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How to Throw a Valentine’s Day Inspired Dessert Party this Galentine’s Day

I am WAY too excited about today’s Valentine’s Day inspired dessert party; a.k.a., an excuse to celebrate Galentine’s Day! And yes, I am way too excited about all parties because I like throwing them. I also really like cake, and the two seem to go hand-in-hand.

Now sometimes in this crazy blogging world you meet someone who just clicks with you. That’s how it was when I met Amy of Coffee Beans & Bobby Pins. If you don’t already stalk her on Instagram, you will now. Anyhoo, we’ve become fast blogging friends, and we’ve wanted to collaborate on something for months now. I’m pretty obsessed with Valentine’s Day … and, well, ALL holidays; but Valentine’s Day is full of pink and hearts and cookies and marbled graham cracker toffee bark (trrrrrust me on this one), so really, what’s not to love here?

The lightbulb just sort of went on for us, and we knew we wanted to throw the ultimate, yet still low-key, Galentine’s Day dessert party. Because who doesn’t love dessert? Amy and I worked with our local Anthropologie to dream up the prettiest little Valentine’s Day inspired dessert party. If you’re anything like me, walking into an Anthropologie is liking walking into a candy shop (we did that too!) on an empty stomach. Gimme, gimme.

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I was super inspired by all of the Moroccan elements throughout the store, so we decided to take our shoot in that direction. Styling this party was so much fun, and a lot simpler to put together than you might imagine.

But what exactly is Galentine’s Day?

The girl-focused holiday got it’s namesake from one of my favorite shows ever: Parks and Recreation. (Seriously, if you’ve never watched it, it’s time. Binge-watch it right now.) Basically, Galentine’s Day is a holiday Amy Poehler’s character, Leslie Knope, created that occurs every year on February 13th – the day before Valentine’s Day.

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Per Leslie, the genius behind the ladies celebration:

“Oh it’s only the best day of the year. Every February 13th, my lady friends and I leave our husbands and our boyfriends at home, and we just come and kick it, breakfast-style. Ladies celebrating ladies. It’s like Lilith Fair, minus the angst. Plus frittatas.”

Yeah, it’s awesome; and basically an excuse to celebrate in true feminine style.

But if you want to go ahead and throw yourself a dessert party for your special someone instead, that’s cool too, because: CAKE. (For the record: cake > frittata.)

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Now onto the Valentine’s Day Inspired Dessert Party …

We pulled floor cushions and Moroccan pillows (I have THE biggest crush on this pink tufted pillow … it has a heavy gold zipper that takes it over the top!), gorgeous Moroccan inspired wedding blankets (I’m having a hard time not convincing myself that I need both the cream Aldalora throw and the pink Open Market throw!), and so many beautiful dishes in pinks, golds, and rose golds.

The floor seating kept the vibe fun and low-key as well. Plus, there’s no “right” way to style pillows and blankets on the floor. Just lay a few blankets down, plop a few pillows and cushions loosely around the perimeter of your coffee table, and stack your dishes, flatware, and cups within reach. You’ll add tabletop style by using all of that pretty tableware and of course, flowers.

HINT: adding in low candles and tea lights would also look really romantic for an evening setup.

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We also pulled in as much color (especially in the pinks and purples) as we could.

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We bought all of the flowers at the grocery store to keep things simple and bright.

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And we had a whole lot of fun coming up with desserts to serve …

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Can we talk about these rose gold bowls for a minute? Because I plan to put stacks everywhere from here on out.

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The ice cream really popped in these gorgeous pink-lined bowls; the matching dessert plates and mugs were equally swoon-worthy.

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There’s a great candy shop just a few stores down from our local Anthropologie, so we came up with the idea of an ice cream bar with pink toppings. Pink cotton candy, pop rocks, sprinkles, and sour cherries worked perfectly as toppings.

We had cake and petit fours too, because what’s a dessert party without cake?

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The prettiest pink and purple glass cake stands from Anthro.

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And that cake … Whole Foods. I know; right?

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Adding these metallic gold lace plates to my dinnerware collection … I LOVE dishes; what can I say?

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And let’s not forget about the coffee, of course. The bronzed french press was such a stand-out piece and would work well at so many parties and get-togethers.

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Flowers, flowers everywhere.

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I’m pretty sure treating ourselves to a glamorous little Galentine’s Day party the day before Valentine’s Day each year will have to become an annual event.

