Tuesday, March 29, 2016

final four fashion {syracuse orange}

Guys. GUYS! Syracuse, my alma mater, made it to the NCAA Final Four and is the first 10-seed to ever do it! Given that so many people didn't even think we should have made it to the tournament or would go very far {I'll admit it, I had them out after the Round of 32}, this is one heck of a feat. If you could have seen me jumping up and down in my living room on Sunday night, you probably would have laughed {like my dad did}, but I was so excited!

My parents and I have been going to the Final Four for a few years now. In fact, this will be my 8th time at the event, but just my second time seeing Syracuse there. Last year I shared an outfit post and thought I would do the same this year.

And if you're not cheering for Syracuse this weekend, here are some options for the other schools headed to Houston...

Monday, March 21, 2016

cadbury creme egg hand pies

Cadbury Creme Egg Hand Pies for Easter // A Style Caddy

My favorite Easter candy is definitely Cadbury Creme Eggs. I know they've been around for quite some time, but I didn't try them until two years ago. Now, whenever I see them pop up in stores before Easter, I buy a few - some to snack on and some to bake with. The past two years I've put them in brownies, something you definitely need to try, but I wanted to do something different this year. After seeing so many images of creme egg croissants floating around on Pinterest, I decided to do something similar and came up with these!

These Cadbury Creme Egg Hand Pies are super, super easy. But you have to freeze them overnight. If there's anything you remember from this recipe, it's that these chocolate and fondant eggs need to be frozen. Otherwise, they'll just melt once you put it in the oven. And no one wants a melted chocolate hand pie. Or maybe you do... It'd probably still be delicious.


Cadbury Creme Eggs {or Cadbury Caramel Eggs, I used both!}, frozen overnight
Refrigerated pie dough, store-bought or homemade
1 egg
A splash of water
Granulated sugar for sprinkling


1. Preheat your oven to 425ºF. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. If you're using homemade pie dough, roll it out to about 1/8-inch thickness. If you're using store-bought pie dough, all you need to do is unroll it onto a lightly floured cutting board.
3. Using a cookie cutter/biscuit cutter/bowl that is 5-6 inches in diameter, cut out your pie discs. For reference, I used store-bought for this recipe and only got two discs per crust.
4. Unwrap your frozen Cadbury Creme Eggs and place it in the middle of the disc.
5. Whisk the egg with a splash of water. Brush the edge with the mixture and fold one side over to seal the hand pie. Crimp with a fork or spoon.
6. Brush the top with the egg mixture and sprinkle with sugar.
7. Bake for 10-12 minutes.
8. Let cool before eating since the filling will be very hot!

Cadbury Creme Egg Hand Pies for Easter // A Style Caddy

Cadbury Creme Egg Hand Pies for Easter // A Style Caddy 
Cadbury Creme Egg Hand Pies for Easter // A Style Caddy

Cadbury Creme Egg Hand Pies for Easter // A Style Caddy

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

arnold palmer baked donuts

Arnold Palmer Baked Donuts // A Style Caddy

One of my all-time favorite drinks is the Arnold Palmer - a mix of iced tea and lemonade that is  so delicious and refreshing. The drink is named after the legendary golfer, Arnold Palmer. "The King", as he is affectionately called, said he always made the drink for himself at home and, as his story goes, ordered it one day in Palm Springs when a woman overheard him and copied him. From then on, the drink had a name and became increasingly popular.

Now, I'm not just talking about this for no reason. Tomorrow is the first round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational so I thought it would be an Arnold Palmer-inspired treat with you! I whipped up these cakey donuts over the weekend and loved them. They've got just the right amount of black tea to match with a slightly sweet yet tangy lemon glaze. It's the perfect thing to have for breakfast or as an afternoon treat with a cup of hot tea. Or with an ice cold Arnold Palmer of course...


Black Tea Infused Donuts:
1 cup water
7-8 black tea bags {I used Lipton}
2 cup flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2/3 cup sugar
3 tbsp butter {room temperature}
2 egg
Lemon Glaze:
1½ cups confectioners' sugar
Juice of 1 lemon

1. In a kettle or in a bowl in the microwave, heat the water until lightly boiling. Add the tea bags and steep for 30 minutes. Allow tea to cool.
2. Preheat oven to 325°F and grease your donut pan.
3. Whisk together the dry ingredients and set aside.
4. Mix the sugar and butter together with a hand mixer or in a stand mixer.
5. Add the eggs one at a time and mix until combined.
6. Pour in the tea liquid and continue mixing until fully incorporated.
7. Slowly add the dry ingredients while mixing. Mix until the batter is completely smooth.
8. Transfer the batter to the donut pan using a piping bag, spoon, Ziploc bag... whatever your preferred method is. Pipe the wells about 2/3 full.
9. Bake for 12-13 minutes.
10. Let the donuts cool in the pan for about five minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.

Lemon Glaze:
1. In a bowl, whisk together the confectioners' sugar and the lemon juice.
2. Dip the completely cooled donuts into the glaze. You can either dip these twice or drizzle the remaining glaze over them.


