One Pot Cajun Chicken and Sausage Alfredo Pasta

Happy Monday everyone!

I hope it’s been a happy one so far. I know it’s a little late in the day for posting this recipe, but I’ve had a list of things to get done on my to-do list. I always set so many goals for Mondays only to realize I only get about half way through the list. Can anyone else relate? Ugh…

Well as you know, I am continuing the freezer-friendly meals series, and today I am starting this week off with another favorite for us, Cajun Chicken and Sausage Alfredo Pasta. And not to forget to mention the bonus, “one pot” preparation that makes this meal an easy and less messy situation (yay!). Honestly, I was never a fan of spicy foods, but this Cajun kick is perfect for me, along with the hot Italian sausage. Although I have to mention, I think I’m over exaggerating on the word “spicy”, I have a pretty low tolerance, so for many people, it really wouldn’t be considered “spicy”. 😛 It may be an overwhelming mouthful, but it’s so savory, it’ll have you go back for seconds. My husband and I sure did.

Pasta is sooo easy to freeze and freezes quite nicely if you ask me. So that’s why I thought it would be perfect to add to the list. This portion will make about 10 servings, so it can easily be divided into two meals. So freeze up, and enjoy making this easy, quick (under 30 minutes), one-pot goodness.

See freezer instructions in the recipe below.

Note:

If you just came across this recipe and realized your taste buds are watering for this meal, but you seem to be out of Cajun season, don’t fret! I’ve got you covered. I once had the same dilemma, I realized I was totally out of Cajun seasoning and didn’t want to settle for anything else for dinner, so I made my own Cajun mix! Easy-breezy.

For this portion, you’ll need the following amount each seasoning to make your own…

Homemade Cajun Mix:

  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes

 

One Pot Cajun Chicken and Sausage Alfredo Pasta

Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 5 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 pound of chicken, cut into bite sized pieces
  • 4 raw hot or mild Italian sausage links, cut up
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tbsp of butter
  • 4 cups of chicken broth
  • 3 tbsp of lemon juice
  • 2 cups of heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup of milk (any %)
  • 1 pound of dried penne pasta
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons of Cajun seasoning* (see note)
  • 1/2 cup of parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup of parsley, minced

Instructions

  1. Begin by frying the onion, and garlic in olive oil until translucent with a large cooking pot.
  2. Add chicken and season with salt and pepper and brown in butter over medium high heat.
  3. Add sausage and continue to cook until browned.
  4. Add chicken broth, heavy cream, milk, lemon juice, dried pasta and cajun seasoning to pot.
  5. Stir together and bring to a simmer over medium high heat.
  6. Reduce heat to low and let cook covered for 15-20 minutes, or until pasta is tender.
  7. Remove pot from heat and stir in parmesan cheese.
  8. Stir in chopped parsley and sprinkle with additional parmesan cheese to taste.
  9. Enjoy!
  10. *Freezer-friendly: divide portions into desired freezer safe trays, and place in freezer. Once ready to use, thaw for 1 hour, sprinkle with parmesan and place in oven at 375 F for about 30-40 minutes.
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Beef Pork Sausage Shepherds Pie

Hey everyone!

I’m excited to share that I am starting a new series on the blog today! With only 2 1/2 weeks to go in my pregnancy, I thought I’d share some of my favourite frozen meal recipes!

Since we moved away from home for my husband, Sebastian’s masters program, we are away from all of our dear family and friends. Although I have a great community of friends at my church that are willing to help, I thought it would be best to be prepared for the first few weeks…at least. Since I am a first time mom, I have noooo idea what to expect (even though I’ve heard so many stories and suggestions). I think motherhood- especially for the first time around, is just something you have to go through yourself in order to really understand and explerience.

So I thought if I could make some frozen meals, it would be very helpful, especially since my husband is not to handy in the kitchen, he he. I mean, we could have eggs and peanut better toast for days… but I rather not, haha! AND not to say he isn’t helpful- he could always go out and grab something, but I know we would both appreciate a good home cooked meal. I mean, who wouldn’t?!

