Archives for September 2012

Brownie Cupcakes with Brownie Batter Frosting




I actually don’t have much to say today.

Maaaaaaybe it’s because I started re-re-re-re-re-working out again (read: I ran twice this week, and I wouldn’t even take the word ran at full face value), and therefore, I’m tired.

Also, I worked 5 days a week in addition to my blog. BlogLand consists of 95% stay at home moms which, yeah, is work, but it compares nada to working with–dun dun duunnnnn–the public, so yeah, dealing with people who think they’re superior to food service workers trumps my energy.

Oh yeeeeeeeaah, and remember Shooter Downer? I’ll have a sequel post about them later in the week, but they were swigging straight-up haterade this week. Between dodging their lame complaints and dealing with them on a regular basis, it explained the influx in Instagrammed pictures of alcoholic beverages.

So yeah, I’m pooped. And while chocolate isn’t typically my go-to comfort food, I really can’t pass up a gooey, warm brownie. Or brownie batter. It’s just so good!

Enter these Brownie Cupcakes with Brownie Batter Frosting. They’re rich + fudgy and covered in sky-high brownie batter frosting. It reeeeeally can’t get better than this bad boy after a long, hellish week.

Open wide!

Brownie Cupcakes with Brownie Batter Frosting

1 box fudge brownie mix, plus an additional 1/4 cup brownie mix (dry) *
2 eggs
2/3 cup oil
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup hot fudge sauce
1 stick butter, softened
1 tsp vanilla extract
About 3-4 cups powdered sugar
Sprinkles, if desired

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 muffin tins with about 24 paper liners and set aside.
2. In a large bowl, combine one box brownie mix, the eggs, oil, water, and hot fudge sauce until blended. Portion evenly among muffin cups; about 2/3 full. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 20 minutes or so. Cool completely.
3. While brownie cupcakes are cooling, prepare your frosting. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together the remaining 1/4 cup dry brownie mix, the butter + vanilla until creamy, about 2 minutes. Gradually add the powdered sugar, about a cup at a time, until frosting is light and fluffy.
4. Pipe high onto cooled brownie cupcakes and sprinkle with jimmies, if you like. Serve immediately or store airtight at room temperature, up to a day or two.
**Note: I bought a standard box of chocolate fudge brownie mix and an additional small-serving package of brownie mix. It’s smaller + cheaper, and you can save the rest in the fridge or freezer for another batch or for another use, like adding to milkshakes.**

I LOVE how super fudgy these are. The creamy, chocolate-y frosting tastes just like a lightened-up brownie batter, and then the brownie cupcakes themselves are intensely fudgy and moist. I love it!

Enjoy, my friends!! Happy Sunday!!

xo, Hayley

Homemade Butterfingers



It’s funny how tastes change and people grow up loving or hating something, only to get older and feel differently.

Take, for instance, my apparent affinity for canned green beans my parents claimed I had as a child. According to them, I would eat the beans straight from the can, room temperature.

What. The. Hell. I think that’s child abuse, because canned green beans give me the heeby jeebies now.

Or. OMG–my love for fish and chips. I had it allll the time. But the time I spotted a spine in my fish? That ended my fish & chip love reeeeal fast.

And, get this: my whole life, I’ve never really had a sweet tooth. If anything, a sprinkle tooth, since I was known to beg my mom to puhlease buy me a bottle of nonpareils that I would literally suck down plain. Anyway, I liked my peanut butter paired with my apple mint green jelly and that was pretty much it.

A child who couldn’t care less about peanut butter? (A child who ate canned green beans room temperature?) Why was CPS not called? Or the FBI with an alien spotting?

Halloween meant aiming straight for the gummies, red licorice and DOTS. If anything, some peanut M&M’s. Anything else I shrugged off, including Butterfingers. I was obviously deranged and that explains my fragile psychosis, methinks.

However, now, Butterfingers are my choc+pb candy of choice. The crispy wafer-y crunch, the smooth but not too overpowering layer of chocolate.. it’s totally perfect. I can’t resist ’em. So when the interwebs started popping up with billions of posts on how to make my own Homemade Butterfingers, I did a happy dance.

This recipe is literally everywhere, so the idea isn’t new no mo’. But I was still totally shocked that candy corn + peanut butter tastes exactly like a Butterfinger flavor-wise.

