5.11.17

I started this blog because I’ve come into a time in my life where I like looking put together.  Where everyday doesn’t have to be fancy, but it’s nice to look nice. This puts me in a difficult spot when I don’t feel like picking out an outfit at all.  Like when jammies sound like the most appealing thing to wear. So I look into my closet and brainstorm, thinking what checks the boxes of comfy and put together? This is when I realized that maybe my uniform this spring/summer will be casual top, skirt, and white Converse. I’m a little obsessed with this combination right now because it gives you so many options, but no heel or wedges required.  And then you’re playful and put together. And everyone is like aw, you’re so cute, and you’re like, I know. Congrats, you’re the cutest thing this summer. I just gave you that. 

I am a guilty of falling back on the yellow/navy combo all the time. It always matches, it always looks good, and they’re both great colors.  But I wanted to figure out something different for this skirt. This skirt, which made its appearance in one of my first posts ever. I look to Pinterest a lot for outfit inspiration and seeing a green and yellow mix gave me that *outfit lightbulb* moment.  Or more like a *duh* moment.  Of course they go together!!

I loved the yellow and green together, especially in this gorgeous meadow we found recently while we were out of town.

Yellow and green may not immediately come to mind as the matching combo of your next outfit, and Nutella and orange probably isn’t on your mind for your next flavor combo either….or is it??

After making this cake for my holiday party it was clear that orange with any chocolate incarnation would be a homerun.  I proved myself right with these Orange and Nutella Handpies. There are so many of us that probably eat Nutella out of the jar, but separate yourself from the spoon for a minute and make these.  Ugh I love the flaky crust, the chocolate and orange glaze drizzle on top. I would never dare call them Poptarts because the crust isn’t the same, but that shouldn’t stop you from making them for breakfast.

 

Nutella & Orange Handpies
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For the Crust
  1. 1 1/4 cups flour
  2. 1 tbsp sugar
  3. 1/2 tsp salt
  4. 1/2 cup unsalted butter, cold and sliced
  5. 2-3 tbsp cold water
  6. 1 egg, slightly beaten, for wash
For the Filling
  1. 1/2 jar Nutella
  2. zest from 1 orange
For the Drizzle
  1. 1/4 cup chocolate chips
  2. 1/4 cup confectioners sugar
  3. Juice from 1/2 orange
For the Crust
  1. In a food processor, pulse together flour, sugar, and salt
  2. Add in sliced, cold butter and pulse on low until small beads of butter are throughout
  3. Slowly pour in water and pulse a few times until dough begins to come together
  4. Dump out dough on floured surface and knead dough together
  5. Pat into a disc and wrap tightly in plastic wrap
  6. Chill for 1 hour, but up to 2 days
To Assemble
  1. Allow crust to sit out for a few minutes until pliable
  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper
  3. Roll dough out into rectangle close to 12"x15"
  4. Slice into 8 equal squares
  5. Mix filling ingredients together and place in the center of 4 of the squares
  6. Poke holes down the center of 4 squares without filling and place on top of the 4 squares with the filling
  7. Brush each with egg wash and use a fork to press edges together
  8. Transfer to baking sheet and bake 17-20 minutes, until golden brown
  9. Allow to cool before applying drizzle
For the Drizzle
  1. In one bowl melt chocolate chips in microwave in 30 seconds bursts, stirring after each 30 seconds, to allow it to melt more
  2. In a separate bowl, mix a little orange juice at a time in with the confectioners until a thick glaze is formed
  3. Drizzle chocolate and orange glaze over handpies and enjoy
Notes
  1. *These can be enjoyed warm or room temperature
  2. *Keep in airtight container
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These aren’t profound color or flavors to put together but they’re probably not in the top two or three options that immediately come to mind.  So when you’re baking or creating your next outfit for a playful tomorrow, think of something just a little different, something that is a little change from what you normally go for. That can be the first step to you making a frosting with some crazy ass flavor or…..gasp, mixing patterns.

Yellow Pleated Skirt [thrifted] / H&M Striped Shirt / White Converse

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5.8.17

And another year of life has gone by.  This past weekend, while I had a lot of fun and made the best poor decisions, most importantly was good for my soul.  I never make a huge to do about my birthday, but it’s always nice to be surrounded by close friends and those who mean the most.  We started the festivities by watching the Kentucky Derby and the horse I bet on won the race!  Then I drank all the bourbon in Manhattan, and Phil and I had a relaxing Sunday to enjoy each other’s company. It was a near perfect 48 hours. Birthday + Derby = double the reason to get a little dolled up and wear a big hat. And I needed to show off my new dress, a cozy little number that can be dressed up or down.

