Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Winsome Words Wednesday and a WINNER


#learningisnteasy


Fireworks
a Rafflecopter giveaway
A big congrats to SuAnne H. for winning a tank from Skip N' Whistle! I will be emailing you shortly! Thanks to everyone else that entered my last great giveaway! Another giveaway is scheduled for next week! You won't want to miss it!

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

DIY Fancy Frame



Guys. I love picture frames. The bigger and shabbier, the better. I've been on the hunt for some at our local antique markets. I mean, there's plenty of booths filled with gorgeous wooden frames at $50 each. EACH. And these aren't big frames. These are frames that would fit a 4x6 photo. I love them, but no thanks, okay?

So, I started thinking, I have a whole stack of unused, cheap, sad frames in a closet. Some of the frames came from thrift shops, some were gifts, some I've had for a decade. #hoarder

Anyhoo, I went through the pile of frames and picked out two wooden ones that were from the Dollar Tree. I made sure the smaller one fit perfectly on the bigger frame after I took out both of the frame's backs. I left the glass in the smaller frame, but took out the glass in the bigger frame.


I then used some glue that I had on hand and glued around the back of the smaller frame. I let that dry for a few hours.




I decided chalk paint was the only way to go, and I painted the frames. This blue chalk paint actually came from Home Depot. It isn't Annie Sloan, but for the $8 price tag, it will suffice.


After I let the chalk paint dry, I distressed the frame with sand paper. I used a little of Annie Sloan's clear wax after the distressing.


I added a 4x6 photo to the smaller frame and then put the back on it. I also re-added the back to the larger frame.


And there you have it, a gorgeous $50 boutique photo frame for basically nothing.


Oh, and sorry about the fuzzy photos! It was cloudy that day.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Lavazza


Phew. I'm sure glad this holiday weekend is over and done with. I've had my fill of BBQ, boating, and family. And you know what? I didn't even get any sparklers. #lamesauce 

Anyhoo, I'm stopping in real quick to share a delish recipe and my favorite coffee power house, Lavazza.

If you haven't read about my professed love for this coffee company, you can read my thoughts HERE and HERE. Other wise, let me reiterate myself, I heart Lavazza, and we are in love.

Since Lavazza is based out of Italy, I decided to whip up an Italian dessert.. I found a perfect recipe in Extra Virgin: Recipes & Love from Our Tuscan Kitchen, my new go-to Italian cookbook. I made carnival fritters! I was actually thinking they would taste more like beignets, but they tasted more like biscotti. I might have cooked them a little too long, though. I'm no Paula Deen. 

William and Adrienne ate five a piece. My food critics both loved them. That's all that really matters.


Carnival Fritters

2 cups all purpose flour, plus more for dusting
1/4 cup granulated sugar
3 tablesppons unsalted butter, melted, at room temperature
2 large eggs
1 shot (1 1/2 ounces) Vin Santo (or rum or brandy)
Grated zest of 1 orange
4 cups safflower, vegetable, or canola oil, for deep-frying
Confectioners' sugar, for dusting

- In a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook, combine the flour, granulated sugar, melted butter, eggs, Vin Santo, and orange zest. Mix for 5 to 7 minutes, until the dough begins detaching from the sides of the bowl.

- Remove the dough from the bowl, seal it in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

- On a work surface lightly dusted with flour, roll the dough until it's as thin as fresh pasta. (A pasta machine can also be used for this part.) Using a pastry wheel or pizza cutter, slice the dough into 5-inch-wide strips.

- In a high-sided skillet, add the oil to a level of 2 inches. Heat the oil over high heat until a deep-fry thermometer reads 360 degrees F. Fry the strips of dough (the cenci) in batches, flipping occasionally, for 4 to 5 minutes per batch, until they curl slightly and acquire a golden brown color. 

- Transfer the cenci to a platter line with paper towels to absorb the excess oil. Dust with the confectioners' sugar and serve with a glass of Vin Santo.


I collaborated with Lavazza for this post. They provided me with their coffee and the Extra Virgin cookbook.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Skip N' Whistle Giveaway [OVER]

This giveaway is now over! A big congrats to SuAnne H. for winning a tank from Skip N' Whistle! Thanks to everyone else that entered this great giveaway! 

You guys. I love a good ole comfy tank. You know the kind. The kind of tank you can pull off just about any look with. From pairing it with shorts and Birkenstocks (still can't believe they are back), to jeans and heels, it just goes.

Last year, I received a tank of that caliber. It pretty much is my life. I mean, it has a kitten head on it. #meow

The tank came from Skip N' Whistle, a New Orleans based company who believes in rad t-shirts. They offer tanks, tees, and sweatshirts for the ladies, tees and sweatshirts for the men, and adorable tees for the tiny-sized humans. And all of their shirts are so soft. It's like they have been pre-washed a bajillion times. And I didn't even step foot in the laundry room! Dreams do come true.

Anylessworkformeandmywasher, in celebration of Skip N' Whistle launching their brand new online store, I've teamed up with them to offer you guys a great giveaway! One lucky Coffee and Cashmere reader will win a tank top of their choice! Ohandplusalso, July 4th is NEXT WEEK (what the what?!), so I put together my dream outfit that includes a Skip N' Whistle tank, perfect for watching the fireworks.

Fireworks
Skip N' Whistle Astronaut Flag Tank
Rebecca Minkoff Five-Zip Crossbody Purse
David Yurman Albion Ring
Wildfox Steff Deluxe Sunnies
United States Flag American Flag Beach Towel
Citizens of Humanity Chloe High Waisted Short
Armani Jeans Ankle Strap Jelly Sandal

Okay, now for the giveaway! For your chance to win a tank of you choice from Skip N' Whistle, just log into the Rafflecopter below (or make a new Rafflecopter account), and follow the directions for each entry. Please make sure to actually do what's required for each entry. If you just click enter and not do what it's asking, I'll know. If you are unsure how to do one, skip it and contact me. I can't stress this enough. I go back and check to make sure the winner actually did what was required. I will not let cheaters win. DON'T CHEAT. Meh.


This giveaway is now over! A big congrats to SuAnne H. for winning a tank from Skip N' Whistle! Thanks to everyone else that entered this great giveaway!

This giveaway will end Sunday, July 13th, 2014. One winner will be picked at random via Rafflecopter. The winner will receive their choice of tank ($24.50 value) from Skip N' Whistle. The winner will be announced on coffeeandcashmere.com and will also be notified via email. The winner will have ONE week to respond to the email to claim their prize. If a winner never responds, a second winner will be picked at random.

A big thanks to Skip N' Whistle for creating cool threads.

Congrats to Michelle H. for winning my last great giveaway.

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