Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Special Pancakes

I'm not so great at making pancakes. Pouring even amounts, then browning perfectly before flipping, is somehow always harder than it sounds. Plus, if serving a crowd- only a few are ready at a time so either people are eating in shifts or you need to keep the cooked pancakes warm. The recipe below solves all of those issues by making one large 'pancake' and cooking it in the oven.

Thanks to Ms. Pat for this recipe, she made it for us all the time as kids and it's so great, that I continue to make today. 

The ingredients are simple, you most likely already have them on hand, and can be easily multiplied and cooked in a larger pan to serve more people.

 I usually use my hand mixer with the whisk attachment to blend all of the ingredients. Don't worry if the butter is not evenly mixed, you just want it in small pieces. 

As soon as it comes out of the oven, it is puffy and then will start to deflate. Fun for kids (of any age) to watch. It tastes more similar to a crepe than a traditional pancake and really works well with an array of toppings.

 Hope you try it out & enjoy as much as we do!


Sunday, November 9, 2014

Simplifying Bookcases


Once we finished building the bookcases, I couldn't wait to start loading them up with all of my decor items, books, & vases. The problem arrived when I didn't stop loading and it turned into a hoarder's mess of shelves. We have the closed storage below but most of them were actually empty so one Saturday when I had some free time, I took everything out and started over. This time, trying to keep it simple. 

It still looks pretty full but I definitely removed a lot. Stored below are extra vases, platters, tablecloths, napkins, etc.. since this area is next to the dining table and kitchen, it's nice to have those items close by.

Most of these items are vintage/ thrift or just randomly found on sale at Target or Pottery Barn. 

I'm glad I took the few minutes to make it look a little cleaner. It's not perfect but it's better than before.


Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Turtle Shell Wall Art


I always struggle finding affordable yet interesting art and wall decor. When my in-laws casually mentioned they had some turtle shells,  I knew just what I wanted to do with them- put them on the wall, of course! My husband wasn't convinced at first but I think he likes them now.

The magnolia print is from art.com and frame is the large Ikea Ribba. I did put the plexiglass front behind the art to reduce the glare and help the print look a little more like a painting.

The bamboo blanket ladder was found on Amazon for a pretty great price considering how large it is.  Would also work well in a bathroom holding towels.

I had a little trouble hanging them and ended up with gorilla glue and some saw tooth picture hangers with picture framing wire. They've been up for about a month so fingers crossed it works long term.


Monday, September 29, 2014

Thirsty Thirty Birthday Tailgate


Over the weekend, we helped throw a 30th surprise birthday party for one of our friends. Her super sweet husband rented a Party Bus to take our group of friends to East Lansing, tailgate and go to the MSU Homecoming Game. We all had so much fun, I just have to share some of the decorations and designs from the event!

I made a couple of strands of tissue tassel garlands by following this tutorial, they were really easy to make and turned out so cute!

I made Gluten Free Pumpkin Cupcakes (box of GF cake mix + 1 cup of pumpkin + 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice + 2 tsp cinnamon) with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting (this frosting recipe). Seriously, so good! Highly recommend.

Custom Koozies!

and a fun banner~

I designed the sign and the koozie using PicMonkey


Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Market Find: Succulent Wreath


Detroit hosts an indoor/outdoor market every Saturday downtown at Eastern Market. They feature locally grown fruits, veggies, plants & flowers. This past weekend we headed down with some out of town friends and I came back with some favorite finds. 

There were a couple vendors selling succulents- small ones, large ones, every color and shape you could think of. The prices are a little lower than Home Depot/Lowe's and they definitely had more of a selection to choose from. 

As we were making our way through one of the last buildings, I saw these really unique wreaths made of succulents. I should have taken a picture of them all together but I forgot. While I'm not quite sure how long it will last, for $10 it was worth it to bring home and enjoy at least for a little while. It came with a hook for easy hanging.


I also spotted some air plants that I couldn't resist, one is a pretty large size and the other is a unique shaped little one. 


Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Spring Brunch: Mother's Day

We hosted some of my family over the weekend for a Mother's Day Brunch. I tried to keep everything simple & easy but pretty too.

I prefer to setup the food buffet style on the counter since our dining table is on the smaller side, all of this would never fit. I made two quiches using this recipe.  One was white aged cheddar + chives and the other was spinach, mushroom + goat cheese. Both were delicious and quiche is so easy to make- Love it. We also had ham, grilled shrimp, spinach salad, cheesy potatoes and fruit.. yum!

 I've been wanting to make this chocolate cake for a while now and I'm glad I did. It was pretty amazing. Rich chocolate but not too sweet, almost fudge-y. I did substitute the boiling water with hot coffee and I think it really made a difference.  I made this frosting recipe which paired really well with the chocolate cake. I piped on the frosting and they were suppose to look like rosettes but this frosting doesn't hold up too well for piping. It was still a pretty textured cake but more importantly- tasted great.

We also had creme puffs, store bought and drizzled with Saunders hot fudge & powdered sugar.

We ended the day enjoying the beautiful weather & a glass of wine in the backyard.

Hope you all enjoyed your weekend as much as I did!


Thursday, March 27, 2014

Almost Done: Opening Enclosed Stairway

Well friends, it's been a while since my last post but I'm excited to show you the progress we've made opening up our stairway. We took the walls down, added the support & new headers, installed new railings, newel posts and spindles, added trim to the doorway and finally got to paint! We still have a lot to do: repair floors, remove carpet, add new wood treads and then finish up the trim but it's nice to take a step back and see how far we've come.

Here is the awful before, right when we were moving in:

And now the view from that same spot:

Before the kitchen remodel:

And the now of that same wall or lack thereof:

Here's a little bit closer up of the railings and the finishing touches still needed:

We bought all the railings, newel posts and spindles from Home Depot. I'm surprised we actually accomplished this much considering there a professionals who only install stairs/railings for a reason.. it's tough to get it right. We had to start over a couple times but it's worth it now. 

Just one more before & after: