Tuesday, October 28, 2014

crack of the week :: homemade donuts

kipper requested donuts as my baking project for Sunday with our new donut pan .
I think I'm going to do chocolate cake donuts next time, but this weekend I made Black and White Baked Donuts.
my "white" glaze was not white at all….. so I ended up just dumping it and using the chocolate only.  The chocolate tasted much better anyway :) 

This recipe is SO EASY. The batter was ready in no time and the glaze took seconds to whip together.  I had all of the ingredients on hand too, so I think donuts may become a weekend regular around here.
I really want to do fried donuts, but I don't know if I trust myself with a big pot of oil  kip told me based on my kitchen skills (we got fancy new knives off our registry, I sliced my hand first time using them) that a simmering pot of oil on the stove is probably not my best bet.  damn. 

and I worked reallllllll hard at getting a pretty photo for the blog.
I think it's my best work yet. 

recipe via Joy the Baker 
makes 6 doughnuts
For the Doughnuts:
1 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg (**I'll be greatly reducing the nutmeg next round.  We both felt the flavor was a bit too strong). 
1/3 cup granulated sugar
3 tablespoons unsalted butter (but we’ll only use 2 tablespoons of browned butter for the recipe)
1 large egg
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
For the Chocolate Glaze:
3/4 cup powdered sugar, sifted
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
pinch of salt
2 to 3 tablespoons milk
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
For the Vanilla Glaze:
3/4 cup powdered sugar, sifted
2 to 3 tablespoons milk
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Place a rack in the upper third of the oven and preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Lightly grease a doughnut pan and set aside.
In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, nutmeg, and sugar.  Set aside.
In a small saucepan over medium-low heat, melt butter.  Butter will begin to crackle and pop as it melts.  That’s the water melting out of the butter.  Once the water has evaporated the butter will quiet down and begin to brown.  Keep an eye on it, it browns quickly.  The butter will begin to smell nutty.  Remove from heat and immediately transfer browned butter (brown bits and all) to a small bowl.
In a small bowl whisk together egg, buttermilk, and vanilla extract.  Measure out 2 tablespoons of browned butter and whisk into the wet ingredients.
Add the wet ingredients all at once to the dry ingredients.  Stir together until no flour bits remain and all of the ingredients are well combined.  Try not to overmix the batter.  That might create rubbery doughnuts.
Use a small spoon to dollop batter into the prepared pan.  Smooth out and fill each doughnut in the pan three-quarters full with batter.
Place in the oven and bake for 8 to 10 minutes.  Keep an eye on them and try not to over-bake them.  Remove from the oven and allow to cool in the pan before inverting onto a wire rack to cool completely.
While the doughnuts cool, make the glazes.
To make the chocolate glaze, in a medium bowl whisk together powdered sugar, cocoa powder, and salt.
Add 2 tablespoons of milk and vanilla extract.  Whisk to combine.  Add more milk as necessary to create a thick but still just pourable glaze.
To make the vanilla glaze, in a medium bowl whisk together powdered sugar, milk and vanilla extract to create a thick put still pourable glaze.
Once the doughnuts are completely cool, spread half of the doughnuts with chocolate glaze, and the remaining half with vanilla class.  Return to the wire rack and sprinkle the vanilla side with color sprinkles.  Allow to set for about 30 minutes before stacking or serving. Doughnuts are best within 2 days.

I mean my donuts basically look just like hers.


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Monday, October 27, 2014

weekend happenings


that gif has nothing to do with anything I just think it is HILARIOUS. 

hope you all had a wonderful weekend! 
it was absolutely gorgeous in chicago. 
I treated myself to a mani pedi on Friday afternoon…..
it took FOREVER, which would have been fine, except my dumb ass picked out a color that ended up looking like this.
you see that? see ?? oh you don't see anything ?? yeah ME EITHER. 
I swear I thought I read some cute adorable nail polish name like "mademoiselle" or "starter wife" but I guess it said YOUR NAIL COLOR or WASTE OF TIME and I must have read it wrong. 
(see… this is why I do the same thing over and over, because when I try to "spice it up" and do something CAH-razy like change my nail polish choice, this is what I end up with.)

we had our final wedding of the year this weekend.
I am crazy wedding obsessed, but I'll be ok with the break for a bit, especially for the sake of our bank accounts. 
our uberX driver to the church had an air freshener of his face.
um.  amazing. 
new goal :: turn my face into an air freshener and hand it out to all my friends to hang in their car.
update: my dumbass has been told this is breaking bad guy.
in my defense, then the uber driver literally is trying to be him because they were twins

I wore a Parker dress I got a few months ago and have been so excited to wear.
it will definitely be one I'll be able to wear over and over again and dress up with different accessories.
fun fact…. i almost walked into the church with my dress still unzipped.
husbands are real perceptive and helpful at noticing things like your wifes dress being unzipped at the house, on the walk to the street, in the cab, etc. 

since it was so warm out, I broke out the more summery accessories (oops. my bad. is end of october too late for bright pink and florals? sorry I'm not sorry.) 

my beautiful rehearsal dinner shoes were even more uncomfortable than the first time I wore them :) it was lovely. 

