Tuesday, August 30, 2011

A weekend [in outfits] v3

Necklace - A Merry Mishap, Dress - Forever 21, Belt - Thrifted, Socks :) - Urban Outiftters, Shoes - Target

I feel like I should subtitle this post "Adventures with a Tripod." It was my first attempt at taking photos with a tripod............in platform wedges...........in a backyard full of holes.........oh yeah, and did I mention it was 90+ degrees. It was interesting to say the least. Any tips for shooting with a tripod would be greatly appreciated :)


I snapped these shots right before heading to my mom's birthday dinner (with my glorious cake in tow). Coming from a large family, it's always a little bit of a production when we get together at a restaurant. There was lots of fun and photos and shouting (I have trouble controlling the volume of my voice sometimes). I currently live about an hour away from the majority of my immediate family, and I'm not sure if I could survive living any further away. It's a constant inner struggle actually. There are so many places I'd love to see, surely living in a more pleasant climate would be awesome. I feel like I have a pretty independent spirit and love the idea of just hopping around living in different gorgeous places. But you know, I'm still young and have plenty of time to figure that out..... and in the mean time there is always traveling to get my fix. Speaking of, I'm leaving Thursday to head to Austin, TX for the Labor Day holiday. I'm so excited about all of the fun stuff we have planned!!!! Any fun Labor plans for you folks?
ps. Here are some fun shots of my fam :)The little one is pretty entertaining

Monday, August 29, 2011

Birthday Cake for Mama

A weekend in outfits coming tomorrow, still playing catch up a little bit. But I do want to share the cake recipe I made for my mom this weekend. I usually opt for cupcakes or whoopie pies when I'm making a dessert, but this weekend I was inspired to make a traditional birthday cake. If I can brag just a little bit......... it came out pretty amazing! It was the culmination of a few of my favorite flavors : browned butter and chocolate with cinnamon. This recipe is amazing! The cake came out light and moist, and the frosting was almost like fudge. I kind of get a little crazy when i make frosting, and i think I added too much sugar because it looked a little gritty. Also, I added about double the amount of cinnamon it called for in the frosting ( i wanted it to be very cinnamon-y). I will definitely be trying this frosting recipe again, it tasted delicious I just want to get the consistency right. I didn't have any cakes pans so i just baked it as a sheet cake and then cut it into two pieces for layering. And...........I found some prettty, edible orchids at Hobby Lobby for decoration. (oopsie! forgot the tell the waiter NOT to sing happy birthday to mom, hehe)
Here you go lovelies, hope you all had a nice relaxing weekend!

Brown Butter Cake with Cinnamon Chocolate Frosting

(the cake recipe is for cupcakes, but if you’d like to make cake, just pour the batter into two cake pans and bake them for about 30 minutes)

2 cups sugar
4 eggs
1 cup milk
3/4 cup browned butter*
1 tsp vanilla
2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2-1/4 tsp baking powder

To brown butter:
Heat pan on medium heat.
Cut butter in to pieces and melt in pan.
Stir continuously. Butter will foam up.
After foam subsides, small brown flecks will start to appear in bottom of pan.
Continue stirring, until butter has reached a nice brown color, and nutty aroma.
When you want to lick the spoon, you know it's ready.
Turn the heat all the way down.

Preheat oven to 350°
Prepare cupcake pans with liners.
Beat sugar and eggs together until slightly thickened, about a minute.
Add milk, browned butter, and vanilla, stirring just until combined.
Add flour and baking powder, beating until well mixed--about a minute. Don't over mix.

Bake in preheated oven for 18-22 minutes, until tops are springy to the touch or a toothpick poked into the center comes out clean.
Remove from cupcake pan and allow to cool completely before frosting.
(I doubled this for my cake, and I also went about it a bit differently because I didn’t want super thick icing). After beating the butter, I added the cocoa, cinnamon and vanilla, and mixed it in. Then I added the cooled chocolate, and then about a cup of powdered sugar.)

