My assistant Liezl (that's what I'm going to call her now) sent me the link to this beautiful lace dress from H&M. I desperately want someone to buy and marry in it, so classic and affordable. It would also be a great reception or get away dress don't you think? They have a skirt too!
I'm secretly considering buying it for a vow renewal...well not so secretly now I guess ;)
It is always nice to see alternative centerpieces, especially affordable ones. If you're already serving champagne at your wedding, why not make it the main event at your table?
The other day I was at Big Lots and came across these metal bathroom trash bins and thought "those could be champagne buckets". They were $5 a pop, and with a $10 bottle of prosecco from Trader Joe's you could have some pretty reasonable centerpieces!
I love a good brunch at a bridal or baby shower. Sweets, savories and all sorts of family recipes shared among friends. I've seen quite a few new spins on old classics but this one is the first for me. If you're making brunch I beg you to give these a try...and report back. I can't decide how I feel about them!
Makes about 2 dozen mini- or 14 regular-sized cupcakes
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp heaping, ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted then cooled
2 eggs, room temperature
1 tsp maple extract*
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup milk
10-12 slices bacon
Preheat oven to 375℉. Place a cooling rack on a rimmed baking sheet and lay the bacon strips on the rack in one even layer. Bake for about 15-20 minutes, turning once. Turn the strips out onto paper towels when done and set aside to cool. Cut a couple of strips of bacon into 1 inch pieces on a diagonal, to be used as garnish. Finely chop the remaining bacon (yield approx 1/2 cup or less).
Turn oven down to 350℉.
Sift flour, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt into a small bowl.
In a large bowl or a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat together butter, sugar and eggs on medium-high speed until light and fluffy. Feel free to sub bacon fat for a small portion of the butter. I did. I'm a rebel. Add the maple and vanilla extracts. With the mixer running at medium speed, alternately add in flour mixture (3 additions) and milk (2 additions), starting with the flour mixture; beat until smooth. Fold in chopped bacon until evenly distributed.
Scoop batter into muffin tin lined with paper cupcake liners. These cupcakes don't rise as much, so they can be filled a bit fuller. I typically use 1 tablespoon for minis, and 1/4 cup for regular cupcakes. For this recipe, I just used heaping measurements of the above.
Bake minis 12-14 minutes; regulars 22-25 minutes, rotating halfway through baking. After passing the toothpick test, keep baking until the tops turn golden brown. Let cool completely before icing.
Maple Buttercream Frosting
Frosts 24 cupcakes
2 cups confectioner's sugar
2 sticks butter
4 oz. cream cheese
2 Tbs pure maple syrup
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp maple extract*
In a bowl with an electric mixer or stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter and cream cheese until light and fluffy. Add maple syrup, vanilla, maple extract, and salt, and beat until fully incorporated. Add confectioner's sugar, one half cup at a time until reaching desired consistency. Beat until smooth and fluffy, about 5 minutes.
Frost or pipe onto cooled cupcakes. Garnish with inch-long bacon pieces.
You're going to wish you had listened to me when I told you to enter this giveaway because I had some of the best bites of my life last night. My friend Jaime and I went to the Seattle's Best Comfort Food Tasting at The Wing Luke Museum for dinner and more. They may have been bites, but you could have as many as you want and I was stuffed to the brim. There are so many new restaurants I can't wait to try!
She already ate my favorite on the left from Rover's
Today is the last day to enter my petite package giveaway of European goodies! Click 'here' to enter!
I'm all about the sweets this week, I'm just hungry I guess. On Friday my friend Liezl sent me these beautiful apple pie cookies from Smitten Kitchen. She thinks every Fall wedding should have them and I couldn't agree more! Buttery, flakey crusts piled high on cake stands. I would camp out at your dessert table. You can even pop them on a stick for pie pops if you must...
Yesterday while we did our weekly grocery shopping I was eyeing up the chocolate bars at the cash register. I had been meaning to tell you about these awesome dark chocolate caramel sea salt bars for awhile now because they are so good and I think the packaging is beautiful. But every time I buy one to take a picture...we eat it. If you're having a beach wedding, I think you should stock up!
Today I noticed a new flavor that would be perfect for a Fall wedding favor. Can you picture them tucked into the napkin at each place setting? People would go nuts, pun intended ;) They are $1.99 each and probably the best favor your guests will ever receive. Unless you're Oprah I suppose...
P.S. I knocked over a lot of things trying to take this photo with my phone and hold my tiny free
coffee in my other hand. My Husband was pretty embarrassed....oh marriage!
And the winner is (after weeding out a few non Seattleites, sorry guys wish you could come too!) is #7 Dani Johnson!
All hope is not lost, buy a ticket by clicking 'here'!
When you love someone, you feed them. Well I love you so I'm giving away 2 tickets to the Fall Comforts Food Tasting presented by Gilt City Seattle and Seattleite. Come and taste the season with some of Seattle's best restaurants Tuesday, October 18th from 6pm-9pm at the Wing Luke Museum. I'll be there, will you? Check out all the participating restaurants below.
Need a date night? Re blog this or post to Facebook, leave me a comment telling you did and win 2 tickets to the event! Giveaway ends Friday at 12pm so don't wait.
