loving >> week 120


It was a tiring week, friends! I am honestly just wishing for the more laid-back and carefree days of summer to roll around; believe me, my countdown to the end of school has already been started :)

The Love ListI’m loving…

Coco Cake Land Raspberry Cake{doesn’t this look oh-so tasty?}

1 ♥ Coco Cake Land Food blogs are some of my favorites to discover because {a} I am always up for new recipes, {b} the photography, more often than not, is gorgeous, and {c} the bloggers themselves can be just so creative! Such is the case with one of my newest finds: Coco Cake Land. I stumbled upon the site from another blog, and I am quite happy I did! How could you not like Lyndsay’s stunning cake creations? :) While my opportunities for making a cake are actually few and far between, I plan to check back for some baking inspiration.

Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return

2 ♥ Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return It’s practically summer movie season, and like any year, there are always a few children’s movies released in May. This Oz-based film, starring Lea Michele, is the one that has caught my attention the most! I am a sucker for most ANY kids’ movie, but especially one that involves a classic story or fairy tale. It looks good, or if anything, cute, so I hope to see it in the coming weeks. It is perfectly timed with one of my current reads, Dorothy Must Die, which I am enjoying quite a bit as well.

Joules Rain Boots3 ♥ Joules Clothing I usually don’t get so easily sucked into marketing, but when the Joules Clothing catalogue came to our house yesterday, it was truly love at first sight. Perhaps because of its similarity to my first clothing love, Boden, Joules Clothing is just my style! I personally adore their wellies; floral patterned rain boots could be the perfect thing to brighten up a rainy day. I also have my eye on some of their shirts and dresses in the women’s line. While it may be a bit until I actually buy something for myself, online shopping can be just as fun, yes?! :)

Chocolate Chip Cookie Day4 ♥ Chocolate Chip Cookie Day was yesterday, and I am quite disappointed in myself for failing to mention it! Perhaps I will whip up a batch of cookies this weekend to make up for it {some of my favorite recipes are included above}. Nothing can really beat a chocolate chip cookie and a big glass of milk as an occasional treat!

Toffee Chocolate Chip Cookies | Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies | Chocolate Chip, Peanut Butter, Oatmeal Cookies | Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies {which clearly needs some updating; perhaps I will share it again with some better photos!}

Zachary and Bert5 ♥ A Lovely Sunny Day Video Chuck had always been one of my favorite television shows, and although it ended a couple of years ago, my sister and I still enjoy re-watching our favorite seasons again and again. Anyhoo, as a Chuck fan, I will happily watch and/or listen to anything with Zachary Levi in it {Tangled, that means you}. This adorable video of him singing a rather catchy song with Bert from Sesame Street made me smile!

Have a terrific start to your weekend!


Snickerdoodle Bars


Snickerdoodle-Bars-1It’s hard to beat a good snickerdoodle cookie. I LOVE cinnamon and sugar in any form, so a cookie rolled around in that mixture? Pretty darn tasty! I consider The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook one of my ultimate favorites, so when an opportunity to try out a new dessert came up, these bars taken from the book were the first on my list. Less cookie-like and more cake-y, the bars have three layers, the last layer being the best in my humble opinion :) These are definitely an indulgent dessert – you probably won’t want to have more than one at a time. However, make a bunch if baking for a crowd, as they are sure to be the first treats to go!

Snickerdoodle-Bars-2Snickerdoodle Bars Adapted from The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook; recipe can be found here!


for the “cookie” base

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup whole-wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup milk

for the gooey layer

  • 1/4 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour

for the topping

  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon

to make

  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  2. Grease and line with parchment paper a 9-by-13-inch pan with at least two-inch sides.
  3. Make the cookie base: With an electric mixer, beat together the butter and sugar together until fluffy. Add in the egg and milk, and beat until just combined. Mix in the dry ingredients.
  4. Spread the cookie base over the bottom of the lined pan in an even layer. Set aside.
  5. Make the gooey later: Using your electric mixer, cream the butter, sugar, and salt until light. Scrape down the bowl, and add in the egg. In a separate bowl, whisk together the corn syrup and milk. Alternate between adding in a third of the flour and half of the liquid mixture. Repeat until all gooey layer ingredients are incorporated.
  6. Dollop the gooey layer mixture over the cookie base. Spread carefully into an even layer.
  7. In a small bowl, mix together the sugar and cinnamon. Sprinkle this mixture over the entire gooey layer.
  8. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, leaning more towards thirty minutes. The bars should be bronzed on top, and the gooey layer might be a bit liquid-y still. No worries – it will firm up as the bars cool!
  9. Let the bars cool for an hour, and then cut into desired size.
  10. Enjoy!

Have a wonderful rest of your day!

Bella :)

loving >> week 89


First, I have finally joined Bloglovin! :) Isn’t that exciting?! If you have an account, and would like to follow me, please click here: Follow my blog with Bloglovin.

Anyhoo, I’m loving…

georgetown cupcakes

Last week, at the big Boden sale, my mom, sister, and I stopped into Georgetown Cupcakes to get a little post-shopping treat! I have had plenty of cupcakes this summer, so it has been fun to compare, and these are right near the top. I tried two different flavors, Neapolitan and Ice Cream Sundae, and they were both oh-so yummy! The frosting and cake were superb. If you have any location near you, definitely take the time to visit!


boden’s winter preview

I know it feels like just yesterday, I was so excited over all the autumn lines coming out in stores, but now I am giddy over Boden’s Winter 2013 line! It will be a while before I will ever need to wear these, but one can dream, right? :) A few of my favorite pieces are shown above. Clockwise, from top left, the Olivia Top has long been one of my faves, but I adore the new pattern it was released in! It will be wonderful for the winter to spring transition. The Bella Day Dress, besides for its awesome name, is another new fave of mine. The colors are so pretty! The Pippa Printed Top has such a fun and whimsical patter {hot air balloons! what could be better?}, and finally, the Cable Sweater makes me think of warm, cozy winter nights. If you want to take a peek yourself, click on the link above.

seventeen’s september 2013 issue

Lily Collins is on the cover for Seventeen this month, and I think she was a good pick! She is starring in Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, which came out today, and I can already predict that she will be in many more movies in the upcoming year. Here were the other articles I enjoyed…

  • 40 hair ideas Need I say anymore? I am always on the lookout for new hair styles/ideas, so this article is a huge resource!
  • instagram-worthy lunches I have been trying to get creative with my lunch lately just to switch things up for back-to-school, and this had some great ideas!
  • for you! I love this new section that is totally customized to you! They had a lot of good makeup tips depending on your skin tone and hair ideas depending on your hair length.

a subtle revelry’s chalkboard cake

I think this is just the coolest thing. Candy chalk, which is a brand new invention to me, was used to create this adorable cake. The dessert would be wonderful for a back-to-school party! I can already see so many possibilities with the use of candy chalk. It would be so fun to doodle on it at a sleepover, or leave a nice message at a party, for example.

{click here for a bigger view!}


Finally, I am having a little bonfire tonight with friends, and no summer get-together is complete without s’mores. Who knew all of the history behind the beloved treat? I’m hoping to try out some new combinations – such as using cookies and cream chocolate bars and adding strawberries! It’s sure to be fun, and it’s prefect to celebrate the upcoming Toast a Marshmallow day next week :) If you would like to make some s’mores related recipes, here are a few to get you started: S’mores Brownies, S’mores Marshmallows, and S’mores Muffins.

Have a lovely start to your weekend!