Wednesday, February 29, 2012

OH, HOW PINTERESTING...

It's time to link up with The Vintage Apple again for Pinterest Wednesday! Here is a look at what we are pinning this week. Don't forget to follow us on Pinterest to see everything else we are pinning!


We are loving this pink and cobalt nautical theme wedding stationary inspiration. 

We can never get enough ideas using mason jars.
Gold mason jars act as a perfect flower vase.

What could be more delicious than salted caramel lava cake?

Such a neat idea for a magnet board using a cookie sheet!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

BAKERY VISIT: MAGNOLIA BAKERY

Over the summer a couple years ago, we visited the bakery that Sex in the City made famous Magnolia Bakery. While in NYC we visited the location in Greenwich Village - big mistake! It was like cupcake mayhem- restless crowd, long lines, cramped store inside. And to top it off they were out of most of the fun flavors so we ended up with a vanilla cupcake. Thoroughly disappointed by the taste (dry cake and too sweet icing) and the experience, we decided that day that Magnolia Bakery did not live up to the hype.

So this past Christmas holiday, we planned a fun trip to NYC. The trip was filled with lots of touristy things including window shopping, visiting the Rockefeller Center, visiting Grand Central Station and much more.





While in Grand Central Station, we went to the cafe' area to grab a bite. To our surprise there was a Magnolia Bakery shop inside. No crowds, no long lines, tons of fun flavors in stock. Even though our last experience wasn't the best - we decided that they looked too yummy to pass up. So we ordered two cupcakes to share - coconut and pistachio with pistachio meringue buttercream.


Both flavors were so good - light fluffy cake, totally yumtastic buttercream icing. Our favorite was the pistachio meringue buttercream. This visit to Magnolia Bakery got two thumbs up! 





















Wednesday, February 22, 2012

OH, HOW PINTERESTING...

Happy Pinterest Wednesday! Dont' forget to link up with The Vintage Apple too for Oh, How Pinteresting Wednesday if you haven't yet!

Here is what we are loving this week on Pinterest....


These mini wedge salads are perfect for a party and healthy too!

Love these outfit inspirations with big sweaters, boots, and tights.


This elegant pink floral wedding cake.

This homemade burlap flower pillow is simple but still stands out.
etsy.com

With warmer weather feeling likes it's just around corner, this bright and cheery Craspedia bouquets by Planet Flowers are like a breath of sunshine.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

MARDI GRAS

With Mardi Gras just a few days away, Tuesday to be exact, we wanted to share some tasty recipes that you can make to celebrate! 


If you have never tried king cake before you need to try this recipe for mini king cake knots. This is a Mardi Gras tradition and is absolutely delicious!

1 loaf refrigerated french bread dough
3 Tbsp butter, softened
1/4 cup sugar
1 Tbsp cinnamon

1 cup powdered sugar
4 tsp milk (may need more to get right consistency)
1/2 tsp vanilla

colored sugar - yellow, purple, green

Preheat oven to 350.  Unroll french bread dough into a large rectangle, about 16 by 12 inches. Brush the dough lightly with softened butter. Mix together sugar and cinnamon.  Sprinkle over butter.  Cut the dough in half lengthwise and then cut crosswise into strips about 1 1/4 inches wide.  Twist two stips together.  Tie each strip loosely into a knot, stretching gently if necessary, and place on baking sheet about 2-inches apart. 

Bake for 25-28 minutes.  Cool.  Mix together powdered sugar, milk and vanilla.  Dip each knot into icing and then sprinkle with colored sugar.

You can never go wrong with making cupcakes. These Mardi Gars cupcakes are so colorful and look adorable!
12 Cupcakes

1 1/3 cups all purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup butter, room temperature
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup buttermilk
yellow, green and purple food coloring

Preheat oven to 350F. Line a 12 cup muffin tin with paper liners.
In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg and the vanilla extract. With the mixer on low speed, gradually incorporate one third of the flour mixture followed by half of the buttermilk. Add another third of the flour mixture, followed by the remaining buttermilk and the last of the flour. Mix just until no streaks of dry ingredients remain.
Place just less than 1 cup of batter in each of 2 small bowls. Add yellow food coloring to one, green to another and purple to the batter remaining in the mixing bowl. Stir in food coloring until batters are uniformly dyed.
Divide yellow batter evenly into prepared muffin cups, then evenly divide the purple batter on top of that. Do not attempt to spread the purple batter, just drop a dollop on top of the yellow. Evenly divide green batter on top of purple, again not spreading the green batter, just dropping it down.
Bake for 15-17 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a cupcake comes out clean. Turn cupcakes out onto a wire rack to cool completely before frosting.
Buttercream Frosting
1 cup butter, softened
2 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
4 tablespoons milk
3-4 cups confectioners’ sugar

Cream butter with an electric mixer until soft. Add vanilla and milk, then gradually blend in sugar until frosting reaches a fluffy, spreadable consistency. The amount of sugar necessary will vary according to the weather and season, so you might need a bit extra if it’s humid out and a bit less if its dry.

