Trend to try Thursday: Fringe

April 03, 2014

I've always been a big fan of fringe ever since I was a young curious one. My grandfather used to make leather goods back in the day...bags, belts, vests, etc. and I remember I absolutely loved the fringe on some of those pieces the most. Wish I would've picked up some of those awesome skills. Some people would never consider it and some think of it to represent southwestern style only worn at rodeos, ha. I never saw it that way and I now think of it to be more of a fun little add on that could be incorporated with any style if you wear it just the right way. 
{Michael Kors via nordstrom}
{sasha charnin}

All very subtle, but perfect. 
Happy Friday Eve!


Wishful Wednesday: Bubble Baths

April 02, 2014

Looking out my window right now makes me want to pack up all my things and run. I would like very much to be anywhere but in west Texas during the month of April. Hello mean dust storms. It's nasty. You have to dust constantly and who likes to do that? It ruins any outdoor activity, like a wine tasting picnic or happy hour and makes you not so happy when you get it all up in your eyes and mouth...not fun! I know, Debbie Downer, but no, I will not let it ruin my day so I'll just think happy thoughts. In reality, I can't pack up and go right this second so I asked myself...If I could be anywhere during this awful weather that would make me happy where would I be? You're probably thinking I'm going to mention some amazing place in the Maldives, but no it's closer than that. It would be at home, in any of these tubs, right now, at this moment, with a glass of wine and some great music! And my husband feeding me some ice cream. Without his shirt on. Okay, I'll stop there. However, (Debbie downer) I don't own a tub and that's why I'll just dream of these. 

It better rain soon. I hope everyone is having a wonderful Wednesday!


{photos via pinterest}

Baking Skills: Orange Yogurt Cake

March 24, 2014

{photo via google}
I'm really into baking at the moment, I don't know why I usually never have desert after any meal and I always turn down cake at parties. I think the challenge is what gets me because somehow, it never fails, I always screw up a baking recipe and it drives. Me. Crazy! Like the one time I totally forgot to add the eggs to the batter...yeah who does that? Me. Anyway, I was Miss Betty Crocker at this attempt of the orange yogurt cake I mentioned a few weeks ago and I've got to say, I impressed myself. I tweaked the recipe slightly using nonfat Greek yogurt and added an orange glaze on top, the original recipe didn't call for that, but we're not following the rules here. What's a cake with no frosting, right? Here's what you'll need...

Ingredients: For the cake
Unsalted butter, small stick to coat pan
1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup + 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon baking soda
Pinch of salt
1/2 cup nonfat Greek yogurt (so you don't feel so guilty;)
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon grated orange zest and 1 tablespoon orange juice, (from the orange or the bottle)
1 large egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract, ( I used 1 teaspoon, but I love vanilla)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter an 8-inch pan. Stir flour, 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar, the baking powder, baking soda, salt, yogurt, oil, orange zest and juice, egg, and vanilla in a bowl. Make sure it's well mixed. Pour into your pan. Bake until cake tester (a.k.a toothpick) comes out clean, about 25 minutes. Let cool on wire rack. 

While you're waiting for your delicious cake to bake combine the following in a small bowl:
Orange Glaze:
1/2 cup confectioners sugar
1/4 teaspoon grated orange zest
1 tablespoon orange juice, as needed for consistency.

~Drizzle over your cake after it cools. You can segment the oranges you used for your zest to add as a garnish. And now devour this delicious, semi guiltless cake. 


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