Archive | February, 2011

Mmmm Monday :: Amaretto Apple Muffins

28 Feb

Happy Monday!! Over the weekend, a friend and I baked these DELICIOUS muffins!!! I LOVE how the apple and cream cheese go together. All of the flavors are light and the muffins have great texture. If you try and make them, let me know what you think. Also…try them without glaze before you glaze them all b/c they don’t need it, in my opinion. This recipe was found here.

Amaretto Apple Streusel Muffins

Yield: 12 servings (serving size: 1 cupcake)


  • Cooking spray
  • 6.75  ounces  all-purpose flour (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 1/2  teaspoon  baking powder
  • 1/4  teaspoon  salt
  • 1/4  teaspoon  baking soda
  • 3/4  cup  granulated sugar
  • 1/4  cup  (2 ounces) 1/3-less-fat cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4  cup  butter, softened
  • 2  tablespoons  amaretto (almond-flavored liqueur)
  • 1  teaspoon  vanilla extract
  • 1  large egg
  • 1/2  cup  reduced-fat sour cream
  • 1/4  cup  2% reduced-fat milk
  • 3/4  cup  finely chopped Gala apple
  • 1  tablespoon  all-purpose flour
  • Streusel:
  • 2  tablespoons  all-purpose flour
  • 2  tablespoons  brown sugar
  • 1/4  teaspoon  ground cinnamon
  • 2  tablespoons  butter, chilled
  • 2  tablespoons  sliced almonds
  • Glaze:
  • 1  cup  powdered sugar
  • 4  teaspoons  2% reduced-fat milk


1. Preheat oven to 350°.

2. Place muffin cup liners in 12 muffin cups; coat with cooking spray.

3. Weigh or lightly spoon 6.75 ounces (about 1 1/2 cups) flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine 6.75 ounces flour, baking powder, salt, and baking soda in a small bowl, stirring with a whisk. Combine granulated sugar, cream cheese, and 1/4 cup butter in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at high speed until well blended. Add amaretto, vanilla, and egg to sugar mixture; beat with a mixer at medium speed until well blended. Combine sour cream and 1/4 cup milk in a small bowl; stir with a whisk until well blended. Combine apple and 1 tablespoon flour in a small bowl; toss well.

4. Add flour mixture and sour cream mixture alternately to sugar mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Beat just until blended. Fold in apple mixture. Divide batter evenly among muffin cups.

5. To prepare the streusel, combine 2 tablespoons flour, brown sugar, and ground cinnamon in a small bowl. Cut in 2 tablespoons butter with a pastry blender or 2 knives until mixture resembles coarse meal; stir in almonds. Sprinkle streusel evenly over cupcakes. Bake at 350° for 27 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan for 15 minutes on a wire rack, and remove the cupcakes from pan.

6. To prepare glaze, combine powdered sugar and 4 teaspoons milk in a small bowl, stirring with a whisk. Drizzle glaze over cupcakes.


I WANT That! Wednesday :: Jewelry Hand-Picked by Black Label

24 Feb

Oh… goodness!! Yanira Garza from Black Label is SO talented. She’s always keeping up with the current trends and is an awesome stylist based out of Chicago. She has an online boutique called The Hundred Shop, where you can purchase items she has hand-picked for her clients and YOU. Below are a few of my faves that she just added!

Peacock Pendant Necklace:

Wrap Me Bracelet:

Multi Me Bangles:

Lucky Me Bangles:

Secret Garden Earrings:

Whisper Earrings:

Coraline Ring:

Check out Yanira’s Blog:
Black Label Website:
Also, search on Facebook for Black Label and The Hundred Shop

Color Trends Tuesday :: Neon Colors in Dark Rooms

22 Feb

Ok, so I’m usually NOT a huge fan of pink but when it’s used like it is below…i LOVE it!! Check out these awesome pics from Adore Magazine.

Mmmmm Monday :: Cuddled Eggs!!

21 Feb

I just “discovered” this new way to cook eggs and I can’t wait to try it. There are so many ways you could switch it up. I found the recipe below from Sweet Paul.

Cuddled Eggs

Can’t be much easier than this—a real, one pot cooking wonder.
Serves 4

Butter, for coating
4 eggs
8 tablespoons heavy cream
16 baby spinach leaves
4 tablespoons crumbled fried bacon
1 spring onion, thinly sliced
Salt and pepper, to taste

Preheat oven to 350F.
Butter 4 small ramekins.
Break an egg in each and add cream, spinach leaves, bacon, onion, salt and pepper.
Bake for about 10 to 12 minutes.
Serve hot with toast.
Photo by Colin Cooke

Office Space Saturday :: File Cabinet Desks

19 Feb

LOVE both of these office ideas! Especially this first one where the desk is made from file cabinets:



FREE Font Friday :: Clean Serif Font

18 Feb

I love this font for logos, and also for heading in page layout designs. You can download it for free here.

DIY Thursday :: Flaxseed and Lavender Eye Pillows

17 Feb


Who doesn’t bend and stretch their way through yoga class for the promise of final relaxation and the eye pillow?  Its’ sheer goodness should never be underestimated. This experience is so relaxing, everyone should have one of these next to their bed. It has never failed to soothe and calm my tension and fatigue. The fresh lavender scent and the weight of the pillow feel like a cool breeze in a dark room.  Ahhhhh…..

These are so easy to make for your friends. Pair it up with a box of tea for a simple gift this holiday season.  Your friends will love you for it.

What you need:

  • one piece of fabric measuring 4″ x  19″
  • 1 bag of flaxseed (15 oz.)
  • 1 small jar of lavender essential oil
  • 1 oz. of dried lavender
  • sewing machine
  • straight pins

What you do:

1.  Pour flax seed and 1 oz. of lavender into a bowl

2.  Add one drop of lavender oil to the seeds and dried lavender, mix together

3.  Pin and stitch eye pillow fabric together, leaving the short end open

4.  Take out pins, turn right side out, fill with mixture

5. Fill enough to feel floppy and flexible, but still weighty.

6.  Fold ends under and pin and stitch closed.

7.  Tie up with a bow and give to your dearest friends.  They’ll love you for this.

I Want That! Wednesday :: Floral

16 Feb

I know I posted something in the past with lots of floral stuff but I cant help myself. I had to post more! The jewelry is all from Forever 21 and the bags are from Aldo.




Color Trends Tuesday :: Color of the YEAR

15 Feb

In case you haven’t already heard, Pantone Reveals Color of the Year for 2011:
PANTONE 18-2120 Honeysuckle

They say it’s
A Color for All Seasons: Courageous. Confident. Vital. A brave new color, for a brave new world. Let the bold spirit of Honeysuckle infuse you, lift you and carry you through the year. It’s a color for every day – with nothing “everyday” about it.”

If you are a designer and interested in using this color…here is the info you will need:

Mmmmm Monday: Valentine’s Heart Pastries

14 Feb

Happy Valentine’s Day!!

Today I am posting this sweet little recipe for a Valentine’s treat! The photos and idea comes from The Farm Chicks.

To begin, prepare your favorite pie crust. Roll it out in thin strips to cut with a heart cookie cutter:

Add a dollop of seedless raspberry jam to the center of each heart:

Moisten the edge of the heart with water, all around, and cover with another heart cut-out:

Softly press top edge down onto bottom edge, forming a seal, and press sealed edges together with fork tines, all around:

Prick center of each little pie with fork tines and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake at 425 degrees for 15 minutes, or until lightly browned:

Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack. Serve warm or at room temperature:

You can also dust them with powdered sugar:

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