Have your cake by Coco and Mingo

Hello Little White Whale readers! I’m Jessica over from Coco & Mingo, filling in for Gloria while she’s away on her amazing vacation! I can’t wait for her to come back and share her experience and photos!

Lately, I’ve kind of been obsessed with cakes, especially after seeing this amazingly dreamy cake recipe and photos! I admit that I’ve never made a cake from scratch before, but I’ve got high hopes and ambitions, my friends. One day I’ll tackle this dream of making one of these beautiful cakes that I pin like crazy (aren’t naked cakes the cutest?).

Here are a few that I plan on tackling sometime in the near future:

// This delicious and gorgeous Vanilla Bean Cake (ferns and flowers included)
// This beautiful and cute mini Matcha Cake with Coconut Glaze
// Roasted Banana Cake…better than banana bread? We’ll see!
// Incorporating these amazing edible flowers into cakes and cupcakes should be fun!

In the meantime, let’s get our cake gear on. Here are some of my favorites:

measuring spoons // apron // cake cutter // mixer // cake stand

Do you have a favorite recipe or cake-making tips and products to share? We’d love to hear about it!

Enjoy!

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I’ve recently had the pleasure of meeting up with Jess, who is a fellow Brooklyn blogger, and we hit it off immediately! She is such a sweetheart and filled with talent to boot – have you seen her incredible calligraphy yet? Go visit Coco and Mingo!

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Hello Little White Whale readers. My name is Jane and I blog over at Always With Yoo where I share laughter and musings from the perspective of my family as we settle our roots in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area. I am excited to be here to share a little DIY project while Gloria is away on her trip to Asia!

Currently, my husband and I belong to a 15 year old cocker spaniel named Piri. He kind of runs the show around here and he likes to look dapper while he’s ordering his humans to go fetch him his drinks and treats. He has a couple that we bought for him, but I thought it would be nice to pick out some fabric and make some for him, too. One great thing about this DIY is that it doesn’t require sewing, which saves a lot of time!

Here is what you’ll need:
+ Fabric
+ Fabric scissors
+ Hot glue gun
+ Non-roll elastic band
+ Velcro
+ Ruler
+ Pencil or pen

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Directions

  1. Cut a piece of fabric depending on the size of your dog. Mine is a medium sized cocker spaniel and cutting a 4 x 9 inch strip seemed like just the right size.
  2. Cut another piece, this one a bit more thinner. I cut mine approximately 2 x 5 inches long. Set aside.
  3. Fold the 4 x 9 inch fabric in thirds — horizontally first, and then tucking in the ends. You’re overlapping them so that you’re tucking and hiding the rough edge of the fabric. Set aside.
  4. Fold your thinner piece of fabric in thirds as well, just horizontally. Non need to hold the ends.
  5. Going back to your bigger fabric, pinch the middle and make the kind of bow you want. I played around with this part of the DIY process a little bit and liked making a little crease in the middle to give it a little shape.
  6. Once you have the shape that you want, hold it in place and tie it with the thinner piece of fabric. You may need to trim the ends if it’s too long.
  7. Measure your dog’s neck and cut the non-roll elastic band accordingly. Make sure you leave a little room and not measure exactly to your dog’s neck size. You want to make sure that it’s not too tight and rests comfortably around their neck.
  8. Hot glue a scratchy side velcro piece at the end of the elastic band. Glue the fuzzy piece of velcro on the opposite end of the band but on the other side so that they will stick together.
  9. Take another set of velcro – hot glue the fuzzy side on the middle of the elastic band and the sticky side to the back of your bow.
  10. Put the finished bow tie around your dog’s neck and attach the ends of the elastic bands together and that’s it!

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Because you’re using velcro, you can alway switch them out to fit a certain season or outing.

And just one more thing! Because I had some fabric left over, I thought I’d be all matchy matchy with Piri. I bought a package of 50mm Barrette Nickel and hot glued a bow tie to make myself a hair pin.

Thanks for reading! And thank you Gloria for having me on your blog!

Adapted from Pretty Fluffy.

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Jane’s blog Always With Yoo never fails to make me smile with its lovely stories and snapshots of her family’s life in DC. And as a fellow dog mama, she totally understands my obsessive doting over Toby :-) Go visit her now for more Piri cuteness!

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grilled peach tartine by a thousand threads

Hi there, Little White Whale readers!! I’m Laicie, from the blog A Thousand Threads, and I’m so excited to be filling in while Gloria is away.

