May 22, 2015 | by Cyd Converse
I couldn’t let Memorial Day weekend sneak up on us without sharing this, the easiest and yummiest dessert you’ve ever made. We’re talking layers of berries, fresh whipped cream made with honey and a base of blueberry muffin. Yes, blueberry muffin. Trust me with this one. It’s insanely yummy and will only take you a few minutes to throw together if you stop off earlier in the day at your local bakery to pick up some muffins. Or, eat this for breakfast instead of dessert. For what it’s worth, I’m a total advocate of that approach.
To call this is a recipe is a wee bit of a stretch. It’s more like a really good suggestion for how to make the most of the delicious berries popping up left and right at the moment. Put it all in a jar and this is a treat you can prepare in advance and take with you to a picnic or just pull out of the fridge to snack on when the moment suits you.
Begin by filling the bottom third of your jar with blueberry muffin. I crumbled mine up and sort of packed into the bottom to provide a good base for the berries. Next, layer blueberries and diced strawberries on top, in nice even layers so you can a bit of a striped effect. Because, you know, patriotism and stripes and all of that jazz. Then, top everything with a big ol’ dollop of fresh whipped cream! I made mine with honey instead of the usual sugar and vanilla. The result is a slightly less sweet, but really delicious whipped cream that pairs perfectly with all the berries. And, you know, the muffin. As promised, there you have it! The easiest and yummiest holiday weekend dessert that adds the perfect touch of red, white and blue to your festivities.
[Recipe + photos by Cyd Converse for The Sweetest Occasion.]
May 21, 2015 | by Cyd Converse
With Memorial Day weekend knocking on the door, we need to talk about yummy, summery sweet treats! Gosh, I have such a sweet tooth. I try to keep it in check, I really do, but in the summer months you just have to indulge in something sweet and delicious from time to time. Frozen yogurt? Yes! Soft serve ice cream with rainbow sprinkles? Yes! Strawberry shortcake, milkshakes and all the strawberry things? Yes! And you absolutely can’t pass up an icy popsicle on a hot summer day! So today I’m sharing these six delectable treats to kick your summer off right.
[Confetti Cake Batter Milkshake from Sprinkle Bakes.]
[Ombre Grapefruit + Tangerine Popsicles from Paper + Stitch.]
[Macaron Ice Cream from Sugar & Cloth.]
[Strawberry Pie Pops from Say Yes.]
[Fruity Pebbles Ice Cream from Paper & Stitch.]
[Strawberry Float by Countryside Cravings.]
May 20, 2015 | by Cyd Converse
Memorial Day weekend is one of my favorite weekends of the year and I have a feeling I’m not alone on that front. Here in the Northeast, this is definitely the unofficial kick off to summer every year, ushering in months of warm weather, popsicles, picnics and beach dates. It’s no secret that I do some sort of stars and stripes themed style guide every summer. I just can’t resist super cute patriotic accessories! The only difference is this year I’m sharing some of my favorite things a little earlier, because why should July 4th get all the fun? All of these pieces can move with you through the entire summer season and right on into fall, so snatch ’em up!
[Shop | 1: Striped top | 2: Bangle set | 3: Patriotic scarf | 4: Paddle ball set | 5: Slip-on sneakers | 6: Denim shorts.]
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May 19, 2015 | by Cyd Converse
My oldest niece is graduating from high school in just a few weeks, and I’m so excited that my parents and I will be flying down to Florida to help her celebrate. Let me just say, the fact that she’s no longer a wide-eyed toddler kind of blows my mind! Now an easy five inches taller than I am, she’s off to college this fall, which makes me feel really old. (For the record, I first became an aunt very young, lest you should think I’m a senior citizen.) All of this, of course, has graduation season on my mind, which is what inspired me to round up some of the best graduation party ideas going! From decor to gifts, there’s a whole lot of fun right here.
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May 18, 2015 | by Cyd Converse
Friends, I am so excited to share this pretty little gem of a DIY tutorial with you today! This is one of my favorites, basically of all time, and I’ve been sitting on it for a few weeks now just itching to show it off. It’s not even a little bit of a secret that I really really love gold leaf. The only thing I can’t figure out is why I don’t use it more often! So as we were headed into spring, I had this idea to get some gold leaf all up on some planters and thus these gold leaf terra cotta pots were born! I present you, the loveliest DIY gold leaf planters you ever did see. Promise you won’t be intimidated by the gold leaf? I promise, even you self-proclaimed uncrafty types can rock this!
- Terra cotta pots
- (2) clean craft brushes (I prefer foam)
- Gold leaf sheets
- Gold leaf sizing
- Gold leaf sealer
Begin by applying random brushstrokes of gold leaf adhesive all over your planter. I wanted a very random, weathered look so I covered quite a bit of the surface of the pot with the adhesive, but in a very haphazard manner. Keep in mind that the adhesive is very thin so you don’t need much on your brush. I personally prefer a foam brush when working with gold leaf, but basically any type of brush will work. Then, allow the adhesive to sit for about 20 – 30 minutes until it’s tacky, or as specified on the manufacturer’s instructions. From there, it’s time to gold leaf! Carefully lifting one sheet at a time, just place it on the pot wherever there is adhesive, pressing down firmly. If the sheet rips, no biggie! Just use the scraps and repeat the same process until all of the adhesive is covered.
After you’ve applied the gold leaf, it’s time to pick up a second clean brush and start removing the excess! To do this I just like to take my brush and kind of burnish the entire surface of the gold leaf by rubbing it into the surface of the planter with the brush. I’ll get in there with my fingers from time to time, too. No fear! At this point you’ll see extra chunks fall free and the rest will be a pretty smooth finish. I personally find this to be the most satisfying part of working with gold leaf, because this is the stage where it starts to look really really pretty!
The final step is to give everything a light coat all over with the gold leaf sealer! Then just let it dry completely (overnight preferably) and you’re ready to fill your planters with all kinds of pretty flowers and foliage! I created my planters with the intention to use them inside, but if you’d like to use them outside I’d give everything a second coat of sealer using a spray sealant like those you can find in the spray paint section of hardware stores. Keep in mind even with sealer, they’re likely to weather a bit if they’re kept outside, but I think they’ll look even prettier with time!
Ok, I know I’m biased, but these are gorgeous, right? Gold leaf for the win, always. Don’t forget, if you make these or any other DIY project, I’d love to have you share with me on Instagram! Use the hashtag #thesweetestoccasion and be sure your profile is public so I can see what’re you’re crafting! xoxo
[Design + styling by Cyd Converse | Photos by Alice G. Patterson for The Sweetest Occasion.]
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