Friday, April 29, 2011

Guest Blogger-- Sarah from Snapshots of My Life.

Today's guest post is from my dear real life friend Sarah who is brand new to blogging!  You can usually find her at Snapshots of My Life.  Today she has a delicious treat to share with us!  Welcome, Sarah!!  


Hello everyone! I’m Sarah, from Snapshots of My Life. I was so excited when Katie asked me to guest post while she is at the beach [insert jealous face]. Although Katie is not currently eating sweets, I am and I figured some of you all were too. In our group of friends, I am known for my cupcakes {Katie here-- I can attest to this.  They are delicious!}. So I thought I would share my recipe for Dark Chocolate Cupcakes with Bailey’s Butter Cream Frosting. Enjoy!


Cupcake Ingredients:
¾ cup unsweetened dark chocolate cocoa powder
¾ cup hot water
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
1¼ tsp. coarse salt
1½ cups (3 sticks) unsalted butter
2¼ cups sugar
4 large eggs, at room temperature
4 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup sour cream, at room temperature

Icing Ingredients:
12 oz. cream cheese (not softened)
7½ tbsp. unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 tbsp. vanilla extract
3¾ cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted
Bailey’s Irish Cream, to taste (approximately 3-4 tbsp)


Directions:

  • To make the cupcakes, preheat the oven to 350˚ F. Line standard cupcake pans with paper liners. In a small bowl, whisk together the cocoa powder and hot water until smooth. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt; set aside.
  • In a medium saucepan, combine the butter and the sugar over medium heat. Heat, stirring occasionally to combine, until the butter is melted. Remove the mixture from the heat and transfer to the bowl. Beat on medium-low speed with a hand mixer, 4-5 minutes, until the mixture is cooled. Mix in the eggs, one at a time, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed and beating well after each addition. Mix in the vanilla and then the cocoa mixture and beat until incorporated. With the mixer on low speed add in the dry ingredients in two batches, alternating with the sour cream, beating just until combined.
  • Divide the batter between the prepared cupcake liners, filling them about ¾ of the way full. Bake 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, rotating the pans halfway through baking. Allow the cupcakes to cool in the pan 5-10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • To make the frosting, in the bowl beat the cream cheese and butter on medium-high speed with a hand mixer until well combined and smooth, about 2-3 minutes. Mix in the vanilla extract. Gradually beat in the confectioners’ sugar until totally incorporated, increase the speed and then beat until smooth. Add Bailey’s Irish Cream to taste and beat until incorporated. Frost cooled cupcakes as desired.

Adapted from Annie’s Eats-- Cupcake & Icing

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

ABCs of Me.

Age: 27 
Bed size:  Queen  
Chore you hate: Yes
Dogs: "My" dogs live with my parents-- Maggie & Emma, two Jack Russells


Essential start of your day: Repeating alarm clock
Favorite color: Purple (can't you tell?)
Gold or silver: Silver
Height: 5'0" on a good day
Instruments I play (or have played):  Flute & Piccolo-- I still play them in my church orcestra.  I used to play the piano too, and probably still could just haven't in a while.
Job title: Attorney
Kids: none yet
Live: North Carolina
Mom's name: Mom
Nickname(s): Katie is a nickname, but also Kate and "Shorty," etc.
Overnight hospital stay: None so far hallelujah.
Pet Peeves:  When people say "nekkid" instead of "naked," inconsiderate people, bad grammar.
Quote from movie: "Frankly my dear, I don't give a damn."  -- Rhett Butler from Gone with the Wind
Right or left handed: Right
Siblings: Younger brother Drew
Time you wake up: Work days, around 8 (yes, you can all hate me now)
Underwear: Yes please
Vegetables you dislike: Cauliflower, green peppers
What makes you run late: I love to sleep
X-ray: Lots-- teeth (obv), my foot when I broke it in 2008, my arms and chest after a car wreck, another chest xray when I had walking pneumonia as a kid and a sinus xray for a sinus infection.
Yummy food you make: I make a delicious Chicken Broccoli casserole.  And the Pioneer Woman's "Penne a la Betsy" is a fave of mine.
Zoo animal: Giraffes, but I hate the zoo

Sunday, April 24, 2011

He Is Risen!

