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Reinventing the cupcake topper

I love when I stumble upon talented people, doing creative things that I hadn’t known about before. Recently, I was on the hunt for a creative way to dress up cupcakes that didn’t include a paper cupcake topper (nothing against them, I am just a bit bored with the look), when I discovered Edible Details and their fondant cupcake toppers – BINGO! I loved how  Brittany has taken the matching theme look of the paper cupcake topped yet created something unique, gorgeous, and EDIBLE! Take a look:

fondant cupcakes

See what I mean? They are darling! What a great way to present a cupcake, don’t you think?

toppers | fondant cupcakes

Wouldn’t this monkey be perfect for a monkey birthday party theme? The possibilities are endless – Brittany is like a magician with fondant!

fondant toppers

She also does adorable 3D fondant toppers and edible sugar flowers … OH MY  the flowers (more on those soon)!

fondant cupcakes

Be sure to check out all of Brittany’s designs over at Edible Details (like these cute Halloween toppers)! I can’t wait to share the custom toppers she created just for us, details soon!

 

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Mason jar recipes

The mason jar trend is nothing new, but it still seems to be going strong (and in my book still adorable!). From sweets to snacks, drinks to meals — I love all mason jar recipes. Here are a few I’ve spotted that I can’t wait to try. 

mason jar recipes

Neapolitan cake, rainbow cake (would be darling for birthday or St. Patrick’s Day), individual pies (the flags are a cute bonus!).

mason jar recipes

Here are some of my favorite and unique mason jar recipes that go beyond cakes and pies:

Smore pudding, ice cream (hello brilliant!), and chili topped with cornbread (this has to be my all-time favorite!).

Have you baked, cooked, or served with mason jars? What are your favorite mason jar recipes? Do tell!

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Party Parfait Recipe

parfait recipe

Looking for something a little different to serve at your next party? This parfait recipe would be perfect for your next brunch, luncheon or even as dessert.

Stefanie from anna and blue paperie is stopping by today to share her recipe for delicious parfaits.

from Stefanie:

By serving the parfaits in fancy glasses such as martini glasses, they are sure to be a hit at any party! In addition, they would make the perfect breakfast on the go as well as a healthy snack that kiddos are sure to love.

(We agree!)

Ingredients | Parfait RecipeParfait Recipe:

32 oz low fat Vanilla Yogurt
12oz granola, I recommend blueberry crunch
Fresh strawberries (cut into small pieces), raspberries and blueberries

¼ cup of orange juice

1 tablespoon Maple syrup

1/8 of a cup of water

To make the berry sauce:

Add a handful of strawberries, raspberries and blueberries to a sauté pan over medium heat. Add orange juice and maple syrup and mix continuously. When the mixture begins to bubble, add your water to avoid the sauce from sticking to the pan. Once the mixture is of a sauce consistency, remove from the stove and allow to cool.

Add yogurt to 1/3 of your glass. Add a few fresh berries and top with the berry sauce and coat berries evenly. Add another layer of vanilla yogurt. Top with granola. Makes 4 – 6 servings

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Simple Summer Dips

When I think of summer dips, I think of fresh and flavorful ingredients (not mayo based or thick and creamy traditional dips). The next time you entertain, why not whip up one of these easy dips? They are healthier, will hold up sitting out in the heat and they taste fantastic!

Jalapeno & Cilantro Hummus

summer dips

serves 8

1 cup garbanzo beans
1/2 cup fresh cilantro
1 jalapeno (remove the ribs and seeds)
2 1/2 tablespoons tahini
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon curry powder

In a blender or food processor, mix the garbanzo beans, jalapeno, tahini, garlic, and lemon juice. Season with cumin and curry powder. Blend until desired consistency. Serve immediately or chill until needed.

*Serve with Garden Salsa Sun Chips (the flavor combo between the chips and the hummus is to die for)!

Mild Mango Salsa

easy dips

12 roma tomatoes, seeded and diced
1/2 red onion, diced
3 jalapenos, diced
2 mangos, coarsely diced
3/4 cup chopped cilantro
1 tsp salt
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp chilli powder
1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
1 tbsp Tabasco

Mix all of the ingredients together and refrigerate at least 1 hour.

*Serve with Fritos or Frito Scoops for a fun twist on the traditional chips and salsa!

This post was sponsored by Frito-Lay and created by Thoughtfully Simple as part of the Frito-Lay Summer Entertaining Twitter Party.

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What’s for breakfast?

Looking for Fathers Day breakfast ideas? I think it is nice to wake Dad up Sunday morning with a hearty, delicious breakfast (and a cup of joe with the morning paper of course!). In our house, we have narrowed down the menu to 4 of his favorites. However, we just might end up making a couple because we can’t decide!

fathers day breakfast

-French toast and fruit skewers via cakeface (kids love assembling these!)

-Breakfast melts via The Pioneer Woman (you can make these ahead the night before)

-Blueberry muffins via With Style and Grace (pack these up for a day out and about)

-Brown sugar and bacon waffles via Joy the Baker (really, need I say more?)

It’s obvious we might all be in a food coma this weekend because these are ALL looking good!

So, what will YOU be making Dad this Sunday?

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Spring Brunch {Part II}

If you were looking for any white party ideas, be sure to check out our Spring Brunch {Part I} from last week. As promised, here are (the brighter!) details in Part 2. We hope you enjoy these brunch ideas and become inspired for those Spring parties!

You did check out the original feature in Valley & Co.’s Spring Ezine, right? If not, click the image below!

A quick recap: We stumbled into a big, green, grassy field and set up a clean, crisp, and cheery Spring brunch!

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(More tablescape photos in Part I)

spring brunch ideas

The entire tablescape was white –linens, plates, centerpieces, and chairs. For a cheery pop of color, we had custom designed menus, food cards and place cards designed by the very talented Kori Klark of Paper & Pigtails. *Be sure to check out the note at the end of this post!

Menu-  Brunch Ideas

The menu consisted of: mini quiches, lemon bars, fresh fruit skewers and orange marmalade muffins.

The beverages? Mimosas (of course)!

Orange marmalade muffins, topped with adorable mini paper pinwheels for a little springtime whimsy! These polka dotted mini pinwheels were designed by Twirlie Whirlies and were the perfect muffin-accessory we’ve ever seen!

See? Cute, right?

spring parties

I hope that you enjoyed our spring brunch ideas and are inspired to host your own spring soiree!

Vendors

Menus, food cards & place cards – Paper and Pigtails

Paper pinwheels – Twirlie Whirlies

Striped paper straws & cupcake wrappers – Sweet Shop LuLu

*P.S. Stay tuned for the free printables from this Spring Brunch (thanks Kori!)

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