Friday Link Love

It’s so close, guys! My feelings about the impending weekend are like when you’ve dropped something underneath the refrigerator or a low cabinet and you stretch out as far as you can with you fingers brushing the edge of the object, and if you could just stretch a scant 1/2 inch more, you’d have it. That is what today feels like to me. The responsible adult part of me is getting things done and the more childish part of me is straining in her seat. Not that I have anything particularly special planned this weekend, but I have had a very tedious responsibility laden week and I want to shake it off and be a little lazy and less structured for a few days. Who knows, maybe even a touch reckless. Okay, probably not reckless, but you know what I mean. Are you as ready for the weekend as I am?

File this experience¬† under #lifegoals, I think it would make any woman’s day.

Creativity is important, and according to this article, something as simple as doodling can lead to a better and more mentally agile you.

I am all for Inst-worthy treats, but these NYC locations take things to a whole new level.

These quick and easy shortcakes are the perfect accompaniment to all the lovely summer fruit that has been showing up in the produce section.

While I am usually more of a color girl, this sedate rustic farmhouse looks so lovely and serene.

In addition to the shoes I featured earlier this week, you can add these satin lovelies to my wish list.

Baking can be stressful and the ingredients can be temperamental, here are some tips and tricks to help you get a better handle on some baking do’s and don’ts.

This summer will see me (hopefully) taking a series of small trips. To help me up my packing game, I am going to try to implement these 10 suggestions.

 

Image from here.


Vegan Snickerdoodle Mug Cake for Two

Usually when I write recipes, I start with an idea and carefully map out what I need, what what steps to take, make a grocery store run, and then give it a go. However, sometimes I write recipes because I am having a craving and, since I lack the ingredients I need, I have to make do with what I have lying around. This was the case when I came up with the Vegan Snickerdoodle Mug Cake. It was pouring, I wanted something sweet and not chocolate (strange, right?), and I wanted something easy to make. So of course, mug cake came to mind. I hit Pinterest, found a recipe, and then realized I was missing half the ingredients; furthermore, I knew whipping up anything with cinnamon and not having some for the husband would be mean. So I took a deep breath, worked some substitution magic, and ta-da. Mug Cake.

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 4 tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 4 tbsp oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Optional: Vanilla ice cream or whipped cream for garnishing.

Directions:

  1. In a bowl (I used a large glass measuring cup), whisk together sugar, cinnamon, almond milk and vanilla extract.
  2. When combined, stir in flour and baking powder.
  3. Split the mixture between two standard size mugs.
  4. Microwave on high for 1 1/2 – 2 minutes or until the desired texture.
  5. Let cool for a minute then garnish (if you’d like) and enjoy!

Notes:

  • This is only the second mug cake recipe I’ve ever attempted, and like the first, I feel like the texture you end up with is more “quickbread” and less “cake”. Still delicious though, and you can whip it up from start to finish in less than 10 minutes.
  • This wasn’t intended to be an “original recipe,” but after checking out the contents of my fridge and pantry and realizing I was cooking for two and not one, I figured why not. The vegan part is also a result of what we had vs. didn’t have ūüôā
  • I strongly suggest including the ice cream or whipped cream if you can. While this was perfectly fine on its own, Andy and I both agreed it would benefit from a little something extra.

Keep it Local

When my mom was in town earlier this summer, she and I started the habit of getting up a little earlier on Saturday morning, grabbing breakfast, and hitting up the small farmers’ market at Market Square here in Tallahassee. It was a great way to pick up our produce for the week as well as support the local economy. It’s a wonderful ritual that I’ve found myself continuing even though my mom has been back in NC for more than a month.