"Death is swallowed up in victory!
Oh death, where is your victory?  Oh death, where is your sting?
The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law;
but thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ."
1 Corinthians 15:54-57

 

JESUS HAS OVERCOME
AND THE GRAVE IS OVERCOMED
VICTORY IS WON
HE IS RISEN FROM THE DEAD

And I will rise when He calls my name
No more sorrow, no more pain
I will rise on eagle's wings
Before my God, fall on my knees
And rise, I will rise

I Will Rise by Chris Tomlin





There in the ground His body lay
Light of the world by darkness slain
Then bursting forth in glorious day
Up from the grave he rose again
And as He stands in victory
SIN'S CURSE HAS LOST ITS GRIP ON ME
For I am his and He is mine
Bought with the precious blood of Christ


In Christ Alone performed by Avalon

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

What I'm Loving Wednesday.


Today has already been really stressful at work, and it's not even lunch yet.  So I definitely need to start focusing on the great things going on.

So today, I'm loving that soon I will be here...


I'm loving that this week is only a four-day work week!

I'm loving the great church service that will be happening this Sunday and that I'm a part of it.

I'm loving these Steve Madden shoes that I'm going to pick up at Belk today with my coupon!


And I'm loving the ladies who have agreed to be a guest blogger for me next week.  I'd still like to have one or two more, so if you're available and interested, let me know!!  :)

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Royal Wedding Swag.

I love a royal wedding as much as the next girl.  But am I going to be getting up at 4am?  No.  Will I TiVo it? Absolutely.  Kate Middleton is gorgeous and classy, and I wish them all the best in the world.  


But let's talk for a sec about some of the craziness that has occurred since the announcement.  Since that day, there is almost NOTHING that William and Kate's faces are not on.  Por ejemplo...

Shirts
Souvenir products for the royal wedding of Britain's Prince William and Kate Middleton is pictured in a shop in central London, on February 18, 2011. Prince William, the second in line to the throne, and Kate Middleton announced their engagement in November after a seven-year romance that began at university. The wedding, at Westminster Abbey on April 29 in London, is set to be Britain's biggest royal wedding since William's parents, Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer, married in 1981. April 29 has been made a public holiday throughout the kingdom.

Ashtrays (because we want to put our cigarettes out on the Prince & new Princess' faces??)
Souvenir products for the royal wedding of Britain's Prince William and Kate Middleton is pictured in a shop in central London, on February 18, 2011. Prince William, the second in line to the throne, and Kate Middleton announced their engagement in November after a seven-year romance that began at university. The wedding, at Westminster Abbey on April 29 in London, is set to be Britain's biggest royal wedding since William's parents, Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer, married in 1981. April 29 has been made a public holiday throughout the kingdom.

Collectible Plates & Thimbles
Souvenir products for the royal wedding of Britain's Prince William and Kate Middleton is pictured in a shop in central London, on February 18, 2011. Prince William, the second in line to the throne, and Kate Middleton announced their engagement in November after a seven-year romance that began at university. The wedding, at Westminster Abbey on April 29 in London, is set to be Britain's biggest royal wedding since William's parents, Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer, married in 1981. April 29 has been made a public holiday throughout the kingdom.

Souvenir products for the royal wedding of Britain's Prince William and Kate Middleton is pictured in a shop in central London, on February 18, 2011. Prince William, the second in line to the throne, and Kate Middleton announced their engagement in November after a seven-year romance that began at university. The wedding, at Westminster Abbey on April 29 in London, is set to be Britain's biggest royal wedding since William's parents, Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer, married in 1981. April 29 has been made a public holiday throughout the kingdom.

