Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Salty and Sweet: A Cookie Recipe and an Outfit!


Ciao dears,
   I know I said I’d be blogging more now that I’m on summer vacation from school.  I will, but I got a little caught up in a bunch of things lately like having free time (yay! lol) to bake, read, see friends and family (obsess over a guy who ignores me) and such.  I also had a little medical emergency (I hate going to the doctor, not fun Sad smile) which distracted me for a couple days but I’m fine.  I guess I’ve just been a little lazy and busy…if that makes sense, ha.  I will try now to post more, I promise. Smile  I have a bunch of cute outfit pictures and a whole bunch of fun recipes to share too, as well as other things I plan to write about.  I hope you’re all doing well.  For now, here’s a cookie recipe I recently discovered that everyone seems to love and an outfit.  My very picky younger brother loved these cookies and ate tons of them, as well as other family and friends with whom I shared them.  My friend, Dominick, has been asking when I was going to post about them ever since I gave him some, lol.  They’re the perfect snack when you’re craving something salty, sweet and crunchy. Yummy!
Double White Chocolate & Pretzel Peanut Butter Cookies (With Sea Salt!)
Pictures are mine (usually, unless otherwise noted).
1 stick softened butter, 8 tablespoons
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1 cup white chocolate chips, to melt
1 1/4 cups creamy peanut butter (reserve 2 tablespoons to add to melting white chips)
1 large egg
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup broken pretzel pieces
1 Cup additional white chocolate chips

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy.  Melt white chocolate chips and 2 Tablespoons peanut butter over a double boiler until melted.  Add melted chocolate chips  and remaining peanut butter to beaten butter and sugars.  Beat in egg and vanilla.
 
2.  Place flour, baking soda and salt in bowl; mix to combine.  Add to wet ingredients until just combined then pour in pretzels and additional white chocolate chips.  With a cookie scoop, scoop dough onto a silpat or parchment lined baking sheet.  With the palms of your hand, gently press down each cookie to about 1/2 inch in thickness.  Sprinkle each cookie with a touch of sea salt.   Bake for 12-15 minutes or until edges become golden and slightly crisp.  Let cool for 10 minutes on baking sheet before removing.

Makes about 3 dozen cookies
Before:
After:


I followed the recipe almost just as it is and they turned out wonderful (I think I added a pinch more salt and a tiny bit more vanilla).  Often I change a few things when I’m cooking or baking something from someone else’s recipe, but not this time (too much, lol).  If you love to bake, check out that website/blog, she has lots of awesome recipes that look good and that I want to try out soon. Smile 
Here’s a semi-casual outfit I wore a couple weeks ago.
     


Dress: Target, Flip-flops: Kohl’s, Bracelet: Claire’s, Headband: Forever 21, Belt: Stolen from my mom
P.S. One more thing: My lovely blog friend, Jolene (of http://www.accordingtojolene.blogspot.com/) has recently started selling her designs on her new website: http://juno-designs.weebly.com/.  Go check it out if your looking for a gift for someone, a mom or babies or yourself or whomever.  She has a lot of adorable little monkey shirts (as well as a whole bunch of other things can get the designs on!) for babies as well as some cute shirts for mommies.  Check it out and buy something from her if you like anything; she’s a super sweet lady. Smile (I added a button for her store on the right side of my blog as well if you want to click that.)
        That’s it for now.  I‘ll be back soon. Smile Will you try making those cookies?  Do you like my outfit?  Comment below please and leave your blog if you’d like me to check it out. ♥
                                                                                ♥Xoxo Gabriella 

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Cleaning Out My Closet! Tips!

