24 August 2011

Back to school: Live like a Shaker

Photograph of bedroom in the Centre Family Dwe...Image via Wikipedia

The Shakers' philosophy about living spaces can be easily adapted to promote healthy, clean, and organized environments. Which is why they have inspired my first tip for back to school.

Believe it or not you, my friend, already have a lot in common with Shakers..
Firstly, like Shakers, college students are known for their dedicated, and fastidious work ethic errrr umm.... And secondly, Shakers are no strangers to communal living.

Shakers avoided unnecessary roommate conflict by being neat. What helped them do this? Wall mounted storage, of course. (It had nothing to do with being committed to a life of spiritual purity)

A dumb screen shot of me (perhaps demonstrating how cold it was that day in Rochester? Yes. Also shows how I stored my stuff in my tiny college bedroom. Design students have a lot of stuff!
Here's the point - get your stuff off the floor and allow your clothes the closet space they deserve. Wall mounted organizers will make cleaning easier too.  There are so many benefits to thinking like a Shaker I can hardly contain my excitement.

19 August 2011

Cocktail Inspired Cupcakes

Happy Friday. Have a Cocktail, Cupcake.

Rasperry Lime Ricky Cupcake

So this was my first cake from scratch.
I used cake flour for the first time to see how much of a difference it makes.  Otherwise I would have used the cupcake recipe from "Naturally Thin" by Bethenny Frankel.

The Vegan Lime Frosting
...is an adaptation of Bethenny's coconut frosting recipe - I added lime juice and lime zest to vegan frosting base which is -- shortening, vegan butter/margeine, and powdered sugar.

Filling - not so vegan, but so delicious.
Homemade whipped cream with fresh raspberries and coconut sugar. (Low glycemic effort)

My cupcake is wearing a delightful damask ensemble by Reynolds (Reynolds® Baked for You®
StayBrite™ Baking Cups)

...Stay tuned for Blueberry Lemon!!!

18 August 2011

Sleeper Ottoman, Durelee

Duralee Showroom Boston Design Center

If you don't want to compromise the comfort of your seating; but you do want additional sleep space, consider this sleeper ottoman from Duralee.

17 August 2011