Monthly Archives: April 2012


Pretty + Feminine Inspiration

Between Pinterest and all of the beautiful and inspiring blogs out there, my bookmarked images list tends to grow and grow, until I can’t keep track of how many items I labeled, “oooh, pretty!”  So I thought I’d focus on some web browser spring cleaning and share some of the pretty!

These images in particular make me want to throw a very lavish, very feminine, very French, kind of party, complete with peonies, fishnet ankle socks, stripes, doilies, cupcakes, lollipops, and scrabble tiles.

Images via: Souvenirs of a Girl + ruemag


Lexi

Dress of the Week

I love the classic look of a wedding dress with delicate lace sleeves.  We can all thank the princesses for keeping the sleeved wedding dress trend afloat (think Grace, Diana, and Kate).  I love the statement a sleeve makes – there’s an air of propriety, of delicate refinement, and of defiance – to go against the strapless trend (classic and a little bit edgy = love it.)

Via 100 Layer Cake // Photography by: Elizabeth Messina // Dress: Monique Lhuillier long-sleeved re-embroidered Chantilly lace gown + Monique Lhuillier hand-applique and lace and tulle veil


Lexi

Friday Link Love

I really just want a great big tent in my house — is that so much to ask?

The perfect dessert: peanut butter and jelly pie bars.

I have such a crush on this Ganni Peplum Ponte Tank. #prettyballerina

I must think of some reason to re-create this DIY metal cake bunting.  Love.

Such an inspiring workspace.

Need a sweet thank you?  Love this simple thanks: home-baked bread and jam.

And lastly: Neil, the Lion.

 


Lexi

Donut Cake Pops

I heart donuts.  I’m not sure why exactly.  For starters, I am completely and utterly intolerant of sugar, so my donut eating involves a tiny nibble and a feigned “I’m satisfied after that measly one bite” smile.  Also, donuts are probably one of the least sophisticated of desserts, and I love baking.  But the mystery behind the fried dough deliciousness is much of the donut’s appeal as well.  Plus, who doesn’t travel up the east coast for donuts?  Oh, err, that’s just my family?

But I digress.  Let me get back on topic (it only took me a paragraph today … not bad, self!)  My mom and I had been oohing and aahing over cake pops for some time, and for my Poppy’s most recent birthday, we wanted to do something a little special as a party favor.  The event was set to be a brunch, and that weekend quickly came upon us and homemade cake pops seemed just a tad daunting at the eleventh hour.  So we thought and thought, and what goes better with brunch than donuts?  So to Dunkin Donuts we went … begging for donut holes.  (Let me just say, donut shops are not big fans of giving away their day’s supply of donut holes.)

What you’ll need …

  • donut holes (lots + lots of donut holes)
  • lollipop sticks
  • styrafoam or green foam board (to prop pops while they dry)
  • chocolate (we went with dark + milk)
  • edible glitter, spray paint, sprinkles, etc.

The instructions …

  1. We set up our area first (because I’m totally anal like that) with everything in reach.
  2. We melted the white chocolate and dark chocolate in two separate containers, microwaving in 30 second and then 15 second intervals until the chocolate was melted and could be mixed easily with a spoon.  (You can always re-microwave for a few seconds if the chocolate starts to harden.)
  3. One by one we pushed candy sticks about mid-way through one side of the donut hole.  And as a cheat, to get the donut to adhere better on the stick, we dipped the tip of the stick in a bit of melted chocolate, then pushed the stick into the donut hole, and gently allowed each donut-on-a-stick to rest for a few minutes so that the chocolate would harden, holding the donut to the candy stick.
  4. Then we rolled the donut-on-a-stick into the melted chocolate, using a spoon to pour chocolate on the parts of the donut that couldn’t easily be covered.  Carefully, after rolling any excess chocolate off, we stuck the end of the stick into the styrofoam board and allowed each chocolate covered donut to cool and harden completely.
  5. Once the chocolate-covered donuts were dry, we covered some in edible glitter and some we sprayed with edible metallic spray paint.
  6. Once all of our pops were completely dry, we wrapped two per clear plastic candy bag and tied with a twist tie and a bow (not shown.)

The donut cake pops were a huge hit!  Not only did the donut pops look great, but they tasted AMAZING (satisfied one bite of a donut lady, right here.)


Lexi

Donut Cake Pops

I heart donuts. I’m not sure why exactly. For starters, I am completely and utterly intolerant of sugar, so my donut eating involves a tiny nibble and a feigned “I’m satisfied after that measly one bite” smile. Also, donuts are probably one of the least sophisticated of desserts, and I love baking. But the mystery behind the fried dough deliciousness is much of the donut’s appeal as well. Plus, who doesn’t travel up the east coast for donuts? Oh, err, that’s just my family?

But I digress. Let me get back on topic (it only took me a paragraph today … not bad, self!) My mom and I had been oohing and aahing over cake pops for some time, and for my Poppy’s most recent birthday, we wanted to do something a little special as a party favor. The event was set to be a brunch, and that weekend quickly came upon us and homemade cake pops seemed just a tad daunting at the eleventh hour. So we thought and thought, and what goes better with brunch than donuts? So to Dunkin Donuts we went … begging for donut holes. (Let me just say, donut shops are not big fans of giving away their day’s supply of donut holes.)

What you’ll need …

  • donut holes (lots + lots of donut holes)
  • lollipop sticks
  • styrafoam or green foam board (to prop pops while they dry)
  • chocolate (we went with dark + milk)
  • edible glitter, spray paint, sprinkles, etc.

The instructions …

  1. We set up our area first (because I’m totally anal like that) with everything in reach.
  2. We melted the white chocolate and dark chocolate in two separate containers, microwaving in 30 second and then 15 second intervals until the chocolate was melted and could be mixed easily with a spoon. (You can always re-microwave for a few seconds if the chocolate starts to harden.)
  3. One by one we pushed candy sticks about mid-way through one side of the donut hole. And as a cheat, to get the donut to adhere better on the stick, we dipped the tip of the stick in a bit of melted chocolate, then pushed the stick into the donut hole, and gently allowed each donut-on-a-stick to rest for a few minutes so that the chocolate would harden, holding the donut to the candy stick.
  4. Then we rolled the donut-on-a-stick into the melted chocolate, using a spoon to pour chocolate on the parts of the donut that couldn’t easily be covered. Carefully, after rolling any excess chocolate off, we stuck the end of the stick into the styrofoam board and allowed each chocolate covered donut to cool and harden completely.
  5. Once the chocolate-covered donuts were dry, we covered some in edible glitter and some we sprayed with edible metallic spray paint.
  6. Once all of our pops were completely dry, we wrapped two per clear plastic candy bag and tied with a twist tie and a bow (not shown.)

The donut cake pops were a huge hit! Not only did the donut pops look great, but they tasted AMAZING (satisfied one bite of a donut lady, right here.)


Lexi