Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Vanilla Cake with Coconut Whipped Cream

Happy Summer!! Here's some cake for you.



Have you been doing lots of fun things so far this summer? Because let me tell you, this has definitely been a summer for the books and it's only the middle of July. I've been gone most weekends (think Boston, Jersey Shore, St. Louis, the Hamptons, Westport) and during the week I've been home, I've been in NYC, and I've been getting in some good time with family, friends, and most importantly my dog, Molly. Upcoming, I'm currently still in Westport with family for the week and then on the 27th I leave for Sweden for two and a half weeks!

It's been so nice having some time to do what I want, when I want basically. I'm still working and making some money to pay the bills that I have, but this summer has been a much needed vacation after 3 years of working like crazy plus however many years of education came before then. My advice for anyone graduating soon - take some time after school ends, even if it's just a month.


thursday things



1. Greetings from beeeeeeeautiful Westport, MA!

2. I've been having the most wonderful weekend with family up in Westport. What's even better is that there's barely any cell service or internet, unless you're home and connected to the wifi, so it's been a nice time away from my phone.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

30 Before 30: #19 Drive down the Pacific Coast Highway

30 Before 30: #19 Drive Down the Pacific Coast Highway

Date Completed: March 31, 2015

Something I've always been fascinated with is the Pacific Coast Highway, the PCH, Route 1, or the beautiful road that goes right next to ocean that everyone is alwaclys driving on in convertibles. Whatever you call it. It's something I've always wanted to drive down, and I have TV and movies to thank for that. Just thinking of Kate Walsh driving down in her convertible when she was moving from Grey's Anatomy to the Private Practice pilot, it looked so cool.

When I moved to California, one of my favorite things to do was drive up a short stretch of the PCH, typically up to just past Malibu, stop at one of the tiny generally uninhabited state beaches, and watch the sunset. I used to do that on my own when I wanted some time to myself to think, I drove up on both my 24th and 25th birthdays, I drove my brother when he came to visit, and honestly I drove up whenever I felt like it. So, last year, when I was making my 30 before 30 list, I knew I wanted to drive down the PCH and actually drive along a long stretch of the road that goes right next to the ocean. Like, cliff-highway-plunging drop to the ocean.

Monday, May 18, 2015

[belated] 3 year blogiversary!

It's been a little over 3 years since I started this blog. I had every intention of making an adorable little cake with crazy candles until I opened my timehop one morning and realized that my blogiversary was that day (uh oh) and that I had no time the next couple of days to bake anything (double uh oh). Which, with my recent track record, meant that I was "going to just" post a cute little picture which turned into "well I'll just write a post about it" which turned into "it's been two weeks is it too late to say something? I need to say SOMETHING!"

So, here's something. When I started this blog, I didn't really know how to make a delicious fluffy buttercream. I didn't know how to properly cook for myself (the college dining hall took care of my food). I didn't feel comfortable tweaking recipes even the slightest bit. I didn't know how to decorate cupcakes or cakes, which is a serious life skill. I was just a senior in college, not really knowing what the next three years had in store for me, other than graduating and not having access to that amazing dining hall. Seriously. It's been 3 years and I still miss the Usdan dining hall (insert sobbing emoji here, please) and think about it WAY too much.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

thursday things



1. I had the most delicious epic cookie ice cream sandwich: Chocolate Chip Cookie, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream, Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookie. AMAZING.

2. Just under 3 weeks left in Los Angeles and it's starting to sink in. I've given in my official notice at work, even though they knew 2 months ago. I'm making good headway through my LA Bucket list. My mom and I have booked all the places we're staying on our roadtrip. I'm starting to not buy groceries so I can just eat up everything I have, so I can waste as little food as possible. It's real.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Traditional Irish Soda Bread

Happy St. Patrick's Day!



Hope you're all having a good time today eating Irish Soda Bread, green bagels, drinking Guinness (or Guinness floats - check back tomorrow for how to use up your leftover beer!), maybe eating some of these Guinness & Bailey's cupcakes. I know I've been eating my fair share of the Irish Soda Bread that I made last night (for the first time!) and don't know if I'll have any leftover  to share with my friends.

I know it's been VERY quiet on the blog the past month, but a lot has been going on (good things, don't worry). I decided to move back to the east coast, so I've been spending my time going through my LA bucket list and spending time with friends, so I've barely been cooking meals, let alone baking. But I promise that will change, especially since I need to try and use up all my flours and sugars!


Anyway, I'll do a whole post on the move eventually. Today is about Soda Bread. Now, I love quick breads. Beer bread, pumpkin bread, banana bread, etc. But I've never had Irish Soda Bread! I'm only a very small fraction Irish, but I've seen recipes for it all over the place and have always wanted to try it! The only problem is I don't like raisins, and all the recipes I saw had them. Now I know that they're easy to take out, but I wanted to do more research.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Snickerdoodles

Let me tell you, the internet is a dangerous place. Seriously. You can start down the google search and emerge 2 hours later, not knowing how you wasted so much time.



That was me last week when I was trying to find snow boots. The hard part about finding snow boots beginning of February in Los Angeles? Or even online? All the normal sized shoes are out of stock. Because the east coast has been getting slammed with snow and why would people in Los Angeles ever need to buy snow boots?



So I struggled. And apparently spent 2 hours on google this past Monday looking up different brands of snow boots as well as where the hell I could find some in my size that I would get before TAHOE THIS WEEKEND. Sorry. I'm excited. I'm excited to ski but mostly excited for a girls weekend filled with hot chocolate, marshmallows, and wine. Oh the wine.