Sunday, December 14, 2014

Chicago Skyline Egg

I'm a born and raised SoCal girl. I feel at home in the bustling CA lifestyle - the people, the clothes, the parties, the beaches, the everything! But over the past few years, Chicago (and the Midwest) have become a central part of my life. I definitely feel myself being drawn to this beautiful city. 

Chicago is kind of underrated. It's beautiful, clean, and definitely a great tourist spot, but it just isn't as popular as other destinations and I don't know why not. The best part of Chicago is their skyline (my favorite part too). Whenever we road trip to or from Chitown and MI to visit S's family, we get a full view of the city. We've seen it at dawn, at sunset, in the daytime, at night, and I have to say that it is truly spectacular.

When my older sister got accepted to her dream graduate school, I knew she deserved a present worthy of the accomplishment. Both my older sister and I got married in Chicago so it was fitting that I paint her an ostrich egg with the Chicago skyline. In the past, I've already painted the skyline at night, so this time around, I decided to paint it in the daytime. Plus, the blue went with my sisters beach-y decor (she misses CA as much as I do). I added two ducks for a little romantic touch. Needless to say, she totally loved the egg.

I recently opened an Etsy shop where you can purchase a custom painted egg of your own. You can find the shop here. Just like I gifted this egg to my sister, they make beautiful, personal and unique gifts. They would also look just as good in your own home. Feel free to visit and shop around. :)

Monday, December 8, 2014

Pumpkin Roll Cake

Pumpkin is a very popular ingredient this holiday season. Thanksgiving has already passed but people are still making and buying pumpkin products. Most popular this time of the year is the pumpkin spice latte. Mmm.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Ombre Crepe Cake with Vanilla Pastry Cream and Raspberries

Making a crepe cake has been at the top of my baking bucket list for a long time. When Lindsay at Love and Olive Oil did a kitchen challenge for crepe cakes, it was just the push I needed to make it. I finally got the perfect opportunity to make it when I had a couple friends over. That meant enough people to help me finish off the cake.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Roasted Vegetable Soup with Herbed-Parmesan Croutons

As much as I hate to admit, winter is here. This will be my third winter in Michigan and I've decided that I have a love-hate relationship with this season in the Midwest.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Roasted Tandoori Chicken and Vegetables with a Tangy Cilantro Dip

A roasted whole chicken is one impressive dish. It gives off a classy, kitchen pro vibe and if you get it right, it is definitely a showstopper. The best part is that it actually isn't that hard to make!

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