yogurt sundaes

yogurt sundaes | polka dot and picket fences

We love yogurt at our house!  All types of yogurt…Greek, plain, and vanilla.  There are so many ways to add it to your daily eating, too.  Of course, we make smoothies with it and top it with fruit for a snack.  Many of my recipes use Greek yogurt as a substitute for butter or oil, as well.

With all the ways to eat yogurt, I like to change it up every so often to keep everyone’s tastebuds from getting bored!  These yogurt sundaes do just that…

yogurt sundaes | polka dot and picket fences

These yogurt sundaes are too cute to eat…however if you do, you might forget that you are eating yogurt and think it is a real sundae!  They are that delish!

To make these, you will need waffle bowls, strawberries, lowfat vanilla yogurt, sliced almonds, honey nut cheerios, mini chocolate chips, and colored sprinkles.

First, slice a few strawberries and place them in the bottle of the waffle bowl.

yogurt sundaes | polka dots and picket fences

Then, scoop some yogurt over the top of the berries.  Add enough yogurt until it almost fills the bowl.

yogurt sundaes | polka dots and picket fences

Now here’s the fun part…adding the toppings!

yogurt sundaes | polka dots and picket fences

Cut a strawberry in half and place it on top of the yogurt.  Sprinkle the cheerios and almonds on top.  Then add the mini chocolate chips and colored sprinkles.

yogurt sundaes | polka dots and picket fences

yogurt sundaes | polka dots and picket fences

yogurt sundaes | polka dots and picket fences

And there you have it…a yogurt sundae!  A perfect afternoon snack or a fun dessert!  Just make sure you serve it right away, or the bottom of the waffle bowl will get soggy.

yogurt sundaes | polka dots and picket fences

yogurt sundaes | polka dots and picket fences

Don’t be afraid to get creative with this idea…you could use fruit options other than strawberries AND you could use different toppings.  How about pineapple with some coconut added to the toppings?  So many options…

And if you like yogurt, I have another fun way to serve it that I’ll be sharing later this week…

 

friday’s favorites

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My favorite things this week…

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{Oh my goodness, have you heard about this new trend…ROLLED ICE CREAM!  So fun to watch them make it and even better to eat it!  We enjoyed this experience at the Creme Shack in Greenville, SC}  

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{took the advice from one of my friends during “tea talk” and tried this mascara…cute name, but an even better beauty product}

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{why is all the best food in the south…a Grits Bar, really?}

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{stumbling upon this painted brick wall}

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{enjoying a mom’s weekend with my Delta Gamma}

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{trying almost one of everything off the menu at The Anchorage, a small plate farm-to-table restaurant, with Audrey’s roommate and her mother…glad there were four of us eating all that deliciousness}

Happy weekend!

hop over for a mimosa

mimosa bar cart | polka dots and picket fences

The day that everyone celebrates by drinking green beer (also known as St. Patrick’s Day) has passed, and my thoughts have turned to spring and Easter.  In my home, that means adding some festive touches to the decor.

If you follow me on Instagram, you know how much I enjoy browsing (and shopping) the dollar spot at Target.  I mean, who can resist some of those great finds priced at $1, $3, or $5 price points!

Recently, I spotted some great items for spring decorating…gold speckled egg garlands, paper straws, porcelain bunnies, and wooden bunny garlands.  After loading up my cart and paying, I headed home to put these items to use!