Whether you’re expecting your first baby, or second, or third… or not expecting at all, I am sure you’ll find these recipes handy! I know some people like to make/prepare all their frozen meals at a time, but that sounds like wayyyy to many dishes for me in one day. I like to spread it out throughout my week. I made double the portions, had some for dinner with night, and the other portion I froze. I found it easier and more enjoyable this way. Plus, there is no way my feet would be able to take all the pressure of standing up for hours on end in the kitchen! I would have probably gone into labour… lol!

I will try to post about 2-3 recipes for the next couple weeks (unless I deliver early!). All of which have been tested and true. If you want to follow along, make sure you subscribe, and stock up on a few supplies; mainly aluminum trays or tupperwear and labels for storing in the freezer. I like using aluminum trays because after being thawed, they can easily be thrown in the oven, and thrown out into the garbage. No mess, no clean up, no effort. Now that’s my kinda thing. 😉

The first recipe I wanted to share is one of our favorites… Shepherd’s pie! Mmmm mmm mm. I feel like shepherd’s pie doesn’t get enough recognition, a lot of people think this dish is boring, but it’s really not! Especially when it’s done right.

Follow along to see what makes shepherds pie so special for us.

*Remember this is for a double portion, meaning there will be enough for 2- 9 inch pie dishes. Don’t feel like making twice the amount? Simply cut the ingredients in half!

Freezing instructions: this will apply for most of my upcoming freezer meals (unless suggested otherwise)- after placing divided portion into a freezer safe tray/container, make sure to seal with cover or aluminum foil. Label with date, name and instructions. I have listed the freezer instructions on the recipe. Scroll down to access recipe. 

Beef Pork Sausage Shepherds Pie

   

 

Beef Pork Sausage Shepherds Pie

Ingredients

    Meat mixture:
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 5 garlic gloves
  • 1 cup frozen vegtable mixture (peas, corn, carrots)
  • 1 1/2 pound lean ground beef
  • 3 pieces Italian sausage
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 2 tsp garlic seasoning
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp parsley seasoning
  • 1 1/4 cup beef broth
  • 2 tbsp sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoon tomato paste
  • Potatoes:
  • 8-10 potatoes, peeled and chopped
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup of cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup of sour cream
  • 5 cloves of roasted garlic (see instructions below)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup cheddar cheese for topping

Instructions

    Potatoes:
  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add potatoes and cook until soft, about 15 minutes. Drain, mash, add listed ingredients and set aside.
  2. Roasted Garlic:
  3. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C.) While oven is preheating, prepare roasted garlic by placing 5 cloves of garlic onto a piece of aluminum foil with 1 tsp olive oil. Wrap up the foil, and place in oven for about 15-20 minutes. Add into potatoe mixture.
  4. Meat Mixture:
  5. Heat oil in a large frying pan. Add onion and garlic and cook until clear. Add ground beef and sausage, cook until well browned.
  6. Then stir in flour and cook 1 minute. Add spices. Next, add tomato paste, sour cream, lemon juice and beef broth. Finally add in the frozen vegetables. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 10-15 minutes.
  7. Spread the meat mixture in an even layer on the bottom of 2 pie dishes.
  8. Top with the mashed potato mixture and sprinkle with remaining shredded cheese.
  9. Bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes, or until golden brown.
  10. Freezing instructions: divide portions into freezer safe Pie tray. Place lid/cover and label with title, instructions and date. Once ready for use, let meal thaw at room temperature for about 1 hour. Bake at 375 for 40 minutes.
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Tiffany Rose Maternity Dresses Review

Hey Friends 🙂

I’ve been a little MIA on the blog lately because I haven’t been up for too much these past couple weeks…ugh! With only 3 1/2 weeks to go, I haven’t been able to keep up with my usual routine. Although, these days seem to be passing by faster than I can count!  I guess this is the only time I’m my life when I would prefer time to pass quickly, since most days it is a struggle to get out of bed. Oh, the joys of the last trimester. The stories are true. And the excitement is unbearable!

I am planning on sharing some exciting posts in the next few weeks (unless I delivery early ah!) on sharing my guide to meal planning, baby and diaper/hospital bag essentials, along with a birthing story after my delivery. Don’t forget to subscribe. 🙂 I love hearing from you and staying connected! ♥

Today I am sharing some beautiful items from Tiffany Rose– a clothing line designed and made in Britain. I love that their selection is based on stylish formal wear- from bridal, party, to every day wear that has a beautiful elegant touch… not to forget to mention that many of their items are nursing friendly too! Also, they have a “red carpet” collection that is just fabulous. Head on over to their website to check out which celebrities and well known TV hosts who styled these lovely dresses.

