Red Velvet Pancakes

 
When I first heard about red velvet pancakes I thought, “Yuck”! As you can see, I had a change of heart. I decided to give it a go all in the name of love and the month of love. There’s just a special place in my heart for festive foods!             
 
They were nothing like I expected. I thought they would be a steaming hot, sweet mess. To my surprise it was like regular pancakes infused with red velvet cake. The best part was the cream cheese glaze. De.li.cious! 
 
  • Ingredients:
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp red food coloring
  • 3 tbsp melted butter
  • Cream Cheese Glaze:
  •  4 oz cream cheese- softened
  • 1 tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp corn syrup
  • 2 to 3 tbsp confectioners sugar
  • 2 to 3 tbsp whole milk
  • Optional Garnishes:
  •  pecans
  •  confectioners sugar

Off Season is In!



After vacationing to Hawaii in the middle of January, I’m convinced that traveling during the off season is the way to get a whole lot of bang for your buck. Heres why….

 
5 Reasons to Travel During the Off-Season
 
1. Cheaper Flights and Hotels
 
Since fewer people travel during the off-season, airlines and hotels offer cheaper rates to entice you to book your vacation. The airfare for two adults would’ve nearly doubled if we’d booked this summer. I consider that a bargain in itself. After all, you don’t want to spend all your money just to get there. 

2. Fewer Crowds
 
Nothing is worse than fighting to get one patch of sand when trying to relax on the beach. In the city (Waikiki), beaches were more crowded than I expected but I was told that it was nothing compared to the summer. We opted to go for the more secluded North Shore and a few others. When traveling from Waikiki beach to North Shore beach, locals told us that in the summer it can take over two hours just to get through traffic. It only took us a breezy, traffic free 30 minutes and thats with a stop for gas!
 
3. Locals Are More Relaxed
 
Nothing is worse than getting the “Ugh! Tourists” look or getting really poor service because the staff is overworked. The locals were easy going and even helpful. They would stop and tell us places to visit and tell us how lucky we were to be experiencing Hawaii outside of the tourist season.
 
4. Warm All Year Around
 
Hawaii has nice weather all year around. In January the average daytime temps are between 79-83. You can still go snorkeling, surfing or jet skiing. In the evening it can get a little cool, but its nothing that a little lightweight jean jacket or a couple of cocktails can’t cure.
 
5. Non-stop Partying
 
There is always a festival, party or club to go to. Out of my seven nights, I clubbed and bar hopped five. It doesn’t matter that its the off-season. No matter what day of the week or time of the day, there is always something to get into. 
 

 

 

 

Headboard Banger

This headboard was a year and a half in the making. Yeah, I procrastinate. Back in summer of ’10 my former neighbor was having a yard sale and I spotted this formerly beat up headboard in the corner. She sold it to me for $25. The fabric was a hideous yellow, greenish exorcist puke type of color and it was plagued with chipped paint all over. I sanded it down and removed the old fabric. I chose a black high gloss paint for the frame and chose a black, silver, and grey fabric for it. Once I got the fabric home, I realized that the pattern would not flow in the right direction so I went back to the drawing board until I found new fabric that would fit it perfectly. My husband nagged me constantly about what I was going to do with it and I’d always reply, “I’ll get to it”.

Fast forward to January 2012….

BEFORE
AFTER

Earlier this week I came home and the work on the headboard was already in session! Guess he’d gotten tired of it being propped up outside the house. He went with the black paint that I’d chosen but did something completely different than I would have done with the trim, which is apply black river rocks (rocks $6). I was skeptical when he told me about it but it worked really nicely.

We picked out the black floral fabric and 1″ foam backing from Joann’s Fabrics for a total of $75. Measuring, adjusting, and nailing the foam & fabric to the frame and enclosing it was a bit tricky because he had his way and I had mine, but 1 hour later it worked out perfectly. You don’t have to wonder who’s way won this battle! I don’t watch HGTV religiously for no reason. But, I must give credit where credit is due. Good job Mister!

♥ The Missus

Shearwater Boots & Chiffon

Shearwater Boots & Chiffon

 

I’ve always wanted a pair of shearwater boots but only if I could ‘girly’ them up and avoid looking like a fisherman or Paul Bunyan.
After playing around with this atypical combination, I think I might be ready to start shopping around for a pair…

TopShop long sleeve dress, £20
J Crew denim jacket, $98
Waterproof boots, $80
Oasis tote handbag, $48
Stretch ring, $13
Bracelet, $13
Wrap bracelet, $7.99
Miss Selfridge cuff bangle, £8.50
Aviator sunglasses, $9.99

Fresh off the press

How to: Newspaper nails 


I typically don’t do nail art but I thought this was really 
neat so I gave it a try.It was surprisingly very easy.If 
you decide to try this though, make sure you don’t rub 
the paper when you are applying it. I thought it would
 help to transfer the ink but it doesn’t. It turns 
out better when you apply a steady press.
 
