Perfect for summer!! Deviled Egg Jello Shots (click through for tutorial)     Well, I think I’ve done it. This may be my master jello shot creation, and I may have to hang up the apron and quit while I’m ahead. I present to you my masterpiece – the deviled egg jello shot!! Now, I know you probably have so many questions, and I’m here to answer all of them. YES, this is actually a totally sweet jello shot and not a savory one. YES, it actually tastes delicious! And YES, your brain will be completely confused as you eat it!!

I actually thought of this idea this winter for some reason (maybe dreaming of summer picnics and deviled eggs I guess), and I couldn’t wait for summer season to finally get here so I could bring the dream to life! This may be the most fun I’ve ever had making novelty food, and I think you’ll love it too…

Perfect for summer!! Deviled Egg Jello Shots (click through for tutorial)     Deviled Egg Jello Shots, makes 12 half egg servings

1/2 cup white chocolate Godiva liqueur
½ cup cake-flavored vodka
1 cup heavy cream
2 packets of unflavored gelatin
box of instant custard or pudding (like lemon or banana pudding so it’s yellow)
cinnamon
silicone egg mold (you’ll want two unless you want to make a half batch at a time)

Heat your vanilla vodka over medium heat (don’t let it boil!). Slowly stir in your gelatin packets until they are dissolved. You may have to give them a minute to fully melt in the warm liquid. Pour the vodka and gelatin into a bowl, and then stir in your cream and white chocolate liqueur.

Perfect for summer!! Deviled Egg Jello Shots (click through for tutorial)     Lightly oil your silicon mold and place it on a tray or plate so you can move it easily when full. Pour your liquid into each mold and place your mold in the fridge to set (about 4 hours).

While the eggs set, make the pudding with a little less liquid than it indicates so that the filling is thicker than usual and will keep its shape. Refrigerate until cool and somewhat firm.

Perfect for summer!! Deviled Egg Jello Shots (click through for tutorial)     Once the eggs have set, use a spoon or melon baller to scoop out the middle where the egg yolk would normally be. (I used a small cookie cutter to make the circle and then scooped it out with a grapefruit spoon – HA!)

Perfect for summer!! Deviled Egg Jello Shots (click through for tutorial)     Spoon some pudding into a pastry bag and use a star tip at the end to make the classic deviled egg filling shape. Fill each egg cavity with the pudding and sprinkle with cinnamon on top to recreate the look of paprika. Keep in the fridge if not serving right away or serve to your guests immediately!

Perfect for summer!! Deviled Egg Jello Shots (click through for tutorial)     Perfect for summer!! Deviled Egg Jello Shots (click through for tutorial)     Perfect for summer!! Deviled Egg Jello Shots (click through for tutorial)     I made these again and took them to surprise some friends on the 4th of July, and they loved them! We were laughing so hard because they are just too cute and the whole idea is too ridiculous not to love. The other best thing about these is that the set jello feels just like a real hard boiled egg in your hands, so it’s such a confusing fun surprise to your brain once you bite into the egg! The egg will mostly taste like the pudding flavor you choose since the egg base is mostly a sweet vanilla flavor. I think I’ll try the banana cream pie flavor next time! If you have been trying to find the perfect summer picnic party treat, I think this is egg-actly what you are looking for! xo. Laura

Credits// Author and Photography: Laura Gummerman, Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.

Lucite Bathtub Caddy DIY (click through for more!)       Sometimes it's the small luxuries in life that really count. A gourmet donut, splurging on some expensive face cream, or maybe a luxury bath caddy to take your next bath experience to spa level? Having a caddy in your bathroom is a great spot to set your bath salts and bombs, a candle or two, or even use as a reading shelf if you like to relax with a good book in the tub. Since we have been loving the lucite trend lately, we thought that a few sheets of acrylic would make a beautiful bath caddy, and I think we were right!

Lucite Bathtub Caddy DIY (click through for more!)Supplies:
-drill
-clamps
-pvc window moulding (Have it cut at the store if you don't have a saw at home.)
-epoxy glue
-two pieces of lucite cut to the same size (The hardware store can cut it for you, and I cut my two pieces out of this board.)
-2 handles (You may need to buy shorter screws in the same size at the hardware store if the ones they come with are too long.)

Lucite Bathtub Caddy DIY (click through for more!)First, have a lucite board cut into two identically sized pieces. Depending on your tub, you may want to tweak the measurements a bit, but this caddy is 35" x 12". So that's the size I had my pieces cut.

Once your size is established, cut (or have the hardware store cut) your pvc trim pieces to create a border that lines up exactly with the outside edge of the lucite rectangle. I used a saw at home so I could make the 45 degree angles. But if you have them cut it at the store, you can just do straight edges. Just cut two pieces the exact width of the lucite for the ends, and then cut two length pieces that will fit between the end pieces to make a border.

