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Orange + Lemon Poppy Seed Muffin Recipe

 orange + lemon poppy seed muffin recipe
Orange + lemon poppy seed muffins are on the menu today, and hooray for that because they are the tastiest muffins I've ever eaten.  Seriously. If you have a couple lemons and oranges kicking around the fruit bowl, all you need to add to those is a little bit of poppy seed and some basic pantry ingredients and you're halfway to citrus heaven.
   

Orange + Lemon Poppy Seed Muffin Recipe

Can we talk about poppy seeds for a minute?  I've always loved a good poppy seed muffin, I mean really, who doesn't?  But Eastern Europeans LOVE THEM some poppy.  I don't know what it is about poppy seeds, but my husband's mother, our Babcia, sends boxes upon boxes of poppy seeds after a visit to Poland.  I'm not really sure what we're supposed to do with all of them, but I really truly, actually have about 5 pounds of poppy seeds sitting in my kitchen cupboards.  So if any of you are jonesing for some, you know where to find me.  I'm down to 2 tablespoons shy of 5 pounds after making these muffins, so I have plenty left for you.
   

Poppyseed Muffins

Anywho. These muffins are seriously heaven.  They're dense + moist … >> find out more...

Allison

Well, hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. We do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, crazy home remodel projects, and cool (yes, cool) DIY crafts you'll totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!

10 Fathers Day Gifts Under $50

Fathers Day is coming, like, soon. Anyone else struggling to find an awesome/hip/modern/cool gift for Dad this Father’s Day? In my opinion, finding presents for men is not easy! Maybe my husband is rather fussy, and  I can never get just the right gift for him. But don’t you worry- I’ve done my research this year and I think I’ve found 10 perfect gifts for Father’s Day. All of these gifts are man-approved and won’t break the bank. Check them out and see for yourself!

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1. “Your Baby’s First Word will be DADA” from Amazon: You had me at Jimmy Fallon. I love that he wrote this funny children’s book for all the  new dads out there that want their baby’s first word to be “Dada!” So cute.

2. Homeowners Tool Set from The Home Depot: These tools will help get the job done! Every dad needs a good convenient set of tools that will come in handy for those everyday household projects.

3. Sriracha2Go: Does your Dad/Husband/Guy in your life love Sriracha sauce as much as mine does? If so, there is a 100% chance that this gift is PERFECT for him.

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4. Photobook from Printstagram>> find out more...

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Summer Grapefruit Citrus Cooler Drink

summer grapefruit citrus cooler drink

I love grapefruit!  Grapefruit has been an acquired taste for me, honestly.  Anytime my mom bought it when I growing up, I protested as a matter of course, but the older I’ve gotten the more I can appreciate the tartly sweet citrus for the tasty business it is.  I still like to mix grapefruit with other flavors when I can, and sometimes when I eat one by itself I add a small spoonful of honey to maximize the awesome.

So you can imagine how much I love a good grapefruit drink then. I like it, I like it a lot.  (name that movie)  A bubbly grapefruit drink with lemons, cranberry juice and a sprig or two of mint?  Fuhgetaboutit.  Heaven.  Even if you’re not a huge grapefruit aficionado, I think this drink might appeal to you.

I’m just saying.

 

summer grapefruit citrus cooler

The glorious thing about this drink recipe is that you can make it with or without alcohol, and you can sweeten it or leave it a bit tart, depending how you like your drinks.

 

summer grapefruit citrus cooler

I like a tiny bit of sweet to counteract the tart, but I didn’t add any sugar to this recipe.  If you like … >> find out more...

Allison

Well, hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. We do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, crazy home remodel projects, and cool (yes, cool) DIY crafts you'll totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!

Organizing Your House Week Five

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How’s organizing going for you?  Have you been following along with my Organizing Your House One Week At A Time series?  If you’re just getting caught up, here’s the skinny: I’m organizing my house one week at a time and documenting it on Petit Elefant.  That way we can all get organized together, in bite sized chunks.  It’s super doable and to play along you don’t need anything more than time.  Really.  We can totally do this.

You can catch up on what we’ve organized so far here:

  1. Organizing Your House Week One (kitchen cupboard)
  2. Organizing Your House Week Two (bathroom drawer / vanity part 1)
  3. Organizing Your House Week Three (bathroom drawer / vanity part 2)
  4. Organizing Your House Week Four (nightstand / bedside table / under the bed)

This week we’re going to organize your jewelry box.  It’s going to be so much fun, just you wait.

 

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One of the tougher spots in organizing my bedroom, beyond having a really honest conversation with myself about what books I’m really going to read and which need to be donated to charity, is my jewelry box.  Or rather, my hugely out-of-control collection of accessories that don’t quite … >> find out more...

Allison

Well, hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. We do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, crazy home remodel projects, and cool (yes, cool) DIY crafts you'll totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!

Chocolate Chip Cookies From Me to You

Chocolate is my boyfriend.  My other lover.  My favorite mistake.  And I’m totally okay admitting it.  Cutting sugar from my diet makes me a raging lunatic, so I’m not even going to try anymore.  Sure, maybe I’ll stop at one cookie instead of the whole batch, but breaking up with chocolate, permanently, just isn’t in the cards.

We should make some chocolate chip cookies to celebrate this declaration of love, yes?  I think so, too.

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Chocolate chip cookies are one of the ultimate comfort foods.  The treat you hope your mom has made for you, cooling on the counter, just waiting for you on your very worst days.  And for whatever reason, for me, oatmeal chocolate chip raisin cookies are all the better.  Eat one or two of those bad boys with a tall glass of cold milk and all the sadness in your life just magically disappears.

