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French Mille Feuille Dessert Recipe

I’m very excited to share this new French Mille Feuille Dessert Recipe my husband taught me, how about a funny story?

Today is the 10th–it’s blog hop day!  I really love this fun blog hop I do with my blogging friends each month. It’s a fun creative process to be given a theme and then see what everyone comes up with from that theme. This month our theme was STRIPES! My initial thought was to do something around my house with stripes. I LOVE stripes in my clothing, but couldn’t think of something to do in my home. My husband (who may or may not be excited about the idea that I am working on a room a month) who thought it was silly of me to make a stripes home decor item that we’d then have to “store.” He suggested I make something that doesn’t take up real estate in our home. As we sat on the couch and I thought I could make something to eat, I heard the faintest whisper from him as he dreamed about a favorite treat he had in France years ago…”mille feille.” I looked to him and said, “what?!?” And he said, “many layers…stripes.” He then explained the french delicacy of a dessert with thousand leaves or many layers also known as a Napoleon. Scroll on down for the recipe and process.

french mille feuille dessert
As I mentioned above, this month the theme is STRIPES and I love every one of these projects.
We’d love for you to pin our group collage, check out my French Mille Feuille Dessert Recipe below, and then go see all the other fabulous projects by some of my friends!

To see each fantastic Striped Project up close, join the Blog Hop!
1 • Eighteen25 sharing a Be Amazing Striped Print
2 • Landee See Landee Do sharing DIY Striped Towel Hooks
3 • Lolly Jane sharing a Distressed Striped Wall Letter
4 • Little Miss Momma sharing a DIY Striped Baby Gift
5 • Or So She Says sharing a Stripes & Dot Birthday Banner Printable
6 • Six Sisters Stuff sharing a No Bake Éclair Cake
7 • Simply Kierste sharing her Library Books Crate
8 • Thirty Handmade Days sharing a Dirty Diet Coke Kit
9 • Your Homebased Mom sharing a DIY Anthro Inspired Red & White Striped Tablecloth
10 • Capturing Joy sharing a French Mille Feuille Recipe

Now for the step by step process of the Mille Feuille dessert!… Continue Reading

7 Most Loved Posts

Dear Friends,

I wanted to share with you the 7 most loved posts of late. They are proved to be loved by you, my readers, from Pinterest or blog stats, and of course deeply loved by me from their beginnings in my heart.  Tomorrow is a fun day, and if you want to get ahead of the  game I’ll be sharing, then go ahead and “pin” all 7 of the posts below (from their original source linked above each image, not this page).

In no particular order, the top 7:

Fudgy Vanilla Brownie

Fudgy Vanilla Brownie, also known as White Texas Sheet Cake, this recipe is AMAZING! #brownie #texassheetcake

Girls Fancy Bedroom Makeover

home decor

Creamy Jalapeno Ranch Dip

Creamy Jalapeno Ranch Dip

What to Wear in Family Portraits

Say NO to Auto Beginner Photography Book

Repurposed Giant Frame Tutorial

Walt Disney World Family Vacation: How to plan your trip

Walt Disney World Family Vacation


Gourdough’s Copycat Peanut Butter & Jelly Doughnut

I’m so excited to share my Gourdough’s Copycat Peanut Butter & Jelly Doughnut along with a fun doughnut blog hop and I included a little giveaway at the bottom of my post for you! Here is my doughnut: Gourdoughs copycat~peanut butter and jelly doughnut #doughnut #donut #peanutbutter A few weeks ago, I attended a food blogging conference in Austin, Texas, and met some amazing bloggers. Most of them share JUST food, while some others share a little bit of everything beyond food as well. All of them have fabulous blogs with beautiful pictures. While there, we sampled the local cuisine, and one little bakery swept us all away. The place is called Gourdough’s, and they have created some one-of-a-kind doughnuts that surpassed our expectations. I got to sample a bunch of Gourdough’s creations courtesy of PicMonkey at our PJ Party. A small group of us that met up at the conference thought it would be fun to each pick a doughnut from Gourdough’s to recreate and share a copycat recipe and have a little BLOG HOP. Here are the amazing copycat recreations: Gourdoughs Doughnuts Copcat Recipes To visit each of these sites and view their recipes, join the blog hop!

Want to check out some other Gourdough’s Doughnuts? Go see some of my friends today! From the picture above, they are in order from the top left corner looking left to right:

PB & J by Capturing Joy

Granny’s Pie by Crazy for Crust

Heavenly Hash by Something Swanky

The Carney (Apple Pie Doughnuts) by Shugary Sweets

The Flying Pig by The Novice Chef

Dirty Berry by Inside BruCrew Life

Bring the Heath by Mom on Timeout

Son of a Peach by Chef-in-Training

Mama’s Cake by The Domestic Rebel

The Mother Clucker by Oh Sweet Basil

Cherry Bombs by My Life as a Mrs.

