Lucky Charm Pancakes

Happy St. Patricks Day friends!! Last night I tried being creative and making some green Rice Krispie treats, but for some reason they turned out this ugly brown color, poop brown to be exact. It was a Pinterest fail if I’ve ever seen one.

Well I gave this holiday another shot this morning (I am Irish after all!) and made some festive green pancakes with homemade whipped cream! The lucky charms marshmallows were a perfect touch and added some extra sweetness. stpattyday2

So toss aside your green eggs and ham and try out this recipe! Trust me it’ll be a hit and it’s fail proof ūüėČ

INGREDIENTS

For the Pancake:

  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 tbsp white vinegar
  • 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp melted butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • pastel green food coloring

For the Whipped Cream:

  • 1/2 cup¬†heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tbsp sugar

DIRECTIONS

  1. In a small bowl combine milk and vinegar. Set aside and let sit for a few minutes.
  2. In a large bowl combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  3. Whisk together butter, egg and vanilla into the milk mixture. Add the food coloring.
  4. Combine with flour mixture and stir until smooth.
  5. Add butter to pan and pour 1/4 cup batter. Let cook on one side until bubbles begin to pop, then flip to the other side. Cook until barely golden brown.
  6. Place a mixer bowl and whisk in freezer for at least 20 minutes to chill.
  7. Pour heavy whipping cream and sugar into the cold bowl and whisk on high speed until medium to stiff peaks form, about 1 minute. Be sure not to over whisk.
  8. Add as many Lucky Charms marshmallows as desired!

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Hope everyone has a super fun and safe St. Patty’s Day!! ūüćÄscreen-shot-2016-11-18-at-2-05-16-pm

-SHOP THIS RECIPE-

Lucky Charms Cereal // KitchenAid Hand Mixer, Ice // Wilton Pastel Icing Color Set

The Shine Project

 

With Spring inching closer we’re leaving our warm coats behind us, but dainty jewelry is here to stay. I have never been a huge statement jewelry type of person, small and simple is the way to my heart. Especially if there is a little pink in it…I found an amazing company that not only makes gorgeous simple jewelry like the necklace I’m wearing, but they do it with a purpose.

 

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The Shine Project is a nonprofit started to give college scholarships to inner-city youth in Phoenix. Shortly after starting it, Ashley the founder, discovered the harsh living conditions of some of her students and decided to do something about it. Ashley taught herself to make bracelets and bought a bunch of jewelry supplies. She then employed some of the people she gave scholarships to so they could earn money while still going to school.

Now the students who are given scholarships are then given jobs making bracelets and handle everything from customer service and sales, to jewelry design and events. Currently 11 students are employed at the company and all donations made through the non-profit are given directly to the students! How awesome is that?!

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Outfit Details:

Badgley Mischka Blush Coat // J. Crew Button Up // Edie Smoking Silver Flats ( Thanks to my sister!) // Kate Spade Purse

It’s so easy to buy from big brands that we know and love but step out of your comfort zone and check out The Shine Project. Their amazing jewelry and story just might surprise you!
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Minny’s Famous Chocolate Pie

If you’ve read the book or seen the movie, The Help then you know about Minny’s famous chocolate pie that everyone loves. Of course I’m talking about the version without her shit in it.¬†I’m not much of a pie maker, but since it is National Pi Day I decided to give it a whirl!

The recipe I found is super simple, and while my pie didn’t turn out as pretty as I had hoped, it sure did end up being delicious! I also forgot to get the ingredients for whipped cream so we enjoyed it without, but it honestly didn’t need it. This fudgy pie was a huge hit and it’s creamy¬†filling made it easy to enjoy without whipped cream!

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If you feel like trying it out here’s the recipe…you won’t regret it!

Ingredients:

  • 1 packaged pie crust (I used Pillsbury) or you can make from scratch
  • 1¬Ĺ cups granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • ¬ĺ cup evaporated milk
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ¬ľ teaspoon salt
  • whipped cream to serve.