I loved styling the Anna Shift Dress (on sale now), Imogen Shift dress, along with the Alana maxi (which is also on sale). I can honestly say that I loved the fit, quality, and material of these dresses. No cheap see-through material! Check out how I styled them below, and make sure to head over to Tiffany Rose Maternity site, and Instagram for their Spring sale on now!

Alana Shift Dress:

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Imogen Dress:

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Alana Maxi Dress:

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Happy Fri-yay!

♥ I.P.

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Favourite Asos Maternity Dresses

Finally in the home stretch…33 weeks pregnant and 6 weeks to go (from my due date)! It’s just so hard to believe and I feel like a scatter brain with all the “have-to’s” and things on my mind in order to prepare for this little one. I keep saying, “yah, I’ll do that next week.” But time is slipping away and I need to get all of my preparations in order. 🙂

I have had the privilege of working with some wonderful maternity brands through out my pregnancy. One of my favourites was ASOS maternity. I’m sure you have seen many of my instagram pictures tagged with their items. They seriously have the cutest dresses! I have been living in them for most of my pregnancy. Forget pants! All I wanted to wear was something comfortable, yet stylish. Plus, I feel so feminine wearing dresses. And there is nothing more refreshing than looking feminine when most days feeling it is not an option. Ha!

I have put together a list of my favourite ASOS martetnity dresses. Some of which I have styled, and if you keep scrolling, you’ll see some of my favourite latest recommendations. I was so tempted to buy more, but at this point I have wayyyy to many dresses, and seeing that I only have 6 weeks to go, I think I’ll make it through with all the pretty dresses I have so far. 🙂

I loved talking about this ASOS dress in one of my latest post, you can find out more here!

These dresses are so lovely and stylish, AND the prices are amazing (especially since they are on sale now)! Although they currently have limited sizes, I found that it was easy to get them altered in order to not miss out on these awesome prices and styles. 🙂 OR you can check out ASOS’s latest styles that I ADORE.♥

Being pregnant is so much fun, don’t ‘cha agree?

(Click on the picture and you’ll be directly linked to the page)

xox. IP

 

Perfect Pipeable Cream Cheese Frosting With Almond Milk

Happy Friday!

I love sharing my favourite dessert recipes on Fridays- it really does seem like a suitable day seeing that the weekend is upon us, and it’s time to celebrate with guilt free cheat days, savouring delectable desserts! Are you with me?

So today I finally decided to share this wonderful pipe-able cream cheese frosting with a touch of almond milk, that is perfect on/in …everything. Cupcakes, cakes, cinnamon rolls, macarons, filling, pizza (just kidding) well you get the point. And the best part is…its pipe-able and fail proof. That means, it will stay firm, and won’t melt at room temperature like most cream cheese frostings do. I was inspired to post this cause I went through sooooo many trial and errors with different cream cheese frostings that I have tried. Let’s just say there were a lot more errors than expected. I really wanted to come up with a go-to cream cheese frosting that I could wipe up in seconds. So I finally came up with a recipe that turned out wonderful every time! However if cream cheese frosting isn’t your thing, try my mascarpone cream cheese icing. It’s a slight alternative, airy, and very light. But if you want a nice thick, smooth traditional cream cheese frosting, keep reading.

After making my favourite red velvet cupcakes with this delightful cream cheese frosting for recent events, and get-togethers, I have been asked to share this recipe because it became a little popular. This past week I ended up making a cake, and instead of using buttercream, I decided to ice the cake with this smooth cream cheese frosting. It was a total hit. AND the best part was that the icing held its shape the whole time. I didn’t even have to worry. Also, I have to mention that I much prefer a cream cheese icing than buttercream. But that’s just me.

Step-By-Step ⇓

Follow along to achieve the perfect pipeable-firm cream cheese frosting, and make sure you scroll at the bottom for the full recipe, and helpful tips. 

