Customized Coca Cola Can

As you already know, “Brinkley” is quite a unique name. As such, my name isn’t printed on any of the touristy keychains in the airports, it’s not on any coffee mug, and it’s definitely not on one of the customizable Coke Cans….UNTIL NOW. Ha! You’re probably thinking, there’s no way. Well friends, dreams do come true.

Last weekend, a couple friends and I went to a UT Baseball game and at the game there was a Coca Cola food truck! At the food truck, I typed in my name on a little computer screen and 5 seconds later a customized Coca Cola can popped out! My smile has never been bigger. Finally, something with my name on it! SO HAPPY. IMG_9218 IMG_9222

Lemon Tart with Raspberries

It was a Sunday afternoon and Emily tells me she wants to bake something. Something instantly comes to mind: Tarte au Citron avec des framboises. Or, a lemon tart with raspberries! I kid you not, I had a dream about this tart the night before so I knew I needed to make it. (Side note: yes, I do dream about baking things… I know, I know, it’s a bit crazy but I can’t help it when inspiration comes!)

Lemon curd is one of Emily and my’s favorite things in the whole wide world so when I mentioned making a flaky pie crust filled with lemon curd topped with raspberries, she was in. 100% in. So we headed to Central Market to get some groceries and then an afternoon of baking began!

IMG_8853Warning: This tart has multiple steps but trust me when I say it’s so worth it. The lemon curd is tart while the raspberries provide a bit of sweetness and the crust is flaky and buttery. My mouth is watering!

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Pie Crust:

Ingredients
6 tablespoons very cold unsalted butter
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 tablespoon sugar
2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons cup very cold vegetable shortening
3 to 4 tablespoons ice water

How To: Dice the butter into cubes and put it to the refrigerator to stay chilled. In an electric mixer, place the flour, salt, and sugar in the bowl. Once combined, add the butter and shortening and mix until the butter is the size of peas. With the mixer running, add the ice water an keep mixing until a dough ball begins to form. Once formed, dump onto a floured surface and roll into a ball. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

When ready to bake the dough, take the dough out of the refrigerator and roll the piece on a well-floured board into a circle using a floured rolling pin. Make sure to continually move the dough in a circle so it won’t stick to the rolling surface. Fold the dough in half, place in a pie pan, and unfold to fit the pan. This recipe only makes one crust since there is no top crust to this tart. In the case you are making a pie, double the recipe for two crusts. Preheat the oven at 375 degrees and bake for 12-15 minutes or until the pie crust begins to lightly brown on the edges. Once cooked, let the crust completely cool before topping with lemon curd.

Lemon Curd:

Ingredients
3 lemons
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/4 pound unsalted butter at room temperature
4 eggs
1/2 cup lemon juice (3 to 4 lemons)
1/8 teaspoon kosher salt

How To: Remove the zest of 3 lemons. Chop the zest with a knife until very fine. In an electric mixer, add the sugar and zest and mix until combined. To this mixture, add the room temperature butter and mix for 2-3 minutes until creamed together. After this, add the eggs one at a time. Then add the lemon juice and salt. Mix until fully combined.

Pour the mixture into a saucepan and slowly cook over low heat until thickened (about 10 minutes), stirring constantly. Remove from the heat and allow to fully cool before pouring over the baked pie crust. Also, lick the spoon and bowl. Waste nothing…lemon curd is like gold. It’s the good stuff.

IMG_8863Putting it all Together: To put everything together, take the cooled pie crust and pour over the cooled lemon curd. Top with raspberries and BAM. You’ve got yourself a French and fancy dessert.

xo, Brinkles Sprinkles

This or That: April

Red heart bag

1. The most satisfying things to happen to food. So soothing.

2. I wish I had handwriting and calligraphy skills like this guy! #goals

3. Cinderella Slippers in real life…is this a dream??

4. Things sassy people wish everyone else understand. [Disclaimer: one of my friends may or may not have sent this to me as a joke, what is she trying to say?! :) ]

5. Need to make this chocolate pie ASAP. It looks divine.

6. How cute is my pup, Tex? [P.S. Follow me on Instagram, y’all!]

7. On my short list of restaurants to try in Austin: Josephine House.

8. How CUTE is this Kate Spade dress? Love it. [Name that movie: “Florals for Spring? Groundbreaking.”…….Devil Wears Prada DUH! My fav!]

9. Did you see my GoPro video from my mom and I’s recent trip to Paris?!

10. This outfit, so perfect for spring! 

Kites & Ivy Intern

Hey y’all! So this semester I am an intern for this new company, Kites & Ivy!

Kites and Ivy Spring Break Box

The Spring Break Box!

