Monday, November 28, 2011

Thanksgiving Love

Here are some of the photos I snapped on Thanksgiving day with my phone. As I grow older, I am really learning how special these holiday meals are together and time with my family in general. I really am so lucky to have my clan around. So much love!

Friday, November 25, 2011

No Hands!

I found this marvelous video on Leigh-Ann's blog and had to share. I have a few friends who love bike riding and I can just picture us making up silly additions to this. When can we bike ride?

Wednesday, November 23, 2011


Image found here.

Have a lovely holiday everyone! I will be enjoying it at home with the people I love.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Friday, November 18, 2011


I have so much appreciation for everything in my life right now. I have a wonderful and supportive family. I appreciate a great man who is loving and makes me laugh more than anyone. I appreciate a great roommate and place to live. I appreciate incredibly warm and creative friends. I appreciate having a job in this economy - one that I actually enjoy. 

I appreciate you.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Mount Rushmore

Yesturday's post got me thinking about the different places I have been to and amazing things I have seen. In the summer of 2010, I went on a roadtrip that was incredible. I was amazed when we got to see Mount Rushmore. The amount of people and time to create it is mind blowing. America!

I love the "sneaky" Washington picture below. I took this while we drove up and around the monument.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011


I'm in love! Stumbling around in the blogging world led me to the delicious Anderson Design Group website. I seriously adore the city posters they created. From their website:

Art & Soul Of America 
Home and Office Decor Prints

We created these posters for our new collection of classic American travel posters. Created to look like vintage prints from the early to mid-1900s, the series celebrates our cities and national parks.

I wonder what would be on the Monclair poster.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011


I had to smile when I saw the #onthetable post to the Instagram blog. I love taking shots like these (as seen here and here annnnnnd here). I'm hungry now...

Monday, November 14, 2011

Margarita Cupcakes!

Tequiilla in a cupcake? Yes please! I made these bad boys this weekend when I was having some company over. I spared you the baking process photos (only because I was busy and running around as well) but below is the recipe I used if you would like to try it out. I also may have been hired for my first baking gig (so what if it was by my sister?) I am excited about that! Cheers!

Margarita Cupcakes

Yield: about 24 cupcakes

For the cupcakes:
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tbsp. baking powder
½ tsp. salt
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 cups sugar
4 large eggs, at room temperature
3 limes, zested and juiced
½ tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup buttermilk

For the frosting:
2 cups sugar
8 large egg whites
Pinch fleur de sel (coarse salt)
1½ cups (3 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
2½ tbsp. freshly squeezed lime juice
2-4 tbsp. tequila

To make the cupcakes, preheat the oven to 325˚ F.  Line two cupcake pans with paper liners.  In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and salt; stir with a fork to blend.  In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together the butter and sugar on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, 3-5 minutes.  Blend in the eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition and scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.  Beat in the lime zest, lime juice and vanilla.  With the mixer on low speed, mix in the dry ingredients in three additions alternating with the buttermilk, beginning and ending with the dry ingredients. Beat each addition just until incorporated.

Divide the batter between the prepared cupcake liners, filling each about ¾ full.  Bake 20-24 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.  Let cool in the pan 5-10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.  If desired, brush the cooled cakes with tequila to emphasize the true margarita flavor.

To make the frosting, combine the sugar, egg whites, and salt in a heatproof bowl set over a pot of simmering water.  Heat, whisking frequently, until the mixture reaches 160° F and the sugar has dissolved. Transfer the mixture to the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment.  Beat on medium-high speed until stiff peaks form and the mixture has cooled to room temperature, about 8 minutes. Reduce the speed to medium and add the butter, 2 tablespoons at a time, adding more once each addition has been incorporated.  If the frosting looks soupy or curdled, continue to beat on medium-high speed until thick and smooth again, about 3-5 minutes more (don’t worry, it will come together, though it may take a long time!)  Stir in the lime juice and tequila and mix until fully incorporated and smooth.

Frost the cooled cupcakes with the buttercream.  Garnish with lime zest and lime slices as desired.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Fitz and the Tantrums

Last night we had the pleasure of seeing Fitz and the Tantrums live at Terminal 5. I only knew a few of their songs before going but it was so much fun! They have such catchy music that it is hard not to dance when you hear it. Such a great date night!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Monday, November 7, 2011

When is the Next Race?

I am very happy to say that Shadiah and I successfully completed our first race ever! We managed to achieve both our goals: to run it completely without walking and to finish within 55 minutes. The race was a total of 5 miles and began a little north of Pier Village. The wind was incredibly strong on Saturday morning and it was extremely cold. I ended up running in three layers of shirts just to keep warm. The course was an out and back type (which I found out I am NOT a fan of) because it can be discouraging. Running to a distance, turning around, and knowing exactly how much further you still need to run.

Shadiah and I kept the same pace the entire race. We made a deal that we would finish together no matter what. And we did! We crossed the finish line with exactly the same time. The last mile and a half was very tough as we were running to the finish line into the wind. But we did it. And we plan to run some more races in the spring.

I have never been a fast person. I had set a goal for running the 5 in 55 minutes. As we crossed the finish line, I was pleased to see we had done it in 52 minutes! You may be thinking how slow this is, but I am darn proud! I know that we can work on our 10:17 pace but that's not bad for our first ever race. Pictures will be posted to the website soon...I cannot wait to see how silly I look in them.