Coffee Mugs
Souvenir products for the royal wedding of Britain's Prince William and Kate Middleton is pictured in a shop in central London, on February 18, 2011. Prince William, the second in line to the throne, and Kate Middleton announced their engagement in November after a seven-year romance that began at university. The wedding, at Westminster Abbey on April 29 in London, is set to be Britain's biggest royal wedding since William's parents, Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer, married in 1981. April 29 has been made a public holiday throughout the kingdom.

Perfumes
Princess

Creepy-looking Dolls


Hilarious tea bag holders

China sets

Tote bags

And of course, PEZ dispensers
(all images found via Google images-- most from Zimeo.com)

I've said it before, and it bears repeating again-- People will buy anything.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Calling All Guest Bloggers!

I forgot to mention this in my earlier post, but I'm looking for some guest bloggers for next week.  Email me at katielaw7 at gmail dot com if you're interested!  Thanks!!

Weekend Shopping Finds!

This weekend, I went shopping since I have some traveling adventures coming up this spring/summer.  And I actually made some cute finds!  

Since Emily and I are going to visit the aircraft carrier in Charleston, we thought these shirts would be appropriate.  I love mine (close to Florida Gator colors!), and hers is white with blue stripes.  Hello Sailor!
Old Navy on sale rack

These are technically bermuda shorts, but they come just below my knees.  Which works well, since I hate shorts, but capris are usually too long.  


This skirt was on sale for $6 (again at Old Navy), so I grabbed it.  It's super cute, but it gets so wrinkled!  I haven't ironed since college until yesterday, and I'll have to iron it every time I wear or wash it.  But for $6, I was still a pretty good steal.


Then we hit up Express since they were having their "super-duper" sale.  The sale turned out not to be very exciting (shocker...), but I did find these beauties for cheap!  Perfect for the beach and Texas trips, not to mention just to wear in the summer.

ruffledfront dress
Express-- Purple                        Express-- Blue

And then Sunday, I went to Kohl's with my mom to use up my $10 Kohl's cash that was burning a hole in my pocket.  Express had some really cute bracelets, but at more than $20 a piece, I wasn't biting.  But, Kohl's had almost the exact same ones for only $13.  So I got these two.  With my $10 KC, only $16 for both!


All in all, a pretty successful weekend!

Friday, April 15, 2011

Ode to Living Alone.

I stole borrowed the idea for today's post from Legally Lovely!  Her top 10 list was reasons to live alone.   Let me tell you, I love living by myself!!  So, here are my top 7 reasons why:


There are so many more reasons why I love living alone, but this is all that would fit on one sheet of paper.  :) ps-- I'm linking up with Meg for Passing Notes today!


Passing Notes at O. is Me!
Have a great weekend, y'all!!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Putting on My Face.

My makeup routine is pretty standard, I think.  Minimal compared to some, but very complicated to others.  But I thought it would be fun to share.  I can't believe I'm showing you my naked face, but here goes nothing.  :)


First (and most important) thing I do is moisturize.  My skin is really dry, especially in the winter/spring when I still have the heat on and the humidity in the air is low.  Right now, my morning moisturizer is Clinique's Dramatically Different.  If it's a really dry morning, I'll use Origins Make a Difference.  And on days I can go without foundation, I love Origins VitaZing, which works like a tinted moisturizer.


While my face is soaking up the moisture (two applications on any particularly dry areas), I fix my eyes.  By doing eyes before foundation, I can get rid of any fallout without messing up the rest of my face.  This is my "everyday" neutral eye.  

   

For this look, I used Urban Decay Primer Potion in "Sin" all over the eyelid and up to the brow bone.  Then Benefit's Lust Duster in "nugget" on the lid from lashline to crease.  In the crease and outer corner, I use a dark brown shadow (either Sephora brand or Urban Decay pigment in "Smog").  Then to top it off, I add a highlighter on the brow bone, just under the eyebrow.  Here, I used Benefit High Beam, but any white, pearly eyeshadow works too.  I also use a brown eyeshadow to fill in my eyebrows (just make sure that it's a matte shadow, not shimmery).


