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Happy Valentine’s Day!

14 Feb

We promise to get back to blogging somewhat regularly soon, but to tide you over until that actually happens… a few funny valentine cards.

Happy Valentine’s Day from Lauerland!

Happy Valentine's Day from Lauerland (and Meat Loaf)! Lauerland: Happy Valentine's Day! Ha! Happy Valentine's Day from Lauerland!

Can't believe how much I'm not sick of you... Happy Valentine's Day from Lauerland!

YAMS.

15 Nov

Since I’ll be going back home for a nice long trip in December, I’ll be staying in Austin for Thanksgiving. While I won’t be celebrating with all of my family this year (sad), I’ve still got my second favorite part of the holiday to look forward to…

Yams. Can’t Get Enough

What’s your favorite part of the Thanksgiving meal?

Disclaimer: This post was not sponsored by Bruce’s canned yams. But Bruce, if you’re out there… call me. Let’s talk yam$.

Celebrate the Holidays with Lauerland Boutique!

13 Nov

Thanksgiving is right around the corner and before you know it, Christmas season will be upon us! I know this is true because I was at Gap Outlet this weekend and they were ONLY playing Christmas music. Too soon? Maybe… but it did get me into the holiday spirit, which leads me to start brainstorming for one of my favorite parts of the season… giving (okay, and maybe getting) creative gifts! I think that’s what hearing “It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas” on November 9th will do to you. Lauerland Boutique is encouraging you all to get into the holiday spirit too by offering a 20% discount with the coupon code MERRY20 through the month of November.

If you’re looking for a creative and personal gift for one of those hard-to-buy-for loved ones, you should definitely check out our personalized photo coasters. You pick the photos – childhood memories, old Christmas cards, wedding pictures, that hilarious beach trip… you name it. Who wouldn’t love to relive a nice memory while setting down their hot cocoa this holiday season? If you’re not feeling quite so sentimental but are still ready to get some early holiday shopping done, Lauerland Boutique also has tons of patterned coasters with beautiful designs to match any home. Feeling especially festive? Check out our holiday-themed Christmas trivets (all patterns also available as coasters). We hope you’ll get into the festive spirit with us and kickstart this holiday season!

20% off using coupon code MERRY20

Pinterest Proven: Two Ingredient Pumpkin Muffins

17 Oct

No eggs, no oil, no water. Two. Ingredients. That’s it. Ok, three if you have a chocolate craving and four if you can’t say no to cream cheese frosting. There are two things I love in the kitchen: easy recipes + anything that involves pumpkin. After seeing this on Pinterest, I decided I needed to give it a go and it was totally worth it. The below recipe makes a little less than 2 dozen muffins since you need to fill the tins with more batter than you usually would (they won’t rise as much as “normal” muffins). I made half of mine without chocolate chips and then added them in to the remaining batter – both muffins were absolutely delicious so just do whatever your heart/belly desires! What are your favorite pumpkin/Fall-inspired recipes?

Two-Ingredient Pumpkin Muffins

Makes about 18 muffins

Ingredients

  • 1 box spice cake mix
  • 1 15 oz. can of pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • 1 bag mini chocolate chips (optional)
  • Cream cheese frosting (optional)

Process

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine spice cake mix and pumpkin puree into a mixing bowl.
  3. Blend by hand or with a mixer for two minutes until well mixed – doing this by hand is somewhat difficult because the batter gets pretty hard.
  4. After mixing, add chocolate chips if desired.
  5. Scoop batter into lined or greased muffin tins. Since you’re forgoing traditional cupcake ingredients, these will not rise as much so go ahead and fill the entire muffin tin with batter.
  6. Bake muffins for 20 minutes and let them cool before removing from the tins.
  7. Enjoy plain or with a little cream cheese frosting on top!

Really feeling in the Fall spirit? Check out these Fall-inspired coasters and trivets in the Lauerland Boutique!

10% off Lauerland Boutique Today Only!

5 Oct

October 5th is Do Something Nice Day and we want to do something nice for our loyal readers!

Enjoy 10% off your purchase at the Lauerland Boutique today by using the coupon code NICEDAY10 at checkout. Surprise someone else with a gift or get a little something nice for yourself!  As always, both pre-patterned and personalized coasters are available in the shop.

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Celebrate Fall! Cinnamon Spiced Apple Chips

4 Oct

It’s officially Fall! Though the Texas weather may still feel like summer, I can still do everything inside to make myself believe it’s really Fall. This includes buying up all the Glade Fall Expressions scented items for the apartment and starting to dig up those apple and pumpkin recipes. This is a Pinterest find and one that has been adapted on several different sites but we thought we needed to try this one out for ourselves!  If only for the scent that wafts around the house while they’re baking. Jaclyn and I tried this several different ways before finding the “just right” spice mixture for us. The real key here to make the apple slices as thin as possible (without cutting off your finger… nobody likes bloody apple chips). The thinner they are, the crispier they will be.  It’s tough to use the oven to get them to that processed perfection (without a dehydrator… hello 5th grade science fair project!) so if anybody tries this and has any tips for making them extra crispy, share away in the comments!

Cinnamon Spiced Apple Chips

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon of cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ½ tablespoon of sugar (or splenda/stevia)
  • Optional: ¼ teaspoon cardamom (do not go out and buy this is you don’t already have it because it’s really expensive and you will rarely use it if you’re not a big baker!)
  • 2 apples of your choice (I used Red Delicious & Gala)

Process

  1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, mix the spices together.
  3. Place the apple on its side and slice as thin as possible. You can simply remove just the seeds after this or cut out the entire middle of the apples so that they look more like bagel chips (yum…)
  4. Place the apple slices in the large bowl and toss them with the spices.
  5. Once the apple slices are coated, place them on the baking sheets – careful not to overlap.
  6. Bake in the oven for 1 hour, flip them over, and bake for another 45 minutes.
  7. Let apple chips cool – they will get crispier!
  8. Enjoy!

See other versions of this recipe herehere, and here.

Garlic Roasted Brussels Sprouts

1 Oct

Brussels sprouts? Really? I know. You either hate ’em or you love ’em. Or… you say you hate them but you’ve never tried them doused in garlic and roasted in the oven. Well people, if you try them like this, you may just find that you l-o-v-e the big bad Brussels sprouts. This is a super easy and delicious way to make them and you can cook them this way even if all you have is the frozen kind. Just let them thaw out for a minute or two so that you’ll be able to quarter them easily. What do you think? Could you become a lover of these tasty little veggies? Fun Fact: The Brussels sprout has long been popular in Brussels, Belguim and may have originated there (hence the capital B).

Garlic Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Ingredients

  • 1 lb fresh Brussels sprouts
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 ½ tbsp olive oil
  • ½ tsp salt

Process

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Cut Brussels sprouts into quarters.
  3. Combine quartered Brussels sprouts, garlic, olive oil, and salt in a bowl and toss.
  4. Cover a baking sheet with tin foil and empty contents of bowl.
  5. Put baking sheet into oven and roast for 20 – 25 minutes, until crispy.
  6. Enjoy!

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