Sunday, May 21, 2017

Ice Box Cake

I am one of those people that enjoys cold desserts year round. Um...I could literally have cherry chocolate chip ice cream from Rite Aid every night. You know which one I am talking about, girl! Another goodie? Chocolate Malted Crunch. Anyway, I digress. So, while May Showers and June Gloom may be descriptive of the weather ahead, if you are looking for something cold to enjoy (other than ice cream) look no further.

Enter: ICE BOX CAKE!! 

This dessert was inspired by the light, fluffy and cool ice box cakes at Lark Cake Shop in Pasadena. Their flagship cake shop -and where all the desserts are made- is located in Silver Lake. Their individually-sized ice box cakes comes in three flavors: with chocolate wafers, with molasses ginger snap cookies and with real berries. They fly off the bakery shelf so I recommend going early and/or going to the Silver Lake location to ensure you get one (or two). 


A traditional ice box cake recipe calls for multiple, alternating layer of cookies and whipped cream. As it sits overnight in the refrigerator (or, as I discovered, at least three hours), the cookies soften resulting in a moist, cake-like taste but much lighter. I used the recipe from the Magnolia Bakery cookbook to make this cool treat but instead of using chocolate wafers like they do at Magnolia Bakery, I made three versions: gingersnap, coconut and lemon. All three wafer cookies can be purchased at Trader Joes. Ah, good ol' Trad Joes. These wafer cookies work so well in this recipe because they are so light and crispy and, as a result, they soften to the perfect consistency. The recipe from the Magnolia Bakery cookbook is for a large ice box cake with six cookies to a cookie layer, I made individual sized servings with one cookie per cookie layer. I also spread the whipped cream around the side a la Lark Cake Shop. It just looks pretty that way. You can accent each cake as well - cinnamon or nutmeg dusted on top of the gingersnap version, a lemon wedge or slice on top of the lemon version and toasted coconut flakes on top of the coconut version. Gorg!

Magnolia Bakery whipped cream layer: 1 qt heavy cream + 2 tbsp. granulated sugar. Whip together until a soft peak forms - start at medium speed and end at a high speed. 

Lazy girl whipped cream layer: Just use full fat whipped cream (like the tub ones with the bright blue lid from the freezer section of the grocery store...yeah, that's the one).  


These cakes would be perfect for a summer soiree! (Just wanted to use the word "soiree").

Thanks for stopping by,
Megs  

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Ikea

The new Ikea in Burbank opened this past week. I decided to go with the hopes of winning a $100 gift card (I won a $10 one) and, well, because a Krispy Kreme is down the street...any reason to be in the proximity of a Krispy Kreme, my friends. In addition to the donuts, the highlight of the morning was that we all got to walk through two lines of cheering employees as we entered the store. I felt like a football player entering the field for a homecoming game. It was fun. 

Anyway, I love walking through Ikea - such (affordable) design inspiration for all the rooms of an apartment/home including the outdoor space. While the furniture is, at times, difficult to put together I do like the overall simple and clean look of the pieces. As expected, opening day was quite busy. I usually avoid the crowds by going on a weekday morning with a cup of coffee in hand; this allows me to leisurely walk through each staged room. Alas, this trip was not that.

Inspired by my most recent trip to Ikea and the noticeable increase in the focus on outdoor spaces, here are some fun items to add to your outdoor spaces as well as some links to some swoon-worthy outdoor spaces from around the web. Can you even handle the scalloped pot? Let me know your favorites in the comments!
outdoor spaces
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SHOPPING INFORMATION

Pots & Stands
Scalloped
Stand 
Midcentury
Geometric

Lighting:
String
Star Pendant
Hanging

Fire Pits:
Moon & Stars
Minimal
Copper

Poufs & Pillows:
Circle
Square
Bohemian

Looking for some inspiration? Check out the links below.

// Love the furniture designed by THE JUNGALOW //
// I could enjoy margaritas on the patterned patio of DESIGNLOVEFEST //
// The dark walls and midcentury pieces of STORIES backyard are California cool //
// I could definitely enjoy tea every morning on the patio over at MY DOMAINE //

Thanks for stopping by,
megs

Monday, January 16, 2017

3+5=8

I have been having some trouble sleeping lately...I don't know if it is because I am still winding down from the holidays or because of the stress associated with a new year. I know that there is supposed to be excitement for a new year -and there is- but I also have been having a lot of stress and anxiety. Perhaps it is because I was sick for the first two weeks of the new year and got a late start on my goals yet. Whatever the cause, tonight -er, morning- I decided to put some resources together to get started on my 2017 goals. As I am turning 35 this year, I have 8 goals. Some of these are as follows:

// Essential Oils & Aromatherapy //
I have been reading a lot about the benefits of essential oils and really want to learn more about the various oils and their uses and benefits. I have already picked up a Pure diffuser with accompanying Ellia oils called "get going", "wind down" and "fight it", which I use daily but I also plan to dedicate a garden bed to herbs and plants commonly used in aromatherapy - as oils or even, more simply, for the aromatic properties. Helpful links:


Pretty bathroom corners.

// Yoga //
Like many of you, I also have the goal of being able to do a handstand! Although, more importantly, I want to commit to doing yoga three times a week. Helpful links to online yoga videos as well as places to do yoga and meditate around Los Angeles:

** Beginners Guide to Handstand
** Kundalini Yoga (fee is donation-based) in Highland Park at Kinship Yoga
** Meditation Gardens (no admission fee) at the Self-Realization Fellowship in Mt. Washington
** Sitar and Guitar meditation workshop at Namaste Highland Park

//Vegan//
I have been lacto-ove-vegetarian since I was 13 years old, but more recently introduced fish back into my diet so am technically now a lacto-ovo-pescatarian. Anywho...I love watching youtube videos of vegan vloggers/bloggers (as well as raw vegan) and am dedicated to making at least one vegan meal a week. Last week I made this amazing raw vegan pad thai. It was seriously so good. This week I made vegan cookie dough macaroons and falafel (I added sun dried tomatoes). I am not sure what I will make this week but I am really loving this 2017 commitment. Helpful links:

** Hippie Lane (these recipes appear more complex so I have yet to try one...wish me luck!)

So there are three of my seven goals for 2017...what are some of your goals? How do you approach you new year's resolutions/goals so that you don't become overwhelmed by them?

Thanks for stopping by,
Megs