Sunday, November 23, 2014

DIY Holiday Sparkle Glass Dome

Holiday Christmas Glass Dome Terrarium Tree

Last year, our holiday involved a kitchen renovation and traveling in and out of town, so I opted out of decorating for the holidays. I assured myself it didn't matter and kept saying how I had saved myself the work of cleaning up come January. But not having my own sparkly pine-scented green and red retreat was such a bummer. So this year I went all out. And I started early so we can enjoy the frivolity as long as possible. And I know many people have a strict "don't decorate until after Thanksgiving" rule, but I think you should just do what feels right.

So here is a super simple holiday DIY that you can do in less than an hour that will yield adorable sparkly winter wonderland results.

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DIY Holiday Christmas Glass Dome Terrarium Tree

What You'll Need: 

12" Glass Bell Jar Dome
*Mine is Martha Stewart Collection's dome found here.
Anthropologie Aurora String Lights, 15ft. 
*We got our tree from West Elm. They don't have it listed online, but you may be able to find it in-store this season. I suggest calling ahead and asking.  
Double-sided tape (something like this will do)

Cut a piece of double-sided tape and firmly stick it on the base of your glass dome. Place the miniature pine tree on the taped base until it's nice and sturdy. Take the tall glass dome and flip it upside down. Gently place the string lights in the top. While still holding the glass dome upside down, place the base (with the attached tree) on the top. Flip the entire piece right side up again. Carefully and gently use your hand to drape the lights strategically around the tree until you're happy with the distribution. And voila! Plug it in and let the holiday wonder take over. 

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Day 3: Pumpkin Pie Greek Yogurt

Pumpkin Pie Greek Yogurt Breakfast Bowl Recipe

I couldn't, in my right mind, feature an autumn dessert recipe collection without a classic pumpkin pie. And believe me, I'm not one that goes crazy with pumpkin combinations (I'm looking at you, Pringles, you're just too much). But I couldn't pass on trying my hand at a Pumpkin Pie greek yogurt recipe. And this baby turned out very nicely. The addition of the crunchy granola gives that nice pie crust crunch and the pecans just took it over the top. Who's ready for Thanksgiving!?

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Pumpkin Pie Greek Yogurt Breakfast Bowl

Ingredients:

6 oz. nonfat greek yogurt (I use Chobani Non-Fat Plain)
2 Tbsp. Canned Pumpkin
2 Tsp. Honey or Agave Nectar
1 Tsp. Vanilla Extract
1 Tsp. Pumpkin Pie Spice
Sprinkle of nuts
Handful of your favorite granola
Pinch of sea salt

Mix together and enjoy!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Day 2: Cookie Dough Greek Yogurt


It's Day 2 of Greek Yogurt Week and I have a GREAT combination to share with you today: Cookie Dough! And let me just tell you, this legitimately tastes like eating cookie dough straight off a spatula. But it's SO much healthier. Healthy enough, in fact, that it can still boast as a protein-packed breakfast option. So who's with me on cookie dough for breakfast?


Cookie Dough Greek Yogurt Breakfast Bowl

Ingredients:

6 oz. nonfat greek yogurt (I use Chobani Non-Fat Plain)
1 Tbsp. natural creamy peanut butter
1 Tbsp. Honey or Agave Nectar
1 Tsp. Vanilla Extract
1 Tbsp. Mini Chocolate Chips
Pinch of sea salt

Mix together and enjoy!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Greek Yogurt Week | Peanut Butter & Jelly Breakfast Bowl

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It's Greek Yogurt Week here at A New Bloom! I am SUCH a big greek yogurt fan and try to include it in my breakfast routine as much as possible (in smoothies, breakfast bowls, baked goods, you name it!). It's healthy, decadent, and endlessly customizable. 

When October arrives and Halloween candy starts hitting grocery stores shelves, and it becomes harder and harder to avoid those Harvest Blend Peanut M&M's, I need something filling to stay on track. To help ease dreaded sugar cravings, I'm highlighting my favorite greek yogurt combinations this week. They're all sweet enough to satisfy the craziest sugar craving, and healthy enough to count as a protein-packed breakfast. So let's start the week off right with Peanut Butter & Jelly Greek Yogurt! 

Stay tuned for a NEW greek yogurt bowl recipe every day this week! Now tell me, what are your favorite combinations?

Peanut Butter & Jelly Greek Yogurt Breakfast Bowl pb&j
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Peanut Butter & Jelly Greek Yogurt Breakfast Bowl

Ingredients:

6 oz. nonfat greek yogurt (I use Chobani Non-Fat Plain)
1 Tbsp. natural creamy peanut butter
1 Tbsp. wild berry jam preserves
Handful of peanuts
Pinch of sea salt

Mix together and enjoy!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

DIY Dried Flower Shadow Box + The Best Gift

September 7th of 2013 was the best day of my life. I married my best friend (you can see us in our wedding glory found here). A man that humbles me every day with his grace, kindness and humor. He's a better person than I am. A better person than most every other person I know, in fact.

