9.02.2014

A Month of Cake // Easy Heart Sprinkle Cake

 Over the weekend Chris asked me to bake him a cake. One of his favorites is a yellow cake with chocolate frosting...yum. I wanted to do something a bit creative with it and I've always loved the pop of color from sprinkles against chocolate frosting. This turned out really well and Chris was super impressed. I thought this was a great way to kick off A Month of Cake...lots of yummy and fun stuff around the corner.
1. Start by frosting your cake.
2. Place parchment paper stencil in the center of cake. I simply folded a piece of parchment paper in half and cut out half a heart to make a full heart. 
 3. Shake sprinkles onto cake.
4. After a about half of the heart is complete, pat down with your finger to ensure sprinkles are sticking to the frosting.
5. Repeat for the other half of the heart.
 6. Carefully lift the parchment paper from the cake. The frosting will be messy but just smooth it out.
And you're all done. I loved the way it came out. I think it would work out really great with large numbers or letters. Let me know if you give it a try. #sobdamonthofcake

xoxo erica

9.01.2014

Floral and Plaid Mixer

Dress: Target, Belt: Target
 I can't believe it's already September!! At the end of the month Chris and I are headed off to California and I'm soooo excited. So pretty much this month is going to be amazing. Now all I'm going to be thinking about is what to pack lol. I wore this dress yesterday...this is the first thing I've ever owned in plaid. I love it! Plaid always makes me think of autumn and the touch of lace and floral pattern makes me want to hang on to summer. I think it's the perfect transition piece...this one will stay on rotation for the rest of the year.

Hope y'all are enjoying the day off. Yay for long weekends.
xoxo erica

8.29.2014

Hair Tutorial // Bubble Topsy Tail

 Every Thursday Chris and I play softball in a co-ed league with a team made up of his family and my brother. I really try to avoid wearing my hair in a pony tail because of my little baby hairs that fly up when my hair is pulled back. I usually wear my hair in a braid of some sorts and just pin back any loose hairs. Last week I tried out this hairstyle and really liked the look of it. The tightened topsy tail kind of reminds me of a fishtail braid but different, if that makes any sense? Anyway,  I thought I would share. It's quick and easy so give it a try this weekend.
 Pull hair to one side and loosely rubber band.
Place another rubber band about 2 inches down from first rubber band to create the first "bubble".
Start doing a topsy tail by splitting hair into two sections.
Pull hair through the hole. 
 Pull on hair to tighten your topsy tail.
Rubber band hair a little further down again and repeat steps.
 Keep going until you have a bunch of bubbles.
xoxo erica

8.27.2014

Married // The Morning of the Wedding

 Hey everyone, I'm sooooo excited for this post. It's been a long time coming, but finally I'm sharing some of the wedding photos!!!! These are only from the morning of while getting ready, but I'll be sharing more soon.
The morning of the wedding, me and Chris actually had to pick up the flowers from the florist and I got up super early. The whole time leading up to the wedding, I don't ever remember feeling nervous about it all. When I woke up that morning my heart was pounding, like when people say they can feel their heart beating out of their chest, well that was totally it. My parents were already up, so I went to go talk to them to calm my nerves and then headed out to meet Chris to get the flowers and then set up the reception hall. The whole morning just went by so fast because we were so busy. We only had two hours to set up the hall...tables, chairs, linens, decorations, our sweetheart backdrop...everything. It was all very hectic but we couldn't have got it all done without all the help from people that love us so much. Having aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, brothers, sisters, and our parents there to help out made me feel so lucky. After all that, I couldn't have been any happier than to get to the fun stuff. Getting my hair and make up done, finally being able to put on my dress, and getting excited to walk down the aisle. Truth be told, I was actually 15 minutes late to the ceremony lol but I'll save that for next time.
xoxo erica

photos from the lovely Kimberly Genevieve

8.26.2014

A Sweet Idea // Nutella and Banana French Toast Roll Ups

I've always considered myself to be a morning person, not quite an early bird but definitely a morning person. That being said, breakfast has always been a meal that I love...or maybe it's just that I wake up hungry lol. Chris on the other hand, is far from being a morning person and could totally be fine with skipping breakfast. Lately I've been trying to lure him out of bed with things like these french toast roll ups...it works.
1. Take off the crust from slices of bread.
2. Flatten out slices of bread with a rolling pin.
3. Add a spoonful of nutella and a few slices of bananas to one end of bread and roll up.
4. In a bowl mix one egg with 2 tlbs of milk (just a normal french toast mixture)
5. Dip the rolls into the egg mixture.
6. In a skillet on medium high, add a tlbs of butter and cook toast for about 2 minutes on each side.
7. Immediately after being cooked roll the french toast in a mixture of sugar and cinnamon.
These are completely fine with this sugary coating alone, but if you want, add a side of syrup to dip this deliciousness into.
xoxo erica
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