The Things I Loved This Week

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Is anyone else really really glad it’s Friday? I hate to be that person living for the weekend all the time, but this week has been so dark and rainy and gray and drizzly that it has been all I can do to stay awake the last few days, let alone feel motivated on any real level. We are finally expecting a bit of sunshine over the weekend and I need it so much more than I can even tell you. I’m also glad to have a pretty quiet weekend ahead of us for the first time in a while, which always feels nice. There’s really nothing I love best than a weekend with no plans and very few obligations. In the meantime, here are a few of the things I stumbled upon and loved this week. Apparently I was feeling blue this week in more way than one? Hahaha! Happy weekend, friends! xoxo

1 | Britt’s upcycled grocery totes
I love these t-shirts upcycled into cool, patterned grocery totes. What a genius idea! (But then again, most of Brittni’s are!)

2 | DIY indigo dyed linens
I was combing through the archives this week and stumbled upon these DIY indigo dyed linens that we posted a few years ago. This is still one of my favorite projects to date!

3 | DIY floating bench
I love a great entryway or foyer, and this DIY floating bench would be perfect for either or even a mudroom. A little place for sitting down to put on your rain boots!

4 | How to make soy candles
Making candles is so much fun, although it’s been a long time since I’ve made any. This post and these pretty glass vessels makes me want to make some again soon!

5 | Melissa’s homemade cinnamon rolls
Cold, drizzly spring mornings definitely call for homemade cinnamon rolls. With any luck our weekend is not drizzly, but I’m planning to make these anyway!

6 | Leah’s DIY blueberry dyed Easter eggs
I’m always fascinated by natural dyes and these blueberry dyed Easter eggs are so insanely pretty!

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Easter Candy Bark

Easter Candy Bark | Easter ideas, Easter recipes, Easter brunch ideas, Easter crafts and more from @cydconverse

When I started making bark (first Halloween candy bark and then Christmas chocolate bark), I was pretty sure I’d started something I wasn’t going to be able quit. Fast forward a few months, dump bags of my favorite Cadbury Mini Eggs on every store shelf and, well, I was right! This, friends, is Easter candy bark. Make it with your personal favorite Easter candy, sprinkles, M&Ms and whatever other Easter colored edible bits you heart feels compelled to use. I’m including a pretty exact measurement of each of the candies I chose below, but the beauty of bark is how easily it can be switched up to suit your own taste. Have fun with this one! If you have kiddos, this is a great and easy recipe to get them involved in making. If you don’t have kiddos, all the more Easter candy for you!

Easter Candy Bark | Easter ideas, Easter recipes, Easter brunch ideas, Easter crafts and more from @cydconverse

Easter Candy Bark | Easter ideas, Easter recipes, Easter brunch ideas, Easter crafts and more from @cydconverse

Easter Candy Bark | Easter ideas, Easter recipes, Easter brunch ideas, Easter crafts and more from @cydconverse

Easter Candy Bark | Easter ideas, Easter recipes, Easter brunch ideas, Easter crafts and more from @cydconverse

Easter Candy Bark | Easter ideas, Easter recipes, Easter brunch ideas, Easter crafts and more from @cydconverse Easter Candy Bark | Easter ideas, Easter recipes, Easter brunch ideas, Easter crafts and more from @cydconverse

Easter Candy Bark

  • 4 cups milk chocolate morsels
  • 2 cups white chocolate morsels
  • 1/2 cup Cadbury Mini Eggs
  • 1/2 cup Easter M&Ms
  • 1/2 cup M&M eggs
  • 1/4 cup sprinkles
  • 1/4 cup chocolate melts

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Then, carefully melt each of the chocolates over separate double boilers, mixing often with a rubber spatula until fully melted and smooth. Alternately, you can microwave in a heat seat bowl, microwaving in 15 – 20 second intervals and stirring in between to ensure even heating. Once fully melted, carefully pour melted chocolate onto the center of your baking sheet, then use a rubber spatula to gently smooth out until approximately 1/4” thick. Then pour the white chocolate on top of the milk chocolate in a bit of a zig zag pattern. Take a bamboo skewer (or similar) and use the tip to swirl the two chocolates together. Then one by one, sprinkle each of your Easter candy and sprinkle varieties over the chocolate before it begins to harden. Transfer the baking sheet to the fridge and chill for at least one hour or, ideally, overnight. Remove from the fridge and use the back of a spoon or similar to smash the bark into pieces.

