November 1, 2013 | by cyd
Hi, guys! How was your Halloween? I apologize for the late post today, but we’ve had the craziest windstorm blowing through these parts all day and our internet access as been spotty at best. So today you get two posts rolled into one, sound good? First up, let’s talk Halloween candy. There’s a good chance you’ve got a surplus hanging around the house today so I figured we should all team up and clear it out. The best way to do that? Why, to transform it into the yummiest of baked goods, of course! Yeah, I know, I know. That’s hardly healthy. But if you have a gathering coming up this weekend you can solve two problems with one delicious batch of cookies. We’re talking Snickers profiteroles, cookies studded with candy corn and an amazing chocolate cake covered in crushed Whoppers. Yum! And be sure to scroll down for your weekly dose of link love. xoxo
[1: Snickers profiteroles | 2: Candy corn white chocolate cookies | 3: Chocolate Whoppers cake.]
October 31, 2013 | by cyd
Now that you’ve got your cocktail all picked out for tonight’s Halloween festivities, let’s talk nibbles! Specifically, the oddest looking beet pickled deviled eggs. When on a recent trip to Atlanta for business, myself and a few other bloggers were chatting about how amazing deviled eggs are. Do you realize – everybody loves deviled eggs! (Ok, ok, maybe not if you’re vegan. But still.) I personally love deviled eggs because they’re so easy to make, you can switch up the flavor in a million different ways, and they always disappear at parties in a flash. Today’s recipe mixes up the classic with the same amazing beet color and flavor of this morning’s cocktail recipe, resulting in a festive little snack everyone will love. Yum!
- 3 cups water
- 1 cup distilled white vinegar
- 1 small beet, peeled and sliced
- 1 small garlic clove, sliced
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1 bay leaf
- 12 hard-boiled large eggs, peeled
- 1 teaspoon worchester sauce
- 1/3 cup mayonnaise
- 1 tablespoon grainy mustard
- 1 tablespoon capers
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Paprika for finishing
- Olives (sliced so you have 24 slices)
Bring water, vinegar, beet, garlic, sugar, bay leaf, and 1/2 teaspoon salt to a boil in a 2-quart saucepan, then simmer, covered, until beet is tender, about 20 minutes. Cool completely, uncovered. Put beet mixture in a container with eggs and marinate, chilled, gently stirring once or twice, at least 1 hour. Remove eggs from beet mixture and pat dry (discard beet mixture). Cut in half lengthwise and remove yolks. Mix together in food processor or mash with a fork the yolks with mayonnaise, mustard, worschtser, and capers. Season with salt and pepper, then divide among egg whites. You can use a piping bag or a ziplock like I did. Top with olives to make “eyeball” looking eggs. Sprinkle lightly with paprika. Enjoy! You can also do this a few hours ahead of time before serving.
[Recipe + styling by Gray Harper Event Maker and Samantha Huba | Photos and cocktail recipe by Jade + Matthew Take Pictures.]
October 31, 2013 | by cyd
Hi, guys, and happy Halloween! Just in time for the spookiest of all holidays, Andrea, Samantha and Jade and Matthew are back today sharing the perfect beet cocktail. Whether it’s for sipping this evening after the trick-or-treaters have ransacked your candy stash or whipping up for a Halloween party you might be hosting or attending, this cocktail is both unique and unexpected. Made with a beet-infused vodka and the loveliest ginger mandarin simple syrup, this cocktail is not only delicious, but it also takes on that rich beet color that is somehow both beautiful and a touch creepy. Stay tuned later today, because we’ve got a great deviled egg recipe to share, too!
For the beet infused vodka
- 1 bottle of vodka (Be sure to save the bottle!)
- Approximately 4-6 medium sized beets (scrubbed and trimmed)
Place beets in sauce pan and cover with water. Boil beets until tender (45 minutes to 1 hour). Remove beets from water and let them cool a bit. Peel the beets and slice em up! Place warm beets in 1.5-2 quart glass lidded container. Cover beets with Vodka. Let sit for at least 24 hours and up to a week, depending on how much beet flavor you want. Strain beet infused vodka back into original vodka bottle. Can be made up to 1 week in advance.
- For the ginger mandarin simple syrup
- 2 Tbsp grated ginger
- Zest of 1 mandarin orange
- 1 cup of water
- 3/4 cup of sugar
Place all ingredients in a small saucepan on medium heat until sugar is completely dissolved and mixture just begins to bubble. Remove from heat and let the mixture steep for 5-10 minutes. Strain simple syrup mixture into the container of your choice! Can be made up to 1 week in advance.
For the cocktail
- 2 oz of beet infused vodka
- 1 oz of freshly squeezed mandarin juice
- 3/4 oz of ginger mandarin simple syrup (Add more or less depending on your sweetness preference!)
Place ingredients in shaker with ice and shake vigorously for 15-30 seconds. Pour drink in the glass of your choice and top with a thin slice of mandarin. For an even spookier twist try the drink with blood orange instead of mandarin!
[Styling by Gray Harper Event Maker and Samantha Huba | Photos and cocktail recipe by Jade + Matthew Take Pictures.]
October 30, 2013 | by cyd
An alternate title to this post would be “The Easiest Halloween DIY Idea Ever.” Or perhaps, “Photographing Balloons is Surprisingly Tricky!” Either way, you get the gist. I shared a photo of this balloon on Instagram yesterday to rave reviews so I thought I would share this quick and easy last minute Halloween DIY project. Balloons. Black ones. Decked out with a gold paint pen. They’re perfect for bunching together and tying out front to welcome trick-or-treaters! Or, how fun would they be to tote around the neighborhood while out hoarding chocolate and Skittles? (Because, clearly, I’m the kind of girl who advocates wandering around town with a big bunch of balloons. So fun!)
Get ready for the easiest of easy! First up, gather a bunch of black balloons and be sure they’re all filled with helium before you get wild with your paint pen. Then have at it! Deck out your balloon with whatever phrases and patterns you like, being careful not to smudge your work as you rotate the balloon. (Although the paint does dry pretty quickly so it’s not a huge concern!) I definitely suggesting using a fine point tip or thicker as the extra fine point doesn’t really show up on the balloon. (Ok, ok and I was totally afraid the whole time that it might pop the balloon in my face. Oops!) And there you have it! The easiest Halloween balloons with just the perfect little bit of gold.
[Photo by Cyd Converse for The Sweetest Occasion.]
Fine point metallic gold Sharpie pen from Michaels
Black balloons from Party City
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October 29, 2013 | by cyd
Guys, the final countdown is on! We’re just two days out from Halloween so you know what that means – if you haven’t already figured out your costume or that for your kiddos, now is the time. Luckily, there seem to be more ingenious ideas than ever before for quick, easy last minute Halloween costumes that you can make on the fly. Dig into your closet, bust out a bit of duct tape, cardboard or tin foil and you’re in business. While I know a lot of the big Halloween parties happened this past weekend, I always love dressing up at least a little bit for handing out candy or trekking the streets. So I made sure to include a few costumes for you and a few costumes for the kids, too. Grab the glue gun and hop to it!
[Witch costume | Bat headband | Eiffel Tower costume | Bandits costume | Charlie Chaplin costume | Bunny ears | Dirty Dancing costume | Spider Kid costume | Greek goddess costume | Lamb costume.]