July 2010 Archive

S’mores Pops
Never ever have I made anything that is as simple – or adorable – as these S’mores Pops. For reals. All I used is some marshies, some melted chocolate, some graham cracker crumbs and lollie sticks. Honestly, that’s all you need and you’ll be S’more-ing it up in no time. Stick these bad boys over a good ole’ campfire, let the marshie get a bit toasted and voila! A reinvented childhood fave; now how cool is that.
To make prettier S’mores Pops that would look best in photos, I hand-dipped the marshies in melted chocolate which prevented me from coating the entire marshmallow. But you could roll the whole marshie in chocolate for a better chocolate-to-marshmallow ratio which I think I would have preferred anyways (careful if you dip the marshmallow in the chocolate once you’ve inserted a lollie stick. The weight of the chocolate pulling on the marshmallow can pull it right off). The sticks I got where from the baking section at Michaels.
I then rolled the chocolate-covered marshmallows in graham crumbs before letting them harden for 5-10 minutes in the fridge. My chocolate was pretty thick (I even added a tablespoon of veggie oil) so the fridge step really helped out. Stick em on their sticks after the chocolate has firmed up and serve right away. (I took at least 60 really great photos of these pops except the shade of yellow was so different in each photo that it looked really off when I posted them. Please don’t mind the lack of visuals!) 
And if you’re not a huge S’mores fan but still like the ease and simplicity of the dessert-on-a-stick idea, you could always go for a little colour. And some Jimmies. And make some Jimmies Pops. Not the tastiest things ever (Jimmies are so tasteless!) but how could you resist the cuteness?
Wrap in some cello plastic and tie on some adorable bows for cute and cheap party favours. Or stick in a fabric covered Styrofoam chunk for a cute addition to any candy or dessert buffet at your next event. I love these things because they are so versatile too. Try white chocolate with crushed up chocolate bars in place of the graham crackers. Or coat the entire marshmallow in multiple layers of varying chocolate flavours for a real treat when anyone bites into their pop. Or (I know, I know, I am getting carried away) you could use mini marshmallows and make marshie kabobs. How fun :)

Happy Friday to you! Any fun plans for the weekend? xo 
The Caketress
Readers, meet The Caketress, a downright stunning designer cake boutique serving the Toronto/Muskoka area. Never in my life have I been so blown away by such beautiful and edible creations! When I came across their site (how could I have not have known about this place sooner?!) I literally scrolled through every single page of their blog, website and gallery ‘oh-ing’ and ‘ah-ing’ when I saw each photo. If I were a Caketress customer I don’t think I could possibly cut into such detailed work. But then again I bet the inside is just as incredible as the outside :)
This next cake is one of my faves. The detailed statement piece of the side of the cake reminds me very much of the sash my own wedding gown. Then there’s Chiavari chair that the cake is sitting on. Don’t get me started on those chairs. I wanted them so badly for our own big day but at $10.00 a chair it didn’t seem like a great move financially. Ivory covered banquet chairs it is! This cake is also part of a fabulous cake/candy table display that is totally to die for. The gray palatte with the subtle hint of bling; I am loving it! Oh and that bride is so gorg.

Amazing right? Special thanks to Rowell Photography, Rebecca Wood Photography and Taylor Jackson Photography. Here’s to hoping everyone is having a fabulous week so far; we’re more than halfway to Friday! I’m not one for apologizing when it comes to discussing the way I run this blog (since it is my blog after all :) but I am hoping to get a post up this week sometime to let you all know where I have been and how things are going wedding wise; we’re 7 weeks away and I have lots to fill everyone in on :) So stay tuned and stay gorgeous blogettes, thanks for all the love. It means the world. xo
A Charming DIY Affair
Kristen Marie Photography

Something about this wedding caught my eye. It could have been the bride’s dreamy bouquet or perhaps her perfect dress. But then I saw the cake and thought for sure that was my most favourite part – next to mismatched gray bridesmaid’s gowns and white balloons of course. With every photo I found myself falling more in love with this wedding and the beautiful images by Kristen Marie. Oh my gosh it makes me realize how close my big day really is! Here take a peak at the gorg-ness, blogettes!

Kristen Marie Photography

Those white balloons I so adoringly addressed right above? Remember this post? Well tomorrow is the big day my friends and Apb and I will be getting some engagement photos done by the ever-so-fabulous Amanda Wilcher. At Navy Pier. With white balloons. Oh boy.

Kristen Marie Photography

Can I just point out the groom’s wicked mustache and peachy bowtie? And the bride’s perfect belt that compliments the sweetheart neckline of her dress? To.die.for. And that cake. Told you the cake was fabulous. Just in case you need a better photo of it here it is again. That blue colour is so lovely.