This is a paddle attachment. Read more information on why I use and recommend it for this recipe (although a regular whisk tip will still do the job).

Step 1: beat the butter until fluffy and light. Depending on your mixer, this should take about 2-3 minutes on medium speed.

Step 2: Add the cream cheese and mix again only until combined. Then add the remaining ingredients. Your outcome should look like this picture below: firm and thick, ready for piping.

The final product will look smooth, and thick. Make super you mix thoroughly to ensure the perfect outcome. Oh, and don’t forget to taste-test. 😉


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Notes/Alternatives:  

  • I like to use a paddle attachment when making most of my baking and frostings. It helps cream the ingredients together more efficiently by allowing enough air to pass through the batter. It’s kinda technical, but it really is used for the best outcome in your batter/frosting. Although a whisk attachment will do the job too.
  • Over mixing will cause the texture to go soft and it will not have a desired pipe-able outcome. However if over mixing does occur, quickly pipe your dessert, then immediately place them in the fridge- the icing will be just fine after sitting for about 20 minutes or so.
  • Butter: “room temperature” or “softened” means that the butter should be soft enough to pass the “poke test”. This means, when you poke your finger into it, there should be a indent. If you didn’t get the chance to keep your butter out, then cut it into cubes, place in the microwave for 10 second intervals…keep an eye on it at all times! It won’t take long to melt.
  • Salted vs. unsalted butter: I like to used salted for my frosting because I find it gives a good balanced taste. But, you can definitely use unsalted butter too.
  • Icing sugar: I used 2 1/2 cups. In the recipe I mentioned 2-3 cups. That is because some of you may like it a little sweeter, or you may need to thicken up the texture.
  • Almond milk: I love using a tad because it really does make a difference in taste as opposed to regular milk (which will work too). Again, you can add another tsp if the texture is a little too thick for your liking.

Perfect Pipeable Cream Cheese Frosting With Almond Milk

Ingredients

  • 8oz cream cheese
  • ½ cup salted butter, room temp, or see note
  • 2-3 cups powdered sugar (see note)
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2-3 tsp almond milk (as needed see note)

Instructions

  1. In a bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (see note), cream the softened butter until light and fluffy (see picture).
  2. Add cream cheese and continue to mix just until combined.
  3. Add the powdered sugar one cup at a time, always making sure to scrap the sides of the bowl, making sure not to over mix.
  4. Pour the vanilla and 2 tsp of almond milk evenly over the frosting and mix slowly to combine.
  5. Scrape the sides of the bowl then mix on high for about 10 seconds.
  6. Test the consistency of the frosting, if it is too thick add another teaspoon of almond milk and mix only until incorporated, if it is too runny, you can add a little more icing sugar. Make sure the ingredients are fully combined yet, do not over mix. See notes for more details.
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The Delancey Dress

Tiff Marie Maternity. Has a ring to it, don’t ‘cha think? I got the privilege of styling this beautiful dress by Tiff Marie Maternity. I honestly don’t know where to begin with this dress- it’s comfy, figure flattering (we could all use a little bit of that during pregnancy), and you can wear it throughout all your stages of pregnancy! Also, another great thing I love about this piece, is that you can dress it up or dress is down- throw on a chunky necklace, or kick it off with your favourite dress down sneaks (like my current favs that you can find here).

Tiff Marie really introduces, “The Birth of Maternity Fashion”. I mean, where else can you find these styles. I am always on the look out for cute maternity pieces but they often come at a price (no pun intended), cheap material, or too plain and simple! Here are a few of my favourite details of the Delancey Dress.

  1. Bell Sleeves: Ok, if you haven’t noticed, bell sleeves are kinda a big thing right now! They are such a nice touch to a dress, and they really make any piece “pop”!

2. Elastic gathered on both sides-this really ensures a perfect, and flattering fit for any body type.

3. Fabric: This fine piece is made with stretch Bamboo Terry-Back Jersey material (66% Rayon, 28% Cotton, 6% Spandex). So it’s not see-through, not thin material, yet totally breathable at the same time. I actually have a few pieces in my closet that are see-through which makes it so inconvenient to have to wear an under piece- and that’s the last thing I remember before stepping out the door most days!

