May 17, 2013
After a few days of hanging out with my niece I am heading back to Wisconsin today. I am bummed to be parting ways with my partner in crime, but I am super excited for next week and have a lot to get done before I hop on a plane to celebrate my cousin’s wedding!
Great Lake or Ocean? I thought I would be so good at this game because I’ve lived by two Great Lakes but I was not. Still a great “game” to play while sipping your coffee this morning.
I’m planning on making this Whole Wheat Blackberry Ricotta scone recipe for my early morning plane ride treat.
8 Signs You Are Actually A Cat. All eight apply to me.
Would you make or wear a craft apron?
The Scientific 7-Minute Workout. This kicked my butt but it is hard to talk yourself out of spending 7 minutes on working out.
Next week, I’ll be sharing one sweet and one savory bread recipe.
p.s. i heart both these dudes.
image via a paper aeroplane
May 10, 2013
Joys of Jell-O, who would eat shrimp and jell-o?!
Wallpaper tiles, you can remove them when you move out or change your style.
Livatars, a design savvy way to pay homage to Harry Potter.
Cheddar Jalapeño Biscuits, even more cheese than my Jalapeño Cheddar Scones.
If I tried to do this on a treadmill, I would seriously hurt myself.
Bitchy Resting Face Funny or Die PSA.
Not a new song but sometimes you just need to dance and sign along.
May 3, 2013
It is Friday! I am taking a tip from a good friend of mine and treating myself to a large coffee and doughnut to help me finish out this week. I would have shared a picture of the doughnut but lets be real here, I ate it in the car on the 3 minute drive home. Do you have any Friday treats, like pizza or bacon & eggs?
I finally put my yoga teaching schedule online.
A few really tasting looking veggie dishes.
Just downloaded this BabyCakes app. I haven’t used it but I think it will help me with making more gluten free and vegan baked goods.
With Summer just around the corner I am casting on this tote bag pattern.
Mother’s Day is coming up. Have you thought of baking mom a little something?
You know I love a good bundt cake recipe, but would you make an olive oil bundt cake?
image via Gemma Correll
April 29, 2013
How funny is this dance battle video? My friend Bethany and partner in crime Keith made it on the NYC subway. It made me laugh after a week filled with lots of unexpected events. Do you have a video that you watch to make you laugh?
April 17, 2013
If you don’t already know I am a yoga instructor, a knitwear designer and baker. I am so lucky because I not only have three passions in life and I get pursue them all. However, when you let people know you give knitting lessons or to check out your blog for a recipe, they tend to want a business card. So I finally got 200 business cards made from Moo and can’t wait to hand them out to everyone I meet! Now, that isn’t the biggest thing I need to share with you, I’m just super excited about getting business cards.
I want to share the treat I made in less than 10 minutes or the time between checking my email and heading off to my kid’s yoga lesson. They are No-Bake Energy Bites and I found the recipe last week on Pintrest. I figured that since I would be bopping around town all week I should make something to help keep me going besides chomping down on almonds and dried cranberries.
1 cup (dry) oatmeal
1/2 cup chocolate chips, I used dark chocolate
1/2 cup peanut butter, I used natural peanut butter
1/2 cup ground flaxseed
1/3 cup honey
1 tsp. vanilla
Mix together, roll in to balls and lay on wax paper. Wait for the bites to set or glue together before putting them in a container or sandwich bag.
Also, I know I haven’t posted on using my Ultimate Sweater Machine lately because I had a bit of a fight with it the other day. Meaning I was an expert at using the machine right away and had to take a step back. Yesterday, I worked for 4 hours on the machine and I’m happy to say we are friends again and by the end of next week I should be able to make more than just a square.
April 10, 2013
Hello everyone! The lovely people at the Apple store couldn’t get my computer to turn on either, so I am writing this blog post from my shinny new MacBook Pro. While I am sad that my little laptop that could didn’t make it, I am super happy with how speedy it is.