The Funky Monkey by The Little Kitchen

The Baby Rattler by Confessions of a Cookbook Queen

Black Out Cupcakes {inspired by Gourdoughs} by Cookies & Cups

ODB by Sweet Treats and More

The Puddin’ by Lauren’s Latest

Naughty & Nice by Life’s Ambrosia

Miss Shortcake by Kevin & Amanda

Now, for the doughnut I recreated–the Peanut Butter and Jelly doughnut. It’s pretty simple, and oh so delicious! I served a tower full of them at my daughters breakfast in PJ’s birthday party. It was actually my VERY first time making homemade doughnuts! It was fun to do, and as I worked on the process, I shared an instagram picture, and so many people asked about the cutter I was using and pans, so I thought I’d offer a little giveaway of the tools I used and ingredients to make the peanut butter and jelly doughnuts. So keep scrolling down to enter. You can really use any ‘ole doughnut recipe as the base. doughnut cutter There is something about the perfectly cut circles in the dough that makes my heart happy! It was such a fun  process! making doughnutsdoughnuts risingpeanut butter and jelly doughnuts recipejelly filled peanut butter doughnuts

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Gourdough's Copycat Peanut Butter & Jelly Doughnut
Recipe type: dessert
Cuisine: american
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 18
Delicious doughnut recipe made as a copycat of Gourdough's gourmet. Topped with a peanut butter frosting and filled with jelly goodness.
  • 1 T yeast
  • ¼ cup warm water
  • 1 ½ cups milk
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • ⅓ cup Crisco
  • 2 ½ cups All Purpose flour
  • 3 cups cake flour
  • -------------------------
  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • 1 cup jelly of your choice
  • 1.5 cup powdered sugar
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 1 cup peanut butter chips
  1. Put milk in a pan and bring to a boil, then immediately remove from heat to cool.
  2. In a small bowl, combine hot water and yeast.
  3. Let sit while rising, about 10 minutes.
  4. Combine the milk, sugar, salt, eggs, Crisco and the 2 ½ cups of All Purpose flour. Mix well, and then add yeast.
  5. After combined, add the additional 3 cups of cake flour.
  6. Mix on high for 3-5 minutes, until the dough is smooth.
  7. Cover the mixing bowl with plastic wrap and let rise at least an hour.
  8. Roll out dough onto a lightly floured surface about ½ inch in thickness.
  9. Cut doughnuts with cutter.
  10. Let them rise another 30 minutes.
  11. In a large heat 1 qt of vegetable oil to 350 degrees.
  12. Fry the doughnuts and doughnut holes just until golden brown, flip.
  13. Grab with tongs and place on paper towels.
  14. Dip in powdered sugar, cinnamon sugar, glaze, or make a topping.
  15. -----------------
  16. Make peanut butter frosting with peanut butter, powdered sugar, and milk. Mix the 3 until well blended.
  17. Use pastry tips to squeeze jelly into top of doughnut in a few spots
  18. Dip doughnuts into Peanut butter frosting
  19. Sprinkle with peanut butter chips
  20. Drizzle with jelly on top


jelly oozing doughnut Now for my little giveaway! If you’d like to make these same doughnuts, here are the tools with a giveaway!  You can also find the cutter, large baked doughnut pan, and small baked doughnut pan on Amazon (if you don’t happen to win. I used Jif Peanut Butter, Welch’s jam, and Reese’s peanut butter chips as well. The pans are from Wilton.doughnut making giveawaya Rafflecopter giveaway

Favorite Things Gift Giving Guide

It’s that gift giving time of year again!!! If you stress over your list of loved ones, and struggle to find the perfect gift for birthdays or the holidays, fret no more.  25 creative bloggers have gathered together to share THEIR favorite things in a gift giving guide, and nearly all of the items are under $25!  This list can offer a long lasting gift guide to refer back to when you need that special gift, along with links to where you can get them.   Sometimes, giving a practical household item is just as exciting as the extravagant gift you are stress-fully looking for, but we also have super cutesy and impractical, too! I am so excited to share  my favorite things, along with these other creative bloggers.  Even more fun, is that you have the opportunity to win a gift basket mailed right to your door!

Here’s what to do:

  • Take a quick glance at the gift collage below
  • Scroll to the bottom to see mine up close with details and links to buy my favorite items
  • Enter to win my gift basket at the giveaway below ($175 value)
  • HOP to all of the other sites to enter to win their gifts!
  • Look around and enjoy the sites of the 25 creative bloggers–they will not disappoint!


shopping list

 So much fun, right?!? To view closer shopping details and links on where to purchase each basket item, simply HOP on over to the links below, where you can also enter to win the giveaway on their sites. blog hop

1. All Things Thrifty

2. Capturing Joy with Kristen Duke

3. Chef in Training

4. Click it Up a Notch

5. Eighteen25

6. I Heart Nap Time

7. kojodesigns

8. Landee See, Landee Do

9. Lil’ Luna

10. Lolly Jane

11. Love the Day

12. My Sister’s Suitcase

13. Or So She Says

14. sew.craft.create.