Easter Candy Bark | Easter ideas, Easter recipes, Easter brunch ideas, Easter crafts and more from @cydconverse

Easter Candy Bark | Easter ideas, Easter recipes, Easter brunch ideas, Easter crafts and more from @cydconverse

Easter Candy Bark | Easter ideas, Easter recipes, Easter brunch ideas, Easter crafts and more from @cydconverse Easter Candy Bark | Easter ideas, Easter recipes, Easter brunch ideas, Easter crafts and more from @cydconverse

Easter Candy Bark | Easter ideas, Easter recipes, Easter brunch ideas, Easter crafts and more from @cydconverse

Easter Candy Bark | Easter ideas, Easter recipes, Easter brunch ideas, Easter crafts and more from @cydconverse

Easter Candy Bark | Easter ideas, Easter recipes, Easter brunch ideas, Easter crafts and more from @cydconverse

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[Recipe + art direction by Cyd Converse | Photos by Alice G. Patterson for The Sweetest Occasion.]

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Three Homemade Lemonade Recipes

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The Best Homemade Lemonade Recipes | Brunch recipes, Easter brunch ideas, entertaining tips, party ideas and more from @cydconverse

With Easter coming up next week, I’m admittedly in full-on brunch mode. Actually, because I consider any day ending in y a perfect reason to do brunch, Easter may well not have anything to do with it, but regardless, brunch has been on my mind a lot lately. So, too, is the promise of warmer days in the coming months, all of which has converged to inspire this trio of homemade lemonade recipes! Made with Truvia Natural Sweetener, they’re a delicious reduced sugar alternative to the traditional, and completely worthy of serving your family alongside Easter brunch. Or, for that matter, they’re easy enough to make a single serving at a time, so they’re the perfect refreshment anytime you need a little pick me up. Here’s to brunch, warm spring sunshine and a glass of really good lemonade. Cheers!

The Best Homemade Lemonade Recipes | Brunch recipes, Easter brunch ideas, entertaining tips, party ideas and more from @cydconverse

The Best Homemade Lemonade Recipes | Brunch recipes, Easter brunch ideas, entertaining tips, party ideas and more from @cydconverse

Truvia Natural Sweetener is a zero calorie sweetener made with stevia leaf extract, and it exactly replicates the flavor of the sugar laden lemonades we’re all used to sipping without all the, well, sugar. Truvia’s calorie-free sweetener is conveniently available in individual serving packets, as well as in a spoonable jar for creating larger recipes such as a big pitcher to share with friends. Paired with other simple ingredients like freshly squeezed lemons, herbs and fruit, it makes some pretty seriously delicious lemonade. Ever since we dramatically cut way back on our sugar intake over a year and a half ago, I’ve been really wary of sugary drinks and I love that Truvia Natural Sweetener allows me to enjoy lemonade without all that added sugar. Here I’ve created three lemonade recipes each more delicious than the next and I know you’ll love them all.

The Best Homemade Lemonade Recipes | Brunch recipes, Easter brunch ideas, entertaining tips, party ideas and more from @cydconverse

Raspberry Basil Lemonade
Makes 1 serving

  • 2 tablespoons (or 2 packets) of Truvia Natural Sweetener
  • Juice of 2 lemons
  • 1 cup of cold water
  • 8 – 10  fresh raspberries
  • 2 – 3 fresh basil leaves
  • 6 – 8 ice cubes

Combine raspberries, basil and Truvia in a tall glass and muddle well until the raspberries are more of a purée. Add lemon juice and water. Stir vigorously. Add ice and enjoy! To make as a pitcher to serve more people, scale the recipe up to allow for 10 – 12 servings.

