A "Healthy" Cookie for Lefty Baking Life

Sunday, August 20, 2017

2017, Lefty Baking Life, food, recipe, cookies, chocolate,

Hello all! I hope your weekend has been nice and relaxing. Mine has been filled with baking, decorating my apartment and going to see art...not to worry, there will be updates on all of that this week! Anyways, as is usual for a Sunday evening, tonight's post features the most recent baked good for Lefty Baking Life. If these cookies sound delicious to you, simply donate to the go fund and send me your info and I will ship you some cookies! 

Now on to the cookies. These are supposedly a healthy cookie recipe as there is no sugar in it. However, there is quite a bit of maple syrup so between that, the chocolate, and the raspberries, it is still sweet but not over the top. It is also relatively simple to make. My first "healthy" recipe and I think it went well! 
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1 cup instant oats
3/4 cups whole wheat flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
2 tbsp unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly
1 large egg, room temperature
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup pure maple syrup
6 tbsp fresh raspberries, diced
2 1/2 tbsp chocolate chips...not gonna lie, I put 3 tbsp in the dough and then a smattering on top

Whisk together the oats, flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt in a bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk together the butter, egg, and vanilla. Stir in the maple syrup. Add in the flour mixture, stirring until just incorporated. Gently fold in the raspberries and chocolate chips. And I mean gently other wise your raspberries will basically disintegrate.
Chill the dough for at least 30 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 325 and line baking sheets with parchment paper
I used a small ice cream scoop to scoop out the dough onto the baking sheets and then press some chocolate chips onto the top and slightly flatten the cookies.
Bake at 325 for 10-12 minutes.
Mine made 32! 

Let me know what you think and if you want any, go to the facebook page or the go fund! Until next time, XO. 

A first look into my apartment

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Hello all, happy Saturday! Today is going to be the start of something new, a blog series about my apartment, decorating, living alone, and becoming part of a city. I am so excited about this series and to be able to share another side of my life with y'all! 

As you might have seen on my instagram or snapchat (tcurry16), the above is how my apartment started. Everything is looking much more put together now, I just have to decorate. The first room I finished was my bathroom. As you can see, it is a little small and I had to be creative with storage, but I am so happy with how it turned out. 

For me, it is so important to be able to have clean counters in the bathroom. Having a bunch out, stresses me out and makes my mornings much more chaotic. Being able to hide everything in my drawers was vital. My drawers are definitely full, but it is manageable and the cute tray on top of my toilet was the perfect way to have my glasses and lipstick out without being in the way.

I also wanted my bathroom to inspire me. Like most people, I have struggled with insecurities about how I look and it is so easy to allow those to control you when you are getting ready in the morning. I have always loved my inspiration boards which are basically my real-life Pinterest boards. I love to make them and they always put a smile on my face. Having them in the bathroom perks me up in the morning and reminds me to be positive and love myself. Practice a little self-love today and hold your head are fabulous. Until next time, XO 

Shower curtain: Kate Spade; Bath mat: Target, similar here and here; Tray: Similar here; Infuser: Similar here; Lipstick containers: I used Diptyque candle jars after I finished the candles! Lipsticks: These three are my favorite, one, two, three; Perfume: Allure by Chanel; Lotion: L'Occitane

Mixing up Florals

Friday, August 18, 2017

2017, summer, floral, off-the-shoulder, OOTD, girly,

Hello all! Happy Friday! I hope you are gearing up for the weekend and have some fun plans ahead. My weekend is going to be filled with working, baking, and art and I couldn't be more excited. Not to worry, I will keep you updated on everything and there will definitely be blog post about a lot of my activities in the coming weeks.

2017, summer, floral, off-the-shoulder, OOTD, girly,

Before my fun weekend plans begin though, let's talk about florals. For me, florals are about the least inspired thing ever unless it is in winter. They just kind of seem a little too easy and like designers really didn't have to put in any effort. However, ever rule has an exception and this skirt is the exception for me. 
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First of all, I love the color and the cut which is ultra feminine and was fun to roughen up with this off-the-shoulder top and thick heels. Pearls were also the perfect finishing touch along with my jean jacket. As fun as this skirt is now, I am even more excited to wear it with tights and a bulky sweater this it fall yet? Until next time, XO 

Necklace: Similar here; Top: Anthropologie, similar here and here; Jean Jacket: Similar here; Skirt: Anthroplogie; Shoes: Pour La Victoire; Purse: Vintage Coach, similar here; Watch: Omega; Rings: Here and here; Glasses: the View on Elm

Polka Dots and Pink

Thursday, August 17, 2017

2017, OOTD, summer, white jeans, polka dots, navy, pink,

Hello all! Happy Thursday! It has been a busy week already, but I've been very productive and have lots of fun things to share with y'all this weekend! While I've been busy, I've also been trying to deal with our crazy weather. It has been hot here, but not the super sticky hot that is normally typical for North Carolina in August. 

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This has been nice because I've been able to experiment a little with different outfits and layers. Plus, I've been able to wear my white jeans! I love the idea of white jeans, but they are definitely hard to wear when it is so hot outside. This weird in-between weather is perfect though because the white jeans are still summer, but you don't freeze in the air conditioning. 

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I love wearing darker colors with white because it makes the white and the other pieces really pop. Navy is a perfect option because it isn't as harsh as black but the white still brightens it up a lot. I love how these polka dots play against the navy and really stand out with this outfit.

