Echo Bella...repeat beauty.

{Echo Bella}...repeat beauty. Passion for all things beautiful...fashion, jewelry, food, decor, photography and people I love. Cheers!

Favorite Quote

"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams." Eleanor Roosevelt

7.24.2010

Cupcakes... it's not a Georgetown Cupcake but it's still GOOD!


Below are instructions to make these beautiful cupcakes.  My girls and I are going to attempt to make these today...



Making a Chrysanthemum
Make the leaves first: With the No. 68 leaf tip and green frosting, hold the bag at a 45 degree angle to the cake with the tip's flat side up. Squeeze bag, and pull out from the base of the leaf, releasing pressure and lifting to form the end. 
With the coupler alone (or the No. 12 round tip) and frosting in the flower color, make a raised one-half-inch-wide dot to anchor the petals. Change to the No. 80 fluted tip; hold bag at a 45-degree angle against the edge of the dot, the tip forming a U. 
Gently squeeze the bag while pulling out in a quick stroke. Repeat all around the dot; form two or more petal layers over the first, making petals shorter and pulling bag upward with each layer. 
With the No. 3 tip and green frosting, pipe three dots in the center.

 

7.23.2010

Modern Architecture {in Italy}




I just love modern designs... one day I'll design an amazing eco-friendly modern home!  

7.21.2010

Fall jewelry... lovely items for all wardrobes.


Petra Braided Bracelet

Love fall... but more than the weather I love the clothes and jewelry.  Click above and check out all the new styles for this fall.  Lots of beautiful things to shop for (holidays are on the rise).

XOXO

7.20.2010

Quote of the Day

"Life is like a coin.  You can spend it any way you wish, but you only spend it once."  ~Lillian Dickson
{Other quotes I just love: Hope you enjoy them as well!}

"The purpose of our lives is to be Happy."  ~Dalai Lama
"Great minds discuss Ideas, Average minds discuss Events and Small minds discuss people!" ~Eleanor Roosevelt
"I don't know the key to success but the key to failure is trying to please everybody." ~ Bill Cosby



7.19.2010

Lemons... {love lemons}

Picture of Lemon Bars Recipe

I so enjoy making lemon bars and these are very easy and come out amazing. Try them and let me know what you think.

Lemon Bars: Barefoot Contessa 


{Ingredients}


For the crust:

  • 1/2 pound unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt

For the filling:

  • 6 extra-large eggs at room temperature
  • 3 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons grated lemon zest (4 to 6 lemons)
  • 1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 cup flour
  • Confectioners' sugar, for dusting

{Directions}


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
For the crust, cream the butter and sugar until light in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Combine the flour and salt and, with the mixer on low, add to the butter until just mixed. Dump the dough onto a well-floured board and gather into a ball. Flatten the dough with floured hands and press it into a 9 by 13 by 2-inch baking sheet, building up a 1/2-inch edge on all sides. Chill.
Bake the crust for 15 to 20 minutes, until very lightly browned. Let cool on a wire rack. Leave the oven on.
For the filling, whisk together the eggs, sugar, lemon zest, lemon juice, and flour. Pour over the crust and bake for 30 to 35 minutes, until the filling is set. Let cool to room temperature.
Cut into triangles and dust with confectioners' sugar.