Rosemary Butter Cookies

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Rosemary Butter Cookies

These are some darn good cookies, and surprisingly easy to make! Rosemary Butter Cookies have quickly become a go-to recipe of mine for when I’m craving a crispy, flavorful cookie that I can eat with one pinky raised up. In fact, I think this recipe for Rosemary Butter Cookies is probably the best, ever. 

Rosemary Butter Cookies

This is a Martha Stewart recipe, so you know it’s good. It has the right amount of sugar and butter that you’d want in a cookie. This isn’t something you want to bake during your “diet week” because it’s really hard to eat just one. 

The rosemary in these cookies add a nice fresh flavor that is not overpowering. I’d love to try making these cookies again with other ingredients like crushed pistachios, or cranberries. 

So, what are you waiting for? Your best Rosemary Butter Cookies are ready to be baked!

Rosemary Butter Cookies
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  2. 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  3. 1 large egg
  4. 1 egg white, beaten
  5. 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  6. 2 1/2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
  7. 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh rosemary
  8. fresh rosemary
  9. 3/4 teaspoon coarse salt
  10. 1/2 cup fine sanding sugar
Instructions
  1. Put butter and granulated sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment; mix on medium speed until pale and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Mix in whole egg and vanilla. Reduce speed to low. Add flour, rosemary, and salt, and mix until combined.
  2. Halve dough; shape each half into a log. Place each log on a 12-by-16-inch sheet of parchment. Roll in parchment to 1 1/2 inches in diameter, pressing a ruler along edge of parchment at each turn to narrow log. Transfer to paper-towel tubes to hold shape, and freeze until firm, about 1 hour.
  3. Preheat oven to 375. Brush each log with egg white; roll in sanding sugar. Cut into 1/4-inch-thick rounds. Space 1 inch apart on baking sheets lined with parchment. Bake until edges are golden, 18 to 20 minutes. Let cool on sheets on wire racks. Store in airtight containers at room temperature up to 3 days.
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Reformation Striped Pant

Photo credit: Ashlee Lanzi Photography

You’ll find me in these pants from now until forever.

These striped Sorrenti pants from Reformation are my everything. I got them at a sample sale a few months ago and I am completely obsessed! I love the wide-legged breezy material. They are so freakin comfortable and look great with a pair of wedges. I can’t wait to wear these out more this summer, dressing them up with blouses or down with graphic T-s. 

By the way, summer is almost here (well, basically here in L.A.). Do you have your summer outfits picked out? What are you wearing?

Sam

Francesca's Floral Wrap Maxi Dress

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I’ve been waiting to wear this dress for months! I bought it during Black Friday last year, and I’m so glad that the weather in Los Angeles is finally getting warm enough for me to wear it out. It’s the perfect ankle-length maxi dress for petite frames, and I love wearing it with nude heels. 

This exact dress that I got from Francesca’s is no longer on their website, but a similar one can be found here. 

Anyone else super excited for spring? What are you looking forward to wearing?

Sam

I only just recently figured out how to save money. It’s super simple, really.

The key to saving money is to have a goal. Goals keep you motivated. They keep you going when the going gets tough.

One of my resolutions this year was to get better at saving money, so I decided I needed to make a small goal in order to make it come true. My goal was to save $300 by March so I could use it to travel more this year. Believe it or not, this was a hard goal for a girl who forgets to transfer just $50 into her savings account each paycheck. But, I’m glad to say that I achieved my goal in February, a full month earlier than I anticipated. 

Here’s how I did it.

First, I recognized that I am generally unreliable when it comes to saving money on my own, so I turned to modern technology for some help. I tried out a couple of different apps to help me keep track of my finances so I could find ways to trim down spending and grow my savings. I tried Mint, I tried You Need A Budget, but I didn’t stick with any of them for more than a few days. And then I stumbled on Digit

Digit is a money saving app that automatically transfers small amounts of money from your bank into a savings account. The automatic withdraw is usually between $5 – $50, depending on your savings goal and how much money you have in the bank at the time. The app is smart, so it never saves more than you can afford. You can also set a limit for it to stop saving money when your account reaches a certain point. I also love how it texts me how much money I have, and how much money I’ve saved, every day. I used to be one of those people who dreaded checking my bank account, but now that I have realistic expectations about spending and savings I get excited to see how much closer I’m getting to my goals. 

I’ve been using Digit for over a year now, and it is my favorite savings app by far. I wouldn’t recommend it if I didn’t love it. The app is FDIC insured so I don’t have to worry about security issues or having my banking information compromised. If you’re interested in trying out Digit, check it out here and let me know what you think!

Happy saving!

Sam

Today I want to share with you guys something not-so-secret: my skin isn’t great. In a world of Photoshop and Airbrush apps and Perfect 365 we are led to believe that most people have perfect, Instagramable skin. I’m not one of those people, and I’m not alone. I know this is the case for many people with brown or dark skin. I’ve struggled with acne for most of my life and have lots of scarring and hyperpigmentation to prove it.  Today I want to show you how I cover it up using some of my favorite makeup products.

Now, I’m not ashamed of my skin AT ALL. It took me a long time to accept the fact that this is just the way my skin is. I love makeup but believe it or not, I go out in the world makeup-free a lot of the time. Some days I just don’t feel like wearing makeup, and it’s a beautiful thing. I hope that other people who deal with skin issues can get to that place too. Be confident, because no one will ever love or support you more than yourself 💁🏾 

Thanks for watching! Take a second to subscribe to my channel if you haven’t already. I’ll have a makeup tutorial up for you guys to watch soon! 

Sam