 

4. Lastly, it’s so feminine. I’m a sucker for girly and elegant clothing- especially during pregnancy. This knee length piece with bell sleeves really gives off a stylish-motherly look. Pregnancy and motherhood can totally be just that! 🙂

So make sure you head on over to Tiff Marie Maternity and check out her latest collection. Also, currently there is a giveaway happening! Sign up for a chance to win this dress (which also comes in different colours) if not for yourself, then for a friend! 🙂

xo I.P.

Baby Blue For My Baby To Be

Hello Friends!

Today I’m sharing another maternity style from ASOS. I have been loving (and living) in their maternity clothes! Not only are they affordable, but they look so chic and stylish- a hard combo to come across these days. I have been living in dresses lately. Now that I’m 30 weeks pregnant (crazy, I know), gained about 30 pounds, and have swollen feet, the only items that I prefer to wear are these breezy dresses, and open toe shoes. Thank God for this So Cal climate!

I must admit, I never thought baby blue was my colour. I mean, I love pastels and light colours especially with spring around the corner, but light blue? Never thought it would go- until I got this dress. It’s so fun and comfortable. Pregnancy should be a combination of both! Also, need I mention that ruffles and off the shoulder accents are a big deal in the fashion world lately? I have been seeing them every where. So flattering, so chic, and so feminine. But what I like so much about this piece is that I can wear it off the shoulder, along with over. Also, I love this length of this very mama- appropriate dress, which is very flattering for the bump.

So, if you haven’t checked out ASOS maternity, do it, now. You will not be disappointed! They also have a wide variety of non maternity clothes and accessories for men and women too.

Check out my direct links below, for more details on where to buy this dress. Stay beautiful mamas!

All pictures credited to Phoenix Aperture. Check out more of his work at @phoenix_dali

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Also, if you haven’t registered with EBATES, now is the time! Every time I online shop, and where EBATES is redeemable, I get cash back for my purchases. It really is that simple. Sign up here! (you will get cash back from EBATES if you are shopping at ASOS since they are only an online store)

 

BUY THIS DRESS

Select the links/pictures below if you would like a direct link to this dress.

Unfortunately the light blue just sold out 🙁 (no surprise) but you can find the exact style in the remaining colours: black and teal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Salted Pecan Chocolate Cake

Hello, friends! I can’t believe it’s March already. Time does fly when you’re having fun! Well, ok…maybe it hasn’t been too fun lately (to be honest) ever since I hit my third trimester, things are slowly starting to turn for me. 🙁 This big bump is getting a little more uncomfortable each passing day (and night), and I am trying to overcome this minor cold. So, in order to enlighten my mood, I thought baking would do just the thing. Baking always makes me feel better- oh, and shopping. 😛

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So maybe you’re thinking this is just another chocolate cake recipe. Sure, chocolate cake is good, but whats sooo special about this particular recipe? Well, let’s see… the fact that this chocolate cake has a layer of pecan, and the easy 4-ingreident chocolate buttercream is made with salted butter, which makes every bite smooth and savoury. It’s not too overwhelming with the chocolate taste. It’s just right. I personally looooove nutty flavoured desserts (if you haven’t already noticed), so I thought this middle pecan layer would be a perfect touch. And it was. Now, there are times when a chocolate cake, and I mean allll chocolate- is necessary to fulfill your overwhelming craving for chocolate, so I am not dismissing that at all. But other times, change is good. 

I have experimented with different chocolate cake recipes in the past, all which were just…not exactly to my liking. Chocolate cakes have to be done right. My definition of “right” is moist, rich, smooth, and extra chocolatey in flavouring! That’s right. When my husband first tried it, he said, “oh nice! The Duncan Hines box cake recipe and cream never fails in flavour and texture.” I was a little offended at first, but I realized it was a compliment, because the traditional Duncan Hines box cake is a easy, no regrets, easy to please, for those days when time is of the essence. Duncan Hines has never failed to disappoint me. The flavour, and the texture are just perfect, and the batter??? Well I’ll just stop there. Haha. I have to admit, I like having this cake mix in my pantry whenever I have unexpected guests coming over, or don’t have any time to bake anything. But I felt really guilty, especially since people know me for my baking. And when they would ask, “Wow can I get this recipe…”, I awkwardly hesitate, and quickly try to change the topic. 🙂 AND if they incessantly ask, I mention, I’ll post it on the blog one day. So, here it is. The perfect chocolate cake with a kick of pecan flavour (but better than Duncan Hines, promise)!