Friday, February 17, 2012

SIP, SWIRL & SELEBRATE


Need an excuse to pop the cork and pour yourself a glass of wine to celebrate? Tomorrow, February 18th is National Drink Wine Day!

Here are some tips to celebrate this drinking holiday:
Stop by a wine bar in your area - Make a reservation if you plan on visiting during the evening because many wine bars will be packed. Look at all of the wine offerings on the menu and make sure you try something new.

Have a wine tasting party at home - Get your friends together for a low-key evening. Limit your tasting to six wines (a prosecco, two whites, and three reds). Have plenty of small bites or fresh cheeses to compliment the wine tasting. The cheese you serve with your wine is as important as what you pour, so try these combos:
• sauvignon blanc +  goat cheese
• chardonnay + camembert

• pinot noir + sottocenere
• shiraz + manchego
• malbec + piave

Create a wine inspired craft project -  we have a Pinterest collection just dedicated to wine.  The two craft projects we want to try from our pinboards are:

DIY Wine Charms















Monogrammed Wine Cork Wall Hanging


















Whatever the case and however you choose to celebrate, Happy National Drink Wine Day!



Wednesday, February 15, 2012

OH, HOW PINTERESTING...

Have we mentioned lately how much we love Pinterest? We can't seem to get enough so Happy Pinterest Wednesday everyone! 


Here is what we are loving this week...


French toast BLT, sounds crazy but looks so savory.

A baking party! Such a cute idea and something different.

Hand painted Baltimore wine glasses.

Such a stunning purple and gold decor. Love the color combination.
luxefinds.com


If you are on Pinterest already, follow us!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

VALENTINE'S DAY LOVE CAKES

Happy Valentine's Day everyone!  We can't hide our love for sweets and on this day of love we wanted to share a collection of recipes for homemade love cakes. Well...they are not all cake recipes but definitely something special to make for your sweetie.





Cherry Buttermilk Cupcakes with Cherry Buttercream Frosting



Friday, February 10, 2012

PRETTY IN PINK PARTY + FREE PRINTABLES

We wanted to share an event we did for Isabella's 3rd birthday. The theme for this event came together pretty easily - pink, black, animal print, plus Isabella loves dogs...so we immediately knew we wanted to have a custom illustration created of her with a pink poodle. So we went to one of our favorite creative resources, Frank of KingsFunk Design Studio and this was the final results:
We fell in love as soon as we saw this illustration created by KingsFunk and wanted to bring in a little parisian feel to the invite. Here are pics of the completed invite design:

We had so much fun planning this event and are happy to see that The Party Press featured all the details on their blog today!  Click the link below to view the full blog post and our free printables collection.








View full party here: http://bit.ly/Amo5Ly



VALENTINE'S DAY BRUNCH

Still looking for a Valentine's Day idea? Why not plan a brunch because really who doesn't love brunch! We decided to focus more on the food for this party inspiration so we found some amazing recipes to throw the perfect Valentine's Day brunch!

A mimosa bar is such a great idea for a brunch. Your guests will love making their own mimosa and choose from fruit options to enjoy in their cocktail.


Fresh fruit adds wonderful color and is always a hit. Plus you can never have too much fruit!

This chocolate chip french toast recipe from the Food Network looks absolutely delicious and very easy to make.

You can't have a Valentine's Day without some sweet treats. Whether it's the homemade heart shaped beignets or raspberry-lemon muffins it's the perfect ending to a brunch. And of course hot chocolate topped with a heart strawberry to go alongside.

What are your special plans for Valentine's Day? We'd love to hear about them!


XOXO

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

OH, HOW PINTERESTING...

Happy Wednesday!! For this weeks Oh, How Pinteresting Wednesday we wanted to share some great DIY ideas! Also don't forget to link up with the Vintage Apple if you have not done so already!
Here are some DIY ideas that we are loving...

Make your own boot socks using an old sweater, perfect for the winter!

Using buttons and burlap to create an initial. This is a great idea for a baby's nursery!

Make coasters using old wine corks! This is simple but so creative!

Copper leaf candles that only cost about 99 cents to make!

We love chevron so why not make your own chevron painted rug!