This weekend is a very special weekend, you guys. It’s the weekend before Birthday Week! Originally, I hadn’t planned on doing any special, but Andy asked me the other day what I wanted to do to kick off the festivities and I’m not going to say “no” to additional merriment and indulgence. There isn’t a set plan yet -he and I have both been a bit under the weather the last few days-, but I have some ideas. There is a list of potential restaurants and activities that I am carefully compiling and I’ll make my final selections after we wake up and take stock of how we’re feeling. So keep your fingers crossed. I like a relaxing weekend at home as much as the next girl, but I’d really like to get out and do something a little special while Andy is inclined to give me my way.
Andy and I are both very scent sensitive, and a lot of the spray-able “fresheners” are frankly a bit much, but I am interested to try this DIY version.
If you haven’t already, go check out A Wrinkle in Time. It deviates from the book a bit, but the costuming alone makes it all worth it.
I’ve heard of missing things about your ex, but I’ve never heard of missing his water filter.
These PB&J petit fours are adorable and worthy of the Great British Baking Show.
How cute and inspiring are these free phone backgrounds?
I picked up these amazing glitter shoes on super sale at Urban Outfitters. They needed to be stretched a bit, but now they’re great.
Some good social tips on how to talk about money.
I love all of the Easter decor that’s out right now, and all of the amazing crafts that everyone is planning. Awesome things like this rainbow egg wreath diy.
Image from here.
One of the things I said I wanted to focus on this year was self care. I’ve been doing a few things to take better care of myself and make my life a little easier. One of the more indulgent things I’ve been doing is taking a nice tub soak at the end of a particularly long day. It started out with the tub and whatever soap I could squirt under the faucet to make bubbles, but as I’ve made this a bigger part of my routine I’ve started adding different things to make the experience a little more luxurious. Below I have curated some items that I would love to keep on hand for the perfect evening bubble bath.
- Fizzbanger – Lush
- Teak Bath Caddy – Bed Bath & Beyond
- Verbena Shower Gel – L’Occitane
- Threshold – Target
- Botanica Trinket Dish – Anthropologie
- Volcano Candle – Capri Blue
- Imperial Purple Robe – Soma
- Volition Wine Glass – ModCloth
- Evolution Salt Massage Stone – Urban Outfitters
As you can see, there are a few items in there that aren’t for the bath exactly. A gold catch-all for the jewelry I am always forgetting to take off, glasses for a beverage to enjoy during the soak, and a pink salt sphere to use on any tension the soak didn’t alleviate. Little touches to make things my version of “perfect”. What do you need for your perfect soak?
I consider myself a fairly competent amateur baker, and I have made some really delicious things, but every once in a while I surprise even myself. That’s how I feel about these Lightly Lavender Lemon Meringue Cupcakes I made this weekend. I’ve wanted to frost something with simple meringue ever since I tried this
recipe a few weeks ago. The meringue was so pretty and glossy, and the flavor was lovely on its own. Perfect for a spring cupcake. We all know lemon is a time honored companion for meringue, so figured that would be a safe bet for my main flavor. Last year, I had lavender in lemonade so I decided to make that the “something special” that would take these cupcakes up a notch. Honestly, I think it’s one of the best things I’ve ever made, and my taste testers RAVED about them. I am so excited to share this recipe with you guys, and I hope you love them as much as I do.
Special equipment: Kitchen torch
- 5 egg whites
- 1 1/2 cups white sugar
- Preheat oven to 350ºF
- Combine cake mix, butter, veggie oil and eggs in mixer until combined.
- Mix in zest, milk, extract and mix until thoroghly combined
- Fold in chopped buds.
- Fill cupcake liners
- Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden and inserted toothpick comes out clean.
- Allow cupcakes to cool.
- Using a knife or a cupcake corer, create a hole in the center of each cupcake.
- Transfer lemon curd to ziplock bag and clip off one corner. Use to fill cored cupcakes.
- In a double boiler, heat 2 inches of water in the lower pot. When water boils place top pot over boiling water carefully so that the boiling water doesn’t touch the bottom of the upper bowl.
- Combine egg whites and sugar in top bowl.
- Whisk gently over heat until mixture become slightly more opaque and the sugar has fully dissolved.
- Transfer the mixture to a mixer and whip on high for 10 minutes until it doubles in size and reaches stiff peak stage.
- Pipe your meringue onto your filled cupcakes.
- Toast meringue lightly (and carefully) with kitchen torch.
- I’ve doubled the amount of lavender called for in my first trial. Lemon is a strong flavor, and my first batch only had the passing hint of lavender. Don’t over do it though; too much lavender will leave your cupcakes tasting like soap.
- I recommend chopping or pulverizing the lavender buds before incorporating them into your batter. A whole lavender bud in a single bite can be off putting for a lot of people. I usually crush mine with a mortar and pestle. Same flavor, just a little more diffused throughout the mix.
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