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My Little Pony Party: Cookie Decorating Station

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This summer, we have parties on the brain. Mostly, because at the beginning of July, Scarlett turned three! We had a party at her summer camp, a little family dinner party, plus a birthday celebration with my parents when we were in Maine, and just yesterday, we threw her big birthday bash at our house with all of our North Carolina friends. I’m pretty sure Scarlett thinks her birthday just IS the month of July, rather than one day in July. And really, who can blame her?

I don’t know about you, but Target has always been my go-to for party decorations. Target’s party supplies collections simplify the party planning process and as all mamas know, Target really is a one-stop shop. (Especially if you plan to leave with all of your groceries, party supplies, two throw pillows, a new pair of sandals, and summer gear for the kids. #guilty. Plus, with online shopping, and my red card, I can basically do all of that from the comfort of my sofa.)

This summer, their huge party supply section has really saved the day with all of these little parties we’ve thrown, especially when she has very specific requests for a toddler: “I want a ‘My Little Pony Party’ with ponies and cookies and glitter.” “I want a mermaid party with an octopus and cupcakes.” The list goes on and on. Thankfully, I can enlist her help, and we’ve had so much fun picking out party supplies and decorating.

Lifestyle blogger Lexi of Glitter, Inc. shares how to throw your own My Little Pony Party: complete with a cookie decorating station. | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc

So we set out to throw a small My Little Pony© 2017 Hasbro  party, complete with cookie decorating station.

We were actually able to find everything we needed online for her My Little Pony party. The party supply selection at Target online is huge, with so many children’s movie and tv show themed party supplies (i.e. Disney Princess, Paw Patrol, Finding Dory, My Little Pony, Trolls, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse) including napkins, plates, party favors, table covers, piñatas, and so much more.

I was also able to order my sugar cookie ingredients (grab the recipe for our favorite sugar cookies to decorate here) and all of the frosting and sprinkles for decorating our cookies online as well. By the way, make-and-break style sugar cookies, from the refrigerated section, totally work too! Remember, throwing a kids’ birthday party should be FUN.

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We even made a little DIY “inspiration station” – a.k.a., wall – where kids could see the colors of their favorite ponies, and use those ideas to decorate their own ‘My Little Pony inspired’ cookies. I used a chicken wire frame in our house, though a cork board or magnetic board would work just as well, and hung things like ‘My Little Pony’ invitations and thank you cards, and voilà: an inspiration station!

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And what kid (or grownup for that matter), doesn’t love decorating their own cookies?

I made sure to have stacks and stacks of sugar cookies, ready to be decorated, and all different colored frostings, plus three different types of sprinkles. We also had plenty of ‘My Little Pony’ plates and napkins for our cookie creations.

Scarlett spent most of the time licking frosting off of her fingers and piling sprinkles onto her sugar cookies, her daddy spread as much frosting onto every cookie as possible for his perfect mostly-frosting cookie, and I of course, patiently created intricate tie dye patterns, like a true nerdy mama.

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Make things easy on yourself and get all the supplies you need for your kids next birthday party without leaving your house by visiting target.com.

Lifestyle blogger Lexi of Glitter, Inc. shares how to throw your own My Little Pony Party: complete with a cookie decorating station. | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc

Love this post? See more of our parties here.

Photo by Annie Watts Photography for Glitter, Inc.

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Little Love Notes

A few little love notes to the things I loved most this week, including summer peonies, big mermaid birthday plans, and brownie cupcakes. Click through for the details. | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc

Scarlett’s big mermaid birthday bash is THIS Saturday, so as you can imagine, we are in the throes of full-on party set-up. This has been such a fun party to plan, and I love how involved Scarlett has been. She’s had very specific requirements all along the way: pink mermaid cupcakes with strawberry, sand and treasures, pink balloons, and tacos. So far, I think we’ve got her wishlist covered. Stay tuned: I’ll be sharing what we’re up to throughout the weekend over on instagram (you’re definitely going to want to see all of the fun behind-the-scenes on my insta stories too; we’ve been getting some pretty crrrrazy flower deliveries for the party!), facebook, and twitter. Follow along!

How about you? Any exciting weekend plans?

