VALENTINE COOKIES

food and drink | holidays • February 13th, 2015

This years installment of the ever famous (insert wink face here) McCarthy sugar cookies is here . I went for a more playful take on the holiday sentiments, and used my texting habits as inspiration. Some how I knew the unnecessary $5 bucket of alphabet cookie cutters from Tuesday Morning that I had to have would come in handy someday…and well, today is the day!

valentine love cookies
valentine emoji cookies

emoji sugar cookiesvalentine texting cookies

You can check out last years cookies here , and if you are so inclined to bake up a last minute batch yourself, here is the no fail recipe that always works for me.

Recipe

6 cups flour

2 tsp. vanilla

3 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. salt ( optional, I do not use salt in my cookies)

2 cups sugar

2 cups butter ( 4 sticks)

2 eggs

Cream sugar and butter until fluffy, about 5 minutes. Add eggs and flavoring. Mix dry ingredients in separate bowl and add to butter mixture. Mix well.

Put a handful of the freshly made dough in between two sheet of parchment paper and roll to desired thickness. Repeat with the rest dough. Put the rolled dough, including the parchment paper, on a cookie sheet and refrigerate for 10 minutes. Your dough will be chilled and ready to cut and bake with no wait and no added flour! Repeat with the scraps after cutting cookies.

Bake at 350 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes. Let cool

Royal icing recipe

1 lb confectioners’ sugar, sifted

5 tbs. meringue powder

1/2 cup water

Combine all ingredients in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Mix on low speed until smooth and creamy, about 7 to 10 minutes. If the icing is too thick, add more water. If too thin, beat icing 2 to 3 minutes more

Color icing with desired food colors by blending a drop of coloring into the icing. Gradually blend additional drops until you achieve the desired color.

Happy Valentine’s Day
XO
MB

GIFT GUIDE | VALENTINE’S DAY

holidays • February 9th, 2015

Valentine’s Day is upon us! It’s always fun to give those you love a little token of appreciation. Wether big or small, these last-minute pick me up goodies are sure to bring a smile to anyones face!

gift guide valentine's day

1. Heart marquee light- $50 available at The Faded Awning , La Jolla CA
2. Rose quartz crystal love stone candle- $20 available at Pigment San Diego, CA
3. Quote zip bag- $18.50, available at The Faded Awning, La Jolla CA
4. XO balloons- $8.95 Etsy/partysuppliesbypps
5. Hometown coordinates necklace- $36 Baublebar.com

XO
MB

CHRISTMAS VIBES

holiday decor | holidays | merry christmas • December 16th, 2014

I cannot believe Christmas is 9 days away! The blogger in me totally failed with the lack of Christmas posts, but lets see if I can’t change that. I have decorated a house or two …or three, created a few fun DIY’s, and well, just generally in the holiday spirt! Hoping to share it all with you before Santa arrives. Today let’s start with what’s inspiring my decor this season!

christmas vibes

CHRISTMAS VIBE

all things disco

xo
MB

FLEA MARKET ADVENTURES | LONG BEACH, CA

lifestyle | places • November 17th, 2014

long beach flea market

This past Sunday I took my best friend on a little flea market adventure. We hit the road at 6am, armed with a cup of strong coffee, an old dirty push cart, and dreams of finding a diamond in the ruff. Since I forgot my DSLR, my co-captain Melanie doubled as the iphoneographer (lets all give her a round of applause please @melsmarsh) To give you a little background, we think were really funny! like seriously funny. So add in the wackiness you see at the flea market and we laughed our way through the day. Making a few odd friends along the way. Since I really don’t need ANYTHING, I had a strict “needs list” (wink), but had fun helping Mel pick out things for her house. In the end we left with what I think was the best haul of the day.
Been here about 5 minutes, and the first purchase is in the cart
cow skull
These beauties wanted to come home with me, but they just weren’t on the needs list!
bar stools
This giant disco ball however. Well that, that was on the needs list!
vintage disco ball

Now lets talk about the people watching at the flea. I mean where else can you see an old man cleverly advertising his need for old fish tackle…
fish guy
…or a dude (selling an awesome table by the way) wearing a t-shirt  which reads “PICKER” drinking a Heineken at 10am. picker

And the rule is, when the cart is full it’s time to GO!

a day at the flea

FLEA MARKET

Packed up and ready to hit the road! I posted this to instagram, and one of my followers aptly hastaged it #heaveninatrunk.

Heaven in a trunk indeed!
heaven in a trunk

Happy Hunting
xo
MB

FRIDAY FAVORITE | CALL YOUR MOTHER

friday favorites | sponsored post • November 7th, 2014

cym

This week I have just one oh so lovely favorite, and it’s to Call Your Mother people! Actually I have teamed up with Jessi from Call Your Mother to share their fun playful Tee’s. Call Your Mother, based in San Diego uses years of gathered motherly advise, and a healthy amount of snark to bring you their big soft cozy tee’s. They have quickly become a weekend staple in my wardrobe.

So, here’s how I styled mine, how will you style yours? Head over to Call Your Mother  now thru Sunday and use the promo code BUNGALOWM at checkout for a special discount! Then be sure to show us your CYM style over instagram!

 

call your mother tee

call your mother t shirt

call your mother designs 1

call your mother 2

xo
MB

P.S- now go Call Your Mother

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