Copycat Chick-fil-a Chicken Nuggets


As a self-diagnosed Chick-fil-a addict, I was really excited when I saw this recipe pop up on my Pinterest feed. I knew I had to try it, so my blogger friend Meg and I thought it would be fun to try out some copycat recipes from Pinterest and see if they really taste like the real deal. She tested out Panera's chocolate chip cookies, check them out on her blog!



Overview:
  • Looks: The breading isn't as thick as at Chick-fil-a, so it's not as golden brown. I tried to fry them for a little bit longer so they would look more like the real ones, but it was tricky to get them the perfect without burning them.
  • Texture: Like I said before, the breading wasn't as thick or crunchy.
  • Taste: I'd say this recipe is about as close as you can get to the real deal. While they don't taste exactly like Chick-fil-a, they were still really good! At first, I was skeptical about brining it in pickle juice but I think that's what really makes it taste like Chick-fil-a.
  • Worth it?: Because the ingredients are common items you can find in your pantry, they are inexpensive to make, but it is a bit time consuming and requires a lot of attention during the frying part. It's a lot easier to go to Chick-fil-a but these are great to make for dinner especially if you want to substitute the peanut oil for vegetable oil  or limit the amount of salt you add in to make it more healthy.

I was pleasantly surprised by how close they tasted to Chick-fil-a's chicken nuggets. I was definitely skeptical about the pickle juice but I think that's what gave it that Chick-fil-a taste.

Have you had any luck with Pinterest copycat recipes?
Let me know in the comments!




Winter Whites


Sweater // Skirt (similar) // Peacoat // Boots // Purse (similar) // Bracelet

When I saw this sweater on the Brooks Brothers website I knew I had to have it (and everything else in the resort collection)! Not only is it my two favorite colors, but I love the nautical touches. The whole collection makes me ready for spring already with all of the red, white, and blue, sailboats, and anchors (I also picked up this shirt).
Despite white not typically being winter appropriate, I think this crisp white ensemble is perfect for winter paired with boots and a coat and can easily be transitioned into warmer weather, too. 

Thanks for reading,

Trend Alert: Silk Squares





A trend I've been seeing for a while on Pinterest and other blogs is silk scarves and bandanas worn around the neck. While it's been a classic for quite a while (think Herm├ęs Twilly scarf) I have seen more trendy versions styled a lot more lately. They can be incorporated into nearly every style and can add a fun touch to any outfit.

Some fun ways to style a silk scarf:

  • tie it around your neck 
  • tie it in a bow on your purse
  • wrap it around your purse handles
  • use it as a belt
  • mixing patterns
  • add a print or pop of color to an otherwise simple outfit

Shop some of my favorite silk scarves below (most are under $100)!


Have you tried out this trend?

Homemade Peanut Butter Cups


I can't even count how many of these homemade peanut butter cups I have had this winter break and I think they might be better than Reese's. My Grandma sent a few home with us after visiting for Christmas and I ate all of them so quickly I knew I had to whip up a few when I got home. I forgot how easy they are to make (maybe too easy... I'll probably be making them too often)!
Since I was bringing these to a friends house for New Year's Eve, I went a step further and decorated them with white chocolate drizzles and gold sprinkles. This is completely optional and they taste just as great plain!


Makes: 4-5 dozen

Ingredients:
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 1 stick softened butter
  • 1 package chocolate bark
  • Small cupcake liners
Instructions:
  1. Mix powdered sugar, peanut butter, and softened butter together to create peanut butter mixture and let set in refrigerator for about 20 minutes
  2. Roll mixture into small balls
  3. Melt chocolate bark and fill cupcake papers up about 1/3 of the way, put peanut butter mixture ball in, and cover with more chocolate (I would recommend filling the cupcake liners while they are in the cupcake tray to hold its shape)
  4. Allow to sit until hardened
  5. Enjoy!

Thanks for reading and let me know if you try them!




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