Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Brown Butter Cake with Sugared Fig Frosting

When I attended BlogHer back in August, one of the coolest things I got to do was chat with Sarah Michelle Gellar about her newest venture - Foodstirs. Foodstirs is an organic line of baking supplies that encourages families to get in the kitchen together! They sent me a box of their goodies and challenged me to get creative.
I'll be honest with all of you. The first thing I thought was -- boxed cake mix? No thank you. I've never used a box mix and I don't intend on starting now. But I wanted to have an open mind and I'm so glad I did. What I came up with is a brown butter cake with sugared fig filling and a light crumb coating for the outside.
Believe me, my mouth is watering all over again as I type this up! I wasn't able to eat it, because Foodstirs mixes aren't gluten free (yet!), but I served it at a party and it was a major hit. Before serving I didn't let anyone know that it was a boxed mix and several people even inquired about the recipe. So, there you have -- the official seal of "this tastes homemade"!
Let's get to it, shall we?
You Will Need:

For The Filling & Crumb Coat:
1 cup fig compote
2 tbsp. brown sugar
2 Foodstirs frosting mixes
For The Cake:
1 box Foodstirs Simply Sweet Vanilla cake mix, using ingredients on box
*before you add in the 9 tablespoons of butter (I prefer Kerrygold), brown it in a saucepan over medium heat
1 tbsp. brown sugar

1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
2. In a bowl, mix together 1 Foodstirs frosting mix. Set aside.
3. In a separate bowl, mix together 1 Foodstirs frosting mix and add 2 tbsp. brown sugar and 1 cup fresh fig compote. Set aside.
4. In a small saute pan, brown 9 tablespoons of butter over medium heat.
5. In a third bowl, combine 1 box of Foodstirs Simply Sweet Vanilla cake mix, yogurt, eggs, milk and browned butter. Mix well.
6. Pour equally into 2-8 inch pans and bake for 20-25 minutes.
*I used two specialty pans made specifically for stuffing cakes!
7. Remove from oven and let cool completely.
8.  Fill both cakes with sugared fig frosting.
*If you are not using specialty pans, just spread the sugared fig frosting between the two cake halves like a sandwich!
9. Stack the cakes.
10. Using the second Foodstirs frosting mixture, lightly frost, or crumb coat, your cake.
11. Garnish with fresh figs or flowers.
12. Enjoy!







Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Festive First Aid For Your Furry Friend

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#BOOItForward #PawfectBOO #CollectiveBias

Do you think I put enough f's in my blog post title?
You can never go wrong with some alliteration, Ma!
Today I'm excited to share something that is not-so-exciting, but super important as the holidays approach and that is...safety for your dog. From now until the end of the year, pets are faced with more tempting hazards than ever -- decorations, candles, flickering lights, chocolate and more.
Dane and I just moved into a new house, so I thought Halloween and BOO-ing would be the perfect opportunity to put a little something together for our new neighbors' pooches to warn about fall hazards and offer a few first aid items in the form of a BOO BOO Bag. Everyone close to us has a dog so I think I've finally found my pack and they should know pretty early on that I'm a #crazydoglady.

 To get this project rolling, I went to Walmart to pick up some PEDIGREE® MARROBONE™ Real Beef Flavor Treats, PEDIGREE® DENTASTIX™ Fresh Treats & CESAR® SAVORY DELIGHTS® Rotisserie Chicken Flavor with Bacon & Cheese. I made sure to get an assortment of sizes to suit the needs of my neighbors! While you're at the store, be sure to also grab cotton balls/gauze pads, tape, an ace bandage, band-aids and a case of water bottles. You can add/subtract as much as you want, but those are some classic pet-based first aid staples. For the actual BOO BOO Bags, I picked up some gift bags and tissue paper from the American Greetings section.
While we never want to think of worst case scenarios for our dogs -- fall is full of them, so being prepared is essential.
When I got home, I divided out all of the materials I needed for each bag and stuffed them into a decorative gift bag along with the BOO'd card.
I included a zip tie in mine, because you never know when those may come in handy for keeping a bandage in place, keeping a collar secure, etc.

As soon as I was finished, I rounded up Judy & Bill to deliver our goodies to the neighbors!

One neighbor saw me doing it so hopefully I've inspired her to do a little boo-ing of her own :)

How will you BOO It Forward this holiday?

Monday, September 26, 2016

Life Lately & Best Of The Internet

The past two weeks have been absolutely insane, but that's what happens when you're in the midst of wrapping up two months of travel and settling into a new home, right? Maybe. Who knows. I've been trying to embrace the chaos. 
Sunset in Cincinnati
I rounded out my two months of travel on the mainland with a trip to Cincinnati to see my blog bestie Sarah for her baby shower. Well, turns out, her sweet little angel baby had a serious case of FOMO and decided to actually show up for the shower! More than two months early, but mom and baby are both doing incredibly well. For what it's worth, she is now the second of my friends to go into labor more than a month early, so I guess the bottom line here is if you're pregnant, stay away from me.
Sunrise over Minneapolis from 35,000 feet
After approximately 1 million hours of travel, I landed in Hawaii and turned on my phone to a text from Dane telling me that Judy had horribly injured her leg. My mind immediately began seeing dollar signs and specialty orthopedic surgeons. Thankfully, she had only suffered a bad sprain after getting hit by a wave on the beach, got some medication and we were all on our merry way home.

And speaking of home...We are finally starting to feel like our new house is a home. I swear, the more we move, the more shit I find and think - WHY DO I HAVE THIS? This was our fourth move in four years so I'm really hoping that we stay put here for a good long while :) Photos to come just as soon as I clear out all the boxes and packing material, I promise!

In the meantime, I'll leave you with this little sneak peek I got over the weekend for my new site design. CommuniKait is getting a huge facelift and changing platforms, so I can't wait to share the big reveal coming later this fall!
Whew! I'm exhausted just recapping all of that for you. So let's get down to what I'm loving around the web, shall we?

Forget pricey salons, Kelsey has you covered with how to get a salon style blowout at home!

I'm totally drooling over Anne's photos from her trip to Paris -- take me next time?

This post workout Buddha Bowl is on my to-make list this week!



 Now tell me, how are you? What are you loving lately?

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