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04.05.16

PEANUT BUTTER BANANA MINI PIES

peanut butter banana mini pies | designlovefest

certain recipes and foods are really nostalgic for me and this recipe happens to be one of them. my dad use to bring this peanut butter banana pie home for my mom on her birthday from the fancy bakery in town and it was exciting for everyone. somehow my mom managed to snag the recipe and it definitely stands the test of time and is truly one of my favorite desserts. we’re sharing the recipe below with one small change, mini pies instead of full size! -joanie 

peanut butter banana mini pies | designlovefest
peanut butter banana mini pies | designlovefest

Peanut Butter Banana Mini Pies
adapted from the
serves: 12

ingredients:
• 6 1/4 ounce cream cheese (room temperature)
• 7 1/8 ounce powdered sugar
• 2 teaspoons vailla
• 3/4 cup peanut butter
• 2 1/2 cups whipping cream
• 1 cup good quality semi sweet chocolate chips, divided
• 4 bananas, sliced
• 2 tbsp half and half
graham cracker crust:
•1 1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs
• 1/4 cup sugar
• 1 stick butter, room temperature

peanut butter banana mini pies | designlovefest
peanut butter banana mini pies | designlovefest

how to make:
• mix crust ingredients together and press very firmly into your pan and bake for 10 minutes at 350 degrees.
• remove from the oven and let rest for 5 minutes. we pulled the crusts out of the pan to make assembling them easier but you can also leave them in the pan as you top them.
• melt 1/2 cup chocolate chips and spread over the bottom of your crusts. you can use more if needed.

peanut butter banana mini pies | designlovefest
peanut butter banana mini pies | designlovefest
peanut butter banana mini pies | designlovefest

• sauté 1 of the sliced bananas in the half and half and mush it. spread this on top of the chocolate layer. add sliced bananas in a circle on top.
• blend the cream cheese and powder sugar, add vanilla and cream together. add peanut butter and mix well. in a separate bowl whip the heavy cream until medium peaks form. fold the cream into the peanut butter mixture. you can either spread this on top or use a pastry bag to pipe this on top of the mini-pies. chill until firm.
• melt the last half of the chocolate chips and put into a plastic bag. clip off a tiny corner of the bag and squeeze it on top of the pies in whatever pattern you desire. you could write a phrase, etc. chill again, serve and enjoy!

peanut butter banana mini pies | designlovefest
peanut butter banana mini pies | designlovefest
peanut butter banana mini pies | designlovefest
peanut butter banana mini pies | designlovefest

looking for other dessert ideas? peppermint chocolate cake, panna cotta, marshmallow cupcakes, and early grey chocolate chip cookies

styling by: joanie cusack
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03.28.16

OFF THE SHOULDER LOOKS

off the shoulder looks | designlovefest

in a style time that is all about showing the midriff we’re all about showing a little shoulder! it’s discrete, comfortable and totally appropriate for so many situations. whatcha gonna wear on that second date? or to brunch with your girlfriends? or running around town on a weekend? an off the shoulder top/dress, that’s what! we’re showing you how it’s styled two ways, the boho way and the chic way.

the boho way is very off duty vacation mode, it’s airy and free flowing and could easily transition from day to night. hair down with a pair of sandals to hair up with a pair of heels, easy! here’s 10 cute looks we found over on …

off the shoulder looks | designlovefest
off the shoulder looks | designlovefest
off the shoulder looks | designlovefest
off the shoulder looks | designlovefest
off the shoulder looks | designlovefest

shop the boho looks above: , , , ,

off the shoulder looks | designlovefest

and now for the chic of it, the more sophisticated silhouette. less frill more structure. there is something really beautiful about showing your neck line and then covering everything else up with a mid-length skirt or a pair of trousers. it feels natural to want to layer necklaces with these off the shoulder looks because there is so much exposed skin but we’d recommend going for a pair of statement earrings and leaving the neck area clean and bare.

off the shoulder looks | designlovefest
off the shoulder looks | designlovefest
off the shoulder looks | designlovefest
 
off the shoulder looks | designlovefest
off the shoulder looks | designlovefest

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what do ya say? into it?

03.18.16

OH HI!

press for champagne | designlovefest

sorry it’s been quiet over on the blog this week! i’ve had a hard time juggling some projects and leaving town. i’m in london now with and finding tons of inspiration. and the sun even came out yesterday! i woke up today to grey skies and cold weather, but it’s no big deal. i have a full day packed with sights to see, so i gotta run…but !

ps. this press for champagne button?! a huge life necessity. found at  last night, which looks like a wes anderson dream.

03.03.16

MAGIC 8 BALL PREDICTS: PAISLEY

magic 8 ball predicts: paisley | designlovefest
magic 8 ball predicts: paisley | designlovefest
it’s a motif so popular in 19th century europe that a fine shawl woven with the signature teardrop shape could cost as much as a london town house (!) but in recent years has fallen on some hard times. but alas, the polarizing pattern that is paisley is making a comeback. re-emerging as it does every so often with a new twist. we noticed a few examples some months back that caught our eye but the most recent round of collections to take to the runways at fashion week really sealed the deal. let’s see if we can convince ya…

magic 8 ball predicts: paisley | designlovefest
magic 8 ball predicts: paisley | designlovefest
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magic 8 ball predicts: paisley | designlovefest

new color ways and bolder, more gestural shapes lend a modern take on the traditional pattern. the updated classic is more animated and fun loving than it’s previous incarnations and has wider appeal, but like in the past going all the way is the way to go.

magic 8 ball predicts: paisley | designlovefest

what do you say? into it? or leave it behind?

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02.09.16

REAL TALK / ADULT FRIENDSHIPS

adult friendships | designlovefest

we grow up hearing a lot of advice on dating and marriage and single life. but adult friendships, that’s another story. if you’re like me, your friends are like family to you. they take a lot of effort, compassion, time, compromise, and understanding…but the payoff is totally worth it.

topic: do you feel like it’s hard to make new friends as an adult? where do you feel like you’ve made some of your best adult friends? when you feel yourself drifting apart from a friend, how do we handle it? how much time do you expect from a friend? has a friendship ever felt more like an obligation to you?

it’s funny to see how different our answers are!…

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