Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Sugar-Sprinkled Muffins

 Any post that beings with the phrase "sugar sprinkled" is a sure-fire win.  These beauties are no exception. A few days ago I told Adam that I was going to make some muffins this week and did he have a preference on what kind.  Immediately, he replied that these muffins needed to be made this week.  They are super tasty!  There is buttermilk in the recipe, which makes the muffins a little tangy, so the sugar on top is a nice compliment.

Sugar-Sprinkled Muffins:
from William Sonoma

7 tbs softened or room temp butter
2/3 cup white sugar
1 egg
1 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 cup buttermilk (or fill a measuring cup almost to the top with regular milk, leaving about 1/4 cm below the rim exposed.  Fill the remainder of the measuring cup with white vinegar and let sit for 3 minutes).
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

In stand mixer, mix butter and sugar until smooth and fluffy.  Add egg and mix until combined.  In another bowl, combine flour, baking soda, salt and nutmeg and whisk together.  Add flour mixture in small portions alternated with buttermilk to the butter mixture.  Mix and add vanilla extract.  Once thoroughly mixed, dole out into muffin tins (should fill about 12) and cook in oven at 350 degrees for about 20 -25 minutes until golden brown.  Test them with a toothpick if you are not sure that they are cooked through.  Pull them out when they have cooked all the way, and let them cool for about 10 minutes and prepare the topping (see below).
1 stick butter, melted
2/3 cup white sugar
1 tbs cinnamon
Mix cinnamon and sugar in one bowl.  Leave melted butter in separate bowl.

Take your cooled muffins and dip the muffin top in the melted butter.  Then dip the buttered top into the sugar mixture.  Let 'dry' on a cooling rack for 10 minutes and enjoy!

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Raiding My Sister's Closet: Outfit Finishers

Every outfit requires article of clothing or accessory that pulls an entire outfit together and makes it work as a cohesive unit.  For this post, we are calling that piece an 'outfit finisher'.  I usually know if things are not quite right in an outfit will try out finishers until I find just the right ensemble.  It is remarkably difficult sometimes, but always worth the effort!  
Here are 3 examples of outfit finishers that I use.  

The Belt:  A fun belt is a sure-fire way to pull together an outfit.  
It can take an outfit from good to great.  
shirt: clothing swap(similar)// jeans: jc penney// shoes: ross(similar)// necklace:francesca's

Jacket:  Jackets are one of my favorite methods for pulling together
an outfit.  I use them more than almost any other kind of finisher.  
dress: gap// jacket: anthropologie (similar)// necklace: london// shoes: zara

Statement Necklace: A statement necklace tells you what it does.  It makes a statement.  
I love how a necklace can really pull an outfit together nicely.  
 shirt: forever 21(similar)//skirt: clothing swap// shoes: gift from mom(similar)// necklace: claire's

Check out how Janssen and Merrick finish their outfits:

Friday, July 25, 2014

summertime white

A few weeks ago I was scouring Pinterest for maternity tutorials. It was surprisingly disappointing... most of the options that I saw were okay, but nothing that I would really want to make.  If I am going to spend the time making something, I want it to be something that I will actually wear, and that will make me feel lovely (if you happen to know of any great resources, please pass them along!).  Thus came the birth of this pinterest board and this dress, which will hopefully be a good piece for my ever-expanding belly.  It probably won't fit when I am 9-months pregnant, but hopefully it will get me through the rest of the summer and into fall! I had sewn this eyelet piece into another dress a few years ago, but was never very happy with how it looked.  I ripped it out and spent several months debating on what to do with it.  This light summertime dress seemed perfect for it!  Perfect for a garden party or just a day out.  Cool, light, and summery. 

dress: made by me// shoes: dsw// earrings: nickel and suede (gift from Janssen)

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Week Seventeen

Hey look! It's a baby! 

shirt: target// jeans: kohl's// earrings: aeropostale// shoes: dsw
I am finally starting to really feel pregnant!  We announced publicly that we are expecting baby a few weeks ago, and it has been so fun to start feeling (and looking) pregnant.  I don't look very pregnant here... I was trying to choose a shirt that would help me look as pregnant as I feel, but after I took these photos and sorted through them, I don't think it worked... maybe next week. Anyway, pregnancy has been a little crazy.  I have had loads of cravings from gummy worms to pasta with cream sauce.  They come at the most random moments and typically don't go away until I eat whatever it is that I am craving.  

Lots of nausea pretty much all the time.  I was hoping it would go away once I got to the second trimester, but apparently not.  Not quite as lousy as the first trimester (our trip to Norway was rough.  I felt SO nauseous for almost our entire trip.  On the bright side, I think we saved money on food because it never sounded good!), but I am still not a fully functional eater.  Hopefully that will come as the baby gets bigger.  Also, baby doesn't like creamy dairy products.This was slightly devastating if you know anything about my ice cream addiction.  

So far so good, though!  A few cute pregnancy clothes have been added to the closet, and I am planning on making a few more before the summer is out, so that will be fun!  
We have our gender ultra-sound in 2 weeks and I must say, I am THRILLED!  It will be so nice not to have to refer to baby as 'baby' or 'he or she'.  We also then get the daunting task of picking a name!  Wish me luck!  

 We are lovin' on this baby! 

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The Unexpected

Some stores use beautiful fabric, bright colors, attractive models or well-made clothing to entice people in.  In my mind, Anthropologie uses the unique factor to get people in the door.  Whenever I go into an Anthropologie, I am pretty sure I will find something interesting and fabulous waiting inside. Sometimes it is unusual clothing that catches my eye, other times the displays are incredible, and sometimes the home goods are very fun or inspirational.  It is no secret that is it one of my favorite stores, and if it were not quite so expensive, I might be tempted to purchase my entire wardrobe there.  Even if I can't afford an entire wardrobe there, I have a  number of unique and fun items from there that make the rest of my somewhat boring wardrobe that much more interesting.  I had a nice time wandering around their website looking at some things that I thought had interesting details to them!  I hope you like the unexpected as much as I do.  
top:  dress// necklace// sandals
bottom: tank// flats// skirt

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