5oz good quality semisweet or bittersweet chocolate
8 TBS butter, at room temperature
3 cups powdered sugar
2TBS baking cocoa
1 tsp mexican vanilla
1/2 tsp cinnamon
4-8 TBS milk

Melt chocolate in a double boiler and allow to cool to room temperature.
Beat in butter until creamy. Add in melted chocolate.
Add powdered sugar, baking cocoa, cinnamon and vanilla.
Slowly beat in milk 1TBS at a time until you reach desired consistency.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Friday Frames

Somehow this week managed to fully drain me. While I like to think I'm a good multi-tasker, I get overwhelmed when I have more than a few projects on my plate at one time. I get all claustrophobic feeling in my brain. So I made the very mature decision to push every project to the very last second, procrastinate a good bit, and now I come to you a very exhausted little birdie. I've got only a few more tasks to cross off of my list this weekend, and one of them is baking my mom a very delicious birthday treat! I found an amazing recipe and I cant wait to share it next week. Spoiler alert...........it contains browned butter, my favorite thing in the whole world!! I'm probably going to try to unplug a little bit this weekend, stay off of the computer and avoid social networking (well maybe just an instagram or two, I'm addicted!!)  How do you unwind from a stressful week?

Oh and btw...here are a few of the lovely little moments that carried m through. 

a pretty outfit for girl's night fun

late night greasy pizza (girls nights are the best!)
friends :)
my Asos.com shopping cart (for labor day in austin)
yummy melon
gin and tonic and puppy
gratuitous weekly cheese pic
pretty tables

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Death by Oreo Cupcakes

My little brother is a pretty great athlete if i do say so myself. Actually be seems to be pretty great at lot of things (which is kind of annoying) but also makes me super proud. And at 13 he doesn't seem to be as much of a jerk as other kids his age, knock on wood.
Joe likes to call me CupKate, which I think is supposed to be an insult because of my obsession with baking but I think it's funny. Whenever we are joking back and forth and he runs out of ammo he'll say ,"Go bake some cupcakes!" And this particular time I did. Plus he had just won a baseball tournament so I figured he deserved them. He requested cookies and cream, and when i found this recipe that uses whole cookies in each cupcake I was pretty excited to say the least. I do love baking from scratch, but this recipe is pretty far from homemade. Store bought cookies and cake mix made my life very easy this particular weekend........without further ado............

Death by Oreo Cupcakes by justapinch.com
1 pkg oreos, regular size

1 pkg chocolate cake mix/ mix according to directions on box
8 oz cream cheese, room temperature
8 Tbsp butter, room temperature
3 3/4 c powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
cupcake liners
1.   Preheat oven to 350. Mix packaged cake mix according to directions. (Do not bake.)
2.   Line cupcake tins with liner, place an regular size oreo cookie in the bottom of each one
3.   Take 1/2 of remaining cookies and chop coarsely and add to cake mix. Fill the cupcake tins. Bake for 15 min (or according to box directions). While cupcakes are baking make the frosting.
4.   Cream together butter and cream cheese. Add vanilla, then add powdered sugar slowly until blended well.
5.   Chop remaining regular-sized Oreos very fine. Add to frosting.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

A technical hiccup - Switch to Disqus

Jak says hi!

Just wanted to give my lovely [few] followers a heads up, i decided to switch to Disqus for blog comments. I know it's annoying to have another thing to sign up for, but it's super quick and i think it will make it much easier for us to chit chat over blog posts. We will be able to reply to individual comments and you can also adjust your settings to only receive alerts when you are mentioned or when someone replies specifically to your comment.  My favorite part of blogging is interacting with readers and other bloggers, so this just seemed like the next stop to make the process easier. Disqus is popping up everywhere so chances are some of your other daily reads use it too. Any tips from disqus users would be greatly appreciated!!! thanks :)