(scored it last week for $20 with their sale codes!) 
between the ceremony and reception we went to my in-laws for some cheese, wine, and flu shots. 
mother-in-law + daughter bonding at its finest. 

in addition to the shots, we met kips parents new puppy pearl.

don't you just want to eat her?

I nursed my hangover yesterday by eating my body weight in food.
we went out for brunch, and upon returning, I immediately made brunch round II.
after pizza, ramen, and chicken wings, 
we made tacos for dinner and I created what I think is my best food photography to date.

you know how crappy my food photography is…… sooooo you should be impressed.
I'll post my yummy doughnut recipe tomorrow! 

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Sunday, October 26, 2014

sunday steals

how am I just discovering lou & grey for loft ?? 
it has my name ALL OVER IT. 
simple striped perfection. 
and a ton of the pieces are on big time sale with no code needed !!! 

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Friday, October 24, 2014

friday finds

lusts for the week …. ….. 

I'm finally get more excited for fall clothing 
after spending way too long browsing the online sales this week late-night-web-surfing.

love the idea of cute sweatshirts and sweaters over dresses 
sweater shown with 

I have a black leather and black knit flare skirt that need a shorter sweater to pair on top.
This one is slightly cropped, comes in black and white, and is a great price point. 

great dress for wedding or special occasion

the easiest go to's for a night out are jeans and a top.
this tank is simple but fancier, and would be perfect with heels and the blazer everyone already has hanging in their closet. 
more splurge worthy and love them :: french connection tank // parker nassau tank  

the cutest simple pumps

under $100 

yet another scarf obsession…..
my friend and I have been e-mailing different scarves back and forth daily on the hunt

the cutest rain boots EVER. I was thinking this year would be the year I'd get a pair of solid plain Hunter rain boots since I only have the burberry boots, but I love these so much more. 

have a great weekend! 
tonight I will veg with with some vino and deep thoughts

are you watching marry me??? i love her. 
and we have our final wedding of the year tomorrow.
it is supposed to be GORGEOUS weather tomorrow, so now I must rethink me cold-weather-wedding-ensemble that I have pondered for weeks……. 

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

coffee talk

discuss amongst ya-selves……. 

DWTS kicked ass on Monday.
I know probably 5% of you watch Dancing With The Stars but until The Bachelor is back, thats my only real Monday night gig // slash // that's my excuse for being sadly obsessed with it.  
not only was it shirtless monday
and pitbull performed and guest judged
AND leah remini filled in for erin andrews.
  she reminded us all what sincerity, timing, comedy (and the contestants actually liking you and being happy to be with you) is all about.
a media frenzy started on twitter about giving erin the boot. 
everyone agreed leah (or ANYONE) would be a better host.

plus, I had flashbacks to King of Queens the whole night and I kept waiting for Kevin James to appear at her side.
king of queens is still so damn good.…. 
{I had a 6 line dialogue here about king of queens…. clearly it was so crazy that even I had to delete it.  you're welcome for not putting you through what I just re-read.  I seriously make no sense.  and yet i am posting about what I deleted.
lord help me…… }
but back to Leah Remini.

UM Leah and Tom for DWTS 2015.  It was the best episode of the season. 

People have been stealing trucks in Orlando
most recently, 44,000 pounds of miller high life was jacked.
{high five}

other thefts include semi trucks of hershey's chocolate and slim fast.
the cops should just let it be….. 
what else is there to do in orlando but drink copious amounts of beer while stuffing your face with cholocate, then wake up with a moral hangover and reach for a slim fast for your "diet starts monday" mentality.
(sorry for the orlando joke…. maybe…. no…..) 

ohhhhh renee……..
what did kenny do to you? 
I appreciate her "go me" response to the public commentary though. 

blake lively is just the dream pregnant lady. 
I could stare at her all day.

this gif montage of her that I found while googling a photo of her for the post had me mesmerized.
 I didn't realize how much I miss gossip girl but now I'm jonesing for a netflix marathon. 

soooo I am amazing at recalling things that don't need to be remembered 
and recognizing and placing faces that don't need to be placed.
as I'm writing this, we are watching Modern Family because its one of our few "mutual" shows.  
a prospective couple is looking at the neighbors house on the show, the actress has been on the screen for two seconds, and I'm like
kip internally: 

(me internally : SO PLEASED WITH MYSELF for my incredible memory.
night is made.)

two songs I can't get out of my head:

Hozier :: take me to church 
I started to link the video but the video looked creepy and I didn't want it to ruin the song :) 
and the song from the Vanderpump Rules commercial

saw this on instagram and loved it : 
orange is the new PROSTITUTION WHORE

as always, ignore my own blatant grammatical errors whilst I make fun of others poor grammar during coffee talk on a weekly basis.  
#hypocrite  #sorryimnotsorry
I write these posts late at night while simultaneously watching Bravo, taking snapchats of my snoring husband, and making to do lists of everything I was supposed to do and didn't do that day and likely won't do the next day either.  or the day after that.

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