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Best. Day. Ever.

So, you may have noticed that I was absent from the blog over the weekend, despite teasing you all with some more pie recipes.

There was a reason for that. I was in Baltimore visiting Brian for our second anniversary of being together…. and celebrating OUR¬†ENGAGEMENT!


That’s right…. I’M GETTING MARRIED.

We celebrated with sushi dinner and seeing Big Hero 6 (side note: it was amazing and you should all go see it.) When we went back to his apartment, it had been decorated to look like the lantern scene from Tangled- where he popped the question. And cried.



June 11,2016 here we come ūüôā

On Life Lately


Wow. I did not intend to go this long without a post.  But, as it does, life happens.

Let’s catch up, shall we?

All summer, I have been alternating between working full time at the urgent care office and traveling locally. I’ve been to Virginia (twice!), Florida, Pittsburgh, and Missouri. ¬†One week on the road, one week at home. ¬†I’ve been baking and photographing recipes when I can, but have yet to sit down and import photos, edit photos, and type up a post.

I was planning to get back into the groove of things last week, when I had some unexpected health troubles. I started seeing double on Monday. Tuesday I saw a doctor at my office, was sent to an opthamologist, who sent me to the hospital for an MRI. They determined it was not an emergent issue, so I was admitted overnight and sent for an MRI in the morning. After the MRI, I was taken to the opthamology unit, where I saw a neuro-optomology specialist who diagnosed me with Myasthenia Gravis, a neurological auto-immune disorder where the immune system starts to make antibodies against the proteins that make muscles work. Fortunately for me, it is only in my eyes and hasn’t affected my breathing. I’m on medications and will be having surgery in a few months that will hopefully put me into remission.

So what does this mean for the blog? Nothing, really. I can’t see as well, (Still seeing double), but it could have been a lot worse. I’ll still be baking and blogging!

HOWEVER, School starts in a few weeks. (SENIOR YEAR BABY!!!) and I’ll definitely have to cut back on posting at that point. So, I’ll be posting 1-2 times a week, with a recipe and maybe a bonus post, such as a round up or life update post! This way I am still updating consistently, but not stressing trying to post multiple times a week.

Thank you for bearing with me friends in my MAJOR lack of posting this summer, and I will see you around in blogland!

Saturday Sprinkles 6/13/14


Hello¬†from Pittsburgh! We’re here this weekend visiting one of Brian’s friends from High school.

Did I tell you we moved? That happened in February, technically. We just moved again to our permanent house! So that’s where I’ve been this past month. Working and moving! We moved to Philly this past February and have been renting a home until our “real” home was ready- which we moved to this past week.

The semester is over and I could not be more glad. Lets just say, I didn’t have the best year of my life and I’m glad to have some time to rest and recover.

I got a new camera lens!!! It’s my birthday present to myself. Its a 50mm f/1.8 and I LOVE IT. It’s taking some getting used to but the photos are gorgeous. ¬†I played around with it taking pictures of my dogs the second I got home.



Soooo I think we’re all caught up on my life now? Just remember that I’m 21 and live in Philly and we’re good.

Things I’m loving:

  • Orphan Black. OMG SOOOOOO GOOODDDDD. This is Brian and my favorite show and it is amazeballs. So creepy and amazing and one actress plays like, 50+% of the characters and she is fabulous. it’s on it’s second season and wow…. I just love it.
  • My canon 50mm lens… self explanatory. It’s extremely affordable and if you’re in the market for a new lens, it is highly recommended.
  • Julep Maven subscription box. It starts at $20 and you get two nail polishes and a beauty product each month. There a few different boxes you can choose from each month, from nail polishes to FULL-SIZED beauty products- and you can even completely customize each box!

Mothers Day Cake for Two {Dear Mom}

{Recipe at bottom of post}

Dear Mom,

I don’t know if anybody has told you this, but you’re kind of a badass. Let’s start with 21 years ago: You were in labor for 36 hours WITHOUT pain medication for 32 of those hours- then you had to listen to me scream and cry for the six hours following that. I mean, wow. I could never do that.

Mothers Day Cake for Two {Dear Mom} |PixieDustKitchen

From then on you were always listening to me blabber on about whatever, and answered all of my “who, what, where, when, why, and how” questions that still haven’t stopped. (I get if from dad- you know that.) People told you having only one must have been easy- but I still think that I took up the energy of three kids. You can swap stories with Mrs. Hura to figure that one out.

You put up with all of my crazy phases, from being convinced I’d someday be a child actor and driving me around to play rehearsals all the time, to listen to me try to make a sound on the flute for 12 weeks until I finally got it- and then you had to put up with my practicing for the next 12 years. (At least I finally got good at it!)

  Mothers Day Cake for Two {Dear Mom} |PixieDustKitchen

You’re pretty good at putting up with annoying things and always tell me that my creative endeavors are good- even if they’re not really. Thank you for complimenting all of my music performances telling me “You sound great!” No matter how hard I deny it, and telling me that this cake was beautiful even though all I see are the mess ups.