Try it! It’ll change yo life.

Homemade Butterfingers

About 3 cups candy corn
1 cup smooth peanut butter
1 pkg Candiquik or milk chocolate bark

1. First, line an 8×8 pan with foil, extending the edges over the sides of the pan. Spray lightly with cooking spray.
2. In a microwave safe bowl*, melt the candy corn for one minute. Stir, then continue melting for an additional 15-30 seconds. Add the peanut butter and stir until completely smooth and melted.
3. Pour the mixture into the prepared pan in an even layer. Chill for an hour until hardened.
4. Once set, bring the mixture to room temperature so it slightly softens (so it’s easier to cut). Cut into bars–I made mini squares for easier dunking.
5. Prep the chocolate according to package directions until smooth. Dip the pb layer in chocolate to coat, allowing excess to drip off. Allow the bars to harden and set. Eat + enjoy!
**Note: So, microwaving candy corn = redonkulous sticky mess. PUHLEASE do me a favor and use a bowl that you don’t mind scrubbing the heck out of. Just saying!!**

When it comes to flavor, these taste almost identical to Butterfingers. However, texture-wise they’re a bit softer–not as crunchy, but still passable–then a Butterfinger. It’s definitely cool to be able to whip up your own candy bars!!

Happy Saturday!!

xo, Hayley

The Friday Roundup & Lately Faves

Hey friends, it’s Friday! Which means it’s only Thursday for me, but such is life *sigh*.

I have today & tomorrow to get through work and then I’m ready to reeeelax. I know I say that every weekend but it’s about freakin’ time I actually do it, capiche?

This week, alllllll this happened:

I told you weird things about me.

And how I publicly humiliated myself.

I confessed deep, dark secrets.

And made you get me.

I talked of my irks with Halloween.

And OMG, remember that time I copped out on a recipe? Yeah.

BlogLand Loves:

Devil’s Food Cake Rice Krispies from Something Swanky
Peanut Butter & Chocolate Chip Banana Cream Cookies from Chef In Training
Apple Pie Danish from Chocolate, Chocolate & More Chocolate
Espresso Brownies from Tutti Dolci
Cookie Butter Doughnuts from Savory Simple
Little Debbie Pumpkin Pie Cake Pops from Pint Sized Baker

So okay, I know this blog is dominantly food & I have all of two crafts on here. But I am a girly girl and I love things like candles and clothes and makeup and dude, I hate to be the bratty kid but this is my blog and I want to share some of my favorites lately. No, they’re not edible.

1. Origins A Perfect World SPF 25 Moisturizer. I’m obsessed with this stuff. I got it free on Earth Day and am in love. It’s super lightweight for the hot summer and still-warm fall, keeps my skin soft & supple and goes on sheer. Fun fact: I don’t wear foundation. Never have. Instead, I put this on and call it a day. SPF is my foundation!

2. Mahogany Teakwood Candle. K. I know I mentioned this last Friday, but words cannot describe the amazingness of this candle. It’s like a man’s cologne. A sexy man. And I need a stockpile of these fo lyfe.

3. Betseyville Gia Ruffle Boots. Betsey Johnson, my IDOL of all idols, now has a mini accessory line at JCPenney. How cool is that?! I am beeeeyond stoked and I totally am drooling over these boots. They’re $60, which is a steal in my eyes, and have that adorable ruffle along the back. Too cute!!

4. BP Rhinestone & Sparkle Necklace. I’ve always loved Nordstrom’s junior line, BP, because it’s affordable and fashionable. This necklace is totally badass and right up my alley! Spikes and sparkles? Can it get any better?! (Yes, it can. It’s $24).

5. Can’t put a price tag on happiness. A couple days ago, Jessie surprised me with this gorg bouquet of daisies, Gerbera daisies (my fave!) and some dahlias. Totally gorgeous!

6. Stylin’ poochie. Manniepoo got himself a knitted scarf from my sister, Chloe. While I don’t put clothing on him, I am a fan of bandannas. And now, scarves. Dying of cuteness.

