30.3.15

Monthly Favorites // March Recap

      

The month of March has been stressful, full of things to do, and at the same time one of the best months this year. I have had some fun times with friends, beautiful views, and delicious vegan treats.

Some of the things I got up to this past March...

visited Oregon for the second time and the Seattle, Washington area for the first time.

I spent quite a few weekends visiting San Francisco and admiring views of the city

I baked some vegan treats.

I made good use of all my February favorites, especially my new tote bag.

I spent an afternoon with the most amazing view

-Ellie


               

27.3.15

The Chop

   

   I have hair appointment scheduled for next week and I have decided to go short again. Not pixie cut short, but chin-length short. 


     I have never been afraid of cutting my hair or changing up my look. In fact I look forward to it. I have had almost every length of hair at some time or another. I have had trendy hair-cuts, classic layers, and bangs (not all at the same time). Changing up my hair has always made me feel as if I am starting fresh, a new image and a new step. In elementary and middle school, I would beg my mom to let me get my hair cut right before school started to fit with the new school year.

   My haircut couldn't come at a perfect time as there are big changes happening in my life. I am nearing the end of my senior year and trying to make the decision about where I will live and study next year. I am taking the next step toward my future and a seemingly insignificant detail like my hair is a start.

-Ellie

photo source: found via Pinterest (if anyone knows the original source let me know)

25.3.15

Oversized Sweater


Despite the fact that summer is just around the corner, my love of sweaters continues.  I have my eye on this over sized, cream colored sweater as my next project. 

-Ellie

23.3.15

Vegan Baking // Small-Batch Cinnamon Rolls


vegan cinnamon roll with icing

Cinnamon rolls are by far my favorite baked good.  This is my own vegan adaption of a classic cinnamon roll.

Here it is:

Small-Batch Vegan Cinnamon Rolls
(approximately 6 large rolls)

Roll:
3 cups of flour
4 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
10 tablespoons non-dairy milk
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
4 tablespoons melted butter

Filling:
4 tablespoons melted butter
4 tablespoons brown sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon

Glaze:
1 cup powdered sugar
3 tablespoons non-dairy milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract


1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Spray round cake tin with cooking spray.
2. Mix all ingredients for rolls in large bowl. Stir until dough forms.
3. Mix together filling ingredients in a small bowl.
4. Flour a flat surface and roll out dough in large rectangle.
5. Spread filling across center of dough.
6. Roll dough into a tube shape.
7. Slice dough into evenly sized slices.
8. Place each roll approximately an inch apart in the pan.
9. Bake for approximately 15 minutes in oven.
10. Let rolls cool for 2 minutes before drizzling icing over rolls.

Enjoy!

-Ellie

20.3.15

Look Book Love // Elizabeth Suzann Spring/Summer 2015




billowy fabrics, simple shapes...




18.3.15

Two Yellow Doors

view of house through alley


A few more snapshots from my weekend trip to the city. 


view of rooftops in San Franciscostaircase and foyer
floor of La BoulangeLa Boulange: Lemon Turnover and Chai Tea Latte


16.3.15

Vintage Shopping and Views

view of San Francisco city and bay

       I went to the city to go vintage shopping. I went with my sisters to the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood. We ended up spending more than an hour browsing through vintage clothing.  I found the most amazing emerald green, brocade dress from the early 1960's. We also stopped into the Grand Hyatt for a meeting and had the most amazing view of the bay and city below.

Happy Monday!
-Ellie
view of San Francisco buildings from above

13.3.15

Oregon & Washington Trip Part 2

Industrial view of Seattle
Mussels and shrimp at fish marketPike Place Sign


     Part 2 of my trip! We took a three hour train from Portland to Seattle and stayed at one of my mom's friend's house. Together we visited Pike Place Market which was crowded and most definitely a tourist trap, but there was so many different kinds of food to try and products to browse through. I had one of the best hot dogs I have ever had at a place called Taxi Dogs. We also picked up some smoked salmon to take home and raspberry croissants as a special treat.
    After Pike Place we went to the Seattle Art Museum which I enjoyed immensely. There was a great balance of modern and historical art pieces. My favorite was the Native American art and cultural pieces they had on display.
     The second day we took a ferry to Bainbridge Island. We met a very nice older lady on the ferry ride over who recommended Cafe Nola to have lunch at. We followed her recommendation and  I ordered fish and chips which tasted delicious after walking through the cold. It also happened to be the same day of the NFL playoffs so the Island was mostly deserted which made our experience very peaceful.
     This was my first time in Seattle and I absolutely loved it. It reminded me of a mix of Portland and San Francisco and the people seemed to have a great love for good food. I cannot wait to visit it again as I only explored a small slice of what they city has to offer.

-Ellie

hanging cars at Seattle Art MuseumSeattle Art Museum Sign
hot tea, vegan chocolate cake, sodaView of Seattle at Kerry Park



11.3.15

Vegan Baking // Chocolate Cupcakes

Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes


     I consider myself a pretty good cook and an even better baker.  Most of my knowledge has come from my mom or my own experiments. In the last year or so I have been experimenting with vegan baking. So far, the majority of my attempts have turned out successful. My latest endeavor was chocolate cupcakes. I looked up a couple of recipes and with adjustments made my own chocolate cupcakes with mint frosting. 


Chocolate Cupcakes:

  • 1 1/2 cup of flour
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1/3 cup of cocoa powder
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Mix all ingredients into a large mixing bowl. Stir until  there are no more lumps. Pour evenly into a cupcake pan (I was able to get approximately twelve large cupcakes). Bake for 20 - 22 minutes.

I wasn't happy with how my frosting turned out as it was a bit grainy so I won't be sharing that recipe this time. However, the cupcakes turned out way better than I expected, they were moist and weren't too sweet. Next time, I want to try adding chocolate chunks into the batter to make them even more chocolatey (is that a word?).

Have fun baking!

-Ellie

9.3.15

Oregon & Washington Trip Part 1

plane wing above the clouds
Eugene, OregonOregon highway
Portland, Oregon
Portland buildingscoffee in Eugene


      I took a trip more than a few weeks ago with my mom to visit Oregon and Washington. I have been to Oregon before on a road trip, but it was my first time in Washington. We flew into Portland and drove to Eugene and then back to Portland to catch a train to Seattle. In Portland, we had to amazing opportunity to visit the Kinfolk offices which was very exciting as I have been a fan of Kinfolk Magazine since its fourth issue. It was cold and drizzly which was refreshing from the California heat. After Oregon we moved onto Washington by catching a late train to Seattle.  I will be posting the second part of my trip photos from Washington very soon.

-Ellie