Tuesday, February 25, 2020

extreme brownies

Chocolate lovers, prepare yourselves.

These extreme brownies might just be the next best thing besides sliced bread. 

Warning, they are highly addictive and may cause you to go in a food coma. 
But I say they are worth it!

They have a soft chocolate chip cookie base, a layer of Oreo cookies, topped with thick fudge brownies. Serve warm and with a scoop of your favorite vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce for one decadent dessert!


Yield: 18
prep time: 20 Mcook time: 50 Mtotal time: 70 M


  • 1 cup  butter melted and cooled
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour 
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 cups chocolate chips, dark or milk
  • 24 Oreo cookies
  • Brownie batter, made from scratch, or your favorite brownie mix to save on time {the method I use}



  1. Preheat the oven to 350  degrees.
  2. Line a 9x13 inch pan with parchment paper and leave an overhang around the sides.
  3. Beat together the melted butter, brown sugar and white sugar.
  4. Beat in the eggs and vanilla extract.
  5. With the mixer on low speed, beat in the flour and salt.
  6. Turn off the mixer and stir in the chocolate chips using a rubber spatula or wooden spoon.
  7. Spoon the mixture into the prepared pan, and spread smooth with a spatula.
  8. Place the Oreo cookies on top of the cookie dough pressing them down just slightly.
  9. Pour the brownie batter over the Oreo cookie layer, and spread the top smooth as needed.
  10. Bake the brownies in the preheated oven for 50-55 minutes, or until an inserted toothpick comes out dry or with a few damp crumbs. If you notice the top is starting to burn, cover with aluminum foil and continue baking. I first check my brownies at 45 minutes just in case.
  11. Cool the brownies fully (at least 4 hours) before slicing for clean, even cuts.
  12. Store leftovers at room temperature in an airtight container for up to 4 days.
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Pin this for future reference, you never know when your sweet tooth will strike!


xoxo, Melaine 

Monday, February 24, 2020

Leanne Ford at Crate & Barrel

Leanne Ford is at Crate & Barrel!

I am a huge Leanne Ford fan. I wonder if it's because most of her spaces are all white?? 

{All photos from Crate & Barrel, click on the bold type to take you to the product link.}

The fact that she has a line at Crate & Barrel is huge! {remember when she had the line of lighting fixtures at Target a while back?}

I mean, just look at this arched canopy bed? 
I will take 5 please.

How cool are these geometric vases?

This modern artwork is a show stopper.

Imagine all the beautiful things you could re-purpose these candles as when the wax has burnt down.

This floor vase is huge. I can picture it potted up with a cactus or just adding branches or stems like they did here. 

Zoom in on the fabulous texture on this table. Wow, just wow.

This storage cabinet would look great in so many spaces. 

Same girl, same.

And finally, my last favorite piece in her collection is in her bedding line!

This bedding looks so cozy, I might never get out of bed. 

Congrats to Leanne Ford for following her dreams and making them a reality. She's killing it and it's way deserved!

xoxo, Melaine 

Friday, February 21, 2020

Friday favorites

Happy Friday friends!

The sun has started shining a bit more around Seattle after weeks and weeks of rain. 

I am starting to see bulbs popping up in the yard and it is making me so excited for Spring!

I would love to update parts of our outdoor deck space with new {dare I say modern} furniture.

I have my eye on a few pieces. These chairs I have been wanting ever since last summer. I'd say that I still keep going back to them, must mean I really love them.

I think using them as head chairs would be gorgeous. 

I also have really loved these fire pits. We have a big wood burning bonfire area out back, but on the deck one of these would be really nice.

I just ordered one of these and was blown away with the price. They aren't huge huge, but still a good size for the price. The finish on them is gorgeous. 

For a conversation set I am really loving this one!
I like the clean lines, color, and overall style.

Going back indoors....

I saved this piece in my camera roll because I think it would make great nightstands or a hallway piece. It looks super high end for a very low end price tag!

I think I am going to get these. A blogger friend got them and said they look really real. I don't normally like to do faux but for the price I might risk it, super inexpensive. 

