Florence’s Coffee Cake

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I was so picky as a child. Now that I’m an adult I’m realizing all the delicious food I missed out on because I was too scared to try something new.

Caesar salad, Bruscetta, Caprese salad, coffee cake.

Yes, even something with the word cake in it caused trepidation. Perhaps it was the word coffee. Either way, when I finally tried it I was pleasantly surprised and became an immediate fan.

It’s hard not to.

My grandma Florence often had this coffee cake sitting on her round kitchen table when my family would go to visit. My parents would sit with Florence and Arnie drinking black coffee and having a bite of coffee cake, while my siblings and I would play with these antique metal cars in the other room. I can still vividly picture the stairway leading up to their apartment, even though it’s been years and years since we’ve been there.

All of my grandparents have passed, and oh I wish they could have met David and Luke. I’m glad, though, that I can carry some of their food traditions on for my kids!

My grandma liked to bake. My dad told me she would randomly bake pie’s during the week for no reason other than to have pie. That’s my kind of lady.

And her coffee cake is simple and delicious. It’s perfect for a baby shower, a coffee date with some girlfriends, or just a random morning in the week!

Florence’s Coffee Cake

This recipe is for two 8 inch coffee cakes. If you only want to make one, halve the recipe.

1 cup sugar

1 tsp vanilla

1/2 cup butter

2 eggs

1 cup sour cream

2 cup flour

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp salt

1 tsp baking powder

Combine the first 5 ingredients until well mixed, then add all the dry ingredients. Mix until combined.

Pour into two 8 inch cake pans that have been sprayed with Pam.

BEFORE BAKING, make the streusel and sprinkle on top of the batter. Choose one of the following!

Cinnamon Sugar Streusel: 1/2 cup sugar, 3 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 cup chopped nuts; mix together and sprinkle on top of batter

Streusel Topping: 1/2 cup flour, 1/4 cup softened butter, 1/2 cup sugar; mix together and sprinkle on top of batter.

Bake at 350 for 30-40 minutes.

The plate, bowl, and tumbler were a gift from Honeycomb Studio. I’ve been following the brand on Instagram for a long time, and was very grateful to be gifted a set of dishes from their new tableware collection! Also how beautiful are these bud vases?

3 Pink Drugstore Lipsticks for Winter

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If you caught my post recently on my favorite dusty rose pinks for wintertime, this is the follow up to that with some drugstore versions!

I chose 3 different finishes/product types. Each one has such a nice pink shade for winter! The first NYX Full Throttle lipstick Sidekick could easily transition into Spring too, and Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate in 08 reminds me so much of MAC Syrup! NYX soft matte lip cream in Stockholm made me think of Jouer’s longer lip cream, but without the drying feeling.

Let’s start with the lightest pink of the bunch, NYX Full Throttle lipstick Sidekick. This was most instantly matte, and didn’t have an offensive taste or smell like some drugstore lipsticks can have. Maybelline, while I really like the formula, smells the strongest and I wish they would change that because their lipsticks are otherwise nice! In fact, I picked up a nice pink shade from Maybelline, but as soon as I smelled it, I put it back.

The next option for a winter pink is Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate in 08. This reminds me of MAC Syrup. It’s a more satin finish than matte, and looks a bit darker in real life. It’s more mauve than brown, but very much on trend for the neutral, earthy tones of wintertime.

And finally, NYX soft matte lip cream in Stockholm. This has an applicator, and dries to a matte finish quickly. I haven’t given it an all day test, but it also doesn’t claim to be long-wear. Again, it has zero smell, stretches with my lips when I talk, and is a great choice for a drugstore option!

I don’t talk about lip liner much as it’s not a regular part of my routine, but it does make a difference especially if your lipstick is prone to bleeding or is a bright color. I have a very cheap nude color that I use with basically any shade I wear other than red. It’s too fussy, for me, to have a liner to match every shade, and I figure the closest I can get to my natural lip shade for a liner, the better.

What I love about all these shades is how wearable they are for every day. And they all fall in neutral territory, so a variety of skin tones and colors can wear them!

Check out more of my drugstore makeup recommendations here and here!

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Is your New Year resolution to treat your hair better? It should be.

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Listen, hear no judgment from my end on this post, okay? My hair is as dry and damaged as ever. In fact, when I had my hair done recently by Jordan, I was a little ashamed about how bad it had gotten. I blamed it on heat damage, since I wash my hair just about every day because I work out every day, and the fact that I was growing it out. I had not scheduled a haircut with him, it was just supposed to be a color appointment, but after he blew it dry he said, with a longing look in his eye, “I have to clean the ends up a bit.”

I relented. And my ends look fresh and he didn’t cut ALL my hair off like the last stylist did who nearly scalped me until I was bald 11 years ago.

Yes that’s how long it’s been since someone other than myself has cut my hair, and yes it’s a problem. I’m working on it!

Anyway, because of the excessive use on my hair, I’m really being gentle to it this season. I love the length, and love it blonde, so it needs some serious TLC.

If you are in the same boat, here are a few of my favorite deep conditioners to use on your locks!

Living Proof Restore Mask Treatment. This is a weightless deep conditioner that really heals your hair and reduces breakage. Personally, I love being able to scoop the product out of the tub since I use quite a bit, and my hair always feels better after I use it! Use 1-2 times a week for up to 5 minutes.

Pureology Colour Fanatic Instant Deep Conditioning Mask. This is extremely hydrating and nourishing for the hair. This will make your hair feel ultra soft and it helps reduce breakage and makes your hair super shiny. You can really tell that it locks in moisture, and I’ve been known to use this just as my daily conditioner after coloring my hair! Use as much as you want for 1-3 minutes.

L’Oreal Total Repair Extreme Emergency Recovery Mask. This is a great drugstore option for under $10! It moisturizes and helps heal your hair. I didn’t notice additional weight on my hair after I used it, so it’s a winner in my book! Use 1-2 times a week for 3-4 minutes.

If you haven’t used a mask, or deep conditioner, on your hair, I recommend trying it. If you are looking for a leave-in spray, I’d highly recommend this one by Pureology! Especially if you color your hair! Dry, damaged hair doesn’t style well and ultimately doesn’t look very pretty. Take care of your hair, and you won’t regret trying one of these products!

p.s. Since your moisturizing your dry hair, you may want to also try a hydrating face mask!

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