I decided to use them to style my bar cart for an Easter morning mimosa…

Hop over for a Mimosa

First, I adorned the edge of my bar cart with the two garlands.  I intertwined the gold speckled egg one (aren’t those colors just beautiful) with the more simplistic wooden bunny one (I just love those white pompoms between the bunnies).  I love how they look together!

mimosa bar cart | polka dots and picket fences

And those paper straws I mentioned…how cute are those bunny shapes attached to them!  They even have little pompom tails!  I know most people don’t use a straw to drink a mimosa, but they make a darling addition to the bar cart.

mimosa bar cart | polka dots and picket fences

My other Target find was the small egg tree…the eggs have a similar gold speckled look as the egg garland.  It adds some whimsy to the top of the cart, mixed in with glasses, napkins, and the all-important mimosa!

mimosa bar cart | polka dots and picket fences

mimosa bar cart | polka dots and picket fences

A few more decorative touches to the bottom of the cart…a white porcelain bunny and a grape hyacinth plant, along with bar cart necessities of glasses, appetizer plates, and napkins.

mimosa bar cart | polka dots and picket fence

mimosa bar cart | polka dots and picket fences

With a few simple additions (love those Target dollar spot finds), my bar cart is ready for spring!  So hop over for a mimosa…


Sources…

Target–egg garland, egg tree, bunny garland, bunny paper straws, white porcelain bunny

Party City–blue turquoise napkins

Fresh Market–grape hyacinth plant, Mimosa

 

 

peanut butter overload cookies

peanut butter overload cookies | polka dots and picket fences

If you love peanut butter, you will love these cookies!

Seriously, there are three different forms of peanut butter in them…creamy peanut butter, mini peanut butter cups, and Reese’s Pieces.  Peanut butter overload, right?

peanut butter overload cookies | polka dots and picket fences

peanut butter overload cookies | polka dots and picket fences

These are the kind of cookies you want to make on a dreary, rainy day when you are cooped up in the house…that soft, chewy confection of peanut butter will perk up any day.  Add a glass a milk, and all is good!

peanut butter overload cookies | polka dots and picket fences

peanut butter overload cookies | polka dots and picket fences

Aside from all the peanut butter these cookies have in them, they also have honey and instant vanilla pudding…adding extra flavor and a soft cookie texture.

peanut butter overload cookies | polka dots and picket fences

peanut butter overload cookies | polka dots and picket fences

Look at all that peanut butter and chocolate goodness, all in one batch of cookies!  And to top it off, each cookie is topped off with a chunk of a mini peanut butter cup just before baking.

peanut butter overload cookies | polka dots and picket fences

peanut butter overload cookies | polka dots and picket fences

peanut butter overload cookies | polka dots and picket fences

These cookies are so delicious that a batch of them won’t last long…or at least they don’t in my house.

Remember to grab your printable recipe below…

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peanut butter overload cookies

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3.4 oz instant vanilla pudding
  • 1 cup Reese's pieces
  • 1 cup mini peanut butter cups, chopped (plus more for toppings)

Instructions

  1. In a bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, salt, and pudding mix.  Set aside.

  2. In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter, peanut butter, and sugars until fluffy.


  3. Add the vanilla, eggs, and honey, and beat to combine.

  4. Slowly add the dry ingredients, and beat to combine.

  5. Stir in the Reese's pieces and chopped mini peanut butter cups by hand.

  6. Spray a cookie sheet with non-stick cooking spray, and drop 1 1/2 inch balls of cookie dough onto it (leaving two inches between each cookie).  

  7. Cut some mini peanut butter cups in half, and push them into the top of each ball of cookie dough.

  8. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes.  Cool on sheet for 3-4 minutes, and then place on a wire rack to cool completely.

friday’s favorites

Happy St. Patrick’s Day, everyone!

My favorite things this week…

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{seriously delicious, mouth-watering cookies from 17 second cookies}

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{Sunday brunch at Bleak House Coffee…can you say strawberry waffles with basil-infused whipped cream}

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{my latest Target dollar spot find…now if only we can find the SPRING weather}

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{the roasted vegetable salad at Calvino’s…no eggplant, please}

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{a trip to Boyd’s Retro Candy Store…who doesn’t love a pink castle filled with candy}

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{my friend made my day when she brought this to me…first thing ever embroidered with PD&PF on it}

Happy weekend!

