People aren’t kidding when they say it takes forever to finish a house. Okay, so we’ve only been in our condo for nine months, but I did hope we would have accomplished more by now than just my office (which, embarrassingly still has painter’s tape around the trim!). It feels like it’s been ages since I posted my kitchen inspiration, but now I’m on to the bedroom. Stan and I are debating between dark or light. Here are some of the dark bedrooms I like:
Great news, readers!! I’ve partnered with Craftsy on a fun giveaway for you. If you’re looking to learn a new skill or possibly flex the muscles you already have, you’re going to love this. Craftsy has lots of great creative classes, and you get to win one! Here are a few of my favorites:
Okay, so how do you enter the giveaway? Easy. Just peruse the classes on Craftsy.com, fill out this form, and you’re entered! Bonus points if you tell me which class you’d like to win in the comments! This giveaway is open to anyone, whether you’re already a Craftsy member or not. The contest ends Friday, April 4th. Good luck!
Radiant Orchid: 1. Sweet Hollow-out Round Neckline Lace Dress via Chicnova. 2. Necklace Golden Purple amethyst hematite by Schneider Gallery. 3. Nice Pleats You Have Maxi Skirt via LuLu’s. 4. Karla 5 Suede Pointed High Heels via LuLu’s.
Hemlock & Paloma: 1. Multicolored Leather Tassel Necklace via Spotted Moth. 2. Ice Cream Truck Earrings via Ruche. 3. Afternoon Art Class Top via ModCloth. 4. Bow to Stern Scarf via ModCloth. 5. Dusty Miller #511 5-Free & Vegan Nail Enamel by Priti NYC.
My favorite cupcake from NoRa Cupcake Co. is the Irish Car Bomb Cupcake. Based on the beer cocktail with a highly controversial name, it’s a chocolate Guinness cake with Jameson dark chocolate ganache and Bailey’s cream cheese frosting topped with a malt ball. Seriously amazing. Oh and fun fact: the drink was invented in Norwich, CT! I made my own version of the cupcakes without the Jameson ganache and went with a Bailey’s buttercream frosting instead. I brought them into work yesterday, and they were gobbled down pretty quickly! So if you’re bringing dessert to a St. Paddy’s Day party, these are sure to be a hit!
Chocolate Guinness Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes with Bailey’s Buttercream Frosting — makes 12 regular cupcakes (about 60 minis)
1 ½ cups flour
½ tsp baking soda
½ cup cocoa
1 stick of butter, softened
¾ cup sugar
⅓ cup sour cream
2 tbs milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
½ cup Guinness Extra Stout
1 stick butter, softened
2 cups confectioner’s sugar
1 ½ tbs Bailey’s Irish Cream
1 tbs milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
3 drops green food coloring
Preheat oven to 350° and line your cupcake tin with paper or silicone cupcake liners.
Combine flour, baking soda, and cocoa in a medium bowl and set aside.
In your stand mixer’s bowl (or a larger bowl, if you are using electric beaters), cream together the butter and sugar for a few minutes, until light and fluffy.
Add the sour cream, milk and vanilla extract to the butter mixture and combine.
Alternate adding the dry ingredients and Guinness into the butter mixture, starting with the dry ingredients. Use a spatula to scrape the sides of the bowl in between additions and mix thoroughly.
Once the batter is mixed well, add in the egg and mix it up some more.
Pour batter into cupcake liners until they are ⅔ full and bake for 8-10 minutes for minis or 18-22 minutes for regular-sized cupcakes. Check with a toothpick to be sure they are cooked all the way through.
Once baked, place on a cooling rack to cool.
Cream softened butter until smooth, making sure you scrape the sides of the bowl a few times.
Add 1 cup of confectioner’s sugar, mixing it in two parts (start with half a cup, mix it well, then add the other half cup).
Mix in the vanilla extract, milk, Bailey’s and green food coloring.
Add more confectioner’s sugar — ¼ cup at a time — until you’ve reached your desired consistency and taste.