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Chocolate Covered Strawberries

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HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!!

Is it weird I think of Valentine’s Day as having a countdown like New Year’s Eve? HA!

Anywho… If you’re looking for a quick & easy Valentine’s Day surprise/dessert—I’ve got you covered!

This recipe is foolproof and you can whip it up in no time. Plus, chocolate covered strawberries are DELICIOUS!

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Chocolate Covered Strawberries on joyfetti.com_Wilton bright pink candy melts

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I’ve made these for possibly 4 years now? Every Valentine’s Day, a few birthdays, and a few random days throughout the year… I’ve had random requests to make them—they’re THAT good!

So, here are the deets:

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CHOCOLATE COVERED STRAWBERRIES

INGREDIENTS

+ Fresh strawberries, rinsed & dried (preferably organic)
+ Candy Melts (I used Wilton Candy Melts in Bright Pink & Bright White from Micheals)
+ Sprinkles (or nuts if you’re feeling nutty! ; ))

DIRECTIONS

+ Line baking tray with parchment paper
+ Place candy melts in microwaveable bowl and place in microwave. DEFROST for 2 minutes and stir.(Very important: you want to defrost it... I didn’t do this once, I just put it in for 2 minutes like I was cooking it, and it burneddddd. And smelled nasty. It shouldn’t smell nasty. It should smell like heaven. ; ))
+ After you stir it, put it back in the microwave and defrost it for another 30 seconds to a minute. Continue steps 1 & 2 until chocolate is fully melted and smooth.
+ Hold strawberry by the stem and dip it into the chocolate, lifting and twisting it slightly so any excess chocolate falls back into the bowl.
+ Sprinkle the sprinkles (or nuts) onto the strawberry and place strawberry on parchment paper.
+ Repeat (& feel free to taste test a strawberry. It’s only right!)
+ Place tray in fridge (so the chocolate can set—this generally takes less than 30 minutes.)

& ENJOY!

I’m planning to whip up another batch before lunch while listening to this new playlist—SO GOOD!

Happy Valentine’s!

XO! <3,
Bita

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JOYFETTI Playlist: Loved

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Hi Loves!!!

Happy (almost) Valentine’s Day!

Hopefully you’re enjoying some yummy cocktails, chocolates, and sun today. It’s SO warm here in the Bay Area—I LOVE IT!

I’m gearing up for Valentine’s Day tomorrow, which always feels like a 2-day endeavor (LOL), so I can have a relaxing day tomorrow. ; )

BTW, I have a sweet lil recipe to share with you later today so stay tuned for that!

BUT! In the meantime, I’m so excited to share this new JOYFETTI playlist with you. We have our Happy, Carefree, Motivated, and Determined playlists, but for Valentine’s Day weekend I have a very special playlist for you:

JOYFETTI Playlist – Loved

(Listen on SPOTIFY)

So perfect, right?

This playlist has all the right songs for the weekend, regardless of how you spend it. I’ve always loved this holiday because come on… Everything is pink (my fav color LOL), so, what’s not to love? But all joking aside, it’s a day to celebrate any & all types of love.

So, cheers to you!

XO! Love Always,
Bita

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Sexy lil’ things for Valentine’s Day

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Row 1 ⇢ Passionata Red ‘Adorable’ Underwire Bandeau Bra | Kimchi Blue Serena Applique Bra | Chantelle Intimates Red Candy Apple ‘Vendôme’ Underwire Demi Bra

Row 2 ⇢ Body by Victoria Red Supersoft Sleepshirt | Fredrick’s of Hollywood Baby Pink Lace Teddy

Row 3 ⇢ Topshop Dark Pink Low Rise Sheer Lace Brazilian Bikini | Victoria’s Secret Heart Ruffle-back Hiphugger | Topshop ‘Lottie’ Floral Lace Panties

Happy (almost) Valentine’s Day! 💗

<3,
Bita

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Minty Mondays: Big Game

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HI GUYS!!