Monday, August 22, 2011

A weekend [in outfits] v2

This weekend had a nice late summer flow to it. A lazy Friday spent on the couch, leading into a pretty eventful Saturday, and then a slow Sunday spent with family by the pool. I managed to get up early enough Saturday morning to make it to a lovely open air botanical sale. There were so many  luscious plants and trees! If I had a larger vehicle I have a feeling I would have taken home many more new friends. I swooned over some fig trees and brightly colored exotic flowers, but once i spotted the 4 ft+ tall pencil cactus it was all over. We took home that beauty and a small lime tree.  I'm super happy with our purchases :)

I also attended  a Bavarian Beer Dinner Saturday that was pretty amazing. I'm not a huge beer drinker and had a little trouble keeping up with one beer per course, but i did end up with a pretty spectrum of amber filled glasses by the end of the night. The drinks and dishes were beyond delicious, to say the least. There were Friend Goat Cheese Lollipops, Duck Pastrami, and Venison Sausage over Red beans ( and those are just a few courses!) Highlight of the weekend for sure.

F21 Dress, Jcrew clutch, Target Sandals

There was lots of lounging and swimming Sunday out at my grandparents house. It's a bit of a trek from my house, but the good company and pretty scenery are always worth it. I, for one, am savoring these hot, late summer days.  I'm not quite ready for this season to be over, although I'm sure I will be by the time fall arrives. How about you, are you ready for the seasons to change?
PS. hope your weekend was great! :)

Urban Outfitters Dress, Old Navy shirt. Express Sandals

Friday, August 19, 2011

Lovely Little Moments

Lovely little moments are pretty much what get me through the week. It's the little things that count, right? Every Friday I'll try to compile a photo heavy list of my favorite little quiet moments of the week. Since this is my first 'moments' post, some of these photos are from a few weeks ago. Enjoy, and happy weekend!
A Happy Mid-Week Snack - St. Andre, quite possibly too delicious
Garden Roses - It's a wonderful luxury to have lovelies like this growing in your back yard
Pretty Details
Assorted tomatoes i used to make a simple summer pasta dinner

A lazy afternoon of reading glossy magazines and snacking
A leisurely Sunday breakfast with french-press coffee
Fresh basil from our herb garden on top of a yummy hummus dinner
Vintage Seltzer bottles I spotted and am currently coveting, wouldn't they look great on a bar cart?

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

New in 2142 Stuart [etsy love]

Over yonder to right side of this lovely blog there are links to my etsy shops. Today I'd like to share some of the new prints in my shop, 2142 Stuart. This shop I reserve for all of my original prints, usually simple typography designs. All of the prints in this shop are completely customizable (except the watercolor prints done by my bf). Font color and size can be changed to suit your request. 

11x14 Flaming Lips. Do You Realize. Rainbow. Typography Print. Beautiful Face.
11x14 Oh Hi Print. Typography. Black and white.
Original Watercolor Painting in Oval Frame. 8x10 Shining Blue Diamond. Framed Watercolor Painting.

And a fun little bonus, here are some things I'm lusting over in other etsy shops. Do you have any etsy favs I should check out? 

Heartland - Denim cargo wrap skirt

Print from Peggy Wolf

Brass Earrings from Prairie Oats

Monday, August 15, 2011

A weekend [in outfits] v1

Old Navy top, F21 Jeans, Dolce Vita Sandals, Essie Polish - Clambake

So maybe this is more of a weekend in outfits and delicious meals. The weekend was full of English fare, more and more food, a lovely baby shower.........oh and a cacti harvest (no big deal)!!!! Friday, I hit the town and we grabbed drinks and really yummy snacks at The Londoner English Pub. I don't eat at this restaurant nearly enough, it's so good! Not to mention they have a great happy hour.
My mom popped into town on Saturday and I had a great leisurely lunch with her and my sister, Hannah.  The Tomato Basil and Crab Bisque from The Chimes was probably the highlight of my weekend. Also the highlight, talking about my sister's bun in the oven, yay for new additions to the family!!

