September 2010 archive

Kitchen Cravings

1. I have been swooning over these Inside out bowls from Anthropology.

2. Serve up your appetizers on these Safari themed Zebra plates from Savvy Host Market.

3. I am also thinking that this set of 4 Napa Vines Napkin Rings would make a great go-to hostess gift.

4. I’ve mentioned Drink Me Tags in the past (once or twice), but I am just loving there new “Bottoms Up” design.

What is on your “wish list” these days?

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Pumpkin + Whoopie Pies = Love

Looking for something new to whip up this Halloween? While on the hunt for new pumpkin dessert ideas, I came across this recipe. I am going to try these Mini Pumpkin Whoopie Pies from Martha Stewart. What do you think? I am guessing that they are going to be our new favorite!

Ingredients

Makes about 20

  • FOR THE COOKIES
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (not Dutch-process)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup vegetable shortening
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed dark-brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • FOR THE FILLING
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/4 cup canned solid pack pumpkin
  • Pinch of cinnamon
  • Pinch of nutmeg

Directions

  1. Prepare cookies: Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Sift together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt into a medium bowl; set aside.
  2. Place butter, shortening, and sugars into the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix on high speed until smooth, about 3 minutes. Add egg; mix until pale and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Mix in half the flour mixture, then the milk and vanilla. Mix in remaining flour mixture.
  3. Drop about 2 teaspoons dough onto baking sheets lined with parchment paper, spacing 2 inches apart. Bake until cookies spring back when lightly touched, 12 to 14 minutes. Transfer baking sheets to wire racks and let cool 10 minutes. Remove cookies from baking sheets and transfer to wire racks using a spatula; let cool completely.
  4. Prepare filling: In the bowl of a mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, whip together cream cheese, butter and confectioners’ sugar on medium speed until smooth, about 3 minutes. Add pumpkin, cinnamon, and nutmeg; whip until smooth, scraping down the bowl as necessary.
  5. Pipe or spoon about 2 teaspoons filling on the flat sides of half the cookies. Sandwich with remaining cookies, keeping the flat sides down.


Mini Pumpkin Whoopie Pies recipe via MarthaStewart.com

And since we are talking about pumpkin desserts, I’m going to remind you of my all-time-favorite Pumpkin Shake recipe. You’re welcome.

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Halloween Paper Goods

If you are thinking about hosting a Halloween party (or just looking for a creative way to make the day more festive), here is my advice: start with the basics. A very simple (and non-intimidating) way to create a pulled together party look is to start with printed plates and napkins. I know, simple right? Even though paper plates and napkins might seem… well too simple, they are a great way to create a themed look with out all the fuss or stress. Check out these festive Halloween paper goods from Plates & Napkins. They would be a great base for any Halloween party theme.

Halloween Paper Goods

These festive prints would be great for a Halloween themed party for either kids or adults. The more basic prints like stripes and polka dots, could be paired with more fun elements like candy and favors for a children’s party. The more sophisticated prints like the damask and filigree could easily be paired with candelabras and more formal or classy decorations.

For more whimsical and fun decor, order your Halloween paper plates in a spooky design. These are playful but could easily be “dressed up” by adding solid napkins and a solid table cloth or runner to your table. Above from left to right: Midnight Madness, Bonehead and Batty.

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Spooky Party Decor

If you haven’t already, now is the time to start thinking about your spooky Halloween Party Decor. Plan all of your spooky party details now and you will be all set to enjoy a fabulously frightful night! Here are a few of my favorite items this year:

1. Spider Web Table Runner {via Pottery Barn $49.00} 2. Glittery Skulls in purple, silver and green {via Plum Party $15.00 each} 3. Skeleton Hand Glasses {via Oriental Trading Co. $19.99 per doz} 4. Skull Punch Bowl Set {via Plum Party $42.00}

5. Skull Cocktail Collection {Pottery Barn $19.00-$24.00} 6. Deluxe Party Lab Kit {Plum Party $29.99} 7. Skeleton Swirls Party Invitation {Tiny Prints $0.99 each} 8. Skull Appetizer Plate {Pottery Barn $7.00}

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Celebrate an old favorite! 90210 Day

No, I am not a fanatic of the show. In fact, I have never watched the new version of the series. I simply have such nostalgic memories of watching this show as I was growing up. Realizing today is in fact, 9/02/10 — I thought a party post was in order. Hey, I’ll throw a themed party for just about anything! Even 90210 Day.

When I think back to the “gang: on 90210, I immediately think about scenes of them meeting at Nat’s Peach Pit. Typically, if it went down — this is where it happened. I don’t remember much eating (as someone pointed out on Twitter last night), but a lot of pushing the food around the plate while they contemplated life. For this party — we are eating and drinking ;).

How about a Peach “Virgin” Donna Martin Daiquiri? Coined by Donna Martin .. uh hum… I mean, Tori Spelling herself.

{Peach Pit} “Virgin” Donna Martin Daiquiri?


60 ml light rum
1 tsp lemon juice
1/4 cup canned peaches
2 sliced peaches

To Make:

-put all the ingredients into blender along wit ha cup of crushed ice
-blend at low sped for 10-15 seconds
-pour into a chilled wine glass
-garnish Frozen Peach Daiquiri with lemon slice

Dessert? Mini Peach Pies!

Yum, pair with vanilla bean ice cream – so good! Get the recipe here.

OR, if cupcakes are more your style check out these Peach frosted delights! Simply use ordinary cake mix (if you want to whip this out quickly) but make this handmade peach icing for fabulous dessert!

Peach Buttercream

ΒΎ cup butter, at room temperature
1 Β½ cups confectioner’s sugar
ΒΌ cup peach puree (fresh peaches pureed in the food processor)

A few drops of lemon juice to keep the peaches from turning.
Vanilla, to taste
Whip the butter until light and fluffy. Add the sugar and beat until well combined. Add peach puree and vanilla and beat again until smooth. I added just a touch of yellow and red food coloring to enhance the color. recipe and photo found here.

Now, all you need is some old re-runs of the original 90210 episodes and you are all set to enjoy your 90210 party. So dish, who was YOUR favorite character? I bet you’ll never guess mine!

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