baking

Cake Batter Cookies

cake batter cookies

Sometimes I just get into total baking mode. Particularly, when I’m perusing Pinterest and come across a fun recipe. This one happened to look cute, smell yummy and be super simple. A great recipe when you need a dessert in a pinch! Granted I don’t actually try any of the non-vegan recipes I bake.. I promise they get good reviews! I can’t wait to try a festive red, white & blue version for the 4th of July!

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Ingredients

  • 18.25 oz Box of French Vanilla Cake Mix
  • 1 t Baking Powder
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/2 C Vegetable Oil
  • 1/2 t Vanilla Extract
  • 1 C Sprinkles

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Preheat oven to 350°. Mix together cake mix and baking powder in a large mixing bowl. Set aside.

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Mix together eggs, oil and vanilla in a small mixing bowl.

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Pour egg mixture into cake mixture and mix well.

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Add sprinkles and incorporate well.
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cake batter cookies

Use cookie/ice cream scooper to scoop out dough and place on baking sheet.
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Bake 10 minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes, cookies will be very soft when they come out!

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Enjoy!

Weekend DIY: Floral Cake Topper

Weekend DIY: Floral Cake Topper

I was looking to brighten up the sweet-themed Hummingbird Cake I made for Mother’s Day/Birthday. I searched for supplies on hand and came up with bright hued scrapbooking flowers and always festive striped straws. A day-brightening daisy-themed cake topper was the perfect puzzle piece, complete in under 15 minutes.
Weekend DIY: Floral Cake Topper

Materials:

  • 3 Striped Straws
  • Scrapbooking Flowers
  • Coordinating Brads
  • Baker’s Twine
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Punched Out Cardstock Circles

Weekend DIY: Floral Cake Topper

Place flowers together and secure with coordinating brads.
Weekend DIY: Floral Cake Topper

Tie baker’s twine around one end of a straw and hot glue the knot to secure.
Weekend DIY: Floral Cake Topper

Weekend DIY: Floral Cake Topper

Using a hot glue gun, dab the glue in the middle of the back of the first flower and place the baker’s twine directly through it.
Weekend DIY: Floral Cake Topper

Apply a second dab of glue over the baker’s twine and place a piece of cardstock circle over it.
Weekend DIY: Floral Cake Topper

Continue to do the same for the remaining flowers.
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Once finished, tie the end of the baker’s twine to another straw, and hot glue.

Weekend DIY: Floral Cake Topper

Glue a straight line directly in the middle of back of the flowers, and place the remaining straw across.

Weekend DIY: Floral Cake Topper

Turn over, and hot glue one petal of the two outter flowers to each straw to secure.

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Happy Mother’s Day! xo

Five Facts

Two fab blogger friends, Sarah and Taylor recently tagged me in their Five Facts Posts. So I’m sharing five fun facts you may not have known about me, and tagging these stylish gals to give it a go Caity, KendallAngela & Alexa, BethannDonnaAlex and Lynsey. (I couldn’t pick just five! 😉 )

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1. I don’t match my swimsuits or mani-pedis. These are two examples where you have the most room to have fun with fashion. I love mixing and matching prints and complimenting colors.

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2. I’ve been a vegetarian for 17 years, and a vegan for 7 years, and within the past year I became gluten-free. Since I was a child, I never understood the concept of eating meat, and I always went with it to it. I’ve eliminated things like refined sugar, and artificial coloring, because I like sticking to whole foods, and lucky for me, I’ve never met a vegetable I didn’t like. 😉

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3. I love baking and decorating. Before an exam in college, baking was always the best stress-reliever for me. I was always whipping up my the best ever banana bread recipe (no really, it’s called that) or pumpkin chocolate chip cookies from this cookbook. Styling cupcakes, a coffee table or an ensemble share a creative aspect that I love doing.

organization

4. I love to organize. This totally ties in with the fact of starting my own personal style consultation business. See my closet organization tips here. I’m definitely OCD when it comes to my closet. It’s organized by category, color and then sub-categories. These lucite organizers keep my nail polish and lipstick addictions under wraps.