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Ease the dough into the pie plate and gently fold the extra dough over and pinch the edges decoratively.

2. In a large mixing bowl whisk together the sugar, cocoa powder, butter, eggs, evaporated milk, vanilla and salt until smooth.

3. Pour the filling into the pie crust and bake for 45 minutes, or until the filling is set around the edges but a little jiggly in the center. Cover the crust with strips of foil 15 minutes into baking to prevent over-browning.

4. Cool the pie on a rack before cutting. Serve with whipped cream if desired.

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Happy National Pi Day everyone! I hope you enjoy this recipe…I’m off to watch The Help while enjoying another slice of Minny’s Famous Chocolate Pie!¬†screen-shot-2016-11-18-at-2-05-16-pm

Here are a few things I recommend getting from this post:

The Help (book) // Glass Pie Plate, 9.5-Inch // Duralex Stackable Glass Bowl Set, 2 oz // Airtight Chalkboard Canister Jar (Set of 3) // Sur La Table Copper-Plated Measuring Spoons // Mud Pie Mixing Bowl Set, White // Classic Wood Rolling Pin // Cloth Napkins, Blush

Donut Fest Cleveland

This post is long over due but my sister, brother-in-law and I attended Donut Fest in early Feb and it was pretty darn amazing. Of course we invested in VIP tickets because we wanted to get all the warm donuts ūüôā

Donut fest was put on in 3 cities, New York, Chicago, and Cleveland. I know..who woulda guessed Cleveland. But I was pretty pumped to be able to go and visit my sister and pig out on donuts all at once.

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When we first arrived they gave us goodie bags filled with our tickets for donuts and coffee, a coffee mug, and a bunch of coupons. There were 12 donut venders and and 6 coffee vendors. At first I thought that wasn’t very many but once we started we realized it was more than enough. They also had a local dairy farm come to supply the most delicious chocolate milk I’ve ever tasted.¬†screen-shot-2017-03-01-at-11-14-22-am_o6a6761_o6a6762

We were able to try one donut from each place and let me tell you, I was in heaven. By the end, we almost had to be rolled out of there. To name a few of my favorite, the donut pictured above had these caramelized Rice Krispie treats on top that I couldn’t get enough of. I’m seriously going to put them on everything from now on.

My absolute favorite though was a donut hole infused with champagne chocolate frosting. It was incredible and I could’ve had ten.

While those were just a few of my faves the winner of the fest was…..

PEACE LOVE AND LITTLE DONUTS!¬†¬†I didn’t quite love the donut they provided at the fest but I’ve been to their shop with my sister before and we love their donuts. They are the perfect size and I like being able to watch them make it right in front you._o6a6784

Overall, I had an amazing time and will definitely be attending any future Donut Fests I can get my hands on. Have a great Sunday everyone! ūüôā

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French Lemon Yogurt Cake

We are currently sitting in the waiting room at the Cleveland Clinic anxiously waiting for my sister to have her baby,¬†so I thought this was a pretty good time to right this post. My sister and brother-in-law¬†read the¬†book,¬†Bringing up B√©b√© by Pamela Druckerman¬†during her pregnancy. It’s all about her life as an American mom in France and how well behaved the French children are.

Druckermann talks about how the children in France bake almost every weekend, which teaches them patience and structure. There is a yogurt cake that most French children are taught to bake and her friend’s 3 year old daughter can bake the cake all by herself.

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My sister had made the yogurt cake from the book, but didn’t like it very much so found¬†a similar¬†recipe. We made this¬†French lemon yogurt cake and it was absolutely amazing. I normally like rich desserts with chocolate and peanut butter, but this French cake is now in my top 5. It’s perfectly¬†light and sweet. We enjoyed a slice that night and another¬†with tea the next morning! It was so delicious I had to share the recipe with you all. We found this recipe online but changed a few things to make it a little healthier and our own!

