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Brick & Mortar \\ Swoozie’s in Denver

October 29, 2014

Lately, Vita and I have been making an effort to get out of the house more. We have been exploring new neighborhoods and shops, and have found quite a few gems here in Denver that I want to start sharing with you on a regular basis. There’s a cute little shop on 6th avenue called Swoozie’s that I drove by regularly and was always intrigued by the cute window displays. I could tell it was a paper shop filled with lots of cuteness. Now, I am picky about the paper goods and party supplies that I use regularly. I like clean and bright and colorful. I like modern with a touch of whimsy and vintage. And Swoozie’s happens to carry  some items that are right up my color-lovin’ alley.

Swoozies paper & party

I’m kicking off a new series called Brick & Mortar where I share actual shops that are filled to brim with awesomeness and inspiration. And you better believe some of those will be sweet shops! Swoozie’s had a little party last night and they asked me to come along and share a few ideas for easy entertaining during the holidays. I know. Who in the world would give me the floor?!?!

swoozies paper & party

When a shop carries anything from Ban.do, you know that they’re quality. I wanted all the tumblers. And the phone cases. And the luggage tags. And the notebooks. Is that too much to ask!??

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Taste It \\ Spooky Pie Pops

October 28, 2014

Spooky Pie Pops

Spooky Pie Pops

PIE! It’s abundant during the fall. And it’s abundant in my home. We love to serve it up on a regular basis and I LOVE to share new and tasty ways to indulge. This is evidenced by the pie workshop I taught a few weeks ago. (sharing all the details for that very soon!) Sometimes one doesn’t have the time to sit and eat an entire pie, so you gotta shrink it down. And that’s where these spooky pie pops come in. They’re handheld and tiny so that makes them the perfect snack. And it’s not inappropriate to eat 4 or 5 in one sitting. Really. It happens all the time.

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The Weekenders

October 24, 2014

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Oh baby! Only one more weekend until Halloween arrives! I may have stayed up until 3am every night this week working on costumes for myself, husb, and Vita-girl. I am SOOOOO excited about these. And the fact that they’re homemade? It just makes all my motherly dreams come true. I’m a soccer mom! Just kidding. I can barely keep my head above water, but we’re makin’ it.

If you’re feeling like you need to dress up tech for the Halloween festivities, well, look no further! I’m working with one of my fave designers and illustrators, Jordan Sondler, on some awesomely awesome printables for Christmas (right around the corner!) and we’re sharing a few of her Halloween downloads today! So click the links below to snag the pumpkin wallpaper, the ghost wallpaper, or both! The sizes are large enough for a computer and an iPhone so spread the spooky love, would ya?

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Before I head off into the Halloween sunset, a few links for your weekend reading!

I’m ready for all the cookies. Are you?

I sometimes with I lived in Houston so I could party with Ashley on rooftops.

Dip-dye your save the dates! And recipe cards. And party invites!

Apple cider donuts that are BAKED!

Skulls can be beautiful.

In Atlanta? GO TO THIS WORKSHOP!

I will wear all the oxfords.

**happy weekend**

CLICK HERE to download PUMPKIN WALLPAPER

CLICK HERE to download GHOST WALLPAPER

graphics: design by Jordan Sondler

Taste It || Pumpkin & Gourd Ice Cream Bowls

October 22, 2014

 

Taste It || Pumpkin & Gourd Ice Cream Bowls So. I still like to indulge myself in a sweet treat every now and again. My family’s weakness? Ice cream. 100%. If there is a pint somewhere close by, I’ll sniff it out. Logan has ice cream every Sunday plus. We love the stuff. I love when October rolls around because that means the creameries whip out their pumpkin ice cream flavor. And it’s always delicious. And what makes pumpkin ice cream better? When you serve it in these hollowed pumpkin & gourd ice cream bowls. I mean. Really.

Taste It || Pumpkin & Gourd Ice Cream Bowls

Materials:

  • assorted mini pumpkins, gourds, and squash
  • butcher knife
  • cutting board
  • melon baller
  • ice cream scoop
  • tasty tasty pumpkin ice cream

Taste It || Pumpkin & Gourd Ice Cream Bowls

Slice the top off of each pumpkin and save it for later. Take a picture of all the pumpkin lids in a cute assorted fashion. You have to do it.