Jcrew Chambray Shirt, F21 Dress, Express Sandals

Sunday, I got all dolled up for my cousin's baby shower and more eating more eating. That afternoon my dad was kind enough to take me to this awesome cacti patch that grows wildly on some of his land. This is a very weird occurrence in southwest Louisiana where is air is humid and the ground stays pretty damp, they were growing in a ditch!! Aren't they gorgeous?! I was over the moon excited and we dug up a bunch of cacti for me to try to propagate at home (more on that later). All in all, a good full weekend. Don't worry, there was a good amount of laziness and lounging around the house in between all of the eating. Any exciting adventures of your own this weekend?

Tomato Dress, Old Navy Top, F21 belt

Friday, August 12, 2011

Handwritten Recipes

I couldn't have been more pumped when i came across this blog, Handwritten Recipes. The blog's creator, the owner of a used bookstore,  posts recipes he finds tucked in old books (he found a recipe for Choco Mallow Logs in an old Sherlock Holmes volume).  Aside from a wealth of cooking adventures, the site provides gorgeous nostalgic images, I'm obsessed with these photos!. The pairings of old recipe cards with worn well aged books are so delicious in themselves. It makes me wish i had a little recipe box filled with cards I've collected from friends and family. It's seems so much more sentimental that an internet printout shoved in a drawer. While I do love the convenience of pulling up a recipe on my phone (and maybe saving it to my email if it's good) i do adore the idea of a treasure trove of handwritten recipes.  How about you, do you have any old handwritten recipes? Cards that have been handed down? 

Via Handwritten Recipes

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Taking the Leap

I'm so happy to welcome you to Katie Maye! I'm a designer, crafter, baker, etsy-ian (jack of all trades- master of none) living in [way south] Louisiana. I love cacti, sharing meals with lovely people, finding a good bargain, and mood rings. I hope to share my journey of building an artful and meaningful life piece by piece. So without further ado...

We begin with a list.

I love lists. Who doesn't? Seriously, name someone that doesn't and I'll change their mind.
A nicely organized group of words, usually with some kind of theme. They are just aesthetically pleasing. It seems appropriate to start off this journey with a list. Let's keep it pretty general this time around, shall we?

10 Things that are currently inspiring me and a nod to some of my favorite blogs.

Via The Sartorialist, AbbieRiotDesign Sponge
1. The Satorialist. Beautiful style, simple honest photographs
2. Whimsical quotes. Puts me in a dreamy state.
3. Natural light. Creates a lovely carefree atmosphere

Via Jeana Sohn
4. Creative women. More on this subject to come, maybe weekly installments? Jeana Sohn. Simple artful Style, nostalgic paintings, and her Closet Visits are to die for.

Via Simple Lovely, Tattoologist, L.A. in Bloom
 5. Thoughtful vignettes. I love a well curated corner or coffee table. They make a room so much more cozy and inviting.
6. Black and gray tattoos. Feminine and elegant
7.The desert. I've never been, but there is something about the color palette of the desert. I want to be surrounded by cacti.

Via Style by Emily henderson and Moodboard 
8. Mid century styling. A tufted low profile sofa, geometric pendant light......give it to me!!! ( I love Emily Henderson)

Via 100 Layer Cake, Tartelette
9. Unexpected fonts. Can i get a little graphic design-y for a minute? I get really inspired by fonts, sometimes they're the only design element you need.
10. Labor intensive treats - the macaron. I love a quick and easy semi-homemade dessert as much as the next self-taught aspiring baker (recipe for Cookies and Cream cupcakes to follow, whole Oreo cookies!). But there is a very gratifying sense of accomplishment from tackling an intimidating recipe with such a daunting reputation. I feel like this is a subject i will write [much] more on. I have a love/hate relationship with these delicacies.

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