15. Six Sisters’ Stuff

16. Tatertots and Jello

17.The Dating Divas

18.The Diary of DavesWife

19. The Girl Who Ate Everything

20. The Idea Room

21. The Pleated Poppy

22. The Savvy Photographer

23. TidyMom

24. Vintage Revivals

25.Your Homebased Mom

basket of gifts Here is a picture of MY favorite things in the gift giving guide!!! I thought about this for weeks before I decided on anything, and then I just kept thinking of more and more things I love that I wanted to share!  I’ve got some of my favorite snack items, along with some pretties, and also my home. I purchased all of these items myself, and they are from my heart MY favorites!

{Pause for a brief moment to appreciate all of the items sticking out “just so” because it was TRICKY to arrange it all to be seen in one picture.  If you are the pinning type, feel free to pin both the collage of all items, along with my individual basket gift.}

Favorite Snacks

1. Dole Real Fruit Bites I LOVE this under 100 calorie snack. Mango is my favorite flavor. You can buy them in bulk here.  2. Dove Milk Chocolate covered almonds are my weakness. I can eat this whole bag in one setting–but I shouldn’t!  3. Emerald Natural Almonds 100 Calorie packs stay in my purse at all times. It’s a great pick me up when feeling hungry during the day.  4. My kids call this “Lemonade Gum.”  The Ice Breakers Cubes lemon containers gives me a little boost of sweetness (Hard to find lemon, but Target usually has it or online). 5. Just because it says it’s for kids doesn’t mean I can’t have the Clif Kids fruit ropes. LOVE these bad boys, and so does the fam.

Favorite Kitchen Items

6. This all in one avocado slicer tool is my FAVE!  I’ve only found it at Crate and Barrel, and grabbed a few for some upcoming holiday gifts as well. (see close up pic below). If you know someone that loves avocado’s, they will love this.  7. When I saw that Crate and Barrel also had this dual LEMON & LIME juicer (dual citrus squeezer), my jaw dropped! I have one of each, and the combo is genius! A similar model can be found here. 8. IKEA’s grater/container has been my favorite for years. I’ll often gift it for bridal showers or house warming, because I’ve never liked the vertical graters–awkward! It also has a lid if you don’t use all the cheese. 9. This mini strainer from World Market can be decor, or actually used. I do both! I like to include it as a prop for my food photography, as well.

Favorite For the Home

10. The Bath & Body Works coconut lime anti bacterial soap is my fave, and has been for many years. I stock up on it so I’ll never run out. (Just found out they have shampoo, too!) 11. I recently found this yellow porcelain berry basket dish at Anthropologie, and it is a sweet little kitchen decor item. It mimics the paper berry containers. 12. Scentsy wall Plug-In Warmers are my fave. I am not a fan of anything extra on my counter space, but I have a Plug-In, in nearly every room of my house. 13. My favorite Scentsy wall plug in flavor is blueberry cheesecake–yum!

Favorite Accessories

14. It’s no secret that I love photography, and this cute little camera keychain has a button with a little flash and sound that even my daughter loves! Just spotted these colorful cameras, too! . 15. My Target turquoise sunglasses I wore all summer and continue to wear. I love the unique and fun look. 16. Yellow nail polish from Forever 21–enough said. 17. This navy lace headwrap from Forever 21 is so adorable. I love a little something cute on my head when I go out. 18. I love to support small businesses (like myself) and Hoop-La earrings had my heart from first glance. I have at least 10 pair of these, and give them as gifts to my friends for their birthdays. 19. This Vintage Globe necklace, I spotted on the neck of one of the youth girls I teach, and I HAD to have one! I just love the detail on this with the binoculars, and I had to get a whole bunch for future gifts. 20. Charming Charlie is the place to go for accessories of any kind, and I think a silver (and gold) key necklace is a simple staple for everyday (find a store). 21. I LOVE stationary cards with colorful envelopes. It’s kind-of a must for me: no boring white envelopes with my thank you cards! I fell in love with this fun pink and orange pattern from Target via Gartner Studios.

Favorite Learning Tools

22. I’m a BIG fan of learning and teaching photography, and Say NO to Auto is my favorite!  Though I wrote this book, it is STILL one of my favorite things that I like to share and gift to people when I hear they just got a new dSLR fancy camera, or simply frustrated with the camera they’ve had a long time. It is an immediate download e-book or printed copies can be purchased, and easily slips right into the camera bag! Read the many reviews (also on Amazon)!

Altogether, my gift basket is worth $175, but all items individually are under $25, so very affordable gift giving ideas! So do you want to win it?!? See below…Here are a few up close shots:


fruit snacks

  win the basket   So who wants to win my basket?!?   Are some of MY favorite things YOUR favorite things?  Have I shared something you’ve never seen before? Introduced to a new item? Enter 1 or 6 times to win here: {CLICK on the rafflecopter link below if you don’t see it show up.}

a Rafflecopter giveaway

*Winner outside of the US will have to pay shipping over $10.