BellaGrey Designs

September 27, 2016

Gothic Chic Halloween Dinner Party


Hey there friends! If you have been following us on Instagram or Facebook you have seen several sneak peeks of this fun Halloween Gothic Chic Dinner Party! If you know me at all, then you know Halloween is one of my favorite holidays to style! It doesn't always have to be orange and black or cutesy or gross, it can be styled many ways. Today, I'm so excited to finally share with your our version of Halloween Gothic Chic! This dinner party was inspired by the fabulous items I found at Oriental Trading. Check out their Halloween selection, it's so great! Now sit back and enjoy this Gothic Chic Dinner Party and side dessert table. Looking for more inspiration? Check out all of our Halloween parties, right here on the blog and you can purchase the party printables in our shop





























September 20, 2016

Trunk or Treat Inspiration


You know I get excited about Halloween! The possibilities of parties and fun events are endless!

If you have never been to a Trunk or Treat or participated in one, it is a must! They are so much fun, not only for the kids but for the adults involved too! Our neighborhood has many houses with steep stairs, including ours. So this year, I decided to create a Trunk or Treat for the kids! I gathered some Halloween decor I had on hand and covered the back seats with a black blanket. I designed the perfect FREE PRINTABLE banner to string across the back and added several pops of color! 





Trunk or Treats can be scary or funny, chic or lavish, the theme is really up to you. Have fun decorating your Trunk for the trick-or-treaters this year! 

You can download the Frightful banner here



September 12, 2016

A New Twist on Ordinary Cookies and Milk

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #FarFromOrdinaryMilk #CollectiveBias

How many of you love milk? Whether it be chocolate, strawberry, white or any other flavor I love it and crave it! I always have, ever since I was a kid. 


Why drink milk in ordinary cups when you can drink it out of chocolate chip cookie cups? Yes, chocolate chip cookie edible cups embellished with sprinkles, because everything's better with sprinkles! Nothing better than cookies and milk with a new twist! Together they are always a crowd-pleaser. So fun and easy to make and you can get the kids involved.


Here's what you will need: 

Chocolate Chip Cookie dough {made from scratch or prepackaged}
Extra Chocolate Chips
Sprinkles ** Optional**
Silicone Shot Mold

Directions: 

1) Preheat oven and mix cookie dough according to package or recipe. No need to grease the mold, since it is non-stick. Using your fingers place dough into silicone mold. Make sure you press the dough all the way down inside the mold. Leaving the top of each glass open so you can see the middle of the cup. As the dough begins to bake, it will cover up the top of the glass.

TIP: Lightly tap the mold against the counter to make sure all space is filled with dough. Place the mold in the refrigerator for about 10-15 minutes. This will help the dough form to the glass shape. 

2) Bake your cookies according to the package or recipe. Because the mold is deeper than regular cookies it may take longer to bake. 

3) Once they are fully baked, take a spoon and flatten the top of the mold, which is the bottom of the glasses. This will help them stand properly without being wanky with the possibility of tipping over.


4) Let the cookies cool to the touch, place the mold in the refrigerator again for about 30 minutes. This helps them harden a bit and completely cool. Now it's time to gently push out the cookies from the mold. 

5) You will need to take the extra chocolate chips and melt them in the microwave for approximately 20 seconds. Each microwave is different, so you will need to make sure you don't burn them. Once they are melted, spoon a small amount into each cookie cup, using your finger, spread the chocolate around the cup to "seal" it. This helps the cookie cup not spring any leaks. Pop them back into the refrigerator for about 10 minutes to harden the chocolate. 


6) **Optional** if you would like to add sprinkles around the top of the cookie cup, using the melted chocolate chips again, spread a small amount around the rim and dip in the sprinkles. {See photo below}



7) Now you are ready to fill your edible cookie cups with Promised Land Milk! I used Promised Land 2% White Dairy Milk and also had on hand the Midnight Chocolate Milk. Both are very delicious. Extraordinary flavor comes from extraordinary cows!

Did you know Promised Land is made with Natural Milk from the finest Jersey Cows {which are a breed of cows, not cows from New Jersey},with no added hormones and the milk is tested for antibiotics and is also higher in protein and calcium than ordinary milk? I had no idea! 

Jersey Cows make Promised Land Milk Far From Ordinary, which is why I wanted to share this recipe with you, so you could make your day Far From Ordinary with Promised Land Milk. 

