Healthy Cake Pops

Sep 30, 2014

Hey guys!  Do you love cake pops as much as I do? If you answered yes, then you're at the right place today! I love cake pops and really wanted to come up with a recipe that allows me to enjoy them, without feeling disgustingly full afterwards. I looked up some recipes online just to get an idea, and most called for boxed yellow cake, so that's what I started with. I changed some of the ingredients and substituted vegetable oil for coconut oil, and also left out the yolks in the eggs and only used egg whites for this recipe. They came out great, and I really hope you try making them, they are super easy and fun!

Also, for those wondering, I purchased the sprinkles & cake pop pan at Marshalls!

So the first part of the recipe is simple because you're going to be following the directions on the box. I used a whisk instead of a mixer because I personally don't have one, but either way it comes out just fine. You're going to be mixing your cake mix, coconut oil, water and egg whites into a big bowl, and whisk until everything is combined and easily poured.

You're going to fill your cake pan half way with the batter to avoid making the pops too big. I had to make two rounds of these because the first batch was a little too large! Cook for about 11 minutes (or until a clean toothpick can be pulled through) and take out to cool. Once you pop them out of the pan, put them in the fridge for about 15-20 minutes to harden. You also want them to be harder for the icing process. Once they seem pretty put together, stick your lollipop sticks in them before the icing process begins.

Once they are hard and have been in the fridge for at least 30 minutes you can dip them in yogurt (I used chobani greek yogurt) and then cover in sprinkles of your choice. I really love these fall inspired sprinkles because they really set the tone of the season! Plus they're all such beautiful colors and shapes, how could you not love them? Throw them back in the fridge for another 30-40 minutes, and voila! You're ready to enjoy these treats!

What are some fall recipes you are loving ?

Tractor Time

Sep 29, 2014

Ever just drive through the countryside and look for a good place to take outfit shots? That's what we did today and it was so fun. Ended up exploring some back roads where we found corn fields, a small airplane base and even some pretty horses. This little abandoned tractor was found in a field across from the corn stalks and for some reason I just fell in love with it. It looks probably just as someone left it, with their coat hanging over the seat cushion inside and gloves on the gears. The part I liked the most was the flowers growing inside of the motor.

It's always nice getting out of my neighborhood and taking some shots that are a little bit different. It's hard to do that with such busy schedules but every once in a while is good enough. I am really loving the change in weather and looking forward to some fall activities. I want to apple pick, and carve pumpkins this year, something I did not get a chance to do last year.

Before we know it winter will be approaching and the holidays will come and go, so I am really trying to enjoy every minute before the cold sets in.

Details: Top & Suspender Skirt  // H&M , Necklace // Vintage  
Ring // Perry Rhodes, 3 layer fringe boots // Courtesy of Minnetonka Moccasin

Country Pumpkin

Sep 24, 2014

Still feeling this back to school theme and what says "back to school" like plaid, am I right? This dress fits perfectly and the pattern has my favorite colors in it, so of course it's a going to be a huge layering piece in my fall closet. I love dresses like this that can be easily remixed with other pieces. I picture myself layering with a huge comfy sweater and eternity scarf, and maybe even some colored tights to bright out the red that flows throughout the dress. 

If it's one thing I love, it's the FALL, and lucky for me, it just started. I try to think of Fall as a time of change. A time when everything comes full circle and we can all start over again. I know most people associate a "change" with the New Year but for me a change in the weather starts to make me feel more balanced, and more aware of my goals. I think of Fall as a time to work on things we've put off in those Summer months, and a time when you really push yourself. I think that is also due to the school year starting in September. We are trained at a young age to associate certain months with putting in work, and I guess it has carried over this long.

Do certain months remind you of certain things? And if so , has it carried over into adulthood?

Details: Skater Dress / Boots (similar) // Courtesy of Lulus 
Glasses // Courtesy of Firmoo , Necklace // Vintage , Belt // UO

After School Party

Sep 22, 2014

I won't lie, I have been trying to wear these boots for months. It's been too hot and I actually bought these when it was brutally hot out, so now is the time to rock them everywhere! A beanie, a pair of combat boots and a flannel are basically my essentials in the fall/winter time. The shorts will replaced my some denim skinnies pretty soon and I can't wait to start layering. 

I've been buying a lot of my denim from AE because I really love how true to size their fit is. If you've checked out their site you'd see that it shows you how to navigate their styles & sizes very easily. I love using the site because it's user friendly, and returns are super easy and FREE. It's hard to find jeans that fit in general, but being petite makes that even harder.

You can shop by size and color on their site, if you haven't checked it out yet, make sure to do so!

Details: Jacket / Shorts / Top // Courtesy of American Eagle , Beanie / Flannel // UO 
Boots //  Vintage Justin Boots via Wolf Mama Vintage , Glasses // Vintage 

I received an American Eagle gift card as part of my relationship with the Quality Blue Community.  
All opinions expressed are my own.