Enough about my computer, have you heard about Gwyneth Paltrow’s new cookbook It’s All Good? My LA cousin and I have been emailing quite a bit about the book and if it is worth the purchase since so many of the ingredients seem to be out of our/a normal person’s price range. However, I just saw her on GMA (Good Morning America) and she explained that even though she likes buying the high-end ingredients, you or I don’t need to and you can still make the meals. I love her other cookbook My Father’s Daughter for the Blueberry Muffin and a few other simple recipes but before I purchase the latest cookbook I’ll make the FREE Candy Bar recipe they talked about this morning. She also shared her Chicken and White Bean Chili and Thai Chicken Burger recipes.
April 5, 2013
I hope all of you are gearing up for a great weekend. I think that mine will be spent at an Apple store since my computer is under the weather. Oh and by under the weather, I mean I spilled my whole bottle of water all over it and the computer made a horrible noise and shut off. So my computer is probably dead and I’m writing today’s post from my Mom’s Gateway computer.
This recipe for Peanut Butter Jelly Ice Cream Sandwiches puts my PB & J cupcakes to shame.
Timeless wisdom from Roger Ebert.
A great idea for recycling or reusing your Altoids tins.
A cute housewarming gift.
Thinking about taking up running, then check out this article/plan on how to get started.
March 29, 2013
Happy Friday everyone!!! A lot of bloggers suggest making “list posts” for Friday’s because readers can look through everything on the weekend… or during that oh so long 4:00 to 5:00 pm hour at work. So, I’m going to give it a try but instead of just focusing on baking and knitting, I’m going to share things that have brought a smile to my face, I’ve found useful or I think you might want to check out. I hope you all enjoy it and let me know what you think!
25 ways to wear a scarf because it is April and there is still more than a foot of snow on the ground here in Wisconsin.
Best dancing music videos. A perfect way to start your Saturday night or take a break now and have yourself a mini dance party.
How to roast any vegetable. Now need to know how to cook every bean.
Motivation-Activation Flow yoga video. An easy yoga sequence perfect for Saturday or to get jazzed up on Monday morning.
What would you do with a tile like this?
An article with one reason to drink coffee, eat olive oil and be social.
I hope everyone has a great weekend with family and friends.
Poster/Image via 2142stuart
March 13, 2013
March 11, 2013
How was your weekend? Mine was pretty jam packed, so I am going to do a quick break down of everything I did.
Friday: I made Pink Lemonade cake, recipe below.
Saturday: I taught yoga, jumped in the car and drove to Minneapolis and took a yoga class at Moksha Yoga, went for a beer with a friend and best of all attended the first meeting of TV club! TV club is just like a book club except we all watch one season of a tv show, meet, eat and discuss. This time we watched House of Cards, hence the very southern Paula Deen’s Pink Lemonade cake.
Sunday: I woke up a bit too early for my human and cat hosts, so I dashed over to Moose Sadies and picked up a few tasty treats, like a poppy seed scone and a carmel pecan roll. I said my goodbyes to my hosts and headed over to Align Pilates for a Barre class. The class was amazing and I would suggest checking out their studio or a barre class in your area because it works every muscle! I got to finish off the weekend by meeting an old friend for drinks and great conversation.
Pink Lemonade Cake, adapted from Paula Deen
Ingredients for Cake
1 (18 1/4-ounce) box yellow cake mix
1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon red food coloring or just enough to make the batter pink (optional)
2 tablespoons frozen pink lemonade concentrate
Ingredients for Frosting
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened and cubed
1 pound or 4 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted
5 tablespoons frozen pink lemonade concentrate
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter 2 (8 or 9-inch) round cake pans and line the bottoms with parchment paper or waxed paper.
Prepare the cake batter according to the package directions. To the batter, stir in the lemon zest, vanilla, food coloring, and pink lemonade concentrate. Pour the batter evenly into the prepared pans. Bake until golden and a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean, 30 to 35 minutes. Let the cakes cool in the pans for 10 minutes. Carefully turn the cakes out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
While the cake is baking, prepare the frosting by beating together the confectioners’ sugar and 1 cup butter until fluffy. Beat in the pink lemonade concentrate, vanilla and lemon zest.
Transfer one cake to a cake stand or large platter. Using an offset spatula, spread the top of the cake with a layer of frosting. Place the second cake on top of the first. Spread the remaining frosting over the top and sides of both layers. Sprinkle with white sanding sugar.