DIY Icecream and Fruit Party Idea

Fruit Ice Cream Party by Melissa at Design Eat Repeat Blog!

Happy Friday everyone! Before I leap into this Labor day weekend, I wanted to stop by quick today to share a little announcement and a fun DIY fruit party idea! We’ll start with the news. I’m so excited to announce that I am the newest Craft Designer for Sizzix! If you are unfamiliar with Sizzix, it is the mecca for all things paper crafting. As someone who spent a majority of my pre-teen years scrapbooking my little heart out with Sizzix (and Lisa Frank, duh) it’s so fun to be part of a team who is obsessed with paper crafting as much as I am. I’ll be blogging tutorials over on the Sizzix Blog each month and I will try and post the links so you can jump on over and find the tutorials!

Fruit Ice Cream Party by Melissa at Design Eat Repeat Blog

Fruit Ice Cream Party by Melissa at Design Eat Repeat!

To start off my newest endeavor, I’m sharing the full tutorial for this fruit party idea today over on the Sizzix Blog! Summer may be about over, but I’m not sure I’ll ever stop with the fruit projects. That’s a season that may never pass.

Chocolate Cosmic Cookies

Cosmic Brownie Cookies | by Design Eat Repeat

Ever since I found these sprinkles, I’ve had one mission and one mission only. To make homemade cosmic brownies and recreate that sinful treat known as a Little Debbie. But when I got the urge to bake at midnight the other night & realized that I was out of some of the ingredients to make brownies, I decided that cookies would have to do. So I pulled out one of my favorite milk-dunking cookie recipes and took a crack at it.

Cosmic Brownie Cookies | by Design Eat Repeat

And the result was cosmic-ly out of this world. With a texture that is a little more cookie-like than fudgy brownie, these chocolate cosmic cookies can stand up rather well to the fate of milk-dunking. Not too hard, not too soft.

Cosmic Brownie Cookies | by Design Eat Repeat Blog

And if I have one recommendation for you on these cookies, eat them hot & fresh out of the oven. They will keep in an air-tight container for up to 3 days, but they are one of those cookies that is best when warm. Just take my word for it, mkay?

Cosmic Brownie Cookies | by Melissa at Design Eat Repeat
The milk jar label seen above can be found here.

Chocolate Cosmic Cookies
Print

Serves: 18-24
Ingredients
  • ½ cup butter
  • ½ cup milk chocolate chips
  • ½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1½ cup flour
  • Rainbow Chip Sprinkles
Instructions
  1. In a glass bowl, melt butter and chocolate chips in the microwave on half-power for 1 minute. Stir mixture and continue to melt in 20 second increments in microwave until butter and chocolate is melted & smooth. Allow to cool for 5 minutes.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, mix together chocolate/butter mixture, vanilla, cocoa, white sugar, and brown sugar with electric mixer for 30 seconds. Add egg and stir until combined.
  3. On low speed, add in baking soda and stir for 10 seconds. Slowly add in flour and mix for 30 seconds, or until dough is combined.
  4. Scoop by the tablespoon, roll into sprinkles, and place dough balls on a parchment-covered baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 9-10 minutes.
  5. Immediately after removing from the oven, place pan on wire rack and lightly press in chocolate chunks. Do not remove cookies from pan.
  6. Allow for the cookies to continue to bake on hot baking sheet for 5-10 minutes until removing cookies from the baking sheet.

I don’t know what it is about these sprinkles, but they make me want to toss them on every chocolate thing I bake. Which will probably happen, so don’t be surprised if they make an appearance again very soon!

Missing Cookies Milk Bottle Labels

Download these free milk jar labels as a way to liven up your brunch or party! Designed by Melissa at Design Eat Repeat

If there was an award for the most uneventful weekends, then I’d probably win the trophy. Hands down. I spent Friday night coding a client site, watching Dateline NBC mystery shows, and baking cookies (yes, I’m pretty much an 80 year old). All I was missing was my knitting needles and yarn and I would have been set. Sometimes I question if I am in fact a retired soul living in a twenty-something body, but then I remember that I’m going to a One Direction concert next weekend and I think that knocks me back down to 12 years old. It’s a mystery I have yet to solve.

Download these free milk jar labels as a way to liven up your brunch or party!

