Daily Inspiration – Strawberry Mini Bundt Cakes!

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

During rainy days all I really wanna do is bake. I had the sweetest strawberries at home, after my first bite I knew immediately I should bake something with them. I decided to bake Strawberry mini bundt cakes since I haven’t used the little pans since I made these coconut beauties. I do wish I had oranges so I could add orange zest but I went with the typical lime zest. Next time it’s on oranges! They turned out pretty amazing and now I can’t wait to make variations from it. The recipe couldn’t be easier! Hey if I did it you can to!

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Strawberry Mini Bundt Cakes

(this recipe makes 4 mini cakes)

1 cup of flour

3 eggs

1 cup of sugar

1/2 cup of milk

1 stick of butter

1 teaspoon of baking powder

1/2 tablespoon of lime zest

1/3 cup of sliced strawberries (or much as you wish)

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Start by preheating your oven to 350 degrees. Spray all molds with baking spray and set aside. In a bowl mix your sugar, eggs and soft butter. Add the flour slowly to the mix followed by the milk and lime zest. Lastly, fold the strawberries into your batter. Pour batter into your mini molds, bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean. I decided to decorate them with powdered sugar and extra strawberries on top! You could also create a simple glaze or serve with ice cream on top. There are a million ways to eat these really and I can’t wait to try them all! How easy was this? I ate mine with chocolate syrup on top with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. What do you think? What would you eat yours with? Aren’t strawberries the best? Happy baking loves!

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Daily Inspiration – Rainy Day Outfit

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

I think some of you might laugh at me after reading this post. The truth is, this L.A girl totally forgot how to live with rainy days. After living in California for so many years you forget how nice it is to fall asleep while it’s pouring rain outside. During our first storm a few weeks back, our poor doggie was super scared. It was the first time he experienced thunder and lighting so he slept on our bed all night HA! I grew up in Florida so I should be used to it but it’s crazy what living in California will do to you. I’m honestly in love with the rain! I forgot how nice and magical a rainy day can truly be. With that in mind, here is my rainy day outfit (wish list). There is nothing better than a super comfy outfit to go tackle a rainy day adventure. I am dying for a pair of Hunter boots. I mean, they will totally work with the snow too so that might be an excuse to buy a pair HA! What is your rainy day staple?

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1. Mannorak unlined parka $25.00 | 2. Cotton On Top (Stripes) 2 for $14.95 | 3. Original Tall Boots $148.00

4. Cotton On Top (White) 2 for $14.95

5. Skinny Jeans $24.95 | 6. Puffy Jacket – Mossimo $20.98 | 7. Floral Print Ruffled Umbrella $9.90



Daily Inspiration – Ice Cream Sandwiches!

Thursday, April 16th, 2015

If you follow us on Instagram you probably already know that we had some history happen at our house the other night. I finally made Chocolate Chip Cookies from scratch! No cheating with pre-made dough. From  S C R A T C H!!! (Who knew the corn starch would get any more use besides the one day we used it to cure our pizza stone HA!) I followed this recipe by Sally’s Baking Addiction and they turned out great. I was surprised by the amount of cookies that came out so I decided to do what any smart person would do… make ice cream sandwiches HA! The mister couldn’t believe I made cookies so he was more than thrilled. Specially when I shouted from the kitchen and asked if he wanted an ice cream sandwich with rainbow sprinkles!

To make these bad boys, all you need are your cookies of choice (premade or homemade, no one will judge!), ice cream and of course my favorite part, rainbow sprinkles! Grab one of your cookies and place a scoop of ice cream on the inside of it. Using your fingers, mold it onto the cookie, using a little bowl full of the sprinkles, dip your cookie sides in it and then place a second cookie on top! Voila! I think these would be adorable at a party or BBQ. You could make them ahead of time and keep them in the freezer until it’s time for dessert. That’s what I did with the ones you see in these pics. There was no way I was going to have three ice cream sandwiches for lunch…. or maybe I did! Have you made these before? What other toppings would you add? Aren’t they cute?

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Daily Inspiration – Friends of Pope Farm Conservancy

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

Between us, I never knew Instagram would help me discover so many places in our new city (plus make new friends too!). For those of you new to your city, take advantage of local instagramers in your area. What do I mean by that? Start following them and you will be discovering new places in no time. (For those who don’t use Instagram, I don’t mean stalking them, I mean following them in the app HA!) That’s exactly how I ended up at Friends of Pope Farm Conservancy yesterday! The other night I came across an awesome picture just to realize it was only 10 minutes from our house. I couldn’t believe how beautiful and serene this place was being so close to the city. That’s the beauty of Madison. One second you’re surrounded by awesome architecture Downtown, a minute later you’re in the country with some killer views. If you ever get a chance go take a little stroll here. Fun fact; dogs aren’t allowed but horses are! Hoping I run into some on my next visit. Also, they have a sunflower field!!! I cannot wait to go back when its blooming. Visiting one has always been one of my dreams. Have you discovered a cool place in your town recently? Have you been to this farm? Happy Exploring friends!

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Daily Inspiration – Queso Dip!

Monday, April 13th, 2015

I’ve always shared how much we love “two ingredient” recipes in our home. So when I came across some “2 ingredients” Queso dip recipes on Pinterest I knew I had to try some. I got inspired by this great recipe by Gimme Some Oven. I added a little twist by adding some chiles plus green onions on top. The recipe cannot be more straight forward since all you have to do is mix a block of cream cheese with a can or bottle of salsa verde. I decided to add in a little can of green chiles too since I had it in the pantry HA! I mixed all my ingredients in the Magic Bullet (my best friend) and then heated it up on the stove in a saucepan. Once ready I added green onions as garnish. The end result was out of this world. The mister and I were obsessed! I served it with tortilla chips but cannot wait to try it again with pita chips or slices of fresh baguette. Well the possibilities are endless really! Give a try and let me know if you like it. What would you eat yours with? Any two ingredients recipes you’ve tried lately? Aren’t they the best?

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