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30.4.13

Spring at Our House | Photo Tour



Welcome!  Each season I've done a little photo tour of our house.  Because I decorate in mostly neutrals, it really gives me the chance to transform our house with the addition of seasonal colors through flowers, pillows, etc. 

Tours from the past :
Holiday Home Tour
Autumn Tour
Fall Front Porch







DIY pillows inspired by our trip to Seaside... step-by-step later this week!


Mike's painting... also from Seaside.  I love the fresh clean palette it adds to the room.










Tours from the past :
Holiday Home Tour
Autumn Tour
Fall Front Porch

29.4.13

Kentucky Derby Style | Sugar & Charm | J.Crew

I'm often asked to participate on other blogs.  I don't always have the time to do them, but for some reason this "ask" seemed really fun... dream shopping.  Eden from Sugar & Charm asked me to select my dream outfit for a Kentucky Derby party. 

I have a fairly distinct (eh, minimal?) style.  I'm very particular about what I purchase and wear... although if you looked at my closet it might seem quite boring!  Lots of basics.  Lots of solids.  Lots of oxfords, cardigans, cropped pants and ballet flats. 

I'm a self proclaimed J.Crew monster.  I know my size, I know what I like - and it always seems like they have it... with some added character pieces to spice things up.  So, suuur-prize sur-prise, my entire "dream outfit" is from J.Crew.  While I can (and do) spend hours dreaming about my "future" multiple multimillion dollar homes, for some reason I can only dream in beautiful J.Crew basics when it comes to my wardrobe.  

As you can see, along with the outfit- the gold rimmed julep glasses with the "H" monogram would be a must... and banana cupcakes.  

Here is a link to the feature on Sugar & Charm - it has links to all of the items.  Enjoy!

Spring Entertaining (and ideas for Mother's Day!) Workshop in KC May 7th



My Mother's Day (Spring Entertaining!) Class at a Thyme For Everything is next week, May 7th!  It is a menu of perfect Spring Party food... Here is the menu we'll prepare :  

Cream of Wild Mushroom Soup
Parchment Packets with Seafood, Lemon & Chives
Spring Pea Risotto
Cherry Cupcakes

Here is the link to register, or call (816)554-3755.

24.4.13

Chocolate Molten Cakes in a Cupcake Pan






 

When I first started my catering business I wrote all of my favorite recipes in a little blue journal book so I'd have them with me all of the time.  Over the years I've shared a couple of recipes from this little journal, but not all.  Truthfully, when I started this blog (forever ago...?) I was a burnt out on all of those recipes I'd made hundreds of times.

Now, after a four year break from the catering business, I am ready to dive back in to some of those old favorites, because after all, they were really great recipes for entertaining.  This Chocolate Molten Cake recipe was one of my first and best go-to's as a caterer.  I always served it at dinner parties - with great success.  The ingredients and supplies are humble - chocolate chips and a cupcake pan!  They work great for parties because the batter is made in advance, then baked right before dessert and served warm.

I made these last year for a friends dinner.  While the recipe makes 6-12, they work great in the freezer.  Just bake all of them together, then freeze the leftovers.  You can reheat in the microwave for just 30-60 seconds.


Now, onto the recipe, perfect for any celebration....

Chocolate Molten Cakes
makes 6 medium cakes or 12 small individual cakes

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2 tablespoons of butter, melted
2 tablespoons of cocoa
......

3/4 cup of butter
12 ounce of chocolate chips
1/2 cup of heavy cream
5 eggs
3/4 cup sugar
2/3 cup of flour

Prepare cupcake pans by coating the inside of each with melted butter by swirling it around.  Then sprinkle the insides with cocoa, coating completely.

To make the batter, place chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl, then top it with butter and cream.  Microwave for 30 seconds at a time, stirring in between, until the chocolate is smooth.  When chocolate has cooled slightly, stir in eggs, sugar and flour.  Pour into prepared cupcake pans.  Refrigerate for 1 hour (at least) and up to a couple of days.

Bake at 450 degrees for 10 minutes for regular 12/pan size and 15-18 for jumbo 6/pan size, just until the outsides and most of the top have set, and the centers are still slightly runny.  You can insert the tip of a knife to test.   You just want a bit of the very center to be a thick pudding like texture.   Let them cool for 5 minutes, then place a sheet pan on top of the muffin pan and invert them. 

Serve with whipped cream, ice cream and dusted with chocolate or cinnamon.

 

Melting chocolate with the butter and cream this way is so easy - microwave!