Here is your chance to try some yourself. You can earn $0.75 cash back with any purchase of any variety of Promised Land Dairy Milk products 32oz. or larger, just click here


I purchased this delicious milk at Target in the refrigerated milk isle. 





Enjoy this fabulous recipe and remember, extraordinary flavor comes from extraordinary cows!

August 31, 2016

Marshmallow Banana Chocolate Dipped Popsicles, Oh So Addictive!


Hi friends,with school starting I'm always looking for fun easy after-school treats. I am sharing an oh so addictive treat with you today! 

I promise you, these Chocolate Dipped Marshmallow Banana Pops will take you approximately 15 minutes to make and even less to gobble up! All you need are three simple ingredients, in fact, I'm almost positive you probably have most of them on hand in your kitchen right now. 

Don't let the length of the recipe scare you off from making this delicious treat, it's so worth the time! 

Chocolate Dipped Marshmallow Banana Pops
Makes about 12 pops

Ingredients: 

3 large ripe bananas
12 regular sized marshmallows {I used Jet Puffed}
10 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips {I used Nestle}
2 tablespoons coconut oil
**Optional ~ your choice of topping, sprinkles, sea salt, edible glitter or granola. These are the toppings I used, but you could definitely do others. 
Popsicle sticks



Instructions:

1} Peel bananas and cut each one into fourths.
2} Cut each marshmallow in half **TIP: wet your knife to cut the marshmallow easily
3} Place one half of a marshmallow on the bottom of the banana and the other half on the top of the banana {See Photo below}
4} Insert popsicle stick into both the marshmallows and banana **TIP: wet the popsicle stick before inserting, it will slide easier and not rip your marshmallow 
5} Place the marshmallow banana pops on parchment paper and place in freezer for 5 minutes or until they harden
6} While pops are in freezer, mix the chocolate chips and coconut oil together in a microwave safe bowl
7} Melt the mixture in microwave for approximately 40 - 55 seconds, making sure the chips don't burn
8} Pull out the pops and dip in melted chocolate. **Chocolate will harden almost immediately
9} Sprinkle your choice of topping
10} Place back into freezer for approximately 3 minutes to fully harden
11} Enjoy! 



August 29, 2016

Red Velvet Champagne Ice Cream Cake

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #CuriousCreamery #CollectiveBias Messaging below is intended for ages 21+ and is intended to be enjoyed responsibly, in moderation.


This Strawberry Champagne Ice Cream Cake is a perfect dessert for any occasion. Red Velvet cake, Champagne and Sweet Cream Ice Cream make up this decadent dessert.One that can be easily re-created at home with your choice of toppings.


I was very excited when this opportunity came my way to work with The Curious Creamery and create an ice cream cake recipe for them.  What is The Curious Creamery you ask? It's a powdered form ice cream cake mix you can fully customize and in 3 easy steps you will have ice cream without an ice cream machine! What's better than a product which has the added benefit of helping reduce their carbon footprint by 90%! All you need is milk, heavy cream, sugar and any mix-ins you would like. 

They make two of my favorite flavors, Sweet Cream and German Chocolate and each box makes up to a gallon of Ice Cream Cake. I was very curious about this new product, especially when the box states "no ice cream machine needed!" I headed to my local Walmart and found the Sweet Cream Ice Cream Cake Mix in the Celebration aisle. Picked up fresh fruit and chocolate to garnish the top of my cake. Now I was ready to get started. 

I used a red velvet store bought cake mix. Prepared the cake according to instructions, but instead of using water I used champagne. I baked the cake in my 8" spring pan, let it cool and removed from pan. I then prepared the Sweet Cream Ice Cream Cake Mix per the instructions, poured half of the ice cream cake mix into the pan I used to bake my cake, inserted the cake, then added the additional half of the ice cream cake mix on top. Covered the pan with parchment paper and placed in the freezer for 6 hours. 



Once the cake was fully frozen, I placed it on a pretty cake pedestal added my toppings and the cake was ready to serve. 



I garnished the cake with fresh strawberries, raspberries, sprigs of Thyme, chocolate shavings and a sprinkle of powdered sugar. 

How would you customize your ice cream cake? 



The Curious Creamery is a better way to make ice cream and frozen desserts because you have control of flavor, nutrition and styling. If you can not find The Curious Creamery in your local Walmart, because it is a new product, please feel free to speak with the store manager. Click here to save $2 off any one Cake Mix from The Curious Creamery. 





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