TGIFriYAY

A wise man once said, “Success is going from failure Monday to failure Friday without losing your enthusiasm.” and once again my friends, we’ve done it! I raise my 3rd and final cup of joe in a toast to you, to us, to another successful week come and gone! Only a few more Fridays left in 2014, so let’s make ’em count.

I’ve rounded up a few of my favorite things floating around the World Wide Web this week to share with you in my favorite format of all: lists w/ links. So pour another cup and keep on scrolling and clicking and scrolling some more.

It’s Friday, get back to work!” – said no one, ever.

  • Important question: why be a grown up when you can be groovy? While I’m hesitant to throw this tote over my shoulder, the petite, zipper-pouch version is calling my name from the Jonathan Adler boutique directly below The Street team’s office.
  • Bagels + Pizza. Say no more. If I ever find myself in Chelsea…
  • Coca-Cola? Smoothies? I have a feeling I’ll be needing these DIY Hangover Cures after this Saturday’s Boston Beer Summit (you can thank me later).
  • Trying to bring back snail mail? You’ll want to check this chick out. And then you’ll want to think of every excuse to buy one of everything for any and every occasion, whether it’s happening 11 days or 11 months from now.
  • A Twitter “buy” button? This sounds dangerous.
  • @ShopTheStreet hit 1K followers on Instagram! A little victory that’s not so little in the eyes of a girl who views every meal and every landscape within the confines of a 4×4, #nofilter-ed frame. 2K by the end of 2015? Cake.
  • And last but certainly not least, I love Friday, I love “thank you”s, and I love Jimmy Fallon so I’ll leave you with this.

Haaaaaaaapy weekending!

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Sunday Funday

For those of you wondering “what is Annie up to on this fine Sunday?” (hi mom, I’m lookin’ at you), here’s your answer: nothing. And it’s incredible.

Perhaps you’ve noticed that I’ve been spending the past few Sundays in the kitchen whipping up homemade chili and sugar cookies. Not today. Today I’m brunching, loading up on apparel from the Saint Joe’s Bookstore and watching football; more or less, doing absolutely nothing.

Sunday posts will resume next weekend with a special Thanksgiving edition, as I get back in the kitchen and attempt to make something worthy of being included amongst the Thanksgiving spread.

For now, I’ll leave you with this breath taking image of this mornings breakfast table:

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TGIF: Philadelphia Edition

It’s FRIYAY friends & thank GOODNESS for that! I don’t know about you but it’s been a busy week over at @shopthestreet. I couldn’t have picked a better time for a VACATION!!!

I’m headed back to Hawk Hill to watch a little basketball, visit some little humans, eat a little cheesesteak (ok maybe a lot of cheesesteak), and reunite with 1 not-so-little sisterhood!

Thus, I present to you a Philadelphia edition of Thank Goodness It’s FriYAY; written from above, somewhere in the air between Boston and Philly.

Here are a few things I’m looking forward to this weekend:

It’s been far too long since I’ve seen my Philly Fam so for starters I think I’m most excited about catching up with mini coach and his crew.

For 4 years on hawk hill I’ve wanted nothing more than a large Starbucks, with a variety of quiet booths and tables for me to sit, sip and study. What do they do as soon as I leave? Build a new Starbucks. So you can find me in there this weekend, sipping from a red cup and thinking about how awesome a life free of studying has been thus far.

Sizzlies, Gobblers, coffee, pretzels, repeat. (Read as: as many trips to Wawa as one human can possibly handle within a 3 day limit)

#INSTAgam (figure it out)

Related: margs and beers with my dear sisters and dear friends (Tori, Kate…I’m lookin’ at you).

More good people, doing more good things. Like these guys, who are using art to transform neighborhoods from Rio to North Philly.

Looking forward to many more successful blogger events at The Street, taking on new projects of my own, working late and loving every minute.

Hoping for a win in Hagan Arena and so looking forward to the first glimpse of that 2014 A10 Champion banner dropping from the ceiling. #THWND

As they say, “home is where the hawk is” and it feels pretty dam good to be back.

Happy weekending, ya’ll!

