Free Printed Pillow Box

With Valentines day in the near future, you may need something to wrap your little gifts and chocolate in. We came up with a simple pillow box for just that. Get the free downloadable template over at You Are My Fav Blog.


Maui, Hawaii 2013

If you haven't been able to tell by our instagram, we are in Hawaii. That's my grandpa being funny with his sun protection. Although it's been crazily cold at night here (we are from the mountains), it's so bright that maybe I'll need to buy some new sunglasses. I'm pretty plain in my style, but maybe something different would be fun. I'll try to post more pics on instagram as the days go on, it can be difficult though, wanting to just be there and enjoy it . . . :)

Clark Shoes

I was surprised to find shoes not just for men, but adorable women's wear too! I'm loving these ankle boots.  

Be my Valentine Card

new screen printed card ready for sending to loves :)

Inspiration Friday

“Life will give you whatever experience is most helpful for the evolution of your consciousness. How do you know this is the experience you need? Because this is the experience you are having at the moment.” Eckhart Tolle 

Rubber Boots

We've had tons of snow these last few days and it would be great to have something I can slosh around in.

Something long would be great for snow and something short would be nice for summer time in the garden. I also love these simple hunter boots . . . it seems I may need to do some shopping soon :)

Best Birthday Cake

I've been on the hunt for a really tasty & moist yellow cake, so I found this one from Smitten Kitchen. Which I have to say is pretty tasty. I notice that cakes with some sort of tangy ingredient, like sour cream, or yogurt, or buttermilk come out best. And although I usually like a swiss meringue buttercream to ice it, I was craving something super sweet and nostalgic. So I made a good old fashioned batch of American Buttercream. There was some leftover caramel filling so I mixed it with some buttercream for the filling. 

Best Yellow Layer Cake
Everyone needs a killer yellow cake recipe. This is mine, and dare I say, it should be yours too. It just works. Every time. And if you’ve ever tried a yellow cake mix and wondered why yours didn’t come out that consistently plush (but not freakishly unnatural) at home, dare I say it’s because you hadn’t made this one yet?
Yield: Two 9-inch round, 2-inch tall cake layers, and, in theory, 22 to 24 cupcakes, two 8-inch squares or a 9×13 single-layer cake (I have yet to audition the cupcakes, shame on me)
4 cups plus 2 tablespoons (480 grams) cake flour (not self-rising)
2 teaspoons (10 grams) baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon (5 grams) table salt
2 sticks (1 cup, 1/2 pound or 225 grams) unsalted butter, softened
2 cups (400 grams) sugar
2 teaspoons (10 ml) pure vanilla extract
4 large eggs, at room temperature
2 cups buttermilk (475 ml), well-shaken

Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter two 9-inch round cake pans and line with circles of parchment paper, then butter parchment. (Alternately, you can use a cooking spray, either with just butter or butter and flour to speed this process up.)
Sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl. In a large mixing bowl, beat butter and sugar in a large bowl with an electric mixer at medium speed until pale and fluffy, then beat in vanilla. Add eggs 1 at a time, beating well and scraping down the bowl after each addition. At low speed, beat in buttermilk until just combined (mixture will look curdled). Add flour mixture in three batches, mixing until each addition is just Incorporated.
Spread batter evenly in cake pan, then rap pan on counter several times to eliminate air bubbles. (I like to drop mine a few times from two inches up, making a great big noisy fuss.) Bake until golden and a wooden pick inserted in center of cake comes out clean, 35 to 40 minutes. Cool in pan on a rack 10 minutes, then run a knife around edge of pan. Invert onto rack and discard parchment, then cool completely, about 1 hour.