Category Archives: Local

Local Shop // Saint Cloud

07/22/14

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After letting my local posts dwindle down over a year ago and then getting three email requests from readers of places to go in Houston, I’ve decided it’s due time to bring them back. Mostly I’m doing this as a good excuse to go shopping and out to eat, but also as an act of kindness to those who dare to read my two page email replies (super sorry about that!).

First up, Saint Cloud. No worries for those of you who can’t experience their punched metal gold awning and honeycomb lighting that dreams are made of, because they also have an online shop here. For the locals that are familiar, Saint Cloud is in Rice Village, just across from your second must-stop (and soon to be feature), Cloud 10 ice cream…

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Hosting the Etsy Pop-Up at West Elm Houston!

03/15/14

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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).

08/02/13

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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 :)

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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.

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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!

07/19/13

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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.

 

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