sweet potato drop biscuits

sweetpotato1 I am actually amazed that it has taken me this long to make sweet potato biscuits.  If you know me at all, then you know that I have a weak spot in my heart for biscuits.  One of my favorite past times is waking up, after having one too many drinks in college, and going to the McDonald’s drive-thru for some breakfast biscuits.  That’s right, just plain biscuits in all their buttery goodness.  Luckily for my body, it’s been quite a while since I’ve visited the McDonald’s drive-thru, but my love for biscuits has remained.  Yesterday, I tried my hand at making drop biscuits using whole wheat flour and fresh mashed sweet potatoes.  Drop biscuits have to be the easiest thing ever.  No mixer, no rolling pin, no chilling the dough for hours.  Just a slightly healthier version of my hangover treat, made easy (recipe below).

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Sweet Potato Drop Biscuits:

  • 1 1/2 cups mashed sweet potatoes (1 large or 2 small)
  • 1 tblspn maple syrup
  • 3 tblspn vegetable oil
  • 1 tspn red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 tspn salt
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 2 tspn baking powder
  • 1 tspn ground nutmeg
  • 1 tspn ground cinnamon
  • 2-3 tblspn water

In a large bowl, mix together the first five ingredients.  In a separate bowl mix together the flour, baking powder, nutmeg, and cinnamon.  Slowly sift the flour mixture into the sweet potato mixture until just combined.  Add the water so the mixture is moistened.

Drop large rounded spoonfuls of the mixture onto a lightly greased baking sheet.  Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes.

I served these with this creole chicken stew (I subbed the andouille sausage for spicy chicken sausage).  The combo was perfect!

 


floral trench

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Floral Trench c/o eShakti, Citizens of Humanity pants, J.Crew boots, Tory Burch bag, Ray-Ban sunglasses , vintage gloves 

I really like florals and trenches so this coat felt like a natural fit for me.  I love Spring even more, and if it would ever show up I could pair this jacket with a cute striped dress and booties.  Which was the look I had originally planned on photographing for you guys (sighs deeply…).  It’s supposed to snow today, so for now I’m stuck with boots and gloves.  At the very least, the print on this coat makes me feel a little springy.  I usually love to utilize the customizable feature on eShakti’s website, but I liked this piece as is, and ordered it immediately.

Happy Wednesday!  xo

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spring into style

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I can’t bring myself to photograph my clothes again until it warms up a little.  I refuse to put together any more winter outfits, out of protest with the weather.  I have lots of spring things waiting to be worn, but I’m still in jackets, scarves, and gloves (gloves!) everyday.

Instead I’ve been feeling constantly jealous inspired by people in warmer climates, already breaking out their spring best.  I rounded up some of my favorite looks that I can’t wait to recreate when the weather warms up.  What are you looking forward to wearing this spring?


spring favorite: all white

Neutrals, neutrals, neutrals.  I love pairing white with more white, cream, or blush.  So pretty and feminine.

spring favorite: Printed pants A printed dress pant.  I love printed jeans as much as the next girl ( denim and I are best friends…)  but I’m really feeling a pair of dress pants for the spring.  Worn with a casual top its the best of both worlds.  Add a print to those pants and it’s even better.

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I’m a sucker for a simple stripes and florals combo (“florals for spring… groundbreaking”).  But this year I’m also loving stripes paired with a bright pop of pink.

*All images can be found here and linked to their original sources*

 


bridges and breeze

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Gap shirt, belt, and clutch,  Citizens of Humanity pants, Steve Madden boots (similar), Ray-Bans 

There are so many things I love about living in Astoria, and the park is definitely one of them. Last weekend we went for a walk in the park before dinner, and even though it was breezy, it was so pretty. I love that you are able to be right underneath the bridge and by the water. Another thing I love about Astoria is the restaurants. You can get literally any kind of cuisine, which is always exciting. I am a pretty adventurous eater and I love trying new places.  On this night we headed out for falafel and Greek-fries (fries with melted feta and oregano- yum).

I got this shirt and clutch on sale at Gap during their friends & family.  It is perfect for spring and I can’t wait to pair it with these shorts I just ordered.  Just as soon as it warms up a bit!

Have a great weekend!

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on repeat

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Gap denim shirt, J.Crew necklace, Joie leather jacket, AE jeans, Modern Vintage booties, Rebecca Minkoff bag (great mint color here)

Sigh.  It’s still cold.  I had big plans for last week to wear some of my new spring stuff and photograph it for you guys.  But alas, it’s still frigid and windy outside.  On any given day you can find me in some variation of what I’m wearing here.  One of my denim shirts, distressed jeans, a leather jacket, and a boot.  Yes…still a boot.  No sandals in sight for this girl.

It’s annoying because I feel like everything else is ready for spring and the weather is just not cooperating.  It’s lighter later, tricking me into thinking I have more energy.  I’m done with soups and stews and have moved onto lighter spring cuisine, like salads and things on the indoor grill pan.  I’m just going to have to will spring into existence.  Until then… this outfit is pretty much on repeat.

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sweet eats: lucky charms cupcakes

luckycharms1 Happy St. Patrick’s Day everyone!

I was racking my brain to come up with a fancy recipe for St. Patrick’s day.  Every year I wind up dying something green and calling it a day.  Last year I made this champagne cake, which was a big hit.  This year I decided to make cupcakes topped with sweet buttercream (dyed green of course), and sugary breakfast cereal… because if not on St. Patricks Day, then when?

Just make any vanilla cupcake recipe, I used a box, and then make my easy buttercream frosting (recipe below).  Dye the icing green to be festive.  Then top with the marshmallows from a box of Lucky Charms.  You need to sort the marshmallows from the cereal part because it will get soggy.  I bribed my fiance to do this part for me, which was easy because he could eat a whole box of Lucky Charms and I never buy them.  A St. Patty’s Day win for everyone, if you ask me.

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Enjoy and have a great St. Patricks Day!

Buttercream frosting:

  • 1 softened stick of butter
  • 5 cups confectioners sugar
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Beat all ingredients together using a hand mixer.  Add green food coloring until you reach your desired shade of green.  Enjoy!


travel style

travelstyle2 Nordstrom leggings, Gap sweater, Sam Edelman sneakers, Long Champ bag, Old Navy scarf, Ray-ban sunglasses

You know what I love about traveling?  Being at the actual destination.  Getting to where you’re going is always such a pain.  Airports, with crappy airport food and long lines, are annoying.  Car rides, with traffic and boredom, are equally as annoying.  I’m actually one of those people who can’t read or even look at their phone in the car because it makes me incredibly dizzy.  I hate being one of those people by the way, it makes car rides feel impossibly long.  But when I have to go on a long trip, I at least like to be prepared by dressing comfortable.  I always try to throw some level of style into my comfortable outfits.  Hence, the leather leggings and leopard sneakers.  What do you wear while traveling?

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