I’ll be in Greenville visiting Audrey (and celebrating the Delta Gamma Founder’s Day with her) this weekend…looking forward to warmer temps after our snow this week!  You can follow along on our weekend adventures on Instagram…

over the rainbow party mix

rainbow party mix | polka dots and picket fences

So this is the week in March that everyone has shamrocks, pots of gold, leprechauns, rainbows, and all things green on the mind!  We all like to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, even if we aren’t Irish.

Today I’m sharing a fun and festive treat that would be perfect this week, as we are looking for those four-leaf clovers and pots of gold…

Over the Rainbow Party Mix

rainbow party mix | polka dots and picket fences

You start with those yummy Chex Mix Muddy Buddies and waffle pretzels…that sets the stage for this sweet and salty treat!

rainbow party mix | polka dots and picket fences

Then you drizzle melted candy melts in all colors of the rainbow on top of the Chex mixture.

rainbow party mix | polka dots and picket fences

rainbow party mix | polka dots and picket fences

Drizzle one color at a time, and then sprinkle rainbow jimmies, rainbow nonpareils, and M&Ms on top of each color.  Talk about a rainbow of colors!

rainbow party mix | polka dots and picket fences

rainbow party mix | polka dots and picket fences

rainbow party mix | polka dots and picket fences

rainbow party mix | polka dots and picket fences

Once it has cooled, break it into small pieces.  Then snack away!

rainbow party mix | polka dots and picket fences

rainbow party mix | polka dots and picket fences

rainbow party mix | polka dots and picket fences

I’m sure your “snackers” will feel LUCKY that you made this Over the Rainbow Party Mix for them…remember to grab your printable recipe below!

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Over the Rainbow Party Mix

Ingredients

  • 7 oz bag Chex Mix Muddy Buddies
  • 10 oz waffle pretzels
  • 1/2 cup each candy melts (red, pink, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple)
  • 1/2 cup M&Ms
  • rainbow nonpareils
  • rainbow jimmies

Instructions

  1. Spread Muddy Buddies and pretzels on a large baking sheet, lined with parchment paper.

  2. Place candy melts in rainbow order in a large microwave-safe bowl.  Microwave on high in 60 second time periods until the candy is soft and melted.

  3. Using a spoon, gently stir each color to soften.  Starting with the darker colored candy melts, drizzle it over a small portion of the pretzel mixture.  Sprinkle with the rainbow nonpareils and jimmies, as well as the M&Ms.  Then continue with the rest of the colored candy melts, ending with the lighter colors in the rainbow.

  4. Once the candy melts have set, gently break up the mixture into smaller pieces.  Serve and enjoy!

tea talk

tea talk | polka dots and picket fences

Good morning, everyone!  I’m so excited to share with you that I’m starting a new monthly series today!

I’m calling it “tea talk.”  Do you remember back in the day when moms would get together for coffee after their kids left for school in the morning?  They would discuss all subjects…parenting ideas, the latest beauty product, women’s issues, share new recipes, etc.  That just doesn’t happen much anymore!  More women work than before….and because of technology, we moms stay connected through social media.

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So here’s the idea behind my new monthly series…I’ve asked a group of my friends to answer a question every month and I will share the answers with my readers.  I soooo wish that they could all come to my house for coffee and share their advice and ideas in person, but that isn’t always possible.  So let’s just pretend that it happened that way (instead of via email), and we are sitting around chatting over coffee…or in my case, tea (I’m not a coffee drinker).

This month’s question is…

“What are your three favorite health and/or beauty items?”

