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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

BERRY CRUSH


 

Lately, it's been pretty difficult to bring new ideas to the table when creating posts. Either I'm creating a PDF with images I've found while browsing Polyvore, or I'm getting inspirational images from Pinterest in which credit is given to every photographer.  But do I have ideas that are exclusive just from my mind, or do I constantly need to be getting outside sources to bring it out of me? It's hard to find the balance between what's coming from my creative mind, or what's coming from someone else. I hope that my readers do enjoy what I come up with, since I'm consistently trying to bring my own voice into the mixture.

To all of you who do read Mostly Lisa, thank you. Thank you for being a fan, this blog is my baby and will hopefully be around for a long time. While my writing voice may not always be the best, or the most interesting, I'm trying to make it fun for the people who take time to read what I have to say. I'm even trying to bring my own flair to the local blogging scene here in Minneapolis, but I haven't quite reached it yet. A lot of the fashion bloggers here post a lot of outfit posts, which creates more brand awareness for boutiques around the Twin Cities, but I don't fit in a lot of the clothing that those beautiful places create.
 
I guess what I'm trying to say is that I need to find my niche... While my tagline says 'fashion & lifestyle blog', I want it to be essentially Lisa and everything I believe in and aspire to be. So I'm asking, what do you think I should do to bring Mostly Lisa to the forefront? Post more Fashion Friday outfits? Re-do my layout? Host giveaways? If you have any ideas, let me know! I'd so greatly appreciate it. I'm sure something will pop in my head as to what to do in this predicament, but it's always nice to get other (kind) opinions on what can be improved.

As for today's post, I actually was inspired by a color that is part of the fall collection at my place of work. It's called 'Botanical Berry' and is a lovely start to the upcoming season that you can easily incorporate into your wardrobe. I've done this myself and I'm excited to be wearing it when the colors to start to change in September. Oh, now I want Autumn to be at my doorstep already.

Always,
Mostly Lisa

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

FUNFETTI CUPCAKES RECIPE


I'm a big baker, and I really love adding my own flair to whatever I'm cooking in the kitchen. I'm not a professional, and this is not a food blog but I thought I'd switch it up and share with you a favorite cupcake recipe of mine. It's along the lines of that Semi-Homemade Show with Sandra Lee? I start with the traditional Funfetti cake and cupcake mix from Pillsbury, but then I like to add to the frosting tub I get and put my own twist of frosting on top. Whether it's with food dye, a flavor or anything in between. In this take, I'm making it buttercream.


WHAT YOU'LL NEED:
  • (1) Pillsbury cupcake mix
  • (24) cupcake liners
  • (2) 12-cup cupcake pans
  • (1) cup of water
  • (1/3) cup of vegetable oil
  • (3) large eggs
  • PAM cooking spray
  • (1) freezer plastic bag

 
 
 


DIRECTIONS:
  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  2. Spray cupcake tins with PAM cooking spray, and then fill with cupcake liners.
  3. Combine cupcake mix, water, oil and eggs into a big bowl. Blend together in a mixer or by hand for two minutes.
  4. After everything is mixed well, begin to fill cupcake liners about 3/4 full. Spread evenly between the 24 tins.
  5. Cook in oven for 22-24 minutes.
  6. Let cupcakes cool for about 10-15 minutes.
  7. While waiting for cupcakes to cool, begin to put together your buttercream together.
INGREDIENTS (BUTTERCREAM):
  1. (1) tub of vanilla frosting
  2. (1/4) of powdered sugar
  3. (1) tbsp. of vanilla extract

 
 
  1. After cupcakes have cooled, frost generously with butter cream frosting. (Since I'm not a professional cook, I made a D.I.Y. frosting tube to make it easier.)
  2. Then top with sprinkles or something chocolate. I decided to top with a chocolate M&M! It is delicious.


Enjoy!

Always,
Mostly Lisa