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October has been a month of lots of changes, professionally, and personally.  When I am stressed or overwhelmed I find myself compulsivley baking muffins.  The upside to this behavior is that I make a mean muffin, and this blueberry crumb muffin is sure not to disappoint.  If you are not partial to muffins just take the crumb topping recipe portion, it is a staple for loafs, crumb cakes, cobblers, and many other delicious treats.

 

Ingredients

Topping

6 tbs. Melted Unsalted Butter

1c. Flour

3 tbs. Light Brown Sugar

2 tbs. Sugar

1 tsp. Baking Powder

Pinch of Salt

Combine all ingredients and pinch together with a fork, set aside

Muffins

1 3/4c.  Flour

2 1/4 tsp. Baking Powder

1/2 tsp. Salt

1c. Sugar

2 Eggs

1/2 c. Canola Oil

3/4 c. Milk

1 tsp. Vanilla

1 1/2 c. Blueberries

Preheat oven to 375*, line muffin pan with liners.  Wisk together flour, baking powder, and salt.  Combine sugar, eggs, and oil beating well with a mixer.  Beat in Milk and vanilla throughly.  Slowly add in the flour mixture just until combined.  Lightly flour the blueberries and stir in by hand.  Fill muffin pan 3/4 of the way full, top with crumb topping.  Bake for about 30 minutes turning the pan halfway through.   Let cool 10 minutes.

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You ever notice how kids find such excitement with each holiday?  Well my psuedo nephews are no exception and with halloween on the cusp I wanted to make them a treat that is as delicious as they are.  I took your standard black and white cookie and just colored the vanilla portion for a festive twist, and who doesn’t love black and white cookies?  These ambiguous treats are one of my favorite: neither cake nor cookie, chocolate or vanilla!  Since I didn’t have the ingredients for my own recipe I used this one from smitten kitchen, and they are scrumptious!

 

 

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Recently I have been quite the complaining Carol.  I am not going to lie working from home has been a huge adjustment and has gotten me in a funk about what I am doing with my life.  As I explore the world of finding a career that I am more passionate, and less apathetic about, I think maybe all I need is a daily reminder of life’s wonderful simplicities.  Sugaboo Designs, creates these great shabby chic signs for your home they are featured on Hautelook.com from time to time (let me know if you need an invite) but, can also be purchased here.  They run about $280 (not on sale) and whether you admire them, purchase one, or use it as inspiration for a DIY project they just might be what you need!

 

 

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1.  Jcrew Marled Apres Cardigan $135

2. Zara Jacket with Plush Points on the hem $59.90

3. Anthropologie Filamentous Cardigan $149

4. American Eagle Cable Wrap Knit Cardigan $89.50

5.Mod Cloth All the Bluster Cardigan $79.99

6. Lilly Pulitzer Shere Sweater Coat $348

I have a real obsession with layering, and it seems much more appropriate in the fall and winter, I won’t lie I do it year round.  My obsessions for chunky cozy cardigans is no secret and these are some of my favorites.  Each have their own special detail whether: ruffles, fringe, cable stitching, or herringbone designs.  Leave these beauties open in the front or cinched with a favorite belt, just remember layer with tanks, love sleeve shirts, blouses, and button downs.  Remember texture is key, keep warm!

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About two weeks ago I made the transition into working from home.  To most people this sounds like a tiny slice of heaven but, it is a huge adjustment, and I don’t know how well I am actually coping.  The upswing, is that it really has highlighted how sparse my place really is and all those projects I have moved to the back burner.  With the option of frolicking outside slowly dying down, I am going to take this weekend to focus on some house projects I have left incomplete, or have simply just said I’ll do it later.

Finding a great antique settee to re-upholster, and possibly re-finish for my living room.

 

Stripping my kitchen table, painting it white and finding fun mis-matched antique chairs to create a great place to enjoy coffee, friends, and dinner.

Enhancing my persian chic bedroom with more: textures, patterns, and a perfect pink hue that screams soothing and not little girl


Finally, finishing the antique dresser I scored for $25 on Craigs List that has been sitting in my parents garage

Whether your weekend To do list be big or small, enjoy your weekend!

 

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DIY Homemade Shelf

A couple of months ago I blogged about installing my own chandelier and butting up a mirror in my entrance way (see here ).  It seemed as though something was still lacking.  The space is kind of small so a table was out of the question, so I decided to make a charming shelf.  What you will need:  remnint of plywood according you your measurements,  a piece of fabric that is cut to fit the wood with an inch on all sides of overhang, liquid starch, bucket, and brackets.

To start this project you are going to take your measured fabric and submerge it in a bucket of starch.  The starch may shrink the fabric a tad, but that is why you cut extra fabric.  The fabric is then applied to the wood making sure to press out any air bubbles.  The starch will act as a glue, to seal off the ends fold as a package and allow to dry.  

To install the shelf I selected some brackets from anthropologie, measured and made sure they were level then screwed in with screws.  I placed the bored on top and the rest is history!

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Long Sleeved Ruffle Polo Dress RalphLauren.com $24.38

Lulla Smith Moses Basket laylagrace.com $290

Two Piece Monogramed Hooded Baby Towels $39

Fleur De Lis Believe Print poshtots.com $37.60

Triple Ruffle Baby Headband pinkbowtique.com $12.95

Shabby Chic Photo Frame etsy.com/shops/shugabeelane $25

Last week something very special happened, I became the God Mother of a little baby girl Sienna Rose.  This was so special because Miss. Sienna Rose has three older brothers so she was quite the surprise.  Despite being just perfect, there is something so fun about the gifts you can by a girl.  Here are some of my favorite baby gifts that are the perfect composition of adorable, and girly.  So, instead of referring to the registry to buy a gift for your friends baby, take these  picks and give something fantastic!


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