Sweet Beats // April 2015

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This weekend we’ll be throwing a big birthday bash for several friends/roommates in Boston, so naturally I’m in party playlist mode. I will warn you, this mix is pretty random. You may think at one point that I’ve gone a little mental, but it’s pretty much just a sample mix of a much more epically-scaled one that I’ve created for the night-of. I spared you all of the Whitney Houston and Bruce Springsteen, but that’s not to say that they won’t be played. OH, they’ll be played.

Click here for a link on Spotify


april 2015

01. soul man // save & dave

02. me, myself & i // de la soul

03. kryponite – feat. big boi // big boi

04. bassment party // the cool kids

05. the seed (2.0) // the roots

06. should i stay or should i go // the clash

07. it’s tricky // run-dmc

08. roses // outlkast

09. got to give it up (part 1) // marvin gaye

10. let’s dance // ramones

11. rock & roll // the velvet underground

12. all caps // madvillain

13. restless leg // har mar superstar

14. we don’t sleep // har mar superstar

15. new beat // toro y moi


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G&M’s 1st Birthday!

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Oh my word! It’s been a year?? It seems like just yesterday the two of us were eating burgers and brainstorming ideas for our little gal. We want to thank you all for stopping by day to day to see what we’re up to!

In honor of her big day, we made some birthday sweets — what else is new?

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Spice Cupcakes with Orange Buttercream Frosting
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For the cupcakes:
yields 15

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons coarse salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup whole milk

For the frosting:
(note – this recipe was not ideal for artsy piping, a little too runny!)

  • 1/2 cup (one stick) butter, room temperature
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • 2 tablespoons whipping cream, depending on desired consistency
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

To make:

01. Preheat oven to 350 degrees, with a centered rack. Line your muffin tin and set aside. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and coriander.

02. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat butter and brown sugar on medium-high until light and fluffy, 3 minutes. Beat in eggs, one at a time, scraping down sides of bowl as needed. With mixer on low, add flour mixture in three additions, alternating with two additions milk and beating well after each addition.

03. Transfer batter by heaping tablespoonfuls to cups. Bake until golden brown at edges and a toothpick inserted in center of a cake comes out clean, about 20 minutes, rotating pans once. Let cakes cool in pans, 5 minutes, then transfer to wire racks to cool completely.

04. While cupcakes cool, make your frosting. In a large bowl, beat butter until creamy. Beat in the confectioners’ sugar, vanilla, zest, cinnamon, and enough milk to achieve desired consistency. Spoon into a plastic baggie with a cut tip or a piping bag and get frosting!

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After our shoot, we ate a whole lot of snacks and sparkling cider with Reg’s roomies to continue the celebration- more on that later!

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Paper Source Backdrop // Candles, Gold Sprinkles & Cupcake Liners – Stop & Shop (I know, right? So cute!) // Cake Stand – Old, Marshalls

 

 

 

Fill-in-the-Blank Invites

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I created this fill-in-the-blank invitation for work {Hartford Prints!} and Reg and I discovered our love for fill-in invites! They’re fun, nostalgic (4th grade birthday parties, anyone?), and most importantly – easy! You can use them for engagement parties, baby showers, “we’ve moved” announcements, or as plan old, “we’re havin a party, come on over!” invites.

We were able to find some other cute fill-in options – check them out:

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And here are some cute fill in cards that don’t requite a party:

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Boston Weekend Hang

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As we mentioned before, it was Reg’s birthday on Friday, and I went to visit her in Boston on Saturday! It was a shorter trip than usual, but it was fantastic – we laid out by the Charles River and explored new (to me) places to eat and drink.

Saturday // Lunch // Flour
This fast paced bakery/sandwich shop was perfect for a quick stop before we went to lay out by the Charles River for the afternoon. Joanne Chang opened up this place in 2000, and with several locations around Boston, it’s quickly become one of Reg’s favorite stops. Some of our favorites are the bacon arugula and tomato sandwich, the Greek chopped salad, and the chicken and jicama sandwich. If you’re in the mood for something sweet, we recommend the hazelnut-almond dacquoise, the sticky buns, and some cornmeal-lime cookies. 

Saturday // Dinner // Row 34

Oh goodness. This place nailed it. Lobster rolls, muscles, bluefish, burgers, onion rings, fries, and wine. Owned by the same company as Island Creek Oyster Bar which we’ve featured before, we basically left rolling out the front door (the extra side of fries and onion rings were pretty unnecessary), but we were very happy campers. I think we can all safely say we’d recommend all of the above items, but we also recommend making a reservation  as far in advance as you can – this place is new and popular.

Saturday // Drinks // Lucky’s

Since we had a late dinner Row 34, and it’s not in the easiest of locations to get to, Lucky’s was sort of picked out of convenience – but hit the spot! Quick line, no cover, cheap drinks, a descent crowd, and some excellent throwback songs. We met up with an old friend from our high school days and enjoyed a little 70s funk and 80s pop.

Sunday // Breakfast // Mei Mei

Since discovering this place only a month ago, Reg has gone back four times and introduced it to five new people – I think it’s safe to say she likes it there. The scallion pancake (or as we like to call ’em, scal-pals) sandwiches are a great alternative to your usual breakfast options. We HIGHLY recommend the Double Awesome – a poached egg with cheddar and fresh pesto, inside a folded scal-pal. Don’t forget to spread some of the soy aioli on it, and maybe (definitely) get it with bacon.

All in all we had a great time catching up with old and dear friends, while finding awesome new stops. If you’re in the Boston area, check ’em out!

Happy Weekend

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Guys, it’s Reg’s BIRTHDAY! Yayyy, can’t wait to hang this weekend! She’s takin’ the day off & sleepin’ in, so it’s just me today. So, as happy as I am that it’s Friday, I had a fantastic first week as Designer at Hartford Prints! (more on that later)! I hope you all had a great week & an even better few days off – it’s supposed to be nice out, so don’t just veg in front of OITNB all weekend (aka, I’m just jelly I can’t be doing that). Check out our links and enjoy the 1st real weekend of June! xo G&M

rkv // In honor of season to of Orange is the New Black

cct // Are you an introvert or extrovert? I answered them about half and half – meaning I’m an ambivert, cool!

rkv // As a kid my go-to popsicle of choice was always the strawberry shortcake ones. As an adult (is that what I am now?) I can make my own!

cct // Is it bad that most of these have crossed my mind at one point or another?

rkv // New month, new seasonal produce!

cct // Airbnb’n across California, yes pleaseee

rkv // Strong women giving advice to their 22 year old selves

cct // This short video will make your day!

 

Gorgeous Birthday Cakes

With an upcoming birthday tomorrow (hint, it’s Reg’s!), we’ve got cake on the brain! While we dabble in baking, coming up with a beautiful and creative cake is harder than it looks… we make homely cakes. But today we’re gonna admire the beautiful cakes of others and hope that someday we have the courage to attempt something this gorgeous.

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// Classic Ice Cream Cake 

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// Inside-out S’mores Cake

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// Brown Butter Cake with Vanilla Bean Icing and Salted Caramel

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// Carrot Cake with Cardamom

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// Malted Milk Cake

 

And we can’t forget the cupcakes!…

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// Peaches & Cream Oat Cupcakes

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// Orange Cinnamon Cupcakes

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// Blueberry Preserve Cupcakes with Honey Buttercream