7. This week, Dorothy and I hit up another Happy Hour. She may not have noticed, but I have eyes for these things from being a creepy voyeur, but there was totally a table of dudes a few feet away who were checking us out. I mean, they totally should have bought us another round of drinks, but they were obvi too lame and intimidated by our crazy-hotness to do anything but stare in between bites of fried green tomatoes. Obvi.

8. Those of you who read earlier this week about my whole cheating-on-my-grocery-store situation will know, but I went to Walmart this week to buy just my baking stuff. Since I went at a weirdo time, I didn’t see any of my Walmart “buddies” but I feel like they weren’t that good of pals in the first place since they’re not even doing a search and rescue. I mean, I was there EVERY FRIDAY at 6am for like, two and a half years. Whyyy they haven’t begged for my forgiveness already is totally beyond me.

9. Also: if you’ve been living under a rock lately, you *may* not have noticed my updates about Online BlogCon. If you’ve ever dreamed of wearing your pajamas to a blog conference in a faraway land but couldn’t because A) wearing pjs in public is frowned upon, and B) blog conferences are too expensive, then Online BlogCon is for you. It’s an online blog conference taking place between October 22-24. Registration is $15 and comes with a ton of amazeballs perks like awesome freebies and giveaways (a spankin’ new Kindle Fire, anyone??), as well as insider information from some of your favorite superstar bloggers. It’s a great way to meet people, ask questions, gain insight and have fun, all from the comfort of your own home and own time. Register now, y’all!

10. Oh, and this and this (omg, but I have an irrational love for #9), okay, and this (#4, #5) and freaking Target aaaaand have an awesome weekend! 🙂

xo, Hayley

Fall Harvest Munch



My parents raised me never to cop-out of stuff.

Well, sorry Mom and Dad, but this is officially a cop-out.

A big, fat, delicious cop-out. Delicious. But admittedly lazy. I’m sorry. Forgive me?

I’m about to give you all a big Captain Obvious bomb: life can get a wee bit hectic sometimes. And since 99% of you are actual parents, you know very well about the busyness of life. Kids actually need to eat relatively-nutritious meals three times a day? And need to be bathed? And carted to school, sports, activities and the like?

Duuuude. Suddenly I am appreciating my dog a lot more and I’m not even done finishing this post.

Anywho, again, 99% of you are parents. Those who aren’t parents (hi! hello?), you can keep reading, too. I’m assuming if you don’t have kids, you have coworkers and friends, too, who like to eat. And party. And munch. So basically, you just have grown up children. Ones you can drink with (how awesome).

Is this post coming off to ramble-y? Ugh, sorry. Don’t let me drink + type. ANYWAAAAAY.

When life dropkicks you + time in the face and say, you need to whip up a fun, cute, portable little treat for your kids/kids classmates/a party/coworkers/grown-up childrenfriends but you don’t have time, you need a cop-out. No, not a beer (okay, maybe one). What you really need is this Fall Harvest Munch. 

It’s so easy, it’s not even really a recipe. Sorry to waste your time, but it’s only the best, most easiest non-recipe-recipe of your LIFE. It makes a big batch, keeps up to a week, and can be easily bagged up for get-togethers, parties, and the like. Can it get any bettah?

Here’s the line-up I chose:

But because this is a non-recipe-recipe, you could totally switch up your line-up of goodies. I won’t mind.

And then you simply throw it into cutie treat sacks and call it a day.

Time for a beer?

Fall Harvest Munch

Pumpkin-Spice Caramel Corn (found it at Target)
White Chocolate Candy Corn M&M’s
Candy corn
Peanut butter chips
Honey roasted peanuts

1. Pour all your desired ingredients into a bowl; gently toss to combine.
2. Pour into bags and serve. Store any leftovers airtight, up to one week.

did coat some of my Bugles in white chocolate and sprinkled on some festive jimmies–this is totally an extra step if you want to be super festive, but if you’d rather enjoy your beer and nurse your dropkick from life, I totally get you. Sorry to get all artsy-fartsy on you for this non-recipe.

Have a happy day!

xo, Hayley


Witches Stew Cookies

While I love Halloween, I have some qualms with Halloween costumes.

Who decided it was brilliant for females to wear skirts that just barely cover our lady bits?! Fo realz, I am blushing admitting this, but I’ve got undergarments longer than most women’s Halloween costumes.

That ain’t okay, y’all. I mean, I’m not Amish.