We’re not talking calories here, because magic and calories don’t mix.  Just go with it.

Today I’m sharing my favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe, which with a few tweaks you can make into chocolate chip oatmeal cookies, if you’re so inclined, or my very favorite: chocolate chip oatmeal raisin … >> find out more...

Allison

Well, hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. We do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, crazy home remodel projects, and cool (yes, cool) DIY crafts you'll totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!

The Show You Have To Watch Right Now

Admittedly, I watch less TV right now than I have in the past, but that just means as I’m more selectively watching, the stuff I do watch is straight up awesomesauce.  And one of those awesomesauce shows I’m watching right now is the Netflix Original Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.

 

Show You Have To Watch Right Now

Please tell me you’re watching Kimmy Schmidt.  If you’re not, now’s the time to start.

If you like Tina Fey, (and let’s get serious here, who doesn’t?) this is the show for you.  Tina Fey + Robert Carlock are the executive producers and writers of this new ridiculously fabulous, off-kilter, sarcastic comedy TV show.  If you’ve been living in a cave, Tina Fey is a brilliant actress + writer from Saturday Night Live, 30 Rock and now Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt fame.  Robert Carlock has been behind-the-scenes as a producer and writer with Tina Fey in SNL and 30 Rock, and now Kimmy Schmidt.

All of which is to say, you’re in the very best of comedy hands with Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.  Ellie Kemper (of The Office) stars as Kimmy Schmidt, a woman rescued from an underground bunker where she’s been hanging with a totally bananas doomsday cult for … >> find out more...

Allison

Well, hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. We do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, crazy home remodel projects, and cool (yes, cool) DIY crafts you'll totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!

Easy Tips for Gorgeous Flower Pots

Gorgeous Flower Pots

Spring has sprung, summer is on its way, and its time to perk up your front porch with a burst of color. The nurseries and garden stores are overflowing with bright, cheery annuals (those are flowers that only bloom and live once, rather than perennials which come back every year) and you really ought to get your hands on some. There is definitely something therapeutic in working with the soil and colors. Pinks, yellows, reds, purples, oranges, white…the combinations are endless. So, grab that tired old pot out of the corner of the garage or and give it some life! Follow these tips for gorgeous blooms all summer long, and I think you’ll even enjoy yourself along the way.

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First, select your flower pots.  Any size or shape will do. Make sure it’s a good size for your space and make sure it has good drainage. I’m using this old yellow one–I love the aging patina and texture. If your pot is quite large and deep, like mine, stack some recyclable material in the bottom third–old plastic flower pots placed upside down, empty aluminum cans, styrofoam packing peanuts, etc. This helps create better drainage and spares the waste of unnecessary … >> find out more...

Kimberly

...by day, making a home where the buffalo roam. By night, pretty much the same thing, punctuated by the occasional fantasies of sunny beaches, italian movies and sparkling lemonade.

Poetry of A Thousand Mornings

A Thousand Mornings

Do you love poetry? I have just the book for a cozy moment of repose. I realize that summer is upon us, and lately the sun has been smiling ear to ear for most people – but sometimes, and especially during those thick summer months, you want a rainy space to curl up in. It doesn’t have to be a real rainy day to get that cozy and damp feeling, though.

A Thousand Mornings

It is so important to find a place to pause and think and feel, to take a break from the constant buzzing of May, June, July and just listen. It is so nice to take a break from the sunscreen and the chlorine and remember sweaters and cinnamon-flavored things. A little bit of poetry is just the thing for a mental respite, a little boost for your soul.

I find a rainy and reflective space every time I open my Mary Oliver book of poetry, A Thousand Mornings. It was given to me as aChristmas gift and then stored on my shelf until a flight to San Francisco. I read it a total of 5 times on the flight because my pencil found something new to mark every time.… >> find out more...

elliepeek

20 years old, and deeply happy to be alive. I am an aspiring writer, maybe-lawyer, and human being. I am an English major at Brigham Young University. I write a heavy bit of poetry, and eat a heavy bit of Indian food. I lived in Germany for a bit, but currently call Utah my home. I want to travel as much as time and cash will permit, in this short and spectacular life - and look good while doing it.

Organizing Your House Week Four

Let’s clean house!

Okay.  Maybe we don’t have to do clean so much as we have to organize.  And when I say ‘we‘ I mean ‘me‘.  And also, probably, definitely there will be some cleaning involved.

Still with me?

Organizing Your House Nothing is safe in my house anymore.  If things aren’t nailed down, and frankly even if they are, they go straight to the donate + / or recycling bins.  I just don’t have it in me to keep crap around the house; I want it all GONE yesterday.

Let’s get back in the game.  Where were we?  We stopped at Organizing Your House Week Three, wherein we organized a bathroom cabinet / drawer / cupboard and this week we’re organizing the spot next to your bed.  Or your whole bedroom, whatever makes you happy.

 

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The side of my bed is always a virtual landmine of stuff.  Lotion, medicine bottles, 7 kinds of headphones, cough drops, gum, at least 3 different lip balms, blank notepads and notebooks, 75 million pens (approx.) and books, books, booooooooks.  I tidy my side of the bed regularly, but it always piles back up to a huge stack of … >> find out more...

Allison

Well, hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. We do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, crazy home remodel projects, and cool (yes, cool) DIY crafts you'll totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!