As I mentioned yesterday, I’m doing a “Things I love series” this week until Valentines Day.
But on to things i actually love….
Today, I bring you my love for Ikea!
Hello, my name is Eden, and I love Ikea!
I love ikea so much, I want to marry it! I mean its affordable (seventy cents for tea light holders???), clean, organized, practical, and delicious. Of course, no body is perfect and sometimes I cant help but feel the assembly alone is degrading. But there’s so much that’s great about IKEA that I can’t help but forgive those issues.
Since I have this thing with lists, I’m just gonna list the reasons Ikea rocks my world.
The “Experience”: the experience of shopping at an Ikea is incredible! I love their showrooms because its not a fantasy! Most showrooms impress you, but you need to sell your kidney and get a bigger place for it to even resemble the showroom. Ikea has a few showrooms that have a theme such as “living in 350 square feet” – and that whole space will encompass living, kitchen, bedroom and bathroom! Apartments are very small and very, very expensive in Sweden; they know about maximizing space!
Shortcuts: Part of what makes the Ikea shopping experience special is the shortcuts! Throughout the showroom there are clearly-labeled shortcuts from one product area to another. These can come in handy if you’re not interested in say, perusing the entire showroom, and you’re looking to check out only specific things. I sorta wish they had this at target or costco!
Bedside Manners: The other thing that Ikea does RITE is sheets, towels, pillows, throws, rugs, and lights. There’s no assembly, and you can get a whole set for a queen-size bed for like $30. I can buy like six sets and if I get sick of them, voila, a new one! But in all honesty, I like my sheets simple. All white like a cloud. Although their prints are creative and groovy, their plain white stuff is beautiful and comfy. I’m on cloud nine.
No Kids! Thank the Swedish god for the child drop-off where they can roll around in blue and yellow balls. Forget the furniture; no annoying kids throughout the store and happy parents walking about!
Clutz-Proof: I spill/drop/ruin everything! So its nice to know my bowls and pillowcases are easily replaced!
FOOD: Did you really think I was going to write about Ikea and not mention food? Its Swedish, costs as much as McDonalds, tastes good, and it involves chocolate and meatballs (sold separately of course). Also, like the sheets, no assembly required! They even sell their infamous meatballs frozen! But dont think its all meatballs! Their 1 dollar frozen yogurt, Rye cracker bread, lingonberry jam, herring (yes, I like herring), one dollar coffee that doesn’t taste like chalk!!! I swear, if an ugly douche bag took me there on a date, I might consider the possibility of a follow up date (but meatballs would have to be involved).
Do you love Ikea? its ok, I hate a lot about it too (assembly!!!)
Ok, and for valentines day, I’m not giving roses. Why give roses when you cane give lemon rose cupcakes! For about 12-15 cupcakes, you will need
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 stick of butter
3/4 cups granulated sugar
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup milk
2 teaspoon finely shredded lemon peel
juice of one lemon
For the “Rose” buttercream you will need:
1 stick of butter (softened)
1 cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons honey
3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat the oven to 350 degree F Line your muffin tin with paper bake cups; set aside. In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; set aside.In a large bowl, beat butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add granulated sugar, lemon juice and vanilla; beat until well mixed. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add flour mixture and the milk alternately to beaten mixture, beating on low speed after each addition just until combined. (The batter will be thick.) Stir in lemon peel. Spoon about 1/4 cup of the batter into each prepared muffin cup. Bake for about 18 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted in centers comes out clean.
For the butter cream, simply cream the butter with the sugar until fluffy and then add the rest of the ingredient. Spoon into a ziploc bag and cut the corner to pipe the roses. Just swirl the frosting in a circle and you should get something that looks like a rose! Trust me, its easier than it looks!