I’m no prude, but come on. Alice in Wonderland is totally cute and then Halloween people had to turn her into some Wonderland hooker. What gives?

I remember one year I was desperate to be Alice and my dad took me costume shopping. Granted, I was a teenager and all my friends had already gotten their loin cloth costumes and were taking pictures and posting them all over MySpace.

The costume place had two Alice costumes: the traditional, real-deal version with a dress and apron practically to my ankles, and the hooker version, complete with a garter belt. Of course I couldn’t get away with having my dad buy me the latter version, so I got the practically Amish-Alice…

…and was probably the least coolest trick or treater but whatever. I stayed warm! And my buttcheeks weren’t hanging out. And really, isn’t that a highlight to this story? Warm, covered buttcheeks? I think so.

I just don’t understand why my options are limited to frumpy, prudish, Amish dress or street-walker. Can’t we like, meet in the middle??

Also, whyyyy are Halloween costumes so expensive? I need to get into the business of making tacky, slutty Halloween costumes because people spend waaayy too much money on that stuff every year.

This year I’m being Where’s Waldo because I already have the glasses and own a red & white striped shirt. I guess it’s a sign I’m getting older that I no longer want to wear cute little costumes with my friends and show the world my butt. It’s like, a wise-person thing.

Anyway, Halloween isn’t just about crazy-short costumes but about creepy things, like these fun Witches Stew Cookies. They’re dark chocolate & mint chip cookies topped with a creepy-cool Cadbury “Scream” Egg that’s been halved and filled with tons of gross stuff like bones, bugs and eyeballs.

And I happen to think they’re totally cute, despite being gross. Kind of like my Amish Alice dress.

Witches Stew Cookies

1 box dark chocolate fudge cake mix
2 eggs
1/2 cup oil
3/4 cup dark chocolate & mint baking chips
About 12 Cadbury “scream” eggs, halved
Assorted sprinkles (I used bones, eyeballs, and jumbo bugs)

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease two cookie sheets with cooking spray. Set aside. Meanwhile, gently press the sprinkles into the halved eggs.
2. In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, eggs, oil and baking chips with a wooden spoon until blended. Scoop into Tablespoon-sized balls and place 1″ apart on the baking sheets.
3. Bake for approx. 7-8 minutes, rotating pans halfway through bake time to ensure even baking. Cookies will just barely be set in the middle. Remove from the oven and gently press each egg cup into the center of each still-warm cookie. Allow the cookies to set on the baking sheet about 5-10 minutes before carefully transferring to a wire rack to finish cooling completely.

These cookies are totally spooky-cool! I bet your kids will enjoy decorating the “witches stew” and topping these hot cookies with the fun cauldron 🙂 they’re totally cute and some of my favorites! Plus, who can resist that oozy green filling?

Happppy Wednesday!

xo, Hayley

Chocolate Peanut Butter 7-Layer Bars

Do you ever feel like people just don’t get you?

Like, say, if you had this really cute, fun blog on the interwebs and had like, a TON of cool internet friends you were always baking for and SOMEONE in your family decided to EAT some of your ingredients so you couldn’t make what you’d wanted to?

Yeah, it’s only quality invisible friendships and world domination I’m trying to achieve, family. Thanks for eating my Reese’s Pieces.


Or like when you tell someone you have a food blog and you post recipes six days a flippin’ week and someone says “OH MY GOSH, you’re just like Rachael Ray!!” and you’re like “Rachael Ray does not have a food blog. She hosts a TV show and has a magazine and shows on Food Network. I am definitely not like Rachael Ray” and they temporarily lose hearing and continue to tell you how much you’re just like someone you’re not at all like.

Or like when some drunk dude comes up to you at a bar and is like “HOLY SH*T you look JUST LIKE Kat Von D” and you’re like “are you serious right now? I look nothing like Kat Von D” and drunk dude is like, “no, you really look just like Kat Von D. I want a picture with you” and you’re thinking, just because I am a female with all of THREE tattoos does not constitute my looking like a tatted woman on TV.
(Though I guess it beats the one lone time I was told I looked like Lindsay Lohan. Seriously, LiLo? I’d rather they told me I looked just like Ozzy Osbourne).