If you want to double up on the chocolate recipe, and make it all chocolate, I totally understand. No harsh feelings. 🙂

Scroll down for the recipe, while I tempt you with these mouth watering pictures.



Oh darling, do be generous with the cream!

Stack ’em up! And lets work on the outside!

Vio-la! Behold the masterpiece. 🙂

Up close and personal, just how I like it!

Who wants the first piece?

Serve this baby with a nice cup of tea or coffee, and every day will feel like Sunday. 🙂

Alternatives:

As always, I love to give suggestions and alternatives to my recipes. It’s always fun to be creative and change it up based on your preferences. 

  • If you want more of a nutty flavour- add 1/3 cup of Nutella to your middle layers, or 1/2 cup to the cream mixture.
  • If you want to change up the cream for a lighter taste, check out my cream cheese frosting here, its made out of mascarpone, and tis delightful.
  • If you want to go full out chocolate, double up on the chocolate cake measurements!
  • Unsalted butter will work fine too; although I find that the salted butter is more balancing with he chocolate-pecan flavour, and much more savoury.

Note:

I like using a stand mixer with a paddle attachment because I find it really helps achieve the perfect texture- and it’s great for whipping butter. But, you can definitely use a hand mixer with regular whisks too- it may take a little longer, but will still do the job.

Salted Pecan Chocolate Cake

Ingredients

    Chocolate Layer:
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoons salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 3/4 cup warm water
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Pecan Layer:
  • 1 cup Pecans, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp salted butter, diced
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup salted butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup milk (or almond milk)
  • Salted Chocolate Buttercream:
  • 1 1/2 cup salted (sweet cream) butter, softened
  • 3-4 cups Powdered Sugar
  • 1 cup of Cocoa Powder
  • 3 teaspoons of vanilla
  • 1-2 tablespoons of milk

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter two, 8 or 9-inch round cake pans. (I used 8-inch)
  2. Chocolate layer:
  3. Mix together flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a stand mixer using a low speed until combined.
  4. Add eggs, buttermilk, warm water, oil, and vanilla into the dry mixture. Beat on a medium speed until smooth. This should take just a couple of minutes. Do not over mix.
  5. Place all of the batter into the pan. (Do not divide batter, or else it will not fully rise, I simply cut mine into two, after cake has cooled off)
  6. Bake for 40 minutes (ovens may vary). Stick a toothpick in and if it comes out clean, it's done.
  7. Cool for 15 minutes and then turn out the cake onto the rack and allow to cool completely.
  8. Once cooled, slice the cake into two (if your desire).
  9. Pecan Cake:
  10. Start by melting the butter in a skillet over medium heat. Once melted add pecans and cook until slightly browned and fragrant, tossing frequently, about 4 minutes. Pour and spread onto a sheet of parchment paper or a baking sheet. Set aside and allow to cool.
  11. In a mixing bowl whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt, set aside.
  12. In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (see note) whip together softened (not melted) butter and sugar until very pale and fluffy, keep scrapping the bowl to ensure the butter is fully incorporated.
  13. Mix in eggs one at a time, then add vanilla.
  14. Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture and mix on low speed just until combined, then add the buttermilk, and milk until combined. Make sure to batter is well combined, but do not over mix.
  15. Lastly, add the buttered pecans by folding it into the batter.
  16. Place batter into baking pan.
  17. Bake for 35-40 minutes (ovens may vary) until toothpick inserted into center of cake comes out clean.
  18. Remove from oven and let it cool.
  19. Salted Chocolate Buttercream:
  20. Begin by mixing butter in a stand mixer with paddle attachment (see note) until light and fluffy.
  21. Next, slowly add the icing sugar and cocoa powder, one cup at a time.
  22. Once fully incorporated, add vanilla, and milk if you find the consistency to thick. You can adjust the consistency by adding more powder for thicker consistency, or thinner with milk.
  23. Combine:
  24. Slice the chocolate cake in half, and arrange the cakes in between the pecan layer.
  25. Start by adding cream to the layer in between, and work your way on covering the rest of the cake with the cream on the outer side with a icing spatula.
  26. I like to pip the top with any remainder cream, and top it off with pecans.
  27. Enjoy!
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Tips On Finding Non-Maternity Clothes During Pregnancy

