Holiday

Chocolate Ganache Tart

Tart Shell:

1 c. flour                                                      1/4 c. sugar

1 stick unsalted butter, room temp       1/8 t. salt

1/4 c. unsweetened cocoa powder         1/2 t. vanilla

Ganache filling:

10 oz. bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped

1/2 c. whole milk

1 c. heavy cream

1 large egg, lightly beaten



Coat tart pan (or mini tart pans) with cooking spray. Whisk together flour, cocoa and salt. Beat butter on medium speed till fluffy, about 3 min. Add sugar and beat till pale and fluffy, about 2 more min. Reduce speed to low. Add vanilla and flour mixture and mix till dough begins to hold together, 1-2 min. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate for 30 min. Roll out dough to 1/4 in. thickness. Press into prepared pan(or pans). Trim excess dough so it’s flush with pan edge. Refrigerate for 1 hour. Bake shell at 325 degrees on a rimmed baking sheet till firm, about 25 min. Let cool completely on wire rack.

For filling: Place chocolate in bowl. Heat cream and milk in small saucepan over med/high heat till almost boiling/pour over chocolate. Let stand for 2 min. Slowly whisk till smooth. Let stand 10 min. more. Stir in egg. Return tart shell(s) to baking sheet and pour in filling. Bake till set, about 25 min. Let cool completely before removing from tart pan(s). Garnish with fresh whipped cream and raspberries if desired.

Galentine’s Party

A February pick me up was just what the doctor ordered with this Galentine’s Party for my 10 year old, Joslyn and her girlfriends. We had treats and games and crafts and the girls left with their tummies and hands full.

I made all of the treats including the macarons with tiny heart sprinkles on top, chocolate covered strawberries and small rice krispy treats on a stick. There was definitely not a shortage of sugar.




The hit of the party was this cotton candy cocktail. You just add sprite to the glass and it fizzes and melts into the cutest, most delicious pink drink. Pretty sure each of the girls had at least 3 cocktails:)

One of the games we played was memory with these sticky notes attached to the wall. It was the perfect way to fill a large space on the wall as well as make for a fun game. I wrote on the backs of the sticky notes matching words like February 14th and Valentines Day or opposites like boyfriend and girlfriend. The girls loved it!




My daughter is a huge crafter so next we made t-shirts using simple pom poms from the craft store.

Hot glue guns, pom noms and t-shirts are the only supplies needed for this craft and the girls loved being able to come up with their own designs.

The take home favor was a homemade bath bomb. These were so simple to make and so cute to have in the shape of a heart.

BATH BOMB Recipe:

Ingredients:

1 c. baking soda                         2 t. essential oil

1/2 c. citric acid                         3 t. olive oil

1/2 c. Epsom salts                     food coloring

1 t. water

Combine all of the dry ingredients in a bowl and combine well with a whisk. In a separate container (glass jar preferably), mix the liquid ingredients together. Slowly add the liquid ingredients to the dry mix, one small spoon at a time, until the mixture is soft and wet. Put the bath bomb mixture into any choice of molds (we used a heart one). It’s important that once the mold has set for about an hour, that you remove it from the mold and set out on a silpat or waxed paper to dry and harden overnight.

**DO NOT leave the mixture in the mold overnight as it will expand and stay wet and not harden.




Jossie was even nice enough to let her little sister come to the party:)

The balloons on the ceiling were my favorite part of the decor. So bright and colorful!

And as if they didn’t have enough sugar at the party we made little treat bags for them to take home. You can’t have a valentines party without candy!!

Seeing Jossie’s excitement for the party and how much fun she had at it made it all worth it!! She is my mini for sure.

Home for Christmas 2017






















Friendsgiving Luncheon

Since I’m going out of town for Thanksgiving this year I thought it was the perfect time to throw my first Friendsgiving!! I was lucky to have 22 women attend which meant a mix of dishes and glasses to accommodate everyone. But I love an eclectic mix to brighten a table so it was perfect for a big party!

Pinks and navy with a hint of orange and purple were the color palette. I found these cutest hand lotions at Bath & Body Works that I thought were the perfect compliment to the table and something that every one can use extra of. The XOXO on the hand lotion was the icing on the cake.





I love having a menu to view for a luncheon so everyone knows what to expect for the food being served in case there are any special recommendations. And these blue and white plates from Pottery Barn were an amazing deal. They are currently sold out of them online but I’ve linked some similar options on my instagram post.

The star of the show were the flowers- dahlias, snowberries and gerber daisies filled these blue and white vases for a vibrant display on each of the tables.




I couldn’t help but smile every time I looked at the flowers! I loved how bright and happy each vase felt.

I couldn’t have asked for a more fun group of girls to come celebrate with me. This is a tradition I’m hoping to continue each year to say goodbye to fall and welcome and enjoy new and old friendships!




Mini Paper Roses How-to

My 9 year old is the crafter of all crafters. She spends hours in our office working on crafts that she’s googled or come up with in her own head. I LOVE IT! Obvi. When she showed me these adorable paper roses I knew that they would make the cutest Valentine’s Day craft. The supplies are basic and the how-to is super simple to do on your own or with your kids.

Supplies needed:

Scissors, pencil, craft glue, craft paper in colors of your choice, toothpicks (mine are a little longer and wider than the normal size but the smaller ones would work too) and a circle approximately the size of a ramekin to trace.