Get 25% off any ticket price by clicking 'here'. You won't see the discount until check out so don't go all low blood sugar on me.
WHAT: Taste the Season with the City's Best Restaurants
Presented by Gilt City Seattle and Seattleite
WHEN: Tuesday, Oct. 18th (6-9pm)
WHERE: Wing Luke Museum (719 S King St. 98104)
WHO: Artusi, Bastille, Coterie Room, Golden Beetle, Mistral, Poquitos,
RN74, Revel, Rover's, Spur, Staple & Fancy, Tavern Law
I fell in love with this foodie bouquet by Floret Flowers. It contains raspberries, chilies, nasturtiums, mint, parsley, blackberries, crabapples, rosehips and pea tendrils and various flowers. It's built around local seasonal edibles, how cool is that? I bet it smells amazing!
The grooms boutonniere contains chilies, rosehips, summer savory and blackberries
I should've had chilis in my bouquet. We were married in Mexico for goodness sake!
I'm having a giveaway on my other blog, a goody package from our trip to Europe, click 'here' to enter!
I struggle with frosting cakes. In my head it looks one way but in reality, barely edible. That's why I love the look of coconut cake. Just toss the coconut on the sides and you can't see all my imperfections. But now I have a new method for my madness, cake pops. How pretty is this wedding cake covered in cake pops? It's like twice the cake for the price of one! It doesn't get better than that.
Would you consider mismatched tables and chairs for your wedding reception? I saw this cafe in Luzern, Switzerland and couldn't help but think how cool it would be if you borrowed a bunch of kitchen tables from family and friends. I love the legs on these tables, I need to get my hands on some.
There are quite a few tables in the free section on craigslist!
I'm guest posting at Sparrows and Arrows today! Stop by and check out my Halloweeny wedding idea.
Have you ever heard of plasti dip? I hadn't either until I was pinning last night and came across this one. Apparently you can dip anything in it and it will take on a plastic ceramic looking coating. Oragami place card holders just got a chic upgrade. I'd like to try it with fake flowers and some toy cars. What else could you dip?
Monique Lhuillier's Fall collection makes me want to remarry. The sheaths are my favorite and I wish I had chosen lace in my past life. What style of dress are you drawn to? Ball gown, trumpet, A-line?
I know I keep dragging my feet about Fall, but after finding this amazing recipe I'm finally ready. Nothing like a little chocolate ganache and caramel to welcome you to the season. I'm thinking these little guys would make a great after dinner treat or midnight snack. You could try them as favors but I doubt they'd ever make it out the door ;)
*Do you know Krystal from Village? Check out our longest distance ever blogger meetup 'here'. Okay maybe not ever ;)
I love Autumn colors, that's the only reason I put up with the cold really. Then Christmas is what keeps me around when the leaves fall. Well that and my mortgage...and family ;) Unfortunately around here the leaves turn and disappear with the rain. Did you know there is a way to preserve those beautiful colors? You can dip them in wax a la Martha Stewart and enjoy them until December 1st.
I would hang them from the altar for a Fall wedding, or make enough garlands to hang from here to Oregon. What would you do with them?
Collect leaves, make yourself some hot apple cider.
Slowly melt bleached beeswax over a double boiler; never allow wax to boil. Dip leaves in wax one at a time, holding by stem. gently shake off excess wax.
You know when you're staying at someones home and you look at every book shelf and nick nack displayed. Sometimes you flip through books or magazines and ask questions about where they acquired certain things. While staying with our friends in Switzerland I found this little book of favorite recipes given to them at a cousin's wedding. The couple shared a few of their favorite recipes by season. An easy, personable and usable parting gift.
Print your recipes on any size note cards and clip with a loose leaf ring. Now how simple is that? Don't forget to throw in the recipe for your signature cocktail. After a few we might not remember what they're called ;)
After a wonderful 16 day vacation to Europe (Basel, Bern, Luzern, Geneva, Martigny, Paris, Normandy...now you don't have to ask ;) with my Husband, I'm back and ready to catch up on all of your wonderful blogs. A special thank you to my guest posters and I am so relieved blogger posted them as scheduled. If you haven't already stopped by their blogs you should!
While in Basel visiting friends we went to a bar where the table numbers were painted straight on to the tables. Why in the world are we coming up with all these crazy table number ideas when we could just stick them straight on to the table?! I know, I know, not always possible, but I like the look. If your venue has nice wood tables and you are forgoing centerpieces, why not make the number the center of attention?
Since your venue is unlikely to let you paint their tables, vinyl adhesive numbers would be the way to go. You can find standard fonts at your local office supply store (check out these ones), or you can get some custom removable ones made at Kinko's. I know because my Husband once had an "I'll mess with Texas" sticker made for his truck.
Friends Stephanie and Mike enjoying a beer,
and Bryan...who hates being photographed
To be bored with more photos from our trip, click here
Married three years ago, I've failed to move on to the next stage of my life. Children? 401K? I'd rather join the congo line on your big day. I love all things weddings and parties and hope to make a life of it someday.
In my spare time I like to hike, go to the beach and discover new restaurants. I live in the Seattle area with my Husband, two crazy dogs and my wedding dress ;)