You’re pretty great, mom. I love you A TON A TON A TON even if I don’t say it enough- and I know I don’t. ¬†I appreciate everything you do, and for putting up with me and dad being so much a like. Thank you for all the sacrifices you have made the past 21 years for me.



I made this cake by halving the recipe I adapted from Baking Illustrated and used in many different cupcake recipes and baking in two six inch cake pans. Between the layers is cookies ‘n’ cream pudding (leftover from some cookies I made), and used the rosette frosting technique from i am baker.

Here’s the frosting recipe!

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Mothers Day Cake for Two {Dear Mom}
My favorite buttercream recipe- it's soft, creamy, and perfect for frosting cakes and cupcakes in fun ways.
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, room temperature
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • dash salt
  • teaspoon vanilla extract
  1. Beat butter in stand mixer until creamy and fluffy.
  2. Slowly add in powdered sugar until fully incorporated.
  3. Mix in salt.
  4. Frost cake and enjoy!

Saturday Sprinkles 02/01/14

Goodness gracious, it’s February already? Keep up with this and I’ll be graduating in no time! (psst it’s still a year away. sheesh.) It’s been SUPER COLD here, but it’s winter so what else can you expect? Last week I had three days in a row off of school, because of MLK day and two snow days. It was absolutely wonderful. ¬†I went home that weekend as well, since my family is moving this weekend! Yup, my parents are moving to Philly- just the next suburb over from my school.

School time: 

  • the first month of the semester has been great. I’ve been getting great feedback from my professors and I’m excited about my classes, with the exception of Spanish and personality psych.
  • Favorite class so far? Psychopathology. It’s very interesting and we talk about just what I want to go into post-grad.
  • Speaking of, I’ll have half of my senior thesis written by the end of the semester! Next semester I’ll be doing the actual study portion (on real live humans, that’s both exciting and scary!) and adding in the results.

Things I’m loving this week:¬†

Instagram Highlights

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Saturday Sprinkles (12/28/13)

Happy Christmas and Happy New Year everyone! Can you believe we’ve reached the end of 2013 already? It’s been a crazy year for me, with taking a semester off school to work at Disney, leaving Disney earlier than expected, starting a food blog, and changing my major junior year of school. Wow!

Of course, my favorite was starting my blog!

I had a wonderful, crazy Christmas with both sides of my family, and working as well on christmas day. ūüôĀ But that’s how things are when you work at an urgent care doctors office. People don’t stop getting sick on Christmas!


My favorite gift was my gift to myself (with the help of christmas money!): A Canon Rebel EOS t3. I’ve decided it’s time to invest in my blog a little bit to help grow PDK, so I’ve been researching for a few months and the rebel seems to be my best bet. ¬†I love it! I’ve been snapping pictures all day of my puppies, mom, Brian, and of course, food.


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Instagram Highlights…

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Thank you all for visiting my blog, trying my recipes, and giving your feedback, (especially when you’re pointing out typos- I really do appreciate that.) you have all made 2013 and my first 7 months of 9 months of blogging wonderful.

Saturday Sprinkles (10/26/13)

Wow, It’s been a while. I’ve been up to a lot since my last sprinkles post! I’ve had fall break, I’ve visited Philly and gone home to see the Edgar Allen Poe house in Baltimore, I’ve had midterms, and I’ve registered for classes for next semester! One of them most exciting things about class registration is that I can feasibly finish all my required classes for Psychology and graduate by spring 2015- even though I changed my major halfway through college and took a semester off. And after next semester I’ll be done with all of my core classes!

Things I’ve been OBSESSED with lately….

  • (honestly, not much. It’s research paper season.)
  • Sleepy Hallow. One of my newest favorite TV shows. History and creepyness and supernatural? YES PLEASE.
  • I’ve also been fascinated by the science of vegan baking- I think it’s so interesting to make cookies and brownies and whatnot without any animals or animal byproduct.
  • I’ve been really obsessed with the newest Disney Princess movie, Frozen. I can’t wait for it to come out! ¬†(Also check out this more serious trailer.)
  • How cute are these Caramel Apple Decorated Cookies?
  • I never would have thought to make my own coconut butter. I wonder if it works just as well in baking?

School time…

  • I’m loving being a psychology major- I’m so happy I changed it, and I’m glad to be in a major that I actually enjoy, I’m good at, and the professors are happy to have me in their classes.
  • Speaking of which, I got a grade on a Research test that I was disappointed with. After class another girl asked me if I could help her study for our next test, and later I was meeting with the teacher and he said “yeah, so you’re really good in my class, so I think you’d be good at a thesis.” Both of which were so encouraging!
  • AND I’m writing a thesis next fall. Yay?

