S’more Donut Recipe

Time for another S’more recipe!  I seriously had the hardest time NARROWING down the recipes I wanted to create and share for S”more week!  I”ll eventually try them all but for now I wanted to share a recipe that is two loves in one, S’mores and donuts in one, Mmmm

Easy to make S'more donut recipe.  Homemade donuts filled with chocolate and marshmallows topped with a graham cracker crumble
Start out by using this homemade donut dough recipe.


When it says to roll the dough out to 1/2 an inch roll it out to 1/4 of an inch instead.  And rather than using a donut cutter use a round cookie cutter or a glass.  I went with 3 1/2 inch circles.

Next brush milk over half of the circles.

Then add marshmallows and chocolate (I used MINI marshmallows and mini chocolate chips, but you could add chocolate bars and half a large marshmallow if you want too).

Then place the other half of the circles on top, press down and pinching the edges around the circle. This will spread out the circles a bit.


Then take the same cutter or glass and recut the donut, this will totally seal the edges so you won’t have to worry about the insides coming out when your frying the donuts!

Now go back to the instructions, let them proof and then fry them.

Now your ready for the glaze, pour it into a wide bowl.  Press the donut into the glaze, twist, then life and let it drip off.

Vanilla Glaze

Vanilla Glaze


  • 1 1/2 C powdered Sugar
  • 2-4 Tbsp Milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla


  1. Mix the powdered sugar, 2 Tbsp milk and the vanilla. Stir with a whisk or fork until smooth, add more milk if the the glaze is too thick 1/2 Tbs at a time.
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Now time for the graham crumble!  Make sure you sprinkle it on while the glaze is warm!

Graham Cracker Crumble topping

Graham Cracker Crumble topping


  • 4 graham crackers crushed
  • 1 Tbs sugar
  • 2 Tbsp melted butter


  1. Mix the graham cracker crumbs and sugar.
  2. Add the melted butter
  3. Mix!
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That’s everything! Mmmmm  I think I’ll add even more marshmallows next time, I was a little hesitant to overfill the first time, but lets face it, you can’t go wrong with more marshmallows!


And there you have it!  Don’t forget to check out Monday’s Peanut Butter Cookie S’more Sandwiches! And all the S’more recipe link’s from all the other amazing bloggers!

Chocolate no bake Peanut Butter Bars

This recipe is my husbands favorite treat. AND it couldn’t be simpler. SERIOUSLY, this one came from my aunt years and years ago. It made it’s way into our yearly Christmas treat rotation and never left! I always have the ingredients for this one around so when we want a quick treat it’s one that frequently get’s made.

delicious and easy, no bake, recipe for peanut butter bars

You can make it with creamy or crunchy peanut butter, it doesn’t make a difference, the only thing that changes is one has a smoother texture, one has the crunch! So it all comes down to what your preference is. My husband likes the crunchy so that’s what we usually make. But when my daughter makes it she likes the creamy.


Chocolate no bake Peanut Butter Bars

Chocolate no bake Peanut Butter Bars


  • 1 1/2 pkg graham crackers
  • 1 lbs powdered sugar
  • 1 C melted Butter
  • 1/2 C peanut butter (creamy or crunchy)
  • 12 oz milk chocolate chips


  1. Crush the graham crackers, you can do this with a rolling pin over a freezer ziploc bag or in a food processor for smoother texture (my favorite)
  2. Mix it with the powdered sugar
  3. Pour in the melted butter and mix until it's crumbly.
  4. Add the peanut butter and mix until combined
  5. Press into a 9x13 pan
  6. Melt the chocolate and pour over the peanut butter, smooth it out as best you can.
  7. Let the chocolate set then cut and enjoy!
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As for the chocolate you can make it milk or dark, whichever you like.  Use your favorite chocolate, or like me, use a mix of chocolates so it doesn’t have the flavor of one brand.  Wait until the chocolate sets to cut it into bars, you can refrigerate it for awhile to help it cool, but not too long, otherwise when you go to cut it the chocolate will shatter.


My sister uses this recipe to make homemade peanut butter cups.  Personally I just don’t have the patience for it, the bars are SO easy it’s a great way to go.

