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

 

 

 

Happy Weekend!

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So, it’s August? Where did that come from? This month has been known to bring us a bit of sorrow in the past, as we suddenly realize that summer is already halfway through. But yuh know what? We say no. No to sulking, and yes to rejoicing. Have yourself a little (or a lot) of ice cream, and embrace these warm nights while we can… #liveitupbaby

cct // Oh growing up in the late 90’s/early 2000’s

rkv // My wonderfully proactive friend Alia and her family have started a fund for humanitarian aid in Gaza. All proceeds go to UNRWA’s (United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees in the Near East) Gaza Emergency Appeal. If you’re able and willing to help this community in hopes for a brighter and more peaceful future, please do!

cct // My internal battle with bangs perfectly explained!

rkv // What do you guys think about the Post Modernism Revival trend? It’s very Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead, if you ask me.

cct // Designer/creative friends – this is an amazing website! It loads all of the fonts on your computer to one page so you can see any word you want in that font!

rkv // My kitchen currently has a fridge-too-full-and-always-messy conundrum. Here’s to hoping these tips and these tips help my roomies and I out!

cct // I stumbled upon this online shop and I want EVERYTHING! Especially this, this & this!

rkv // Chance the Rapper covers the Arthur the Aardvark theme song?