I ordered these earrings from Amazon and I really love them. Gotta love Amazon prime!

Also bought these and love, love, love.

Have a wonderful weekend!

xoxo, Melaine 

Thursday, February 20, 2020

simple farmhouse flower arrangements

This post is all about not overthinking flower arrangements.

Flower arranging can feel intimidating to a lot of people, including myself!

But I am here to set your mind at ease and show you two "arrangements" that a five year old could put together.

These are perfect for the farmhouse look that is so wildly popular, but please don't think you need that style to display these flowers. 

These arrangements are not only simple, but they are inexpensive and you don't need any special vases or containers to make them in. 

In fact, you can use items from your kitchen cupboards. 

If you have any white dishes, stoneware, a white mug, a utensil holder, a cream/milk pitcher, a juice pitcher, even a bowl, or oddly enough, an empty canned product, then you are in luck.

Your grocery store should have what you need in the way of flowers. 

I used 2 kinds here, babies breath and chamomile. Both are inexpensive and mainly used as a filler in large arrangements. 

When you group them together in a mass, they look really beautiful and striking on their own. 

I like to sprinkle these little arrangements all over my home. The coffee nook, bathrooms, side tables, etc. 

Simple. Easy. Beautiful.

No instructions needed really. Just cut stems low and use more flowers than you think. They will last longer if you give them fresh water daily. 

I styled the chamomile in a thrifted crock. It sits on our kitchen island along with a candle and a bowl of pistachios {that I snack on all day everyday} 

And I styled the babies breath in a white vase I had o hand, and added it to our coffee nook.

If you would like to see more elaborate flower arrangements, or grocery store flower arrangements, even ways to style faux flowers for spring, click on the links below. 

Creative Flower Arrangement Ideas for Spring - Happy Happy Nester // How to Arrange Grocery Store Flowers - The DIY Mommy // Grocery Store Roses Spring Arrangement - Craftberry Bush // DIY Easy Tulip Arrangement - A Blue Nest  Spring Floral Arrangements - My 100 Year Old Home // A Flower Arrangement in a Vintage Find - Finding Lovely // Farmhouse Flower Arrangement - My Sweet Savannah // Simple Spring Tulip Floral Arrangement - Zevy Joy DIY Faux Eucalyptus Garland - Modern Glam // Elegant Tulip Eucalyptus Floral Arrangement - Inspiration for Moms // Easy DIY Flower Arrangement - She Gave It A Go // DIY Color Block Vase - Lolly Jane  Easy Flower Styling Ideas - The Handmade Home // 8 Ways to Style a Big Vase with Faux Spring Florals - The Happy Housie // Spring Floral Table - Taryn Whiteaker // Moody Spring Floral Arrangement - Cassie Bustamante  Easy Spring Flower Arrangement - Twelve on Main // 5 Tips to Make Faux Flowers Look Real - Hallstrom Home // Spring Flower Arrangement - Jennifer Maune // 3 Ways to Style a Faux Flower Arrangement - The Tattered Pew 

Help spread the word about these beautiful arrangements by pinning the image below.

xoxo, Melaine 

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

modern farmhouse finds that won't break the bank

The wildly popular look does not have to cost you an arm and a leg. 

Here are my picks for modern farmhouse finds that won't break the bank.

This wire basket would be great to store pantry staples, as well as toys in a child's room, cleaning products, or bath products. It literally could be used in any room of the home.

This entire bed frame comes in at a little over $100! A steal if you ask me!

These stackable chairs are perfect around an outdoor table on your modern farmhouse deck.

This rolling cart could double as an island in a small kitchen. I also think it would make a great potting bench on a covered porch. 

I love the texture in this rug. It would make a great entry rug or a pretty one in front of the kitchen sink.

This might be my favorite! Look at those legs!

These trays are everything. Trays are so versatile and these are a great design and color. 

These are in my shopping cart. A little over $1 a piece!

You can do so many things with this garland. Add it to a wreath. Use it down the center of your dining table, on a mantle, just about anywhere.

I hope you liked my modern farmhouse finds that won't break the bank!

xoxo, Melaine 

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