Chai Spiced Carrot Cupcakes


I am a huge fan of all things cinnamon. When I made these cinnamon spice cupcakes a while back, I devoured them. So naturally, when I saw the recipe for these Chai Spiced Carrot Cupcakes, I couldn’t resist. They also seemed like a good way to get my daily serving of vegetables – these carrots count, right? Oh well, I tried.

These cupcakes are a great treat to bring to any Easter parties you might be attending this weekend. The recipe doesn’t take too long to follow. I found that the hardest part was grating the carrots, since it is a bit more physically demanding. Or I’m just weak. Either way, the recipe itself is manageable and  you’ll end up with a very tasty cupcake.

P.S. A fan of carrot cake? This was the best.


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{Photos by Lauren}

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Rock Hudson Film Favorites


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I have yet to see a Rock Hudson movie I didn’t like. From Pillow Talk (1959) to A Farewell to Arms (1957) to Come September (1961), Hudson has established himself as a classic actor and a solid leading man. Mr.  Hudson can play funny, serious, and romantic characters while maintaining his grace and charm. A pretty great combination if you ask me. These are my five favorite Rock Hudson films. Which ones are yours?


That’s a Wrap!


Well, another week just flew by. I’m slowly catching up on my shows – luckily I realized they were back on the air a couple of weeks into the seasons so now I have a lot to look forward to! Right now my favorite of them all is Once Upon a Time. The stories are so entwined and it just keeps getting better and better, I don’t know how they manage to keep all of the stories and characters in order. The Wolf of Wall Street is available to rent, so if I can find three hours this weekend, I am excited to watch that one. I wanted to read the book first, but that’s just not going to happen. In the meantime, let’s wrap up the week with a recap…

* Enjoying a quiet morning at the diner. My hot cocoa had sprinkles and a cherry (photo above).

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* Get a look inside the life of a Nepalese honey hunter. Stunning photos.

* Inspired grilled cheese ideas.

* Sprinkles opens an ATM in New York City!

* That time I went to the Sprinkles ATM in Beverly Hills.

* Mindy Kaling and Vogue.

* Garlic Parmesan fries.

Have a wonderful weekend!

{Photo by Lauren}

Spring Movies

Spring has sprung and the sun has made an appearance on multiple occasions, a rare and delightful treat in Seattle. However, while the sun may be out, I’ll still find my way to the dark theater to catch the spring flicks that are coming out in the next couple of weeks and months. These are the films I am most excited for this season…

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1. Noah – March 28
2. The Other Woman – April 25
3. The Amazing Spiderman 2 – May 2
4. Godzilla – May 16
5. The Fault in Our Stars – June 6
6. 22 Jump Street – June 12

That’s a Wrap!

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Happy spring! What are you all most looking forward to this season? I’m looking forward to all the movies coming out (post coming next week!) and the fresh seasonal ingredients. I have a long list of recipes I can’t wait to tackle – it’s been a while since I’ve tested a new dish or baked good. Last week I finished One More Thing, and I just started reading Adam Braun’s new book. It is so inspiring. I actually had the chance to interview him; you can read the interview here! Now, let’s wrap up the week with a recap…

* Love this way of interviewing: 73 questions with SJP. She’s fabulous.

* Beautiful maps of the world made from signature regional foods – this is amazing!

* Take me here for breakfast, please.

* Disney movies retold in haiku.

* Standing desks – what are your thoughts? There’s too much sitting happening while I work!

* Started watching Downton Abbey. Not hooked yet, but definitely intrigued. Do you watch (and love/hate) the show?

* I love the idea of this magazine, but have yet to buy and read one. Thoughts?

Have a great first weekend of spring!

{Photo by Lauren}

One More Thing

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While I initially didn’t feel it was necessary to put B.J. Novak’s book, One More Thing: Stories and Other Storiesat the top of my book list, I kept hearing great things about the book that I finally decided to make it a priority. I’m so glad I did. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it from start to finish. While some stories are a few sentences, others are pages long. Each one was unique, some tied together, and others felt a little forced. Overall, I highly recommend it.

