Friday Faves // Vol. 8

Friday, January 23, 2015

Hi, there. It's been a while, hasn't it? Well, I suppose not too long. But I thought I'd pop in to share five things I'm loving this week. Sound good? Good—check it below:

1. Norway's new passports. They're beautiful. The color palette, design aesthetic, imagery—everything. My favorite feature is the way that the northern lights appear over the landscape image under a UV light. I told my twin brother that he and I just need to move to Norway now.

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2. The fact that Rifle Paper Co. now sells wallpaper. Maybe this has been a thing for a while. I'm not positive. Buuuut...let me just say: Swoon. This is the kind of wallpaper I'd love to decorate my future closet with.

3. The site Planet Gear for workout clothing. So random, but I've been wanting to invest in some nice workout clothing lately, yet I hate how expensive it is. And I don't want to cheap out, either. Enter this Zulily-esque website. Heck yeah. This marathon might actually happen now. (<< Not sponsored.)

4. Jimmy Fallon realizing he could have dated Nicole Kidman. I'm sure we've all seen this by now, but in case you glossed over it while it was trending on're welcome.

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5. My Name Is Yeh's mac and cheese party. Her blog in general is just super awesome. I love her natural aesthetic. But yeah...foodie get-togethers like this are just wonderful to me.

Happy Friday :)

White Chocolate Cake or Cupcakes

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Mm mm mmm...anyone remember my White Chocolate Chai cupcakes from last year? (You may remember how I baked them on Good Things Utah while I was kinda sick, haha.) Well, I thought I should bring you the recipe for just your typical white chocolate cake since it's pretty dang tasty. White chocolate cake is really great because it's neutral enough for you to pair it with whatever frosting you like.

Get ze recipe below.

Makes 16 cupcakes, or just over enough batter for one 9" round cake pan. Double this recipe if you'd like a full-size cake.

  • 1 2/3 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup butter, cut into pieces
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips, melted*
*You should melt the white chocolate chips just before adding them to the batter, as they will cool fairly quickly. Also be sure that when you are melting the chocolate that you do so very gradually, such as at 20-second increments at reduced power in the microwave.

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. In a medium-sized bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt.
  3. In a larger bowl, beat the butter at a high speed, and gradually beat in the sugar. Then, slowly beat in the egg whites.
  4. Now you will gradually be adding the dry mixture and the milk to the butter-sugar-egg mixture. To do this, alternate mixing in some of the dry mixture, followed by some milk, followed by some dry mixture… You get the picture. Do that until you’ve incorporated the dry mixture and the milk completely. Just don’t over-mix here.
  5. Finish by incorporating the vanilla and white chocolate.
  6. If you’re making cupcakes, pour the batter into greased or lined cupcake wells until each is about 2/3 full and bake for 17 to 22 minutes. If you’re baking a cake, pour the batter into a greased 9″ round cake pan and bake for 30 to 40 minutes. Rely on the toothpick test here for a perfect cooking time— a toothpick inserted into the middle should come out with some crumbs on it.

Playlist // Urban Beatz

Monday, January 12, 2015

Photo taken in Stockholm, Sweden.

I used to have this little iPhone holder in my car that said Urban Beatz on it. I got it at a secondhand shop in order to make all of my in-car music listening a tad bit easier. It suctioned right onto the windshield and came down and out so that you could set your phone on it and have it relatively close by when you were driving—think GPS-style. It was kinda great. But it had a flaw: the plastic platform that the phone rested on got right in the way of my headphone jack. Which meant that I had to turn the phone upside-down in order to plug my cassette adapter into it. Fun stuff, man. And then there was another flaw: if ever I made a turn that was even just slightly too tight, my phone would fall right off and usually face-plant onto my lap. This resulted in hair ties being strung across the front of the phone holder to keep my phone in place. So, after about a month of this, I made the choice to upgrade to a better phone holder—and this time one that could mount right on the dash so that I wouldn't look quite as dorky. I do still sometimes miss Urban Beatz, though. He will always remind me of the lengths we can go to in order to make music listening a reality in the car.

Fun fact: In case you haven't been able to tell already, I can get really passionate about listening to music in the car. I consider it an activity in and of itself. It's why I don't mind a 45-minute commute to work every day. And it's why I've been known to take the long way home in order to get a few more tracks in. Which brings me to this question: What is listening to music like in your car at the moment? Do you have a sweet stereo set-up? Cassette adapter? Are you radio-only? Or maybe your car has become the designated space for your private singing practice.

I personally prescribe to options two and four out of the above. But one day? One day, you can bet that my car will have a sweet, sweet set-up so that I can park up in the mountains at night and blast that jank.

Thank you for reading. Here are a few tracks to fuel your week. This one goes out to you, Urban Beatz.

Urban Beatz

Urban Beatz by Maurine Dashney on Grooveshark

New Panda Bear tomorrow (!) And...Until the Ribbon Breaks on January 20. But—hint—lots of it is already on Grooveshark ;)

Happy New Year // 2015

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy new year, everyone! How was your New Year's Eve?

I'll admit—I totally winged mine. I ended up meeting up with a few friends in Salt Lake. While we were going to go to a big New Year's thing that goes on downtown every year, we decided against it because we hadn't realized it was $15 per person haha. But our plan B was ten times better, anyway: hot chocolate + fireworks + a view of the entire valley where we could see fireworks going off everywhere.

I'm not sure what we were doing, exactly, when the clock struck 12, but likely it was running around with sparklers lit from the remnants of a smoldering firework. (You can trust boys to figure out how to ignite something that a lighter won't light in 8-degree weather haha.)

So. Enjoy some photos of our shenanigans! And have a super sweet head-start to the weekend while you're at it, mmkay?

(Me freaking out about how close the sparkler was getting to my new Norwegian mittens.)

2015. Bring it.

Love, Maurine