Aug 22, 2014

Sweet Strawberry Bread

I was looking to use up a pint of strawberries and my old strawberry cake came to mind. I decided to put a twist on it and make a loaf out of it! I had it as an evening snack with some low fat whipped cream. I bet a couple of slices would make a great breakfast!







Sweet Strawberry Bread (Adapted from AllRecipes)

Ingredients

Strawberries - quartered - 1 cup

All purpose flour - 1 cup
Whole wheat flour - 3/4 cup
Brown sugar - 3/4 cup
Baking soda- 1/2 tsp
Salt - a pinch
Cinnamon powder - a pinch
Walnuts - 1/4 cup chopped (optional)

Vanilla extract - 1 tsp
Eggs - 2 beaten
Olive oil - 1/2 cup

Method -

1. Preheat the oven to 350F. In a clean bowl, sift together the dry ingredients.

2. Mix together the wet ingredients and add them to the dry ingredients.

3. Mix with a spoon till well mixed.  The "batter" looks crumbly and greasy and not at all fun looking, lol.

4. Bake in a 9 x 5 or an 8 x 4 pan.in a pre-heated oven for 35-40 minutes. Check if done at around the 30 minute mark to avoid burning!


How simple is that!! Definitely try this recipe while the market's flooded with berries. I bet the recipe would work great with blueberries and raspberries too. I just love one pot, fruit based desserts like these. So easy and simple enough to whip up in an hour or less!


Aug 17, 2014

Whole Wheat Bread (No mixer required)

I've been baking a ton these days to pass the time, mostly cookies and bread. Today I made this whole wheat bread that was just so perfect that I needed to share the recipe. Don't be intimidated, it really is super easy and does not require a stand mixer!

I adapted the recipe to make just one nice fat loaf and not three loaves, because let's face it, two people and three loaves just doesn't work out well. I also added and deleted some ingredients and I'm very happy with the result!



Whole Wheat Bread (Adapted from AllRecipes)

Ingredients -

Water -  1.5 cups.
Yeast - 1 packet/ 0.25 oz
Sugar - 4 tbsp


Bread flour - 2.5 cups
Whole Wheat flour - 1.5 cups
Ground flax - 2 tbsp
Salt - a pinch
Olive oil - 3 tbsp


Method -

1. Microwave the water for about 30 seconds to get it warm but not hot. The yeast need to be alive and kicking in there.

2. Add the sugar and the yeast, stir and let it stand till bubbly and frothy. About 15 minutes.

3. In a large mixing bowl, sift together all the dry ingredients.

4. When the yeast is ready, pour the sugar-yeast mixture and olive oil into the dry mix and mix the dough.

5. Once the dough comes together, knead in the bowl to make it smooth and moist.

6. Preheat the oven to about 250F and place the bowl in the oven covered by a wet dishtowel.

7. About 45 minutes to an hour later, the dough should have risen to double the size. Punch it down and knead a little bit more in the bowl.

8. Grease a 9 x 5 pan and shape the load into a rough bread shape and place in the pan. Cover with a towel and allow it to proof a little bit more. About half an hour.

9. Once the bread is nice and risen, bake in a preheated oven at 350F for 25 minutes.

10. Once baked golden, brush on a little bit of butter on the top to keep the crust soft. Allow to cook, slice and serve warm!!



The bread is very moist inside and soft and chewy. I don't like hard, dry breads, so this is perfect. I already had a sandwich and the bread was delicious. I'd definitely like to try making grilled cheese and french toast with it.

I really enjoy baking bread. I don't think I'll be doing it every single week but once in a while, it's a treat to eat homemade bread. I hope you'll try out this recipe too!!




Aug 14, 2014

Birthday OOTD and Makeup!

I had the best day ever and a huge thank you to my friends and family for making my birthday so special! I'm super excited about my outfit and makeup, so let's jump right in.

First, the dress. Everyone who reads this blog knows how much I adore structured dresses and Roland Mouret. So it's no wonder that I was counting down the days for the RM x BR collection to go on sale. I ordered a few dresses during the pre-sale and decided to keep this one. The shoulder straps really hang loose and I need to get them taken in but other than that, this dress is killer.

The dress fits amazing and is so flattering! While the dress is fitted, it's not skin-tight so I'm sure it will work great in a formal setting! I got cold, so I ended up wearing a denim jacket over the actual dress and it looked great as a casual outfit too. For fun, I also tried on a couple of tops over the dress and it looks like a high waisted pencil skirt under the top. I'm really happy that the dress is so versatile and so well made. Definitely buy it if you are looking for a classic fitted LBD. I got it in a size 8.

Dress - Roland Mouret for Banana Republic
Bag - Rebecca Minkoff Quilted Affair in Studded Scarlet
Shoes - Payless (so comfortable)
Necklace - Groopdealz (similar)
I paired the dress with my snazzy Rebecca Minkoff red bag. Since I had the bright red bag and a beautiful statement necklace up top, I decided to wear simple black pumps to complete the outfit.

A closer look at the necklace!

For makeup, I kept things soft and simple. I played up my eyes with a mini cat-eye and a shimmery pink eyeshadow. The whole look is very wearable for everyday. I have no patience for eyeshadow and I reserve it for special occasions but I wear the rest every time I wear makeup! I skipped the matchy red lip and opted for a matte pink lip to compliment the eye makeup. Here is a list of the beauty products I used!

Eyeliner - Kat Von D  tattoo liner (Best.Eyeliner.Ever. Does not smudge or budge!!)


Check out my instagram to catch a glimpse of my TARDIS cookie jar. I'm a major Doctor Who fan, so hubby got the perfect gift for me! I hope you enjoyed this outfit. I'll be back with more!!

Aug 10, 2014

Summery White OOTD and Rebecca Minkoff Bag.

I can't believe I've waited this long to write about my new bag. I had the major GRE in the middle, so I kind of waited to post about it. Now that the exam is over (and I rocked it ;) , here is my beauty in all it's glory.


I've been eyeing this bag for many many months. The bag retails for for $345, so it's always been a dream. A few months ago, while I stumbled upon a couple of colors for around $250. I decided to dig further and I landed on the Barney's Warehouse website where the bag had an additional 40% discount!!!!! You would think I'd pounce on it but no. I decided to sleep on it. Guess what happened next? I woke up at 3AM worrying that maybe the bag sold out, lol. So I woke my sleeping hubby up and informed him that I was getting this bag. It was on final sale and no returns, so I was super nervous about spending $160 on a never seen bag. There were two colors available - a bright red and a cobalt blue. I've been wanting a casual bright bag, so I went with the red.

After all the drama, I finally got the bag and it couldn't be more perfect. Though there is a mini version of this bag, this in itself is quite compact. I love that it can be worn as a shoulder bag or adjusted to be a crossbody.  It has a Chanel look to it and the studs are quite mild and not big or tacky. Love, love, love!


Today I decided to pair with another recent buy, a Gap dress that I scored for $25 and my trusty Land's End sandals. It was such a light, airy outfit and so much fun. I tried on the pretty yellow version of this dress in store but it was sold out in my size in the store and on the website :( So I went with the white version. 

Gap Dress (similar in sleeveless)
Lands End Sandals
Rebecca Minkoff bag
Lips - Revlon Matte Balm in Sultry

The 40% offer on my bag has ended and is available now for 24% at $259. But there is a white with rose gold hardware on sale for $158, a coral studded one for $197! If I find any other offer, I'll try to update here. Next week, I'll write about the Roland Mouret x Banana Republic dress that I got!! Oh yeah, I got it :D