30 October 2013

Birthday Cupcakes!

Brian's birthday was last week, and I asked him what kind of cake he wanted for his birthday. I don't know why I asked, I knew the answer, but thought I'd be polite anyways.


Red Velvet Cake. 

Okay, okay. I'll figure out how to make you one this year. Yeah, that's right. I'm a southerner who's never made a red velvet cake. Bite me.  So, I scoured Pinterest looking for the best one. Well, the second best. The best one involved lard, so I kept chugging along. Until I found this one from Divas Can Cook. This one involved coffee. Brian likes coffee. Oh, why not?

I halved the recipe, mostly because we already had a cake in the house. I also turned it into red velvet cupcakes. See?

Yeah, yeah, they're not perfect. 1. I over filled them. 2. I'm still not used to this high altitude baking. Halving the recipe made about a dozen. But, if I only filled them half way like I was supposed to, I think I could have gotten a dozen and a half out of them. Anywho, moving along.

Once they cooled, I used this recipe for icing:


I got this image/recipe off Pinterest, too. (I don't know who it belongs to, it's just an image, I'm sorry, don't sue me, please!) Though, I didn't follow it completely. I put everything into a mixing bowl, except for the powdered sugar. I started mixing and added the powdered sugar in gradually. Honestly? I maybe used half a box. I didn't want it to be too sweet. It turned out perfectly! So, I slathered it on the cupcakes.

If you've never read my blog, or don't remember, I'm a good-enough-ist. I don't care how it looks. I just care how it tastes. So, no pretty looking cupcakes for me. Sometimes, you can have too much frosting.

Either way, they turned out delicious, and my husband loved them, which is what really matters. I'd recommend either recipe.


28 October 2013

Stitch Fix No. 3 and No. 4

Once again, you can see how lazy I have been with blogging. I've gotten TWO StitchFixes and have said nothing about them. Which is a shame. Because they're awesome, and I can't say enough good things about them. So, I present you, StitchFix 3 & 4. September and October, respectively.

September's Fix (No. 3)

September's fix was very disappointing to me. Mostly, because almost nothing fit. But, that's my fault, and I'll get to the reason why in a bit.

First up is,
Yumi: Wilhinina Poka Dot Belted Skater Dress ($98)



 I wanted to keep this dress SO. BAD. It's polka dots! AND YELLOW I CAN WEAR. I squealed with joy when I took it out of the box, and pouted when I sent it back. Too small. :(


41Hawthorn: Filbert 3/4 Sleeve Popover Blouse ($58)



 This shirt and I are BFFs. No lie. It looks fantastic with a pair of blue jeans, leggings, or whatever I want to pair it with. It's a beautiful shirt and I will cry the day it doesn't fit. I kept it.

Black Swan: Olive Fit & Flare Ponte Dress ($78)






My husband really liked this dress. Which is funny, because I had just bought one almost identical to it a week before, and he won't shut up about how I should wear that one more often, either. Which, is a good thing. But, this dress was also, way too small. Returned. At least I know they know what I like.

Sugarhill Boutique: Pinky Flamingo 3/4 Sleeve Sweater ($58)

I have been drooling over this sweater for sometime, everytime I go to ModCloth. And then it sold out. And didn't come back. Until BAM. There it was in my fix! Needless to say, I kept it.





Tart: Marie 3/4 Sleeve Dress ($118)

This is the only dress I fit in. It was cute, super comfy, but looked terrible on me because of the elastic waist. Also, I don't feel it was worth $118. So, I returned it.








 StitchFix October (No. 4)

This fix was full of win. But, sadly, also lose. LET ME SHOW YOU.

Mavi: Freida Skinny Jeans ($98)



 Black skinny jeans that aren't distressed, destroyed, or terrible looking? That are also stretchy? KEEPER.

41Hawthorn: Milo Pleated Detail Skirt ($48)

I liked this skirt, I really did. It was very flowy, not too short, and it sat at my waist, which I like. But, it was a size too small. Back it went.

Ellison: Baldwin Stripe & Colorblock Henley Blouse ($58)

This shirt is pretty awesome. It's black, then black and white stripes, then Kelly Green. It sadly was too small in the bust area, so back it went.

41Hawthorn: Galway 3/4 Sleeve Button-Up Blouse ($58)

This is the first piece that StitchFix has sent me, that I questioned them on. This shirt looks like something my grandmother would have worn in the 90s. Which is fine for some of you hipsters, but I couldn't do it. If it had different buttons, which I tried to get a close up of and failed, I might have liked it better. But, this was not for me at all.

Ark n Co: Cattie Belted Dot Print Minidress ($68)

Did you hear agonizing screams last week? Yeah, that was me not fitting into this dress. I just...ugh. It's polka dotted, which this picture doesn't do justice for, and I just wanted to bash my head against the wall until I figured it out. Unless their dresses are in numerical sizes, the smalls fit more like a junior size. So, I put my dress size up to medium, and I'll see what happens next month.

They also included a black tank to wear under the two blouses, but I didn't feel right keeping it, being that I didn't keep either.

I scheduled a fix for next month, mostly because they're including a little something extra! I'm excited to see what they stick in there. Till next Fix.

As always, please consider using my sign up link if you sign up. It helps me buy things like $98 jeans for $38 instead.





