Disappearing Rhubarb Cake

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The first time I tasted rhubarb was a little late in life. I was nineteen and has just moved to England to study. While the memories of that year have mostly faded now, the smell of rhubarb in the oven still manages to take me back to my friend’s kitchen where I tasted it for the very first time.

A couple of years ago I stumbled upon this recipe when rhubarb was in season. Ever since I’ve made a point to make it every May, which I learned is primo rhubarb-purchasing time. This year however, I couldn’t seem to find it whenever I went to the grocery store. So when I saw these bright red stalks at the farmers market I snatched them up like they were the last on earth, jutted home, and got to baking. The sheet of cake was gone the next day.

What I’ve learned over the years of making this recipe is that ingredients are everything. Don’t skimp on the lemon zest. In fact, use an entire lemon to zest. Also note, that the ginger *makes* this dish amazing. Feel free to use 1/2 a tsp (rather than 1/4).

Also go ahead and make two pans, then afterwards freeze one pan so you can enjoy year-round.

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Disappearing Rhubarb Cake | HowFantasticBlog.com

Disappearing Rhubarb Cake | HowFantasticBlog.com

Disappearing Rhubarb Cake | HowFantasticBlog.com

Disappearing Rhubarb Cake | HowFantasiticBlog.com

DIY Envelope-Style Pillow Cover

If you follow me on Instagram you probably saw my “jungle love” pillows featuring a stylish Tommy Bahama fabric, which is now on sale here!

DIY Envelope-Style Throw Pillow Cover | HowFantasticBlog.com

When I first got my sewing machine I was overwhelmed with excitement which quickly turned into fear. What on earth is a bobbin and how do I wind it? I kept telling myself that I’d eventually figure it all out. Some four months later, it was still sitting on the dining room table collecting dust. Finally one of my best friends (who is an amazing teacher) gave me the kick in the but I needed and, with a little hand-holding, I completed my first sewing project, an envelope-style pillow cover. Honestly the hardest part  (as with most DIY projects I’ve encountered) was the measuring.

Fortunately I’ve taken the hard work off your hands *lucky you*. Simply add or subtract inches from my 16″ x 16″ pattern based on the size of your pillow.

For instance if you are sewing for an 18″ x 18″ pillow your front piece should be 19.5″x19.5″, 2 inches longer and wider than what I used. Additionally your Top Rear piece should be 19.5″ x 13″ and your Bottom Rear should be 19.5″ x16.5″.

Template for 16" x 16" envelope-style throw pillow cover | HowFantasticBlog.com

Throw pillow covers are a great way to switch things up without over-stuffing your closets. So let’s save some space together and have some fun creating. Or if nothing else just snicker at my overuse of “bottom rear” in this video. Cool? Cool!


Fantastic Finds: Fourth of July Edition

Welcome to the first installment of Fantastic Finds, a place where I can share articles, recipes, and whatever else I find interesting and fun! The first of the series is a Fourth of July edition. What are some summer essentials that you’ll have in tow tomorrow?

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1. We’ll be using this perfect sized picnic blanket this coming Fourth of July | 2. Don’t call it BBQ: Tips on How to Grill Right for the 4th | 3. These espadrilles are just too perfect ($29) | 4. Cracking up over these 23 Pinterest-Inspired DIY fails  | 5. Homer Simpson Donut Pool Float ($24) | 6. blue and red berry ricotta galette | 7. Move over cake pops! I’m dying to try out this pie pop recipe with a blackberry filling | 8. Been lusting over this dress for awhile ($56) | 9. The most American True or False Quiz You’ll Ever Take

Urban Jungle (Stow Lake)

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Wearing: Socialite floral palazzo pants (similar here and here); white blouse (similar); vintage bag; Forever 21 sandals (similar); Banana Republic pave necklace (similar); South Sun beaded hand chain

If you’ve ever been to San Francisco you know that summer months often require a jacket…and sometimes even a winter coat. The sun doesn’t tend to come out until at least September and even then it only lasts for about a week (alright maybe two). Lately, however, it’s been downright sunny –IN JUNE! I’d been waiting for an opportunity to wear my floral lightweight pants since I bought them back in April. This seemed as good a time as any to toss them on, grab sandwiches at the local deli, and take a walk in the park.

Stow Lake has been a part of my life since I can remember. My mom often tells me stories of my running off after the ducks and learning my times tables as we walked around it for hours. There’s plenty to see in Golden Gate Park (the Tea Garden, Conservatory of Flowers, and the De Young), but Stow Lake will always be just a little bit more special to me.

What are your favorite hometown treasures?

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Stow Lake | HowFantasticBlog.com

Stow Lake | HowFantasticBlog.com

Stow Lake | HowFantasticBlog.com

Stow Lake | HowFantasticBlog.com

Real vs. Steal Pink Flouncy Floral Dress

Real Steal Zara Floral Print Dress vs. Sheinside Pink Half Sleeve Blue Floral Ruffle Dress | HowFantasticBlog.com

Zara Floral Print Dress ($80), Sheinside Pink Half Sleeve Blue Floral Ruffle Dress ($17)

Tell me, have you ever purchased something you really loved at a price you were just ehhh okay with, only to find the exact same garment for a fraction of the price somewhere else? We’ve all been there, it’s not the worst thing in the world, but with a savings of over $60 you definitely could buy breakfast, lunch, and dinner (in San Francisco no less) and have enough for a cocktail after.

But what about quality? Fair point, if we’re talking silk vs. acrylic, which is why I looked at the composition of both dresses. Zara lists 94% Polyester and  6% Elastane while Sheinside lists Polyester alone. We’re essentially looking at the same freaking dress! So go ahead save yourself $60 and buy a second (or even third!) flouncy floral dress for summer!

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