Thursday, September 18, 2014

Naked Cakes

Since Boyfriend and I are celebrating his birthday later tonight, and I'll end up baking a cake tonight as well, I thought I should share my cake inspiration with all of you on A Rose in the City. While my favorite cakes tend to be funfetti or completely decadent and chocolate-laden, I've recently become obsessed with naked cakes. I blame it on Momofuku Milk Bar and their wide reach with their beautiful cakes. I even posted about it on my three-year blogaversary.

I love the look of naked cakes because they look deconstructed and you can see the craftmanship in the layers. They also pose an interesting angle for pictures and need to be delicious all the same without the help of frosting. Here are my cake inspirations for Boyfriend's birthday. All images from my Sweet board on Pinterest.




That's all for now,

Sarah

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Blogger Bookshelves: Endless Bliss

Hi Everyone, today I'm excited to share with you all Tiffany from Endless Bliss's bookshelf, or should I say shelves! She has quite an extensive book collection which I'm quite jealous of and I love how dedicated she is to Harry Potter. Read on!

Q1: Give us a mini tour of your bookshelf, what's it like?
Between the two of us, my boyfriend and I have four bookshelves. We're definitely a reading household, me more than him. The two bookshelves on the left are mine, the third one we share (though most of the books are also mine), and the last bookshelf on the right is his. I love to read, and I'm always looking for bargain books. Several of the books on my shelves are ones that have been on my to-read list for awhile, but I have yet to get around to reading them because I keep buying more books and also going to the library knowing that I already have more books to read. 

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Q2: What's your favorite book on your shelf?
This is an impossible question. I love so many books, and many have touched my heart in different ways, so it's simply impossible for me to name just one. I do have two special sections on the top of both of my shelves. One pays tribute to Harry Potter. Harry Potter had such a huge impact on my childhood. I grew up with the magic that JK Rowling created, and I've carried that magic with me through adulthood. My love for the series and the wizarding world will never fade.

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Another special section is dedicated to Sarah Dessen. I once read a tweet by her that spoke about how Judy Blume had a huge impact on girls growing up, and that's exactly what Sarah did for me. She carried me through my tween years, helped me through heartbreaks and fights with my parents and with my best friends. All of her books have impacted me in different ways, and even though I'm in my mid-twenties now, I still like to go back and read her books. I was able to see her speak at the Austin Teen Book Festival last year, and she's even more adorable in person. 

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Q3: What's your oldest book on the shelf?
This is honestly hard to say. Like I've said, most of my books are from bargain and thrift stores or from sales. I've never gone through to see when certain books have been published, and I have no idea how long I've owned all of my books. 

Q4: How do you decorate your self?
The only section I have decorated is the Harry Potter section pictured above. Otherwise, it's pretty much just books. Both of my shelves are at capacity because I have a problem with buying books all the time.

Q5: What other books and items live there?
For the most part, it's just books. There's room for nothing else. We have a few bookends that we bought at a garage sale for just $5 per set. Of course, I have a picture I took at Harry Potter Studios in London and the cup I drank Butterbeer out of. My boyfriend has many knick knacks, like globes, a guitar from the Philippines, and this ugly figurine that my friend got me for my birthday as a gag gift. 

Q6: Anything else you'd like to share?
As you can probably tell, reading is a passion of mine. I hope to have a library in my home one day where I can display all of my books properly. I love all of my books so much!

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That's all for now,

Sarah

P. S. If you're interested in sharing your bookshelf, please leave a comment below or email me at smjohns91@yahoo.com.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Zucchini Blondie Bites

I shared with you all on A Rose in the City my recipe for zucchini quiche which made with the leftover zucchini after making these zucchini blondies. I originally wanted to make zucchini brownies, but since I ran out of cocoa powder, I had to make due. I ended up doubling the recipe and sharing the blondies with coworkers and classmates, along with keeping a fair share for myself. I think that they were the perfect snack and dessert because I baked them my mini muffin pan. They were the perfect size to pop right in your mouth or take a few in a sandwich baggie for on the go.



Zucchini Blondie Bites adapted from C&H Sugar

Ingredients
 5 tablespoons butter, melted with 1 tbsp. water
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 medium zucchini, peeled and chopped into 1/4-inch pcs. (about (6 oz.)
1/3 cup chocolate or butterscotch chips

Preheat oven to 350°F with a rack in the middle. Lightly grease 9-inch square baking pan with oil or soft butter. Pour melted butter into large mixing bowl. Add sugar; mix well. Add egg and vanilla; beat until blended.

Whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in medium bowl; add to butter mixture. When almost combined, stir in zucchini and nuts to make stiff batter. Spread batter in prepared pan; sprinkle chips on top.

 Bake 30 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out almost clean with a little batter clinging. Remove from oven. When cool, slice into 16 squares. Serve warm or at room temperature. Will keep, covered, for 3 days at room temperature; or wrap each piece individually and freeze.

That's all for now,

Sarah

Monday, September 15, 2014

Ode to Black and Tan

A few weeks ago when my good friend JRS and I were studying and working on a group project for class, she was looking to donate a few items from her closet, and before she could, I scooped them up for myself. Reduce, reuse, recycle and all that. 

I have a hard time explaining how much I love this top, and I know JRS had a good long run with it as well. The top itself is tan, with a crocheted black overlay with a slightly floral pattern. It's texturally appealing while being a neutral which is so versatile. I love that I can dress this up or down, and it's actually perfect from going from work to class and anything in between. 


Cardigan - J. Crew/Flats - Jack Rogers

Black and tan happen to be one of my favorite color combinations, and any additional piece that I add to my closet that continues that color palette, I'm into.

That's all for now,

Sarah