Back in my early days of blogging, Portugese powerhouse photography and event styling duo Brancoprata were just busting onto the scene. We became fast online friends and since then I’ve loved seeing their vast portfolio of work evolve into something truly inspiring. Recently André’s youngest niece celebrated her first birthday and Brancoprata pulled out all the stops to craft her the sweetest of birthday parties. Inspired by darling bunny illustrations from Kelli Murray, Matilde’s birthday was an intimate gathering of family and friends with a soft garden-inspired color palette, lovely florals and loads of bunny details like carrot sticks for snacking and bunny masks for photo taking. You’re going to love every little bit – be sure to click through the gallery for all the details!
Styling, floral design, paper goods + photography by André Teixeira and Sofia Ferreira of Brancoprata | Illustrations by Kelli Murray | Cake by Peace of Cake
[Photos by Brancoprata.]
Well, friends, I did it! Over the holiday weekend I took four entire days away from the computer, unplugged from the internet and loved every little bit. We spent time with friends, took the boys to the beach where they wore themselves completely ragged playing with friends, sat around more than a few campfires, traveled to visit family and managed more than our fair share of bug bites and sunburns. In other words, it was just the kind of awesome that I love. How was your holiday weekend? Is anyone else having a hard time getting back in the groove today? This color palette fits my mood perfectly today. It’s slightly dark and moody (much like the weather which, not surprisingly, has switched back to rain), but also really pretty with shades of deep blue, gold and pear. I’m kind of loving it, I have to say.
[Photos, from top: Old Barn Rescue Company via Apartment Therapy | Oh, Darling Photography | Sarah Culver from The Glitter Guide.]
[Photo by Michelle Cross.]
Hey guys! I’m about to sign off for tomorrow’s holiday festivities and wanted to check in with a bit o f July 4th link love before officially calling it a long weekend. I have decided to take the next few days to relax and spend the time with friends and family so this will be the last you hear of me until Monday. But never fear! I’m not running off without giving you a dose of the good stuff. In the meantime I want to wish you all an amazing July 4th holiday and a fabulous weekend to those of you who don’t live in the States. As a quick aside, I’m feeling particularly proud to be an American a week after this happened. It’s exactly the kind of freedom, acceptance and independence on which our country was founded and I was brought to tears of joy last week rejoicing in this victory. So with that I’m off to wave my stars and stripes! Much love to you all! xoxo
To call this bit of genius a cake might be a stretch. To call it insanely delicious? The understatement of the year. B affectionately refers to it as crack in a dish. He’s probably the most accurate of the bunch. (Honestly, I don’t know what to call it other than really damn good.) After much debate over July 4th desserts, we realized there was no debate at all. See, this little confection is quickly becoming our go-to dish to pass. B first had it a couple of months ago, prepared by a friend’s mom, and since then we’ve had no choice but to make it for Father’s Day and again for tomorrow’s July 4th festivities. It’s crazy easy to make. Maybe even stupidly so. It’s decadent, it’s carefree and it’s a major crowd pleaser. More people passed over my homemade strawberry shortcake in lieu of this bit of crack in a dish than I care to admit at our last gathering. And that’s saying something. At least in my humble little biscuit-loving opinion.
The truth of this recipe is that it is as difficult as dunking Oreo cookies in milk. Literally. As in, you dunk a whole bunch of those delicious little suckers in milk and then use them to line a glass baking dish in stacks four cookies high. Depending on the size of your crowd and the respective size of your baking dish, you might get a tired wrist. (We know this because it is has happened to us.) That’s ok. Just switch off with your cooking-loving partner in crime (or, you know, take a milk and cookies break) and it’ll be done in no time. Then whip up the topping, drizzle it with chocolate, maybe think about adding some chopped cocoa almonds and you’re done. No hot kitchen. No sugar cravings left to defeat. Just pure awesome Oreo peanut butter bliss.
Fair warning that this little concoction is richly decadent and not for the faint of heart. A little serving goes along way! So obligatory disclaimer aside, are you ready to get your no-bake Oreo peanut butter cake on? Your taste buds will be so so, glad you did.
- 1-3/4 packages of Oreo cookies
- 2 – 3 cups of milk
- 1 large tub of Cool Whip (the Lite version works great, too!)
- 1/2 cup of peanut butter
- 2 tablespoons of confectioner’s sugar
- Chocolate syrup for drizzling
- Cocoa roasted almonds to garnish (optional)
Note: These measurements will fill up an 8×8 glass baking dish, which is plenty to serve a crowd given how rich the cake ends up. Scale up or down for a single serving or for a larger group!
Start by dunking each cookie in milk and then layering the bottom of the baking dish with the cookies. Keep dunking until you have enough cookies to stack them four high across the entire dish. Combine Cool Whip, peanut butter and confectioner’s sugar and whip until well combined. Spread it in a thick layer over the top of the milk-dunked cookies. Drizzle with chocolate syrup and top with chopped cocoa almonds. And that’s it! Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve – I’d recommend preparing it and chilling for at least an hour in advance before eating, but we find it tastes amazing when chilled overnight. Bon appetite!
[Photos by Cyd Converse for The Sweetest Occasion.]
I am so excited about today’s Nook feature! Showcasing the beautiful new studio of Printerette Press in Minneapolis, I am in love with the bright and light space that proprietress Catherine Polacek designed. Serving as Catherine’s meeting space, letterpress print shop and design studio, the space makes the most of the gorgeous natural light and industrial feel with soft, feminine touches that make it feel fresh and cozy all at the same time. Talk about pretty!
If you aren’t familiar with Catherine’s work she’s a massively talented designer and printer, with a collection of wedding invitations and social stationery that is whimsical and romantic with a modern feel. Ready to get a glimpse into Catherine’s beautiful studio and scope out her work? Click through for all the details!