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French Lemon Yogurt Cake

INGREDIENTS:
  • ¬Ĺ cup plain yogurt or Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 ¬Ĺ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ¬Ĺ teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • grated lemon zest, from 1 medium-size lemon
  • ¬Ĺ cup¬†coconut oil
  • ¬ľ cup fresh lemon juice
  • ¬ĺ cup (1¬Ĺ jars) of powdered sugar

INSTRUCTIONS:

-Preheat oven to 350ňöF. Spray a 9-inch round cake pan with baking spray and line bottom of pan with parchment paper and spray parchment paper lightly. Set aside.
-In a large bowl, combine yogurt, sugar, and eggs until well blended.
-Next add flour, baking powder, salt and zest. Mix until just combined.
-Add the oil and vanilla and stir well. Keep stirring until smooth, may take a little while.
-Bake for 30-40 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
-Cool cake on a wire rack for 10 minutes; then flip out of pan onto the rack.
-For the icing, combine the lemon juice and powdered sugar in a small bowl and stir until smooth. With a pastry brush, gently brush the all of the glaze onto the cake.  Some of it will drip off, but most of it will soak in. Allow cake to cool completely.                                        -Sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve.

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I really hope you guys enjoy this recipe as much as we did! Now I’m back to waiting for baby… ūüĎ∂

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Here are some of the essentials from this post:

Bringing Up Bébé Book

Top Rated Cooling Rack

Wilton 2 Piece 9-inch Pan Set

Silicone Basting Pastry Brush

Mason Jar Vase (16oz, clear)

Gimme Some Sugar {Cookies}

When it comes to Valentine’s Day and gifts I’m a big fan of keeping things simple. While it’s nice to do extravagant things for your loved ones every now and then, there is something to be said for a small box of chocolates. Or better yet a batch of sugar cookies.

These heart shaped sugar cookies are a small gesture to show someone just how much you care. Not to mention they are super soft and delicious. I could’ve had about ten of these if I didn’t stop myself.

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Valentine Heart Cookie Recipe:

  • 1 cup¬†butter, room temp.
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon water
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

-Cream sugar, butter, and vanilla.

-Add egg and water. Beat until fluffy.

-Combine baking powder, salt, and flour separately. Then slowly combine to wet mixture.

-Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for an hour. Then roll out with flour and use cookie cutter to cut into hearts.

-Bake at 375 degrees for 5-7 minutes. Do not let the edges turn brown ūüôā

Icing:

Mix 2 cups of powdered sugar with 1 teaspoon vanilla and 1 tablespoon melted butter. Then stir in 1 teaspoon of milk at a time to reach your desired consistency. Also, add a drop or two of pink food coloring to the icing and spread on cookies!

These cookies didn’t even last one day in my house, but if by some chance they do last, they’ll also go great with coffee the next morning! Here are most of the letters of this World Market mug: A, B,¬†C,¬†D, ¬†E, ¬†G, ¬†H, ¬†J,¬†K, ¬†L,¬†M, ¬†N, ¬†P, ¬†R, ¬†S, ¬†T

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Sending everyone lots of love this Valentine’s Day! I hope your day has been filled with flowers, chocolates and now lots of sugar cookies… enjoy ūüôā

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You can find my other kitchen supplies here:

Gimme Some Sugar Apron

Wilton 3 Piece Hearts Cutter Set

Pink Silicone Rolling Pin

Cooling Rack

Wilton Gel Food Color Set, Primary

Be Mine

Just because I don’t have a date this Valentine’s Day doesn’t mean I can’t dress up for it! And when I say dress up I mean dress down because this casual look is everything to me right now.

ILY Couture not only makes adorable graphic tees and sweatshirts for every holiday, but they also make the most comfortable clothes ever. This tee is so soft I’ve worn it more days in a row than I care to admit. I’m also hoping the more I wear it, the more guys I’ll get asking me to be their Valentine. Just kidding about that last part…kind of.

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So whether you’ve got a hot date this Valentine’s Day or you’re just lounging on your couch eating a whole box of chocolates alone…you won’t regret getting one of these soft and adorable shirts from ILYCouture! Trust me on this one.

