Friday, October 19, 2018

Friday Favorites

It's Friday favorites which means we have made it to the weekend! 

Here is my list of random goodness from the week.....

When you shop Nordstrom online in their beauty department you usually get free samples at checkout. Well last week I was ordering a birthday present and in came a free sample of Nars foundation. So I gave it a try and it happened to be the perfect shade for me, and the coverage was amazing, while still being sheer. Anyway, if you are in the market for a new foundation, try this one if you like full coverage but don't want it to look caked on. I am using Fiji light 5. I actually couldn't find that color on the Nordstrom website so I bought hit here.

If you need a good book that talks about more style, less stuff, get this book!

I am already planning my winter wardrobe. Sweaters, sweaters, and more sweaters. This one is a must, as is this one, and this one.

I love this for any kitchen or dining room. Such a versatile piece.


Are you dressing up for Halloween? I am going as a raven.
My husband wins though, he is going as this, with this. So good!

Have a great weekend!

xoxo


Thursday, October 18, 2018

One Room Challenge Week 3

This past week has been a productive one, but sadly there isn't much to show besides an empty room.

I got rid of all the nasty old drywall and insulation, taking everything down to the studs. What a mess.  Not a pretty picture.

But, I did get a few more things ordered, some of which already arrived!

Here are a few inspiration pictures for you to see kind of what we are going for!




So, now that you've seen the inspiration, here are a few more items that I ordered.
I got this shower head. It's super modern but I think the lines will go good with the lines on the shower door. I ordered it in matte black.

For the faucet, I opted for this in matte black.

I have always loved this mirror, so that was a no brainer, and it was on sale when I ordered it.

Keeping with the matte black modern look, I ordered this tp holder, these hooks, and this towel bar.

For now, my bathroom looks like this. 3 more weeks to go though so I am not panicking yet!
Are you nervous for me? I AM nervous for me! haha




To see week 1 go here.
Week 2 here.

xoxo




Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Easy Blackberry Cake Recipe

I am surprised I actually finished this cake because I almost ate all the batter first. 

This easy blackberry cake recipe is perfect for fall. You can add pecans or walnuts to the recipe if you'd like, but I opted not too. 

This is a 3 layer cake, but one of mine did not turn out, so 2 it is! 



This cake is very moist and it melts in your mouth. If you like blackberries, you will love this cake!
The frosting is very rich, but who doesn't love caramel cream cheese? 

Impress your guests by making this very easy cake this holiday season.



Pin this recipe for future reference!


Blackberry Cake with caramel cream cheese frosting

prep time: 20 minscook time: 35 minstotal time: 55 mins

ingredients:

  • CAKE
  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cloves
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground allspice
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 5 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
  • 1 1/4 cups seedless blackberry jam or preserves
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups whole buttermilk
  • 1 cup golden raisins
FROSTING

  • 3 (8-oz.) pkg. cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup jarred caramel topping
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

instructions:

Step 1
Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray 3 (9-inch) round cake pans with cooking spray.
Step 2
Prepare the Cake Layers: Whisk together first 7 ingredients in a large bowl; set aside.
Step 3
Place sugar and eggs in bowl of a heavy-duty stand mixer fitted with whisk attachment; beat on medium speed until thick and smooth, 3 minutes. Change to paddle attachment. Add oil, jam, and vanilla extract; beat until combined, 1 minute.
Step 4
Add half of the flour mixture to jam mixture; beat on low speed until just combined, 20 to 45 seconds. Add buttermilk; beat on low speed until just combined. Add remaining flour mixture; beat on low speed until smooth and combined, about 30 seconds. Fold in raisins; divide evenly among prepared pans.
Step 5
Bake in preheated oven until edges of Cake Layers are just starting to pull from sides of pans and a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean, 35 to 40 minutes, rotating pans from top to bottom rack halfway through baking. Press gently on top of layers to flatten any doming; cool in pans 10 minutes. Remove from pans to wire racks; cool completely, about 1 hour.
Step 6
Prepare the Frosting: Place cream cheese and sugar in bowl of a heavy-duty stand mixer fitted with whisk attachment; beat on medium-low speed until combined. Add caramel topping; beat until smooth, 1 to 2 minutes. With mixer running, slowly pour in cream and add salt. Beat on medium speed until thick and smooth, 3 to 4 minutes. (Mixture will look runny at first but will thicken as the cream is whipped.)
Step 7
Transfer about two-thirds of the Frosting to a piping bag. Place 1 Cake Layer on a serving plate. Pipe Frosting on top of layer, using a circular motion and starting from the outside and gradually moving to the center. Repeat process with remaining layers. Cover sides with remaining Frosting. (Drag the back of a spoon in a side-to-side motion across the Frosting for a textured look.) Garnish cake with
blackberries.
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Monday, October 15, 2018

white chocolate cupcakes recipe

Hi friends! Today I have the best "semi homemade" white chocolate cupcakes recipe for you!
The recipe includes a simple cake mix with a few secret ingredients to make it taste like you baked them from scratch!

I put a little twist on these white chocolate cupcakes recipe for the season which I think looks super cute.  If you are looking for a simple cupcake or cake recipe that tastes like your grandmother had been baking all day, try these! And don't forget to pin this for later, because I know you will want to be making these every season.





Yield: 18

White Chocolate Cupcakes

prep time: 10 minscook time: 20 minstotal time: 30 mins

ingredients:


  • 1 box white cake mix
  • 1 package {3 oz.} Godiva white chocolate vanilla bean pudding mix1 
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

instructions:


  1. Mix all ingredients in a mixer on medium for 2 minutes. Fill each baking liner in a muffin pan 2/3 full with the mix. Bake according to the cake mix box instructions. 

    2. Frost with your choice white frosting, I prefer cream cheese frosting.

    3. Top with a ghost peep and enjoy!
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Aren't these the cutest? 

The ghost peeps really take them up a notch, don't you think?



I would love to know if you make these and what you think. Tag me on instagram and I will share in my stories.

Hope your week is off to a great start!

xoxo

Friday, October 12, 2018

Friday favorites

Is it just me, or did this week fly by?

I have been gone the last 4 weekends and am looking forward to a weekend at home.
We have a fun neighborhood Murder Mystery party to go to this weekend as well as a football party we are hosting, so it will be full but fun!

One of the weekends we were away, we stayed at a friends cabin. On our bed were the most amazing sheets I had ever felt! So soft, they felt like butter and the owner said they stay like that washing after washing. Anyway, long story short, I bought them for my own home and you are going to die when you see how cheap they are! Go get yourself some, right here,  or get them for someone for Christmas, they are that good! 



A couple of new cookbooks I am loving right now for my Friday favorites!
This one is full of great inspiration, and this one takes the cake! 

Speaking of cake, I have a really good recipe coming next week, it is easy and delicious and you won't want to miss it!

This is a fun neutral fall front porch idea. I especially love the unexpected round jute rug. It fills the space perfectly!


Oh man, have you seen this collection? I am seriously in big trouble!

If you love Leanne Ford as much as I do, you must read this.

I have been eyeballing these for a while now, I think they would be fab on a Thanksgiving table, but great for everyday use!

I hope you all have a fabulous weekend! See you back here on Monday.

xoxo



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