I hope you enjoyed the Big Game yesterday! Mom and I need to detox after a day full of stuffing our faces…

Mom had one too many beers (Stella–it’s her favorite!) and slices of pizza (I had a little piece of sausage–YUM! It pays to make friends). And I snacked on Milk-Bones all weekend (YUMMYYY!).

It was my first time having Milk-Bones so I was VERY into them. I even suggested mommy buy a pack for me. Comment on her Instagram to tell her she should! #MilkBones4Minty

XO! <3,
Minty

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[HALF TIME! Pass the chips.]

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[Delicious…]

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[Can you pass me some more please??]

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[& how about a slider?]

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[My tongue is as big as my appetite. Small dog, big dreams… Of food.]

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Tahoe for NYE 2015 – A quick lil recap

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[ Gorgeous view of Northstar from our Ritz-Carlton suite ]

HELLO, HELLO!

Remember when I said I was oddly excited about it being fall/winter? ( Totally unlike me! )

Well, after a few weeks months of FREEZING I kind of started to wish it was summer already… 😁😁😁

BUT…

Being in Tahoe for NYE & the start of 2016 was REALLY MAGICAL, and if a Tahoe trip, or trips, are in the cards every winter, I’m totally game for a few chilly months.

Quick recap: We stayed at The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe for the first few days, rang in the New Year with champagne & watched the fireworks… Super relaxed & laid back!

The next day, I learned how to ski at Northstar and then the day after I ATE IT at Heavenly, LOL.

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[ Northstar from our Ritz-Carlton suite ]

That wasn’t the magical part. ; )

Here’s the backstory: We went on greens & easy blues at Northstar… I learned how to “pizza” & move my hips, and built some confidence… & then we went to Marriott’s Timber Lodge the rest of the trip to ski Heavenly ( which was DREAMY!!! 😍😍😍 ).

So it’s my second day of skiing—ever—we go on the California side & do a bunch of blues & then we take a little break on the mountain to have chili & Stellas ( my favorite beer ). We go on one more, quick slope on the California side, and then head to the Nevada side so we can get back on the gondola before it closes.

Here’s where it gets interesting… 🙈

This thoughtful, Heavenly employee tells us we only have 10 minutes to get down to the gondola…

No problem. Right?

WRONG.

LOL.

Did I mention I’m a newbie?

We end up going on blues I had no business being on, I tumble down like a roly poly ( LOL, twice! ), and take SO long getting down to the gondola, we miss it. And all the lifts are closed.

So…

We end up going down the ENTIRE mountain, ourselves. Very, VERY, slowly.

🙈

We take so long the Heavenly team gets down at the same time we do 😂😂😂 ( but they whizz down! Some with pups—super, super cute! )

All in all, it made for a good story, and no one got hurt, except my ego… LOL. ; )

But, I’m actually really happy with how I did. Now that I’ve had a little break, I’m ready to hit the slopes again! ; )

For me, skiing was WAY more enjoyable and intuitive than snowboarding, which I did in high school but never well, LOL. So I’m definitely sticking with the skis!

What do you prefer: skiing or snowboarding?

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[ On the lift… Trying really hard not to drop my cell phone. ; ) More on IG ]

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[ Heavenly, from my iPhone—more on IG ]

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[ Gorgeous Heavenly!!! 😍😍😍 via iPhone, more on IG ]

Also, a quick ‘lil food/drink reco if you’re heading to South Lake Tahoe…?

Base Camp Pizza!!

OH. MY. GOD. It’s like I died & went to heaven. LOL. Let me tell you: Before I went, I heard SO many great things about their Thai Chicken Pizza—& you know how sometimes when you finally have something you’ve been hearing such great things about for so long it’s kind of a let down… Like what was all the hype about? NOPE. NOT HERE. You’ll be SO satisfied! I had their pizza ONE NIGHT & all of a sudden, it still hits me: I want need Thai Chicken Pizza. Specially, from Base Camp! ( I have this same feeling about The Sea‘s hamachi shots & salmon… SO GOOD!! ).

