Color Palette: Gladiolus + Nimbus

Hey everyone! I’m so sorry for being MIA yesterday. I’m still dealing with a few kinks on the backend of the site that have made posting a bit tricky over the last few days. Plus, it’s tax week, so yeah, ugh. At any rate, we’re jumping right back into it today with this week’s color palette. Inspired by spring, flowers and Easter, it’s all about pretty pastel shades of purple, pink, blue and mint. So pretty don’t you think? Also, these colors may slightly resemble those of my favorite Easter candy (Cadbury Mini Eggs, of course) and I swear that’s entirely coincidental.

Color Palette: Gladiolus and Nimbus

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[Photos, from top: Joseph De Leo Photography | Sugar and Charm | Jose Villa from Style Me Pretty.]

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Three Pretty DIY Easter Eggs + Friday Link Love

Hey friends and happy Friday! I hope everyone has had an awesome week. I’ve been fighting some behind the scenes site issues this week so I’m cutting things a bit short today so I can work on making sure everything is running in tip top shape. Next week I’ll be back with a whole week of Easter ideas and inspiration! In the meantime, here are just three of the gorgeous DIY Easter egg tutorials that I’ve been falling in love for lately. Oh, and your weekly dose of Friday Link Love. See you back here on Monday! xoxo

DIY Easter Eggs

[Graphic + golden washi tape Easter eggs | Natural brown Easter eggs | Gold leaf Easter eggs.]

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A Casual Rooftop Dinner Party + Homemade Potato Soup

While I love a colorful glittery party more than any 31 year old woman should admit, I have a confession to make. In all honesty, it’s casual yet beautiful at-home entertaining that is my true love. You don’t need balloons. (Although I really really love balloons.) You don’t need fancy garland or oversized piñatas. (Although I really really love fancy garland and oversized piñatas.) All you need is a gathering of your favorite people, delicious food, a handful of pretty linens, and plenty of tasty beverages. Take this casual rooftop dinner party shared by Ani over at Fluxi On Tour. We’re talking a huge bowl of homemade potato soup, mason jars stuffed with fresh herbs and chives and baked apple rings for that little something sweet. This is as good as it gets, friends. Scroll down for the potato soup recipe and be sure to visit Fluxi On Tour for all the other recipes, too!

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Homemade Potato Soup

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  • 2lb potatoes
  • 1 large onion
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 3 tsp dried rosemary
  • 3 tsp thyme
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 3 bay leaves
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Minced chives to garnish

Chop the onion finely. Wash and peel the potatoes. Cut them into wedges. Heat the oil in a large pot, add minced onion, potatoes, salt, pepper to taste and sauteé for 5 minutes while stirring. Add rosemary and thyme and sauteè for another 3 minutes. Pour the broth to the potatoes so they are fully covered, add the bay leaves and cook until potatoes are completely tender. Turn the heat off. Remove bay leaves out and pureé the potatoes with an immersion blender. Turn the heat on low and cook for an additional 5 minutes. If need be, add additional broth if the soup is too thick.

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Thanks so much for sharing, Ana! xoxo

[Photos + recipe by Ana of Fluxi On Tour.]

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Recently Pinning: Sweet + Citrus

Recently Pinning: Sweet and Citrus

It has been a little while since I’ve shared what I’ve been collecting and loving over at Pinterest and it dawned on me that today was the perfect day because it appears I’ve been pinning a whole bunch of sweet and citrusy things lately. Loads of fresh spring-inspired recipes. Cocktails infused with blood orange. Flowers, herbs, spring ideas and perfectly dressed deviled eggs. These are all the things that are inspiring me at the moment. If it’s bright, citrus colored and either looks pretty or tastes delicious, I’m entirely on board. What are you pinning lately? Leave a comment with a link to your Pinterest profile so I can take a look! xoxo

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[Row 1: Cupcakes & Cutlery | House of Earnest | Row 2: Martha Stewart | How Sweet It Is | Row 3: 3191 Miles Apart | How Sweet It Is.]

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From the Kitchen: Chocolate Cake Waffles

As a kid I had zero interest in savory breakfast foods. Now I’m an egg lover through and through, but as a kid I always opted for big fat Belgian waffles covered in a heap of fresh fruit whenever we ate out. All to say, despite my current obsession with poached eggs and eggs in general reigning supreme as my go-to breakfast food, I’m still a huge fan of Belgian waffles. Our waffle iron gets busted out at least every couple of months around here and we get busy making huge stacks of waffles. Recently I decided to give chocolate cake waffles a try. Have you heard of them? I’m pretty sure they’re breakfast sent right from heaven! Also, they’re ridiculously easy to make.

From the Kitchen: Chocolate Cake Waffles

  • Chocolate cake batter (the box kind is totally fine)
  • 1/2 pint heavy cream
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • Cooking spray or oil

From the Kitchen: Chocolate Cake Waffles

Begin by whipping up your favorite chocolate cake batter. Guess what? I’m a total cake snob and usually make everything completely from scratch, but in this instance I absolutely encourage you to just grab a box of cake mix and get busy with it. While you’re making the mix, give your waffle iron a light coating of oil or cooking spray and get it warming up.

From the Kitchen: Chocolate Cake Waffles

When your mix is ready and the waffle iron is hot, spoon about a half cup of batter into the iron and cook a few minutes until nice and hot and crispy. I did find that the cake batter tends to stick to the iron a bit more than typical waffle batter so I suggest turning the heat down a touch if you see your waffles sticking. While you’re working on cooking the waffles, add your heavy cream and sugar into the bowl of a stand mixer and beat on high speed until you achieve the perfect whipped cream texture.

From the Kitchen: Chocolate Cake Waffles

These waffles end up being less sweet than I’d imagined considering they’re actually cake, but I find that to be totally ok. Topped with semi-sweet homemade whipped cream and a sprinkle of chocolate shavings they’re far more sophisticated than you’d think making them totally appropriate for serving up to all of your grown up friends at brunch. But let’s be real here. You can trash these all up with a dousing of chocolate syrup and a fistful of rainbow sprinkles and that would be really damn cool, too.

From the Kitchen: Chocolate Cake Waffles

Chocolate cake waffles. They’re a very real and very awesome thing. Give them a try! From this waffle-loving lady, trust me. You’ll be seriously so glad that you did. Yum!

[Photos by Cyd Converse for The Sweetest Occasion.]

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