Step 1:

Trace and cut the circle out on a piece of the colored craft paper.

Step 2:

Cut the paper in a spiral starting smaller and getting larger.

Step 3:

Begin rolling the spiral starting on the smaller small end, rolling tightly.




Step 4:

Once the spiral is completely rolled, attach the bottom of the flower using the craft glue.

Step 5:

Insert the toothpick into the bottom of the flower, poking a hole in the paper and pushing the toothpick in through the top.

That’s it! So easy and so cute.

I used them as cupcake toppers, on Valentine’s Day cards and as Valentine’s decor.

Holiday Housewarming Party

I thought the perfect way to share our new home with friends and family would be to combine a holiday AND housewarming party. It gave me time to get my home ready and kick off the holiday season with loved ones.

Drinks and appetizers were served to greet our guests. I kept the fare light finger foods to keep it easy and delicious.

This Lime Mojito drink was refreshing and so easy. Crushed mint leaves added to equal parts sprite and soda water garnished with lime was a crowd pleaser.

Simple finger foods with something for everyone were perfect for the casual night. I made these tiered platters by applying putty to candleholders and the platter base to allow for more food display. Something that is easily removable put perfect for larger gatherings.

Candles and twinkle lights were everywhere to allow for a dimly lit, moody atmosphere.

The dessert table included mini chocolate toffee trifles and raspberry shortcake trifles. This table was empty by the end of the night- definitely what I’d hoped for!!

Such a fun night celebrating with friends and family. Everyone’s kind comments and support of our new home left me full of gratitude for this new chapter of our life!!

Big thanks to she.be.still.photography and sydney.carpenter for the photos

Easy Gift Ideas

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Some years I don’t have time to bake or DIY something to give out as Christmas gifts to neighbors, friends and clients. This was one of those years!! So this year I came up with some easy gift ideas that look well put together and most people could enjoy.

I found this great gold bowl to put festive colored fruits in to give to clients and friends. I love that they can eat what’s inside but still have something pretty to use afterward.

nutsWhen I was a kid we always had a bowl of nuts sitting out at Christmas with a nutcracker. I loved cracking the nuts to get the goods inside and I think they are great for displaying as well.

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These cheese and crackers are my favorite right now- Havarti cheese with Rosemary crackers from Trader Joes – so good! I tied them to a pretty cutting board for the perfect savory gift.

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Sometimes I don’t want to give food as a gift. I found these cutest tiny pink poinsettias and potted them in a cute pot. Something small that can easily be displayed in any home during the holidays and a cute pot to use for a small plant later.

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Smaller simpler gifts are great for teachers and kids friends. Here I boxed some star shaped dark chocolate shortbread cookies in a cute clear container from The Container Store. These small candy cane sticks are in a decorative glass dish that can be used after the holidays to hold small candies. Christmas towels are one of my favorite small gifts to give because they’re fun to display at Christmas.

mallowThis small treat was so easy to make. I dipped large marshmallows in melted white chocolate and rolled it in crushed up candy canes. So cute and so delicious!

Home for Christmas

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We love being home for Christmas!!! When I decorate for this holiday I like to keep it simple and uncluttered. I feel like even the littlest detail adds so much for the holiday.familyroomchristmas

There’s never a shortage of wreaths, garlands and ribbon at Christmas in my home- I add it wherever I need a pop of color or hint of Christmas.details2

I love putting unique ornaments in bowls and jars to bring in a touch of the holiday.

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tree

Last year I started adding touches of pink to replace the red and I’ve never looked back! Still loving the pink.

train

We found this train a few years ago and have loved it ever since! Our kids look forward to using it every year.

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Another one of my favorite things to decorate with are mini Christmas trees- I pretty much collect them.

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I love how the advent calendar turned out this year. Filled with treats, notes and small toys, the kids get excited to open their package every morning!

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A pink feather wreath? Why yes! Of course I had to have this as soon as I saw it!

hollyplant

I’d never seen a real holly plant until this year. What could be more Christmassy for a table centerpiece??

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I only add subtle touches of Christmas in the kitchen but for me it’s just enough.

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I always leave a tiered stand out on the buffet for treats I bake or receive so they get eaten!

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I add a touch of Christmas in each bedroom- but the girls’ room is my favorite!!

Fall Update in My Home

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With each new season I feel compelled to style my home so it coincides inside with what the weather is like outside. For fall, I like to play with textures and bring in darker colors and softer, fluffier fabrics. fallcoffeetable

This fur throw paired with soft and velvety pillows do just that.

I can also never have too many pumpkins or fall florals in my home during this season. The vibrant colors of both add so much to the space. I prefer berries, sticks and leafy florals for the autumn floral arrangement. What’s so great about this foliage is that it lasts so much longer than a more flowery display.fallentry

Darkening my color scheme in the fall is also a must- even if it’s just switching out the art to make it feel a little more like the season.fallcorner

Another corner where softer fabrics add so much to the fall feel. On the ottoman I just added the green velvet pillow to make it more seasonal.fallpianoroom

In this piano room I just changed the lampshade to black, added some leafy florals, a plaid pillow on the bench and some pumpkins on the piano- simple additions without looking too overdone for the season.

So softer textures, darker colors, fall foliage and pumpkins are all you need to make your home feel warm and cozy during the autumn season when you spend so much more time indoors!