People just don’t get it, you know? And it’s about damn time they do. Hopefully some Chocolate Peanut Butter 7-Layer Bars will make it click for them. Or send them straight to a sugar coma. Whatever comes first.

These bars are unrelentingly gooey and rich and topped with a multitude of delicious ingredients sure to send your belly to its happy place.

Or, if you’re me, hoping they’ll send you to TV so you can maybe actually start being/looking like Rach or Kat. Whatevz.

Chocolate Peanut Butter 7-Layer Bars

1 box Devil’s food cake mix
1 egg
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 cup coarsely crushed pretzels
1 cup peanut butter chips
1 cup chocolate chips
1 cup Reese’s Pieces
1 cup honey roasted peanuts
1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Liberally grease a 13×9 inch baking pan with cooking spray; set aside.
2. In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, egg and butter. Stir in the crushed pretzels. Spread the mixture evenly along the bottom of the greased pan and bake for about 8 minutes.
3. Sprinkle the par-baked bars with the peanut butter chips, chocolate chips, Reese’s Pieces and peanuts. Drizzle the top of the bars with the milk. Return to the oven for an additional 15 minutes or until golden and bubbly, and center is set.
4. Cool completely before cutting into bars. Serve warm or at room temperature. Best served within 1-2 days.

I love love love! these bars! They’re so fudgy and rich–and totally screaming your name if you’re a sweet & salty fan like myself. The bottom is almost cake-y but still has a lot of ooey gooey fudgy action going on, and I love the addition of the honey roasted peanuts… simply irresistible!

And okay, I maybe kinda look like Kat Von D.

xo, Hayley

Pumpkin Toffee Blondies



I have to admit: I’ve been cheating.

Not on Jessie! I wouldn’t dream of it, and frankly I’m not sure how I could even catch a guy when I spent 100% of my free time at home or in Forever 21. Not exactly breeding grounds for romantic trysts.

I’m cheating… on my grocery store.

It’s been going on for about 3 weeks now, and I have to say, I actually feel mildly guilty.

I used to wake up at 6am to go grocery shopping at Walmart because they have unbeatable prices, I can always find what I’m looking for, and there are some friendly people who work there on Friday mornings. Plus, I have a fave cashier who rocks.

But the past few times I’ve gone, I haven’t seen my Walmart buddies or my fave cashier. I’ve been stuck with THE WORST cashiers known to man.

Hint: you can’t throw every single canned good on the belt into one bag. Or eggs with meat. It’s an unwritten rule, yo.

And also, mister, you have a Wolverine haircut. I hope you know you’re not Wolverine. He does not exist. Now trim your sideburns.

Frankly, I got so sick of putting up with Walmart’s pishposh that I decided to stray for a bit and test the waters at Winco. I have to say.. I’m liking it so far. Cheap, quiet, and nice checkers, albeit I have to bag my own groceries but thankfully, I am aware of bagging rules of the world.

But when I think of Walmart, I get a pang of guilt like maybe I should go back and say hi, for old-times sake, or try going back this week to see if maybe, just maybethings have changed and I can restore hope once again. But then I think of sexy Winco and I get all excited. Bulk bins. Specialty cheeses. Shasta soda. Winco, I know it’s early in our relationship but I think I frigging love you.

So anyways, while my mind and heart are in conflict between two stores, I did what any guilty love triangle participant would do and baked some blondies. Okay, so most love triangle participants probably don’t bake blondies and probably aren’t in love with grocery stores but WHATEVER. It’s my blog and I write the rules, capiche?

These are Pumpkin Toffee Blondies to get you all pumped for fall. Are you pumped yet? Good.

Get ready for a love square.

Pumpkin Toffee Blondies*adapted from my White Chocolate Caramel Cashew Cookie Blondies recipe

2/3 cup butter
2 cups brown sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 eggs
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1 bag pumpkin spice Hershey Kisses, unwrapped
3/4 cup toffee baking bits

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Liberally grease an 8×8″ baking pan with cooking spray; set aside.
2. In a medium saucepan, melt the butter and brown sugar together. Allow to cool for about 5 minutes. Stir in the vanilla and eggs, one at a time. Add the flour, baking powder, baking soda, pumpkin pie spice and salt and stir until a dough has formed. Lastly, stir in the Hershey kisses.
3. Spread the mixture into your prepared pan. Sprinkle the top evenly with the toffee bits. Bake for approx. 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out mostly clean. Cool completely.
4. Cut blondies into squares. Store leftovers airtight, at room temperature, up to 2 days. Can be served at room temperature or warm.