Are you doing anything fun for Valentine’s Day or Galentine’s Day this year?

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If you throw your own Galentine’s Day soirée, be sure to tag me on social media (@glitterinclexi) so I can live vicariously through all of your fun parties and desserts!

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WHAT WE WORE:

 

THE PARTY:

 

Psst … if you’re looking for Valentine’s Day inspiration, why not try marbled graham cracker toffee bark (a.k.a., graham cracker crack), the perfect sugar cookies for decorating (we used pink rock candy … I’m obsessed), throw together a last-minute date night (from the comfort of your sofa!), DIY the cutest mess-free craft with your little ones, make strawberry cheesecake macarons, big and fluffy homemade raspberry marshmallowsOreo macaronsnutella-chocolate covered strawberries, or the best ever red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting, or any one of these 14 favorite valentine’s day desserts?

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Little Love Notes

A few little love notes to the things I loved most this week, like flowers and coffee, small habits that can change your life, homemade oatmeal cream pies. Click through for the details. | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc

Hey, hey it’s the weekend! We’re battling colds so it’s a mostly lazy one for us, and I’m not mad about it. Sunday, so long as everyone is feeling better, we’re headed to my favorite flea market. It’s about a 30-minute drive, and SO worth it. Seriously, so many good finds every time we go. I’ll be sharing what we’re up to throughout the weekend over on instagramfacebooktwitter, and snapchat → glitterinclexi (lots of fun behind-the-scenes there). Follow along!

How about you? Any exciting weekend plans?

With that, a few little love notes …

Dear creative rut, how to reclaim your creative confidence. (Loving this simple advice!)

Dear winter rearranging, 9 so-called home décor rules that you should break, according to these interior designers.

Dear big Saturday night plans, how to do your own makeup for a fancy event. I, on the other hand, will be in my pajamas watching Netflix. Livin’ the dream.

Dear behind the curtain, how Louis C. K. Tells a joke.

Dear life hacks20 small habits that can change your life.

Dear clutter, clutter everywhere, how cute is this large belly basket with leather handles? Anything I can use to dump all of the toys into at once is my kind of storage option!

Dear weekend baking, homemade oatmeal cream pies.

Get the origins of these sweet little love notes, here, and catch up on love notes of the past.

image via @birgittetheresa (Follow her account for the most gorgeous floral inspiration!)

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My Nighttime and Morning Routine; a.k.a., How I Totally Cheat and Look Well-Rested

This post is sponsored by Neutrogena. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own. Thank you so much for supporting the sponsors who help to make Glitter, Inc. possible!

Let’s talk beauty routines. I’ve always been a fan of face cream and sleep, and of course I love my makeup, but lately, all I really want to do is combat aging and looking “tired.”

Ugh, this topic. I know no one really wants to talk about that dirty word. You’ve heard it a million times before. The word “tired.” Any time someone tells me I look “tired,” I automatically assume I look like butt. And worse still, as I’m getting older, I worry that “tired” is synonymous with “old”. I shudder at the thought. I’m old, it’s cool. But I sure don’t want to look old.

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So I’m digging in, getting personal and sharing my morning and nighttime routine, and how I totally cheat to look well-rested, including some of my all-time FAVORITE beauty products.

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USING A NIGHTTIME CREAM

Looking well-rested starts the night before.

I recently started using Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Regenerating Cream and I’m totally impressed. I’ve always tried to use a nighttime cream before bed. My Grandma has been covering her face, arms, and hands with lotion for as long as I can remember, and she has the most unbelievably soft skin. By high school, I was lathering up too.

Once I hit the big 3-0 I really started committing to a nighttime lotion routine. I’ve been curious about retinol and this was the most perfect introduction to it. Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Regenerating Cream is an anti-aging face cream with retinol to

Retinol works to continuously renew the look of your skin by helping smooth wrinkles and diminish the look of age spots. Neutrogena’s formula also contains ingredients that result in rapid improvement in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, hydrates and plumps your complexion, and replenished and rejuvenates the look of dull skin.

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Do you have a favorite night cream? Have you ever tried retinol?

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SLEEP

Trust me, as a mama, this one gets tough. I’ll be the first to admit it. But this mama needs her beauty sleep. And it ain’t called “beauty sleep” for nothin’. How about we call this one, sleep and coffee?

