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Style Travels // July 4th Weekend Recap

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I took a small adventure with friends to my neighboring city of Austin, TX. One of the most creative cities I’ve ever visited…..(I haven’t visited many x_x) Here are some Insta-snaps of moments I captured through the eyes of my iPhone5.

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Here is our first stop: Pendernales Falls…just an hour outside of Austin. It’s one of the most scenic hiking trails I’ve been to and it’s definitely a challenge. This was my third time back and it still amazes me every time. And I will still continue to go back!

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We did some kayaking on the river and we went right when the sun was setting. It was a great way to end the day. And now cue the food pictures:

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Austin is known for their food trucks and boy did we stop at each food truck park we could find. This picture was just one of many of the tasty food we tried. But their food trucks had no creative bounds and it was definitely fun to read all the unique menus! Any type of food you can think of Austin had a food truck for it!

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Ramen is always a must when you travel with me. It’s my favorite type of food!

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This is my favorite part of the trip. Yessssss…you better believe that ice cream was my favorite part. Second to ramen, ice cream is love! This little ice cream shop had unique flavors such as Honey Peaches & Rosemary and Lemon Lavender! I loved this place so much we went Saturday and Sunday ^_^

Hope everyone had a relaxing Independence Weekend // Follow me on Instagram @HEYCHRISSLEE to keep up with me daily!

Galilean Beef Stew

Tonight my brother made this delicious beef stew and I had to share because I wanted to make you jealous! A recipe for beef stew is easy to find anywhere. His stew was sweeter due to the orange peels he let sit in the soup while cooking the beef. It gave the beef and vegetables a different aroma and taste. Of course don’t eat the orange peels, but this goes to show that you can make any recipe your own!

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Stay tuned for more recipes from Alex!

Recap: 4th of July Weekend

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My brother and I made some Red (red velvet & raspberries), Blue (blueberries) and White (vanilla cake & cream cheese frosting) Cupcakes! We don’t have the exact recipe of what we did because we winged it. We did half Red Velvet cake and half vanilla. And my brother made the cream cheese frosting, but you can easily buy it at your local grocery store.

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All of our fruits are fresh!

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It was super delicious! I loved how to the sweet taste of the cupcake contrasted with the tangy fruits!

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Hope everyone enjoyed their 4th of July weekend! I sure did!

Lemon Raspberry Cupcakes

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Cupcake Tuesdays…..not really. Just a random day we decided to whip up a batch of cupcakes. By no means are we professional cupcake bakers. My brother loves to bake and I love to take pictures 😀 So without further delay let’s start the Lemon Raspberry Cupcake! This recipe makes a dozen cupcakes so adjust your measurements accordingly if you are looking to bake more or less!

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1. Lemon juice: 4 tablespoons 

2. Buttermilk: 1/4 cup

3. Raspberry Preserve for filling: 1/2 teaspoon + 1 tablespoon

4. Unsalted Butter: 3/4 cups or 1 1/2 sticks 

5. Powdered Sugar: 3 cups

6. 2 Eggs

7. All Purpose Flour: 1 1/4 cups

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Use electric mixer and beat together the butter, and sugar. Mix well. Then mix the eggs one at a time. Mix in the buttermilk and lemon juice. Slowly pour the flour into the bowl while still mixing. This way it makes sure everything is evenly mixed and there won’t be clumps.

Once it’s all mixed up, you should get this:

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If your batter is a light yellow color then you’re doing it right.

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Pour it in the cupcake pan. Don’t forget the cupcake liners! Only fill halfway for each cupcake

because you need room for the filling.

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Add a dollop of the Raspberry Preserves to center of each cupcake.

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and cover them up with the rest of the batter.

And once you are done covering all your cupcakes pop them in the oven at 350 degrees and wait 25 min. You know they are done when the color is golden.

And ENJOY!