This trip also gave me some outfit ideas for Tahoe, so stay tuned for that this week.

XX! Chat soon.

<3,
Bita

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JOYFETTI Playlist: Determined

HIII GUYS!!

Happy 2016!

This year I’m focusing on building habits rather than just listing out my resolutions. Here’s an example ⇢ Instead of saying, “I want a six pack, I want to be more in shape, I want to be more toned, etc” I’m building the habit of waking up early and working out, daily—and the habit of drinking a green smoothie every day, and eating a salad every day… You get the point.

Is it easy? Nope! But building new habits is the only way to create lasting change.

It also takes motivation.

While the vision of me with toned abs is GREAT, it doesn’t motivate me enough to break a sweat before the sun’s up. So what motivates me to push through an early morning workout?

GOOD MUSIC.

I put together this playlist especially for making me feel DETERMINED. This playlist is great for busting through workouts, and work projects.

Check it out on Spotify & LMK what you think

⇣ ⇣ ⇣

JOYFETTI Playlist: Determined

🎵

If you want to mix it up, check out JOYFETTI Playlist: Motivated for your next workout << this one’s great for early morning workouts too!

XX!

<3,
Bita

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3-Ingredient Nutella Stuffed Nutella Cookies (YES!!!)

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GUYS!! You HAVE to try these! If you’re looking for an easy recipe for Christmas or for gifts, this recipe is perfect for you. They’re so good, you’ll want to eat them like chips… Aka, they’re delicious and dangerous—you can’t just have one.

I’ve been making these cookies ever since I discovered them on Butter Baking about three years ago, probably on Pinterest, and I’m still obsessed with them.

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So how can you whip ’em up?

Glad you asked! Here are the deets…

3-INGREDIENT NUTELLA STUFFED NUTELLA COOKIES

INGREDIENTS
{ makes ~ 50-52 cookies }

+ 3 cups Nutella (2 cups for dough + 1 cup, refrigerated, for stuffing)
+ 2 cups 100% white whole wheat flour (I like to use Baker Josef’s from Trader Joe’s)
+ 2 organic eggs

+ Optional—Sprinkles for decoration (I used Christmas-colored sprinkles so it’d be more festive. If I make these for Valentine’s Day I use heart-shaped sprinkles ; ) Haha—so easy to mix it up!)

(NOTE ⇢ You’ll also need baking/parchment paper. I forgot to get these when I bought the Nutella & had to make another trip to the store (boo!), so I’m telling you now, so hopefully you can avoid this! ; ))

DIRECTIONS

+ Preheat oven to 350° F and line two trays with baking/parchment paper.

+ In a large bowl, mix together two cups Nutella and eggs. Add flour and stir until fully blended. The dough should be pretty thick.

+ Scoop out a teaspoon of dough (I actually use a teaspoon, it makes it easier to get a round shape) and flatten it in your palm. Place on lined baking tray.
+ Put a teaspoon of cold Nutella in center of cookie.
+ Scoop out another teaspoon of dough, flatten it in your palm, place it over the Nutella and press the edges of the two cookies together, sealing them like ravioli. I like to stretch out the top cookie a little more than the bottom cookie so I get cracks on the top (see snapchats below) because it makes it easier for the sprinkles to stick to it.

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3-ingredient Nutella stuffed Nutella cookies on joyfetti.com, Snapchat screenshot sprinkles

[Snapchat username ⇢ JOYFETTI]

+ Repeat until you’ve used all the cookie dough. (Tip ⇢ To save time, I fill the entire tray with the bottom cookies, place a teaspoon of cold Nutella on each cookie, then add the top cookies.)

+ Bake for 6 minutes. Makes ~ 50-52 cookies. MMMMmmmm!!

If you have extra dough, or want to mix it up a bit you can also make Christmas-themed/shaped cookies, like these (I made these for my niece & nephew):

3-ingredient Nutella stuffed Nutella cookies on joyfetti.com, gingerbread and snowflake shaped cookies

ENJOY! XO!

