Triscuit Pizza Bites!

Thanks to our (super cute) ban.do planners, we're now way more aware of the random and amazing national holidays that exist! Apparently, last Friday was National Pizza Party day! So, we were inspired to make something pizza-y...but we wanted to switch it up a little! We made up some recipes, bought a box of Triscuits, and got to cookin'!

We made three savory bites and three sweet bites. (It's called balance, y'all)

Savory first:

1: Classic Pepperoni: marinara, mozzarella cheese, pepperoni

2: Chicken Alfredo: alfredo, mozzarella cheese, shredded chicken, more cheese!

3: Margarita: pesto, mozzarella cheese, tomato

Preheat your oven to 350. Layer ingredients on each triscuit (minus the tomato wedge). Spray a cooking sheet with nonstick spray and pop em in the oven for 5 minutes! It's that easy! Place tomatoes on the Margarita variety and munch away! NOM.

Now sweet!

1: Blueberry Cheesecake: cream cheese, cinnamon & sugar, blueberry jam

2: Blackberry 'n' Brie: brie cheese, blackberry, honey

3: Strawberry Basil: brie cheese, basil leaf, sliced strawberry, balsamic glaze

No baking necessary for these bad boys. All the more time for you to be eating them!

I don't even know if I can pick a favorite... THEY WERE SO GOOD. Blogging gives us a good excuse to make things we wouldn't on a normal Monday. ;)

 

Let us know if you gave this a try or have suggestions for any other pizza bite varieties! This was so easy and yummy, I think it'll become a staple at our gatherings!

 

Love & Munchies

Jen

 

 

 

4 Instagram Accounts You Should Be Following

Alright, y'all. Talking about one of our favorite things today! Instagram! Our fave form of social media, where we've met so many wonderful mega babes, girl bosses, and sweet peaches! And also where we creep on the lives of celebrities and follow along with the lives of cute dogs. Ya feel us?

But on the real (and all you blogger babes know), Instagram has become so much more than a social media platform. It's become a community. And it's SO important to surround yourself with colorful, bright, creative love-bugs who are constantly inspiring you to push the limits of your creativity, think outside the box, and also stay genuine in this crazy blogging universe. 

Now, before we dive into these accounts, we want to preface this by saying that these are not our only favorite Instagram accounts, but listing all of our favorites would literally result in us never looking away from our Mac screens, and we'd get too hungry, so these are four of our fave accounts from which we draw a lot of our own inspiration for blog posts, photos, and just general life. 

1. @sprinkledlife

Our girl Coreen. All the heart eye emojis for this one here! First of all, she was a Krispy Kreme girl for Halloween, so #goals. And second, she is just such a positive beam of light on Instagram (and off of it as well)! Always encouraging, lifting others up, and genuinely wanting others to succeed. Her feed is always so bright and happy, and always makes us smile! We both love the variety of the things she posts, and also how she maintains such a consistent theme! And she shares a lot of our favorite things, like cake & sprinkles & donuts. ;) So, what's not to love?!

Obviously, we like girls who like donuts! ;)

I mean, can we just take a minute to appreciate this photo? She's wearing fried egg socks, sitting next to a unicorn, and eating a donut. How could you not love following this sweet pea?! Lizzie is a graphic designer, and is always sharing her content in a new and unique way! Even if you've seen something on social media before, she finds a new way to present it! And it's super crazy inspiring. She just launched a new line of punny flair pins, and we are literally in love (as if we weren't already). Also, she's queen of dad jokes. 

We also love a girl who can rock heart sunnies & a red lip! <3 

Amber is a boss babe if we've ever seen one! And has a super sweet spirit to boot! She makes the cutest party supplies, like ever, in the world. Banners, cute straws, confetti, sparkly flamingos....have you fallen in love yet? Our Etsy cart is never not full of her stuff, and we're totally fine with that. If you're looking to step up your Instagram game, her shop is where you should start. You won't be disappointed! 

Shop her Etsy here! <3

Rosie is color. block. queen. And sunglasses queen, and twirly dress queen, and queen of finding the most fabulous walls, and probably queen of a lot of other things! And just like all these other mega babes, she is also so sweet. Another sweet peach who is always lifting up everyone around her, and always willing to give advice or help, whenever asked! 

But really though, we'll never be able to find all the fabulous walls/photo backdrops as she has. We're almost thinking that they might come to find her, in an effort to be a part of her fabulous Instagram feed. ;) Or maybe she just has an eye for them. Or maybe a little bit of both. 

