Every Saturday, Cindy, Mary Ann and I share our favorites from our hashtag, #TheCollectedLook on our Instagram. We love the layers and textures, the mix of old and new, modern and traditional, and all those things that make up the collected look in a room. Yesterday I chose the dining space from Jill Hinson Interiors. It’s perfectly collected with Bertoia chairs, a built-in bench with stripes and checks, art, and a brass and glass pendant.
To join, all you have to do is post a photo and make sure to add the hashtag. Follow #TheCollectedLook hashtag and each of the hosts!
2. Carrot Cake Pancakes
I saw these on Instagram and after a little research, it’s really just carrot cake, but made like a pancake. And since you make them in a heavy skillet and serve them right away, they are warm…like a pancake. Served with a dollop of cream cheese makes them extra delicious!Print
Carrot Cake Pancakes
One batch makes about 6 pancakes and so basically each pancake has one whole carrot.
Ingredients for Pancakes
- 1 cup flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon or 6 drops Cinnamon Bark Vitality Essential Oil
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg or 2–3 drops Nutmeg Essential Vitality Oil
- 1/4 teaspoon ginger or 2 drops Ginger Vitality Essential Oil
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
- A small handful of golden raisins (optional)
- 1/2 cup buttermilk (I never keep buttermilk on hand, so I used one half teaspoon of white vinegar in 1/2 cup milk and let it sit for 5 minutes before adding to the ingredients).
- 6 medium carrot, peeled and grated very fine (too thick and they won’t cook fast enough on the stove).
- Butter for the skillet
Ingredients for Cream Cheese Frosting
- 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
- 1/4 cup confectioners sugar, plus a little more for dusting on top
- 2 tablespoons milk
- To make the pancakes, combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, egg, vanilla, brown sugar, buttermilk, and the vitality oils and combine using a whisk or fork. Add in the carrots and raisins and combine. Let sit for 5 minutes while you are making the cream cheese frosting.
- Beat the cream cheese until fluffy. Add in the confectioners’ sugar and milk, a tablespoon at a time until the consistency is thick enough to put a dollop on top of each pancake.
- Prepare your heavy skillet with thin slices of butter over medium heat, coating the bottom of the pan. Add in small scoops of the batter (I use an ice-cream scoop) and then flatten each with the bottom of a glass so they cook evenly. Turn when the bottom has a nice crust and finish cooking. Remove from the pan and serve with a dollop of the cream cheese and a dusting of confectioners sugar.
Based on a recipe from Smitten Kitchen
3. Winter Hand Care
My hands are usually a wreck in the winter. In the past, I’ve worn gloves to bed with my hands lathered in heavy creams and still, my hands were dry and my skin would crack. Last winter I discovered using Rose Ointment and lavender lip balm on my cuticles. I use Grapefruit lip balm on my lips, as to not get my hand and lip blams confused. My hands are no longer dry and cracked. My cuticles look like I just went to get a manicure. Making the switch to using essential oils has really been eye-opening on all sorts of products. I used to try and search out new products all the time and was typically disappointed. Another new to me product that I love from Young Living is the Mirah Hair Oil. If you are curious about Essential Oils and products that I talk about frequently, read this post on why we made the switch.
4. SMEG in matte
Smeg refrigerators and small appliances have been on my radar ever since I saw the slim and brightly colored refrigerators at a Paris department store years ago. The design world is still quite smitten with them and recently they’ve come out with matte small appliances, like the tea kettle and the toaster as well as refrigerators in a matte finish. I told my husband we need a project where we can use a Smeg matte black refrigerator. Or a white one, I’m not that picky!
Source: Apartment Therapy
5. Our Samsung Frame TV with custom Art
We’ve had our Frame TV for three years, (I bought it when I did this post), but only recently did I discover Avenue Print Studio. It’s an Etsy shop by the talented Ashley Villines and it’s a great place to buy art for your walls, your inspiration boards, and your Samsung Frame TV and it’s very affordable. We really struggled to figure out how to upload our own art without the matte option on the TV. I feel like this deserves a post of its own and maybe show you some art options featuring Avenue Print Studio. Currently, we are using Abstract No. 6 from Avenue Print Studio and the cost was $8 for a download. I also bought this one that I showed in this post on How to Style your Console Table.