Tuesday, September 30, 2014

In the Kitchen: Chocolate Chip Cookie Brownies

You may have seen my instagram post about the most delicious and EASY dessert e.v.e.r. Well, I'm here today to show it to you in all its glory. Do you love chocolate chip cookies? What about brownies? Oh good-- you're in for a real treat :)

You'll need: boxed mix brownies, store bought cookie dough (I told you, it really is that easy.)
Preheat: 350 degrees

1. Make your brownie mix per directions on the box. Set mix aside.

2. I bought tollhouse cookie dough in a tub (yeah...there's a lot of that left over. My dad is rejoicing-- he's a closet raw-cookie-dough-sneaker.) 

3. Drop a little round cookie dough ball in your cupcake-lined papers.

4. Pour brownie mix over the cookie dough. 

5. Bake for 20 minutes at 350. I think I left mine in for 2-4 minutes extra when I checked them at 20 minutes, making that a total of about 24 minutes. Let cool in the cupcake pan for 10 minutes. 

6. Voila! Your cookie baked inside of a brownie and it's the best thing you'll ever taste. Bonus? It tastes completely made by scratch, which seems very impressive :)

We dusted ours lightly with some powdered sugar. 

Let me know if you try them! All 16 of ours were gone in about 48 hours. Oops ;)

Happy Tuesday!

Monday, September 29, 2014

October Instagram Challenge Prompts

Can you believe October is here come Wednesday?! I just don't understand where the time has gone. Like always ;) 

To celebrate the new season (& my favorite season!) I've created a Fall Instagram Challenge. This can be used as a way to document your October and explore your inner photography and styling skills as you are creative in your photos for each prompt. Of course, the thing I want it to do the most is inspire others, warm your heart as we enter the chilly months, and let it be a reminder to be thankful for all the blessings in our lives. There's something about Fall, and Thanksgiving rapidly approaching, always helps me stop and thank the Lord for every good thing. Can you feel that, too? We don't deserve a single thing, and yet He freely gives. Let's focus on that this Fall as we dive into this Instagram Challenge starting on Wednesday, October 1st. 

Tag me @michaelanoelle and use the hashtag #FALLINGFOROCTOBER so I can see your posts! I'm going to try to visit each person doing the challenge. Feel free to repost this prompt graphic in your own feed so others can join. I can't wait!

Who's in?!


Friday, September 26, 2014

Friday Finds: 7

Happy Friday everyone! This week has been a whirlwind-- probably because I was traveling for 9 hours on Tuesday and have been playing catch up ever since. That, plus I'm loving spending time with my family and being at home! Well, let's get to it. Here are my favorite finds this week.

1. Anthropologie is having an additional 25% off SALE items. There are so many great pieces you can use for Fall. Use the code SALEONSALE at checkout. Here are my faves:

2. J.Crew is having a 30% off SALE items, too! Use code PICKASALE.

3. Have you seen this LA home tour on Style Me Pretty Living?! It's drop dead gorgeous!

4. West Elm is holding a 15% off dining room sale. They have some great pieces! 

Happy weekend, friends! Hope you enjoy it :)


Thursday, September 25, 2014

Sneak Peek Video from Bloom!

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creative workshop, bloom workshop, berry pie, striped runner, tablescape, wedding inspiration, inspiration shoot

creative workshop, bloom workshop, berry pie, striped runner, tablescape, wedding inspiration, inspiration shoot

creative workshop, bloom workshop, berry pie, striped runner, tablescape, wedding inspiration, inspiration shoot
Photos by Ashley Slater Photography  / gorgeous florals by The Day's Design  / calligraphy by Jenny Sanders of Graceline 

Just to wet your appetite for more, here are a few sneak peeks of our day at the Bloom Workshop from last Thursday. Ashley and I had a delightful day teaching women about blogging, social media, design and photography. Then we headed outside for a styled photo shoot where the ladies were able to practice photographing and styling a gorgeous set up I prepared. We had event designers looking for tips on how to shoot their own work, stylists looking to hone their design eye, and photographers hungry to learn how to shoot in manual, pose models and more.

To learn our heart behind our workshop, check out this video (complete with peeks of last week's event!) Thank you, Katie, for the beautiful video. We adore you!

Bloom the Workshop from Katie Hollstein on Vimeo.

Registration for our October workshop in Newnan, GA (near Atlanta!) ends in ONE WEEK! If you're thinking about signing up, now is the time to do it. With amazing sponsors and artists partnering with us (SS Print Shop, Bib & Bop, Southern Vintage, Laura Hooper Calligraphy, Vinewood Plantation, and Lindsay Coletta Designs-- to name a few!) you certainly don't want to miss out. We only have 5 spots left. If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to email me! hello@michaelanoelledesigns.com

So let this little sneak peek of Bloom Rockford from last week, be your teaser for what is to come in October. We hope to see you at Bloom in Newnan, GA on October 23rd!

Happy Thursday!
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