April 6, 2015 | by Cyd Converse
Happy Monday, friends! I hope everyone had a great weekend. We’re jumping into the week with the next installment in our printable art print series. I’m making good on my promise to fill up your walls with lots of gorgeous art this year! Today’s art print comes to us from the incredibly sweet and super talented Jamie of A Pair of Pears. I’m such a fan of her work and I love this print she created inspired by one of her favorite quotes by Van Gogh. Scroll down to download and print, then just tuck it in a pretty frame and it’s ready for hanging or gifting. And be sure to share with me how you’re displaying your art prints using the hashtag #thesweetestoccasion on Instagram!
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[Art print design by A Pair of Pears for The Sweetest Occasion.]
April 3, 2015 | by Cyd Converse
You’re all probably pretty well versed in the fact that I do not like marshmallows, not even a little bit. Therefore, I admit at the onset here that I am very firmly on the side of not liking Peeps. I don’t like them fresh. I don’t like them stale. Just, no. However, I’m also going to admit that Peeps are utterly adorable and just kind of scream of Easter nostalgia in a really good way. So basically, I am in love with all the ways people are reinventing Peeps and being inspired by these iconic little bunnies and chicks when planning for Easter. With all of that said, today we’re ushering in the holiday weekend with the best Peeps-inspired Easter ideas going! Cakes, cocktails, centerpieces. So much cuteness!
Ready to kick off Easter weekend properly? Click through for all the Peeps crafts and recipes you could ever want. There’s a lot to love. Happy Easter, friends! xoxo
April 1, 2015 | by Cyd Converse
Ok, my fellow pet-loving friends. This post is for you! Many of you may know the work of my insanely talented friend Carolynn Lemke of Two Brunettes. She pops in here pretty regularly with pretty things like this printable art print and this one, too. Over the last few years she’s spent an increasing amount of time honing her chops illustrating pets of all shapes and sizes, which today gives way to Noble Friends! An all-new, all-awesome couture pet shop featuring your pet, illustrated and plastered all over the cutest art prints, iPhone cases, throw pillows, tote bags and more! Guys, the stuff is sincerely adorable. For months I’ve been helping Carolynn debate the advantages and disadvantages of different fabrics, papers, you name it. The attention to detail she has put into creating these products has been so fun to watch. For her, it all comes from being a pet lover herself and wanting to design a place where those of us who recognize our pets as family can get really awesome wares designed with their cute little faces acting as muse. Here’s just a tiny taste of all the great things you’ll find over at Noble Friends – scroll to the bottom of the post for an exclusive discount code, too!
I told you! So crazy cute. Plus, if you shop between now and April 8th, Carolynn is offering The Sweetest Occasion readers an exclusive 15% discount that you won’t find anywhere else. Just enter the code SWEETESTFRIENDS15 at checkout. Hooray! Jump on over to Noble Friends and hop to it!
[Photos by Alice G. Patterson for Noble Friends.]
March 31, 2015 | by Cyd Converse
It’s pretty possible that I’ve mentioned before that I’m not a candy fan. Chocolate, yes. Baked goods, yes. Ice cream, absolutely. But candy? Meh. Not so much. The exception to that rule are Cadbury mini eggs. Good grief, what is it with those things? They’re like absolute candy crack. I can’t even have them in the house or it goes down. Hard. So when Melina of Sugary & Buttery sent over her sweet and pretty confection of the month and I saw these vanilla cotton candy cupcakes topped with mini eggs, well, that was that. Needless to say, I’m buying a bag of Cadbury mini eggs today and the little gentlemen of the house and I are fixing to make some Easter cupcakes.
For the Cupcakes
- 1-1/2 cups all purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
- 2 egg whites
- 1/4 cup vanilla yogurt
- 3/4 cup milk
- 1 vanilla bean
- Cotton candy
- Cadbury Mini Eggs (or similar)
Preheat oven to 350°F. Line mini muffin tin with 24 mini cupcake liners. Set aside.
In a medium bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside. In a large microwave-safe bowl, melt butter in the microwave. Whisk in sugar.
Whisk in egg whites, yogurt, milk, and seeds of 1 vanilla bean until combined. Slowly mix dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until no lumps remain. Divide batter among 24 cupcake liners (or 24 mini) and bake for 10 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow to cool completely.
To decorate, carefully form little nests of cotton candy and place them on each cupcake. Place 3 little candy eggs in each nest and you’re done! NOTE: The cotton candy can melt and dissolve in as little as 30 minutes depending on your weather and humidity. If you live in such a climate, it’s best to decorate right before serving.
A huge thank you to Melina for sharing these adorable little cupcakes with us today! Don’t forget, if you give these a try be sure to share them with me on Instagram using the hashtag #thesweetestoccasion.
[Photos + recipe by Sugary & Buttery for The Sweetest Occasion.]
March 30, 2015 | by Cyd Converse
You wouldn’t know it by the dark as coal skies this morning or the fresh dusting of snow we got overnight, but it’s Easter week! Coincidentally, it’s also my birthday week. As a kid I loved it when Easter fell near my birthday, it was just so much celebration and so much spring all in a few short days. Plus, I got to wear no fewer than two pretty dresses in the same week! While it’s every bit feeling and looking more like winter at the moment, I’m committed to championing the spring cause and this color palette is bringing it home. Here’s hoping the start of your week is bright and sunny, even if only on the inside!
[Photos, from top: Leslie Shewring via decor8 | Ruth Eileen via Style Me Pretty | Sublime Spy.]