Taste It || Pumpkin & Gourd Ice Cream Bowls Use the melon baller to hollow out the the halloween guts. Carve out the flesh but be careful not to make a hole in the bottom! TIP: If your pumpkin or gourd is very round and can’t sit up right, slice a tiny piece off the bottom to create a flat surface.
Taste It || Pumpkin & Gourd Ice Cream Bowls Fill each with some delicious pumpkin ice cream and place in the freezer for a few hours allowing each to harden up.  Taste It || Pumpkin & Gourd Ice Cream Bowls Taste It || Pumpkin & Gourd Ice Cream Bowls They’re so pretty. Pretty and delicious. The most dangerous combination.
Taste It || Pumpkin & Gourd Ice Cream Bowls

The beauty of these is that they can be made ahead of time. So if you’re having a little Autumn bash, you could serve these up in a jiff! Taste It || Pumpkin & Gourd Ice Cream Bowls Taste It || Pumpkin & Gourd Ice Cream Bowls

Just before serving, sprinkle each with a little cinnamon and graham cracker crust.
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And then place the lids on if you so desire.  Taste It || Pumpkin & Gourd Ice Cream Bowls Taste It || Pumpkin & Gourd Ice Cream Bowls

If it’s possible, I think they’re even cuter with the lids on! Wha?!?! Taste It || Pumpkin & Gourd Ice Cream Bowls

Now go. Go and carve. And enjoy.

LIke this? You should see the lemon bowls with raspberry sorbet!

This project is part of The Proper Pinwheel’s Halloween series, MISSION:SCARY. To see more Halloween projects, click here!

To see more projects to make using pumpkins, click here!

photography: all photos by The Proper Pinwheel

DIY || Typography BOO Pumpkins

October 21, 2014

Typography BOO Pumpkins

You guys. The internet is hard. I don’t know why, but every now and again, I struggle to find that balance between work and mom-life. It’s just been one of those weeks when the blog stops working and then Vita-girl gets sick. And when she’s sick, I just feel like the world stops. I hope you understand. I’m sure you do. Thanks for that. :) Okay, now that I got that out of the way, let’s talk about these typography BOO pumpkins, aight?

Typography BOO Pumpkins

I’m just obsessed with letters. Letters that make words. And when you can easily write those words on pumpkins? Well, everybody wins.

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The Weekenders!

October 17, 2014

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Oh. My. Gawsh. (Look at her butt. You were thinking it.)

These last two weeks have been nuts you guys! Last week’s pie workshop just sent me over the edge and I needed a moment or two to recover! And then the back-end of this here blog went all sk-wonky and I’ve been working with developers to get that back up and running! I’m just glad you guys couldn’t tell. You just thought it was run-o’-the-mill silence from yours truly. Hashtag don’t blame ya.

Since I basically missed a whole week of blogging (and I have so many more Halloween projects to share with your for Mission: Scary!), so check in on Facebook and Insta to see what’s goin’ down! One of my faves coming up involves ice cream! The greatest thing on the planet! That, and Netflix. And Mcdonald’s Monopoly!

Here are a few links to kick off your Friday!

The loveliest watercolor wall art there is. DIY style.

9. NINE! DIY costumes for Halloween! Love the champagne bubbles.

I love this color-dyed wheat wreath. Probably too much.

Skull pillow from old black sweater? I’m on board.

A free printable Halloween invitation and it’s calligraphed!

I want this towel for my kitchen!

A rustic apple tart. No more words.

DIY napkins just in time for the season of entertaining!

And. WHY didn’t I think of these for Vita’s party?!

My girl, Ciera, just had a 5 year blogiversary and is having a MASSIVE giveaway! There are tons of ways to enter and the contest runs until October 27th! You can visit her blog to read more and you can also enter the giveaway down below! Check it, my friends.

Ciera Design Celebrates 5 Years of Blogging with a Giveaway

I decided to join in and help Ciera Design celebrate 5 years of blogging this month! It’s such an exciting accomplishment (5 yearsies!) and what better way to celebrate than by giving away a special gift to our amazing readers? One lucky person will receive a $400 prepaid MasterCard that can be spent anywhere in the world that accepts Debit MasterCards. You’re not dreaming. If you win, share with me? I pay in treats. Use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter!

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Thanks to the lovely sponsors who made this possible!

Ciera DesignKory WoodardYellow Heart ArtRebecca Lately
Patti Murphy Designs | Anna DeloresCocorrinaRachel The HatFashiony Fab
Sugar and Type | Squirrelly MindsHigh WallsThe Nectar Collective
The Proper PinwheelEx VitaeFry Sauce & GritsA Ruffled Life
Pinegate RoadBuckets & SpadesA Girl Named PJSarah HeartsTara Victoria

This giveaway will be running until October 27th, 2014 and is opened to international readers!