The eyeliner is Avon's gel eyeliner in black, but I'd also recommend MAC Powerpoint pencil and Make Up For Ever's Aqua Liner.  My eyelashes are naturally straightt, so I have to curl them.  It makes a HUGE difference to open up my eyes.  And my favorite mascara of the moment is Clinique's Lash Doubling Mascara.  


Once the eyes are done, time to hit the face!  I've tried so many foundations over the past six months, but I finally landed on MAC Mineralize Satinfinish.  It's not too heavy but gives enough coverage.  Plus, it's got a "dewy" finish that I like.  I also use the MAC Pro Longwear Concealer as necessary.  Since we've entered spring officially, I've broken out my Benefit Hoola bronzer and dusted it on lightly.  And top it off with my FAVE blush, Benefit Bella Bamba. 


Last but not least is the lips.  My lip products are constantly changing, but what I'm using these days is Clinique's Chubby Stick Lip Balm in "Mega Melon" topped with Benefit's Ultra Shine Lip Gloss in "Nudie-Tude."


And voila!  My face is done!  


I really doesn't take me that long to do.  It actually took me longer to write out what I did than to actually do it!  Haha.  If y'all have product recommendations, I'd love to hear them.  I'm always keeping my eyes out for new things to try!  

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Wee Bit Wednesday.

Before we get to your regularly scheduled programming, can we talk for a sec about PhotoBucket?  What is up with this??  My blog has been this way for more than 24 hours now, and I'm not very happy about it.  I store photos on PB, as well as my lovely blog designer, Tricia, hence my crazy-looking blog.  However, this is ridiculous.  I'm starting to move my photos to Picasa, which actually is better since it links directly with Blogger.  If it this had only been a few hours, I'd understand.  Or if all of their estimates of resolution had been anywhere close to reality, I'd probably be fine.  But no. Adios, PhotoBucket!



{one} have you ever fainted?
No, but I've come close after giving blood once in high school and once while giving platelets in college.  I haven't given blood since, but think I've gotten over the trauma now.

{two} what is your favorite casino game?
Hmm-- I've never actually been to a casino before.  But I do know how to play a decent hand of Texas Hold 'Em.  

{three} do you have a good sense of direction?
Yes!!  I never get lost and can always figure out how to get where I need to go.

{four} laptop or desktop?
I only have a laptop at home, but I want a desktop with a big screen.  Laptops are nice because I can carry them around, but I love having a huge monitor.

{five} what is your go-to hair style when having a bad hair day?
I just throw it up in a ponytail/bun and head out the door.  If my hair won't cooperate, I can't force it.  Example here...


{six} do you read the newspaper on a daily basis?
No, but I do read it most Sundays.  I'd rather read the paper though than watch news on TV.

{seven} do you have a favorite celebrity chef?
Does the Pioneer Woman or Annie's Eats count?  If not, I like Giada DeLaurentis and Ina Garten.  Ina's food/recipes are better, but Giada is way more enjoyable to watch on TV.

{eight} what tv show would you like to make a guest appearance on?
Hands down-- Psych.  I will be the woman who brings best friends to blows when they both fall in love with me.   :)


{nine} do you have satellite radio in your car?
Nope-- just the free broadcast radio for me.

{ten} what was the last movie that made you cry?
Never Let Me Go.  So sad.

Friday, April 8, 2011

I ♥ Marshall Eriksen.

If you're not watching How I Met Your Mother, you are missing some great hilarity.  Marshall Eriksen is one of my all-time fave television characters.  In my humble opinion, it's as funny as FRIENDS was.  And since I don't have much blogging mojo today, I thought I'd share some Marshall goodness with you.  Enjoy!









Happy Friday, y'all!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Top 5 Thursday Music Memories.

We all have songs that remind us of specific events or times in our lives.  Some big events and others just small memories that are forever tied to some song.  These are just a few of those for me.
**Disclaimer-- I make no warranties about the appropriateness of the contents of the music videos**

1.  "Bye Bye Bye" from N'Sync-- Back in the day, I was Team Backstreet Boys.  However, my best friend in junior high, Rebecca, and I spent a week one summer at her grandmother's house.  Along with Rebecca's sister and her friend, we put on a little "talent show," if you could call it that.  And we did the dance to this song.  It was awesome-- you should've seen my mad 14 year old dancing skillz.