With that, a few little love notes …

Dear unwanted stress, want to be happier? New studies are saying you should buy yourself more free time.

Dear lessons in fashion, the history of flower crowns, and the women who’ve worn them.

Dear end-of-week giggles, what it’s like to watch The Notebook for the first time.

Dear dressed in black, goodness, I love this take on a classic t-shirt dress.

Dear blast from the internet past, you have to see how much these popular websites have changed.

Dear at-home beauty, love this simple DIY nail art hack.

Dear summer nostalgia, kids take an ice cream sandwich taste test … and now I want an ice cream sandwich.

Dear better you, this is how to be more self-aware.

Dear weekend baking, chocolate brownie birthday cupcakes.

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

Photo by Annie Watts Photography for Glitter, Inc.

This post contains affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the product links, I’ll receive a small commission. Thank you so much for clicking through and helping to support this little blog business of mine! Read more about our site, privacy, and disclosure policies here.


Lexi

Books With A View

Sometimes you stumble across Instagram gems that are too good not to share. I love Instagram for that very reason. My sister and I are always marveling at gorgeous Instagram accounts; people with so much talent, and something truly unique to share.

Carolyn; a.k.a., The Slow Traveler, is a British photographer, who, not surprisingly, takes stunning snaps in and around her city. But what really stands out on her wanderlust-fueled travel feed: her room with a view; a room, surrounded by books. Don’t we all lust after a huge floor-to-ceiling window, that lets in all of that dreamy daylight, and looks out onto something stunning? Throw in stacks of gorgeous vintage books and you’ve got yourself Instagram gold. Carolyn shares the occasional glimpse of the same window, adorned with stacks of books styled in every which way, and it never gets old.

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Now I’ve got a case of wanderlust and book envy.

Head to Carolyn’s Instagram feed, @theslowtraveler, to fall into a rabbit hole of dreamy snaps.


Lexi

How to Make Apple Crisp in a Slow Cooker

Say hello to your new year-round, no-fuss dessert hack: apple crisp, made in a crock-pot or slow cooker. Yes, it can be done! I mean, really, is there anything a crock-pot can’t do? I’ve only recently come around to its wonders, but I’m must say, I’m impressed, and less stressed.

Dinner makes sense in a slow cooker. (Both this 3-Ingredient Trader Joe’s Thai Coconut Curry Chicken and Hearty Chicken Vegetable and Quinoa Soup have become slow cooker staples in our kitchen, since this mama got her proverbial slow cooker feet wet. By the way, this Instant Pot basically does it all – slow cooker, rice cooker, pressure cooker – and you’ll love it.)

We’ve all heard so many of the easy slow cooker dinner recipes; but dessert? It totally works! And this one in particular – slow cooker apple crisp – it’s one of my favorite slow cooker discoveries to date. That’s a cooking (and baking) win.

Foodie blogger Lexi of Glitter, Inc. shares how to make no-fuss slow cooker apple crisp, full of juicy apples, warm brown sugar, and a buttery crumbly topping. Click through for the recipe. | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc

Now I know apple recipes are typically reserved for the fall – but truth is – we eat them year-round – and I also happen to be a dessert fiend; so in summer, when the temperatures just keep on rising, I’m always on the hunt for no-fuss sweets that don’t require a whole lot of legwork.

Making anything in a slow cooker is great (I mean, really really great!) because it’s kind of a dump-and-wait recipe. Seriously, you just throw all of your ingredients into the crock-pot, and a few hours later, you have a home-cooked meal, orrrr, in this case, a homemade, warm, gooey dessert … just begging to be topped with cold vanilla ice cream, I might add.

And, added bonus: a slow cooker won’t heat up your kitchen on hot summer days the way turning on your oven would.

Foodie blogger Lexi of Glitter, Inc. shares how to make no-fuss slow cooker apple crisp, full of juicy apples, warm brown sugar, and a buttery crumbly topping. Click through for the recipe. | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc

Now back to this dessert I keep raving about: this slow cooker apple crisp is cooked entirely in a crock-pot. Yep, it’s awesome. The oh so easy dessert is packed with juicy apples, warm brown sugar, and a buttery crumbly oat crisp topping.