You guys can shop my look here:

Top Shop Jeans

Kiss Kiss Tee Shirt

Heart on Sleeve Sweatshirt

Heart Sweatshirt

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No Turning Back

2017 has already been a huge year for me. Even though I was only in LA for less than a year, this past weekend, I packed up my apartment in Santa Monica and drove the U-haul back to the Bay Area. Sadly yes, that means no more Alfred coffee or tea… ūüė¶

When I first moved to LA and people would ask me why, I would say I needed a change. But after living there for a few months I realized it wasn’t the place that needed to change, it was me. Ya see, I have learned that I have a tendency to self sabotage. Whether it was when I was in school or recently with my career. Heck I even do it with some of my relationships.

For those of you that are unfamiliar with what it means to self sabotage. I’ll give you the simplest explanation. I am constantly getting in the way of my own success. And as much as I hate to admit it, this most likely stems from fear. Fear of failing. Fear of being unhappy. Fear of disappointing the people I love. Whatever the reason, I’m sick of living in this¬†la la land and I’m finally going to do something about it. I refuse to let fear control my life.

I may be moving back home but I couldn’t be happier. A place can’t determine my happiness and success, only I can. And in 2017, I’m going all in. In all aspects of my life, whether it’s with my career or falling in love, I am choosing to succeed. I am choosing to be happy.

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What are you guys doing to better yourselves this year? I’d love to hear!

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Like my outfit? Find it here:

Fringe Sweater

J. Brand Jeans

Steve Madden Booties

Kate Spade Purse

 

Chocolate Football Cookies

I know that people love the Superbowl for the game and the commercials but I love it for the snacks. And since the Raiders didn’t make this year I’ll definitely be sitting at the food table all Sunday long. If you’re anything like me and live for the snacks or you just need something to bring to the party, you’re going to love these chocolate football cookies!

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These chocolate cookies are not only super cute and perfect for the super bowl but they are also chewy and delicious! You might want to double the batch because they’ll be gone before the halftime show. Here’s the recipe:

Chocolate Football Cookies:

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 sticks (1 cup) butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

DIRECTIONS:

  • Preheat oven to 350F degrees.
  • Mix together butter, cocoa, sugar, vanilla, and eggs in a large mixing bowl.
  • Blend on medium speed until smooth.
  • Gradually add the dry ingredients and mix until smooth.
  • Form a ball with the cookie dough and roll it out.
  • Cut into football shapes using a Football Cookie Cutter¬†and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
  • Bake for 10 to 14 minutes until the edges are firm.
  • Cool the cookies before moving or icing.
  • I used melted white chocolate to frost but you can use regular icing as well.

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I hope everyone has a blast this Superbowl Sunday and be sure to share this delicious recipe with your friends!

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The Perfect Valentine’s Skirt

I LOVE Valentine’s Day! I may be super single, but Valentine’s Day, to me, is so much more than celebrating with a significant other. It’s about appreciating ALL of your loved ones whether that be your boyfriend, friends, your family, or even just yourself! ¬†I spoiled myself a little with this skirt. It’s definitely not something I would wear everyday but for Valentine’s day it’s perfect!¬†id3a5287id3a5293

It is super comfortable, has a lot of movement, and it’s adorable! I paired it with a cozy J.Crew sweater but it would look super cute¬†with a blouse or tank top as well. It’s perfect for your Galentine’s day or date night needs ūüôā

You can find my outfit details here:

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My sister got me this Mantraband bracelet not too long ago and while it is very cute,¬†it’s the message that I love the most about it. It says to enjoy the journey, something that we so often forget to do. It’s easy to get stuck in a¬†routine or constantly worry about your next move and forget to just appreciate what you have right now. Sometimes it’s good to take a step back, look around and say, “Hey I’m here, I’m breathing, and I have a lot to be thankful for.” This bracelet serves as a reminder to enjoy my¬†journey each and every day and maybe it can do the same for you!

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What are some of your favorite “Mantras”? I’d love to hear!

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