Sunday, March 31, 2013

Last call on Joules Giveaway!

Posted By: Leah

For all the details and information on the giveaway, see post from last week HERE. 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Good luck!

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Take it to the Dome !

Posted By: Leah
So I have this new obsession. And by `new` I mean I have pinterest boards full of these, but don't actually own any.

Let me introduce to you to the re-purposed cupcake dome...

What is it about 'tiny things in things' that I think is so rad?

I know its almost Easter, not Christmas, but OMG I want to turn tiny cupcake domes into scenes and terrariums and dollhouse rooms and stuff.

...and {mind blown} if you want to obsessively search for these on pinterest too.
A fancier search term is 'cloche'

and a semi-useful purpose for them... you know, for entertaining.

Another good term for the search is 'bell dome.'

So what do you think? Are you as obsessed with these as I am?
I still need to make a terrarium. Have you ever made one?

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Pie in a Rainbow Easter Cake

Posted By: Leah

I like pie. And I like cake. And cupcakes too...

So when BF suggested us making a pie in a cake for his family's Easter celebration, I was all over it. It's like a turducken, you know, that crazy thing on Thanksgiving with the duck in the chicken in the turkey. That's gross and okay yes, a pie in a cake kind of is gross sounding... but only at first.

After I did a little research and found what I thought was a pretty easy recipe, we decided to take it next level... and instead of just a boring cake around the pie, we made it a RAINBOW cake. Then we added sprinkles to the batter make it funfetti style! Check out my post HERE on making any kind of cake or cupcakes rainbow!

If you would like to wow and impress your friends, this pie in a cake is very easy to make but looks complicated.

Here are the ingredients (this is for a two layer cake containing 2 pies):
  • 2 Boxed Cake Mixes (I used white just so I could dye it but any kind would work)
  • Eggs/Oil/Water (whatever the cake mixes call for)
  • 3 Cans Frosting (I like to use cream cheese frosting, but use your favorite)
  • 2 Pre-made frozen pies (like Mrs. Smith's/Marie Calendar's in your fav flavors)
  • 9 or 10 inch Deep Round Cake Pans (we did have to buy these special for the recipe)
  • Food coloring
  • A bunch of cups for mixing colors for the batter and frosting colors
  • Ziplock bags (or piping bags if you're fancy)
  • Toothpicks
  • Sprinkles (optional)
  • Follow the directions for the cake mixes. If you are making them rainbow, get several containers and put the cake batter in, then stir in whatever food colors you like to get a bunch of fun colors. Add sprinkles (optional) to make even more rainbow colors (like funfetti cake mix)
  • Spoon a thin (maybe 1/2") layer into the bottom of each cake pan.
  • Place the room temperature (or refrigerated, just not frozen or hot) pie on top.
  • Spoon the rest of the batter on top (make sure the pies are covered).
  • Bake the cakes in a preheated oven according to directions on box. (It is easier to use boxed cake mixes and purchased pies to keep the recipe uniform. With homemade pies and cake recipes, the textures can differ. Also, the boxed cakes and pies are created to withstand varying tempatures and conditions and are pretty fool-proof)
  • Once the pies are done baking (check that the toothpick comes out clean). Allow to cool completely and remove from cake pan.
  • Ice as you normally would with your frosting. Reserve about a cup (8 oz) for decorating the top.
  • I got four mugs, divided the frosting up and added food coloring.
  • I didn't have piping bags, so I just put the frosting in ziploc bags, cut off a bottom corner and drew lines across the top of the cake.
  • I then got a toothpick and drew stripes across the top of the cake (you've made marble brownies before I'm sure, so you know what I mean).

Finished product!

Enjoy!  ;)

This post was originally published 4/9/12. It was after Easter last year. I wanted to share it again in case you are asked to bring a dish to Easter dinner and needed some inspiration. This easy recipe will knock your friends and family's socks off. It looks so pretty, yet, so crazy at the same time. My tip is don't add the food coloring and sprinkles. Yes, the cake/pie is already overkill, but don't kill the overkill with the fake taste of too much food coloring. 

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

April Showers Joules Review and Giveaway CLOSED

Posted By: Leah

In the US, we call them rain boots. In the UK they are wellies. They got the name Wellingtons or Wellies after the Duke of Wellington back in the olden days. Currently, rain boots super trendy and are the perfect footwear for skinny jeans!

When I was contacted by Joules, they said I could hold a review and giveaway. I was so excited! I got to choose my very own wellies that were shipped to me all the way from the UK!

For this post, I'm just going to call rain boots wellies. There's no difference in wellies and rain boots, just the name! So from here on out, imagine I ditched the southern accent and I'm faux-British just like Madonna!

The most exciting thing about the Joules site was the choice in colors of boots! I wanted a flowered pair, then a striped pair, there was no way I was getting a solid color pair... until I saw the bow!

To say I adore these wellies is an understatement. They are so comfortable, so stylish. 
And so so well made! 

The thick rubber keeps my feet dry. The cloth lining keeps my feet warm. 

The rubber is very flexible and doesn't give that 'crease' that cheap rain boots can give in the top of your foot. I wore these in the rain all day. I drove in them. I didn't want to take them off!

The bows are cute, yes, but they serve a purpose, they  make the boots adjustable so they are not only easy to take on and off. They also allow for thick socks to be worn. 
The hardware is metal. So the grosgrain bows go through metal rings, and the Joules tags on the front are in metal. These boots have a slight heel and a little bit of tread. I would feel confident wearing them in the rain or snow.

Sorry about all these from behind shots lol. But the bows on the wellies were sooo cute, it was the best way to capture them!
I am totally not a fashion blogger (clearly). But in the event you were curious about where I got my cape, it's from Charming Charlie from a year ago.

I love the photos of me in the parking log stomping in rain puddles. I wanted to also show the boots out in the mud (ok it's mulch, close enough) too!

This is my super serious I'm a model look. Kidding. 

 I really love these wellies! I seriously was thrilled when it rained so I could have an excuse to wear them!

And on to the giveaway! 
I am so sorry, I would love to have the opportunity to give away a pair of wellies. I absolutely recommend getting yourself a pair. Trust me these are sooo much better than the cheap ones you probably have in your closet from Target. 

Joules knows that not everyone lives in a rainy environment. You could be reading this from sunny SoCal and thinking wow, Joules is an awesome brand, I wish I could get something else from them not rain boots. Well guess what? Joules have a whole site of cute clothes, and everything is super British/Nautical. 
They even have choices for kids, babies and dudes. 

What can you win?

The winner of this giveaway will get their choice of EITHER a 
Joules Ecobag (whichever color/print you like there's a ton of prints!)

Women's Welly Socks in Apple (green)! Perfect for your wellies if you live in a super cold area.

One of my other favorite things about my wellies (other than how adorable they are!) is the box they were shipped in. Isn't it gorgeous?

I love these boots. I am soo lucky to have the opportunity to review them. These wellies are what's up. The quality and fit are perfect. They are gorgeous. I adore them.

(you might remember these photos if you follow me on IG)

 Shout-out to BF for taking these pics of me for the giveaway post! Also thanks to Gav for being super patient as I stomped around in the rain!

Good luck!
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