2.  "The Middle" by Jimmy Eat World-- Some guys I went to high school with had a band.  This was their "#1 hit" and they played it at every social gathering my senior year.  Including our Jr/Sr Banquet (not "prom" since I went to a private Christian high school).  Good times.



3.  "Scenes from an Italian Restaurant" by Billy Joel-- During my semester in DC during college, we went to see "Movin' Out," the Broadway show based on Billy Joel's songs.  I had never really listened to Billy Joel before, but I fell in love that night.  I saw the show three times and collected all my parents' Billy Joel albums as soon as I came home on break.  That night changed my life, as I am now a HUGE Billy fan.  This was one of my favorite songs from the show and is still one of my fave Billy songs.  So fun.



4.  "100 Years" by Five for Fighting-- This was another band that I fell in love with in college.  This song was several years old by then, but I didn't really get into Five for Fighting until the spring semester of my senior year.  I remember listening to this song one day driving down Highway 15-501 with the windows down after leaving class and I just started bawling because graduation was coming, I was leaving Chapel Hill, time was flying, I was getting older, etc.  When I hear it now, I still feel like I'm back at Carolina (or at least wish that I was).



5. "Harder to Breathe" by Maroon 5-- This whole album, Songs for Jane, is one of my favorite albums of all-time.  I listened to it over and over and over during the summer of 2006.  It was the first summer during law school, and I was interning with a judge.  I remember listening to it every day to and from the courthouse.  "Harder to Breathe" was my favorite song on the album.  Every time I hear it now, I think about sitting in that courtroom with the judge.  I even remember which books I was reading then when this song comes on.



What about y'all?  Any songs that always take you back?  Head on over to Meghan's and link up!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Wee Bit Wednesday.


{one} what is one food that, as an adult you love, but as a child you said you’d never touch?
Green things-- broccoli, green beans, spinach, etc.

{two} did you go to college? if yes, what was your major?
Yep-- I have a Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Juris Doctor from Wake Forest University School of Law.  I still wish I was in Chapel Hill some days.  I miss it all the time.


{three} what’s the most wild animal you’ve seen in real life (not counting the zoo)?
I can't say that I've seen lots of wild animals.  I see deer all the time.  Oh, and I've seen farm animals, but I doubt they count.

{four} have you ever been to a fortune teller?
Nope, but I would like to play around with them and see if they could tell I was lying.

{five} can you juggle?
I tried when I was little but couldn't get beyond the scarves.  So probably not at all now.

{six} hardwood floors or carpet?
Both.  I love the look of hardwood floors in my main areas.  But I love having the soft carpet in my bedroom.  

{seven} is it called “soda” or “pop”?
Here in the south we say "soda" or "soft drink".  No pop.

{eight} what was your first car?
A Nissan Altima.  It was super cute, and I had it until I was a senior in college.

{nine} what is the most decadent dessert you’ve ever eaten?
On my cruise last summer, they had a dessert called "Bitter & Blanc."  It was a triple chocolate bread pudding with a vanilla cream sauce.  It was unbelievably delicious.  If you google it, you can find a recipe!  I made it last fall, and it turned out great.  Although it was a little complicated to make.


{ten} how often do you rearrange your furniture?
I haven't at all since I moved in my house two years ago.  My bedroom and living room furniture is in the only logical position for the rooms.  Good thing I love it the way it is!  

Monday, April 4, 2011

Tag... I'm It.

Ashley tagged me in this last week.  Y'all should check her out-- she's a fantastic photographer!

1. What is your dream job?
Not long ago, I would have said my current job.  But I've been feeling a little restless lately.  So, right now it would be a job where I could try a ton of different stuff because I get bored REALLY easily.  I'd love to travel, be around sports, be stress-free yet challenged, have great co-workers, meet cool people, and get paid an appropriate salary.  Anybody have any suggestions?