I love being pregnant. But it wasn’t always this way- until I hit my 5 months. I finally have an abundance of  energy (most days), I feel endless kicks and movement, and I have a bump that I can marvel at in gratitude. What a miracle happening inside my body! Every stage has been very different and exciting, it’s like falling in love all over again. 🙂  It’s almost so hard to believe that I’ll be going onto 27 weeks, and almost into my third trimester! It’s all happening so quickly, and I just want to savour each moment.

Some people have been asking about my maternity style, so I decided I’d share weekly updates with my personal favourite styles. ‘Cause I know, It’s sooo hard to find cute maternity clothes, that are affordable, and stylish. I’ll share with you some tips that help me pick out/find the perfect, affordable maternity styles.

This week I am sharing tips on finding clothing items that are non-maternity:

  1. It doesn’t have to be maternity: Maternity clothes can be double, triple the price (no thanks)! So for more variety in my maternity wardrobe I started shopping for styles that I could invest in- styles that I would be able to wear during, and after pregnancy. I mainly look for items that are made of stretchy material, knits, and flowy dresses that make it easier and comfortable to sport.
  2. Look into your closet: This was a big eye opener for me! I couldn’t believe how many items I already had in my closet that would be suitable throughout my pregnancy (this dress being one of them). All you have to do is start there, and then update as you go. You’ll be surprised with what you find!
  3. Still can’t find anything you like? Get it made: This is very convenient for me, because I have a background in sewing- I can easily make a dress or a skirt from scratch. You can do the same with some inspiration or your own designs (Pinterest is great for inspo!). Simply bring your styles to a seamstress and ask for her to sew a piece for you that you have a hard time finding. This is very suitable for events such as weddings, showers ect., where you need an item that is difficult to find.

Your maternity style doesn’t need to be compromised, have fun with it, and enjoy your pregnancy!

Outfit Details:

Dress: H & M

Shoes: Steve Madden

xox I.P.

asos

 


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Finally Time for Spring

(Contest closed)

It’s time for a CONTEST! This is my first time doing this- and I would love for you to be part of it.

Thanks to JORD, I got my hands on this beautiful timeless watch.

I am totally loving this wood watch style! It may be a trendy item on the market now, but I think it will continue to remain a classic. I always felt like a watch completed an overall look to any outfit; a bold statement piece, and a perfect touch, without over-doing it. I love that JORD has such a great selection of watches for men, women, along with uni-sex styles. (Now you can totally share watches with your loved ones :) ) If you want to get your hands on one of these watches, keeping scrolling and enter to win! And, if you want more information on my selected time piece, make sure you check it out here. With several watch designs, you’ll be able to pick out your favourite too.

Here are a few of things that come to mind when I look at my JORD watch:

Finally Time for Spring: Get it? Well, new season means new things! I am loving these wood watch styles. I have to say, it is a new thing I have been coming across lately, and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on one of them! There is something about the wood style that is so fresh, yet so chic. Change is good.

Love is Timeless: Show someone how much you care by gifting (or winning) them with one of these unique watches, not just because of Valentines day, but simply… because. 🙂

Cozy Meets Couture: I know my style doesn’t have to be limited during my pregnancy. So I love being able to accessorize! A watch is a great way to dress up an outfit- especially one as versatile as this one.

 

Want to see more? Check out these timeless pieces:

    

Make sure to check out their instagram page and their website from more of these styles. #JORD

Contest Information:

So, let’s get to the good part, shall we?

To enter the contest, it’ll take you no time (sorry I can’t resist not using these “time” puns)! Simply fill out your information here, and stay tuned until the winner will be announced.

The contest will close March 5th at 11:59pm. The winner receives $100 Gift Code. All other entrants receive a $25 Gift Code. The $100 and $25 Gift Codes will expire April 30th, 2017.

Best of luck, y’all!

🙂

xox I.P.

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