Center your two handles on the top board about 2 1/2" away from each end and mark where to drill the holes. (Leave the plastic on the acrylic until you have to take it off so you can keep the surfaces scratch and dust free.) 

Lucite Bathtub Caddy DIY (click through for more!)Use a drill bit the size of the hardware screws for the handles and place a piece of scrap wood under the marked holes. Drill with the drill running backwards while applying pressure into the lucite to drill each hole.

Lucite Bathtub Caddy DIY (click through for more!)On the underside of the top lucite panel, peel back the plastic a few inches from each edge and use the epoxy to glue and clamp your pvc trim on to each side.

Lucite Bathtub Caddy DIY (click through for more!)When the glue is dry, peel back a few inches of the top plastic and attach the handles through the drilled holes.

Lucite Bathtub Caddy DIY (click through for more!)Fully peel off the plastic from the underside of the top lucite panel and peel off one side from the bottom lucite panel too. Take a quick look to make sure you aren't trapping any dust or loose bits in the middle of your caddy, and glue and clamp the bottom panel to the caddy.

Once the glue is dry, you can peel off the remaining plastic, and your caddy is ready for the tub!

Lucite Bathtub Caddy DIY (click through for more!)        Lucite Bathtub Caddy DIY (click through for more!)        Lucite Bathtub Caddy DIY (click through for more!)      So pretty! I love the lucite with the pops of gold and the crisp white trim around the edges. This is functional enough to actually use as well as pretty enough to leave out when it's not in use too! As if you needed an excuse to pamper yourself a bit more, this luxury bath caddy may be just the thing you need! xo. Laura

Credits// Author and Photography: Laura Gummerman, Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.

Sister StyleWhen it comes to daily routines, there's not a whole lot I love more than my morning coffee. At the risk of sounding dramatic, it's PURE MAGIC. Every single morning. M A G I C. 

And of course, I love coffee shops. Bonus points for cute shops with the best colors (I'm lookin' at you, Barista Parlor Golden Sound) and extra credit points for donuts. 

Summertime sure is growing on me. Even when it's hot as hell, I love my too-short dresses (there are shorts under there, don't freak out!), an iced drink, and the promise of fireflies every night when it gets dark. I've always been an autumn person, but this year I'm branching out and learning to love all four seasons (even if I have to love winter from Palm Springs – hahaha). 

Anyway – forgive my rambling! Here are some more outfit pics and scroll down to see Emma's too! 

Sister Style Sister Style  Sister Style  Sister Style  Sister Style  Elsie's Wearing: Dress/Free People, Bag/Oui Fresh, Sunnies/Wildfox, Clogs/Swedish Hasbeens, Hat/ModCloth

Sister Style  Take it away, sister!!! 

Emma Chapman Emma Chapman    Emma Chapman I could not agree more – coffee is pure magic! And I like my magic black (get it, black coffee? black magic? see what I did there?). I also love Barista Parlor Golden Sound. Elsie took me there last time I was in Nashville, and it was so good!

Also, Elsie and I have matching purses in this post – totally by accident really. Sister purses. ;)

Emma Chapman  Emma's Wearing: David Bowie shirt/Free People, Leggings + necklace/F21, Purse/Oui Fresh, Shoes/H&M (similar here and here.)

David Bowie Forever!Hope you all are having an awesome day! xxxx. Elsie + Emma

Credits // Author: Elsie Larson and Emma Chapman. Photography: Amber Ulmer and Janae Hardy. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.

Match Green Tea No Bake Cheesecakes (via abeautifulmess.com)   Match No Bake Cheesecakes (via abeautifulmess.com) Oh man, you guys, I am really excited to share this cheesecake recipe today! There are a few key things that I really love about the base of this recipe. First, the overall texture is a lighter, creamier take on most average cheesecakes. We're talking melt in your mouth creamy! And second, I love that this is a no-bake cheesecake situation. Where I live, it's currently in the high 90s and quite humid everyday. So although I will dare to turn on my oven now and again, I like that this delicious dessert does not require it. 

We worked with Pocky on this recipe. You'll see that I've used their Matcha Green Tea flavor in the crust of this recipe. I've loved Pocky since high school. It's one of those treats that is delicious but also super unique. So, you can see the appeal. :) 

You guys ready to make some no-bake cheesecake yet?! Let's do this. 

Pocky Match No Bake Cheesecakes (via abeautifulmess.com)  Matcha No-Bake Cheesecake, makes 6 jumbo cupcake size cheesecakes*

For the crust:
1 package (2.47 oz) Matcha Green Tea Pocky
1 cup (2 oz.) pretzel sticks
1/4 cup butter, melted

For the filling:
two 8 oz packages of cream cheese, softened
2/3 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
1 tablespoon matcha green tea powder
fresh whipped cream or extra Pocky to decorate with (optional, but do it!)