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5. I subscribe to 19 magazines monthly. I can’t get enough knowledge and inspiration from fashion, home decor, and fitness. I tear out pages that inspire me and place them in a binder (trailing back to the OCD), it serves as inspiration for outfits, decorating, and new toning routines and recipes.

Neapolitan Rose Cake

Neapolitan Rose Cake

I love baking, but I love baking for birthdays even more. I have always loved rose decorated cakes, and decided to try a neapolitan version that I saw on I Am Baker.

Neapolitan Rose Cake

Visit I Am Baker for her talented techniques. (A first timer still ranks me amateur status.) I’m hoping to improve, since I plan on making this my Spring celebration staple.. (thinking yellow, pink & purple possibilities!)

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Happy Baking! xo

Camo Cupcakes

Camo Cupcakes

While baking, I’m usually as girlie chic as it goes. But when it came to baking something for my best friend’s husband’s birthday party, I had to think outside “jewelry” box. I found this fun camo cupcake recipe from Crafty Mama, and decided would be perfect!

Camo Cupcakes

Separate one white cake mix into four different bowls, and color accordingly. I use gel food coloring for all my baking needs. It works much better than the liquid form for cakes, cookies, and icings.

Camo Cupcakes

Fill pastry bags, or ziplock bags (which I used because it was much less messy, while using multiple colors) with each of the colored cake mixes.

Camo Cupcakes

Pipe a dollop of each color into two cupcake pans evenly. Bake according to recipe instructions.

Camo Cupcakes
Camo Cupcakes

Instead of making one large cake, I liked the idea of simply making a “24” shape out of the decorative cupcakes.

Camo Cupcakes
Instead of going full-out camo, I opted for a Creamy Chocolate Icing to frost the cupcakes.

**To veganize this recipe, start with a making a batch of vegan cupcakes and substituting all natural food coloring.

Snow Day

Snow Day

Growing up, the best thing about Winter in Pennsylvania was the Snow Days. Sled riding and hot chocolate made up the perfect Winter day. Today marks off the first of ‘snowed in’ Winter days this year. Traveling may not be an option, so here’s a few ideas make the most of being snowed in.

Snow Day -- Chick Flick Marathon

Host a chick flick marathon. Make use of your Netflix subscription, whether it’s classic girly faves or a Ryan Gossling vs. Channing Tatum face-off, it’ll be sure to keep you entertained.

Snow Day -- Do a Face Mask

Get a Winter glow. Face masks are a fixture in my beauty routine. There’s just something therapeutic about them, that I love. Polished supple skin is only a face mask away. If you don’t have a mask on hand, whip up one in the kitchen with one of these homemade recipes. My faves include Mario Basdecu ‘Super Collagen Mask’ & Cucumber Tonic Mask, Philosophy Oxygen Peel, and Lush Catastrophe Cosmetic Mask.

Snow Day reading

Catch up on your reading. I subscribe to an absurd amount of magazines, so getting caught up is sometimes a weekend project. Get the latest on style, beauty news and bikini body moves.

Snow Day -- Glitter Fade Mani

Give yourself a mani. Take the time to master that mani you’ve been eyeing on Pinterest. I’ve been a huge fan of the glitter fade, and New Year’s Eve is the perfect time to sport it!

snow day baking -- vegan gluten-free brownies

Try a new recipe. I’ll admit, I’m a little Christmas cookie baked out, but now is the time for all of the those tdf recipes on my Pinterest board, or a warm Winter soup. (Vegan, gluten-free brownies pictured.)

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Play in the snow. Skiing, tubing, or a snowball fight.

snow day -- hot chocolate bar

Create a hot chocolate bar to enjoy after. Add marshmallows, peppermint candies, chocolate, cookie sticks, etc.

Valentine’s Day Rice Krispie Treats

A cute Valentine’s Day treat can be created with little time and supplies. I cut out heart shapes out of 4″ doilies.  I punched two holes and thread ribbon, and tied together.  I created a simple label on my computer, then punched it out with a 1″ round punch.  I punched out coordinating cardstock with a 1 3/4″ round punch.  I again punched two holes through the cardstock label, and thread the ribbon through to til together.  Very inexpensive, and can be made in a short amount of time.

I made Nutella S’mores Rice Krispie Treats using this recipe from Sugar Plum.  Very simple and requires no baking!