Leaf Cookies

ingredients

For the Cookies:
1/3 cup Crisco
1/3 cup sugar
1 egg
1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup room temperature butter
1 tbsp vanilla
2 3/4 cup flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt

For the Icing:
1 cup powdered sugar
1 egg white
1 tbsp lemon juice
food coloring

Colorful Leaf Cookies
Colorful Leaf Cookies
Colorful Leaf Cookies
Colorful Leaf Cookies
Colorful Leaf Cookies
Colorful Leaf Cookies

1.Mix shortening, sugar, egg, honey, butter, and vanilla thoroughly. Blend flour, soda, and salt, and stir into shortening mixture. Once well mixed, refrigerate until cool. Remove from refrigerator and knead with your hands until the dough is soft enough to roll out smoothly and without cracking. Roll onto a floured surface (dust your rolling pin with flour as well!) to about 1/4″ thick and use your cookie cutters to cut out the shapes. We used this little set from Wilton that’s got leaves, apples, acorns, and a bunch of other tiny fall shapes!
2. Put shapes on a piece of parchment paper and place on a baking sheet. Bake approximately 5 minutes at 350 degrees. Keep a close eye on them, though, as oven temperatures vary and these bake very quickly. I like to take mine out just before they begin to brown. Also note that this recipe will make about a zillion of these cookies because they’re so tiny!
3. Allow the cookies to cool on a rack while you mix up the icing. Combine all ingredients and mix until smooth. You may need to add a tiny bit of powdered sugar if you find that your icing is too runny and runs off the sides of the cookies. Separate the icing into small bowls and mix in a bit of food coloring to each to make your fall palette. Once the cookies are cooled, use an applicator to gently apply icing to each. A popsicle stick or something similar would work well, because they’re so small!
4. Let the icing set and pop ’em in your mouth! These cutie patooties are just the right level of sweetness, and they go perfectly with a glass of cold milk (or in this case, vanilla almond milk). And the best part? They’re so little you can totally rationalize eating a whole handful of them.

Colorful Leaf CookiesColorful Leaf Cookies

All Photos by Lovely Indeed

Thanks for letting me pop in and hang out today! Happy fall!

Thanks Chelsea! For more rockin’ DIYs and snippets of Chelsea’s life, head on over to Lovely Indeed!

Let’s Eat! | Wishbone Donuts

While I’m off being a newlywed, I’ve invited some schnazy talented pals of mine to share some DIYs, recipes + more to get you ready for Thanksgiving (and beyond!). Today Ashley of Sugar & Cloth is taking over!

Wishbone Donuts
Hey, it’s Ashley from Sugar & Cloth here! Since we’re all Studio DIY fans, I’d say it’s safe to assume we’re also all fans of color… and donuts, of course. So with Thanksgiving just around the corner, I decided I’d give it a little nod in true Kelly style with an old fashioned cake donut recipe but with a colorful twist and a wishbone cookie cutter.
Wishbone Donuts

ingredients
1 1/4 cup sugar
4 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspon nutmeg
2 eggs
1/4 cup milk
4 cups flour (plus a little more if dough is sticky)
About 2 cups of oil (for frying)
Wishbone cookie cutter
Your favorite icing, glaze or cinnamon sugar recipe to top them with!

Wishbone Donuts
Wishbone Donuts

1. In a large bowl, use a mixer to blend the sugar, baking powder, salt and nutmeg, then add the eggs, milk and melted butter until well combined.
2. Add 3 cups of the flour, beating until blended. Lastly, add one more cup of flour and continue to beat well. The dough should be soft and sticky but firm enough to handle. If you feel its necessary, or in humid conditions, add up to 1/2 cup more flour.
3. Cover your mixing bowl and let it chill for two hours.
4. Remove your dough from the fridge and begin heating about 1″ of oil to 360F in a large metal cook pan.
5. Working half the dough at a time, roll it out on a floured surface to about 1/2″ thickness and cut out the shapes using the wishbone cookie cutter.
6. Gently drop the shapes in batches into the hot oil. Flip them over as they puff and turn them a couple more times as they cook. They will take about 2-3 minutes in total and can be as golden brown as you’d like them to be.
7. Remove from the oil and set them on paper towels or paper plates to absorb the excess oil.
8. Use your favorite glaze or icing recipe to top them with once they’ve cooled a bit. I always place icing on a rounded edge plate and then dip the donuts into the icing to cat a perfect line all the way around, then sprinkle with sprinkles!
Wishbone Donuts
Wishbone Donuts

All Photos by Jared Smith

Now Thanksgiving morning can be a little bit more colorful this year, and the kids will definitely get a kick out of trying their hand at scoring the bigger end of the donut over and over again. Moms, I apologize in advance for the sugar highs…

Thanks so much Ashley! For more DIYs and recipes, head on over to Sugar & Cloth!

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