3-ingredient Nutella stuffed Nutella cookies on joyfetti.com, cookies

3-ingredient Nutella stuffed Nutella cookies on joyfetti.com, cookies and milk

<3,
Bita

Recipe adapted from Butter Baking.

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MINTY MONDAYS: I have a little dreidel

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HI GUYS!!

Mommy’s been sick… So I’ve been “sick”. This means lots of extra naps for me! (Which I’m soooooo good at!) Some days I get three naps in before 10 a.m. It’s really a gift. I’m very gifted. ; )

Any who… I’m back & I can’t wait to share more pics & vids with you!

So, today, I’m sharing a little Hanukkah photoshoot Mom & I did with my new dreidel toy from Pet Food Express in Burlingame. IT SINGS!!!! 😍😍😍 (Side note ⇢ mom was sneezing the wholeee time… YUCK! But she gave me lots of treats, so I let it slide.)

I hope you’re enjoying the holidays! XO!

<3,
Minty

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[Taking a moment to myself before the photoshoot starts…]

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[…Or so I thought. You’re starting already, huh?]

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[OKEE!! Cheesing for the camera (but really for the treats ; ))]

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[I tried reaaaaaally hard to make the dreidel sing, but mommy had to help me a few times…]

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[Napping is only ONE of my many talents.]

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[Did you catch that?!?]

Minty Mondays - I have a little dreidel Hanukkah photoshoot on mintymondays.com_thinking

[Oh, you did, huh…? Maybe I shouldn’t have put it all in my mouth during the photoshoot…?]

Minty Mondays - I have a little dreidel Hanukkah photoshoot on mintymondays.com_hello, hello

[Are you going to put that online?]

Minty Mondays - I have a little dreidel Hanukkah photoshoot on mintymondays.com_hi

[You are, hmmm…?]

Minty Mondays - I have a little dreidel Hanukkah photoshoot on mintymondays.com_just a little bite

[Okeeee!!]

😜❄️✨

 

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Last-Minute Thanksgiving Dish Your Family & Friends Will Loveee!!

Pomegranate goat cheese spinach salad on joyfetti.com

Sunday night, I made the BEST salad after working outside (of Starbucks… Hello caffeine buzz ; )) with my cutie friend, Katrina, & I had a little lightbulb moment (do people still say that? …I do! HA!)—this is literally the best last-minute Thanksgiving dish to take to Thanksgiving dinner. So I had to share it with you!

Why’s it so perfect? Well… It’s quick & easy to make, delicious, and super fall/Thanksgiving-esk! Plus, it’s healthy, so it’ll balance everything else we’ll be eating tonight. ; )

It’s not Thanksgiving unless you’ll wearing a baggy sweater, and stuffing your face… LOL.

Full disclosure: This salad is so good I’ve had it three times this week, and it’s only been 4 days.

So!! What’s in it?

JOYFETTI POMEGRANATE GOAT CHEESE SALAD

INGREDIENTS

+ Organic spinach
+ Pomegranate seeds
+ Goat cheese
+ Pine nuts
+ Balsamic vinegar
+ Extra virgin olive oil
+ Rainbow peppercorns, for seasoning

Another great thing about this recipe is like most salads, you don’t need to measure anything—you really can’t mess this up.

DIRECTIONS

+ Add organic spinach, pom seeds, goat cheese, and pine nuts to serving bowl. Top with balsamic vinegar and extra virgin olive oil (or make the dressing separately). Sprinkle with rainbow peppercorns for seasoning. & ENJOY! It’s so easy it’s silly.

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I promise, you’ll want this salad again, and again… And again. So if you’re removing the pom seeds yourself, do it in bulk so you can make this salad again & again, very easily. : )

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Pomegranate goat cheese spinach salad_pom and pine nuts_on joyfetti.com

Tag me in your IG & Twitter pics: @JOYFETTI & #JOYFETTI.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING! : )

xx!

<3,
Bita

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