sweet tweets!

alternative post title: the cutest things i’ve ever made.

with the holiday just around the corner, i decided to try my hand at some easter-themed treats. i stumbled on these adorable Coconut Nest Cupcakes via cupcakes & cashmere and fell.in.love. they practically come complete with all the ‘ooh’s & ahh’s’ an amateur baker loves to hear.

combine vanilla cupcakes, your basic buttercream frosting, toasted coconut flakes & sweet baby whoppers and you’re in business!

these little guys will surely make your heart sing!

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unpredictable, but delicious.

t’was an unpredictable weekend down south for a number of reasons.

the first being that, the captain came home *yippee!*, yet he came home a bit more battered than his resident counterparts with a sprained right ankle. i knew of his condition coming home, but wasn’t quite sure what to expect in terms of his mobility. turns out, he’s walking, albeit with some new swagger, but walking all the same.

the second being the weather. mama nature was on a tear this weekend. though we were spared the terrible twisters that plagued our neighbors, we did not escape some extremes.

it was the perfect weekend to stay inside and try my hand at some new comfort food. i found a recipe for Bobotie (South African Meat Pie), was intrigued by the combination of spices and gave it my best shot. the verdict: ya-yum-ee.

Bobotie
what you’ll need: {it looks like a pretty intense ingredient list, but many you likely already have on hand)

1-lb. lean ground beef
1 onion, finely chopped
1 granny smith apple, peeled and finely chopped
1/2C carrots, finely chopped
1/2C raisins
2 bay leaves
1 clove garlic, minced

spice mix:  
1 TBSP curry powder
1.5 tsp salt
1 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp ground coriander
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1/4 tsp black pepper

other essentials:
1/4C dry red wine
3TBSP mango chutney
2 large egg(s)
1/2C low-fat milk

what you’ll do:
1. preheat oven to 375°. coat a 12-muffin tin with cooking spray.

2. in a large nonstick skillet, over medium-high heat, cook meat until no longer pink, breaking it up with a wooden spoon as it cooks, about 3 to 5 minutes. drain meat;
set aside.

3. in same skillet (do not wipe out pan), over medium-low heat, combine onion, apple, carrot, raisins and bay leaves; cook, stirring frequently until soft, about 10 minutes. stir in garlic and spice mix; cook for 2 minutes.
4. stir meat into vegetable mixture; pour in wine and scrape bottom and sides of pan with a spoon to loosen any stuck pieces of food. simmer for 5 minutes.
5. remove from heat. remove bay leaves; stir in chutney. spoon meat mixture into prepared muffin tins.
6.  in a small bowl, whisk together eggs and milk; pour over meat mixture.
7. bake until egg layer is set, about 20 to 25 minutes. let cool slightly to allow individual servings to set. serve & enjoy!

i served with steamed broccoli florets & rice pilaf. the flavors were really delicate and played well with each other. overall, while a bit labor intensive, this is absolutely a dish i would be excited to make again.

good luck on your mondays!

{original recipe here}

for the love of tiffany & co.

i love tiffany’s. that little blue box never fails to illicit feelings of glamour, grace and charm. that blue, that perfectly perfect tiffany blue… it’s what made me so excited for one of the little DIY projects i attempted over the weekend. when i saw this post on sugar and charm, i was determined to give it my best shot – adding more touches of tiffany & co. in my life was simply too tempting to pass up.

the inspiration: *cue singing angels*

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what i used:


vases of your choice
PermEnamel
in mediterranean ocean and frosted white
PermEnamel Surface Conditioner * i found my PermEnamel supplies @ Michaels*
paper towel
paint brush
mixing bowl

what i did:
1. make sure your vases are clean & completely dry
2. coat the inside of each vase with your surface conditioner; dry them upside down for about 10 minutes.
3. create your ideal color in your mixing bowl

4. paint, paint, paint away the inside of your vases
5. dry them upside down on your paper towel

6. check your vases after about 10 minutes & clean up any drip marks near the tops.
*i only did this once then left them right side up because i wanted the color to stay thick*

et voila!

a kiss of tiffany’s to brighten your day.

choose your favorite color and go bananas. for me, this was an easy, completely worth it little project that helped chase away my rainy weekend blues.