Ciao dears,
I loved this song when I was younger…still do. Had to include it because of the title, other than that it has nothing to do with the rest of the post, ha!
        I spent about 3 days last week organizing my room, cleaning out my closet, throwing away things that were old and ugly, and going through pretty much every article of clothing I own.  I had to get rid of about 200-ish pairs of jeans (I haven’t gotten rid of a pair in years and I guess I liked buying new ones…lol) as well as a bunch of tops, skirts, etc.! Sad smile  I was not too happy about it since I love my clothes, lol, but now that I’ve lost some weight (70 pounds!), everything is too big.  I did get a bunch of new clothes recently (with money I saved from my birthday, yay! Smile) so that made me feel a little better about getting rid of so much stuff.  new clothes always make me feel better.  I did keep a few of my favorite things that are a little big because I can wear belts or find some way to make them work.  Anyway, I thought I’d share some tips on organizing your closet and getting rid of things you don’t want/need/wear.  I hope they’re helpful to someone. Smile 
1.) Get rid of anything that you no longer want or that you won’t wear anymore (or that doesn’t fit for some reason, unless you intend to fit in it again, lol).  I know some people (me!!) love to hold onto things way too long and dread throwing things away (I’m such a hoarder!), but it’s good to make room for new things or just to make your closet more organized and useful for getting dressed/finding things more easily.  I had some shirts from the eighth grade (lol!!) that were weird and I was never going to wear again; it was definitely time to get rid of them. 
2.) Sort the things you don’t want into 2 different piles/bags: 
-Trash (things that are ruined, have holes, or are just plain awful!) 
-Donate/Give-away/Sell (things that are wearable but you just don’t want or fit in them anymore)
     It’s always nice to donate old clothes to those who want them or are less fortunate than you.  You      could either give them to someone you might know who is whatever size the clothes are who might want them or donate them to some kind of charitable organization like Goodwill or something.  I’m sure you could find one of those big bin things near where you live that collect clothes for the less fortunate.  This is what I usually do with all my clothes I don’t want anymore or that don’t fit, it makes me feel good to know I helped someone. Smile  
        You could also sell some of the nicer things you don’t want to a consignment/second-hand shop near you if you wanted to make a little extra money.  I’m going to try this with a few of my jeans and things that I’m not donating since there’s this new consignment shop near me, I'll try and see if it works out.
3.) Arrange and sort your closet (that is now mostly free of anything you don’t wear/want/fit in) by either color or style or both.  This makes it easy to find what you’re looking for, especially when in a hurry.  I prefer color, so I organize my closet starting with white on one side then going through all the colors until you get to black on the other side.  You also might want to sort by style such as tank tops, short sleeved tops, blazers, etc…  I also put a second pole in my closet (I’m so handy, lol!) since I needed more space (I wish I had a walk in closet, but sadly I don’tSad smile), so I have my shirts/tops on the top pole and skirts/pants at the bottom of the closet. 
4.) If you have a ridiculous amount of clothes (like I do…still, lol), it helps to divide them into Summer/Spring and Winter/Fall things.  I put away the Summer/Spring clothes when it gets cold and store them in big plastic bins that I store in my basement.  I switch them with the Winter/Fall clothes in the Spring.  That way, my closet isn’t cluttered with things that won’t be worn for months.
5.) I also re-organized my jewelry and accessories (they got a little messy lately, lol), but I’ve already done a post on that before and not much has changed.  You can see how I organized them here: http://principessagabriella.blogspot.com/2011/02/jewelryaccessoriesmakeup-collection.html 
Happy Organizing dears!  Do you have any good tips for organizing your closet or clothes or room?  Comment below. Smile
P.S. Thanks Dominick for the idea to write about this on here.  See, I do listen to you, always, lol. Winking smile
♥Xoxo Gabriella

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Casual & Party Outfits! & Haircut!

Ciao dears,
        I’ve spent my first week of summer vacation from college relaxing (Yay, finally!), watching TV, cooking, spending time with my nieces and nephew ♥, taking walks, organizing my room/clothes (more on that in my next post), and praying for patience (don’t ask…).  It’s been lovely to not worry about school for the first time in a while.  Smile  Anyway, here are two outfits from the past week (a few of the days I actually got dressed and didn’t stay in my pajamas…lol!).  I also got a haircut!  Nothing too drastic, I just got bangs, layers, and cut about 2 inches off the bottom because I hadn’t gotten in a trim in a while.  The first outfit is before the haircut, obviously.
1.) Casual Jeggings
         Since most of my pants don’t fit anymore (too big, yay!), I was excited when my sister gave me these jeans/jeggings.  I also love that I can now wear her clothes!  You have no idea how exciting it is for me to be able to now share some clothes with my skinny older sister, Jenelle, lol.  She’s been giving me a bunch of her clothes she doesn’t want or that are a little big for her now since she lost a little weight too.  She’s also been trying to borrow all my new clothes now since they fit her, ha!  Smile She used to just borrow all my shoes and accessories, but now we can share clothes too! Yay!  I also straightened my hair with my not so great straightener…really need a new one soon.
          