The pans buttered and cocoa-ed while the chocolate is in the microwave.



Perfectly melted.







You can fill them almost all the way to the top - they don't puff too much.



Cooling for 5 minutes to help them continue to set.



Top with a sheet pan...


Ready for the flip...



Mid-Flip











So, so good.  You really must try them.



10 seconds later...


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Our home is officially freshened for spring.  This season, I am embracing blues and fresh greens with plenty of pots full of lush plants.  I have vases full of daffodils and pitchers with tulips, buckets of blooming branches and planters planted with topiary.  Most importantly, the windows are open, the sprinklers are running (we need some rain!), the mornings and evenings are chilly, but the afternoons are warm.  We are ready for time in the garden, hosting friends for casual dinners and family for spring holidays.  Welcome, Spring!



This collection features new custom block prints for Spring with my favorites, blues and greens.  There are pillow covers, table runners, napkin sets, tea towels and fabric yardage for your special projects.  


This table is set with a row of potted tete a tete (mini daffodils) in Small Rustic Pots down a Green Lily Runner.  I love the aged finish these pots have, they truly look like weathered antiques.  Creamware Platters hang in the background - one of my reasonless favorites.


The front door is holds a Hanging Basket full of forsythia for now.  In a couple of weeks, it will change to cherry blossoms.  Our front steps are set with two Planters from the Large Medallion Set (that comes with one this size, and one larger).  The larger two are on our back porch.  


The Rattan Baskets (set of 2, nesting) are back in stock.  The larger of the set is a permanent fixture on our ottoman, always filled with various reads and toys ; )




Now onto the pillow covers.  The pillow covers!  Here, the Privot Berry 22" square cover is paired with the Light Blue Leaf Rectangle cushion cover.























Privot Berry Pillow Cover Collection, $32-42





Cupcakes on the smallest of the Bread Board Set.






This green color turned out a little brighter than I had intended, but I think it feels fresh and springy!


















Planter Boxes

 I am so thrilled with these.  The smaller (Petite Medallion Planter, $45) is an 8x8x8" cube, and holds a 6" potted plant perfectly.  The larger (Petite Orchard Planter, $80) is a 12x14x12" cube that holds an 8-10" potted plant.  I am using these indoors right now for topiary, but will likely move them outdoors with boxwood and some sort of trailing flower in a couple of weeks.


I love how they add a stateliness to any area, like our entry.



Potted Gardenia Topiary in the Orchard Planter that will move outside once summer is here, with a large watering can... to help me remember to keep it watered ; )





I love these "short" flower buckets.  They are the perfect size to plop in a potted herb from the grocery store, or in which to keep my cleaning supplies or packets of seeds.  I've even used them to keep a bottle of wine chilled for an outside party.


You might remember seeing these Tall Floral Buckets in the photos of my Workshop/Pop-up Shop.  They come as a set of 3 for $84 (various sizes, this being the largest).  I have a lot of plans for them - umbrella stand, hanging on pegs to hold gardening tools, blooming branches, and, of course, flowers.


Here, Mr. poses for his picture with the set of all three of the Tall Buckets (that come as a set) are pictured together.



I have three new colors of wraps for this season, beginning with an all-time favorite, Chatham Blue Wrap.  This goes with everything, including my signature dark jeans with white shirt.  I wear it with workout clothes and a puffer vest during the week and throw it over my shoulders with a blouse for every other occasion.  I love these!



I can't wait to pair this with white jeans.  It would look great with white on white, a bight coral top or a light blue shirt (another favorite of mine).  This is definitely going to become a staple.



This is my springy wrap.  I've mentioned that I don't own too many colors in my wardrobe.  This pale yellow brings a springy feel to any outfit.  I'm picturing it with a navy pencil skirt and cream silk blouse for Easter.





I've added a new collection of ribbon this spring.  I love the simple, stitched look of this ribbon.  The colors are beautiful, and it will add a homemade touch to any gift, napkin or bundle of flowers.






Lemon Cupcakes topped with Swiss Buttercream, recipe coming later today.



Striped Cupcake Wrappers in fun spring colors.  I have used the blue and yellow for the cupcakes above, and will save the other colors for other occasions.



All of the supplies can be found, here, in the Baking Supplies Collection.










 









Le Pens + Tablets Collection














I'll be sharing some step-by-step blog posts for some of the projects featured in this collection today and tomorrow.  In the meantime, enjoy browsing the Spring Collection : )


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