Three Old Kitchen Things

Three Things: Old Pretty Kitchens | The Sweetest Occasion

Guys. I have paint in my hair. Primer under my finger nails. And a bit of project regret lingering in my gut. Ugh. So dramatic. But seriously, I have spent hours this week with paint brush and roller in hand. I’ve been tackling the living room in our new place, from walls to ceilings to trim. Literally everything needed paint. The walls had endless holes and dents that had to be patched and sanded, and numerous stains to be scrubbed and dust to be cleared. But despite the crick in my neck and the calluses forming on my hands, I am so excited about how it’s coming together. The only problem? Once one room starts looking shiny, fresh and new, the old dingy state of the others becomes even more abundantly clear. In particular, that kitchen! I can see it right now. Leering at me from the doorway of the living room in all of it’s 80s golden oak glory. Sadly, all the original character of our 1908 has long since been cleared out of the kitchen, but that doesn’t keep me from being inspired by these old, pretty kitchens where great light, a coat of white paint and functional accessories reign supreme. There are no zillion dollars renovations in these kitchens, friends. There’s simply thoughtful design, a few pretty touches and well-loved carafes, tea kettles and knives on display. Rather beautiful, don’t you think?

Here’s to the power of paint and loading up a room with the pieces you love! And to fingers crossed that I’ll have some it’s-getting-there progress photos to share with you next week.


[From top: Melissa Kaseman from Design*Sponge | Manhattan Nest | Cindy Loughridge from SF Girl By Bay.]


8 At-Home Date Night Ideas

8 At-Home Date Night Ideas

[Printable movie night tickets from Dabbles & Babbles.]

Anyone getting really sick of winter? Picture me frantically waving both hands over my head and you get the picture of where I’m at with all of this winter mumbo jumbo. Just when we thought things were going to start to warm up around here, we got pummeled with another foot of snow yesterday and today the temperatures are sitting pretty well below zero. Needless to say, I’m officially not leaving the house until spring finally comes. Who’s with me? If you’re feeling me, you’re in luck. I’ve dreamed up 8 at-home date night ideas that are perfect for winter over at Momtastic! We’re talking cozy, budget-friendly ideas that will help you forget about the winter blues entirely. So check them out and plan a date night pronto – you deserve it!

[Photo by Dabbles & Babbles.]


St. Patrick’s Day Chocolate Mint Cookies

Chocolate Mint Cookies

As a lady with a sweet tooth through and through, I’m a firm believer that no celebration is complete without a little something sweet! Because today we’re talking about St. Patrick’s Day, obviously these chocolate mint cookies with their peppy green cream filling are just the ticket. I’ll definitely be whipping up a batch of these this weekend!

by Samantha Sanford

  • 2-3/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1-1/4 cups dutch processed cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 put unsalted butter, room temp
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs

Sift together flour, cocoa powder, and salt, set aside. In the bowl of the stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter, vanilla, and both sugars on medium until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Turn the speed to low and add the eggs one at a time, beating until combined. Add the flour mixture in thirds, beating until just combined.

Divide the dough in half and place one half on the prepared cookie sheet. Place a piece of plastic wrap or another sheet of parchment on top of each one and use a rolling pin to roll out the dough to about 1/4 inch thick. Wrap the baking sheets in plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350°. Remove one sheet of dough at a time and transfer to kitchen counter. Cut out cookies with a 2″ cookie round. Line the cookie sheet with fresh parchment and place the cutout cookies in the refrigerator for an additional 15 minutes. Repeat with second batch. Bake the cookies one sheet at a time for 8-10 minutes.

Cream Filling

  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temp
  • 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 2 to 3 cups powdered sugar to taste
  • Pinch of salt
  • Green food coloring

Cream the butter in the stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Gradually add the powdered sugar until light and fluffy. Taste to make sure it’s sweet enough for you. Add peppermint extract and green food die, whisk on high for about 2 minutes. Pipe the cream filling on each of the bottom cookies, cover with a top cookie and enjoy!

[Recipe: Samantha Sanford | Styling: Gray Harper Event Maker | Photos: Jade + Matthew Take Pictures.]


Irish Coffee with a Twist

Irish Coffee with a Twist

There’s a little Irish pub in our town where there’s nothing I love more than sipping a classic Irish coffee on a cold winter’s day. Something about that whiskey just warms you up from the inside out! Today Matthew McCully is sharing his twist on an Irish coffee recipe – poured over ice and made with cola for a little extra kick.

  • 2 cups cold-brew coffee (homemade or from your local grocery store or coffee shop)
  • 1 cup Irish whiskey
  • (1) 12 oz bottle of cola (we prefer one made with real sugar!)
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream (more or less to taste)

Pour all ingredients into a pitcher and stir to combine. Coffee, cola, and whiskey can be combined up to 2 hours ahead and chilled. Add cream right before serving. Serve over ice and don’t forget a cute straw!

[Recipe: Matthew McCully | Styling: Gray Harper Event Maker | Photos: Jade + Matthew Take Pictures.]


An Elegant St. Patrick’s Day Party

St. Patrick’s Day being next Monday and all, this weekend is the perfect time to gather your friends and indulge in a little Irish inspired bash! This stunner of a St. Patrick’s Day party was designed by our friend Andrea Harper of Gray Harper Event Maker and I’m loving the gorgeous kelly green and navy color combination. Another collaboration with Samantha Sanford and Jade + Matthew Take Pictures, Andrea layered the table with eyelet and sequins, and doused little mason jars in gold spray paint and loaded them up with Rolos to mimic mini pots of gold at each setting. From the flowers to the linens to the delicious recipes these guys dreamed up to accompany the celebration, every last detail is just so fun and perfectly St. Patrick’s day appropriate.

St. Patrick's Day Party Ideas | The Sweetest Occasion

St. Patrick's Day Party Ideas | The Sweetest Occasion

St. Patrick's Day Party Ideas | The Sweetest Occasion St. Patrick's Day Party Ideas | The Sweetest Occasion

St. Patrick's Day Party Ideas | The Sweetest Occasion

St. Patrick's Day Party Ideas | The Sweetest Occasion

St. Patrick's Day Party Ideas | The Sweetest Occasion

St. Patrick's Day Party Ideas | The Sweetest Occasion

Isn’t this so fun? Stay tuned later this afternoon for all the recipes so you can host your own St. Patrick’s Day party this weekend! Matthew’s Irish coffee recipe has a special twist that you don’t want to miss.

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Styling + floral design by Andrea Harper of Gray Harper Event Maker
Photography + cocktail recipe by Jade + Matthew Take Pictures
Recipes by Samantha Sanford