08/31/15

Recipe for Colorful Homemade Cannolis with Lucky Charm Marshmallow Sprinkles

I've been wanting to make cannolis for a while now. Largely due to the fact that I had a giant bag of dehydrated marshmallows lying around (as in a whole bag of the best part of Lucky Charms cereal) that I really wanted to use. SO, I enlisted Linda, yet again, to work her magic on a new recipe. And the results are delicious!

Want to make your own? Here's what you'll need...

Colorful homemade cannolis. Click through for the simple recipe to make your own.

Ingredients

- 1 dozen cannoli shells (store-bought*)
- 1 pkg white melting chocolate
- gel food coloring (optional)
- dehydrated marshmallows, chopped
- 16 oz mascarpone cheese
- 16 oz ricotta cheese, drained
- 1/2 cup confectioner's sugar, sifted
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp lemon extract
- 1/4 tsp salt
- heavy cream (adjust amount as desired)

*We cut down the prep time by using pre-made cannoli shells. You can find premade cannoli shells at your local Italian grocery and some specialty food stores as well.

Instructions

1. Melt the chocolate according to the instructions on the package and tint it using the gel coloring. You can also make two colors by splitting one package of chocolate in half and will still have enough to dip a dozen shells.

2. Dip each end of the cannoli shells in the chocolate. Then, sprinkle the marshmallows on, before the chocolate cools. Set the cannoli shells aside.

3. In a large bowl, mix the cheeses, sugar, vanilla, lemon extract, and salt together thoroughly with a rubber spatula. Add one tablespoon of cream at a time to lighten the mixture. We used about 2 tablespoons for our cannoli filling. We were going for a texture that was rich, but spoonable and not too heavy.

4. Fill a plastic bag with the cheese mixture. Twist the top to move the mixture towards one corner. Snip off the corner and pipe the mixture into the cannoli shells.

5. Add more marshmallows to the ends and serve.

Colorful cannolis! Click through for the simple recipe to make your own.

Recipe for Colorful Homemade Cannolis with Lucky Charm Marshmallow Sprinkles

Recipe for Colorful Homemade Cannolis with Lucky Charm Marshmallow Sprinkles

Recipe by Linda Jednaszewski
Concept, photography, and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff

Think you'll give these colorful cannolis a try? 

08/28/15

6 DIYs to Try This Weekend

I think this weekend, Jeff and I are going to have to suck it up and clean the house. We don't have anyone coming to visit or anything, but it's just gotten to THAT point where we have to clean up or move out. Kidding! It's not that bad. But we probably need to mop the floors and just get everything a bit more tidied up (AKA corral all of my props and crafts - I can't wait to move into a studio space so I don't have to deal with that aspect of things anymore).

But anyway, aside from cleaning, I don't think I really have any plans. Maybe a DIY or two. What about you?

If you want to give a few projects a try, I have rounded up some of my faves from the week for ya, as always...

1. Upgrade any tote with DIY sewn leather straps
2. DIY Tetris cookies (!!!) from Sugar & Cloth
3. Pastel popsicles DIY from Studio DIY
4. Herb planter cutting board DIY from The Merrythought
5. DIY canvas magazine hanger from Design Sponge
6. Recipe for red velvet waffles with donut glaze

P.S. If you're looking for a quick / good read over the weekend, check out this post about the trouble with social media. I feel the exact same way. And would love to hear your thoughts on the subject too if you care to chime in.

Hope you have a great weekend.

-Brittni

08/27/15

Chocolate Dipped Banana Chips

When I was a kid I hated banana chips. FYI, I was down with regular bananas, but banana chips?! Hell no. As I get older though, my food likes and dislikes continually change. And now, I buy banana chips pretty regularly and bring them along on car rides and hikes.

So, today, in honor of banana lover's day (which is today), I whipped up a little something that even my childhood self would have devoured...chocolate dipped banana chips!

Because once you add a little chocolate to the mix, it's pretty much go time, regardless of what is underneath said chocolate dipping. Amiright? Plus, this mini sugar rush is one part healthy - it is one half banana after all. So you don't have to feel too guilty about these little treat. Bonus!

Chocolate Dipped Banana Chips

Ingredients:

- banana chips
- white chocolate morsels OR almond bark
- gel food coloring
- parchment paper

Instructions:

Start my melting the chocolate in the microwave for 30 second intervals, stirring in between, until chocolate is completely melted.

Then mix in the desired color of gel food coloring thoroughly.

Note on colors: I started with purple to create the lilac color that I love so much. Then, added other colors as I went to change it up. So, to get the pinkish color, I added pink to the purple chocolate that had already been mixed. To get the orange color, I added yellow to the pink. And to get the grayish green color, I added blue.

Lastly, dip the banana chips half way into the chocolate. Pull out and let each chip harden on parchment paper. Enjoy!

Chocolate Dipped Banana Chips

Chocolate Dipped Banana Chips

Eat the finished chips alone, add it to a homemade trail mix, or (my favorite) sprinkle onto of a bowl of ice cream for a little bit of crunch.

Chocolate Dipped Banana Chips

Chocolate Dipped Banana Chips

Chocolate Dipped Banana Chips

Concept, photography, and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff

So what do you think? Are you a banana lover or do you fall more firmly into the hell no category for this one? Would love to hear your thoughts.