So here’s my tip for sleeping well: Read before bed. Anything; a few pages of a book, a magazine you’ve been dying to dig into – just something to take your mind off of the noise and chaos of the day. This has made a huge difference for me. Before I started reading before bed, I would always run through the things I had to do the next day again and again in my mind, scrambling out of sleep to write something down or text myself something to remember. Now, so long as I read a few pages out of a good book or magazine, I fall asleep thinking about the story, and I sleep so much easier.

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A BEAUTY ARSENAL

I have a self-prescribed beauty arsenal that’s part of my morning routine, and it really helps to get an even, flawless glow.

Let’s tell the truth: coffee isn’t always going to cut it. And enough sleep just doesn’t always happen. And no amount of awesome cream is going to wake you up. A few tried and true makeup products can really come in handy.

Avon MagiX Face Perfector: Shout out to my own Mama who sent me a tube of Avon MagiX Face Perfector. I am obsessed. Obsessed, I tell you. I’m also through with my first one and I’m thinking of having her order me two at a time, you know, just in case. I’ve always put sunscreen on my face, so the fact that this primer has a built in SPF 20 is perfect. It’s also oil-free and you can wear it alone or under foundation. It almost turns to powder when you glide it on your face – it’s so soft and sheer and makes your skin matte and glowy at the same time. (I’m making no sense, but it’s magic.)

Giorgio Armani Lasting Silk UV Foundation SPF 20: This is hands down one of the most popular foundations on the market. (Just read the reviews!) It’s expensive, and I’ve tried so many other brands hoping to find a cheaper alternative, but no dice; this foundation wins every time. It’s got SPF (awesome), wears like a dream, has great build-able coverage, but still feels lightweight, and actually lasts all day. I just can’t quit the stuff.

Algenist REVEAL Concentrated Color Correcting Drops: Algenist recently sent me these drops and I’ll admit, I was skeptical at first. I mean, why would I add green drops to my foundation? Umm, this stuff is brilliant. All you do is add a drop or two onto your foundation brush to instantly color correct, treat skin, and cover imperfections. It works. It’s fascinating.

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Illumination: Dark circles are usually the giveaway that you’re more tired than usual. I love all of It Cosmetics’ under eye formulas. They’re full-coverage, waterproof, and do the job. This one is particularly awesome because it’s infused with subtle radiance and helps to brighten underneath the eyes. (I also love and use this one regularly.)

Remember to pat your under-eye cream gently beneath your eyes, working from the inner corner outwards

Then using your favorite foundation brush, cover your whole face, including over your dark circles, with a thick formula foundation, and then pat – don’t rub – lightly with your finger just under your eyes until it blends.

Yves Saint Laurent Anti-Cernes Multi-Action Concealer: This little stick is great to cover any blemishes, dark spots, you name it. It’s also convenient so I can throw it in my bag for the day, and the stick application makes it pretty goof-proof.

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So there you have it, my nighttime and morning routine; a.k.a., how I totally cheat and look well-rested. You know … most of the time. Do you have any tricks for staying and looking rested? (Especially when a good night’s sleep isn’t an option!)

Photos by Annie Watts Photography

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How to Make a DIY Puppet Theatre (Learning Colors, Numbers, and Letters too!)

Thank you to Elmer’s®, Sharpie®, and X-ACTO® brands for sponsoring this post! All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

Remember when we were kids and we used those Elmer’s foam tri-fold poster boards for science fair projects? Do you have kids? Are you even the slightest bit crafty? Well have I got a project for you!

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We made a DIY puppet theatre (and we’re learning colors, numbers, and letters too … in an under-the-sea CASTLE!) If you’re trying to teach your toddler and young kids something new – think letters, colors, numbers and counting, addition and subtraction, even spelling, then this DIY puppet theatre – made using a tri-fold foam poster board – might just be perfect for you.

A DIY puppet theatre for toddlers and little ones is an easy way to help kids to study in a fun and exciting way; and I’m not gonna lie, I had plenty of fun too. I’m a crafter by nature, so making this simple puppet theatre was half the fun, but once we’d created the theatre, that’s when the fun began. Scarlett was SO excited.

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Of course I knew it would be a hit when I brought the white Elmer’s tri-fold board home from Target and Scarlett was already playing with it and calling it her “castle.” From there we knew a “castle” it would be!

We’re also always trying to incorporate learning in our house. A few months ago she started going to preschool three mornings a week, and now she has more questions than ever before. She’s exploding with curiosity and wonder, and it’s amazing to watch.

