For Fun: Which cake could you eat all the day long?

Chocolate with chocolate frosting.

or

White with cream cheese frosting.

diy cheese tray

make your own cheese tray from a frame. An easy to follow tutorial for a great gift idea! | nelliebellie.com

  This holiday season I've found myself really enjoying the old-fashioned, homemade gifts.  I love the extra gift of nostalgia that goes along with gifting a gift of old. Gifts that have are tried and true, appreciated year after year by all kinds of recipients, are the kind I want to focus on this year. The classics.  This year I'm setting out to create reminders of days gone by in new and practical ways. I feel this diy cheese tray fits the bill just right. I pair the old-fashioned skill of embroidery with a classic cheese tray that I DIY'ed. I used colors and finishes that remind me ...

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Chicken Spinach Artichoke lasagna | hearty & easy

chicken lasagna with spinach and artichoke. an easy & hearty recipe | nelliebellie.com

I failed as a food blogger. With a giant fail. But, I was a huge hit as a mom! Most of the dishes I make involve photographs every step of every way. And no eating until every possible photograph from every possible angle is taken. Which means supper is often cold. Not in this case. I took a Sunday afternoon and whipped up a batch of delicious, home-cooked chicken lasagna after a long, hard, and busy week. And then let my family eat it right away. No waiting! So, you all are getting photographs of left-overs. But, oh, what good-looking leftovers they are! This Chicken Lasagna with Spinach and Artichoke is ...

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International Coffee Drinks | full recipes

A collection of delicious international coffee drinks including full easy recipes. Yum! |nelliebellie.com

It's no secret that we adore coffee. We especially love international coffee drinks! So we've collected our favorites and gathered them together in one spot for you. Our hope is that you can find a great recipe to try this weekend that puts an extra spark of joy in your morning from us. We'll be adding to this collection, you can be sure, so stop by often to see what's new. And, feel free to leave us YOUR favorite international coffee drinks we haven't added yet..we are always looking for new ones to try!  Australian coffee is one of only a few recipes we included that require a milk frother.  If you ...

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DIY custom bathrobe

create a personalized custom bathrobe easily! A great gift idea. This one has Jane Austen quotes written on it...great for the Jane Austen fan. But, you could personalize it however you wanted. Fast & easy! | nelliebellie.com

It's that time of year again. The time of year where I just can't seem to get warm...ever. Until summer comes around again I have a  permanent chill. Back in the day I would mistakenly crank the heat up in my house thinking that would warm me up. It doesn't. It just makes my energy consumption go through the roof and my electric bill hurt more. So I've learned that until summer rolls around again I need to take a few extra steps to keep myself warm without cranking up the heat. Here's some recommendations for ways to stay warm in your home without cranking up that thermostat. Save energy, save money, save the ...

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the BEST homemade carrot cake recipe

the BEST homemade carrot cake you'll make again and again! One bowl, easy to follow directions from nelliebellie.com

I think it's safe to say with the proven awesomeness of the chocolate cake and the white cake that I have the market cornered on AWESOME homemade cakes. I say that humbly. I make AWESOME cakes (okay, maybe not so humbly).  Let me be sure to clarify that I cannot sew a stitch to save my life. Or understand how and why proper grammar needs to be in my life.  Nor can I speak any language other than English (for that I am ashamed, truly!). But I can make cake. At it is AWESOME! Today I'm adding my homemade carrot cake recipe to the collection of proper, everyday homemade cakes you should learn to make. This ...

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Mug Cake with homemade candied peanuts

nothing better than a personal mug cake! this post has the tutorial for those homeamade candied peanuts. Yum! | nelliebellie.com

 This post is sponsored by Tastefully Simple, though as always, we only write about things we love! It's no secret that we love treats around here. But contrary to how it may appear ;), we don't have desserts lying around on a regular basis. I love the My Mug Cakes™ from Tastefully Simple when we are looking for a sweet dessert without a ton of time and fuss. My absolute favorite is taking 1 of the mug mixes and splitting it into 2. Then we add Tastefully Simple's Creamy Caramel Sauce,  vanilla ice-cream, more caramel, and some of my homemade candied peanuts for the ultimate ice cream sundae. It's ...

