spring brunch inspiration

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i had a wonderful time hosting an annual spring brunch with my childhood girlfriends and their moms and kids this past weekend.  i love the springtime!

for decor, i went pretty simple with a tablecloth, some daffodils as a centerpiece, and a chalkboard easel menu.

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for an added personal touch, i put out some fun old pictures from prom, graduation, middle school and high school.  they brought us some good laughs.

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we left thank you notes for our moms on their plates as a little surprise.

the menu was fun to put together on this chalkboard easel found at michaels. 

tablecloth was found at target.

i wanted to try out a new brunch item to make and came across this picture of these bacon egg cups.

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so delicious!  recipe found here.

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yum. :)  planning on having a spring brunch?  it’s such a simple way to enjoy time with some of your favorite people.  i love a good brunch.

here are some other spring brunch decor and food ideas that may add some extra oohs and aahs at your next brunch!

a simple place setting idea with a tulip, love this.

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simple and fun flowers made out of paper.

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how sweet to just add some lime at the bottom of the vase and burlap and ribbon around the daffodils.

Bunny Fruit Platter

a cute idea for doing a fruit platter with a visit from the easter bunny.

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i want to try making these little mini puff pastry quiches sometime too!

i also like the idea of trying these scrambled egg muffins.  eggs + muffins + cute flower cups – how can i resist?

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i might also need to try these easter egg haystacks for this weekend.

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happy spring!  i want to know what’s cookin’ in your kitchen!

 

playing with food

I was recently sent this photo of a very cute lion creation and knew that I would need to replicate this for my little guy at some point soon, because he is very into calling himself a lion lately.

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just. too. cute.

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another twist on the lion but using pasta.

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Another fun breakfast idea is to make a teddy bear toast with nutella.  She looks forward to this special treat every time.

Here are some cute ideas i found that are simple enough yet interesting for a toddler.

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school bus always gets my kids’ attention.

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Kiwi and grape turtles! Absolutely adorbs.

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I spy three cute chickie eggs.  Love this idea for Easter.

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This one might make it into our breakfast rotation tomorrow.  I’m getting hungry!

mrs. field’s cookies at home

Are you a fan of Mrs. Field’s chocolate chip cookies?  My sis-in-law is, so for her birthday I thought I’d try out this recipe and make them at home!

There are a bunch of different recipes out there, but this one actually has the gal touring the bakery and interviewing a Mrs. Field’s baker to get the step-by-step process (and this recipe calls for cold butter + chilling the dough before baking!).

Ingredients:

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup dark brown sugar (firmly packed)
1/2 cup white sugar
1 cup cold salted butter, cut into cubes
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2 cups (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips

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Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 300°F.

2. In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking soda, and salt. Mix well with a wire whisk.

3. In a large bowl, with an electric mixer, blend the sugars at medium speed.

4. Add the cold butter, and mix to form a grainy paste, scraping down the sides of the bowl. Add eggs and vanilla extract, and mix at low to medium speed just until blended. Do not overmix.

5. Add the flour mix and chocolate chips, and blend at a low speed just until mixed. Do not overmix.

6. Drop by rounded tablespoons onto an ungreased cookie sheet, 2 inches apart.

7. Bake 20-22 minutes until golden. Transfer cookies immediately to a cool surface with a spatula. You can line sheets with parchment and transfer to a cold surface to do it faster. (I baked for 18 minutes and kept checking, I thought they were done and didn’t want to overbake them.)

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Slightly crispy on the outside but soft and gooey on the inside.

Yum! Grab a glass of milk and enjoy!

diy: straw vase

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Are you planning a bridal shower, birthday gathering or spring brunch?  This simple DIY vase is the perfect touch to add to any table and the colors and possibilities are endless!

I wanted some new decor for my craft room that’s under renovation, and have been obsessed slightly with peach and light blue.

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What you’ll need:

Colored / patterned straws

Cans (I used an oatmeal container from Trader Joe’s)

Hot glue and hot glue gun

Flowers (I got mine at Joann’s)

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Use your glue gun and place a dot of glue at the top and bottom of the container and work your way around with the order of straws you have chosen.

Once you’re done, sit back and admire your simple creation and enjoy the prettiness that these flowers and new vase bring.

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The good news is that these flowers can also be in full bloom year-round!

family favorite: almond macaroons

These cookies are near and dear to my family as they have been a favorite for quite some time.
They’re chewy, sweet and just delicious!

Every year, my aunt would make some and my cousins and I would be fighting over them (and still do, to this day!) They are so simple, so you should definitely try them out if you aren’t on a sugar diet!  This is a favorite go-to recipe if I need something quick.

Ingredients:
1 cup of almond paste (if you get a big tub you can portion out a cup into ziplock baggies and put in freezer and then just defrost later).
1 cup of sugar
2 egg whites

In mixing bowl, break up paste. Mix with 1/2 cup sugar.  Add rest of sugar and egg whites and beat until smooth.  Drop cookies from teaspoon onto well greased cookie sheet.  Bake in 350 degree oven for 15 – 18 mins (or shorter or longer based on your oven).  Remove from sheet and place on cooling rack.

Enjoy!  I guarantee they won’t be around for long.

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homemade play­doh

In need of a new activity for your toddler? Try making play­doh at home!

1 c. flour
1/2 c. salt
2 tsp. cream of tartar
1 tbsp. cooking oil
1 c. water
Food coloring (a few drops of your favorite color)

 

Put all ingredients in a saucepan, and stir it until it’s smooth. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture is a doughy lump. Put play­doh on wax paper and let it cool a little bit. Then make it into a ball and keep it in a sealed container. Then, have your little one play with it as they wish.

Recipe from cooks.com.

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I love that I could make this with ingredients I already had at home, and that it lasts so long!

I heart cake stands

Everything is just sweeter in the shape of a heart. I love me some Martha Stewart classic white cakestands, but pink hearts make Valentine’s Day and other special occasions so much fun.  I came across these sweet mini cake stands at Joann’s (my second home) and almost died. I snatched up the last two I could find!

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Who wouldn’t want a heart­y pancake served up on this?

If you know of anyone that loves cakestands and baking and is getting married, wouldn’t this be the sweetest personalized gift with their names & wedding date engraved on it? I’d keep something like this forever.

This one is from etsy.

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I can’t ‘stand’ the cuteness!!

sweet find: love & toast paperie diy valentine cards

I love a cute card. Especially when there are fun little designs and cute sayings.

Are you in need of a simple and sweet card to give to your loved one this Valentine’s day?

My friend Grace over at love & toast paperie is ‘sharing the love’ with these sweet and free diy printable cards!

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Simply print, fold and write your message. How easy is that?

For an added bonus, she is offering 50% off any poster in her shop for a LIMITED TIME to the first five lucky people who comment below.

Check out her shop here: http://loveandtoastpaperie.com/

I know I’ll be choosing some of these darlings!

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