Tuesday, February 28, 2012

she lets her hair down.

she lets her hair down from tiger in a jar on Vimeo.

Just popping in to share with you guys this charming video that
I happened to find over at tiger in a jar.

Hope you find it as inspiring as I did.
I must learn to braid hair now and those curls are perfect for
my akward stage shoulder lenght wavy hair that I can't tame.

Make sure you check out the blog she lets her hair down,
a blog dedicated to hair.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Earl Grey & Poppy Seed Muffins w/ Broiled Grapefruit

Hello fellow foodies, crafters and bloggers. It is raining here on my little side
of the world and my puppy naps on my lap while I listen to hellogoodbye.
Things are great. Perfect timing to share this recipe with you. This recipe is great.

I found this recipe saturday night and just knew I had to bake these
Sunday morning. Apparently I wasn't the only one who thought this, I just saw
that Meredith from one sheepish girl just blogged about baking these and she
made the cutest little video to go along with it and I also have to mention the
amazing song that went along with the video. The broiled grapefruit technique
I saw on Pinterest and being  a fan of grapefruit, well I had to try them this way,
I'm so glad I did!

I'm not a muffin type of girl, I like them but I'd much rather have a slice of cake
or a frosted cupcake, I love my sugar but sometimes I crave a good old
simple muffin and this one here is perfect earl grey tea and poppy seeds? Amazing.
Paired with a nicely broiled grapefruit? Superb.

Earl Grey & Poopy Seed Muffins


- 4 earl grey tea bags
- 1 c. milk
- 2 1/2 c. self rising flour
- 3/4 c. sugar
- 1 T. poppy seeds
- 9 T. butter, melted
- 2 eggs, lightly whisked
- marmalade or apricot jam, to serve or glaze

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 12 muffin cups.
2. Warm milk until nearly boiling in small saucepan,
    add tea bags and set aside to infuse and cool..
3. Place sifted flour, sugar and poppy seeds in large bowl, stir to combine.
4. Add milk mixture, butter and eggs, gently stir to combine.
5. Spoon into prepared mold and bake for about 25 minutes.

If glazing with jam, heat up jam until runny and brush on top of muffins.

* Tip: Do not overbake or they will be dry, check with a toothpick.

Broiled Grapefruit


- 1 grapefuit
- 4 T. brown sugar
- cinammon to sprinkle on top

Cut grapefruit in half and segment with a knife. Add 2 T. of brown sugar
to each half and sprinkle a pinch of cinnamon on top. Place on baking sheet
and broil on high for 5-7 minutes.
* You might have to cut a little of the bottoms so they stand. Eat warm.
 So simple yet so out of this world!

Have this for breakfast soon! xoxo

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Chocolate Beet Cake with Beet Cream Cheese Frosting

Another beet cake? Yes. I fell in love with this beet cake I baked back in August
and I just had to try out this recipe I found over at Joy's blog!
The whole beet cream cheese frosting did me in, look at that natural color,
all just from the beets.

I baked this awesome cake for my sisters' 21st birthday and as always
Joy did not disappoint! The cake was delicious, moist, and absolutely stunning.

Though everyone loved it and I received a lot of compliments on it, almost
everyone said they liked the beet cake I baked back in August better.

Though it wasn't as appealing to the eye, not so pink and bright,
it only had a sprinkling of powered sugar on top. They said they enjoyed
the flavor better... maybe the frosting takes away from the beet cake itself...
though the frosting on it's own is delicious!
Maybe I did add a bit more frosting that I should have.
Oh well. Either way it was amazing and everyone ate it all up!

I can't make up my mind on which recipe I like the most >.<
So I guess It comes down to the occasion.  

This cake: which has a stronger beet flavor, it does call for 2 cups of beets
while the other recipe just calls for 3/4 cup is perfect for tea on
any good old day meanwhile This cake: which is sweeter and more aesthetic
is specially perfect for birthdays and special occasions!

I personally love both recipes and think both of them are definitely keepers
and worth of handing down. I will be making both of these again and
I definitely recommend you try these both out, if you do, do let me know
which is your favorite.

xoxo lidia