Monday, September 24, 2012

Once In A Blue Moon (Cupcakes)

IT FELT LIKE I hadn't made cupcakes in ages until my friend Rachel and I planned to make Blue Moon flavored cupcakes. The combination of wheat, honey and citrus-y notes that Blue Moon offers are so refreshing and make it one of the few beers I never really get sick of. I was very intrigued by the idea of a cupcake with this flavor and consequently pretty thrilled to make them.

To accomodate Nick's veganism, we opted for a cream cheese-less frosting, but if you don't have these dietary restrictions, I say use regular cream cheese!

  • 1 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cups Earth Balance butter (room temp)
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp orange zest (reserve a little bit extra for garnish)
  • 1 cup Blue Moon
  • 1/4 cup soy milk
  • orange wedges (garnish)

  • 12 oz Tofutti vegan cream cheese
  • 6 tbsp Earth Balance butter
  • 1 tbsp freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1 tsp orange zest
  • 5 cups powdered sugar

  1. Combine dry ingredients in one bowl: flour, baking powder, and salt. Combine milk and Blue Moon in another bowl. Beat together softened butter and sugar until fluffy. 
  2. Add eggs one at a time to butter/sugar mixture and then vanilla and orange zest. Then add milk/Blue moon mixture alternating with dry ingredients to the creamed butter/sugar.
  3. Fill cupcake liners 2/3rd full and bake at 375 degrees. Bake for 15 minutes or until golden.
  4. For the frosting, first cream the butter and cream cheese until smooth. Add orange juice, zest, and powdered sugar until smooth.
  5. Apply frosting to cupcakes with a knife once cupcakes have cooled. Garnish with orange wedge and orange zest.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Shop Previews

Iam excited to share some photos from our first shoot. Barbara and I wanted to buy a lot of pieces off of each other, but ultimately showed some self-restraint and agreed that we should probably debut them in the shop instead. I didn't realize until things were set up how well a lot of the items we've sourced can be effortlessly classic wedding decor or fresh additions to most any space.

Stay tuned for the grand opening!

Friday, September 7, 2012

New at Target: Curiosity Shoppe Collection

Let's face it, I'm practically an unpaid Target spokesperson. Every time there is a launch, it's hard for me to keep quiet about it or stay away. Not that I need a cutting board shaped like the US, but the The Curiosity Shoppe has partnered with Target to create some quirky pieces for the home. I love the eclectic, vintage modern feel of their products.

Check out some of my favorite pieces from the new line: 
America Cutting Board, $25.00.

Shadow Puppet Kit, $5.00 (Set of 7). Novelty Mask Set, $5.00 (10 Piece Set).
Serving Platter, $25.00. Ceramic Bowl, $20.00.

Salad Bowl & Servers, Prices N/A.

Journal, $10.00. Notecards, $5.00. (18 Piece Set) Stamper Kit, $10.00.

Browse all the looks here and let me know if there's anything you have your eye on.  Will you be heading to the debut at Target Sunday, 9/9?