I’ve become somewhat of a regular with certain vendors, and they greet me warmly every time they see me and are always excited to show me what they have to offer that day. While I’d like to think it has something to do with my dazzling wit, I suspect my purple hair is the likely reason that I’ve become so well known.¬† One of my favorite booths is the one by Serenity Farms. They’re a goat farm, and they offer everything from homemade cheese to soap. They even have goats milk half and half available at certain times of the year. While the vegan wannabe in me has a problem with dairy in general, I have a lot of respect for these guys. They fluctuate their offerings based on what the goats are producing in season and can tell you which goat was the provider for which ingredients. If you’re going to consume animal products, I think it’s important to acknowledge and honor the creature it came from.¬† The other highlight of this particular farmers’ market are the plants and fresh flowers available each week. There are several different plant vendors who offer everything from herbs and veggies to ornamental shrubs and all manner of flowering things. Not to mention the fresh flowers themselves; I mean, the sunflowers alone have been breathtaking the last few weeks.¬†

Farmers’ markets can be a lot of fun, even if they’re humble in size. I definitely suggest checking around your local area to see what is available. And hey, if you find yourself in Tallahassee, stop by, and maybe we’ll run into each other.


Pretty Shoes: Kurt Geiger

If you’ve ever seen the movie In Her Shoes, you probably remember Rose’s quote about the source of her shoes obsession, “When I feel bad I like to treat myself. Clothes never look any good… food just makes me fatter… shoes always fit.” Ever since puberty hit and I shot up and got all sorts of curvy, this statement has been true for me as well. While I have perfectly practical shoes for day to day, occasionally I like to splurge and add something truly special to my “rarely worn” collection. I recently discovered Kurt Geiger shoes while flipping through Instagram and fell instantly in love.

Of course, the brand also has some seriously gorgeous party/special occasion shoes, but I really struck me was the incredible amount of detail and fantasy that went into the “casual” shoes.¬†

They’re a little outside of my budget at the moment, but you can bet that I am going to be stalking some of these bad boys online as well as setting aside a little cash here or there to make sure I’m ready when the time comes. If you’d like to see more amazing options from Kurt Geiger, you can check out the brand’s Facebook and Instagram pages.

 

Images from here.


Friday Link Love

It’s going to be a good weekend, guys. You know why? Three things: french pastries, farmer’s market, and baby snuggles. BAM! Awesome weekend. Of course, there is more to it than that, but I am choosing to get excited about all the things I want to do and let those pesky little things I need to do take a back seat for a moment. I mean, baby snuggles, guys. They have the tiny fingers and toes, and they make the cutest faces! I love that I get to be an “aunt” to so many cool little ones.¬† As far as the pastry portion of things, I am not even sure it is possible to have a bad morning when you have a hot mug of tea and a delicate freshly baked something or other in your hand. I am becoming a bit of a Saturday morning regular, which is a good thing I think. I usually sit there enjoying my treat and fantasizing about being able to quit my responsible grown up job and spend a year or two learning how to make pastry magic. I’d even take the effort to learn a little french so I could pronounce everything correctly. What do you have planned for your weekend?

I managed to watch all of the first season of Anne with an E this week, and I absolutely adored it. Anne of Green Gables was one of my favorite stories growing up, and I really feel like this added so much more depth to the characters while remaining true the the essence of the original story.

Grilled Pepper and Mozzarella Panzanella? Sounds like a wonderful summer idea to me!

How cute are these tiny mouse shops by artist(s) Anonymouse MMX that are popping up in Malmö?

How gorgeous is the minimal vintage adorned abode? I would love to have a few of those pieces in my collection.

I think this bright DIY sprinkle pill would be a wonderful addition to any desk, and the sparkle fairy in me wonders if it would be even better filled with glitter instead.

Design blogs always leave you feeling like there is no way you can ever have a picture perfect pinterest party. I mean, who has a dozen different styles of flatware and props laying around? I LOVE that the ladies at Sugar & Cloth make this little cheat sheet for how to bring fun pop-y patterns into your next shindig on a budget.

I’ve always had a thing for old photos, and seeing some of the oldest color photos¬†ever taken? Amazing.

My gardening skills are middling at best, but if I had more of a green thumb, I’d want a garden full of all these beautiful things.

 

Image from here.