Again, there are so many others on Instagram that bring us so much inspiration! But we hope you've enjoyed reading about four of our favorite ladies! Now, go and follow them, like yesterday. :)

 

Insta-love,

Jen & Cort 

Girly [Grungy] Garb

We're pretty new to the blogging scene, and we're just ASTOUNDED at how much love you sweet peaches have shown us. We've been live for about 3 months now, and wanted to take a sec to tell y'all a little more about the 2 goofy gals behind A Whimsy Wonderland!

Fair warning: y'all might find us super weird after this. Whatevs.

SOME THANGS ABOUT CORTNEY:

  • I have to have my food piping hot when I eat it. Like, nothing lukewarm will do. I have to nuke it if it's not going to burn my mouth.
  • I've always had the desire to do something in the styling/creative realm. As a little girl, I used to cut my Barbie's outfits and mis-match the pieces I cut. I also used to paint my dog's toenails, style her "hair" (aka ears), and re-purpose my old clothes to make outfits for them. How I was never bitten, I literally don't know. Anywho, I've found my purpose with blogging, and no longer making my pets wear clothes.
  • I weirdly like trap music. Like, I have such a crush on Lil Wayne. Weird as all get out, I know. Can't help it though.
  • I'm a chronic over-thinker, and worry about the smallest things. Like, did I say that in the wrong tone? I said "lol" instead of "haha", so what are they going to think? Did I put on enough deodorant this morning? Stuff like that. ;)
  • I know I already said something about food, but food iz lyfe. I'm the slowest eater ever. Ask my husband or Jenna. It takes me 30 minutes to eat a piece of pizza. Because I eat the toppings first, then the cheese, then the bread. I started this when I had braces and literally couldn't bite into anything, and it just never went away.
  • I suck at small-talk. Like, it's horrible. Usually I just nod and look at the ground a lot. I have actually pretended to get a phone call on multiple occasions to get out of awkward conversations. My husband and I now have a signal to save each other when we see that the other one is engaged in horrible small talk. BUT once I know you, I'll talk to you forever and you'll probably be the one looking to get out of the conversation.
  • Home decor (kitchen especially) is my absolute favorite. Home styling/decor posts/recipe posts are my favorite kinds to write. I couldn't care less if the rest of my house is dirty, but the kitchen has to be spotless and perfect, like always.
  • Gettin' vulnerable for a second. I struggled with anorexia all through high school, and as much as I love food, I still occasionally struggle with those horrible thoughts. Thankfully, I have beautiful people surrounding me to constantly remind me that your true source of beauty is on the inside. P.S. if anyone is struggling with anything similar to this (or it doesn't even have to be), please reach out. I know how hard it is to talk about, promise.
  • I have such a strong desire to be a mom. Like, I've always dreamed of being pregnant, as weird as that may sound. My hubs and I aren't quite ready to be parents yet, but it's definitely something we see in our future. For now, being puppy parents is plenty. ;)
  • Biggest pet peeve: I absolutely cannot STAND people popping their toes, fingers, necks, backs, anything. It's gross. Don't do it.
Cort's wearing: shirt - H&M - shorts - Target - boots - Forever 21 - sunnies - Free People
[love Cort's ombre hair? check out how to do it yourself here! *p.s. it's the literally the easiest thing EVER*]

SOME THANGS ABOUT JENNA:

  • I feel 100% naked and incomplete without my lipstick. It's an issue. If I'm not wearing lippy, I won't have a good day. Guaranteed. My lipstick collection is absolutely out of control.
  • I hate any and all things even remotely spicy. Like one time Cortney was making us dinner and she was seasoning the chicken with regular black pepper and I made her stop. TOO SPICY.
  • When at a restaurant, I drink my coffee with my left hand. I learned this from my Papa. Almost everyone else will drink from that same mug with their right hand...putting their mouths exactly where you do. #yuck
  • Celebrity crushes: Chandler Bing, Paul Rudd, Gene Kelley, and Joseph Gordon Levitt in 500 Days of Summer only.
  • I LOVE the oldies. Movies and music. I listen to Ella Fitzgerald every single morning. and Gene Kelley is the absolute MAN. There's something simpler about that time, and I wish I could've experienced it. Plus, the fashion was on point. ;)
  • My biggest pet-peeve is people not having spacial awareness. Never walk three people wide on a sidewalk!! #cantgetby
  • I am more of a homebody than anyone I know. I'm that girl that makes plans with the girls then is so happy when they get cancelled. Thankfully, Cortney gets me and is happy to stay in watching FRIENDS in our sweats with a glass of wine.
  • I decided I wanted to be a dancer when I was like 5 years old. I honestly never considered any other profession. When I was a senior in high school, it dawned on me that I never considered anything else. I had a mild panic attack, then realized that that's actually 100% want I want to do. Still chasin' that dream, y'all! My dream job is to go on tour with Beyonce.
  • I prefer my popcorn and oreos stale.
  • I have approximately 37,927 passions: dance, photography, music, blogging, calligraphy, styling, painting, arts & crafts, crochet, writing poems/stories/songs, etc...the list goes on. I have a hard time staying focused on one thing. #squirrel
Jen's wearing: shirt - Free People - leggings - American Apparel - boots - Big Buddha - Flannel - H&M - sunnies - Cotton on
 