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Sharpie ornaments

4 forest animal Sharpie ornaments. Easy to make with easy tutorial (including video!) at nelliebellie.com

  We got a request by Sharpie to create 4 Christmas ornaments featuring their metallic Sharpies that they could use for advertising on Amazon. Our response...heck yes! We are giant fans of using Sharpies on white porcelain Christmas ornaments for all kinds of designs, patterns, and fun. We did a set of 4 last year (which Sharpie had seen and why they asked us, specifically) with Sharpies that were super fun and easy and knew that another set could be just as great! Boy, were we wrong. We think this set of 4 forest animal ornaments is BETTER than last year's set. And maybe faster. Maybe easier. Definitely more ...

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Simple Watercress salad and Homemade Croutons

simple watercress salad that is fast and easy to make! This salad, along with some homemade croutons, is rich enough to be a light meal but doesn't take forever!

  I wanted to give you all a peek into a quick lunch I like to have quite often. I realized that if you look at our recipe collection you may get the idea that we consume sweets constantly. Which, of course, is simply not possible. I want to try a bit harder to show you some of the recipes we have in our home on a daily basis. The "real life" things we eat. Because I'm sure that you also can't eat sweets all the time and would appreciate some healthier variety. This simple watercress salad with homemade croutons is a fast and easy lunch that I can whip up on a busy day. It's hearty enough that I ...

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The best way to make coffee for YOU

what version of the many coffee makers is best for you? |nelliebellie.com

Be sure to grab our adorable, free printable at the end of this post...a cute coffee printable that will look adorable in your kitchen!     Chemex:  The concept of the Chemex actually outdates all of the other brewing options listed here, but has only recently become popular again among those of us considered "coffee snobs".  It is basically a pour over, but with a bit more class (and the one-piece version does change the overall quality a bit).    The Chemex comes in several sizes, so you can make anything from a cup of coffee at a time to a full pot.  We love this ...

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Honey Nut Cheerios and bare-faced Janel

How do YOU eat your Honey-Nut Cheerios?

We believe in full disclosure and want you to know that this article is financially supported by Honey Nut Cheerios. But we also want you to know that we only work with companies we TRULY love and think add value to YOUR life, as well. Hey there! I'm so happy you are here today! Did you kick your day off with a great breakfast? I did. Honey Nut Cheerios and I had a moment. I LOVE those moments. Give me a few moments in the morning for a bowl of cereal, some great music, and a cup of coffee and I am a happy, happy girl! In my home we stress the importance of starting and ending each day with joy, positivity, and ...

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breakfast egg cups aren’t just for kids!

These fast egg cups are just like the versions we make for kids but instead using grown-up ingredients! Fast and easy breakfast that you can make as healthy and unique as you want! | nelliebellie.com

  I have been struggling lately with eating breakfast. Truthfully, it's always a struggle for me to get anything into my belly besides coffee. I know it's not healthy and have been trying to get more at breakfast. Cereal does the trick, but sometimes I need something a wee bit more substantial. I remembered the egg cups I used to make for the kids on the weekends and realized that there was absolutely no reason I couldn't make a more "grown-up" and nutrient filled version of them. And I'm glad I did! These are so easy and tasty that I make variations of them often. I get them cooking in the oven while ...

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easy to make Pipe Paper Towel/Cleaner holder

Who knew you could create this pipe paper towel and cleaner holder super fast and easy! So cool! | nelliebellie.com

 This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of the Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day®, though as usual, all opinions are my own.  We don't write about products we don't actually love! Hey guys! I've got a fantastic project for you today. If you are like me you adore cleaners. Or is that strange? Well, never-mind if it is strange...I adore cleaners. Maybe it's because I use Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day® cleaners and they smell so so good. And the bottles are gorgeous! Seriously, can I get a shirt in that aqua color? I have forever been looking for the paper towel roll and cleaner bottle around the kitchen. ...

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