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My favorite stories from One More Thing:

1. Dark Matter
2. Julie and the Warlord
3. I Never Want to Walk on the Moon
4. They Kept Driving Faster and Outran the Rain
5. The Man Who Invented the Calendar
6. If You Love Something
7. Constructive Criticism

P.S. The book promo video with Mindy Kaling.

That’s a Wrap!

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Happy Pi Day! More posts will be coming soon – I swear! It’s been a little slow over here for many reasons, but that’s no excuse. Even the Oscars have come and gone without a word. Overall, I was underwhelmed by the show and I’m happiest about Cate Blanchett winning. I am looking forward to get back into cooking and baking, and there are still so many movies to catch up on. First up, Catching Fire! For now, let’s wrap up the week with a recap…

* Loving this Game of Thrones Vanity Fair cover. Amazing.

* 10 restaurants from books and movies that became real.

* I love when my hot cocoa loves me back [photo above].

* Need another reason to love Mindy Kaling? As if.

* Love this photo of Bob Dylan [2nd photo].

* Why, oh why, does Pastis have to go?!

Have a nice weekend!

{Photo by Lauren}

That’s a Wrap!

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Happy Oscars weekend! Since I haven’t yet watched the movies nominated for Best Picture, that is what tomorrow and Sunday will be for. I recently saw The Lego Movie, which is super cute and killing it at the box office. I attempted to make these cupcakes, but they turned out with a muffin-like consistency. In addition to the Oscars, I’ll be researching Southern recipes for Mardi Gras, which is next Tuesday! For now, though, let’s wrap up the week with a recap…

* Mid-morning pick-me-ups are better when they have designs [above].

* B.J. Novak’s book trailer for One More ThingMindy kills it in this video, and so far, the book is laugh out loud worthy.

* Reese Witherspoon and Mindy Kaling interview each other and it’s amazing.

* The Oscars are this weekend! Time really crept up…still haven’t made it through my movie list.

* Obsessed with this DIY Dinosaur serving dish!

* I love these two together. The last couple of seconds are the best. My favorite part starts at 2:48.

* Now that we’re on the topic, this is one of the cutest songs from a movie.

Have a great weekend! May the Best Picture win…

{Photo by Lauren}

Around Town: Voodoo Dougnut – Eugene, Oregon


If you like doughnuts, you’ll highly enjoy Voodoo Doughnuts. With three locations throughout Oregon, Voodoo Doughnuts has more doughnuts than any doughnut shop I’ve ever been to, and the names will either leave you giggling or speechless.  They have doughnuts that range from Bacon Maple Bar Doughnut, Gay Bar Doughnut, Tex-Ass Challenge Doughnut, and Old Dirty Bastard Doughnut. I picked up half a dozen because it was too difficult to just choose one, and for the rest of the night I was on sugar overload. Though they had some pretty intense doughnuts, one of my favorites was the plain and simple maple bar. You can never go wrong with good ol’ deliciousness. Don’t forget milk!







{Photos by Lauren}

Shirley Temple & Her 10 Most Memorable Films

The news of child star Shirley Temple’s death on February 10th spread like wildfire, and rightly so. Shirley Temple will forever remain an icon, and the mark she left in films and in politics will not be forgotten. Receiving a special Academy Award at the age of 6, Shirley Temple decided to retire from acting at age 21 after having made at least 40 films. She later turned her attention to politics and was appointed ambassador to Ghana in 1974. Shirley Temple lived a productive and engaging life, and her political work and films have left a lasting impression. These 10 memorable films are worth watching in honor of our favorite screen darling. Also, if you’re looking for a quick pick-me-up, you won’t be able to resist this cuteness.

1. Bright Eyes (1934)


2. The Little Princess (1939)


3. Poor Little Rich Girl (1936)


4. Heidi (1937)


5. Wee Willie Winkie (1937)


6. Fort Apache (1948)


7. Curly Top (1935)


8. Dimples (1936)


9. Kiss and Tell (1945)


10. The Story of Seabiscuit (1949)


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