Rainbow Sprinkle Cookies

Sprinkle Cookies Today is Sunday. As far as I’m concerned, the best day of the week. No emails to answer, no dress code requirement, no schedule to follow, and a built-in reason for an early bed time. 24 hours to spend however I please.

There are two ways in which you can look at Sunday; as the dreaded end to a glorious weekend, or as the glorious beginning of a fresh new week. Because I’m a gal with a sunny disposition, I choose the latter. So this morning, I woke up with the sun, went straight to the Keurig and mentally prepared to grab Sunday by the horns.

On today’s agenda? Sweeping, running, shopping, mixing, writing, painting, baking (in that order). Cleaned my room, ran around Boston from Cambridge to Fenway Park (stopping only every .25 miles to snap a quick picture of the city from a different view), shopped for cookie baking essentials, mixed up the batter, typed up some thoughts & painted my nails while I let the batter chill, and baked some cookies 2 hours later.

You know what they say, “why make cookies when you can make cookies smothered in rainbow sprinkles, instead?”

Here’s what you’ll need…

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flourphoto
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup rainbow sprinkles

And here’s what you’ll need to do…

  1. Whisk together flour, baking powder, cream of tartar, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  2. In a larger bowl blend the butter and sugar light and fluffy (I imagine this is all much easier with mom’s Kitchen Aid Mixer).  Add the egg and vanilla extract, and beat until thoroughly combined.
  3. Add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. At this point, the dough will be thick and your biceps might feel a little achy. Fold in 1/4 cup of sprinkles.
  4. Place the remaining 1/4 cup sprinkles in a bowl. Scoop up 2 tablespoons of dough and roll into a ball. Dip the ball in the bowl of sprinkles and place on a plate. Chill the colorful, sprinkled balls of dough for at least 2 hours.
  5. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  6. Transfer the chilled dough balls to the prepared baking sheets, leaving about 2 inches of space in between each ball.
  7. Bake until the cookies have spread and are just beginning to brown around the edges, but are mostly pale and soft, 8 to 10 minutes. Let cool.

Over all, a pretty simple recipe and I was able to successfully keep the colorful mess to a minimum. Mine came out HUGE so I would suggest closer to 1 tablespoon of cookie dough next time. But at the end of the day, a massive cookie is still a cookie so dip that sucker in some milk and enjoy.

Thank Goodness It’s FRIYAY

TGIF

Happy Friday, friends!! It’s finally here! So ditch that to-do list, grab a second cup of joe and keep browsing this great, big, beautiful thing called the internet (PJ’s not required but highly encouraged).

A few things I’m searching for and/or dying to get my hands on this weekend?

  • A travel coffee mug: much like this one or this one (although I’m not crazy about hot pink)
  • Similarly, beautiful coffee mugs & tea cups (bonus points if their pretty enough to Instagram). I’m torn between this one, and this one and these and the entire drink ware collection at Anthropologie, and then there’s this one and…
  • An inspiring, beautiful, funny, or jaw-dropping TED Talk to watch before bed because I’ve watched Sarah Kay far too many times to count (I suggest you do the same). Leave your suggestions in the comments below!
  • One of everything at Flour Bakery & Cafe
  • Chef on Red Box DVD. Who ever thought I’d be wishing for a rainy day??
  • A good book to read on the T (because I haven’t read anything since Gone Girl, and I’m convinced it doesn’t get any better). On my radar? Bossy Pants, Big Little Lies, Wild and The History of Love.
  • More thanksgiving sandwiches. Because we are 7 whole days into November and I am 5 Thanksgiving sandwiches behind schedule.
  • On the other hand, maybe I should stick to meal-replacing smoothies
  • Vanilla Bean Confetti Cookies because Joy the Baker makes them look oh so good and it’s been rainy here in Boston and I’m in need of a little more color in my life.
  • And last but not least…throwing you all for a major loop here….if you need me from now to November 10th, I’ll be at The Gap shopping friends and family because these stripes and bright colors have got me all kinds of excited for fa-la-la-la-CHRISTMAS!
  • But wait, there’s also this mug….

I could go on forever, but I’ll save a few for next Friday. Happy weekending, ya’ll!