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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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All about the Etsy Pop-Up at West Elm!

04/10/14

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photos by Kimberly Chau and Smilebooth

I know I’m a little late on this, but I’m excited to finally share a few details from the Etsy Pop-Up at West Elm Houston that I hosted and curated! Now whether or not walking up to shops you curated and mentioning that you may or may not stalk them on Instagram and possibly walking by the macaron table that Sweet provided one too many times makes you a good hostess or not is still up for debate. Regardless, I was so excited when West Elm asked me to participate! 

I also happened to be able to catch my brother in all of his glory with his very first Smilebooth experience! He’s pretty cute, huh? I’ve been told we look alike..

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Holiday DIY Ornament Workshop!

12/05/13

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It’s about that time again! I’ll be hosting another free DIY workshop with Langford Market at their new West Ave. location in Houston next sunday December 15th. We’ll be making these gold leaf ornaments I shared a few weeks ago, plus free drinks, sweets, giveaways and more, what’s not to be excited about?!

 

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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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