Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes, Ohhh Yeah!

Pupkin muffins !

58 Day Dreams

pumpkin pie cupcakes

1 15 oz can pumpkin puree
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup evaporated milk
2/3 cup all purpose flour
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 12 cup muffin tin with silicone liners, foil liners sprayed with cooking spray or just spray the cups with cooking spray. Either of these three methods will make it easy to take the cupcake out after it’s cooked. Paper liners make it difficult to remove the cupcakes.

Mix the pumpkin, sugar, brown sugar, eggs, vanilla extract and milk. Add the flour, pumpkin spice, salt, baking powder and baking soda to the mixture. Fill each muffin cup with 1/3 cup of the mixture. Bake for twenty minutes and let cool for twenty minutes. Remove cupcakes from pan and chill in…

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Core style & My Wardrobe Revamp

Sew Pomona

Wardrobe Architect

It’s week two of the Wardrobe Architect series over at Coletterie!  This week’s focus was on discovering your Core Style.  I love working on the worksheets, they’ve really help me to condense my ideas.  I have many style icons but not many  that are very practical for day-to-day living.  My key words were: Confident, Modern and Artistic.  My style taste does change frequently but on the top of my list for style icons are:

  • Katherine Hepburn:  classic menswear inspired looks and lovely long flowing dresses.  Everything looks comfortable and carefree on her.   One of my favorite classic movies is Bringing up Baby!

  • Audrey Tautou:  lovely, french, sophisticated.  I named my daughter after her character in Amelie from Montmartre 🙂

  • Marion Cotillard: modern-day bombshell, love her structured looks, one of my favorite french actresses.

  • Cate Blanchett:  classic and artistic.  I love her in Elizabeth- I have a serious addiction…

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My 10 Revelations from “The Sacred Alone” – Part I

Lovely

In Full Blume

The Sacred AloneSince I am content to spend most of my time alone, I didn’t know how much I would take away from  Susannah Conway’s, “The Sacred Alone” e-courseAfter only eight days of the course, I am overwhelmed by the revelations that have surfaced for me.

The ten most significant learnings I have had so far (in no particular order):

1.  I am fine with long stretches of alone time ONLY if everything is going well in my life. As soon as unpleasant emotions arise or challenging times I don’t want to be alone or feel the hard feelings, especially loss and sadness. So this is definitely an area I need to work on.

2.  I spend a lot of time alone and enjoy it, however little of this time could be called “sacred”. Lately I spend too much time on Facebook and other assorted websites instead of…

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Dress in 5 Minutes coordinates : Tops

Sewingplums

Sew in a weekend : dress in 5 minutes.

The key to dressing without thinking, yet still looking good, is a co-ordinated wardrobe. Most of us have at least a few days when we don’t want to think about clothes. And for that we need a small group of clothes that all go together. So we can grab anything and it will work.

We also sometimes feel we’d like to be able to choose a co-ordinated wardrobe without thinking. Or wish someone else would do the thinking for us.

The trouble is this doesn’t work, as we’re all different shapes, different colours, different lifestyles, and different personalities. I’ve found I can’t work from a theory. There’s no substitute for trying things out and looking carefully. From past experience, I know the clothes in the ‘system’ below are not right for me. But it has general ideas which are useful.

This…

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6PAC Variation: the four-pack

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In this post I introduce a 6PAC variation with accessories, probably most useful for those who already have some basics in their wardrobe and who want to stretch their sewing muscles a bit.

First off – I am stealing the term “four-pack” from the Vivienne Files.  The four-pack is a travel wardrobe in which you only pack four pieces of clothing.  It was brought to my attention in this post at Sewing Plums.

The four-pack is definitely close to our traditional six-piece seasonal collection — in fact there are only seven pieces of clothing.  But, after some discussion and thinking I realise that the four-pack depends on something I have mentioned but not really engaged with: accessories, and the possibilities for making your own.   The Vivienne files four-pack wardrobes have two scarves, a bag, and several necklaces, as well as two pair of shoes.

So here is…

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