Arnold Palmer Baked Donuts // A Style Caddy

Arnold Palmer Baked Donuts // A Style Caddy

Arnold Palmer Baked Donuts // A Style Caddy

Friday, March 11, 2016

what to wear: easter sunday {under $200!}

Am I the only one who didn't realize that Easter is this month? It seems so early this year or maybe the days are just flying by. But since it is coming up soon {on the 27th to be exact}, I think it's time to start looking for Easter Sunday dresses.

To be honest, I don't do too much on Easter Sunday. Last year was probably the exception to this as my parents and I were in Indianapolis {I still dream about this breakfast} for Easter since it fell during Final Four weekend. Typically, we're pretty low-key and just have a nice meal together. I still always think it's nice to get a bit dressed up for any holiday so I rounded up some dresses that would be perfect for any Easter festivities.

I'm having a shoe moment right now so I based all of these picks around these Sam Edelman wedges. I have some from Dolce Vita that are really similar and my favorite wedges to date! I also think these tasseled lace-up heels and these glittery gold espadrille wedges would be great to pair with any of these dresses.

Monday, March 7, 2016

what to watch now

What To Watch Now // A Style Caddy

Fun fact about me, I watch way more things online than I do on TV. Sure I'm dedicated to some shows, but if I can watch it online, I prefer to do that. 

1. The People vs. O.J. Simpson on FX // When this happened in 1994, I was five so I don't recall much other than that it was a really big deal since I kept seeing his face on TV. I know the story now, but that doesn't make this series any less interesting and entertaining. While this is based on a true story, some creative license has been taken here so not every single detail is true. But the cast is excellent, which just adds to making this whole thing more captivating.

2. The Great British Baking Show on PBS/Netflix // As the title suggests, this is a British cooking show so not all of the seasons are available here in the US. There's one season available on Netflix and you might get lucky and catch others on PBS. I don't know what else to say about this other than it is so good. These home bakers really know their stuff, and they're always making things that I can only dream of becoming skilled at. If you love baking and cooking shows like I do, this one is a must-see!

3. Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father on Netflix // This documentary, also found on Netflix, is probably one of the toughest, saddest, and most shocking things you'll watch, but I promise it's a good one. The director set out to compile memories and stories about his friend Andrew Bagby, who had been killed by his ex-girlfriend Shirley Turner, to share with their son Zachary Turner. He was doing all of this while the trial against Turner was going on and his cinematic scrapbook ends up becoming a crime documentary. It'll make you angry and show that the legal system can sometimes be a total failure.

4. NCAA 2003 One Shining Moment // I was in 8th grade when this happened and Syracuse University and Carmelo Anthony weren't even on my radar. As a proud Orange alum, this "One Shining Moment" video brings me to tears. Seriously. I cried tears of joy watching this knowing that it was from Syracuse's one NCAA championship win. Ugh. It gets me every. single. time.

5. Six Amazing Places That Inspired Disney Movies // I am a huge Disney fan so anytime I see a video about Disney World, Disneyland, Disney movies, I'm all about it. If you have ever wondered where they get their inspiration for the castles they feature in movies and at the parks, then watch this video. Those castles exist in real life and I think we should all book flights to visit every single one.

6. Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Donald Trump on HBO // If you are a supporter of Donald Trump, you probably won't like this but you should watch it anyway. And if you're not a supporter of Donald Trump, then watch it. That's all I have to say here.

7. WEEDIQUETTE: Stoned Kids // Vice has a new TV channel called VICELAND. One of the shows that is premiering on this channel is WEEDIQUETTE, This first episode discusses medical marijuana as a cancer therapy, specifically for children. These kids are getting stoned - really, really stoned. There's not much evidence that this actually works, but parents are trying out this treatment anyway. The host, Krishna Andavolu, takes one-tenth of a dose and the effect is INSANE.

8. Tiger Woods Witness the First Ace at The Playgrounds // Tiger Woods has yet to make his return to golf, but he's been keeping busy with other things. Like designing his first golf course, Bluejack National in Texas. The course includes a shorter 10-hole course called The Playgrounds, and last Wednesday, Taylor Crozier was one of the lucky kids invited to play it. He took the first shot and ended up holing it in front of Tiger Woods!

Thursday, March 3, 2016

shopbop spring sale

ShopBop Spring Sale! // A Style Caddy

Are you sick of these posts yet? Hopefully not because I have a few things from Shopbop to share with you!

As you may know, I gave up shopping of all kinds {minus apartment things I need desperately, like a lamp} for Lent. I won't be taking part in this sale but that doesn't mean that I can't do a little online window shopping. I certainly have spring and summer and upcoming trips {for golf and basketball obviously} on the brain so a lot of this is for warmer weather. The temperatures are actually supposed to reach 70 degrees next week so maybe I can break out some dresses early!

Let me know if you shopped the Shopbop spring sale and bought anything so that I can live vicariously through you! :]

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