On the day of our anniversary last Sunday, I was feeling really under the weather. We had just gotten home from a whirlwind weekend in Philadelphia and I crawled into bed and was ready to fall asleep. Rich excitedly comes into the bedroom and says I can't go to bed yet. First, I must open his anniversary gift. So I roll over, pull myself up, and see him smiling on the edge of the bed with a beautifully wrapped (always) box. Before I even open the gift, I felt terrible as I hadn't gotten him something. But, of course, because he's just the best person, wasn't even fazed. I tear open the paper and this unbelievable gem is inside. Rich MADE THIS. Out of the flowers from the boutonniere he wore on our wedding day. Arranged so artfully and carefully placed. It took my breath away and is absolutely the BEST, most meaningful present I've received. That man.

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Walnut Spice Cake + Cream Cheese Frosting

Walnut Spice Cake and Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe Autumn Pumpkin

If you love autumn, spices, and beautiful cakes, this recipe is right up your alley. I've been trying to keep my excitement for fall to a minimum, because I really do love the summer and am trying to master the practice of enjoying the present (not successfully, mind you). I've really been in the mood for pumpkin pie spices, hot apple cider, leather boots and mums! So I stayed inside on Labor Day instead of roasting in the Pennsylvania humidity. I cranked the AC, threw on a sweater, and baked a cake. And let me tell you, this cake is amazing. It is so moist and flavorful and does not last long in my house.

Walnut Spice Cake and Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe Autumn Pumpkin
Walnut Spice Cake and Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe Autumn Pumpkin
Walnut Spice Cake and Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe Autumn Pumpkin
Walnut Spice Cake and Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe Autumn Pumpkin

Walnut Spice Cake + Cream Cheese Frosting

WALNUT SPICE CAKE RECIPE

1 cup raisins
1 cup walnuts
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup boiling water
2 1/2 cups flour, sifted
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1 cup sugar
1 whole egg
2 egg yolks
1 teaspoon lemon juice or lemon extract
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Grease two 8 inch cake pans. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Mix raisins and chopped walnuts in a bowl. Add baking soda and boiling water and stir. Let sit while you prepare the rest of the batter. Sift flour and cinnamon. Cream buter and sugar, a little at at time, scraping the sides often. Add the whole egg and yolks, beatin gwell after each. Add lemon and vanilla.

Beat in half of the flour mixture, and then the bowl of soaking raisins, walnuts, baking soda and water, and then incorporate the other half of the flour mix. Pour into pans.

Bake for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool on rack for five minutes and then remove from pan.

CREAM CHEESE ICING RECIPE

8oz. regular cream cheese
1 tablespoon butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 lb. powdered sugar

Beat the cream cheese and butter until smooth. Add the vanilla extract and incorporate, scraping the sides. Slowly, 1/2 cup at a time, add the powdered sugar until smooth, thick, and creamy. Refrigerate for at least a half hour before icing the cake.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The Crop Top Dilemma + Olive Parachute Pants

American Apparel Crop Top, H&M Blazer, Parachute Pants, Cole Haan Purse Style Fashion
The crop top trend has forced me to address the question of whether I, as a 28 year old woman, should be showing my belly button. Clearly, you see what side of the argument I'm leaning towards. 

Growing up, I had the debilitating combo of self awareness and insecurity that many teenage girls do. I was the kid that sported turtle necks and made sure my shorts were appropriate by straightening my arms to my side and measuring. The idea of showing my abs made me sweat. You better believe when all of my 8th grade friends were running to Claire's to get belly button piercings, I was NOT participating in that movement. 

In adulthood, I've learned a lot about self love and being comfortable in my own skin. I no longer measure the appropriateness of my shorts (or the size of my waist). Although, I do still love me a good turtleneck (come on, those chunky knits are damn sexy). And as silly as it may seem, wearing a crop top, and being photographed in one, feels like a small personal win that symbolizes good and positive things.

*Oh, and let's just gawk for a moment over my parents' adorable newfie Lulu in the background of my first shot. That little nose = love.

Crop Top: AMERICAN APPAREL, Pants: AMERICAN EAGLE, Blazer: H&M, Sandals: STEVE MADDEN, Necklace + Earrings: H&M, Purse: COLE HAAN (a few seasons ago)

American Apparel Crop Top, H&M Blazer, Parachute Pants, Cole Haan Purse Style Fashion
American Apparel Crop Top, H&M Blazer, Parachute Pants, Cole Haan Purse Style FashionAmerican Apparel Crop Top, H&M Blazer, Parachute Pants, Cole Haan Purse Style Fashion
American Apparel Crop Top, H&M Blazer, Parachute Pants, Cole Haan Purse Style Fashion