Kites & Ivy is an awesome subscription box company specifically tailored for college women. Here’s how it works: twice per semester, a box filled with the best bath and beauty finds, fashion accessories, and other fun surprises is delivered right to your door! The Kites & Ivy boxes go out based on the academic year – the next box is the Finals Survival Box! It will be packed with health and beauty items that will help you get through the stress of exams. Orders for the Finals Survival box will be accepted through April 10th (this Friday!) – the last box sold out early, so be sure to order yours today! Check out our website (http://www.kitesandivy.com/for more details.

Oh! You can use my promo code TEXAS2015 for 10% off you order! Don’t forget, order today because the deadline is this Friday!

You can also check us out and like us on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and Pinterest! Y’all rock and so does Kites & Ivy!

Spring Break 2015: Paris, France

For spring break last week, I went to Paris with my mom! #GirlsTrip

We had the absolute best time! We arrived on Sunday morning and left the following Friday. We took the city by storm. We went EVERYWHERE. We took The Big Bus around the city the first two days and I could not recommend it enough. Such a fun and easy way to get around the city to all the major attractions that one wants to see. It was my mom’s first time in Paris and she loved it!

We went everywhere, we saw everything, we ate amazing food, and we walked a ton. One day we walked 14 miles…are we crazy? Some would say yes :) Oh! And on Thursday, we went to Disneyland Paris! It was absolutely magical, everyone! I took a million and one pictures…enjoy!

Loved spending my Spring Break with you, Mommy! It was the absolute best. I love you!

Lucy’s Fried Chicken

If you’re in Austin, go to Lucy’s Fried Chicken. Don’t ask questions, just go. Who can say no to hot and delicious fried chicken? My brother, Daddy, and I went last week for dinner and were so happy with our meals. The atmosphere is fun and the food is good. What more could ya ask for?

For appetizers, we ordered the Texan Wood-Fired Grilled Oysters and the Deep Fried Deviled Eggs. Both dishes were phenomenal.  

For the main meals, Davis out ordered us all. He got the Deep Fried Chicken Spaghetti…! It was, as you can imagine, the best. I had the Burn-It Bowl and my dad ordered a basket of fried chicken with collard greens and mashed potatoes that we all munched on. YUM!

As if we hadn’t eaten enough, we ordered dessert. I’m so glad we did, it was delightful. And let’s be honest. there’s ALWAYS room for dessert……. We had the banana pudding and slices of the sweet tea and s’mores pie.

I rolled away from the restaurant after this meal. So worth the #foodcoma. The best part of the meal, however, was being with my favorite boys…thanks for coming down to ATX, Daddy and Davis! xoxo.

Monmouth 2015

Last night was Monmouth, Pi Phi and Kappa’s annual formal! It was an absolute blast. Everyone looked fantastic. The boys in the tuxedos and the girls in fun dresses, gosh, I love any reason to dress up! Here are some fun pics from the night! I wore a silver sparkly dress (similar) and these heels. Razzle dazzle!

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February Update

Life has been so great and fun lately! I thought I’d give an update for a little peek into busy life here on campus with school, soccer, and my social life.

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My friend Caroline and I went to Ramen Tatsu-Ya for dinner a couple of weeks ago. This ramen is incredible. I slurped up this bowl of goodness so quickly I could’ve ordered another one on the spot. I ordered the #1 Tonkotsu Original with Brussels Sprouts.

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Our first weekend back at school, there were tons of “Back to School Raves.” Of course we came decked in our sororities attire to the different frat houses. Remember, one must always #PartywithPiPhi.
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On the weekends, the weather has been delightful. I love to wake up on Saturday and run downtown to one of my favorite breakfast places, Blenders and Bowls. It’s about a 2 mile run and then I get my açaí bowl and *walk* back after breakfast past the Capitol. I love the view!

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I went to Uchiko for dinner a couple of weekends ago and my oh my, the food is absolutely fantastic. Every dish we tasted was amazing. I might’ve liked the dessert so much that I just had (….was dared) to lick the plate……… :)

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Some MLS teams came to play at our Texas Soccer stadium last weekend and it was fun to watch with my teammates from the stands. But it was weird being a spectator and not playing on the field. I got to see the view my family sees when they come to watch my games during the fall!

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For Valentine’s Day, my friends and I all dressed in black as a funny joke and had a night out on the town! It was so much fun! My best friends made the best Valentine’s!

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This is how you use chopsticks, correct???

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Fiji had a Studio 54 party this past weekend and the best part was getting to dress up. I seriously want to make go go boots a “thing”again. They’re so much fun!

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One last thing, hook ’em always! This is the famous UT Tower that has served as the University’s most distinguishing landmark since 1937! A selfie in front of it is a must, even if I am a little sweaty after a quick workout at the gym!

xoxo,

Brinks