The Best Homemade Lemonade Recipes | Brunch recipes, Easter brunch ideas, entertaining tips, party ideas and more from @cydconverse

The Best Homemade Lemonade Recipes | Brunch recipes, Easter brunch ideas, entertaining tips, party ideas and more from @cydconverse

The Best Homemade Lemonade Recipes | Brunch recipes, Easter brunch ideas, entertaining tips, party ideas and more from @cydconverse

The Best Homemade Lemonade Recipes | Brunch recipes, Easter brunch ideas, entertaining tips, party ideas and more from @cydconverse

The Best Homemade Lemonade Recipes | Brunch recipes, Easter brunch ideas, entertaining tips, party ideas and more from @cydconverse

The Best Homemade Lemonade Recipes | Brunch recipes, Easter brunch ideas, entertaining tips, party ideas and more from @cydconverse

Classic Lemonade
Makes 1 serving

  • 2 tablespoons (or 2 packets) of Truvia Natural Sweetener
  • Juice of 2 lemons
  • 1 cup of cold water
  • 6 – 8 ice cubes

Combine all ingredients, minus the ice, in a tall glass. Stir vigorously. Add the ice and enjoy! To make a pitcher, scale the recipe up to allow for 10 – 12 servings.

The Best Homemade Lemonade Recipes | Brunch recipes, Easter brunch ideas, entertaining tips, party ideas and more from @cydconverse

The Best Homemade Lemonade Recipes | Brunch recipes, Easter brunch ideas, entertaining tips, party ideas and more from @cydconverse

The Best Homemade Lemonade Recipes | Brunch recipes, Easter brunch ideas, entertaining tips, party ideas and more from @cydconverse

The Best Homemade Lemonade Recipes | Brunch recipes, Easter brunch ideas, entertaining tips, party ideas and more from @cydconverse

The Best Homemade Lemonade Recipes | Brunch recipes, Easter brunch ideas, entertaining tips, party ideas and more from @cydconverse

Green Tea Mint Lemonade
Makes 1 serving

  • 2 tablespoons (or 2 packets) of Truvia Natural Sweetener
  • Juice of 2 lemons
  • 1/2 cup of cold water
  • 1/2 cup green tea
  • 2 – 3 fresh mint leaves
  • 6 – 8 ice cubes

Combine fresh mint leaves and Truvia in a tall glass and muddle well. Add lemon juice, green tea and water. Stir vigorously. Add ice and enjoy! To make as a pitcher, scale the recipe up to allow for 10 – 12 servings.

The Best Homemade Lemonade Recipes | Brunch recipes, Easter brunch ideas, entertaining tips, party ideas and more from @cydconverse

The Best Homemade Lemonade Recipes | Brunch recipes, Easter brunch ideas, entertaining tips, party ideas and more from @cydconverse

The Best Homemade Lemonade Recipes | Brunch recipes, Easter brunch ideas, entertaining tips, party ideas and more from @cydconverse

The Best Homemade Lemonade Recipes | Brunch recipes, Easter brunch ideas, entertaining tips, party ideas and more from @cydconverse

The Best Homemade Lemonade Recipes | Brunch recipes, Easter brunch ideas, entertaining tips, party ideas and more from @cydconverse

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[Art direction + recipes by Cyd Converse | Photos by Alice G. Patterson for The Sweetest Occasion.]

This post was sponsored by Truvia. I received compensation for this post, but all opinions are my own. Read more about our editorial policies.

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The Things I Loved This Week

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Well, friends, tomorrow is my birthday! And is the case at least 50% of the time, it’s supposed to be cold and possibly even snowy tomorrow. (The other 50% of the time it’s 70 and feels like a heat wave. Ahhhh, April in upstate New York!) So while I’m anticipating a birthday that feels very little like spring at all and should be rather gray, I’m channeling all of the bright, happy spring-like things today in the run up to Easter in a couple weeks. From fun Easter crafts to bold florals to pretty pastel cakes, these are the things that caught my eye this week.

1 | Tan’s DIY bunny napkins
These cute bunny napkins are genius! Believe it or not, they’re actually a downloadable iron-on transfer to help make craft time a cinch! (You could even whip these up last second before your Easter brunch guests arrive.) The pom pom trim is just the icing on the cake.

2 | DIY paper flower crowns
I’ve never hated a paper flower crown in my life. Place said paper flower crown on a cute toddler’s head and we’ve got next level obsession going on. This tutorial is pretty easy to follow and now I’m all fired up to make Em a flower crown for Easter this year!