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Of course, I couldn't be content with just a cute t-shirt so pink accessories were the perfect way to finish off the outfit. Lot's of exciting things planned for the next couple of days plus a new Lefty Baking Life announcement so make sure to stay tuned! Until next time, XO

Top: J.Crew, similar here; Necklace: J.Crew; Jeans: J.Crew; Shoes: Cole Haan, similar here; Purse: J.Crew; Glasses: The View on Elm; Bracelets: Here, here, here, here, and here; Rings: Here and here

Gray Monotone with Pops of Color

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

OOTD, 2017, summer, Anthropologie, J.Crew, pink, statement earrings,

Hello all! I hope you are all doing well today! Gray might be my color of the moment because I went to basically never wearing gray to wearing it multiple times a week. Same goes for stripes! But we will see what happens as my outfits evolve this week. 

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Although fairly new to my wardrobe, gray is a great option for the end of summer and fall. It is a great neutral that isn't as bold as black, but still allows you to do lots of fun things with your accessories. 

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I love wearing giant party accessories, like these earrings, with a more professional looking outfit. It adds a little oomph to your outfit and also gives you an excuse to wear those fun party accessories that normally sit in the back of your closet! 

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The finishing touch for this outfit was the pops of color. I needed something to break up all of the gray. This pink bow bracelet perfectly matched my purse and they were the perfect finishing combination. Maybe tomorrow I'll be able to branch out from gray a little bit. Until next time, XO

Earrings: local boutique, similar here and here; Dress: Anthropologie; Purse: J.Crew; Glasses: The View on Elm; Shoes: similar here; Bracelets: Here, here, here, and here

Sprinkle Cookies with a Chocolate Twist

Monday, August 14, 2017

2017, personal, lefty, Lefty Baking Life, recipe, food, cookies,
Hello all and happy Monday! Yesterday ended up being so crazy and I am so sad I wasn't able to blog because it was National Left-Handed Day! But I did buy a futon for my apartment and get it all assembled! Let me tell you, never have I felt more accomplished than after buying a piece of furniture and putting it together by myself. I am getting so excited about my apartment and there are going to start being posts about it this week as I finish getting it decorated. 

As sad as I am that I didn't blog on National Left-Handed Day, it is not that big of a deal because every day is left-handed day for me. One of the main reasons I named the blog Lefty Living Life is because I am left-handed, but I also identify very strongly as a lefty. It is just one of those aspects of my life that has come to define me. Next year, I think I'm going to have a Lefty party! Maybe I'll even make these cookies.

Let me tell you about these cookies. These are the first thing available on Lefty Baking Life and I am obsessed with them. First of all, it is my sprinkle cookie recipe that I talk about all the time and love. This time though, I mixed up the icing a little and added chocolate chips and somehow they are even better. I am so pleased that another of my own recipes worked out and that it was able to kick off Lefty Baking Life. If you want some, there are a couple still available so just go to my go fund, donate, and then send me your address through our facebook page or email ( I'll then send you the cookies in the mail! Until next time, XO

1 cup butter, room temp
1 1/2 cups of sugar
1 egg
1 egg yolk
2 teaspoons vanilla
3 cups flour
1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 teaspoon cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup sprinkles
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
Frosting: 3/4 cup butter, room temp
2 1/4 cup confectioner's sugar
3 tablespoons heavy cream
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/8 teaspoon salt

With an electric mixer, cream the butte and sugar until light, about 2 mins. Add egg, egg yolk, and vanilla. Scrape bowl as needed.
In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, cream of tartar, cornstarch, and salt. Slowly add to the butter mixture on low speed and mix until combined. Gently mix in the sprinkles by hand. Cover and chill for at least 3 hours.
Remove from the fridge and preheat oven to 325. Let cookies sit at room temperature for 15 minutes unless you have chilled them overnight. If so, let them sit for about 30-40 minutes.
Form dough into balls. Bake for 9-10 minutes until the edges are slightly browned. The centers will appear soft. Allow to cool on pan for 3 minutes then transfer to wire rack to cool. They need to be completely chilled before you frost them.
Frosting: With a hand mixer, beat the butter until creamy. Add confectioners' sugar, cream, vanilla, and salt and mix on low speed until combined then increase the speed and mix for about 3 minutes. Add more sugar or cream if too thick or thin.
Place as much frosting as you like on the cookies and then finish with sprinkles. At first, I only frosted some of them, but the frosting really adds something so I would definitely recommend it! 

Stripes and Chambray

Saturday, August 12, 2017

2017, summer, OOTD, chambray, stripes, personal, pearls, J.Crew, sparkly,

Hello all! Happy weekend! It is still early here because I'm writing this in advance to publish later, but I have lots going on today! I'm starting off this morning with one of my new favorite activities, the Farmer's Market! I love being able to support local farmers, plus I love the food. I've been a couple of weeks in a row and the hand pie lady (no surprise there since I get one every time) and the tomato people now recognize me! It feels like I am finally a regular in a town I've lived in my whole life! 

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After the Farmer's Market, I am off to work at the Gallery. I am so excited about the show because it is finally all hung and it looks amazing! I want to buy it all for myself! But it is so exciting to be able to walk in every morning and say I did this. I could not be more excited about this job and this opportunity!

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Finally, my parents are fabulous and are delivering the last bit of my furniture to my apartment! Now all I have to do is finish getting everything set up and decorate! I am loving the apartment so far and  I will definitely be posting more about it once it is all set up.

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Well, enough about that for now, let's talk about clothes for a minute, this is a fashion blog after all! It has been pleasantly cool the past couple of days, which has been the perfect chance for me to start experimenting with layering and transitional pieces. I love wearing a chambray or a jean jacket as an outer layer with fun patterns underneath it. It just adds an extra dimension and the sparkly shoes were the perfect finishing touch. Until next time, XO

Necklace: Similar here; Top: Anthropologie, similar here and here; Chambray: J.Crew; Jeans: J.Crew; Purse: J.Crew; Shoes: J.Crew; Bracelets: Here, here, here, here, and here; Glasses: The View on Elm.

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