Fourth of July Dessert Party Favors


Hey everyone! It’s Mel again from So Festive! Can you believe that the Fourth of July is just one month away? I’m sure happy that June is here, but since the Fourth of July is probably  my all-time favorite holiday, I just had to share something patriotic today.

Will you be hosting a BBQ? Or would you like a fun Fourth of July gift idea? I’m combining my favorite holiday with one of the most popular summer treats. Let me introduce you to the Patriotic Smores!

Fourth of July dessert smores are really quite easy to put together.


What you need:

1. Homemade Graham Crackers (recipe is over on SoFestive! today) shaped into stars

2. Starmallows aka star-shaped marshmallows (can be purchased at your local grocery store)

3. Your favorite chocolate

4. Skewers, striped bags, and the Smore Fun printables

The How-to:

Let’s twist up the good ole’ Smores and have them Fourth of July style! Simply put them all into a striped bag, fold the top over, and staple the Smore Fun printable on top.


Let your party guests take them home or have a bonfire right in your own backyard.


If you love the 4th of July, check out these other festive ideas from So Festive!

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Easy Patriotic Cupcakes | 15-Minute Patriotic Banner | Festive Flag Waffles

Easter Gifts – Marshmallow Peeps Easter Printables

I am so excited today to share my Easter “peep” gift tags printable’s! AND printables from 6 other amazing bloggers as well. Eeek! what a fun day!

Over the Big Moon invited us to all create printables with the same color palate, thus creating a matching collection!  So smart and so pretty. These are such cute ideas I can’t wait to go print them all myself!

Easter Blog Hop

Scroll to the bottom of the post to get the links to each of these fun printables.  Notice there is another peeps on a stick?  Clearly great minds think alike!  But lets face it, peeps are the BEST Easter treat so it only makes sense.


Peeps hold the record for being the #1 non chocolate treat sold at Easter (and have for 20 years!) BUT I’m changing that!  EVERYTHING is better with chocolate.  Actually Peeps themselves now sells chocolate covered peeps if you want to take a short cut and not do this yourself!


SOOO to make these, you need PEEPS, lollipop sticks, chocolate (I like to us a 2 C pyrex for melting and dipping), 3″x4″ baggie, bakers twine and of course my labels!  I also use a flower foam block I use for drying my cake balls so they already have holes for the lollipop sticks.


This is super easy and my kids loved helping with this.  Skewer all the peeps on the lollipop sticks.


Melt the Chocolate, I have a handy “melt chocolate” button on my microwave so it’s super easy, I melted about 10 oz of my favorite dark chocolate.


Dip your peep all the way in, make sure to get the butt covered!  Pull it out and shake it off (while still part way in the cup, you don’t want to shake chocolate all over your counter).


Place the stick in to something (like I use the flower foam block) and keep dipping!  Isn’t the chocolate gorgeous???  Mmmmm


And let the chocolate Dry!  I use high quality chocolate so mine dried pretty fast and really smooth.  Is it just me? or is chocolate just so so SO pretty?


Once they are dry we can package them up to give to teachers, friends, etc…  That’s when the bags, tags and bakers twine come in handy.


I cut my bakers twine pretty long to tie my bags, then tie the tag on and add a bow!


All done and ready to hand out!  Who would you hand yours out too?  My kids are planning on giving these to school, church and piano teachers and classmates, they are each doing like 2 dozen? But it’s so easy I’m happy to let them do it!


Of course if your just going to give them to your own kids you don’t have to bag them, Princess loved modeling for me and of course loved eating them even more.  But she had to have a PINK tag…


Baby boy wasn’t so picky, he took whatever label he could get off the quickest, after the photoshoot I found a few empty wrappers and half eaten peeps all over the basement!  He’s so sneaky!


Click here to get the PDF of both the outlined and non outlined versions of these easter tags!

So “Hop” on over to these other amazing blogs to download the rest of this great Easter printable set, ALL for free!!

