Monday, August 18, 2014

Made from Scratch: Flour Tortillas

In this time of blogging, DIY, and a resurgence in homemaking, there are loads of men and women who are making amazing things from scratch everyday, but I am often surprised at how many people have never even thought about making some things from scratch.  There are a few things that I don't feel are worth making from scratch (ahem, curry paste... been there, done that and it just tastes better out of a can or package), but there are tons of things you can easily make from scratch that don't take too much time or any weird ingredients.  Tortillas are one of these foods for me.  I could spend $3 of my grocery budget buying tortillas, or make fabulous fresh ones at home and spend the $3 on something else.  I don't make them from scratch every time, but I do love having a good recipe to use whenever I want to save that $3.00 (that sounds like such a trifling amount, but when you are trying to stick to a budget, it can go a long way!).   

Tortillas 
from Taste of Home
makes 8 medium/large tortillas
2 cups of flour (I often use 1 cup of wheat flour and 1 cup of white)
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup water
3 Tbs olive oil

Combine flour and salt in a bowl.  Add water and olive oil and mix until a soft dough forms.  Knead about 15 times until it is no longer sticky.  Add a little more flour if necessary.  Let it rest for 10 minutes and then divide it into 8 sections.  Roll each into a ball on a floured surface.  Roll each ball out with a rolling pin until it is very flat and round.  Cook on a griddle or in a frying pan until they are slightly puffy and golden parts to each side.
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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Twenty Weeks (!)


 Starting to show just a little bit
shirt: old navy// jeans: kohl's// shoes: ross// necklace: francesca's

A few things about week 20.  
- Most of my pants no longer fit.
- Comfort has become a serious priority and I am living in skirts, dresses and tees.  
- Despite what everyone told me about pregnancy, I am still freezing almost all the time.  
- I really need sleep these days.  I can sleep 8 1/2 hours at night and still take an hour long nap during the day.  
- Baby clothes are currently way more fun to shop for than clothes for me!  They are so little and so cute! 
- I can eat ice cream again! 

Also, if you have any baby tips or pregnancy suggestions, I would welcome them!  I am still feeling like such a newbie and have no idea what kinds of baby equipment to buy or what kind of diapers to purchase, so please feel free to pass along any advice!  




Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Raiding My Sister's Closet: 'Summer of No Pants' Contrast Band Tutorial

Skirts and dresses are my thing.  I have lots of them and I love wearing them.  I often get asked if I am dressed up to go someplace because I am wearing a skirt or a dress.  Summertime is a terrific time to wear them because they are often much cooler and more comfortable than pants!
My two fabulous sisters and I have teamed up with Marigold from Hideous!Dreadful!Stinky! and her 'summer of no pants' series!  We each bring you a tutorial with an easy (and awesome) way to modify this black Old Navy Dress.  I am totally in love with this dress.  I actually ordered the wine-colored one about 3 days after I received the black one in the mail because it was so comfortable and had a great fit!  I thought it would be great for a fall/winter pregnancy, but it is darling if you are not pregnant, too.





dress: c/o Old Navy // shoes: Mootsies Tootsies (similar)// necklace: francesca's (similar)  

Tutorial for a Leopard Contrast Band: 

See what awesome alterations Merrick and Janssen have made to this dress! 
     

You should also go check out more posts from the 'Summer of No Pants' series for more fun skirt/dress embellishments and alterations!  


Please feel free to email me with questions or clarification at landen[dot]cloakroom[at]gmail[dot]com  

Friday, August 8, 2014

Guess who's coming for Christmas?


hat: h&m// shirt: h&m// shoes: h&m// pants: h&m// sweater: h&m

 
We are so excited to welcome a little baby boy into our family at the end of December!!!  

Keeping It Real: Pencil Skirt

I love that pencil skirts are back in.  As a teenager and even into my early 20's I found it difficult to feel comfortable in them because they made me feel like I have massive hips (which for my size, I kind of do).  As an adult, I handle this problem in a slightly more mature way by ignoring it, and buying skirts that fit properly.  Pencil skirts are so versatile and I wanted to show you how I like to dress them up, and dress them down.  

shirt: Kohl's// skirt: made by me (similar)// shoes: target(similar)
shirt: made by me (similar)// sweater: primark (british store)// scarf: Forever 21 // skirt: made by me// shoes: dsw

1.  Add a light t-shirt and flat sandals for an everyday relaxed look


2.  Dress it up with a cardigan (over-air conditioned buildings makes this possible!), blouse and bow scarf with some wedges for put-together look that will be great for work, or a night out!


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