Let Them Eat Cake

For Easter, I was craving something fresh and spring-like. Also, chocolate. Dark chocolate to be precise. I usually make a lemon pound cake around Easter, but this year I wanted to switch it up. Feast your eyes on this fluffy cloud of deliciousness.

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After scouring the interwebs, I came across this recipe for chocolate cake and this recipe for coconut buttercream. I modified both recipes a bit. For the chocolate cake, I used strong black coffee, instead of the espresso powder and dark chocolate cocoa powder, instead of regular. For the buttercream, I used the remaining of my coconut extract, instead of canned coconut milk. I just couldn’t justify opening an entire can of coconut milk for a few  tablespoons. Both the cake and buttercream turned out great and I used some organic coconut flakes to finish off the cake.

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There’s something so relaxing about baking. It helps me destress when the world has got me down. And lately, I need a lot of activities to help me destress. Plus, unlike, say yoga or walking around your neighborhood, when you bake, you get to eat it when it’s done.

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Trend Alert: Bohemian Lux

I recently decided to start creating moodboards. It’s a relaxing project for me to do in my down time and I am able to satisfy my desire to decorate and redecorate without having to spend any money. That’s always a plus!  Continue reading “Trend Alert: Bohemian Lux”

Good Eats: Sausage and Cheese Quiche

After eating a breakfast of sticky icky bacon and chocolate chip banana bread, I decided to whip up a quick quiche so that I’d have something to munch on while downing mimosas. What’s a snow day without mimosas? It’s boring. That’s what it is – boring.  Continue reading “Good Eats: Sausage and Cheese Quiche”

How to have a Stella-r Snow Day

At long last, we have been blessed with the possibility of an actual snowstorm- Snowstorm Stella.  Winter 2016/2017 has been one of the mildest winters on record, but alas! March 2017 is proving to be the most fickle month ever. I have become accustomed to not putting too much faith into previous winter’s behavior. Every year we get hotter and hotter and the seasons become less and less. Soon, Maryland will just be Summer and Winter. It was in the 60s and 70s for the majority of February. It was in the 70s just last week and now, tomorrow, we are expecting a snowstorm that will bring anywhere from 3-5″, 6-9″, or my personal favorite 8-12″. Either way, I will not have work tomorrow. With it forecasted to snow all night and for the majority of the working day tomorrow, most schools and businesses will be closed. That is really all I wanted. No one should have to go through an entire winter without at least one snow day. Otherwise, what’s the point of winter without snow?

In order to get your Stella-r Snow Day done right, look no further than my handy How To list:

Step 1.) Set alarm for your wake-up normal time. Trust me. You can always fall back asleep later. There is nothing like the anticipation of a snow day. Don’t deprive yourself of that first morning buzz of excitement upon seeing the freshly fallen snow on the ground and knowing that you’re off from work.

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Step 2.) This is where you can opt to go back to bed for a few hours – or – you can stay awake and proceed with your Stella-r Snow Day.

  • Option 1. Go back to bed. Wake up in 2-3 hours and proceed to Step 3.
  • Option 2. Go into the kitchen and prepare the type of breakfast that you never have time to make during the week. Like a chicken and waffles type breakfast. I personally plan to make chocolate chip banana bread and sticky bacon.

Step 3.) Now, this is the part of the day where you can decide what type of Stella-r Snow Day you will have. Will it be a video game snow day? For my boyfriend? Probs. Will it be a read on the sofa snow day? Maybe. Or, will it be a catch up on all your HBO shows that you didn’t watch on Sunday night and then watch RHOA while drinking mimosas? Ding, ding, ding! We have a winner!

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Step 4.) This step is my favorite. This is the step where you prepare for later and still get to enjoy the day you’ve planned out in Step 3. For me, it will involve preparing a quiche with sausage, onion, and cheese. This will bake in the oven while I am enjoying multiple mimosas and watching Big, Little Lies and the latest drama in Hawaii on RHOA. Later, I will be able to enjoy said quiche for lunch/dinner without having to do much more than reheating it.

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Step. 5) Now, depending on your snow accumulation, you may have an abbreviated Step 5 because, duh, you have to go to work tomorrow. If so, proceed to your normally scheduled evening routine and maybe take a nice relaxing tub bath. If it has stopped snowing by the evening, you will most likely have to get up early to shovel. Might as well be as relaxed as possible the night before.