3 | Eden’s layered ice cream pops
In short, ice cream is my love language. These sweet little layered ice cream pops are so pretty and would be as big of a hit with the littlest people as they are with the big ones.

4 | Mini sprinkles cake
Speaking of sweets and treats, this mini sprinkles cake all decked out in Easter pastels is just too pretty for words. It would obviously also make a great birthday cake, but we all know by now that my personal birthday cake is all worked out already. Thanks, Mom!

5 | Cuban inspired tropical flowers
Flowers are a must for me basically whenever and wherever. I like to keep a big vase on the dining room table at all times. While mine are never this fancy, I’m feeling inspired by these bright tropical blooms this week!

6 | Laurel’s ‘Actually, I can’ free printable
Laurel rounded up a bunch of cool, free fonts and in addition she created this free art print download that has just the right kind of positive affirmation that I live for these days.

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15 Fun Friday Night Dinner Ideas

Zucchini Pizza | Friday night dinner ideas, easy dinner recipes, weeknight dinner ideas and more from @cydconverse

Is anyone else living for the weekend this week? And I know, I know it’s only Thursday but I am kind of counting the hours on this one. Plus, by Thursday at lunchtime Bob and I are usually brainstorming dinner ideas for the weekend. I generally do the majority of the weekly grocery shopping and errands on Thursdays and Fridays, so a little mini menu planning session on Thursday goes a long way. Fridays we like to keep things easy and kind of fun, and often times it’s even the one night a week we’ll order delivery or takeout. (Or make grilled cheese.) Today I’ve rounded up 15 Friday night dinner ideas that completely fit the bill! From pizzas to nachos, from sandwiches to soups, from salads to tacos, there’s a little something here for just about every palate!

1. Zucchini + feta pizza [above]

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2. Thai turkey burgers

Eggplant Pizza | Friday night dinner ideas, easy dinner recipes, weeknight dinner ideas and more from @cydconverse

3. Eggplant pizzas

Chipotle Pulled Pork Sandwiches | Friday night dinner ideas, easy dinner recipes, weeknight dinner ideas and more from @cydconverse

4. Chipotle pulled portobello sandwiches

Vegetarian Taco Salad | Friday night dinner ideas, easy dinner recipes, weeknight dinner ideas and more from @cydconverse

5. Vegetarian taco salad

Dinner Hummus Plate | Friday night dinner ideas, easy dinner recipes, weeknight dinner ideas and more from @cydconverse

6. The ultimate hummus plate

Roasted Tomato Grilled Cheese | Friday night dinner ideas, easy dinner recipes, weeknight dinner ideas and more from @cydconverse

7. Roasted tomato grilled cheese

Kale Caesar Pasta Salad | Friday night dinner ideas, easy dinner recipes, weeknight dinner ideas and more from @cydconverse

8. Kale caesar pasta salad

Crispy Brussels Sprout Tacos | Friday night dinner ideas, easy dinner recipes, weeknight dinner ideas and more from @cydconverse

9. Crispy brussels sprouts tacos

Spicy Chopped Southwestern Salad | Friday night dinner ideas, easy dinner recipes, weeknight dinner ideas and more from @cydconverse

10. Spicy chopped southwestern salad

One-pot Creamy Tomato Tortellini Soup | Friday night dinner ideas, easy dinner recipes, weeknight dinner ideas and more from @cydconverse

11. One-pot creamy tomato tortellini soup

Mediterranean Street Car Fries | Friday night dinner ideas, easy dinner recipes, weeknight dinner ideas and more from @cydconverse

12. Mediterranean street cart fries

Chicken Avocado Burritos | Friday night dinner ideas, easy dinner recipes, weeknight dinner ideas and more from @cydconverse

13. Chicken and Avocado Burritos

Veggie Fajita Sheet Pan Nachos | Friday night dinner ideas, easy dinner recipes, weeknight dinner ideas and more from @cydconverse

14. Veggie fajita sheet pan nachos

Balsamic Spring Vegetable Salad | Friday night dinner ideas, easy dinner recipes, weeknight dinner ideas and more from @cydconverse

15. Balsamic spring vegetable salad

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