2. What is your favorite drink?
Sweet tea with lots of lemon-- I could drink nothing else the rest of my life and probably be happy.

3. What is your most important beauty secret?
My answer to question #2 notwithstanding, drink lots of water.  Water is like a magical elixir for your skin.

4. If you had an all-expense paid vacation to go anywhere, where would you go?
Paris.  I've been wanting to go to Paris for a while now, so It would definitely be my first stop.  


5. If a genie popped up right now, what would your three wishes be?
1. For my law school loans to be paid
2. For a job like I described in Question 1, above
3. And for three more wishes, of course!

6. If you could only have one type of food for the rest of your life, what would it be?
My grandmother's cooking.  Yum yum!

7. What one talent do you wish you had?
I've always wished that I could speed-read.  It would've made law school so much easier.  And it would still be pretty fantastic now.

8. Who is your biggest celebrity crush?
If you've been reading my blog for some amount of time, you should know this one.  Tim Tebow is the perfect man for me-- even my mom agrees.  :)





9. If you could look into the future, would you?
Absolutely not.  I wouldn't want to know the end of the story.  It would keep me from enjoying the present.

10. What made you start a blog?
A couple of my friends had blogs, and I thought it would be fun.  There wasn't really a profound moment or event.  I just decided to do it one day.  And I'm glad I did.  :)

I tag... all of you reading this now.  Especially my new followers!  I'd love to get to know y'all, so let me know if you do this so I can check it out!

The Big Reveal....

The moment you've all been waiting for has arrived!  Congratulations to.....

  




Shoot me an email at katielaw7@gmail.com, and we'll make arrangements.  :)

Sunday, April 3, 2011

GTKY Sunday is Back!

Only a few more hours to enter my giveaway!! The winner will be announced tomorrow before lunch.


I'm so glad Keely's GTKY Sunday is back!

1. Do you weigh yourself?  Yes, I try to keep it to once a week though.

2. What's the nastiest thing you've ever eaten?  I don't really remember.  I'll try a lot of different things, and I'm sure there's stuff that has been bad.  But I can't really think of anything in particular at the moment.

3. Snail mail or email? Email.  I'm not one of those girls who longs for the days of letter writing.  I like being able to instantly get my message.

4. Do you have any irrational fears...what are they? Definitely.  I hate heights, which really isn't entirely irrational.  But, it goes to an irrational place.  When I was shopping for a house, I refused to even look at a place that was on a major hill or had a big dropoff in the back.  I don't want to be able to fall to my death in my own yard.


5. Do you play an instrument? Yes, I still play the flute every Sunday in my church orchestra.  Even the piccolo, when it's appropriate.  I can still play the piano, but don't very often.

6. Would you rather be bitten by a snake or attacked by a bear?  None of the above!  I don't even know how to answer this..

7. Do you ever go braless in public? Absolutely not.  I'm not really built for braless-ness.

8. Today i am thankful for.........? So many things, but particularly the doggie xanax that my parents are giving Emma.  She's happy and bouncy again, but most importantly, she's still alive.  :)

Friday, April 1, 2011

Junk Science?

Today, I'm in Raleigh at a seminar called Confronting the Science: Challenging Unreliable Forensic Evidence.  Most people think that forensics is an almost foolproof for determining guilt or innocence.  I had believed it before I started in this job.  But, as with anything, it's only as foolproof as the people who run the tests.

Things like fingerprints and ballistics are generally fairly reliable.  Even DNA matching is becoming more reliable as science progresses.  But once you start talking about blood spatter, handwriting, and tooth patterns (bitemarks), there's huge areas for error.  Drug chemistry is somewhere in the middle, depending on the substance being tested.


So today, I'll be learning where the scientific problems are with these tests are and how to best make sure that my client is protected in this area.

I'm super excited to learn about this stuff today.  I know when I mentioned it on Wednesday, people thought it would be cool.  And I agree, although it's probably not at all what y'all thought.  :)

Hope everyone has a great weekend!  Don't forget to enter the giveaway this weekend before it ends Sunday night!
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