June: Color Inspiration

Sorry I have been missing this week, I took an extra long memorial day weekend! But now I am back, refreshed and have so much great inspiration to post in the coming weeks.  The color of the month: poppy. Whether it be flowers, sun dresses, a crawfish boil with friends, or a wall color this vibrant orange is the perfect color for summer.  

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images via 1, 2, 3, 4

Treat Day: Memorial Day

Red, White and Blue is the theme for this Memorial Day weekend! Lots of great treats, chips and dip, barbeque, and laughs will be going on at the lake with friends! I hope everyone has a fabulous long weekend! Below is a recipe for chocolate dipped pretzels by Emily, from Cupcakes and Cashmere. I thought they were a cute and easy festive treat to bring to any backyard barebque.  

Chocolate Dipped Pretzels (adapted from Paula Deen) 

Ingredients 

24 pretzel rods (any brand)

1 12-ounce package milk chocolate chips

1 12- ounce package white chocolate chips

1 package of red, white, and blue sprinkles

Directions

Place milk chocolate chips and white chocolate chips in 2 microwave- safe bowls.  Microwave on high for 1 minute. Remove and stir with a spatula.  If chips are not melted after stirring, place in the microwave for 15 seconds, then stir again until chocolate is melted.  

Dip one pretzel rod into the milk chocolate; use a spoon or butter knife to spread the chocolate about halfway up the rod. Twist the rod to let the excess chocolate drip off. Hold the rod over a piece of wax paper and shake sprinkles on all sides. Place the pretzel on another piece of wax paper to dry. Coat another pretzel with white chocolate and sprinkles. Repeat until you’ve coated all the pretzels, half with milk chocolate, half with white chocolate, and let dry completely, about 24 hours. 

Enjoy!

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images via white cabana and cupcakes and cashmere

Between Wind and Water

I was browsing one of my favorite blogs the other day, Oh Joy and came across a great giveaway from Hound, a Chicago based company.  I am especially in love with the Spring 2011 campaign, Between Wind and Water.  It could have a little to do with how excited I am for our lake trip this weekend. 

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images via hound  

Tired..

You know some days when you just wake up tired. Well today is that kind of day for me.  After a long weekend of working, I think tonight calls for a good book and my comfy bed. 

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images via creature comforts and etsy

Treat Day: Pretzel Dogs

In honor of celebrating Inga’s Birthday at the ballpark tonight, treat day= hot dogs! Even better, pretzel dogs.  This recipe was adapted from Alton Brown’s homeade soft pretzels..yummy!  These fabulous treats are one of my guilty pleasures.  Hope you have a fabulous weekend!

I will be spending my night eating hot dogs and drinking beer :) 

Pretzel Dogs
from a fake ginger

1 1/2 cups warm water
1 tablespoon sugar
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 package dry active yeast
4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled
10 cups water
2/3 cup baking soda*
1 large egg yolk, beaten with 1 tablespoon water
Pretzel salt (or kosher salt), for topping
8 hot dogs, cut in half

Directions:

– Combine the warm water, sugar and kosher salt in the bowl of a stand mixer and sprinkle the yeast on top. Let the mixture sit for about 5 minutes, until the yeast is foamy and begins to smell of yeast.
– Add the flour and butter to the yeast mixture. Attach the dough hook to the stand mixer and, on medium-low speed, combine the mixture until the dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl and appears shiny, roughly 4 to 5 minutes.
– Spray a large bowl with non-stick spray (or lightly grease with vegetable oil) and place dough in greased bowl. Cover with plastic wrap. Place bowl in a warm area (near the oven, perhaps) and let dough rise for about 1 hour, or until doubled in size.
– Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper. Spray parchment paper with non-stick spray. Set aside.
– In a large pot, bring the 10 cups of water and the baking soda to a roiling boil.
– Place the dough on a greased surface, and divide into 16 equal pieces. Roll each piece into a long rope, roughly 12 inches long. Carefully wrap each piece around a half hot dog. Pinch the ends together to seal the dough. Alternatively, to make regular pretzels, shape the rope into a U shape, cross the ends over each other and fold the twisted ends back onto the bottom of the U. Again, pinch the dough together to form a seal. Place each shaped pretzel on the parchment lined baking sheet.
– Boil the shaped pretzels and pretzel dogs, one at a time, in the baking soda water for 30 seconds each. Using a slotted spatula, remove each pretzel dog from the water and place it on a drying rack to allow any extra baking soda mixture to drip off.
– Place the boiled pretzel dogs back on the parchment lined baking sheets.
– Brush with beaten egg yolk and sprinkle with pretzel or kosher salt.
– Bake until golden brown, roughly 14 to 15 minutes. Transfer pretzel dogs to a cooling rack for a few minutes before serving. Serve with a variety of mustards.

Makes 16 pretzel dogs.

* Yes, I know that this seems like a crazy amount of baking soda, but trust me, Alton has clearly done the math on this one.  The baking soda mixture gives the pretzels that perfectly crisp crust that you are looking for.

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images via fake ginger via a dash of sass 

Happy Birthday Rooms!

Happy Birthday to the best roomate and friend ever! I hope your day was filled with lots of cake, flowers, and balloons! I cannot wait to celebrate this weekend and maybe a little tonight :) 

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image via kate spade 

Happy Mother’s Day


Happy Mother’s Day to the best momma in the entire world. You have taught me everything I know and I hope I can be a honest and lovely mother like you were to me.  I love you to the moon and back! 

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images via call me cupcake, me 

Happy Mother's Day


Happy Mother’s Day to the best momma in the entire world. You have taught me everything I know and I hope I can be a honest and lovely mother like you were to me.  I love you to the moon and back! 

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images via call me cupcake, me 

Some of Her Favorite Things

These are some of my mom’s favorite things.  She is my best friend, mom, and everything in between. 

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images via 1,2,3,4

Meet Zoey

Meet Zoey! She is Patrick and I’s new goldendoodle puppy. Isn’t she a doll?! Earlier this year, Sally, from A Piece Of Toast blog, posted about her Ella Dish dog collar. When we went to pick up Zoey I just had to get the cutest one in the store! Patrick didn’t want one that was too girly so we went with the Ella Dish multi- color stripe. We are so excited about this cutie pie.

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images via iPhone and Ella Dish