Monday, April 16, 2012

T&Z Plan a Wedding: Colors

I've been failing on updating about wedding planning.  Truth be told, after the marathon of wedding planning that was spring break, I've been on a little hiatus! 

For the past month, I have been drooling (literally...pain control lab... shout out to Nauzie for a great job numbing my face) over color schemes.  Looking at my blog...what would you think I have in mind?  I'll give you one guess.......


I love it. It's beautiful, elegant, and the yellow gives that fantastic pop of color.  Who wants to wear black in the middle of June in the South anyway? Not anyone I know!  Let's look at some inspiration for the big day...

Bows... Peep-toe...something like this is a real possibility!
Gorgeous!!! I love the different styles on the girls and the darling yellow pumps!
milk glass milk glass milk glass!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 
It's a look I love, and what's even more fun is searching for pieces.  My mom has already found a beautiful milk glass cake platter for the reception! 
Dad and I went estate sale hunting this past weekend.  We got there right as the doors opened, but we had to wait 30 minutes to go in.  Right as I made my way for the kitchen, I saw a girl walking out with a box FULL of milk glass.  Lo and behold, that was every bit of it in the house...drat.

       I adore the grey dresses with the yellow flowers.... probably won't have grey satin or anything like it wrapped around the flowers.  I'm thinking more along the lines of yellow gingham!
       This picture tickles me pink!  It not only has the colors I love, but I feel like it incorporates my love of milk glass with some of my parents' passions.  My dad is a pharmacist and collects old apothecary bottles and antiques, and my mom has a love for all things paper goods! Isn't this just perfect?

        What do you think for a June wedding?     

Monday, April 2, 2012

Cinnamon Streusel Muffins

One of the best gifts Zach ever gave me was a subscription to Southern Living magazine.  As a result, he gets lots of yummy treats - and they never disappoint!  I love to bake.  LOVE it.  It is a wonderful stress reliever for me.  Unfortunately, since I don't eat gluten, I rarely get to enjoy the baked goods.  This time around, the church worship band members were my guinea pigs.... I don't think they minded too much!

Cinnamon Streusel Muffins
Muffin Batter:
4 cups all-purpose baking mix (I used Bisquick!)
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
2/3 cup chunky cinnamon applesauce
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 large eggs

Cinnamon Streusel Topping: 
1/3 cup granulated sugar  
1/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar 
3 tablespoons all-purpose baking mix 
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon 
2 tablespoons butter, melted 
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Whisk together the baking mix, granulated sugar, and cinnamon, and make a well in the mixture.
Next, whisk together the applesauce, milk, oil, and eggs and slowly mix into the dry mixture above until just moistened.  It will make a VERY thick batter.
What I wouldn't give for a Kitchen Aid mixer!
Now for the topping.  Simply mix all of the ingredients together until crumbly!  I added granulated sugar until it had the right consistency. It was ~ 1/8 cup more sugar.
Line your muffin pan with paper liners and fill each cup almost all the way with batter! This will give you big, beautiful muffin tops (hehe!).  Crumble your streusel topping on top of each muffin, gently patting into the batter so it sticks.
 Bake at 400° for 18 to 20 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean and tops are golden brown. Cool in pan on a wire rack 5 minutes. Remove from pan to a wire rack to let cool!
Gorgeous! Someone told me they looked store-bought.  I'll take it as a compliment! Don't think you can eat all these muffins (12) before they go stale?  They freeze well for up to a month!  Enjoy, y'all!