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Monday, January 14, 2013

A Touch of Pink

Every once in awhile I think about what my "style" is. What do I like to make, what do I find beautiful or intriguing? What is hanging on my walls or perched on my bookshelf edge? I used to strive to be more modern in my tastes thinking that I liked that more. Then I'd love some vintage, dark colors, retro, cottage....and so on, forever changing my mind. However, I soon realized that I had the strongest bent in the more the antique/romantic style of things. Of course with that came the realization that I had turned into my Mom. Her taste, that I had always moved away from, was now flattering my senses and begging to be let in. It honestly makes me laugh and reminds me of a plaque a family friend gave me for my birthday. It reads....

Mirror mirror on the wall...I am my mother after all!

Truer words have never been spoken, haha. Now I just have to accept that for now our tastes are running in the same direction, and that when she reads this she'll want exactly what I made for her own living room :). So here's to you Mom and the touch of pink that every room needs. 

The other day I was looking for an easy project to complete and use as a centerpiece for my coffee table. After looking through some shelves I grabbed some supplies and the following was born.

I started with a foam ball and bunches of flowers, both can be found at your local craft store.

Pull off the heads and push into the foam ball. If the stems are long enough you won't need to use glue to secure the flower heads. 

Since I had a variety of flowers I tried to place them in a different pattern to make it look cohesive.

I then decided to add use a variety of lace and ribbons to make others to go next to the flower. However, after my sweet husband pointed out that the pink lace one looked just like something I used in the shower (I know I know...I can't believe I didn't see it before!), I nixed them both for some candles. 

Much better!

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

It's A Party!

It is an absolute truth that you are never too old for a tea party. Beautiful, fun, and delicious. I'm so glad I decided to throw one for the premier of Downton Abbey. Up until Saturday evening I wasn't sure I wanted to do anything more then serve cake. However, after seeing multiple people post about their preparations I decided to throw something together as well. Why not make it feel authentic and enjoy a little ladies tea party as well? Besides who needs an excuse to bring out the china :). 

P.S. The cake was divine! 

Saturday, January 5, 2013

SIPIDI Saturday: Downton Abbey Edition

There is something special about new beginnings, particularly when they involve a new year! Of course what could be better to start the new year then a new season of Downton Abbey! Oh yes! That fantastic show that has captured the hearts of so many. In some ways I feel like a 15-year-old girl squealing about her favorite boy band, and not a 24 year old gushing about her favorite TV show on PBS. Sounds silly I know, but there is something so delightful about a decent TV show and this one has certainly got me hooked. Now if I could just get my husband to name a future child Sybil…hmmm…;)

Now with the first episode on tomorrow evening I knew I had to get creative and make something to celebrate. My mom (an equally enthusiastic fan) and sister are going to be joining me for an evening of fun and British accents. So what to make to celebrate? Well cake of course! It couldn't be a party without cake. I found this delicious looking recipe on Pinterest and was sold. Time to get baking and pull out the china and lace doilies. Check back soon for all the delicious goodness!

Vanilla Cake

Cake Mix
- 5 large egg whites
- 1 cup whole milk
- 2-1/4 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 3 cups flour
- 1-3/4 cups sugar
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 12 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature and cut into cubes

Whipped Vanilla Bean Frosting
- 3 sticks + 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened and cut into cubes
- 3 cups sifted confectioners' sugar
- 3 tablespoons milk
- 1 vanilla bean, scraped
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- pinch of salt


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease, line with parchment, and flour two round 8-inch pans.
2. In a medium bowl or measuring cup, combine and stir the egg whites, 1/4 cup of milk, and the vanilla. Set aside.
3. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the dry ingredients together on low speed for 30 seconds.
4. Add the butter and remaining milk, and mix on low speed until just moistened. Increase to medium speed and mix for 1-1/2 minutes. Scrape the sides of the bowl and begin to add the egg mixture in 3 separate batches; beat on medium speed for 20 seconds after each addition.
5. Divide the batter into two, spreading it evenly.
6. Bake 25-35 minutes or until a cake tester comes clean when inserted into the center.

1. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, whip butter for 8 minutes on medium speed.
2. Add remaining ingredients and mix for 7 minutes. Frosting will be light, creamy, and fluffy.