 
 
1. Choose a base coat, light 
colored polish and a high gloss
 top coat.
 
2. UV lamp for fast drying. 
The Seche top coat I use has to 
be cured with the lamp.
 

 

3. Cut newspaper strips. Place 
strips in rubbing alcohol for 15 
seconds. Remove newspaper & press 
firmly on nail for 10 seconds. 
Do not rub.
 
4. Peel off newspaper and the ink 
is transferred to your nails.
Apply top coat.

Southern Red Velvet Cake

 
Mmmmm…Red Velvet Cake. One of the most loved and dreaded desserts. Loved because of its one of a kind taste and hated because it’s one of those desserts that has to be mastered. I’ve made this cake a dozen times already and each time it turns out differently. I’ve tried several recipes thinking the recipe I used was not quite right but then I realized it was just me. Blend too hard, it will turn out chewy. Not enough food coloring and it will turn out ugly. Bake it 5 minutes too long, it’ll be dry. Try to cut corners on the cream cheese and your icing won’t have that creamy zing to it. 

 

After much trial and error, I’ve finally mastered my technique! The one I made for this past Thanksgiving was sooo moist and the icing was perfection (finally learned to stick with Philadelphia cream cheese). Turned out so delicious, I snuck in the kitchen to eat one right after breakfast as soon as my husband jumped in the shower:-P  No one wants to be judged for having a cupcake for breakfast-lol!
 
 The recipe was given to me by my sister, who got it from her mother-in-law, who I’m sure got it from her mother. I could have simplified that but I couldn’t resist! Reminds me of how my grandmother says, “Two sisters children” when going down the family lineage.
 I’m like, “Cousins?”. Lol! Here’s the recipe:



Southern Red Velvet Cake:
2 eggs
1 1/2 cup of sugar
2 1/2 cups of cake flour
1 tsp cocoa
1 tsp baking soda 
1 tsp salt
1 cup of buttermilk
1 tsp apple cider vinegar (I use white distilled and its fine)
1 cup of Crisco vegetable oil
2 bottles of food coloring 
*2 bottles for a deep red. For a brighter red, use 1 1/4 bottles like I used in the cupcakes pictured.


Cream Cheese Frosting
1 8 oz package of cream cheese (Philadelphia is great!)
1 stick of unsalted butter
1 box of confectioners sugar
1/2 tsp of vanilla extract


Steps:


*sift dry ingredients together
*put all wet ingredients together in one bowl
*pour wet ingredients into dry and blend on medium for 2 1/2 minutes
*batter will look watery. this is normal
*add milk to thickness for icing. buttermilk or milk works


Bake @ 325 F for 25 minutes (9 in pans)
If your’e making cupcakes, bake for 20 minutes. The recipe will yield 2 dozen. I prefer to make cupcakes so I will know how it turned out before everyone else:-) 


Garnish with 3 oz of crushed pecans

 
Pure deliciousness! 










Night at The McNay

Since moving to San Antonio, everyday I’ve driven by the museum hiding behind a mini forest and said, “I’ve got to go there one day”. I finally did & now I’m stunned and in awe . Was the first museum of modern art in the state of Texas practically in my backyard all this time? Yes. The McNay was there all this time.
 
The historic Spanish Colonial Revival mansion-turned-museum showcases pieces by Gauguin, O’Keefe, Picasso and Robert Melton (<–cool stuff) just to name a few. 
 
I appreciate and admire all forms of art but Im not exactly one of those pretentious “Artsy Fartsy” people who stares at pictures for hours on end in an emotional coma. I once tried to train myself to be the “deep” analytical type in a college art course but it just didn’t work.  Everyone goes through that, right? (smiling to myself)
 
For me, the star of the show was French architect Jean-Paul Viguier, who designed the recent sleek glass pavilion. Old architecture fused with the new…. I get that.
 

Pink Front Door

 
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Nothing says, “Welcome” like a hot pink door! When seeing this bold and unexpected thing of beauty, I couldn’t help but to 
daydream about what I’d find behind that door. No stalker! j/k
Below, I’ve created a mood board of what I think is behind it (more like what I would put behind it!). 
 
 


So what do you think? Would you consider a pink door? 
 
 

silver spoon.

          
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
who says you have to be born with one? after seeing Leif’s glitter teaspoon set (now sold out), i was inspired to pull out my glitter and make a little kitchen art. three weeks prior, i bought the frame at tj maxx and it sat in my kitchen with the stock photo b/c i couldn’t decide on what to do with it. at just $7.99, i couldn’t resist! 
 
after digging through my ‘take out’ drawer filled with to-go menus and soy sauce packets, i found a spoon, slathered it with glue & glitter and presto! an original piece of art! 
 
act on a whim…
 
 

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After toying around with the idea of having a blog for the past couple of years, I’ve finally decided to give it a go.

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