So far, she’s got her colors down. We talk about the colors of everything. Sometimes she totally blows me away when she corrects me and says things like, “No, mommy, that’s not grey, it’s silver because it’s shiny.” Or, “It’s dark green and light blue, with stripes.”

Listening to her sing the “alphabet” or “count to ten” is basically my favorite thing ever. It goes something like this: “A, B, C, D, C, D, C, H, I, Yay, K, elemen, Z, Geeeeeeeeeeeeeee” and “three, seven, nine …. TEN!”

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HOW TO MAKE A DIY PUPPET THEATRE 

(Learning Colors, Numbers, and Letters too … in an under-the-sea CASTLE!)

What You’ll Need

Elmer’s 36” x 48” Foam Tri-Fold Display Board
Elmer’s Shiny Multi-Colored Presentation Board
X-ACTO Cutting Tool
Ruler
Pencil
Spray Paint (color: Seaside)
Glitter Spray Paint (color: Diamond Dust)
Sharpie Colored Permanent Markers
Elmer’s Board Mate Dual Tip Glue Pen
Elmer’s Board Mate® Foam Mounting Tape (optional)
Elmer’s Washable Glue Sticks or Washable Liquid School Glue (so your little one can help gluing too!)
Hot glue gun (optional)
Elmer’s Glitter Glue (optional)
Elmer’s Reusable Stencils (optional)
chalkboard (optional)*
gold metallic spray paint (optional)
blue painter’s tape (optional)
Sea Shells (optional)
Flat-Backed Pearls (optional)
Finger Puppet Fish (optional)
Mermaids (optional)
Green Tinsel (optional; for seaweed)
Curtain (optional)

Instructions

  1. Using a ruler and a pencil, draw a rectangular towards the top of the middle section of your foam board. Then with your X-ACTO cutting tool, cut out the rectangle to make your playhouse “window”.
  2. Next, using your ruler and pencil, draw a large triangle and two equal-sized smaller triangles in your shiny presentation board – those triangles will be the tops of your castle.
  3. Take your tri-fold board outside and spray paint the front any color you want. We went with an aquamarine to really get that “under-the-sea” feel. Allow it to dry completely.
  4. To secure your castle tops (three triangles: one large, and two small), lay your tri-fold presentation board on the floor so that the inside/un-painted side is up, place the triangles on top of the three sections of the board (where they would go on top of the castle), and then use a plastic knife or tongue depressor (something flat), and tape it to the backs of both the triangles and tri-fold board. (Visual below.)
  5. Turn your board over so that the front-side is facing up, and get to decorating. We glued shells, tinsel “seaweed,” and doodled on the board to make it look like an underwater castle. You can use stencils, permanent markers, glitter glue, finger paints, the decorating options are pretty endless. Allow to dry.
  6. To create a “curtain rod,” flip your board back over (backside now facing up) and glue two clothespins – one onto either side of the back of the “window.” Allow to dry. Then tie a rope or string to one clothespin clip. String your curtain onto the string, and then tie the other end of the string to the opposite clothespin. (Visual below.) We actually found a pretty pink curtain on clearance at Target. (It saved me having to buy, cut and sew fabric for a curtain!)

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*Adding a lightweight chalkboard or drawing board is a great learning tool because it encourages kids to visually try out letters, numbers, spelling, and counting. We love this Melissa & Doug Magnetic Chalk Board because it’s a great way to promote use of the alphabet and plenty of imagination for your little one. Whether they use the magnetic letters on the board or the chalk to practice writing, the creativity is pretty endless. Using blue painter’s tape and newspaper to cover the chalkboard, I spray-painted the edges using gold metallic spray paint; because I can’t help myself.

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I glued clothespins onto either side of the back of the “window” to hang our own curtains on a string. Clothespins are great because you can easily add or remove the curtains.

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We had a lot of fun doodling …

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We went with an under-the-sea theme because Scarlett is a big fan of fish, sharks, and mermaids. And as I mentioned before, turning our playhouse/puppet theatre into a castle was a no-brainer. (We like castles … a lot.)

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So far, Scarlett can count to 3!

Using something fun like colorful fish, in the playhouse “castle” setting, made counting so much more fun for our little girl.

Pink mermaid also got plenty of attention too!

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I’m also pretty sure I have a bright future playing finger puppet fish.

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Take a bow!