I love that the pumpkin flavor is there but not too powerful; it pairs beautifully with the brown sugar and pumpkin pie spice. The buttery and crunchy toffee also offers a nice texture to the soft and gooey blondies. As usual, I prefer my blondies sliiightly underbaked for the best, gooeiest flavor evah.


xo, Hayley



Butterscotch Pecan Cookies

Lately, my personal life has been a little stressful.

Without going into gory details, all I can really say is: there’s only so many cookies a girl can eat for comfort before even yoga pants can’t provide comfort.


Friday night Jessie and I were invited yet again to another round of drinks and insanity and of course, I couldn’t resist a future blog post just falling into my lap like a drunken whiskey-drinking fool (like last time).

This time, however, the place was empty. Only a few older couples sat strewn about the bar and most of the “younger” men were transfixed to the baseball game on the TV. I could count the number of people dancing at any given time, it was that slow.

And I didn’t have a certain fireball-whiskey-drinking-brat to bother me this time, so yeah, it was nice.

Somewhere between drinking my beer, my bubbling stress and the fact that no one was dancing and there was a room full of stale older folk, I got this random bug. I considered calling my doctor and complaining that I was experiencing this weird mental sensation and must be living proof of being mentally abducted by aliens, but I decided to ride it out and be all-natural and stuff about it.

That bug was the dancing bug, and ladies and gentlemen, I went out on the dance floor and I danced.

Again, perhaps it was the stress getting to my head and causing me to do psychotic things like publicly humiliate myself. Perhaps it was the alcohol on a relatively empty stomach. Perhaps it was because the band’s rendition of Pokerface was damn catchy. Either way, I strutted my stuff out there and danced. I danced like a friggin’ fool, people, and I had the time of my life.

I chicken danced. I sexy-danced. I did weird dances, like the shopping cart and the sprinkler. And it was fun. And I laughed and laughed while Jessie sat with his hand half-covering his face in embarrassment as middle-aged and older couples smiled and stared from the dining room.

And once I couldn’t dance any more, I sat down, polished off a huge glass of water, and completely and utterly avoided that stupid pixie when she finally arrived, minutes after I’d just finished busting a move.

And it was the best ever.

So basically, burning all those calories warranted an excess of cookies. It’s science, people. And the cookies of choice this time were these spectacular Butterscotch Pecan Cookies. If you’re a fan of pecan pie and general deliciousness, these are for you, my friends.

Tender pecan cookies filled with sweet and rich butterscotch chips and cinnamon-sugared pecans. They’re super delish, and I know they’ll cure what ails ya.

Alien abductions and all.

Butterscotch Pecan Cookies

1 box butter pecan cake mix
2 eggs
1/2 cup oil
1 tsp cinnamon
3/4 cup butterscotch chips
3/4 cup cinnamon pecans (you can find ’em near the sundae stuff at the grocery store; I used Fisher brand)

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease two cookie sheets with cooking spray and set aside.
2. In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, eggs, oil and cinnamon until blended. Stir in the butterscotch chips and cinnamon pecans by hand.
3. Portion heaping Tablespoonfuls of dough onto the cookie sheets, about 1″ apart. Bake for approx. 8-10 minutes, rotating pans halfway through cooking time to ensure even cooking. Cool for 5 mins on sheets before transferring to wire racks to cool completely.
4. Cookies can be stored airtight at room temperature, for about 3-4 days.

Typically I’m not a *huge* pecan pie fan, but I really loved how tender and sweet these cookies were. The glazed pecans were a perfect caramelized crunch, and I can never resist the magical powers of butterscotch. I doubt you will be able to, either!


xo, Hayley

Caramel Marshmallow Butterscotch Bars


I am a nosy voyeur. I am kind of obsessed with people watching and I like knowing weird information about people. Helps me justify my weird habits, I suppose.

Anyway, after seeing this adorable ABC’s of Me on Sweet Bellaroos, I totally had to do it for myself. You know, so you guys can validate me.

A} Age: 21.

B} Bed Size: Twin.

