i just finished my second half-marathon this morning and boy was it tough but we got extremely lucky and lucked out with beautiful fall weather. i decided this afternoon is perfect for lounging on our deck and blogging to enjoy the weather and rest my legs. as i was looking through my blogroll this morning, there were a few things that caught my eye that i thought i would share.
most popular children’s names by state and year. a cool info graphic that changes by the year. not surprised to see the names jessica, ashley and emily make the list.
dulce de leche cookies. these look divine and even better its by a blogger from england, making it all the more cool.
table setting cheat sheet. just in time for the holidays! this gives you every scenario and how to set up for it.
moscow mule recipe. my new fav drink that comes in the most chic copper mug I have ever seen. plus the recipe is from Oprah so you know its good.
as i promised in my previous post, here are the pictures from my recent weekend trip. my dad, sister and i thought it would be fun to take a quick trip up to Minneapolis. my favorite part of the trip was the farmer’s market out on the water front. it was just such a happy place with the local musicians, artists and farmers all running their stands with the local fare.
my sister has a love for photography and snapped a bunch of pictures of the farmer’s market so I thought I would share a few. i am kind of obsessed with the pictures of the fresh flowers and carrots just plucked from the ground. also, the arrow bracelet that I am wearing is from the local artist i mentioned in the previous post. (all photos are credited to Lindsey Swirbul)
Recently inspired by the Paletas popsicle cookbook, I decided to find a couple other popsicle recipes made from natural ingredients. These flavors are unique and sure to inspire your taste buds. The great thing about these icy pops is that they are relatively healthy, plus fun to make.
Base: 3 cups cubed seeded watermelon
Sweetener: 6 tablespoons sugar; 1 tbsp honey
Flavor: 3 tbsp fresh lime juice
Booster: 2 teaspoons chopped fresh cilantro
Crunchy Peanut Butter-Banana–165 calories
Base: 3 medium bananas; 1 cup 1 percent milk
Sweetener: 3 tbsp honey
Flavor: 5 tbsp natural peanut butter
Booster: 1/4 cup lightly salted dry roasted peanuts, chopped
Base: 3 cups cubed mango; 3/4 ripe avocado
Sweetener: 5 tbsp sugar
Flavor: 3 tbsp fresh lime juice
Booster: 1 tbsp grated orange zest
They are called paletas because they are a latin american ice pop made with fresh fruit. Enjoy these fun summer recipes.
My boyfriends mom had the cutest idea for a wedding gift that she let me be a part of. Her niece is getting married in a few weeks so she bought an adorable cookbook from Hallmark and is having each family member contribute six of their favorite recipes.
These are the cards that I made for the book.
I wanted to include an array of recipes beyond just desserts. Here are a few of the scrumptious recipes.
Strawberry mango margarita.
Chicken tortellini soup.
I also included a pasta and cupcake recipe to the mix. The cheesecake looks so good, I’m going to bake it for my dads birthday next weekend.
I just thought this was such a cute thoughtful gift for someone on their wedding day. What do you think, would you give a recipe book as a wedding gift?
I have a new favorite baking site called call me cupcake. Although, most of the site is in french (which makes it even more glamorous) the recipes are translated in English at the bottom of each post. The site specializes in fabulous cakes, cupcakes and macaroons. Wait until I show you some of the pictures of the sweet treats and then you’ll know why I am swooning.
My new favorite cake decorating trend is frills. It seriously makes it not even look like a cake but rather a piece of delicate fabric.
Its hard to believe thats a cake. Its just so perfect.
How cool is this idea to make each layer of the cake a different shade in the same color palette. Perhaps I will try to make this cake for a summer soirée.
And, we must not forget about my favorite part, the cupcakes!
These cupcakes are beyond cute and they are blueberry lemon flavored. Yum!
These macaroons are fitting for a princess. Dont they look extravagant?
I am hoping to continue my baking endeavors this summer after I finish school and have a little bit more time. Which one will I make first?
With April being a big birthday month (my moms on the 7th and mine on the 26th) I have been looking for cute birthday and cupcake decorations. I came across Shop Sweet Lulu and am so thrilled by their bright and happy party decor. They seriously might have the cutest cupcake liners I have ever seen!
I have already planned on purchasing these. So cute!
Tissue paper fans for party decorations.
And of course pink polka dot goody bags.
I would love to get the cupcake liners and goody bags to give to friends at a birthday dinner. Perhaps I will just plan my whole birthday celebration around these girly and fab decorations. Which ones are your favorite?
Other baking/party Classy and Fab Girl Posts:
Fab Designer (heart cake at the bottom of the post)
With all the hype of cupcake making lately, I decided to try it. I had a new years eve party to go to and thought it would be the perfect place to showcase my newly found hobby.
I started with three simple recipes and made carrot cake, red velvet and peppermint mocha cupcakes.
Here is how they turned out.
I took them to the party and sure enough they were a hit! Everyone was raving about MY cupcakes. It was quite a nice surprise to see people were enjoying my first batch of cupcakes.
Here are the recipes for each. Enjoy!
Carrot Cake Cupcakes
Carrot Cake Cupcake Recipe
Peppermint Mocha Cupcakes
Peppermint Mocha Cupcake Recipe
Red Velvet Cupcakes
Red Velvet Cupcake Recipe
Another thing that helped the look of my cupcakes is this Dessert Decorator. It frosted my cupcakes beautifully. I got it at Walmart for about $15.00.
I would love to hear of your favorite cupcake recipes.