Category Archives: Local

Hosting the Etsy Pop-Up at West Elm Houston!

March 15, 2014

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In case you’ve ever wondered if I frantically squeal over pretty things in real life like I do with you here on Sugar & Cloth, this is your chance to see it in person… I’ll be hosting the local Etsy pop-up at West Elm on March 29th! I’ve picked out some of my favorite Houston based shops like Kari Breitigam, HattonHenryTiny Deer Studio and more, plus snacks from Sweet and music by Gracie Chavez. I mean, does it really get any better than a Saturday with a frantic Ashley, a store full of cute things, and a macaron or twelve? I think not!

Be sure to RSVP here on Facebook so we know who to introduce ourselves to! In the meantime, pack your lunch these next few weeks to save some extra pennies, you’ll thank me on March 29th!

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Eats // Mini Baked Donuts Recipe (and how Dave & Buster’s made me feel like a kid again).

August 2, 2013

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Once upon a time, like two weeks ago, Dave & Buster’s invited me and a few friends to come try out their new summer games. For those of you that aren’t familiar with D&B’s, it’s like Chuck-e-Cheese but for adults (and on steroids). Even though I wouldn’t have usually picked a night of arcade games as my pass-time of choice, I actually loved it. There’s something about playing a game of ten foot tall connect four and giggling hysterically over the Wheel of Fortune Jackpot that made me feel like a kid again. I needed it.

Sometimes I get so caught up in work and trying to be responsible all of the time that I totally deprive myself of the right to just have fun and let loose, even if that means playing Harpoon Lagoon for a half an hour straight like a token gambling maniac (and eating their fondue until I get a sugar and high). All of this to say that sometimes it’s the little things in life that we need the most.

Which brings me to my next point: mini donuts. Of course all of our giggle induced ticket earnings got piled together and I left with a mini donut maker (perfect!), and about 5 giant sticks of laffy taffy. It would just be a shame if I didn’t show you how I put my adult-easy-bake-oven-style donut maker to good use to my inner kid alive, so here it is –

p.s.- do your inner kid a favor and find the nearest Dave & Buster’s (or any arcade if you have to), you will thank me later. And no, this isn’t paid advertising, I just loved it that much :)

mini donut recipe sugar and cloth

Ingredients for the donuts:

  • 5 tbsp. of butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 1/2 cup flour
  • 2 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 tbsp. melted butter
  • 1 tbsp of honey
  • 1/2 tsp of cinnamon

Mix the butter, egg, and sugar throughly. Next, sift flour, baking powder, salt, and nutmeg together. Slowly add the dry ingredients to your mixture, alternating with the milk until well combined. Pipe the mixture into your donut maker or donut cooking sheet, and bake for 3-5 (in donut maker) or for 7 minutes in a donut cooking sheet, or until golden brown. Let them cool for about 20 minutes before adding the glaze.

mini donut recipe sugar and cloth

Ingredients for the glaze:

  • 1 tbsp. half and half
  • 1/4 vanilla or vanilla bean
  • 1/2 c. powdered sugar
  • gel food coloring of choice
  • sprinkles

Whisk together the half and half and vanilla, then  mix in powdered sugar until smooth. Add a few drops of your gel food coloring of choice, and stir. If the glaze is too thick, add 1 teaspoon more of half and half at a time. If dough is too thin, add 1 tablespoon more of powdered sugar at a time. Dip the cooled donuts into the glaze and then add sprinkles!

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DIY // Back To School Events with Ikea!

July 19, 2013

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Get your DIY dancing boots ready my friends, because Ikea and Sugar & Cloth are teaming up to host five free (yes, free) back to school DIY events every Thursday night at 7pm for five weeks starting on July 25th! You’ll be able to come hang out with me and craft to your hearts content just in time to gear up for back to school!

Stay tuned every week to get the scoop on what we’ll be making each Thursday, how to RSVP (spots fill up fast!), and what goodies you’ll be taking home for attending. First up next week, I’ll be showing you how I like to mix and match patterns, customize your bedding, and you’ll get to create and take home your very own decorative pillows (you even have the chance of winning your own bed set from Ikea!). RSVP here!

If you’re not local, don’t worry! I’ll share all of the DIY projects and event photos here on the blog, and you can follow along with the hashtag #madeforschool.

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July 25th and August 1st, 8th, 15th, and 22nd.

 

Local Shop // Sweet

January 17, 2013

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Aside from the number one question I always receive (which I mentioned here), people always ask me how I come up with ideas for projects, or things that inspire me. I can say without a doubt that adventuring to new shops, cities, and places inspires me more than anything else. I’m always intrigued by how things are displayed or used in new ways, and there is never any shortage of genius ideas behind little boutiques and local spots that are reinventing the creative wheel. To spread the wealth, I thought I’d start sharing my favorites with you here…

I’d like to introduce you to Sweet, the cutest, most drool-worthy bakery and coffee shop that you may ever step foot into. Not only does Sweet do sweet really well, but it definitely has bragging rights for the loveliest decor on the Houston macaron block, and trust me, I have been around the macaron block!

sweet bakery and coffee shop houston texas

sweet bakery and coffee shop houston texas

And just in case you want to take the treats (and cuteness) home with you, all of their goodies can come lovingly tucked into containers and boxes that could make any heart melt.

sweet bakery and coffee shop houston texas

sweet bakery and coffee shop houston texas

sweet bakery and coffee shop houston texas

I had the strawberry and vanilla pots de creme… and maybe a macaron or two for the go, but I can neither confirm or deny that.

sweet bakery and coffee shop houston texas