Color Palette: Midnight + Persimmon

I’m a day late with this week’s color palette, but I personally think it may have just been worth the wait. This is like the perfect dose of bright and happy if you ask me! Can we pause for a hot second and discuss this amazing zebra printed fabric?  I don’t even know where, but I feel like I need it somewhere in my life. Maybe on a couple of throw pillows? Paired with loads of citrus inspired colors and those gorgeous flowers, this palette is a like an explosion of pattern and color in the best possible way. We’re channeling spring all the way here with this one, even if spring is entirely AWOL at the moment.

Color Palette: Midnight and Persimmon

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[Photos, from top: Erin McGinn from Style Me Pretty Living | Julia Stotz | Alexander Henry Fabrics.]

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DIY Natural Dyed Easter Eggs

I’m so excited today to have Aimee of Made In the Fold back with us, sharing the loveliest Easter eggs! These natural dyed Easter eggs have the softest, prettiest look that feels just so organic and lovely. Aimee created them with ingredients such as blueberries and red onion skin and then went back with a simple paint technique that definitely challenges ever buying one of those store bought dye kits ever again.

DIY Natural Dyed Easter Eggs

DIY Natural Dyed Easter Eggs

  • Boiled eggs
  • Blueberries, red onion skins, coffee beans or other natural dye ingredients
  • Pot
  • Slotted spoon
  • Paint brushes
  • Watercolor paints

DIY Natural Dyed Easter Eggs

Begin by gathering your ingredients. Aimee used blueberries and red onion skins for the eggs shown here, but there’s loads of plants that will produce really pretty colors when used as a dye. Think beets, turmeric, coffee and red cabbage. Get creative and play around!

DIY Natural Dyed Easter Eggs

DIY Natural Dyed Easter Eggs

Place each of your dye ingredients in individual pots and add water to the pot until just covered. Bring to a boil and allow to simmer for 30 – 40 minutes. Add your boiled eggs and allow them to hang out in the dye liquid until your desired color has been achieved. Then remove from the water with a slotted spoon, place on a cloth or paper towel and allow to dry completely.

DIY Natural Dyed Easter Eggs

Once your dyed eggs are dry, use a paint brush to splatter the eggs with watercolor paint to create the speckled effect. Allow the paint to dry completely and then do the other sides if you’d like, repeating the speckling and drying process as you go. And that’s it! Super simple and super pretty Easter eggs created without any harsh chemicals or dyes.

DIY Natural Dyed Easter Eggs

DIY Natural Dyed Easter Eggs

DIY Natural Dyed Easter Eggs

I love the way Aimee styled these eggs to create a rustic Easter place setting, featuring her gorgeous hand lettering on little place cards. You can find similar berry baskets to hold the eggs at Garnish. A paint pen or marker on cardstock will help you recreate the place cards, too. So pretty! Thanks for sharing, Aimee!

[Photos by Aimee Strickland for The Sweetest Occasion.]

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Three April Fools Things

3 April Fools Jokes that Don't Suck

I am such a baby when it comes to April Fools jokes. As in, I hands down, 100%, no exceptions, hate them. Here’s the thing. My birthday is April 1st, which for some reason plasters you with a big huge sign on your back that screams, “Please play all the April Fools jokes on me!” As a kid I couldn’t stand it. I had no concept of the fact that everyone plays jokes and pranks on April Fools Day, I just perceived it as people being mean to me on my birthday. Are you rolling your eyes yet? Because I seriously am. While I’ve lightened up about the whole thing over the last three decades, I still generally hate April Fools pranks. That said I’ve seen a few ideas floating around lately that definitely qualify more as cute than cruel so I thought I’d share them! An alternate title to this post would be “Three April Fools Jokes that Don’t Suck.” Because, again, April Fools jokes and I have a long, complicated past and I can’t deal with the suck.