I snatched this dress from a Banana Republic Factory Outlet, which is closer to my apartment than I’d like.  It’s dangerous.  Plus the whole store was on sale, ugh, it was plain trouble. The dress is more like a sage color, which is a nice change for a neutral, and a pop of green and gold is the perfect touch.  

I also cannot believe it’s been so long since I’ve brought out these shoes.  I bought them within the first year of moving to NYC and I forgot how beautiful they are! They’re pretty comfy to boot, and even though I’ve had them forever, it proves that classy pieces never go out of style. 

I’m going to have to up my hat game next year for the Derby, but this was a good last minute fill in. I feel like an epic trip to Michaels will be required.

I know it’s Monday but keep your chin up! Through a cloudy Saturday the sun eventually did come out. I’d like to apply that on this mentally hazy Monday when I’m not ready for real life again. I’m never ready to start a new week, but I look forward to the sun peeking through.

Banana Republic Factory Outlet Dress / H&M Summer Hat (similar) / Dries Van Noten Shoes (old)

 

 

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5.5.17

This past week has been a blur.  Beginning  a new job has right off the bat has become overwhelming and I’m running on fumes a bit.  It’s left me with less time than I anticipated to accomplish some things on my to do list, namely blog posts!  But I whipped together this cake and had to share.  It’s a no frills type of photo shoot, but when you have a Mint Julep Cake, who needs food props? The Kentucky Derby is tomorrow, as well as my birthday, so it’s double celebration time. If you have a party with some big hats involved, this cake is the perfect finishing touch.  Fluffy white cake with a bourbon soak, mint and lime frosting and a bourbon caramel drizzle.  That’s bourbon twice. 

 

Mint Julep Cake
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For the Cake
  1. 2 cups cake flour
  2. 3/4 tsp baking powder
  3. 1/4 tsp baking soda
  4. 1/2 tsp salt
  5. 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  6. 1 1/4 cup sugar
  7. 1/4 cup milk
  8. 1/2 cup sour cream
  9. 3 egg whites
  10. seeds from 1 vanilla bean
For the Bourbon Soak
  1. 1 1/2 tbsp bourbon
  2. 1/4 cup simple syrup (I boiled 1/2 cup sugar and 1/2 cup water until dissolved and cooled)
Frosting
  1. 1 cup unsalted butter
  2. 4-5 cups confectioners sugar
  3. juice from 1 1/2 lime
  4. 1-2 tsp mint extract (to taste)
  5. chopped mint leaves, if desired
For Caramel Drizzle
  1. 1/2 cup sugar
  2. 3 tbsp unsalted butter, softened
  3. 1/4 cup heavy cream
  4. 1 tbsp bourbon
For the Cake
  1. Preheat oven to 350 and grease 3 6" cake pans
  2. In a medium bowl whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt, set aside
  3. In the bowl of a stand up mixer cream together butter and sugar
  4. Add in egg whites, sour cream, milk and vanilla seeds, allowing each to incorporate before adding the next
  5. Add in dry ingredients slowly, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed
  6. Pour batter evenly into cake tins and bake for 25-30 minutes, until tester comes out of center clean
  7. Once baked, allow to cool for 10 minutes in pan before inverting onto wire rack, allow to cool completely
  8. Once cooled, make drizzle, then frosting
For the Drizzle
  1. In a heavy bottom medium sauce pan heat sugar on medium to low heat until full melted and golden, about 7 minutes, stir occasionally with a rubber spatula to avoid burning
  2. Once fully melted, remove from heat, add in butter and stir to melt butter into sugar
  3. Once completely melted together, add in heavy cream and bourbon, continue to stir until combined and place back on heat, stirring for about 30 more seconds
  4. Allow to cool while you make frosting and assemble cake
For the Frosting
  1. Add all ingredients (beginning with 4 cups of sugar and adding as necessary) into bowl of stand up mixer and combine until thick but spreadable consistency is reached
  2. Pour into piping bag
To Assemble
  1. Place a small amount of frosting on a cardboard circle and place first layer on top
  2. Mix together the simple syrup and bourbon and brush top of first layer with soak
  3. Pipe frosting on top of layer, then place next layer on top of frosting and repeat soak and frosting steps
  4. Pipe frosting around outside of cake, scrape with straight edge to cream crumb coat, chill for 10 minutes
  5. Frost rest of cake as desired, using a spoon drizzle caramel over top, allowing it to drip down the side, and spreading over the top
Notes
  1. *I added in the mint leaves to the frosting just for fun, it's does not have to be added if the look of the leaves in your frosting is not your thing
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It’s a gloomy, rainy day here in NYC, so I think I’ll indulge in some mint julep cake, maybe with some extra bourbon on the side.  Bourbon creates more hours in the day right?

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