While the apple crisp cooks low and slow in the slow cooker, the apples get soft and juicy, and they combine with the sugar and spices to create a perfect caramel-y sauce. The oatmeal topping crisps up, and has that crumbly, buttery texture you know and love. Slow cookers really are magic, aren’t they?

Foodie blogger Lexi of Glitter, Inc. shares how to make no-fuss slow cooker apple crisp, full of juicy apples, warm brown sugar, and a buttery crumbly topping. Click through for the recipe. | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc

But I digress. Here’s how to make the most amazing, and simple, slow cooker apple crisp …

How to Make Homemade Apple Crisp in a Slow Cooker

This simple-as-could-be slow cooker apple crisp is packed with juicy apples, warm brown sugar, and a buttery crumbly oat crisp topping.

Top with a heaping scoop of vanilla ice cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon, because you know you wanna. 

Ingredients

For the apple filling:

  • 8 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and cut into ¼-inch thick slices
  • ½ cup packed light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar (optional; I skipped it, mostly because I don't like my desserts too sweet)
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

For the oatmeal crisp topping:

  • 1 cup old-fashioned oats
  • ¾ cup white whole wheat flour
  • ¼ cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup cold unsalted butter, cut into cubes 

Serve with vanilla ice cream on top for the ultimate dessert! (optional)

Instructions

To make the apple filling:

  • Place sliced apples in the slow cooker. Add brown sugar, granulated sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Stir. (Be sure to use a non-metal spoon so as not to scratch your slow cooker bowl.) Allow the apple filling to sit while you put together the oatmeal crisp topping.

To make the oatmeal crisp topping:

  • Combine oats, flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt in a large bowl. Stir until well combined.
  • Add in the butter, and using your fingertips, work the butter into the oat mixture until the mixture starts to clump together.Stir the apple mixture in your slow cooker once more and then spread the apples out into a somewhat even layer. Sprinkle the oatmeal crisp topping over the top.

To cook the apple crisp:

  • Replace the lid. Cook on high for 2 hours or on low for 3-3½ hours, until apples are soft. Turn off heat and let stand for at least 30 minutes and up to 1 hour before serving (keeping the lid on).

Serve in bowls with heaping scoops of vanilla ice cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon. Hello, easy dessert!

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Recipe adapted via Kristine’s Kitchen

Foodie blogger Lexi of Glitter, Inc. shares how to make no-fuss slow cooker apple crisp, full of juicy apples, warm brown sugar, and a buttery crumbly topping. Click through for the recipe. | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc   Foodie blogger Lexi of Glitter, Inc. shares how to make no-fuss slow cooker apple crisp, full of juicy apples, warm brown sugar, and a buttery crumbly topping. Click through for the recipe. | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc Foodie blogger Lexi of Glitter, Inc. shares how to make no-fuss slow cooker apple crisp, full of juicy apples, warm brown sugar, and a buttery crumbly topping. Click through for the recipe. | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc

Serve this up warm out of the slow cooker, or re-heat portions throughout the week, by microwaving a bowl at a time.

Foodie blogger Lexi of Glitter, Inc. shares how to make no-fuss slow cooker apple crisp, full of juicy apples, warm brown sugar, and a buttery crumbly topping. Click through for the recipe. | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc

Apple crisp is a great dessert, but feel free to scoop up a bowl for breakfast. I won’t tell! It has fresh apples and oats, after all.

Foodie blogger Lexi of Glitter, Inc. shares how to make no-fuss slow cooker apple crisp, full of juicy apples, warm brown sugar, and a buttery crumbly topping. Click through for the recipe. | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc

This easy slow cooker apple crisp will quickly become a favorite in your house!

Foodie blogger Lexi of Glitter, Inc. shares how to make no-fuss slow cooker apple crisp, full of juicy apples, warm brown sugar, and a buttery crumbly topping. Click through for the recipe. | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc Foodie blogger Lexi of Glitter, Inc. shares how to make no-fuss slow cooker apple crisp, full of juicy apples, warm brown sugar, and a buttery crumbly topping. Click through for the recipe. | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc

If you make your own apple crisp in a slow cooker, be sure to tag me on social media (@glitterinclexi) so I can live vicariously through all of your yummy no-fuss desserts!

You can find our favorite slow cooker here.