**Happy weekend**

photography: floral | The Proper Pinwheel     glitter | Ciera Design

Taste It \\ The Classic Popover

October 7, 2014

Taste It \\ The Classic Popover

If there was ever a recipe that I would beg you to try, it would be this one. I have this unconditional love for breakfast food. We’re star-crossed lovers, if you will. There’s something about a piece of french toast, or a pancake, or in this case, a tasty popover that just sends me into breakfast bliss. The classic popover is similar to a German pancake, only smaller, cuter, and therefore, superior.

Taste It \\ The Classic Popover
Taste It \\ The Classic Popover

This shoot was a toughy to complete. I kept taking bites out of the popovers! So tempting! And it doesn’t hurt that they’re in those pretty-in-pink ramekins!

Get the full recipe over on Style Me Pretty Living today!

Happy Tuesday!

photography: all photos by The Proper Pinwheel

DIY \\ Spooky & Sweet Macarons

October 2, 2014

DIY \\ Spooky & Sweet Macarons

Say it with me. “I’m an addict. I have a problem. I need help.”

“I also need to eat all the macarons.”

“All of ‘em.”

These have to be one of the most versatile treats in all the land! My latest obsesh? These spooky & sweet macarons. They’re the perfect little favor to give to yourself your friends and neighbors. If you want to be super fancy, just let the kids trick-or-treat for these guys.

DIY \\ Spooky & Sweet Macarons

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Taste It \\ Pumpkin Macarons With Chocolate Ganache

October 1, 2014

Pumpkin Macarons With Chocolate Ganache It’s no secret that I’m addicted to Macarons now. Their sugar content is low, so that means they’re diabetic-friendly, yes? Yes. With the weather cooling down, I’ve been cooking and baking with pumpkin a LOT more. And you should, too! So let’s start with some pumpkin macarons with chocolate ganache, mmmmkay? It’s like a pumpkin chocolate chip cookie. But classier.

Joking. Like anything could be classier than the pumpkin chocolate chip cookie! Pumpkin Macarons With Chocolate Ganache Pumpkin Macarons With Chocolate Ganache

To make the macarons, follow the simple macaron recipe from this edible typography macaron post! There are a few changes so listen up.

Just before the egg whites reach their puffy and glossy texture, drop 2 droplets of orange gel food coloring and 1 droplet of brown gel food coloring into the mix and keep beating! Beat until the egg white mixture becomes the cloudy glossyness that meringues are famous for!

Add 1/2 tsp of pumpkin pie spice to the dry almond flour and powdered sugar mix. Whisk well to incorporate and then add the dry mix to the egg whites as the recipe suggests. Follow the rest of the recipe directions until you’ve got yourself some pumpkin-y french macarons!
Pumpkin Macarons With Chocolate Ganache For the chocolate ganache:

  • 12 ounces milk or dark chocolate, chopped
  • 1 cup heavy cream

Heat cream in sauce pan over medium-high heat until it boils. Once it’s boiling, immediate remove from heat and pour over chocolate. Gently whisk until all chocolate is melted and the mixture is glossy. Allow to cool completely. The longer the ganache sits, the more stable it will be. I placed mine in the refrigerator overnight to help it stiffen up before being piped onto the macarons.

Now go and give. Or go and eat. I’d probably do the latter…

This recipe is part of The Proper Pinwheel’s Halloween series, MISSION:SCARY. To see more Halloween projects, click here!

To see more recipes, click here!

photography: all photos by The Proper Pinwheel

DIY \\ Zombie Wildlife

September 25, 2014

DIY \\ Zombie Wildlife

Alternate titles for this post would be:

“Undead Wildlife”

“Zombie Dinosaurs”

“Paint The Toy White”

“The Rawring Dead”

I could go on… This is one of those projects that I am overly excited about. It probably has to do with the fact that I’m now a parent who gets to teach her daughter all about dinosaurs and how they can turn into zombie wildlife with the power of one’s imagination. Thanks, AMC.

If you know me, then you know that I’m terrified of zombies. Truly. My recurring nightmare is one that involves zombies of civil war soldiers. It’s frightening, alright. These zombies are on the friendlier, less-threatening, side of the undead spectrum. I’m okay with ‘em. And your kids will be, too.

DIY \\ Zombie Wildlife

DIY Zombie Wildlife

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