Sunday, September 30, 2012

The Before: currently working on

The past few months I have been helping my mom redo her house , were doing the dining room,living room and kitchen first and the rest will come later. We have got so much done but at the same time there is still a lot to do .
Here is a sneak peak of the before photos of some of the projects
 Here is the living room when we first started we have gotten furniture in painted and lots more I'll have pics when all the decor is done though.
 We are reupholstering the chairs they were so old and blah I will post a quick diy on how to do these with the after photos  they are so easy i was shocked at how fast we got them done
We got the pretty new wallpaper i picked out up but were painting that ugly wood paneling! It looks so much nicer now I can't wait to post the photos when its all done.
Anybody else doing any house work? Link me up in the comments I'd love to take a look and see what every ones doing

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Choux Pasry cream puffs recipe

I promised i would post this recipe and finally here it is lol. This is part of my adventures in french pastries. I plan on doing every recipe i can one by one in my free time and teach myself the art of french baking I'll be posting each time i make something. This is the basic recipe for the choux pastry. These were very easy to make . Its kind of daunting when it comes to dough and cooking it on the stove but i was surprised at how easy these were.
Dough recipe:
1 cup of cake flour
1/2 cup plus 1 tbsp whole milk
1 cup plus 1 tbsp of water
1 tbsp of white sugar
1 pinch of salt
6 tbsp of unsalted butter
4 eggs
1 tbsp vanilla bean paste
In a medium sized pot add milk ,water,sugar,vanilla,and salt . Bring to a boil then take off the stove and add flour mix well.
put the pot back on the stove on low stir continuously for 1 one till the batter all comes together and away from the sides
pour into a bowl (plastic will help it cool faster) add eggs one at a time and mix together
Transfer to a pastry or icing bag and pipe into circles you can make large or small depending on what you would like . Pipe onto buttered baking sheet
preheat oven to 350
bake for 10 min or till light golden brown see picture above
I made a whip cream filling I'm more partial to this then the more custard like fillings you normally find.
1 cup of heavy whipping cream
2 tbsp of confection sugar you can add more if you like it more sweet
1 tsp vanilla
In a bowl or mixer fitted with the whisk attachment beat heavy cream,sugar and vanilla on high till it forms thick peaks.
Add in pastry/icing bag with a large round tip you can either slice it in half and pipe in between like i did or poke a hold underneath your puff and fill cream from there.
You can sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve

Monday, September 24, 2012

What I've Been Baking its been awhile..

I have been a bad blogger lately lol I have had a lot to do and a lot of my mind hopefully I will start posting more again soon.
Till then here is what I have been up to its quite picture heavy

Above are new in the shop

These two top and bottom are also new in the shop I'm so excited for Halloween and fall cookies!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Birthday Wishlist

Hey guys today's my birthday , I don't have alot of time for a more fun post I actually have to do some work today booo lol
So here is my birthday wish list this year

T-shirt from atomic cowlick
I love this teapot from pip studio you can find it here

Source: via fancy on Pinterest

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Georgetown Cupcakes NYC Review

I always love to try new cupcake places and since i had seen the show I had wanted to try Georgetown Cupcakes for awhile .
They opened a location in NYC in Soho. I happened to check out the channel 7 secret sales and they had a coupon for half off of a dozen cupcakes so i quickly jumped online and placed my order for pickup that Saturday. I rounded up my friend Sarah and my mom and went to pick them up Saturday. I had completely forgot it was fashion week so Soho was very crowded.
I actually was able to snap two pictures while inside without a problem some places don't allowed that.
They has this fun cupcake art on the wall

I also saw this fun pinup street art on the walk back

I got them home and over the next 3 days my mom and I tried the different flavors we got.

Here is a review of the flavors we got
Vanilla and chocolate- this one is the vanilla with chocolate frosting the cake part was fine but when i bit into the chocolate part i actually wanted to spit it out that's never happened with a cupcake before lol . I didn't know till after i ate it that its made with callebaut chocolate which to me tastes like a dark bitter chocolate which i don't like.

Coconut - It said it was a coconut cake but it tasted like vanilla to me and I didn't really enjoy the frosting overall it was an okay cupcake.

Chocolate and vanilla- I'm confused here the chocolate cake part was good and the frosting is suppose to be vanilla but it was cream cheese when i tasted it overall it was another okay one

Vanilla Birthday cake- The cake part was okay and i really like the constancy of the the frosting but the vanilla tasted like it has been mixed with one of the fruit flavored frosting and I didn't like the taste.

Chocolate Peanut butter swirl- This was the best one out of the batch it was really good the frosting was perfect and there was a delicious chocolate filling inside as well.

Overall I would like to go back and try different flavors before i count them out for good. But i do take it a bad sign that the basic flavors were not that great.

This review was done on my own and paid for me and has no affiliation with Georgetown Cupcakes

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

10% off at Shabby Apple

Hey guys sorry I haven't been around much lately but I have some fun posts of recipes ,reviews,and a diy coming soon.
In the mean time shabby apple has a coupon code for all of you for 10% off on the entire website.
Use code : favorite10
Here are some of the popular dresses that are selling right now

 This lace one also comes in a beautiful purple color which I'm in love with!
Check out the ad on the side to shop!
Hope everyone is having a good week so far

Friday, September 7, 2012

Julep Winner!

Hey Kittens we have a winner!
Congrats to Sue Hull
I'll be emailing you for all your info
and thank you for everyone who entered!

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Need Some Fashion Advice

Hey Kittens how is everyones week going?
I finally picked a dress for my birthday tea next month but I need your help finding a color to match it. I want to wear a cardigan over it and shoes the same color as the cardigan but I don't want it to be purple I feel like thats to matchy . So what color would you suggest the dress is by Bettie Page clothing

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Visitors From Hawaii

Almost a year ago one of my good friends moved to Hawaii and she was also preggers. This week was the first time they came home since they left and had the baby so i got to see her . I got to see new baby Ariyah and have a girls day. 4 of us girls went up to her moms house in PA and had a little girls night. We had so much fun its been awhile since we had all been together and i got to get out of this suburban/city hell I live in it was so nice to see trees and farms !
This is little baby Ariyah! I hope I'm spelling her name right lol
My two best friends
I had to snap a picture of Megan's outfit before we left it was to much not to take a photo of lol

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