22 October 2013

Apple Pielets

Pie-lets? Pilets? Mini-pies? I don't know. I'm making up new words. If they put twerk in the dictionary, I don't really care any more. Anywho, I made something I saw on Pinterest! And it was good!

I found a pin, from Goodies & Yum x Immaculate Baking Co, advertising apple pie bites, saw my apples just sitting there, and figured, "oh what the hell." I had all the ingredients, so why not?

I whipped out my can of croissant rolls, brown sugar, Penzey's amazing cinnamon, butter, and an Honeycrisp apple. (Cause they're the best.) Now, I won't lie, I didn't have Immaculate Baking Co's croissant rolls, mostly, because I'm trying to clean out what I have in the fridge before buying new things. (I once had three containers of sour cream. I don't know why.) So, I used Phillsbury's butter croissant rolls. Once I had melted my butter and gathered everything, I started puttin' those puppies together.


Awww, yiss. I mostly followed the recipe. I also mostly just guessed. I brushed the croissant triangles sinfully, coating them with butter. Then, I lavishly sprinkled brown sugar all over the croissant triangle. And saving the best for last, I sprinkled that luscious Penzey's cinnamon just enough over the brown sugar. It was heaven. Then, I put a fat slice of apple on the very tip of the croissant triangle and rolled it up, slowly, smoothing it out the best I could. Then, I slapped it down on the baking stone. Because I had some left, I brushed the tops with butter. While, they're not pretty looking now...that's okay. I popped them in the oven at 350ºF for 12 minutes, and DING.


Volia! They're done! Don't mind the butter still bubbling on the stone. That just helps give it character...or something like that. I let them cool for about 0.1254 seconds before taking a bite. Smelled so good. Then I waited 30 seconds for my mouth to cool down before taking another bite. Let me tell y'all, these little suckers are good! I tried them by themselves. Awesome. Tried them with vanilla ice cream. Awesome. Tried them with Cool Whip. Awesome. Tried them reheated the next day. STILL AWESOME.

Basically, what I'm getting at is, these Apple Pielet things should make it into your diet somehow. Unless you're allergic to apples.

Once again, I'm not affiliated with or am I paid to advertise products. I'm just letting you know what I used. 

19 October 2013

ABQ!

So, I'm trying to blog more than once a month. Now that I have the opportunity and the time, it might happen. Might.

About three weeks ago (the weekend of the Breaking Bad finale), Brian and I took a mini-vacation to Albuquerque. It was a very fun trip! We basically just did whatever we wanted and didn't have any plans. We saw things and would say, "That looks good" and would go. Sometimes I like a schedule, other times, I prefer exploring.

I don't remember what we did what day, it's all blurred together, but I remember it was fun. One of our first stops was Old Town. It was a windy, cooler day, not many people wandering about, but it was still fun. We found The Candy Lady, who supplied the "meth" (aka rock candy) for seasons one and two for Breaking Bad. Brian and I bought a bunch of her "meth" to give out to friends as souvenirs. We also got to see the San Felipe de Neri Church, which was built in 1793, making it the oldest building in the city. It was pretty cool.
After we finished wandering around, we zipped down the road to a fabric store called Stitchology, which is a store full of amazing fabrics, patterns, and other awesome sewing related stuff. Sadly, it was the only fabric store I visited, because I blew my fabric budget for the month in there. I got some awesome Halloween fabric, the Spooktacular line by Maude Ashbury, some sewing machine fabric to make sewing machine covers for my sewing machines. (Sewing Machine.) and a bunch of awesome clothing patterns. The lady helping me was really awesome, and the store was equally awesome.
About an hour later, we were driving around looking for somewhere to eat. We rode up and down [old] Route 66, which was really cool (and on my bucket list) and we finally found somewhere to eat. Holy Cow. I won't lie. I picked it just for it's name. And I'm glad I did. Brian and I enjoyed our Giant Burgers of Delicious Death, and fried zuchinni. Seriously. It was good. I know all that happened on day one, but here's where everything started blurring together.
I know Saturday I had a "spa day" where I basically hung out in the spa area all day, while Brian watched football. He was happy, and I was happy!
I got a couple of food recommendation places from the ladies at the spa, so we ate at Il Vicino, a pizza place, that's also apparently a chain. It was tasty! We also ate at the Urban Hot Dog Company, where I had a macaroni and cheese, and bacon hot dog. It was actually pretty delicious. I'd go back.
I know we shopped a bit. I got in too much trouble at Lush and finally went into a Lululemon. 
We did this class were we learned to make "meth." It's apart of Great Face and Body's Bathing Bad line. It was fun. We walked out with a bag of "meth" and a bag of "meth" to bathe in. Both the guys were really nice, not to mention, the location smelled nice, too.
I actually have a few pictures from it!

After this, we went house stalking. I felt so creepy doing it, but it was so much fun!


We also found the El Pollo Hermanos place, but I didn't get a good picture of it.

I really enjoyed ABQ. I'd go back again, without stalking Breaking Bad stuff. I'd probably go hit up Nob Hill properly. And the Trader Joe's and Whole Foods. And the Melting Pot. And the Lush.


I was not paid to endorse any location or product, it's my opinion. Also, to the people who's houses I stalked I'M SORRY!