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
  • 1½ cups granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • ¾ cup evaporated milk
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ¼ 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

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 Bébé 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:
  • ½ cup plain yogurt or Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • grated lemon zest, from 1 medium-size lemon
  • ½ cup coconut oil
  • ¼ cup fresh lemon juice
  • ¾ cup (1½ jars) of powdered sugar

INSTRUCTIONS:

-Preheat oven to 350˚F. 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… 👶

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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)