C} Chore you dislike: I have always had a burning hatred for emptying the dishwasher. Doing the dishes is fine, and so is vacuuming. But damn that emptying.

D} Dogs: My sweet Mannie is my own, and our family dog is Oreo. They’re buddies.

E} Essential start to your day: Unsweetened iced black tea. I’m not cool enough to be a coffee drinker yet, so tea is my go-to. And Diet Coke.

F} Favorite Colors: Bubblegum pink! I also super love jewel tones.

G} Gold or Silver: White gold.

H} Height: Five eight!

I} Instruments you play (past/present): I used to take piano lessons from this rather large woman who smelled of some choking perfume. She also had a million cats and probably was the perfect candidate for animal hoarders, so my lessons were short-lived as my sneezing interfered with my home keys placement. And in middle school band I played the timpani.

J} Job Title: I work 5 days a week at a specialty cheese shop. And I blog.. obviously.

K} Kids: Zero, and honestly, I have every intention of keeping it that way. Kids just aren’t for me.

L} Live: In sunny California!

M} Mom’s name: Sonya

N} Nicknames: Haystack (ugh), Skye (my middle name), and… Poop/Poopbutt. Okay, so a long time ago, my family randomly started using “Poop” as an affectionate term for our dogs, and suddenly it started being used for us, too. So yeah, it’s gross calling someone you love a “poop” or “poopy pants”, but whatever. The weird thing about it is, if I want to talk to my dad and I say “hey poop” around everyone else, my dad will acknowledge it. Same goes for if my mom says “hey poop” to me, etc. It’s like we have Poop ESP or something.

O} Overnight hospital stays: Nevah.

P} Pet Peeves: My entire blog could be a neverending spout of peet peeves. However, I super hate: slow drivers/texting while driving/slow anything (I’m impatient)/people who are rude to waiters/food service or think they’re superior to us/migraines/people who smell bad/unvacuumed floors/screaming or misbehaved children/extreme awkward situations.. just to name a few.

Q} Quote from a Movie: “Everybody knows Custer died in the Battle of Little Big Horn. What this book presupposes is, maybe he didn’t?” Royal Tenenbaums. Best. Movie. EVER.

R} Righty or Lefty: I am dominantly right handed but I drive with my left hand.

S} Siblings: An 18-year old brother and a 14-year old sister

T} Time you wake up: Usually around 7, if I’m lucky. I have this genetic incapability of sleeping in.

U} URL favorite these days: Kinda stupidly addicted to Pinterest. And GoJane. I’m always browsing 🙂 and ThoughtCatalog. Dammit, it’s good.

V} Vegetables you don’t like: Canned green beans–ick! Otherwise, I like it all!

W} What makes you run late: It’s silly but, it’s because sometimes I get caught up in what outfit to wear, so it’s usually me second-third-or-fifteenth-guessing my outfit or accessories. No, I am NOT lying.

X} X-Rays: Head, teeeeeeef, knees (that I can remember)

Y} Yesterday memory: Watching a new episode of my guilty-pleasure show, I Survived… It’s SOFREAKINGGOODOMG.

Z} Zoo Animal Favorite: Zebras!

Last but not least.. Caramel Marshmallow Butterscotch Bars: Amazing. Simply amazing.

A cakey base topped with puffy, golden, gooey marshmallows, rich butterscotch chips and a salty drizzle of caramel. In other words, get in my belleh. You need these in yo life.

Caramel Marshmallow Butterscotch Bars *adapted from The Ultimate Cake Mix Cookbook

1 box yellow cake mix
2 eggs
1/2 cup butter
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 bag miniature marshmallows
1 & 1/2 cups butterscotch chips
About 1/2 cup caramel sundae sauce

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Liberally grease a 13×9 inch baking pan with cooking spray; set aside.
2. In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, eggs, butter and brown sugar with a rubber spatula until blended. Press the mixture evenly into the prepared pan and bake for approx. 14-18 minutes or until golden and just set in the center.
3. Top the bars with marshmallows and butterscotch chips evenly. Return the pan to the oven and bake for an additional 5-7 minutes or until marshmallows are just beginning to puff and become golden. Allow pan to cool completely.
4. Drizzle top of bars with caramel sauce; cut into bars. Store at room temperature, wrapped airtight, for an additional 1-2 days. These taste great at room temperature or warm.