And there ya have it! Some random tidbits about the Whimsy grrrrlz. Leave a comment with something random about you!

 

Love & Quirks

Jen + Cort

 

Overnight Lemon-Blueberry Sour Cream Coffee Cake

Can we just stop and drool over this photo for a sec?!

We asked our IG friend, Coreen (@sprinkledlife), to give us her recipe for this delicious coffee cake. So, here she is, generously sharing her scrumptious recipe! Enjoy!

 

"This sweet little coffee cake recipe is THE PERFECT coffee cake recipe if there ever was! It has that lemon and blueberry thang going on and is covered in irresistible cinnamon sugar. Seriously the Cadillac of coffee cakes, friends!

    

    A perfect brunch offering, this recipe can be prepared the night before and baked off in the morning. I often make it for holiday brunches when I don't have a lot of time in the morning.  And if that's not awesome enough, the recipe makes two cakes- one for brunch, and one all to your sweet self later. Yup, pretty dang perfect!"

 

                                       OVERNIGHT LEMON-BLUEBERRY SOUR CREAM COFFEE CAKE

                               (Adapted & variation version of Cook's Country's Sour Cream Coffee Cake) 

Makes Two 9-Inch Cakes, Each Serving 8

The unbaked coffee cakes can be refrigerated for up to 24 hours, frozen for up to 1 month, or baked right away.

STREUSEL

1/3 cup packed light brown sugar

1/3 cup granulated sugar

1/3 cup all-purpose flour

4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, cut into 1/2 inch pieces and chilled

1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

 

CAKE

3 cups all-purpose flour

1 tablespoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 3/4 cups sour cream

1 cup packed light brown sugar

1 cup granulated sugar

3 large eggs, room temperature

7 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled

1.  FOR THE STREUSEL: Using your fingers, combine the sugars, flour, butter, and cinnamon in a medium bowl until the mixture resembles coarse meal. 

 

2.  FOR THE CAKE:  Grease two 9-inch cake pans.  Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt in a large bowl.  In a separate bowl, whisk the sour cream, sugars, eggs, and melted butter together until smooth.  Gently whisk the egg mixture into the flour mixture until the batter looks smooth and well combined (do not overmix).

 

3.  Scrape the batter into prepared pans and smooth tops.  Sprinkle the streusel evenly over the tops of both cakes.  Wrap the pans tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to 24 hours or freeze for up to one month. (Do not thaw the frozen cakes before baking.)  (To bake the cakes right away, do not wrap the pans with plastic wrap. Bakes the cakes as directed in step 4, reducing the baking time to 25 to 30 minutes.)

 

4.  Adjust an oven rack to the middle position and heat the oven to 350 degrees. Unwrap the cakes and bake until the tops are golden and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out with just a few crumbs attached, 30 to 35 minutes if refrigerated, or 40 to 45 minutes if frozen.  Cool the cakes on a wire rack for 15 minutes; serve.

VARIATION FOR LEMON-BLUEBERRY SOUR CREAM COFFEE CAKE

You can substitute frozen blueberries for the fresh; they must be thawed, rinsed, and dried, but they do not need to be tossed in the flour.

Toss 2 cups fresh blueberries with 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour.  Follow the Coffee Cake recipe, adding 1 teaspoon grated fresh lemon zest to the flour mixture in step 2 and the floured berries to the finished batter in step 2."

Thank you soooo much, Coreen! Literally making this as soon as we press "publish." Yum!!

Love & Dessert for Breakfast,

J & C