Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

CARROT CAKE

I’VE MADE THIS RECIPE BEFORE AS A CAKE AND IT HAS ALWAYS BEEN A HUGE HIT. I DECIDED TO TRY CUPCAKES FOR EASTER SO THERE WOULD BE MORE TO GO AROUND. THEY WERE JUST AS DELICIOUS!  SEE MY ORIGINAL POST HERE
 
INGREDIENTS:
4 EGGS 
1 1/4 CUP VEGETABLE OIL 
2 CUPS WHITE SUGAR
2 TEASPOONS VANILLA EXTRACT
2 CUPS ALL PURPOSE WHITE FLOUR
2 TEASPOONS BAKING SODA
2 TEASPOONS BAKING POWDER
1/2 TEASPOON OF SALT
2-3 TEASPOON CINNAMON 
3 CUPS GRATED CARROTS 
THEN…
I ADDED WALNUTS, RAISINS, DRIED CRANBERRIES, AND UNSWEETENED COCONUT.  THIS IS COMPLETELY OPTIONAL BUT I PROMISE YOU WON’T REGRET THROWING THESE EXTRAS IN! 
 
BEAT EGGS, OIL, SUGAR, AND VANILLA IN A LARGE MIXING BOWL UNTIL SMOOTH.  ADD IN THE FLOUR, BAKING SODA, BAKING POWDER, SALT, AND CINNAMON. ADD THE CARROTS AND OTHER MIX INS. POUR INTO CUPCAKE SLEEVES (OR A GREASED PAN FOR THE CAKE VERSION).  COOK AT 350 DEGREES FOR ABOUT 20-25 MINUTES (OR 40-50 IF YOU’RE MAKING THE CAKE).
 
CREAM CHEESE FROSTING:
1/2 CUP BUTTER, SOFTENED (NOT MELTED!)
8 OZ CREAM CHEESE, SOFTENED (NOT MELTED!)
4 CUPS OF CONFECTIONARY SUGAR
1 TEASPOON OF VANILLA
 
ENJOY! 
XO

Monday, April 17th, 2017

#STEPFORWARD WITH FAMOUS FOOTWEAR

In collaboration with Famous Footwear and their #stepforward campaign I am sharing a bit of my journey today…

Around this time six years ago I quit my corporate job and never looked back.  This was the biggest Step Forward I’ve ever made.  I was fresh out of school, working very long hours, underpaid, and completely unhappy.  I’ve always known I wanted to do something creative, I went to art school and the only jobs I’ve ever had were working in design / fashion. I just didn’t know quite how to branch out on my own until I found myself in a place where it was absolutely necessary for my well being.  So there I was, jobless with an Etsy shop and no real plan.  I started a blog with Sarah at Starbucks one afternoon.  We laughed about it and joked about what we were doing with our lives.  My blog was nothing for a long time but it gave me the outlet I needed to share, create, and challenge myself to think outside of the box and come up with ideas.  I began painting more, taking on custom projects and sharing them all on the blog and in my etsy shop.  I got a few works published on big wedding blogs and started seeing more inquiries coming in.  As I worked harder to be unique and grow my offerings I saw even more sales and work coming in.  This was the most confidence building thing, to see people enjoying what I was creating! To be able to share my work and let it serve as inspiration to others continues to give me confidence in my craft and pushes me to #stepforward into new challenges and bigger ideas.  I chose these Adidas to use as my canvas for creating my #stepforward moment. 

 Famous Footwears #stepforward campaign is inspiring and empowering women to find confidence.  While Famous Footwear so kindly sponsored this post, this is a message I am 100% behind! You will never see me promoting something I do not truly love so I thank you for supporting the partners who help support my little blog. 

XO 

Sunday, April 16th, 2017

HAPPY EASTER

Happy Easter! He is risen.

Hope everyone enjoys a lovely Sunday. 

This highlight of this holiday for me is obviously painting eggs and putting bunny ears on my puppy 🙂 

XO

Friday, March 31st, 2017

FRIDAY FAVORITES : LIFE LATELY

Happy Friday! 

A few favorite snaps from around the bungalow this week and a few from our girls trip to Palm Beach this past weekend.  Looking forward to some little house projects and catching up on painting this weekend.  Hope yours is lovely too! 

XO

Thursday, March 30th, 2017

A STUNNING WINTER WEDDING IN COLORADO


How gorgeous are these photos from Sarah & Bennett’s dreamy winter wedding in Colorado this past December?! I absolutely loved creating this suite and stationery for them.  One of my favorite to date.  The usage of red, black, and rustic wintery vibes were different for me to design with. But with red being my favorite, I was over the moon over Sarah’s bouquet inspiration and just love how these turned out! 

Wedding day Photography: Preston Utley // Invitation Photos: Shannon Kirsten

Interested in creating your own unique custom wedding stationery with me? Get in touch here or at hello@shannonkirstenstudio.com 

XO