*The pan I used to make the cheesecakes you see here is called Zenker Ring Mold Creations. You could use a number of other pans like a jumbo cupcake pan (will only make enough to fill 6), standard cupcake pan (will make enough crust and batter to fill 10-12), or a regular pie pan. How thick your cheesecake turns out might vary slightly, but since this is a no-bake cheesecake, it won't affect the overall texture or "doneness" of your dessert. If you do use a cupcake or muffin pan, feel free to line each cup with a baking liner, just so it's easier to remove each from the cup after it has cooled. 

Cheesecake crustFirst let's make the crust. In a food processor, combine the Pocky and pretzels. Pulse until the mixture is a very fine grain. You don't want to pulse so long that it turns to a paste, but just long enough that the mixture resembles a coarse powder. 

Remove to a small mixing bowl and stir in the melted butter. Give this a mix so everything gets coated in the butter. Now press the crust into the bottom of your pan(s). For the type of pan I used, I found that using the bottom of a (clean) spice jar made it easier to really press the crust in to the bottom, since my hand couldn't quite fit as easily as if I were using a pie pan. 

Once you've pressed your crust in place, pop this in the refrigerator while you make the batter. 

Homemade no bake cheesecakeWith an electric mixer or in a stand mixer, blend together the softened cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla extract. You're looking to really incorporate the sugar throughout so that your final cheesecake texture isn't overly grainy. Beat for a couple minutes, then turn off your blender and rub a small amount of the mixture between your fingers. Does the sugar feel like it's incorporating? It won't completely disappear, but you shouldn't feel large chunks of stuck-together sugar. If you do, scrape down the bowl and blend for another few minutes.

Next, in a clean bowl, or you may have to remove the cream cheese mix and clean out your stand mixer bowl, add the heavy whipping cream and the matcha green tea powder. Be sure to sift the powder before adding to help eliminate clumps. Beat on high until medium soft peaks begin to form. You're basically looking to make a soft whipped cream mixture here. One you have that, fold the two mixtures together. I think a rubber spatula works best here. 

Now add the batter to each crust, or to the pie pan, whichever you are using. Cover and chill for at least 2 hours or overnight. 

Match No Bake Cheesecakes (via abeautifulmess.com) Match No Bake Cheesecakes (via abeautifulmess.com)     Once chilled, top with whipped cream or decorate to your heart's desire before serving. Enjoy! xx. Emma

Credits // Author and Photography: Emma Chapman. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions

3 Natural Products I Am Loving Vol. 3Hi, friends! I'm back with another weekly edition of random product recommendations. I have some really good ones to share with you this week! 

When I first started to "clean up" my bath and beauty products, I quickly learned that some products are much easier to replace than others. Foundation and concealer were two very tricky categories where I had to try a lot of things I didn't love (and waste some $$ – boo!) before I found some real winners! So I am hoping this will be helpful to someone out there. :) 

3 Natural Products I Am Loving Vol. 3 Burt's Bees Mama Bee Nourishing Body Oil

I love body oils. I don't use them every day, but I like to use them after showers all over my body. When I was in high school, I had an experience where I scraped up my face pretty bad (and knocked out a tooth – did you know I have a fake tooth?), and my mom gave me vitamin E oil to put on my face. It healed INSANELY fast (like in a week) with no scars. So I have always been a big believer in vitamin E oil and use it as much as possible. 

Disclaimer – I am not pregnant and did not realize that this oil was at all intended for pregnant women until reading its description on Amazon just now. Oops! That is kind of embarrassing, but not embarrassing enough for me to take it out of this post. Ha! I still think it's a great body oil (for anyone). Feel free to make fun of me as much as you want, though. :)

3 Natural Products I Am Loving Vol. 3  Herbivore Sea Mist Lavender + Sea Salt Spray

I like to let my hair air dry sometimes (although it's not always possible), and when I do, I use this sea mist spray in my hair while it's drying. It smells amazing and beachy, perfect for summertime! 

3 Natural Products I Am Loving Vol. 3   3 Natural Products I Am Loving Vol. 3   3 Natural Products I Am Loving Vol. 3   Au Naturale Foundation and Concealer

Like I said before, I had a lot of misfires in this category. I tried a couple that were far too oily and a few that were just too weak and didn't do the job. I wanted something relatively full coverage, but natural looking enough to wear daily. These are my favorites I have found, and I will probably wear them for years to come.

Note – if you live in Nashville, you can try these out and pick them up at Poppy & Monroe. I buy so much of my makeup there now, and it's definitely one of my favorite local businesses. The people are kind and helpful and care SO much about green beauty products and have tested a LOT of products so you don't have to. 

3 Natural Products I Am Loving Vol. 3        Well, that's all I have for now! I'm looking forward to sharing more as I go! Hope your week is going great. xx- Elsie 

Credits//Author and Photography: Elsie Larson. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.

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