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Labour Day “White” Cupcakes

So. As if I wasn’t already low on sleep ( as per normal ), at about midnight a few nights ago, I started baking. I had a good reason though – it was one of my awesome co-worker’s last day and I had promised a while back to make cupcakes. I try as much as possible to keep my word so even if it meant a few hours less sleep, I was determined to do it. It’s one of those things where you are sad to see someone go but you’re super excited for them because of what they are moving on to.

Anyway I asked what flavour he wanted and dude said vanilla. *blank stare* seriously – how normal is that? But a classic is a classic for a reason abi? So no matter, I made the vanilla cupcakes but I used a sponge recipe from The New Best Recipe. Then to make it more fun I added white chocolate cream cheese frosting and Heath toffee sprinkles. I usually keep a Tardis cookie jar filled with mini Heath bars at work but haven’t done so in a while so why not put them on cupcakes?? Continue reading

No So Green Thumb: Making a Terrarium

Hey y’all!!!

Guess what I’m doing? Guest blogging for RCCG YASM! That’s a lot of letters but it’s the Young Adult and Singles Ministry for a ginormous group of church parishes that span the world (literally).  I’m a young adult, who knew?? :)

Anyway, I was working on this whole deep post before. Ok maybe I thought it was deep but I guarantee you would think it is at least neck deep if not ocean deep. Where is that post you may be wondering?? Still in draft mode because I do not want to impart uncrystallised wisdom, at least not yet for those who are still figuring me out. Instead let me talk about plant life:

I love nature (within reason – all bugs and slugs need not apply). I love plants and flowers. My mom has an amazing garden/farm and I would like to think I inherited her penchant for nurturing plants. I have bouquets at home, I arrange the flowers at church, etc, etc BUT I have been in this one struggle for literally eight years. I know I am not the only one but chai it is becoming an issue. Check out Exhibits A and B

Orchids!

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#MyVegasStyle Challenge

Hellouuuuuuuuuu my people!! It has been sporadic and a half, no? We are working on it :) I can’t wait to show you what I’ve been making but in the meantime, here’s something a bit different for us. Style boards!!!

Over a month ago, I was contacted by vegas.com to participate in their #MyVegasStyle challenge to share my looks for a day at the Aria Resorts. Now…I live in LA and have never been to Vegas because I haven’t really had any impetus. BUT I will one day so I can cross that off the list. The Aria looks like a fun hotel.

Here we go…

Living my life like it’s golden – by the pool/beach

I like holidays with beaches and pools. Laying in the sun (with sunscreen and shade) is quite nice so clearly I would be hanging out at the Liquid Pool Lounge. If I want it to be more peaceful, there are cabanas and a spa pool available :)

Living my life like it's golden - by the pool/beach

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Lemon Raspberry Loaf

Been a long time since we talked huh?

I’ve missed you guys….

I have been crazy busy with some new developments in my life. I started a new job and I am still trying to get use to my new schedule. If anyone knows anything about, I am not an evening person, and my new schedule requires me to be ON in the evening. I am so the annoying morning person that AS SOON AS I open my eyes, I’m so cheery without having had a drop of coffee. I am also the non evening person that cannot have a serious conversation past 10pm unless there is something fantastic going on.

But I am back from my mini hiatus, and finally getting things together one day at a time.

How have all of you been? How are the dogs days of summer going?

Mise en Place

To make up for lost time, I thought I would entice you with something delicious, so I made

Lemon Raspberry Bread………

Raspberries

 

But then I totally FORGOT to take a picture of the after bread. Again, I was making this bread in the evening and my brain was not working properly.

I know I can’t show you, but the loaf came out insanely good!

If your not a fan of raspberries, you can sub them for blueberries.

Yum

 

This recipe is really easy, and can be done without an electric mixer…BUT if you have one, might as well put it to use. I like to coat the berries in flour before tossing them in with the other ingredients because it helps them from sinking to the bottom of the loaf.

Sorry there are no “after”pictures =(

But do take my word for it, the cake was superb. This is great for brunch, weekends or potlucks. Again if you don’t like raspberries, you can sub blueberries. I like using fresh instead of frozen because its my preference.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Lemon Raspberry Loaf

Ingredients

  • 4 whole eggs
  • 2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 plus 2 tbsp fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 2/3 cup butter, melted and cooled
  • 3 cups flour {plus one teaspoon for berries}
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 cup fresh berries
  • 1/4 cup lemon Zest

Directions

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Lightly spray and line a 8x5 loaf pan.
  • In a mixing bowl crack the two eggs, adding in the sugar, lemon juice, butter and eggs. (can be done by hand or in an electric mixer)
  • In a separate bowl; stir together the cup of flour and baking powder.
  • Stir in the dry ingredients alternately with the milk, do this in thirds.
  • Toss the berries in the 2 teaspoons of flour and gently fold them in along with the lemon zest.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 50-55 minutes, or until a tester is inserted and comes back clean. The top and edges of the loaf should be golden.
  • Let the loaf cool in the pan for 10-15 minutes. Run a butter knife along the edges of the loaf and then carefully remove the loaf to a wire rack to finish cooling.
http://www.peppermintandpaisley.com/2014/08/14/lemon-raspberry-loaf/

Tuesday Favourites

Swiss Chard with Peaches and Sliced Almonds

Happy Thursday!

My…. is the time flying by, I can’t believe it’s already mid-July. Where did the time go? Where is the time going? Every day we are getting older and I am eating more and more.

Have you guys been eating your local seasonal fruits and vegetables? Summer brings out the best produce with lovely stone fruits, squash, heirloom tomatoes, and Swiss Chard.

In the world of hearty greens, Swiss chard often gets overshadowed by its popular neighbor kale, but it’s a superstar in its own right., that’s for sure!

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Tuesday Favourites

Shrimp with Fresh Corn Grits

Happy Thursday to ya!

I hope everyone had an incredible 4th of July, filled with rest, relaxation, good food and no sunburn. Did anyone eat anything interesting or exotic?

…I had a corndog. I really like fresh corn dogs, which I think is so random because I did not grow up eating them but I really like the way that they taste. Unfortunately it was not worth “cheating” on my diet; simply because the beef portion of the hot dog tasted a little burned on the ends. I also had some fries, and a bite of a burger. Oh and some ribs, which were probably the best part. So as you can see, I basically ate nothing interesting. It was my first time having beef and cheating like that in a long time. I felt sooooo guilty that I went spinning the next morning, and I was killing it on that bike. I am fairly certain that I burned off the corn dog, and when I got home I made some fresh juice that consisted of : beets, kale. grapefruit, apple and carrot.

I can’t cheat….

Shrimp

….but when I do cheat, I opt for an lean protein like shrimp.

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Red, White and Blueberry Cupcakes

Yup!!!! It’s cupcake time again. Can you believe this is the first time all year that I have baked?? How crazy is that? It’s because I have been so busy sewing so I do have a good excuse.

Anyway, I’m sure you can guess that these cupcakes were made for two reasons. US Independence Day which also happens to be a dear friend’s birthday. I woke up that morning and finally made it to the gym after dislocating my toe months ago. Later I randomly decided to make cupcakes to fit the red white and blue theme. It was only when I loaded my car to head to the party that I realised I was supposed to take fruit along. BUT the cupcakes had fruit on them so I was covered ;) (Yes, I am reaching…)

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