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
[Graphic + golden washi tape Easter eggs | Natural brown Easter eggs | Gold leaf Easter eggs.]
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!
- 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.
Thanks so much for sharing, Ana! xoxo
[Photos + recipe by Ana of Fluxi On Tour.]
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
[Row 1: Cupcakes & Cutlery | House of Earnest | Row 2: Martha Stewart | How Sweet It Is | Row 3: 3191 Miles Apart | How Sweet It Is.]
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.
- Chocolate cake batter (the box kind is totally fine)
- 1/2 pint heavy cream
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- Cooking spray or oil
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.
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.
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.
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.]
‘Tis the season for bridal showers aplenty, which probably in part explains why I was so excited to hear from Melissa at Cacao Sweets and Treats in Chicago, sharing this gorgeous glam black floral inspired wedding shoot. Designed around the ever popular dessert and cake buffet, Melissa played off of a few of my favorite design elements when creating this beautiful spread – gold, black, floral, stripes and loads of glamorous little details. So lovely, don’t you think? Add in heaps of bite-sized sweet treats, a bit of bubbly, perfectly coordinated stationery and stunning flowers and you’ve got a hit with me. So whether you’re planning a bridal shower for your best lady or daydreaming about your upcoming wedding, this one is for you!
[Photography by Melissa Becker.]
Cake, sweets + venue: Cacao Sweets and Treats | Styling + photography by Melissa Becker | Paper goods, backdrop + stationery by Paper Route Collective | Florals by Twigs