beet cake, not beef cake.

July 28, 2011 § 1 Comment

beet cake from tiger in a jar on Vimeo.

Check out this incredibly creative video from husband and wife duo, tiger in a jar.

(originally spotted at Honestly…WTF)

things that make me smile

July 27, 2011 § 3 Comments

birthday explosions and candid reactions

baby feet

see this baby’s awesome mama here

letterpress necklace I was given as an engagement gift

being back in colorado and hikes with friends

doodles for our 'save-the-date' cards


sidesaddle kitchen

July 26, 2011 § 2 Comments

Sidesaddle’s Kickstarter video from sidesaddle kitchen on Vimeo.

My very dear friend/college roommate/vegan/raw dessert maker extraordinaire, is trying to get funding for her business Sidesaddle Kitchen. She has been selling her healthy, but “not gross” desserts at the San Francisco Underground Market for the past year and a half, but they were recently shut down by the Health Department (read the NYT article here). She has had great response from the public and there are several retailers who are ready to sell her product. The only problem…she needs a commercial kitchen in order to keep of with the demands of her clients and she needs all of the legal certification as well.

Please visit her Kickstarter Page for more info on how you can support Sidesaddle.

the locals

July 26, 2011 § 4 Comments

I LOVE street style blogs. It’s inspiring to see real people in their everyday lives. The Locals is a street style blog from Copenhagen. Of course, the place that has the happiest people in the world also has some of the most fashionable. I love how there are bikes in so many of their pictures.

(all photos via the locals)

raspberry oatmeal bars

July 25, 2011 § 4 Comments

A group of my friends left last week for a bike trip across the state of Iowa, called RAGBRAI. I wanted to send them off with a little something they could snack on while on the road.  I searched through all of my favorite food blogs, and of course, smitten kitchen had exactly what I was looking for.

I altered the recipe a bit, by cutting back on the sugar and adding ground flax meal. I used whole wheat flour, which I cut back on, and added a little bit more oats. I wrapped each of the bars individually so they could be split up among the group.

I thought they turned out really yummy and the packaging was really cute. I think my friends liked them too.

Raspberry Oatmeal Bars (adapted from smitten kitchen)


crust and crumb:

  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup ground flax meal
  • 3/4 cups firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 1/2  cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into 1-inch pieces (I used 1 cup coconut oil, 1/2 butter)

raspberry filling:

  • 1/4 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 pound raspberries, fresh or frozen
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Use a 9 x 13 inch glass dish and line with parchment paper.

Put the flour, brown sugar, oats, ground flax meal, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and cinnamon in a food processor. Pulse in short bursts until combined. Add the butter and pulse until loose crumbs form. (If you do not have a food processor, cut the butter into the dry micture with two forks, and use clean hands to combine and crumble a bit more.

Put about 1 1/2 cup of the mixture aside. Put the rest of the mixture pan and use your hands to push the crust into an even layer at the bottom of the pan. The crust should touch the sides of the pan. Bake until golden brown, 12 to 15 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack and let the crust cool. Keep the oven on while you make the raspberry filling.

Make the raspberry filling: In a medium bowl, whisk the sugar, lemon zest, cinnamon and flour together. Add the raspberries, lemon juice and butter and use your hands to toss gently until the raspberries are evenly coated.

Assemble and bake the bars: Spread the raspberry filling evenly on top of the cooled crust. Sprinkle the reserved crust mixture evenly on top of the filling.

Bake for 35 to 45 minutes, rotating the pan every 15 minutes.

it’s never too late

July 24, 2011 § 1 Comment

I spotted this print at Lovely and it totally inspired me. I searched for it and found it in Eva Juliet‘s etsy shop. I may have to order it!

bowling alley wedding

July 23, 2011 § 2 Comments

Check out this super cute wedding from caro hutchings photography (first spotted here). When I was in New York a few weeks ago, some friends wanted to take us to a place in Brooklyn called The Gutter. It’s a bowling alley, bar and music venue all in one. Unfortunately, The Gutter was closed to the public for a wedding. I thought that was such a fun and unique idea and was creepily trying to peak inside to get a look at the event. I really couldn’t see anything, so finding the photos of this wedding was an extra special treat. Aren’t they fun?

photo app obssessed

July 22, 2011 § 2 Comments

Having an iPhone has changed my life. Literally, it has changed the way I go about doing certain tasks of my everyday existence. For example, in the pre-iPhone days, I had to carry both my phone and mediocre digital camera in my bag for everyday photos. Then, I couldn’t use my pictures until I plugged the camera into the computer. From there, if I wanted to edit my photos I could use Photoshop. Now, I have one device that does it all! (Reading back over this I feel super lazy. I mean, think about what it use to take to just see a photograph!) I bow down to all fine art photographers. Now, here is a photo of my cat. It may not be fine art, but she’s so effing cute.

While I still enjoy using my nicer camera frequemtly, I have probably taken about 10 photos with my small digital camera since I got an iPhone in February. My iphone photo library has close to 2000 pictures as of today. I’ve been having a lot of fun playing around with the different apps (specifically Instagram and Diptic). If anything, my iPhone has given me a new form of creative expression; capturing the small moments of my everyday life (and big moments too).

Lake Tahoe

Feel free to follow me on Instagram – @saraalana

Seriously though, isn’t she a beauty?


to quench your thirst

July 21, 2011 § 1 Comment

peach collins from cupcakes and cashmere

I love the idea of having my fridge filled with homemade refreshments. Recently, I have been rotating different types of iced herbal teas in my extra large mason jar. Mint water and mojitos (seen here) have also been popular, due to our out of control mint plant. Here are some other fun beverages from around the web that I’ve been eying.

butterscotch soda from design crush

honeydew agua fresca from martha stewart

horchata from a cozy kitchenbeer float also from a cozy kitchen

cucumber cocktails from dishing up delights


french navy

July 21, 2011 § Leave a comment

Camera Obscura has been one of my favorite bands for a long time. This song came on the other day while I had my iPod on shuffle. I forgot how much I loved it. The video makes me miss my sweetie. It also makes me want to wear purple tights.



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