Jeggings: Aeropostale, Tank top: DEB, Sweater: Torrid, Wedges: Payless
2.) Spring Party Outfit!
        I wore this fun outfit to another of my best friends, Kristen’s, 21st birthday party, which was fun. Smile  I love the high-low skirt/dress trend, it’s so cute and fun!  I wore a high-low dress in March for my birthday and loved it, so I bought 2 high-low skirts recently. 
   
    
Skirt: Kohl’s, Tank top: Torrid, Shrug: Forman Mills, Heels: ? borrowed from my mom, Bracelet, Ring, & Earrings: Forever 21
       That’s all for now, comment below if you’d like. Smile What do you think of high-low skirts?  Love them or not?  Like my new hair?
                                                                                   ♥Xoxo Gabriella♥ 

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Happy Girl! (Finally!)


Ciao lovlies!
        So, guess what?!  As you may have guessed from the title, I’m feeling pretty damn happy lately!!  Yay!  I really needed to get over being so depressed, grumpy, and miserable all the time, it’s no fun, ha!  No, I still don’t have a boyfriend, new or ex or whatever.  I forgot that I don’t need one!!! To be happy or for any other reason, ha!!  Maybe I’ll have another one at some point but I need to not obsess so much, just a little Winking smile.  I am talking to this one guy, who seems nice, but we’ll see.  Anyway, I finally finished this semester of college yesterday!!  I have never been so excited to be done school before.  This semester, or the whole year, really, I’ve been such a stressed out mess.  Always sad about some boy or pissed off at another, oh my!  All that on top of never sleeping and spending 24 hours of my day on school work of some type was just too much!  I do generally love school, learning, reading, writing, etc., but I just desperately need a break.  So, for me, it summer vacation now!! Woo! Open-mouthed smile
        Of course, being me, I have a to do list that’s miles long for the summer, a lot of which is fun, some not as much, but for the next few days, I’m hiding from all work, responsibility, and everything!! I’m even avoiding my father because he always seems to have something for me to do: paperwork, stuff at the restaurant, or something…no thank you!  Not now, at least, I deserve a little break, damn it!  Lol!  I was so super excited to just sleep for as long as I wanted without having to worry about getting up for class, or to finish a paper or homework or anything today!!  So amazing!  I spent this afternoon babysitting my nephew, Joey (or my little fella, as I like to call him), and that was super fun!  I had time to play “hide and seek,” color with him, watch cute cartoons, and let him bang on all the bowls in my house to “play drums.”  Ha!  I love that little boy so much!  I’ll have to borrow him a few days this summer, lol, and my nieces too.  We need some Aunt Gabby time. Smile  I’ll also have more time to blog way more often, which I’ll get to soon, so yay! Smile
        Here’s an outfit I wore 2 weeks ago to one of my oldest and most wonderful friends, Vickie’s 21st birthday party at a casino!  It was fun and great to hang out with her.  She does happen to be dating that boy I was a tiny bit obsessed with earlier this year…awkward!  Haha!, life is so strange and hilarious, isn’t it!  It was a little, (maybe very!) awkward and weird to be there next to him and around him all night (He even took my picture with Vickie) and we never said a word to each other…lol!  No “Hi,” nothing.  It’s fine though, I love her, and they are super cute together!  Anyway, not to sound obnoxious, but I loved my outfit! Lol.  The sequined top is such a fun color and I like the pretty lace on the skirt.  Enjoy! Winking smile 

      
Skirt: Dots, Sequined Top: Ross, Tank Top: DEB, Belt & Heels: Torrid, Bracelets & Earrings: Forever 21                 
                                                                              ♥ Xoxo Gabriella