February 13, 2014 | by cyd
Making up big pots of mulled wine is a longstanding holiday tradition in our family. A direct connection to my stepfather’s German heritage, there’s just something about that warm, spiced wine that I absolutely love. Today we’re putting a twist on the classic with pomegranate mulled wine! It’s one of those perfect winter drinks that would be an awesome addition to your Valentine’s Day or just a great way to feel all warm and cozy if you’re currently one of those battling the snow and ice along the East coast. It’s so easy to make and you can prep it in advance so why not give this one a try? Many thanks to Justina Bilodeau for sharing!
- 1 bottle of red wine (a cabernet or pinot works well)
- 2 cups pomegranate juice
- 1/4 cup honey
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 1 tsp whole cloves
- 3 star anise pods
Combine all ingredients in a large pot. Slowly warm over low heat, stirring frequently to dissolve the honey. Do not let boil. Keep over heat for 40 minutes before serving. Serve warm. Garnish with cinnamon stick and star anise.
[Photos by Justina Bilodeau Photography.]
February 12, 2014 | by cyd
I wanted to take a quick moment today to revisit one of my favorite Valentine’s Day printables created for The Sweetest Occasion by the amazingly talented Morgan of Miss Wyolene. Featuring Morgan’s signature hand lettering, all you have to do is click below to download, print onto card stock, cut and stick it in an envelope. Instant Valentine’s Day card? Boom! As a bonus, the printables also include the sweetest little cupcake toppers. Use a piece of washi tape to attach them to a popsicle stick or toothpick and use them to top whatever sweet treats you feel like whipping up (or, um, picking up at the bakery) and you’re good to go.
[Design by Miss Wyolene | Photos by Cyd Converse for The Sweetest Occasion.]
February 11, 2014 | by cyd
Guys. I’m going to break this down for you right quick. To call this a DIY tutorial is a bit of a stretch. To call it entirely awesome? Well, even if I do say myself, I definitely think it qualifies as the latter for sure. All you need is a banana and a Sharpie marker. That’s it! Pen a cheeky saying onto the banana after giving it a good wash and you’re good to go! Surprise your loved one by tucking it into their lunch or leave it perched atop the fruit bowl in the kitchen. Either way you work it, you’re sure to make them smile.
I’ll make a note here that if for some reason your marker bleeds through the skin and ends up on the fruit itself, I probably wouldn’t eat it myself. That said, I had no issues with the marker penetrating the skin on my bananas, even after checking them several hours later. The peel is thick and somewhat waxy so you’ll need a bit of persistence to get the marker to look nice and solid, but it’s not difficult at all – it just takes a few minutes of doodling! Oh and if you care to know, I tried different colors of markers but personally liked the looks of black the best, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t play around and have fun.
And that’s all there is to it, friends! So grab those markers and pen a little love for the one you’re bananas for this Valentine’s Day. This is so sweet and simple it’s perfect for even those of you who usually skip the hoopla entirely.
[Design + styling by Cyd Converse for The Sweetest Occasion. | Photos by Alice G. Patterson.]
Bowl by Heath Ceramics
Nail polish is Ocean by Revlon
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February 10, 2014 | by cyd
Happy Valentine’s Day week, friends! Let’s kick things off with an appropriately over-the-top pink color palette, shall we? Because I’m feeling all kinds of pink and girly today. Can you feel pink? Let’s just say yes. I’m the ultimate broken record over here (as in, I am literally boring myself to tears), but after another weekend of yet more snow piling up, a bit of pink happiness is just what the doctor ordered for a Monday morning. Oh, in case you need more pink in your life, I have a big dose of Valentine’s Day fun coming your way all week long so stay tuned!
[Photos, from top: Corner Blog | Trisha Zemp for The House That Lars Built | Parrott Design Studio.]
February 7, 2014 | by cyd
Sooo, is anyone else really excited to watch the Olympics opening ceremonies tonight? Sure, sure. Technically the festivities are already over in Russia time, but I live in New York time so I’m still living in the glory of the anticipation. The weather here is certainly beyond wintery (another 2+ feet and counting since last night) so it seems appropriate tonight to bunker down inside in front of the television and watch the athletes do their parade thing. Also, if I never have to shovel again it will be too soon. So, basically, I’m going to leave you with a few last minute Olympics party ideas (perfect for tonight or any evening during the games) and a handful of favorite links from the week and then, you know, go shovel. Because that’s how I do. Happy Friday, friends! xoxo
For the record, I’m ‘fessing up right now. I have no idea if either the Moscow Mule or the White Russian have anything to do with Russia whatsoever (aside from the vodka), but I don’t care. Because I’m cheeky like that and I still think they make the perfect cocktails for an Olympics party. Paired with cookies and cake, of course.
[Ski mountain cake | Drink stirrers | Moscow mule | Olympic ring cookies | Gold medal cookies | White Russian.]