These bars are totally delish! I’m typically not a big marshmallow fan, but when they’re puffy and gooey, they’re one of my faves. Paired with the drizzled caramel and rich butterscotch, these bars were one of our favorites. Super yummy!!

Hope you enjoy; have a fantastic Saturday!

xo, Hayley

Toffee Apple Cake & The (Ultra Busy) Friday Roundup!

Howdy doody, friends!

Before I begin my usual shenanigans, I’d like to direct your attention to that redonkulously sexy looking cake up there ^. You can find the recipe over at Back For Seconds, where I’m guest posting for today.

If you’ve never been to Back For Seconds blog, you need to check her out. She’s got insaaaanely yummy stuff like Single Serving Skinny Apple Pie and Samoas Bars. I meeeean, she should be your new best friend, if we’re being honest.

Whatcha waiting for? Pop on over for the recipe for this Toffee Apple Cake and say hello to her for me while she’s hanging out with Mickey and Minnie 🙂

This week, I baked my brains out.

I actually ate brains. Of zombies. Zombie Truffles.

I made some creepy cool donuts and hosted another fun donut giveaway. Enter by 5pm tonight!

I stuffed some fall goodness into some unsuspecting cookies.

I made slime cute.

I showed everyone the softer side of peanut butter cookies.

And I topped cookies with cookie dough. Need I say more?

BlogLand was baking, but maybe not with brains. Still, check out this yumminess: 

Sweet & Salty Potato Chip Toffee Cookies from Sally’s Baking Addiction
Funfetti Cake Batter Pies from Crazy For Crust
Fluffernutter Oatmeal Cookies from Something Swanky
Salted Caramel Chocolates from Heather’s French Press
Biscoff Buckeyes from Bake Your Day
Toffee Apple Pie Cookies from Inside BruCrew Life

1. Last weekend was busy, busy. Not at all the “relaxing” weekend I had planned. I spent 6 hours straight (!!) baking my little heart out. And then I promptly collapsed, excited to relax.. until I realized I needed to photograph and blog everything.
2. No, I’ve not gotten around to reading my novel, why do you ask??
3. However, I did manage to squeeze some time in to make this creepytastic Halloween wreath!

If you guys didn’t know, I’m kinda sorta obsessed with making wreaths. This was my first Halloween one and it was SO fun to make! I got all my picks and embellishments at Michael’s and was able to use a 50% off a single item coupon and 20% off my entire purchase coupon, too. Score! So this puppy was made roughly under $25 thanks to those coupons.

2. My sister, Chloe, makes bows (if you didn’t already know) and has been sewing up some seriously adorable Halloween bows. They’re all available for sale at her store, Bows To Go, and all under $5. Here’s a sneak peek at one of my faves.

3. Do you know Dorothy? She’s one of my real-life and bloggy best friends and today is her birthday! Eeeeek!! Be sure to pop on over and wish her a happy birthday!!

4. It’s finally starting to cool down here and I’m SO EXCITED. While blogland has been filled with Instagrammed pictures of boots and scarves, I am trying to contain my outrageous jealousy. And now I can almost feel the boots on my feet. Just a couple more weeks and I’ll be sitting pretty in chunky sweaters, fashionable scarves and motorcycle boots. Yay me.

5. I need to take a poll (hey, Jenney, if you’re reading this, scroll on down!). I’ve been invited to a one year old boy named Cooper’s birthday party next weekend. Haaaaaalllp. What do you get a one year old?! When I asked my parents, they told me “a box” and that “kids love boxes.” I shot them a dirty look and imagined myself giving him a box. Then I imagined myself being unfriended by Jenney. So, help me??

6. A few days ago I stopped by Bath & Body Works (irresistible during this time of year) and picked up some sampler fall candles. OH. MY. GAWD, I am stupidly OB.SESSEDDDD with their new flavor, Mahogany Teakwood. It smells woodsy and sexy, like the sexiest lumberjack you’ve ever seen. Or something. Anyway, I need a lifetime supply puhlease and thank you.

Well, I think that does it for this week. Besides baking (per usual), I have no other plans this weekend, so what are your weekend plans?

Catch ya later!

xo, Hayley

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