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You can find everything you’ll need to create your own DIY puppet theatre, including the Elmer’s foam tri-fold poster board, Sharpie® markers, the X-ACTO® cutting tool, glue, paint, and more at your local Target. Plus, there’s a Cartwheel offer starting Sunday, 1/29! Target is definitely my go-to for all of our crazy craft projects because not only do they have a huge selection for our DIY’s, but I can also score a great deal on diapers, pick up leggings for Scarlett and food for the dog, and get my home décor, beauty must-haves, and grocery shopping done too. I call that a MOM WIN.

Photos by Annie Watts Photography

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Lexi

Marbled Graham Cracker Toffee Bark (a.k.a., Graham Cracker Crack)

Say hello to marbled graham cracker toffee bark (a.k.a., graham cracker crack); your newest dessert BFF. It’s beautiful, addictive, and ridiculously easy to make. That’s my kind of dessert, and I’m guessing it’s yours too!

How to make marbled graham cracker toffee bark (a.k.a., graham cracker crack). It's kind of perfect for Valentine's Day, don't ya think? Click through for the recipe. | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc

Now I’ll admit that I’m on a bit of a marbling kick lately. It all started with those DIY marbled pumpkins I created back in the Fall, and then I spotted Amy’s marble-dipped Oreos, and I knew I had to combine my love for marbling with my love … okay, obsession … with graham cracker toffee bark (a.k.a., graham cracker crack.) I mean, have you tried it? Come on. Graham cracker toffee bark is LEGIT. It’s actually a variation on the classic toffee crack using saltine crackers, but here, the graham crackers replace saltines. Upgrade, if you ask me.

Graham cracker toffee bark is quick and simple to make and is totally addictive. Taste-wise, it’s sweet, buttery, caramel-y (admittedly, not a word), crunchy, and chewy all at the same time. The graham cracker gives it the perfect crunch, and when soaked up with your homemade brown sugar caramel toffee, it tastes amazing. You’ll be wondering why you haven’t been caramelizing your graham crackers all along. What a waste.

Adding melted white chocolate is just the icing on the cake … errr, cracker.

Plus, Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, so it’s as good a time as any to make a decadently sweet, pretty in pink dessert.

How to make marbled graham cracker toffee bark (a.k.a., graham cracker crack). It's kind of perfect for Valentine's Day, don't ya think? Click through for the recipe. | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc

And don’t feel limited to just Valentine’s Day. This dessert is pretty much my secret weapon. If you’re looking for a recipe that will disappear at holiday parties, birthday parties, cookie exchanges, book club, school bake sales, it even makes the perfect little “thank you” gift, this is your dessert. It’s addictive. Addictive.

How to make marbled graham cracker toffee bark (a.k.a., graham cracker crack). It's kind of perfect for Valentine's Day, don't ya think? Click through for the recipe. | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc

Marbled Graham Cracker Toffee Bark (a.k.a., Graham Cracker Crack)

INGREDIENTS

about 10 full-size honey graham crackers, or enough to cover pan
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
1 cup light brown sugar, packed
1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
2 cups white chocolate chips or white melting chocolate
red or pink food coloring
toothpick

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line a 9×13-inch pan with a non-stick silicone baking mat*, parchment paper or aluminum foil and spray with cooking spray. (*The baking mat you see in the pictures is a Silpat, and it’s my absolute favorite for baking.)
  2. Place graham crackers in pan in a single, flat layer so pan is completely covered with them. You will have to break some crackers to fill in the smaller spaces at the edges. It’s ok if there are slight gaps; it doesn’t have to be perfect. Set aside.
  3. In a medium, heavy-bottomed saucepan with high sides, add the butter, brown sugar, salt, and heat over medium-high heat to melt. Stir constantly until butter has melted.
  4. After butter has melted, allow mixture to boil for about 4 1/2 to 5 minutes at a medium-fast boil (lots of bubbles). Stir constantly to prevent burning. As you approach the 4 minute mark, mixture should seem thickened with the consistency of medium-thick caramel sauce. Don’t overcook.
  5. Evenly pour mixture over graham crackers.
  6. Bake for about 7 minutes, or until there’s bubbling around the edges.
  7. While baking, melt white chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl, removing from microwave and stirring every 30 seconds until melted.
  8. Remove pan from oven at the 7-minute mark. Pour melted chocolate evenly over the caramel-covered grahams. If needed, use a spatula to smooth it into an even, smooth layer of melted chocolate.
  9. Drop one drop of food coloring at a time, every few inches apart, on your melted chocolate layer, and using a toothpick, swirl the food coloring drop to create a “marbled” effect. Don’t worry if it doesn’t look perfect, just spread it around gently with a toothpick in swirls and it will look like marble. (I was amazed at how easy it was to get the “marbled” effect just by swirling my toothpick around.)
  10. Allow to cool for about 3 to 4 hours, or until chocolate has set and dessert is sliceable. Cut into squares once chocolate has completely hardened. Note: you can refrigerate this to speed up the cooling/firming process, but it will create a bit of condensation on the chocolate. This is merely a cosmetic issue, but obviously, you can avoid this by just allowing it to dry completely on your countertop. Your toffee bark will keep airtight at room temperature for up to 2 weeks, in the refrigerator for up to 1 month, or in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Recipe adapted via Averie Cooks