Gloria is hands-down one of my favorite people on the internet (and in real life!) so when she asked for a guest post I knew I wanted it to be good… something special enough to live up to all of the mind-blowingly awesome things she shares day in and day out.

And when I thought about it, my mind kept coming back to one thing – because what, I ask you, is better than grilled peaches? Not only are they melt-in-your-mouth delicious by themselves… but add carbs, cheese, and rosemary and I’m more than in. Plus this whole meal is as easy to whip up as firing up the grill… something we’re doing a lot of these days, making the most of those last few days of warmth before the winter sets in.

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Grilled Peach Tartine
1 baguette, split and sliced
4 medium-sized peaches, sliced
8oz soft goat cheese
2 tablespoons rosemary, chopped
olive oil

  1. Mix goat cheese and rosemary and set aside.
  2. Toss sliced peaches in a drizzling of olive oil. Brush sliced side of baguette with the same.
  3. Place peach slices on hottest part of grill, just long enough to sear, about 30-45 seconds. Rotate and sear once more.
  4. Grill bread, sliced side down, just until toasted.
  5. Assemble toasted bread with goat cheese, then grilled peaches, and drizzle with chardonnay honey glaze.

Chardonnay Honey Glaze
1/3 cup chardonnay
1/2 cup honey

Bring ingredients to a simmer and reduce by half. Cool and serve.

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Laicie is not only one of the funniest and most down to earth people you’ll ever meet, but she’s also a force to be reckoned with in the kitchen! Go visit A Thousand Threads for more delicious recipes and beautifully written posts about her everyday adventures!

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favorite office supplies by this little street

Hi! This is Audrey from This Little Street. While Gloria is enjoying her amazing vacation (don’t we all wish we were her right now!), most of us have to go back to the reality of school or work. But it doesn’t have to be a bad thing, really. I don’t know about you, but I actually like this time of the year – not only because fall is my favorite season, but September always feels like it offers a fresh start, you know? Kind of like the new year in a way. New goals, new classes, a new schedule…heck, maybe we’ll even find time to exercise in that brand new schedule of ours? Miracles happen :) Anyway, today I picked a few office supplies to get us all going with that fresh start!

1. Letter tray | 2. Stapler | 3. Retro pens | 4. Mail holder | 5. Gold scissors | 6. Animal clips | 7. USB key | 8. Boxes | 9. Paper shredder

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Audrey’s got a fantastic eye for beauty which clearly shows through in all her incredible photography, crafty projects, and other blog features. And did I mention she’s also a mama of 3 little girls? Seriously, this lady does it all! Go visit her now at This Little Street!

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adventure awaits

The day has finally arrived! Hubs and I are headed to Asia to visit my family in Taiwan, and then soldiering onward to eat our weight in ramen in Japan **fist pump**. I’m so excited to unplug for a bit, but things won’t get TOO quiet around here, as I have some awesome guest bloggers filling in for me while I’m away :-) They’ve put together some great content, so be sure to stop by and say hi!

Wanna tag along on our adventure? Follow me on Instagram and Twitter!

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awesome travel iphone apps

I’m excitedly counting down to our trip to Asia, which means I’ve been going a little overboard loading up my iPhone with some extra apps to help make our trip go as smoothly as possible. Here are a few I’m finding particularly useful as we make our final travel preparations:

1. Wunderlist is to-do list app that I’ve been using to keep tabs on all the things I want to do, see, and eat – not just for vacation, but at home here in NYC as well! You can also share your lists with traveling companions, so they can contribute and collaborate at will – much easier than emailing back and forth a zillion times!

2. I’m anticipating a lot of “Ok so now where do we go—OH NO, NO INTERNET” type of moments, so CityMaps2Go will surely be a life saver. It makes detailed maps of various cities available offline, so they’re accessible without a data connection!

3. If you ever find yourself in a last minute “I should probably know some crucial words while visiting a foreign country” panic, then Learn Japanese (which is available in a lot of other languages) is for you! It provides audio snippets of simple phrases and words that one would legitimately use in a real life scenario, so you can memorize them without having to learn the language in its entirety. And in a worst case scenario, you could just play the clips to someone in a desperate attempt to ask “Where is the bathroom?”, although I really hope it doesn’t come down to that!

4. Word Lens is an incredible app that translates words in REAL TIME as you scan them with your phone. I screamed “What is this sorcery!!” the first time I tried it. The translations are definitely not always accurate, and it works far better for large standalone text than for a paragraph in a book, but the technology behind it is pretty darn impressive. In the screenshot above, it translated the title page of my copy of “Le Petit Prince” to “The Small Prince”. Close enough!

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