Saturday
Nov212015

Gift Guide: Your Sleep Deprived Bestie with a Newborn, a Mode Round Up

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by Noelani at Mode

 

Since I am going through this newborn sleep deprived state as I type, I am able to pretty accurately list what I'd like to receive as a gift right about now. 

 These are some essentials we currently have and a few I wish I had bought.......that will make excellent gifts for my fellow friends when they have a little of their own.

And, I may have emailed husband about the pint of the month club from Jeni's Ice Cream, because newborn or no, that is an awesome gift that Santa better deliver.

Thursday
Nov192015

Thanksgiving Treat: Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes with Maple Butter Cream Recipe

 

Looking for an alternative for the standard pumpkin pie this holiday season? I've got you covered. Pumpkin pie, though delicious, can be a bit of an acquired taste and texture, especially for the littles in your life. But Daphne LOVED the pumpkin in a breakfast muffin we ate at an outing a little bit ago, so I thought, why not turn this into a dessert? With some butter cream of the maple cream cheese variety of course.

It's a cupcake, but it feels kind of like it has some substance to it, thanks to the addition of our friend the pumpkin. 

And of course I did a cream cheese frosting, amped up with a little maple flavor. Cause it isn't a cake or cupcake for me unless there is some cream cheese involved.

I made these for Halloween, recycled the week after for a potluck (with leftover candy corns), and will be making them again come this Thanksgiving. They are out of this world delicious, with pumpkin, spice, and heavenly frosting. Do yourself a favor and bake up a batch.

 

Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes with Maple Butter cream

Makes 16 oversize or 24 smaller cupcakes

 

Ingredients

 

Cupcakes

2 cups AP flour

2 tsp pumpkin pie spice (apple pie works in a pinch;)

3 tsp baking powder

2 tsp baking soda

2 tsp cinnamon

3/4 tsp ground nutmeg

1/4 tsp salt

3/4 cup canola oil

1/2 cup applesauce

1 tbsp vanilla extract

2 cups canned pumpkin

4 large eggs

 

Maple Butter Cream

1 cup butter, room temp

2 tsp vanilla extract

2 tbsp maple syrup

3 cups confectioners sugar

8 oz cream cheese, room temp

 

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease cupcake pan or line with paper cups.

In large bowl, whisk flour, spices, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside. In an electric mixer with a paddle attachment on low, combine sugar, oil, applesauce, vanilla, and canned pumpkin. Add eggs one at a time, mixing between each, until combined. Finally, add flour until just mixed.

Fill prepared cupcake pan 3/4 full and bake about 23 minutes, or until firm on top. Let cool 5 minutes and then transfer to a wire rack.

For the butter cream, mix room temp butter, cream cheese, vanilla, and maple syrup until light and fluffy. Add (pre sifted) confectioners sugar until thoroughly combined. Frost cooled cupcakes and top with a decoration of your choice- candy corns, pilgrims, sprinkles....

Thursday
Nov122015

Mom & Mini Fashion

 

 

 

I know I'm not the only one who finds joy in buying adult and mini versions of especially cool items.

Revel in your mini me twinning! And do it in high fashion!

 

Mama version is above mini version, below:

 

Isabel Marant Etoile Plaid Wool Jacket

Old Navy Hooded Poncho

 

 H&M Faux Leather Legging

Joe Fresh Faux Leather Legging

 

Marc by Marc Jacobs Sherpa Backpack

J Crew Girls Sherpa Backpack

 

St. Laurent Star Sweater Dress

Grey Star Sweatshirt Primark

 

Balenciaga boot

Toddler Wallabee

 

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