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Christmas Gift Guide for Her (all under $100)

December 3, 2015

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1. “Wifey” T-Shirt | Ily Couture
I bought the sweatshirt version of this for my sister who just got married this year and it was a hit! I own an Ily Couture product and absolutely love how soft the material is that they use and the cute, cheeky sayings.

2. The Quinn Necklace | Natalie Borton
I love supporting small business owners, and I was so excited when my blog buddy Natalie decided to open up her own jewelry shop. Her pieces are so pretty and they are all limited edition, meaning only a few people will have the same piece of jewelry. How cool is that?

3. Volcano Mercury Glass Candle | Capri Blue
A candle is a candle, right? Wrong! I have fallen head over heels for the scent of this candle. (It’s the same one they use in Anthropologie stores…) It’s heaven on earth, I tell you, and anyone would be thrilled to get one.

4. Nourishing Cleansing Balm | Beautycounter
This is my new favorite face product and I can’t stop singing the praises of it. The balm functions as a cleanser and makeup remover while also giving moisture to your skin. Bonus? It can be used as an overnight face mask when your skin is feeling dry during these cold winter months.

5. Diaper Bag Organizer | Lily Jade
Lily Jade makes amazing diaper bags, but if that isn’t in your budget, consider buying just the diaper bag organizer from Lily Jade. I love that it immediately turns any large purse into a diaper bag, meaning you can enjoy fashion and function together in one. Great for any new or expecting moms!

6. Personalized Stationery | Rifle Paper Co.
I think personalized stationery is just so lovely, and it’s something that I’m always hesitant to buy myself. But when I do? It just feels so fancy and inspires me to write more handwritten notes. Do your family members a favor and buy them some beautiful paper products.

7. Eloise Brocade Sleep Pants | Anthropologie
I have a theory that you can never go wrong with giving a gift that is a “practical indulgence” – meaning that it’s something useful but a little more of an upgrade than what someone would normally purchase on their own. Sleepwear is a great example. I always want to buy beautiful sleepwear, but I can never justify the price. What a great gift to give, right?!

8. Chestnut Suede Slipper | Ugg
I have Ugg slippers and wear them all the time. They’re durable, comfortable and cute.

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Recipes from Around the Web

December 4, 2014

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I realize that I haven’t shared many new recipes on Espresso and Cream lately, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been creating new recipes like crazy at work! Most of the content I’ve created recently has been holiday-temed. In case you’re looking for a little Christmas baking inspiration, I thought I would share with you some of my favorite recipes I’ve developed lately around the web:

1. Christmas Tree Cookie Pops (pictured above)

Screen Shot 2014-12-04 at 8.01.39 AM2. Giant Gingerbread House Cookie (so much easier than making a gingerbread house!)

Screen Shot 2014-12-04 at 8.03.21 AM3. Santa Hat Cookies 

Screen Shot 2014-12-04 at 8.05.28 AM4. Asian Chili Roasted Brussels Sprouts 

Screen Shot 2014-12-04 at 8.06.57 AM5. Impossibly Easy Mexican Chorizo Breakfast Bake 

Madison

 

 

 

 

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Sweet Potato Muffins

November 15, 2012

Happy Thursday, friends! I can’t believe how fast this week is going. Actually, it’s hard to believe how fast every week has been going lately. Is next week really Thanksgiving? Say it isn’t so, because I still have Christmas card pictures to take, and a menu to plan for the friends-giving celebration we’re having this weekend, and I have to decide what to bring to Joe’s family Thanksgiving. Whew!

In the spirit of the holidays, I decided to bake up a little breakfast treat that feels like Thanksgiving. Adapted from the Whole Wheat Pumpkin Bread recipe I shared last week, this recipe for Sweet Potato Muffins is spot on in flavor and texture. One of you guys pointed out last week that some recipes seem to take to whole wheat flour well, while others don’t. I completely agree! I love using whole wheat flour in quick breads and hearty muffins, like these, because it tastes appropriate. The hearty, dense flavor of the whole wheat flour pairs well with the sweet, semi-savory flavor of the sweet potatoes.

If I had a bit more time, I would have made a homemade cinnamon-honey butter to slather on these muffins. I think it would have added an extra layer of flavor and decadence. Alas, I didn’t have the extra time. So I settled for regular old butter. Still completely delicious and maybe a bit healthier. But since Thanksgiving is just around the corner, is anyone counting?

Sweet Potato Muffins
Ingredients
*1/4 cup cinnamon applesauce
*1/3 cup sugar
*2 large eggs
*1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
*1 teaspoon baking soda
*1/2 teaspoon baking powder
*1/2 teaspoon salt
*1/4 cup vegetable or canola oil
*1 cup peeled, cooked and mashed sweet potato
*1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour

Instructions
*Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease muffin tin. Set aside. In a large bowl, combine the applesauce, sugar, eggs, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder, salt and canola oil. Stir until well combined. Add in the mashed sweet potato and whole wheat flour and stir until just combined.
*Spoon batter into prepared muffin tin. The batter should make about 9 muffins. Bake for 11 to 14 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool slightly in muffin tins. Cool completely on wire racks.

Happy Baking!
Madison

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