If you are still experiencing snow and it seems likely you will indeed have another snow day, feel free to continue your previously selected activity. I like to take one day to chill and do nothing, especially since it makes no sense to shovel snow while it’s still snowing. That way, on the second day, I can burn off the extra calories I consummed in mimosas by shoveling snow and reward myself with spiked coffees on my breaks.

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Now, go forth and enjoy!

Scheming and Pipe-Dreaming

Mondays are truly the worst! After a relaxing weekend of mimosa sipping and t.v. watching, having to get up, get dressed, and put on a bra is just too much to ask sometimes. Yesterday was no exception.

As a communications professional, I spend 90% of my time staring off into the nether webs of information and cat videos. Despite managing multiple department websites and social media platforms, I all too often find myself bored beyond belief. It may be shocking to find out, but updating a website and posting to Facebook and Twitter does not, in fact, take up 8 hours of the day.

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Oh hell, here’s one.

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So, what do I do on these days where my mind never ceases to wander, and I am left daydreaming of what I should be doing had I become the independently wealthy philanthropist I thought I would be by now?

I make fictitious wine bottle labels for my fictitious vineyard. I would sell these bottles in my fictitious wine bar that is located in my very real neighborhood. The wine bar would also be located next to my fictitious vintage clothing and home decor store. When I daydream, I go full lifestyle brand.

New Digs, Who Dis?

Don’t ever let someone tell you that moving is easy. People who say things like that are called liars. This is not an alternative fact. Moving is tough and every little thing involved with moving is annoying and frustrating. There is not one redeemable moment in the entire process.  After months of scouring Zillow, Trulia, and Craigslist (*shudder*), we finally found a place that was perfect. Unbeknownst to us, that was the easy part. After settling on the two bedroom/two bathroom apartment, a mere 5 minutes from my previous apartment, we patted ourselves on the back and then realized we’d be moving in January.

I must have blocked my previous move from my memory, because I grew exhausted from packing after only one day. My little one-bedroom apartment became besieged with boxes, bags, and newspapers. Suddenly, having three walk in closets seemed like a curse, instead of a gift. Where the hell did all of this stuff come from? I had no idea I had accumulated so much stuff after 4 years. But, luckily, I am a persistent crazy person who likes to stay up all night and finish a task instead of going to bed at a reasonable time and starting fresh the next day. Yay?

After postponing the move by one day, due to snow because January, we were able to move in all of my and his stuff in one day. By the end of the following week, we were completely unpacked, decorated, and organized. And, it’s everything we wanted in a place. It’s spacious, airy, filled with natural light and hardwood floors. The first room to completely come together was the living room. Now, you may remember the pipe dream of a living room I wanted.

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My living room in my bachelorette pad was never going to accommodate a full sofa, let alone two leather club chairs.

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Well, I’m happy to say, I think I cam pretty close to that!

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What do you think?

Perpetual WCW, Rihanna, Takes a Solo Flight in Harper’s Bazaar

Looks like I have to pick up a copy of the March Harper’s Bazaar next time I go to Target. Which, honestly, will probably be today despite the fact that I went there last night.

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Every single image is even better than the previous one.  Proceed at your own risk. Severe lust and envy will follow.

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Photos via Harper’s Bazaar.

Elie Saab Spring 2017 Couture

With the Oscars right around the corner, it seems fitting that we explore the lovely gowns gracing the catwalks. Royal blue. Gilded crown gold. The collection’s sleek silhouettes, prim hemlines, and satiny textures is very Jackie O. meets Cleopatra. One can only hope someone, somewhere graces the red carpet with one of these lovely ensembles.

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Images via Vogue.

I marched, now what?

At 5:45 am, Saturday morning, I laid awake in bed, staring at the ceiling. My body was apparently ready to get going. So, that’s what I did. I got up and made my way to Baltimore’s Pennsylvania Station to board the MARC train to Union Station with 6 other friends. Three of them brand new to me that morning. We stood outside in the dreary rain mist for two and a half hours waiting to board a train. Continue reading “I marched, now what?”

Saturday Brunch: Fried Chicken & Waffles

I’ll be honest, before a few years ago, I had never tasted fried chicken and waffles. I remember hearing about it and thinking that it was a very odd combination. Then, I attempted my first stab at the southern dish via Bobby Flay. After that, I tried a few restaurant versions and determined to create my own twist on the classic. Continue reading “Saturday Brunch: Fried Chicken & Waffles”