Thursday, October 30, 2014

the dining room // before.

there are a lot of changes going on over at stanley and before we share the pretty (i mean, we hope it turns out as so), we thought we'd share the ugly. okay, we admit that it's not actually ugly, it's just not our style. have a look and ignore my pjs!
to be honest these pictures are from the first few weeks and everything was still where it landed initially. it looks a little different now, but soon we're hoping it will look completely different. the natural light in this room has the potential to be completely swoon-worthy, but in order for that to happen we think the red has got to go. we've got a few things in mind - new paint, lighter furniture, a little rearranging, some multi-functional pieces, new lighting. it's all in the works (and so are some other fun things)! keep your eyes open for updates!

Monday, October 27, 2014

chai and all things tswift.

in honor of taylor swift's genius new album "1989" i thought it'd be fun to share her chai cookie recipe! a week or so ago she shared this recipe and if taylor swift gives out a cookie recipe, you drop everything you're doing and make the cookies, okay?

i won't lie, was weary from the beginning. chai? i'm not much of a fan. glaze? i'm a perfectionist and glaze is just not my forte - so messy. you know what else isn't my forte? cookies. also, no chocolate? what gives. if there's no chocolate involved, does it even count as dessert? but if tswift says they're good, how could i not believe her? so i gave it a go and i'll never question chai or taylor's random recipes again.

ingredients - cookies
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup powdered sugar
2 cups flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla
1 chai tea bag

ingredients - glaze
1 cup powdered sugar
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp cinnamon
3 tbsp milk (or eggnog!)

taylor starts with this sugar cookie recipe from joy the baker, but adds in the chai after the egg and the vanilla (just cut it open and pour it in)! genius. i used a small scooper and it made for the perfect size (about 24 total). as far as the glaze goes, i used milk instead of eggnog, but it was the perfect pairing for these cookies. just add a little glaze and a little sprinkle of cinnamon! seriously. the. perfect. cookie.

CAUTION: the consumption of these cookies may result in wild tswift dance parties.

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