Another true mystery is who stole the cookies from the cookie jar why warm chocolate cookies need milk. Scream for milk. Beg for milk. As someone who is not the biggest fan of the stuff, I can’t deny the fact that milk needs cookies and cookies need milk. And when they’re not together, something is definitely missing.

Download these free milk jar labels as a way to liven up your brunch or party! Designed by Melissa at Design Eat Repeat

 Download the Missing Cookies Milk Bottle Labels
Materials:
Milk Bottle Labels // Scissors or Exacto Knife
Double-Sided Tape  //  Paper Straws //  Jars

Luckily the mystery is easy to solve and the milk jars are usually able to track down a cookie to befriend. Which usually isn’t the case of my Friday night mystery show marathons. At least with the missing cookie mystery, I don’t have nightmares for the entire next week. Only sweet dreams of the next Friday night when I can do it all over again.

Sharpie Marker Back to School Teacher Gifts

Make these DIY Teacher Gifts using Sharpie markers and this free scissors printable! So fun!

This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group and Sharpie, but all opinions are my own. #pmedia #StaplesBTS http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV

So I may be out of school, but that doesn’t prevent me from hitting up all these back to school sales. If I had to name two greatest mysteries in this world, they would be the disappearances of bobby pins and markers. It doesn’t matter how many you buy, they will always find a way to vanish. So for that reason alone, I refuse to pay full price for anything that I will most likely lose within months weeks of buying. I find it funny how I can manage to keep track of things from 10 years ago, but a marker that I just got last week is too much to handle. Good thing I don’t own any pets.

Make these DIY Teacher Gifts using Sharpie markers and this free scissors printable! So fun!
Back in my school shopping days, we were always bargain hunting for the best supply deals. Coming from a big family, we were usually allowed one “fun” folder (hello, Lisa Frank!) and then the rest of the folders were generic 10 cent ones from Staples (my childhood dream land). Now that I live less than 5 minutes from that dream land, I get most of my business & office supplies from there. Believe it or not, all the hand lettering I do for my shop is done with markers I get at Staples. Not fancy markers that cost $8/each, but simple black markers you probably already have hiding around the house.

Make these DIY Teacher Gifts using Sharpie markers and this free scissors printable! Fun idea for teacher gifts!

The color is nice & rich, which makes them ideal for illustrating since the dark colors make the sketches easy to scan in and trace.

Make these DIY Teacher Gifts using Sharpie markers and this free scissors printable! Great teacher gift idea!

These colorful little treats also make for great back to school teacher gifts! Get a pack of Sharpies, attach them to these scissors printables, and you have an easy (and compact!) teacher gift. So many fun colors to choose from and they even have new neon colors.

Make these DIY Teacher Gifts using Sharpie markers and this free scissors printable!

 Download the Sharpie Marker Back to School Teacher Gift
Materials:
  Sharpie Marker Back to School Teacher Gift  // Scissors or Exacto Knife
Tape  //  Sharpie Markers
While supplies last, all Sharpie Fine and Ultra Fine assortment packs and Sharpie Neon Marker packs are currently on sale at Staples through August 24th.

You can leave them open or fold them up for a fun surprise! I was going to make some pun about them being a cut above the rest, but it’s getting late and my creativity is lacking.

Free Printable To Do List – Cupcake Edition

Download this free printable to do list for an easy way to get motivated (by cupcakes!)

Everyone has that one thing that motivates them to get through a long week. Some choose meditation, some choose nights out on the town, and then there are some that simply choose cupcakes. I’m a believer that everyone needs a little color added to their day-to-day life. Whether that’s a pink marker, colorful planner, or motivation-by-cupcakes to-do list, adding a little sweetness to your schedule can make those long days a little sweeter.

Download this free printable to do list for an easy way to get motivated (by cupcakes!)

Download the Free Printable To Do List

(*insert infomercial voice*) With the Motivation By Cupcakes to do list, you no longer have to feel guilty for indulging in a celebratory cupcake. Because rather than it just being a option, it is a priority (the to-do list only speaks the truth). With just zero low payments of $0.00, you will be the envy of the office and everyone will be asking you who gave you permission to end your work week with a dozen cupcakes. (*end infomercial voice*)