Thursday, December 13, 2018

books I am reading

Craft books, novels, decorating books, craft books, cookbooks, you name it, I love them.

I recently just got this book and it is insanely good. This book for paper lovers would make a great gift as well. It is HUGE and full of the cutest images you can use for scrapbooking, card making, etc. 

Here is what one reviewer said of this book. 

Even though this is the Flow Book from 2017, let me tell you: I'm happy to find the previous year's Flow Book available to order! This book is like an icon scrapbook resource, full of unique papers, tags, stickers, paper crafty things that are useful treasures for artful people who enjoy making junk journals, tags, assorted ephemera, cards, or mini albums. If you like to make junk journals or make cards, you'll love this book. I look at getting a Flow Book like getting a high school yearbook, except this is like a crafter's yearbook full of delish paper goods. This book is packed.


Another book I am enjoying is this one. In the company of women is chalk full of great images from Author Grace Bonney, founder of Design Sponge.  It makes a really great coffee table book too.


I just ordered this. So, I haven't actually read it yet, but it got great reviews and looks very intriguing. 


I love to bake so this book looked fun. 103 decadent cake recipes, yes please!


I would love to hear what some of your favorite books are. Leave them in the comment section here.

Hope you are having a great day!

xoxo






Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Eggnog Tres Leches Cake

I found this recipe in the Magnolia Journal, made it immediately of course, and it was loved by everyone. 

Such a different kind of cake, one that will impress guests this holiday season.

Here is the eggnog tres leches cake.


It is so good you guys!

It's light and airy and full of flavor. It is a spongy cake that is soaked with eggnog and milk seeping through it. Is your mouth watering yet?

The subtle hint of eggnog and nutmeg make this a perfect treat this time of year. 


I hope you enjoy this eggnog tres leches cake as much as we did!



Yield: 10

eggnog tres leches cake

prep time: 25 minscook time: 35 minstotal time: 60 mins

ingredients:

3 cups all purpose flour
3 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
1 tsp. salt
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 cup {2 sticks} butter, softened
2 tsp. vanilla
2 eggs
1 cup milk
1 14-oz. can sweetened condensed milk
1 12-oz can evaporated milk
1 1/2 cups eggnog

whipped cream topping-
In a chilled mixing bowl beat 2 cups heavy cream, 1/4 cup powdered sugar, 1 tsp. vanilla, and a pinch of sea salt with a mixer on medium until soft peaks form. Use immediately or store in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to 30 minutes.

instructions:

1. Preheat oven to 350. Grease and flour two 8" springform pans. In a large bowl stir together the flour, the baking powder, nutmeg, and salt. In another large bowl beat together sugar and butter with an electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. Beat in vanilla. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Alternately add milk and flour mixture, beating on low speed after each addition just until combined. Spread batter evenly into the prepared pans.

2. Bake 35-40 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean and the cakes are golden brown on the edges. Cool completely in pans on a wire rack.

3. In a medium bowl stir together the sweetened condensed milk, evaporated milk, and eggnog. Using a large skewer or chopstick, poke holes through the cakes about 1" apart. Pour half of the eggnog mixture over cakes; let soak in 5 minutes. Pour the remaining eggnog mixture over the cakes. Cover pans with plastic wrap and place on a large tray or baking sheet. Store in the refrigerator 8-24 hours. 

4. Remove cakes from the springform pans. Place one layer on a cake stand. Spread whipped cream lightly over top of cake. Add second layer. Very lightly spread whipped cream over the sides. Top with remaining whipped cream. If desired, sprinkle with additional ground nutmeg. Serve immediately.


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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Christmas cocktail recipes

Tis the season for Christmas cocktails!

I have a super easy recipe that I came up with this year and it is very refreshing and festive.

This concoction actually came to be because I wanted a drink this color. A little experimenting and I think it turned out really good and looks pretty cute in vintage cups!











pink grapefruit Christmas cocktail

prep time: cook time: total time:

ingredients:

Mix equal parts pink prosecco with sparkling pink grapefruit juice. 

Add ice cubes, and cranberries and mint for garnish.

Enjoy!

instructions:

Add more prosecco depending on taste.
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Monday, December 10, 2018

sugared cranberries

Sugared cranberries are so easy to make and are so fun for the holidays!

This is the first time I have made them and it was much easier than I thought. 

Follow the recipe below to make your own. They look really great sprinkled on naked cakes or cakes with white frosting too!






Yield: 3.5 cups

Sugared Cranberries

ingredients:

2 cups sugar
1 (12-ounce) bag fresh cranberries
1/2 cup water

instructions:

  1. Combine 1/2 cup sugar and 1/2 cup water in a pan over medium heat, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Stir in cranberries until well coated. Using a slotted spoon, transfer to wire rack; let dry for at least 1 hour.
  2. Working in batches, roll cranberries in remaining 1 1/2 cups sugar until well coated; let rest for at least 1 hour.
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Friday, December 7, 2018

Friday favorites

It's Friday once again, and that means it is time for Friday favorites! This has become one of my most read posts. I love that you guys love seeing what I am loving, hating, or buying. 

I also love that you put up with the randomness of these Friday Favorite posts. They have become a dumping ground of sorts for my brain each week to share everything on my mind.

So, thanks for listening and reading! Let's get right to it shall we?

I have been wanting to switch out our dining room chairs to something a little more comfy. I do love what we have, however, these are really speaking to me. What do you think?


I am also really about using cute white and metallic Christmas trees for decorating with this year. 
Here are a few of my favorites I have found:

This mercury glass tree

This one lights up. 

These ones also light up, and they are on sale!

This 3 piece gold set is beautiful.

If I had an extra $360 to spend right now, I just might buy these.

This pillow is very inexpensive but looks really high end.

These Santa mugs are always a huge hit.

If you collect and/or display copper in your kitchen, this would be a fun addition.

I bet this smells amazing!

I hope everyone has a great weekend!

xoxo


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