Whole Wheat Carrot Cake

When life gives you carrots, you make homemade whole wheat carrot cake!

A long while ago, (back in my deployment days when I first started this blog) I made a individual chicken pot pies. At the time, my boyfriend was back in the states while I was still overseas, so he was REALLY jealous that he couldn’t have any of the pies I had made.

Flash forward to today- I finally made those chicken pot pies for him! (In case you’re wondering, he’s a fan and wants me to make them once a week!) Along with making those delicious pot pies, I had an abundance of leftover carrots. So, when life gives your carrots, you make carrot cake!

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See what I bought with my West Elm gift card!


A couple weeks ago, I was on a flight heading to Des Moines, Iowa to visit friends and attend a couple weddings. I logged into my email before taking off and read these magic words:

Hi Cassandra, Congratulations! You are dwellinggawker’s Follow & Win Contest winner for the $500 West Elm gift card!”

I literally was so over joyed, I even told the flight attendant! I’m already a huge fan of West Elm and now I was getting a gift card to one of my favorite stores!? I think the last time I won something was in 5th grade- I won the chance to take the class guinea pig home for a week. I immediately logged onto West Elm and started looking through each category, carefully deciding which items I wanted.

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Thursday Favorites

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This week’s Thursday Favorites:

1. I’m LOVING this Farmhouse Jam Summer Cocktail recipe from A Pair and a Spare.

2. Love this Tory Burch ensemble from Jesse Afshin (The Darling Detail) – (Psst, there are still two days left in her Tory Burch Marion hobo bag giveaway so enter to win!)

3. How cute is this head scarf tutorial from  Joëlle for The Wonder Forest?

4. Totally loving this guide on growing your brand on instagram from Rachel (The Crafted Life.) I found it helpful and I came across it at the perfect time!

5. There’s never a recipe I don’t like from Chung-Ah (Damn Delicious.) I’m currently swooning over this one pot bbq chicken pasta recipe- perfect for weekend get togethers with your friends!

6. Did you know that honey can soothe irritated skin and reduce redness? See more skin cleansing tips from Stephanie (Henry Happened.)

Peach Elderflower Spritzer


I still have a lot of exploring to do around my area in Queens, and the city itself. Yesterday night, I ventured out to a local fresh produce market I found just down the street and stocked up on some summer fruits and vegetables.

I had a thought in my head about the St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur I had at home, waiting to be mixed into something delicious. After grabbing some peaches from the stand, I was now armed with an idea and some determination to make a killer summertime spritzer.

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Casual Summer Style


It’s Fourth of July week! I feel like this week will be sooo busy for me. Between meeting with my school advisors, preparing for July 4th weekend festivities (HOPEFULLY it doesn’t rain though!) and doing some projects around the apartment (who doesn’t love a little linen closet organization) it’s safe to say that I won’t be bored.

This week will also mean running a lot of errands- unless if I can magically pull off one giant errand run in one day. While I’m running errands in this hot hot heat, I like to keep it casual with a tank top, my favorite jeans, and some flat sandals.

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