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Introduction of the Rolling Recipes Series Concept

Hello! As I continue to work on this blog you will begin to see a series I have created called Rolling Recipes. The concept of this series was born out … Continue reading

September 30, 2013 · 4 Comments

Art Inspiration: Tamara de Lempicka

Today’s instalment of Monday Muse is a painting by Polish artist Tamara de Lempicka. Lempicka is most famous for her art deco paintings featuring portraits of men and women using … Continue reading

September 30, 2013 · Leave a comment

Friday Funday: Etch-A-Sketch iPad Cover

Usually I try to keep my post topics on more elegant and refined topics but since it’s TGIF I thought I’d share a whimsical little DIY project. I saw a … Continue reading

September 27, 2013 · 2 Comments

Upcycled Herb Fairy Garden

I know that the summer is ending and planting season is 6 months away, but some of you may be thinking of ditching old water toys or kids wading pools. … Continue reading

September 26, 2013 · 1 Comment

Forbidden Purple Rice Pudding with Honey and Ginger (Rolling Recipes Series 1.1)

This is the first post in my Rolling Recipes Series where it will be part of a chain of recipes that have a common ingredient (sick of extra ingredients sitting … Continue reading

September 25, 2013 · 3 Comments

Homemade Greek Yogurt

I am so astounded at how fast the popularity of Greek yogurt has skyrocketed over the past 2 years. Its popularity has grown so fast and furious it seems like … Continue reading

September 24, 2013 · 3 Comments

Monday Muse: Degas Inspired Bedroom

Edgar Degas is a French painter most well known for his paintings depicting ballet dancers. As a Victorian era artist with most of his works commissioned in the late 19th … Continue reading

September 23, 2013 · Leave a comment

New Features at Simply.Striking

Firstly, I want to thank everyone who is reading, enjoying, sharing, and talking about this blog. I am having a great time producing this space, and I hope that you … Continue reading

September 22, 2013 · 1 Comment

Cut Your Own Layered Hair Style

If you have long hair and want to maintain your layers or give yourself layers, this is a simple quick trick to give yourself a haircut and save $$$ at … Continue reading

September 21, 2013 · 7 Comments

Artichoke Focaccia

This focaccia is easy and delicious. Adapted from my bread recipe I posted last week here. Great as part of a weeknight dinner or if you are entertaining. I used … Continue reading

September 20, 2013 · 1 Comment

Infographic: Ratios for Basic Cake Recipes

Hello! Today’s offering is a little infographic I created for some basic cake recipes. These recipes all have easy to remember ratios in case you are ever in need of … Continue reading

September 19, 2013 · 1 Comment

Après Dinner Heated Towlettes

You’ve just had a delicious dinner, fantastic wine, incredible dessert, and even better conversation. Everyone is sated and basking in the warm glow of satisfaction. What a better way to … Continue reading

September 18, 2013 · Leave a comment

Heirloom Carrots and Orzo Salad

I was delighted yesterday when I discovered that my local market carried baby heirloom carrots. My mind began working on how I can prepare a dish with these carrots that … Continue reading

September 17, 2013 · 1 Comment

Monday Muse: Van Eyck Inspired Decor

Monday Muse is a new feature where once a week I select artwork and use it to create inspiration boards for fashion, decor, or recipes. In this inaugural post I … Continue reading

September 16, 2013 · Leave a comment

Multi-layered Crepes Cake

A no bake sweet that is delicious and luxurious is probably considered the holy grail of the dessert world. Many a friends who have an aversion or fear to baking … Continue reading

September 16, 2013 · 2 Comments

Whimsical Reading Nook/Play Tent for Under $50

My kids, like many others, love to play and hang out in covered nooks and crannies. Even though they sleep in loft beds and have pop up tents, they are … Continue reading

September 15, 2013 · Leave a comment

How to Ensure Your Cakes Always Turn Out Fabulous

I’ve been baking a lot of cake this week. A Lot. During the entire process, even though some of the recipes were ones I have never tried before, I was … Continue reading

September 14, 2013 · 8 Comments

Fresh Homemade Bread in 5 Minutes a Day

If I was stranded on a desert island and I could only choose 1 item of food to eat, hands down it would be a crusty loaf of French bread. … Continue reading

September 13, 2013 · 2 Comments

Secrets to a Chewy Gooey Chocolate Chip Cookie

To me the perfect chocolate chip cookie is crispy on the outside, chewy and soft in the inside and rises to a nice thickness rather than spread out. Now you … Continue reading

September 12, 2013 · Leave a comment

Get Great Nails with Garlic

As the title of this post suggests, you can get great healthy nails with garlic. But I don’t mean by eating it so don’t worry about having to buy a … Continue reading

September 11, 2013 · 1 Comment