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[1: Bedroom balloon surprise from On Cloud 8 | 2: Mini brown bag lunches from Oh Happy Day | 3: Flamingo flocking from The House That Lars Built.]

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From The Kitchen: Million Dollar Bacon

Ok, guys. Things are about to get weird around here. Your resident vegetarian is about to break down a bacon recipe for you. It’s whatever. This is real life and in real life I share my house with meat-loving boys who graciously accommodate my veggie-eating ways so long as they get the occasional big fat dose of meat. Truth be told, this one isn’t an original. B and I saw this so-called Million Dollar Bacon on one of those shows we watch religiously. Was it Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives? Probably. At any rate, that was months ago and this weekend the inspiration struck to recreate it for our Sunday morning brunch.

Million Dollar Bacon Recipe | Bacon with brown sugar, cayenne and red pepper flakes!

Sunday Brunch - Waffles Served on a Cake Stand

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  • 1lb thick cut bacon
  • 6 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cracked black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes

Million Dollar Bacon Recipe | Bacon with brown sugar, cayenne and red pepper flakes! Million Dollar Bacon Recipe | Bacon with brown sugar, cayenne and red pepper flakes!

Begin by preheating your oven to 350° and lining a baking sheet with parchment paper. (You can sub aluminum foil if you don’t have any parchment paper lying around.) Then sprinkle the bacon with about half of the brown sugar.

Million Dollar Bacon Recipe | Bacon with brown sugar, cayenne and red pepper flakes! Million Dollar Bacon Recipe | Bacon with brown sugar, cayenne and red pepper flakes!

Sprinkle on the red pepper flakes, cayenne and cracked black pepper. One of the things that’s great about this recipe is how easy it is, so you don’t have to be a whiz in the kitchen and it’s also kid-friendly. The little guys had so much fun helping out with this one!

Million Dollar Bacon Recipe | Bacon with brown sugar, cayenne and red pepper flakes!

Million Dollar Bacon Recipe | Bacon with brown sugar, cayenne and red pepper flakes!

Sprinkle the rest of the brown sugar on the top and then give it a good pat all over. Think of it as a rub that’s going to coat your bacon in candy-like goodness. You don’t really have to worry about coating the reverse side because as the bacon cooks, the sugary coating will run under it and coat the other side of the bacon, too. Then just pop it in the oven and bake for 20 – 30 minutes, until it reaches your desired crispiness. Done and done!

Sunday Brunch - Waffles Served on a Cake Stand

Million Dollar Bacon Recipe | Bacon with brown sugar, cayenne and red pepper flakes!

And there you have it! Served up alongside homemade Belgian waffles and poached eggs this bacon was a hit. The heat of all the peppers tempers out the brown sugar and makes for a really yummy brunch treat. Also, just as a side note I’ve been on a serious poached egg kick lately. It’s the only way I like to eat my eggs! So stay tuned and I promise to share my super easy method for making poached eggs sometime soon.

[Photos by Cyd Converse for The Sweetest Occasion.]

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Loving Spring Planters

Any day now I’m going to stop complaining about the snow. Seriously. I promise. Any day now. In an effort to make today that day, can we talk about these gorgeous DIY planters? They’re cropping up everywhere and I’ve seen so many that I absolutely love. From hanging planters to pretty little gems that will dress up your desk or bookshelf with just the right amount of sparkle and greenery, these planters are simple enough for even the most novice crafter and will save you big bucks over pricey planters from your favorite retailers. And besides. They’re just pretty and they scream spring in the best darn way possible. Yup, happy spring, indeed!

Beautiful DIY Planters | The Sweetest Occasion

[DIY Planters | 1: Gilded succulent pots | 2: Indoor herb garden | 3: Leather and brass hanging planter | 4: Painted air plant bell cups | 5: Handmade clay pots | 6: Colorblock succulent pots | 7: Gold foil lettered flower pots | 8: Clothespin herb planters | 9: Modern copper hanging planter.]

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