No Instagram highlights this week, they’ll be back with the next Saturday Sprinkles!¬†

Sunday Sprinkles (9/8/13)- BIG News!

You may have noticed some changes around PixieDustKitchen recently. Last week I made the transition from a hosted website to a fully self-hosted website using and dreamhost. While it was a near week- long transition full of headaches, and my techie-minded friend eventually just had to go in and do it for me, it was worth it. I’ve decided that it’s time to invest more into and grow my blog and switching to self hosted was the first step!

So what does that mean for you? Even though I’m at school, I treat this blog as a part time job. That means more posting, a better, more streamlined layout, and now you can save and print recipes to your computer to make at home without having to take a laptop or tablet into the kitchen. Hopefully I’ll be able to add a ziplist function to save recipes to your recipe box, and even more fun things for you!

Things I’m obsessed with this week…¬†

School Time…

  • I LOVE the girls in my hall. I think this is going to be a great year!
  • I’m just in Biology for the credit, but my teacher is super nice and understands we’re not bio majors, we don’t want to be bio majors, and just want to graduate. She just wants us to pass and as long as we do our homework, it shouldn’t be hard.
  • I honestly love all my professors and I’m really excited about my classes.

Instagram Highlights…¬†

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Sunday Sprinkles (8/25/2013)

It’s time for another edition of Saturday Sunday Sprinkles that starts with apologizing for my posting being off schedule and weird.

And it’s going to be weird for a little bit longer, because I move back to school Tuesday and I’ll be working 7-14 hours a week as well as taking (hopefully) 18 credit hours even though I’m only registered for 15. I just need more to catch up from my semester off and changing my major and all that jazz. Sigh. But hopefully I can still pull out a post at least twice a week, although I really like this 3-times-a-week thing we had going. And expect a lot of cookies, because those are easy to develop once you have a few good bases, and I don’t want to waste a bunch of things because I’ll be using the student kitchen on campus that has like, nothing in it. #smallschoolprobs

Yesterday I published my 65th post on this blog– I like round numbers, and I can’t believe I’ve made it this far. I’ve met some incredible people, grown a lot as a person, and grown a ton as a blogger. And I can’t wait to keep growing. I’m hoping to go self hosted by christmas, but I’m terrified of switching my blog over- fortunately I have a techie friend who can help me and hold my hand the whole time.

I’ve had a fantastic summer- spending almost maglie calcio poco prezzo every day with Brian, visiting my family in Arizona, exploring downtown with my dad, starting a new job, and of course, food blogging. I love you guys. Y’all really did make my summer.

I’ve started trying to use Google plus. I don’t get it, it’s confusing and weird. But you can add me to your circle, if you wish! I’ve also started tweeting more- if you want to read my stream of consciousness, follow me!

Instagram highlights:

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Obsessed with my puppy // favorite quote by joy the baker
baseball games with brian // zoku slush maker- new favorite toy!
we really like baseball… // can’t stop baking, even on vacation.¬†

Saturday Sprinkles (8/3/2013)

Sorry about the weird posting schedule the past two weeks! While I always try to post at least 3 times a week, sometimes real life gets in the way and I don’t have time to shoot and post recipes! I’ve been busy with work ¬†and having to travel a lot for that, which leaves little time for posting.

But I’m back, and trying to get ahead with school starting soon! I have a few fun back-to school recipes floating around in my head that I can’t wait to start developing. I move back to college at the end of August and I’m trying to figure out how this food blogging thing will work during the school year.


Brian and I went to the beach on Tuesday, and while I love the beach, I forget how cold the water always is, how sticky the sand is, and how HOT it is! Honestly, the beach can be miserable! But I love it. ¬†I also got a great lesson about how God always provides, even in the small things! Brian and I went just for the day by ourselves, and we didn’t have an¬†umbrella¬†.. or chairs, forgot¬†completely¬†to camp out near a public restroom and had no place to change before going to dinner and then going home. Right when we realized that, a woman from our cheap oakley sunglasses church came up who was visiting for a few weeks with family. She offered us their extra¬†umbrella¬†and to use their condo to clean up at the end of the day. It was so wonderful that they offered and I was so happy to not be sticky and sandy for the 3 hour drive home.


As you know, I just got a new job a few weeks ago. It’s my first “grown up” job that isn’t laid back, ¬†and is full of paperwork and confidentiality. I work for a semi-large chain of urgent care health ¬†centers that is rapidly growing and expanding, doing front desk work- registering patients, collecting copays, and prescription bills. It’s honestly my favorite job I’ve had so far- while my work is¬†monotonous, the people are always interesting and I’m good at my job.

Instagram round up-


Orioles Game!




Sharknado! (Basically the BEST MOVIE EVER AMIRIGHT)


We went to Six Flags America, and the Batman area was the best!



Thick and soft and fluffy and chewy… and coming soon!

How was your week? What’s your favorite job you’ve ever had? Any fun vacations this summer?

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