A Care Package From Paris!

 

For a Francophile who loves snail mail, few things are better than a cute package from Paris. When My Little Paris approached me to contribute to their magazine, I tried to be Parisian-girl cool but instead let out a giddy, Oui! To welcome me to their team, the ladies sent over a My Little Box containing all kinds of beautiful (and beautifully packaged) gifts. Here’s to adding a little bit of Parisian flair to your day!

See the other care package posts here!

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How to Assemble a Care Package for Baby

Frock Files | Care Package for Baby

One of my oldest friends just gave birth to a little boy, so I put together a care package for him. Is there anything better than shopping for baby things? I’m completely unprepared to be a mother, but I would love to be a baby stylist. Luckily, there are more and more wee ones in my life to send goodies to.

Whenever I’m shopping for kids, I worry first about texture. The Jellycat stuffed animals are the softest, and they’re so, so cute — and kid approved! I gave one to one of my favorite kids and now her little sister drags it around behind her, Linus style. I also consider items that parents will be entertained by, too, like this book. If you haven’t read it, you have to get your hands on it soon. It’s so funny and well done! And those teensy tiny shoes? I mean, come on.

Frock Files | Care Package for Baby

What kinds of things do you love to send for newborns?

Book: Barnes + Noble
Zebra: Anthropologie (Not available online at Anthro but you can get it at Diapers.com)
Onesie: Gap Baby
Pants: Target
Shoes: Target

How To: Gold Dipped Feather Wall Art

Frock Files | Gold Dipped Feather Wall Art

April arrives next week and with it comes a new theme: home. So it’s only fitting that we kick things off just a little early with a post on decorating your walls. I’m talking about how to create some chic and inexpensive wall art over at You Are My Fave today — and it’s so easy.

After months of moving purging the stuff in our second bedroom, we finally got paint up on the walls and furniture moved in. Now it’s all about the finishing touches. I have these huge blank walls, and while I have plans for the big spaces, the small spaces needed some love. This project was the perfect solution. I hope you’ll check out the simple steps over on the tutorial, then let me know what you think.

Celebrating the Many March Birthdays

The snow is falling here in New England, but I still feel like it’s time for ballet flats and flowers. Part of my excitement stems from the fact that Daylight Savings is happening this weekend, which means that the sun will be up until 6:45pm here (oh, dream of dreams)! Also, by this time next week it’ll already be the middle of March. I realized that as I was scheduling a meeting the other day and wanted to do a happy dance.

blossoms

My celebratory mood may also have something to do with the fact that we have so many friends who are born in March. Do you find this to be true in your life, too? Count backward nine months, and it all begins to make sense. So for all these early springtime babies, we’re celebrating non-stop. If you are too, here are some party ideas to get you going:

For brunch birthday parties (we’re having one tomorrow!), an ingenious way to cook eggs and bacon.

No one else will have this gift wrap.

For him.

For her.

Because there must be a cake. Or cakes!

What I’d like for my birthday (which is many, many months away).

Have a wonderful weekend, friends! And check back on Monday, when I’ll be unveiling something I’ve been working hard on. xo

Image by the lovely Justina Blakeney.

Simple Recipe: Super Soft Mochi

Frock Files | Easy Mochi

Every Girls’ Day when I was growing up, my grandma brought over a plate full of mochi. I’d ration it out over a week because I knew I’d have to wait months until having it again. As I got older, I’d buy mochi from shops and farmer’s market stands, but none of them ever compared to my grandma’s. After all that searching, I eventually broke down and decided to make it myself. That’s when the real secret was revealed to me: it’s really easy to make. All you do is mix the ingredients and bake them on low heat.

If you’ve never had mochi, the closest thing I can compare it to is Turkish delight. Of course, perhaps you’ve never had Turkish delight either, so I’ll say that it’s a bit like a chewy marshmallow. The ingredients — rice flour, coconut milk, sugar, and vanilla — speak for themselves. And speaking of ingredients, mochi is naturally gluten-free and vegan. Double hooray!

Frock Files | Easy Mochi

Ingredients
  • 1 lb. mochiko (aka Sweet Rice Flour by Bob’s Red Mill)
  • 2 ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • Potato starch (or corn starch)
  • Food coloring
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 275 degrees. Grease a 9″ x 13″ pan.
  2. Mix the mochiko, sugar, and baking powder together. In a separate bowl, mix the vanilla, water, and coconut together. Then, blend the wet and dry ingredients, using your hands. Add food coloring, if desired.
  3. Pour the mixture into a greased pan. Cover tightly and bake for 90 minutes.
  4. Remove the pan from the oven. Remove the foil and allow to cool completely. Once fully cooled, my grandma re-covers the mochi with foil and allows it to sit for 10-12 hours. I don’t have that kind of patience, but if you do, your mochi will probably be even softer!
  5. Using a plastic knife, cut into small pieces and roll in potato starch until lightly coated. Wrap in wax paper, if desired.

1 lb. mochiko 2 ¼ cup sugar 1 teaspoon baking powder   Mix well: 1 teaspoon vanilla 2 cups water 1 (12 ounce) can coconut milk

Aside from the fact that this recipe makes delicious mochi, it’s also really pretty once it’s finished. This would be an excellent dessert for St. Patrick’s day, since you can use any food coloring you want (it only requires a few drops). I love sealing them in glass jars and making deliveries to friends, since this recipe makes so many pieces.

P.S. More mochi recipes (including mochi ice cream, butter mochi, and pumpkin mochi)!

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