Getting stuff done. #ilikelists #dosomethingawesome #lillypulitzer #designdarling
Came home last night from work at 10PM so what do I do?
Run to target to buy some paper straws before they close at 11…and then make cupcakes in the middle of the night. Duh!
Today is the last day of work for two of my teammates so wanted to send them off on a sweet note: Cherry Coke Cupcakes!
Found the recipe from Brown Eyed Baker, followed it exactly…except for the frosting. I had a bunch of cream cheese in the fridge so I made a cherry cream cheese frosting instead. Basically followed a basic cream cheese frosting recipe and added some cherry juice to the mix. Turned out delish!
I also added little striped paper straws for a touch of me =) Not bad for a nights work!
Dead Poets Society [Peter Weir, 1989]
GOD BLESS ROBIN WILLIAMS, ILL MISS HIM
Oh captain my captain. RIP Robyn Williams - you’ve touched so many hearts.
A romantic dinner for one.
Actually, it was not as sad sounding as you might think. Got home on Thursday exhausted from work so all I wanted was an hour or so of me time.
Balsamic portobello mushrooms with cauliflower n’ kale - clean, oh so good eating :)
A glass of red and a little Real Housewives make for a perfect dinner for one.
It’s Sunday afternoon and I am currently sitting at the office…there’s a problem with this picture. These are the moments that I wish I could marry rich and just be a stay at home housewife whose day to day work consists of baking cupcakes for a charity fundraiser and getting paid to do arts and crafts. Not entirely sure how fulfilling and long lasting that lifestyle could be for me but it’s a thought.
Speaking of making cupcakes, I had a very last minute I-want-to-bake moment yesterday afternoon so I called up my friend C to help me make some cupcakes for a friends going away party. Cake makes everything better in my opinion.
Considering the ingredients we had available, we decided to make some strawberry balsamic cupcakes with an egg white based frosting. C is a wizz in the kitchen so I naturally gave her the reigns on the egg white icing. We used a simple recipe found here, but added in some strawberry and balsamic to the mix. The result was a wonderfully fluffy, light frosting to top our white cupcakes.
For some added flavor, we made a strawberry balsamic filling for the cupcakes and we topped it all off with a dash of sprinkles. Voila!
I hadn’t realized until pretty recently that not everyone thinks of strawberry and balsamic to be a pairing. My last roommate thought I was bizarre when I had put some strawberry and balsamic into a bowl of vanilla bean ice cream for dessert one night. Oh, and if you haven’t tried that, it’s delicious!!
I find it best when you can marinade the strawberries in balsamic vinegar (with some spoonfuls of sugar) overnight. That really helps the flavors mix together. Try it!!
I’m loving the kitchen in my new apartment…mostly because of the island!
Fully utilized this island last night as I tried out a new recipe I found on Damn Delicious for Skinny Cauliflower Mac and Cheese. I’m actually not a huge mac and cheese person - I grew up eating very little cheese and definitely did not understand the concept of powdered cheese in a packet (still don’t). But funny how your tastes change as you get older.
I tweaked this recipe just a little by substituting the sour cream with greek yogurt (sour cream is yet another food that I just never got into) and it turned out pretty ‘damn delicious’! The bf brought over some pesto veggies, we popped open a bottle of red wine, and settled down to enjoy our meal while watching the Grand Budapest Hotel.
A stay at home date night =)
Oh and a little STL tidbit for you - as someone who is picky about their mac and cheese, Bridge Tap House & Wine Bar in downtown has an awesome mac and cheese. Ask for added chicken!
Okay, I need to put this in ink. I need to stop spending money.
Well, you know what i mean - I need to get back onto a budget. It’s been really hard with the move and all I want are pretty home things. I might have gone a little overboard with hiring someone to make me a custom coffee table (but it’s going to go perfect with my couch!) and I don’t really need a hand painted art series for my wall (supporting a friend’s art career!) but come on…it’s hard to resist =)
My friend, the one who is making me those art pieces, said something really enlightening a few weeks ago. Her mother told her that a home isn’t decorated, it’s collected. I think that’s a beautiful way to think of a home and something I really need to remember. I can’t just rush out to buy the perfect shelf, or rug, or little doo-dads for my apartment. The finishing touches are suppose to be gathered as time goes on.
That being said, I am giving myself one last need-to-have-now home purchase before I reel it in: a bar cart!
I put this as a must-have because we currently have boxes of glassware and booze that have no where to go and I know that a bar-cart is something I’ll use for years to come. And they are really pretty…I’m hopeless I know ;)
xoxo - Michelle Cee
I finally have a couch! A beautiful, grey, chaise included sectional :)
Found this couch at Ashley Furniture and fell in love with the clean lines, modern color, and the fact that it is modular meaning I can arrange the sectional however I want. I know a lot of people have had negative experiences with Ashley Furniture but mine was wonderful! Great sales lady who answered all my questions, gave me a special discount, and even honored the prices that I had written down from my first visit which had increased by the time I came back. My couch was delivered in a week - the poor guys had to climb three flights of stairs to get it up to my apartment - and it turned out just as I wanted!
Next phase, getting my coffee table made =)
Never thought this would ever happen but I finished my first ever 5K!! There was a few moments of struggle but I was lucky enough to have this guy next to me the whole way :) We are #BetterTogether!