Seams and Sprinkles

A sweet and fashionable life, one post at a time.

Sunday Funday Sangria

Happy Sunday Funday! Today has been a perfect day to just relax poolside and soak up the sun while drinking some delicious homemade sangria. This refreshing drink satisfies everything and sails you away straight to peace- I hope you enjoy my recipe!



Ingredients:

  • Two cans of different flavored frozen juice concentrate (I use Hawaiian's Own)
  • 1 cup Vodka
  • 1/2 cup triple sec
  • 1 bottle of red wine (your choice)
  • 1 bottle of Moscato (your choice)
  • Assorted fruit (I use oranges, peaches, strawberries and apples)
  • 3 limes
  • 1 beverage dispenser or large pitcher


What to do:
  1. Dump two frozen concentrates into the beverage container you will be using and set aside.
  2. Cut up the fruit in slices and/or chunks to your preference.
  3. Squeeze any citrus into the container to get all the juice out and then place the rind in the beverage dispenser to add additional flavor during the marinating time.
  4. Place the rest of the cut up fruit into the container.
  5. Add in the triple sec, vodka and red wine.  Mix with a wooden spoon gently.
  6. Fill the rest of the beverage container with Moscato and mix one more time being careful not to spill over.
  7. Place container in the fridge and let it marinate for a minimum of one hour.
  8. When you are ready to serve, scoop out some of the fruit into a cup and top off with sangria
Happy sangria-ing!

Caramel Stuffed Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies

Blah, blah, blah, cookies. Wait, did I just say cookies? Yes, I did! Today I wanted to make something similar to the flavor of Twix but not just cookies with Twix chunks in it. I searched and searched with no such luck so I decided to improvise.

I stumbled upon this loaded chocolate chip oatmeal cookie recipe at Roxanna's Home Baking blog and made a few tweaks to get something totally amazing. Please see the link above for the original recipe. 

First, gather all the necessities:
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1 cup chopped almonds
  • Several unwrapped caramels, cut in 1/2
  • 1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
     


Next, start the delicious process:
  1. In a mixing bowl, add the butter and peanut butter. With the paddle attachment on, beat on low speed until combined. Add in sugar and beat for 3-5 minutes until light and fluffy.
  2. Add in egg, water and vanilla and beat until well combined.
  3. Stir in flour, baking soda and salt.
  4. Last, fold in oats, chopped nuts and chocolate chips. 
  5. Chill the mixture for at least 15 minutes before baking.
  6. Heat the oven to 375F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.
  7. With a large cookie scooper get a ball of dough and roll between your palms to create a ball.
  8. Insert a caramel half in the center and cover with dough. Re-roll and form the dough ball.
  9. Drop cookie dough ball on the prepared baking sheets.
  10. Bake in preheated oven for 12-14 minutes or until light golden-brown. 
  11. Let cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes then remove to wire racks to cool completely.

Some variations might include: adding M&Ms, different types of nuts, chips and fillings.

The final product came out to tasting like a candy bar and cookie all in one and who would complain about that? These large and deliciously beautiful cookies are great for gifts or just to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Enjoy!
 

Modern Vintage

To start my journey on this blog, I have pondered and pondered what to begin Seams & Sprinkles with. I think back and I remember my teachers throughout my life telling me to just start writing so there is not a blank page and it will come to you... here I am! My first thought is to speak to the first word "Seams," not literally but more in the sense of it being fashion-related.

For work today, I put together an outfit that falls into a category I like to call Modern Vintage. I am using pieces that can be found at Forever21 but still have that vintage feel. I put it together with vintage style t-strap heels that are super comfortable yet cute. I purchased the skirt on sale for $6 and the shirt for $10 at Forever21 and ordered the shoes on Amazon.com for $25. Being fashionable only needs to feel like a million bucks; not cost it!


As you will see as time goes on, my collection is definitely eclectic and can fit many styles as well as purposes. I look forward to sharing where I find these items and what I piece together to help inspire you in my posts.