  • Name:  Kathy
  • Age:  61
  • City:  Ottawa Hills,  Ohio
  • Occupation:  development officer
  • Number of Children:  one
  1.   Mary Kay Oil Free Eye Makeup Remover
  2.   Evian natural mineral water facial spray
  3.   My purple Fitbit (goal 10,000 steps a day)

  • Name:  Christy
  • Age:  49
  • City:  Nashville,  Tennessee
  • Occupation:  stay at home mom
  • Number of Children: two
  1.   Retin-a to exfoliate and rejuvenate my face
  2.   Amlactin lotion for my hands and body
  3.   Lemon, lime, or orange slices to make me drink more water

  • Name:  Wendy
  • Age:  47
  • City:  Ottawa Hills,  Ohio
  • Occupation:  financial advisor
  • Number of Children:  two
  1.   Sleep
  2.   Clinique Sparkle Skin Body exfoliating cream
  3.   Final Net hairspray…I buy it by the case for my fine, thin hair

  • Name:  Jill
  • Age: 47
  • City:  Cincinnati,  Ohio
  • Occupation:  teacher
  • Number of Children:  two
  1.   Sun Bum sunscreen…it’s the best.  Smells good and does a great job!  We love and use their whole line of products, which are generally available at Ulta or online.  I was diagnosed with melanoma in 2013.  Our lifestyle quickly changed after that.  We are very serious about our exposure now.
  2.   Clinique High Impact Lip Color, in Go Fig.  It’s neutral enough to go with everything.
  3.   Revlon’s Cherries in the Snow nail polish.  It’s a hot pink that I have used for years.  Great coverage and stands up to wear!

Honorable Mentions…(for staying sun-smart)

  •  Coolibar long-sleeve T-shirts…they are lightweight.  I wear them year-round, and I love them!
  • Big Brimmed San Diego Womens Hat
  • Nike Big Brim Womens Visor

  • Name:  Lauri
  • Age:  46
  • City:  Ottawa Hills,  Ohio
  • Occupation:  mother, coach, and retired attorney
  • Number of Children:  two
  1.   EVER Luminous Cleansing Balm and Quattro Peptide Face & Serum and Peel Pads (never in my life has my skin looked better)
  2.   Farmhouse Fresh Sweet Cream Body Milk Lotion (but avoid using in mosquito weather for it attracts)
  3.   Renew Life Ultimate Flora Probiotic (real science behind this product)

  • Name:  Julie
  • Age:  48
  • City: Sylvania,  Ohio
  • Occupation:  stay at home mom
  • Number of Children:  three

I love the Boscia line of facial products, which are preservative-free, no artificial fragrances or colors, gluten-free, and alcohol-free.  My three favorites are…

  1.   Purifying Cleansing Gel
  2.   Eye Treatment (an eye cream)
  3.   Beauty Oil (hydrates my face leaving it soft)

  • Name:  Christy
  • Age:  46
  • City:  Toledo,  Ohio
  • Occupation:  mom, wife, and corporate executive
  • Number of Children:  two
  1.   Purity Face Was by Philosophy
  2.   Better than Sex Mascara by Too Faced
  3.   Detox Dry Shampoo by Dry Bar

  • Name:  Tammy
  • Age:  49
  • City:  Pauline, South Carolina
  • Occupation:  homemaker
  • Number of Children:  2 daughters, 1 heavenly daughter
  1.   it Cosmetics Confidence in a Compact (LOVE the feel and light coverage of this foundation…anti-aging and SPF 50 all in one)
  2.   Biore Baking Soda Cleansing Scrub (gentle exfoliation leaves my skin feeling SOOO smooth and soft)
  3.   Nature’s Way Umcka Cold Care (This has been a staple in my house for a few years now…I truly believe it works! Take a daily dose for warding off a cold or use at first signs of symptoms to shorten the duration and lessen the severity of infection.)

Honorable Mentions…

  • Nars Blush (the shade is “orgasm”…I didn’t name it, just love it!)
  • Rodan and Fields Redefine Line…I have never used anything consistently for this long, 4+ years now.  I don’t sell it, but I’m a huge fan!

  • Name:  Meredith
  • Age:  40
  • City:  Ottawa Hills,  Ohio
  • Occupation:  former licensed nursing home administrator…now a household engineer
  • Number of Children:  four
  1.   Ever skincare line…love it all but especially the Revive intensive eye life cream
  2.   DoTERRA essential oils…I love all the oils for health and beauty.  My top three are peppermint, lemon, and lavender.
  3.   Iodine…apply on inner wrist when feeling a sore throat coming on.  Salt absorbs into the blood stream and gets rid of soreness.