Kristen Marie Photography

I think the streamer backdrop across the back of the ceremony spot is super whimsical and cute too. I saw this same idea at a featured wedding on Ruffled and was considering making my own curtain of dreamy-ness but wasn’t sure how it would look (it would serve as a curtain to our ceremony location which is actually outside on a terrace). Thoughts on this anyone?

Kristen Marie Photography
Kristen Marie Photography

Happy Thursday my loves! Take some time for yourself and do something fun. Saturday is my bridal shower day in Michigan with Andrew’s side of the family and I couldn’t be more excited! My Mom and Dad will be driving to Michigan for the day so I am looking forward to both our families being together again before the big day. Yay xo
The Dessert Dresser, Part I
Dresser Part 1
Remember the time I pulled a little girl’s dresser out of the trash? And remember when I proudly proclaimed that I planned to finish it in a pretty vintage white wash so come September 24th, we’d have a beautiful dresser to place our cake and treats on for guests? Well, with two months to go until the wedding, my Mom and I have decided to start this little project. So without further ado, I present to you, The Dessert Dresser, Part I.
Dresser Part 1
Really, it’s not in terrible shape. However, if you were to compare this dresser to something out of a commercial store, then yes, it is a tad weathered, outdated, old and worn. But that’s what I love about it and what caught my eye driving home from work months ago. In terms how the set-up I envision, the dresser is the perfect height for guests to be able to scout out the goodies, I am so excited to utilize those drawers and the mismatched handles are eclectic and funky. I may even buy some new knobs to spice things up.
Dresser Part 1
I am not too sure what type of finish the dresser currently has but my neighbor – the one who helped me with these and this - works at a home hardware store so we are planning on asking him for some guidance. We need to figure out how to strip this thing before painting it and vintaging-it up. For all you creative friends out there (you know who you are, you little refinishers-you!) what are your suggestions and helpful hints? And everyone else, do you see the potential here or have I yet to remove my wedding goggles? :)
Dresser Part 1

Here’s Part II
Here’s Part III
And here’s the Final Product from our Wedding Day.
Cherry Chocolate Chip Cookies
Cherries and Chocolate
Quick. Go get some cherries. And make these cookies right away. In about 30 minutes you’ll have delicious, perfectly sweet cherry chocolate chip cookies that even the most timid of bakers can whip up with ease. If your household is anything like the one I live in, you’ll notice they don’t last very long either; they’re that good. Oh and did I mentioned I’m not really a fruit-lover?
I got the recipe out of the summer issue of the ever-so-fabulous Canadian Family Magazine where I am just wrapping up my summer internship (I just adore it there, it’s going to hard to say goodbye!) There’s a great section in the issue on cherries and all the tasty things you can do with them, so run out and pick up your copy of the magazine (who knows, maybe the news stand is next to the fruit one :)
Cherry Chocolate Chip Cookies
I used about half a bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips but I bet chopped up baking squares would be equally as tasty and combined with the dried cherries, would make the cookies quite hearty and thick. I found the dried cherries in the bulk foods section at the grocery store and ended up using about 3/4 of a cup instead of a full cup. The recipe calls for 1/2 cup of brown sugar so I used a quarter of golden brown sugar and a quarter of dark brown sugar.
Cherry Chocolate Chip Cookies
I baked 12 cookies at a time for 11 minutes and they were cooked perfectly. Slightly brown on the tops and delightfully moist on the inside. The batter made enough for 27 regular sized cookies and I rolled each clump of dough into a smooth ball before placing on the baking sheet. I think this helped keep the cookies plump and thick. Or maybe I’m just that good at making cookies? Who knows. All I know is they were tasty and loved by all.
Cherry Chocolate Chip Cookies
Cherry Chocolate Chip Cookies

Cherry Chocolate Chip Cookies
from Canadian Family Magazine
1/2 cup butter, room temp
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 egg, room temp
1 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
splash of vanilla
half a bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 – 1 cup dried unsweetened cherries
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F and line a metal baking sheet with parchment paper. In a medium bowl, cream together the butter, sugar and brown sugar until fluffy. Beat in your egg and vanilla, scraping down the sides to combine well. In another bowl, mix together your flour and baking soda; add it to the butter mixture and combine by hand until the dough is thick and incorporated. Fold in the chocolate chips and cherries; be careful not to over mix.
You can drop by rounded spoonfuls onto the parchment paper, or use your hands to roll small smooth balls of dough before placing on your baking sheet. Bake 12 at a time for 10-12 minutes of until the very tops of your cookies start to turn light brown. Remove from oven and let cool for 10 minute before placing the cookies on a cooling rack. Eat them up fast before anyone else comes to see what that delicious smell in your kitchen is. No need to store these in an air tight container. All 27 cookies will be gone in a few hours though. Enjoy :)