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1.  Over the Big Moon – Easter Egg Privilege Cards

2. Thirty Handmade Days -Easter Treat Gift Tag

3. My Sister’s Suitcase – Easter Egg Hunt Invite

4. Seven Thirty Three - Easter Gift Tags

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5. Somewhat Simple – Easter Kids Placemats

6. Our Thrifty Ideas – Easter Bunny collage

7. I’m Topsy Turvy – Marshmallow Peeps Gift Tags

Chocolate Oatmeal Bars

I love oatmeal!  It’s one of my favorite breakfasts.  My family makes something we call Oat-ole (that I’ll share one of these days, when I finally get a good picture of it, do you KNOW how hard it is to take a pretty picture of a bowl of tan mush?).  My favorite chocolate chip cookies are made with ground oatmeal.  AND it’s especially good with CHOCOLATE, Mmmmmm!


These oatmeal bars are a family favorite at our house, I’ll make a pan and it’s gone in a day.  I usually cut them even smaller than this so that my kids and husband take all day to eat them, not a few hours.  This is a great dessert to make for a platter to take to a party or other gathering cause they stack easily aren’t too messy and taste great!


Chocolate Oatmeal Bars


  • 1 C butter softened
  • 2 C brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 C oats
  • 2 1/2 C flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • Filling
  • 14 oz sweetened condensed milk
  • 12 oz chocolate chips
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 C chopped pecans


  1. preheat the oven to 350
  2. in your mixer beat the butter and brown sugar.
  3. Add the eggs and mix.
  4. then add the oats, flour, salt, soda and vanilla and mix completely.
  5. Press 2/3rds of the dough into the bottom of a large jelly roll pan (11x17 pan)
  6. In a saucepan melt the sweetened condensed milk, chocolate chips and butter.
  7. Once it's melted add the vanilla, salt and pecans then pour over the flattened dough.
  8. Take the last 1/3rd of the dough and sprinkle it over the chocolate (or I press small section of it flat in my fingers then lay it onto the chocolate)
  9. Bake 20-25 mins until the top starts to turn golden
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This is a year round treat for me, a great treat I can make last min because we always have the ingredients around.  The kids love helping pat the dough into the pan too, so it can be a fun family activity too!  Do you have a favorite treat you enjoy making with your family?  Or a great recipe you make year round (so many treats have a seasonal feel)?

Introduction to Photography 101

Hi, I am Chelsea Peterson, owner at Chelsea Peterson Photography, and I am a Canon.  Don’t let that scare you off nikon owners, its not hard to convert!  Even if you think Ashton Kutcher is attractive. No, just kidding, I hope to help you in whatever camera you use and whichever level you might be at.  But first, let me tell you about myself!


I am married with 3 girls, and my family is the most important thing in my life.  You can read more about my my personal story on my about me! But this is about photography.

I am self taught, which I believe will help me teach you the basics of photography because just like you I had to search to learn.  I was just that mom who wanted to take better pictures.  I always had an interest in photography and almost switched my major to it in college. Things it got a little more complicated once I got married and needed to work to put my husband to school while I finished with an AS.  The interest in photography was still there when all these affordable DSLR’s were on the rise.  It seemed everyone had a better camera than me. I must have been a REALLY good girl because I was shocked when I opened Santa’s present to me, a Canon t1i.  I went from a clickin’ mom, to hobbyist, to a little start up, and now I am running a successful business with taxes, invoices, marketing, and all that boring stuff.

I taught myself right out of the gate so that by the time I had my first photography session I was not in auto mode, but was shooting in aperture priority (I now shoot in manual).  Here is an example of my progress and change up to this point.

Picture from one of my first sessions ever


Picture from a session this month


So before I start throwing around all that photography jargon that gets your head spinning and makes you want to ring you hair and scream… lets go over a few of them to prep you for what I will teach you over the next months.  These are terms that you will see often so you can refer back to this whenever you like.  I remember being so overwhelmed when I started to learn. It will all make since as you learn each one in more detail and PRACTICE!  You do NOT have to want to be a professional photographer, or even a blogger.  Just the desire to learn how to use your camera, whichever kind it is, to produce great images that you will want to share and show off!  This is exactly where I started, and you can do it.


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