How to make marbled graham cracker toffee bark (a.k.a., graham cracker crack). It's kind of perfect for Valentine's Day, don't ya think? Click through for the recipe. | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc How to make marbled graham cracker toffee bark (a.k.a., graham cracker crack). It's kind of perfect for Valentine's Day, don't ya think? Click through for the recipe. | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc

Some edges will break, but don’t fret, it’s all still delicious.

How to make marbled graham cracker toffee bark (a.k.a., graham cracker crack). It's kind of perfect for Valentine's Day, don't ya think? Click through for the recipe. | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc How to make marbled graham cracker toffee bark (a.k.a., graham cracker crack). It's kind of perfect for Valentine's Day, don't ya think? Click through for the recipe. | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc How to make marbled graham cracker toffee bark (a.k.a., graham cracker crack). It's kind of perfect for Valentine's Day, don't ya think? Click through for the recipe. | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc How to make marbled graham cracker toffee bark (a.k.a., graham cracker crack). It's kind of perfect for Valentine's Day, don't ya think? Click through for the recipe. | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc

Any fun Valentine’s Day plans this year? If you find yourself baking up a batch of marbled graham cracker toffee bark (a.k.a., graham cracker crack), be sure to tag me on social media (@glitterinclexi) so I can live vicariously through all of your fun parties and desserts!

How to make marbled graham cracker toffee bark (a.k.a., graham cracker crack). It's kind of perfect for Valentine's Day, don't ya think? Click through for the recipe. | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc

Psst … if you’re looking for Valentine’s Day inspiration, why not try the perfect sugar cookies for decorating (we used pink rock candy!), throw together a last-minute date night (from the comfort of your sofa!), DIY the cutest mess-free craft with your little ones, make strawberry cheesecake macarons, big and fluffy homemade raspberry marshmallowsOreo macaronsnutella-chocolate covered strawberries, or the best ever red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting, or any one of these 14 favorite valentine’s day desserts?

Photos by Annie Watts Photography

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Little Love Notes

A few little love notes to the things I loved most this week, like these flower ice molds, the 76 best Trader Joe’s products, and pistachio orange shortbread. Click through for the details. | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc

Whew! This week flew by. Though today, Friday, is a really busy day – starting with a pretty awesome shoot. You can catch a few behind-the-scenes on my instagram stories and snapchat → glitterinclexi. I can’t wait to reveal what we’re up to; I think you’re going to love it! As for the weekend, it’s mostly a lazy weekend. Hubby has just a couple of weeks until his boards so Scarlett and I will probably be keeping ourselves busy outside … so long as the weather holds up. How about you? Any exciting weekend plans?

I’ll be sharing what we’re up to throughout the weekend over on instagramfacebooktwitter, and snapchat → glitterinclexi (lots of fun behind-the-scenes there). Follow along!

With that, a few little love notes …

Dear Saturday night, how to have the best night ever, according to a behavioral scientist.

Dear over-the-knee boot hunt, the search is over: rumor has it, these OTK boots are basically perfection (and they’re under $100!)

Dear grocery haul, the 76 best Trader Joe’s products. I now have a bunch to add to my list!

Dear brides-to-be, this dress is affordable and soooo dreamy. Just sayin’.

Dear dinner prepmake-ahead meals for an easy week.

Dear winter cleaning, there are some awesome suggestions here for organizing bags and purses.

Dear weekend baking, pistachio orange shortbread.

Get the origins of these sweet little love notes, here, and catch up on love notes of the past.

image: Fare Isle Flower Ice Mold Kit

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