I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait to try some of these products, as well as the tips for staying healthy and looking beautiful!

Thank you to my friends for sharing their advice…I hope you enjoyed the first of these monthly “tea talks!”

 

 

friday’s favorites

My favorite things this week…

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{raspberry chia fruit spread from World of Chia…yum}

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{striped blouse with chambray peplum detail…available in store at Anthropologie}

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{the new S’well bottles…a colorful collaboration between Lilly Pulitzer and Starbucks}

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{the Greek chicken sandwich at Zingo’s}

Happy weekend, everyone!

And keep reading to find out the details of a fun event I’m hosting…


Local friends…I have set the date for my next “Crafternoon” event!  Please join me at my home on Tuesday, April 4th at 11:30 to create a lovely floral arrangement (see pics below) for the upcoming spring season.  The cost of $70 will include all supplies and a light lunch.  Space is limited, and your advance payment will reserve your spot.  Hope you can join me!  

living room refresh

living room refresh | polka dots and picket fences

I’m so ready for spring!  Not that we’ve had a horrible winter here in northwest Ohio…in fact, it’s been fairly mild with very little snow and higher than average temperatures.  However, there’s something about the spring season that recharges and invigorates me.  That invigoration usually leads me to a house project…

I have a few rooms in our home that I would like to refresh…the first one being our living room.  When we purchased the tan sofas a few years ago, my thought was that I could change out different accessory pieces from time to time.  That way the room would always stay fresh and updated with seasonal or trendy colors.

Since the main colors of my living room are tan and blue, this Instagram post caught my attention recently.  I loved the pop of bright pink mixed with the other two colors…this picture became my inspiration for refreshing our living room!

living room refresh | polka dots and picket fences

I started by looking for new throw pillows for the sofas.  Not as easy as you might think…I had to really look to find the right shade of pink.  With three girls in the house, my husband is more than tired of the color pink.  I wanted to make sure it wasn’t a pastel pink.  I was thrilled when I found these oversized patterned pillows, and I paired them with cream-colored fur pillows and blue print pillows.

living room refresh | polka dots and picket fences

living room refresh | polka dots and picket fences

Grace said it was going to be too many pillows on the sofas.  Well, I think I’ve taught my husband well over the years…his response was “you can never have too many throw pillows.”  I think he was just trying to make me happy!

living room refresh | polka dots and picket fences

living room refresh | polka dots and picket fences

living room refresh | polka dots and picket fences

You may have already spotted another pop of pink that I added to the room…the floral arrangement on the coffee table.  I purchased this wood container before the holidays, and I’ve used it for so many displays already.  I love the crisp look of the pink peonies against the white wood!

living room refresh | polka dots and picket fences

living room refresh | polka dots and picket fences

And what’s a room without some blankets and throws!  I just love this pink herringbone-print throw with the pompom trim!  Makes me want to curl up with a book…

living room refresh | polka dots and picket fences

living room refresh | polka dots and picket fences

One other addition to the room is the bright pink storage ottoman.  It is a great versatile piece…I can store board games inside it and it provides extra seating, if necessary.

living room refresh | polka dots and picket fences

living room refresh | polka dots and picket fences

I just love how it all came together!  The pops of pink give it new energy for spring.  With these small changes, I feel like it’s a brand new room!

Now it’s time for me to think about those other house projects…

living room refresh | polka dots and picket fences

Sources and links are listed below…

friday’s favorites

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My favorite things this week…

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{a fun dinner at the Original Tony Packo’s…can’t believe we’ve lived in Toledo over 16 years and never been there}

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{Girls’ Night Out to celebrate a friend’s birthday}

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{need I say more…}

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{a talented “waffle-maker”}

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{catching up with a friend over some grits and chicken waffles}

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{loving these colors for spring…spied at Hobby Lobby}

Happy weekend, everyone!