Gals weekend in Texas

Spent this past weekend in Dallas with some college friends. We explored, Waco, Fort Worth, and Deep Ellum in Dallas. It was short and fast but I'm so excited we were all able to make it work!
First up we drove to Waco to visit Magnolia Market. We drank watermelon chunks out of whole watermelons, sat around in the sun, chatted ourselves in circles, bought zebra stripe gum, and pet a kitty in a hot vintage store surrounded by cacti.
That night we got all dressed up and spent a really long time putting on metallic temporary tattoos and wore blinking led rings. Kayla had a little glitter sash, she just got married! Stopped at multiple bars- some with music, some with beet juice cocktails, some with rooftop bars. We ended the night with hot dogs and french fries and a guy named Rob that randomly ended up with us.

photo from Laura

The next day was sadly cloudy and cold. We wandered around an art fair in Fort Worth and the Stockyards which looked like they belonged in a cowboy movie. We lazied around a bit and all gathered back up to have bbq for dinner.

Happy all these ladies took time out of their lives to make this happen. I had a really great time and loved chatting with them for a whole weekend. I even got to share a bed with my sister :)

The first night we were there the ladies
came home with this monster of a pizza.
We ate it all but 2 pieces!
-photo by Laura


Easter Cake

I had a request for a gluten free cake with bunnies. I was teetering on how to make the bunnies when I stumbled upon these ridiculously cute, high quality, marzipan bunnies. I had to have them! Then I found licorice strips in this happy yellow that screamed "cut me into flowers," and I obeyed. I love the way this cake turned out, and I love that the bunny on top always appears to be looking up at whoever is looking at the cake.

Also I had enough cake left over, I doubled the recipe, to make a one layer cake to bring in to share with my GF coworkers. They are going to love me :)

Gluten-free chocolate cake
from here

1 1/2 cups sugar
1 1/2 cups gluten free flour (I use King Arthur Gluten-free multi-purpose flour)
1 cup cocoa powder
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 tsp xanthan gum
2/3 cup canola oil
4 eggs
1 1/3 cups water
2 tsp vanilla bean paste

1   preheat oven to 350 degrees F and grease 2 - 8" cake pans
2   in a large bowl whisk together eggs, oil and water
3   in another bowl mix sugar, flour, cocoa, powder, salt, xanthan gum
4   beat dry ingredients into egg mixture 1 cup at a time
5   add in vanilla and mix on medium speed for about 30 seconds
6   pour into cake pans and bake 30-35 minutes, toothpick should come out clean

filled the cake with this caramel frosting
iced it in a vanilla rum buttercream
decorated it with white chocolate, marzipan bunnies, and a licorice I cut up to look like flowers

I snuck a duck on the back of the cake