Thursday, June 15, 2017

currently listening to...

The South

The place where...
tea is sweet, accents are sweeter
summer starts in april
macaroni & cheese is a vegetable 
front porches are wide and words are long
pecan pie is a staple
y'all is the only proper noun
chicken is fried and biscuits come with gravy
everything is darlin
someone's heart is always being blessed.

Friday, June 09, 2017

Strawberry - Vanilla Bundt Cake [with a lemon glaze]

One of our friends just had back surgery last week and to help alleviate the cabin fever that him and his wife are currently feeling being stuck in the house, a group of us are going over to their house for pizza and game night. I had the day off and since the new season of Orange is the New Black was released today, I spent the afternoon in the kitchen baking a dessert for this evening.
Strawberry - Vanilla Bundt Cake
1 1/2 cups unsalted butter (room temperature)
1 1/2 cups sugar
6 eggs (room temperature)
2 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
3 cups flour
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
3/4 cups milk
2 cups of chopped strawberries
Preheat oven for 350 degrees
Beat butter in an electric mixer until softened. Gradually add sugar. Blend in eggs one by one, half way through, scrape sides of the bowl to allow all ingredients to mix evenly. 
Add baking powder and salt. 
Blend together vanilla extract and milk in a separate bowl. 
Gradually add in flour and the milk mixture into the batter alternating turns. 
Add 1 1/2 cups of chopped strawberries and fold into the batter.
Grease a bundt pan and pour batter into the pan. Place into the oven for 45-60 minutes. Check to see if cake is done by using a wooden skewer. If the skewer comes out clean, the cake is done, if not bake for longer. If the cake get starts to brown to quickly, place aluminum foil over pan and continue baking. 
When finished, remove from oven and flip over onto a cooling rack and sit for 10-15 minutes before removing pan. Remove pan and allow to cool completely.
Lemon Glaze Icing
1 cup powdered sugar 
1/4 teaspoon lemon extract 
1 tablespoon milk
1 tablespoon lemon zest
Mix together extract, milk, and zest. Gradually stir in powdered sugar until a glaze forms. 
Drizzle glaze over cake with a spoon.
Finish by garnishing the cake with the remaining chopped strawberries.

Monday, May 29, 2017

carolina house tour

I cannot believe that we have been living in Beaufort, South Carolina for over a year now! We have been soaking up small town living while we have it; spending weekends strolling along Main Street, biking all through the neighborhood, and running into absolutely everyone you know at the local watering hole (ours is called Old Bull Tavern).

Along with this sweet little town, I am completely in love with the house we live in. When we first arrived into town and looked at the house, my husband instantly said, "Absolutely NOT!" in reference to us signing the lease, but I had a vision for it and it turned out even better than expected. A house with good bones needs so little to make it look lovely, don't you think?

I wanted to share a few pictures for you if you'd like to see!
For the most part, we kept pieces that we acquired while living in California and it was fun to see my style fit in a house that my style worked for.

Sunday, January 08, 2017

One Word?

Is this thing on? 

Hi, friends! 

Have you thought about your one word for this year?
This year a phrase came to me and it seemed so perfect for 2017 that one word just wouldn't cut it.

"Buy less, learn more" 

We have Spanish Rosetta Stone that we have hardly cracked open, books we haven't read, towns we haven't explored..and after our recent trip to Greece, we've decided that we feel the richest when we're traveling and learning and experiencing. Not to mention, being somewhere else, where people live differently, really makes you reevaluate how you live and all the "things" you have to have, and if having those things are necessities or just extra fluff. 

Here are a few photos of Greece, if you would like to see them. It truly was a once in a lifetime experience!

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

signing off

Well sweet friends, I have been meaning to write this post for a few weeks now, actually probably a few months. I am quitting blogging.
I have loved this blog, it has offered me a creative outlet through many chapters of my life.
I have made many friends though this community some that I've had the pleasure meeting in person, others that I haven't, but I feel like I have been through life with you. 
So, I felt you deserved a proper see you later. 

I have been feeling this way for a while, and think I was holding onto this because it's been a big part of me for so long. You have been here since college, an engagement and a wedding, my first big girl job, a move to Virginia, and all our adventures in California! I don't think there is any one reason why I have chosen to stop blogging; to make more room for other things that matter more, wanting to share a little less, lack of creativity, probably a little of all of the above. 

If you would like, you can still follow along on our adventures through Instagram and Facebook. 
I may be back some day, in another chapter, maybe sooner, maybe later, but for now, this is goodbye.

Thank you for all the love over the years! 

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

30X30 - Day 30 (That's All Folks!)

[Sweater: Target // Pants: Maurices // Boots: Rocket Dog // Necklace: Forever 21 // Earrings: Forever 21]

Well friends, I AM DONE! Are you tired of seeing photos of only me and the surf wax stained cement for the last month? Because I'm tired of looking at myself and my patio. After sending off B today, the first thing I did was move all my clothes back into my closet. This neutral lover has never been more excited to see so many colors back in my closet! This whole experiment made me very thankful for all the clothes I do have, being able to express myself through fashion, and made me want to slap my wrist every time I complain that I have nothing to wear.

A compilation of all 30 days:
There you have it.

Monday, January 11, 2016

30X30 - Day 29 (insomnia)

[Sweater: Maurices // Dress: Nordstrom // Shoes: Forever 21 // Earrings: Maurices]

Oh man ya'll, let me just tell you, I am exhausted! Our friend who has been living with us the last month and a half moved out this morning, B took him to the airport at 4AM. But we didn't sleep a wink last night, and that's not in a ooh-la-la kind of way. Too many things going on in our brains at the moment, or something, but I woke up around 11PM, forcing my sweet sleeping husband awake too and we stayed up the rest of the night tossing and turning for no good reason at all. I felt like a sloth for the better half of the day, but I managed to do about 20 loads of laundry and I purchased a couple of Power Ball tickets so I am going to say that I did okay, and if we happen to win, I'll look back on this day as being very productive.

Here's to hoping your Monday was more productive!