And tell me – how about you? Have you hopped on the Instant Pot bandwagon yet? What other slow cooker meals and desserts do you love? Send me your suggestions!

Photos by Annie Watts Photography

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Lexi

Little love Notes

A few little love notes to the things I loved most this week, including the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, a perfectly French marketplace, and super fudgy brownies. | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc

Happy weekend! In case you haven’t seen it ALL over social media,the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale officially opens up to the public today. That means, it’s time to scoop up brand new fall goods on a major discount for a super limited time. (You can see all of my picks right here and be sure to let me know if you’re braving the crowds in stores. I’ll be there in spirit! Otherwise, it’s an online life for me.) We are busy, busy, getting ready for Scarlett’s big mermaid birthday party next week, so we’ll be shopping for party supplies, sand bags, balloons, and putting together DIY jellyfish all weekend long. I’ll be sharing what we’re up to throughout the weekend over on instagram (lots of fun behind-the-scenes on my insta stories too!), facebook, and twitter. Follow along! How about you? Any exciting weekend plans?

With that, a few little love notes …

Dear joys of a lazy weekend, how to spend all day in bed without feeling like a total sloth.

Dear sweet treats, how adorable are these printable summer pie boxes?

Dear Fall stock-up, hit the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale for all of the best deals! See all of my picks right here (including the things that will being flying like hotcakes!) and all of my home décor favorites.

Dear fitness truths24 thoughts everyone’s had while running.

Dear NYC bound, one of the prettiest bakeries in the city, Maman, has just rolled out a perfectly French marketplace.

Dear history of fashion, the most iconic wedding gowns of all-time.

Dear weekend baking, super fudgy double chocolate brownies.

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

Photo by Annie Watts Photography for Glitter, Inc. (My nude slides are on sale for $59.90 and come in three colors: nude, silver, and black. Still debating grabbing the silver pair as well because I love them that much! So comfy.)

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

If you haven’t ever tried graham cracker toffee bark, I’d like to formally introduce you to everyone’s favorite graham cracker “crack.” Often created using saltines, I’m from the school of thought that subbing out the saltine crackers for graham crackers makes the whole sweet treat over-the-top. The thicker, denser, graham crackers soak up all of that homemade toffee caramel goodness, and the melted chocolate crust is the perfect pairing. I can’t decide which variation I’m more obsessed with: topped with a hardened semi-sweet chocolate shell or milk chocolate shell. My hubby on the other hand, he’s ALL about that white chocolate.

You may remember earlier this year I shared a super sweet, pretty in pink marbled graham cracker toffee bark version of this dessert – that one was created using white chocolate and it is rich, but I wanted to go with the classic, especially because this classic graham cracker toffee bark (covered in sprinkles, of course), works so well for summer.

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I’m actually planning to make a big ol’ batch for Scarlett’s upcoming birthday party. It’s always a crowd-pleaser.

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So without further ado, the easy steps to make your own classic graham cracker toffee bark …

This classic graham cracker toffee bark, a.k.a., graham cracker crack, is a total crowd pleaser, and for good reason. Click through for the recipe. | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc

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

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You'll fall instantly in love with this nostalgic sweet treat. The dense graham crackers soak up all of that homemade toffee caramel goodness, and the rich chocolate topping is just the icing on the snack!

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 semi-sweet or milk chocolate chips
  • sprinkles (or toffee bits) - optional 

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line a 9x13-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 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. Top with sprinkles or toffee bits.
  9. 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

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This classic graham cracker toffee bark, a.k.a., graham cracker crack, is a total crowd pleaser, and for good reason. Click through for the recipe. | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc

I mean, how good does that caramel-soaked graham cracker layer look? It’s buttery, dense, sweet, but not too sweet; perfection in my book.

Plus, sprinkles make everything better.

This classic graham cracker toffee bark, a.k.a., graham cracker crack, is a total crowd pleaser, and for good reason. Click through for the recipe. | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc

If you find yourself baking up a batch of classic 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!

Photos by Annie Watts Photography

This post contains affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the product links, I’ll receive a small commission. Thank you so much for clicking through and helping to support this little blog business of mine! Read more about our site, privacy, and disclosure policies here.


Lexi