Friday, July 18, 2014

Dessert Roundup - Cooking with Flowers

unique cookies, best cookie recipes, best shortbread recipe, cooking with flowers, baking with flowers, pansy cookies

You expect to see flowers at your dining table as a centerpiece, but would you expect them in your dishes? You should! Cooking with flowers is playful, fun, aromatic and unexpectedly delicious. Take a look at these recipes to get an idea of what you can bring from garden to table.

Funnel Cake recipe, Elderflower recipes, Fritter recipe, cooking with flowers

cooking with flowers, Honey Cookies, Lavender Cookies, unique cookie recipes, tea cookies, wedding shower recipes, bridal shower recipes

Raw dessert recipes, Lavender Cake, baking with flowers, unique cheesecakes

cooking with flowers, unique foods, unique recipes, unique appetizers

unique cheesecake recipe, Turkish Delight recipe, Turkish Delight desserts, European desserts

Friday, July 11, 2014

Vermont Farm Table

hand crafted dining table, wooden bench table, quality dining table

Vermont Farm Table, tree swing, child swing, childhood swing, wooden swing

quality cutting boards, high end kitchen, wooden cutting board

wedding seating, stump seat, rustic wedding chairs
Emily Schuman of Cupcakes and Cashmere is such a style icon to those of us in the blogging world. She is the modern day Martha Stewart and makes us want to be our best selves. I derive so much inspiration from her blog, from fashion to home decor.

I remember drooling over her feature on Apartment Therapy, mainly because of her incredible and inviting dining room table. It's home to many dinner parties that she features on her site and I've wanted one just like it for years!

Thankfully, I found Vermont Farm Table! Not only do their tables look shockingly similar to Emily's table, but their stunning pieces are hand-crafted and made to order. The quality is amazing and I would be incredibly proud to host my own dinner parties if any of these tables were the focal point.

Finally, we can all be a little more like Emily!

I continued to peruse Vermont Farm Table since I was so smitten with their dining options, and I came to love want need their, well, everything. They have hand towels and French rolling pins and cutting boards and apple crates and even au jus boards - brilliant! I feel like I would love myself more as a domestic goddess if my kitchen was filled with these things.

I also discovered the key to pulling off the perfect rustic wedding while on their site: the Basewood Stump. We all know to use mason jars to add charm to an outdoor wedding, but here we have authentic rustic wedding seating! I've seen stumps like these on wedding blogs in the past, but they always looked so manufactured. Vermont Farm Table's stumps are dried for a decade and then are carefully sanded and finished by hand.

So how did this beautiful company come to be? We can thank Dustin Glasscoe for sharing his design talent with us. After realizing the power of reclaimed materials, he headed to his garage and set to work creating warm, authentic furniture for people who were tired of high-gloss, lifeless pieces. He gave us home furnishings with personality.

To see more of what Vermont Farm Table offers and keep in touch with them, head over to their Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter and Instagram!

Dessert Roundup - Cooking with Peanut Butter

Chocolate Peanut Butter desserts, Chocolate Peanut Butter dessert recipes, best peanut butter recipes, best cheesecake recipe

My uncle used to make a concoction of peanut butter and maple syrup as a special treat when I was a child. It may sound strange, but think about it: sweet and salty, nutty and creamy, and a blend of familiar comforting flavors.

Flash forward 30 years and I'll admit that it perhaps wasn't the healthiest of indulgences, but I doubt I would feel too terribly guilty if I were to make it with natural peanut butter and pure grade B maple syrup!

If you're still looking for something with a little more substance, here are a few baked peanut butter treats.

Chocolate Peanut Butter dessert, peanut butter Cup recipes, Crème Brûlée recipes

Peanut Butter Glaze, best Pound Cake recipe, Peanut Butter icing, peanut butter frosting recipe

crunchy desserts, peanut butter dessert recipes, best peanut butter desserts, peanut butter shell

Peanut butter Bacon, Fluffernutter recipe, bacon desserts, bacon sandwich recipes, Elvis fluffernutter

Friday, July 4, 2014

Dessert Roundup - Baking with Tea

Thai Tea recipes, Thai Tea Cake, Coconut Frosting recipe, best tea cakes

I love to start my days with a hot cup of coffee, and I enjoy unwinding at night with a steamy cup of tea. I also love to bake with these brewed beverages! Here are a few edibles made with these comforting drinks.

Lemon Cake, Black Tea Frosting, best lemon desserts, best Lemon Cake recipe

Earl Grey desserts, Lapsang Souchong, homemade marshmallow recipe, gourmet marshmallows

Matcha desserts, best Chocolate dessert recipes, Macadamia Nut recipes, Goji Berry desserts, healthy candy, healthy dessert recipes

Black Tea Cake, Honey Buttercream recipe, rose cake decorating

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Blue Hair and Summer Lace

Lace top, summer clothing, blue hair, messy hair, bohemian hair

Lace outfit, blue hair, light blue hair, urban hair, rocker chick

lace shorts, blue hair, dramatic hair, sexy hair

white lace, lace dress, blue hair, sleep hair, high fashion, model hair

Lace top, crocheted top, summer top, blue hair, short hair styles, blue eye makeup, bubblegum hair

I've mentioned before that my hair has been almost every color of the rainbow, be it on purpose or accidentally. The one color that I haven't tried and desperately want is blue!

How old is too old to add unconventional colors to one's hair? Some say that you're never too old, and others advise taming your beauty experiments when you hit your 30's. I'd love to hear your input!

I talked to my stylist last week and she was very excited by the prospect of giving me some blue, so we're talking about adding a mix of blue and teal streaks beneath my natural color. It seems like a reasonable compromise that will enable me to carry myself like an adult, but will prevent me from feeling too stuffy. The best of both worlds!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Day 40: #100HappyDays

Busted Tees, Stark, Lannister, Targaryen, Graphic tees, t-shirts, Game of Thrones shirt, literature shirts, The Great Gatsby

I've loved graphic tees ever since I was a teen. They're the perfect way to advertise the things that float your boat and make you happy. Here's the thing, though ... there wasn't much of a selection of cute tees for girls in the 90's. Flash forward to my 20's and 30's and my closet is filled to the brim with them! 

Thanks to Etsy and the plethora of "shirt of the day" websites out there, I'm constantly finding must-haves that need to live in my closet. In fact, I'm such a shirt junkie that my boyfriend bought me a shirt of the month club subscription from Busted Tees!

It basically works like this: you get a coupon code each month for a free shirt of your choosing and free shipping on the entire order if you'd like to tack on a few more shirts. 

Guess what? That's exactly what I did for this first month of my subscription! I chose a Great Gatsby tee as my freebie and tacked on 5 Game of Thrones shirts! They were on sale so don't judge me too harshly ;)

Anyway, my shirts came today and I love them all! Happy, happy, happy!