Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Brunch Hosting

Today I wanted to talk about brunch...
Who doesn't love a good brunch? This year I hosted Easter brunch (which is especially tricky with not having much prep time after church). I'm all about semi-homemade and finding easy recipes to cook (since I majorly prefer baking to cooking). I thought today I would share a few tips and ideas for an easy brunch you can prepare for your guests if you are looking to host a brunch.

The first thing you need to make sure you have ready to go is your bar cart/drinks. I decided on mimosas and peach Bellinis for our drinks. I also had beer and other drink choices in case people didn't want champagne.  I set out the juices and champagne on the bar cart, along with some fruit to garnish the drinks. Of course I also had quite a few batches of coffee brewed and ready to be served!
As I mentioned, I didn't have much prep time since people were already arriving as we were getting home from church.  For the menu I decided to make cinnamon rolls, a fruit salad, and mini chicken and waffles. All of these were easy to make and not too much prep work was needed. For the cinnamon rolls, I made them into bunnies since it was for Easter after all - cinnabunnies! I simply unrolled some of the rolls and cut out ears to attach to the other cinnamon rolls. For the chicken and waffles, I bought remade fried chicken, but you certainly could make your own. I cut chicken fingers into three or four pieces and layered the chicken with mini waffles using a toothpick to keep it all together.
We also picked up some fresh donuts and muffins to serve and a quiche from one of our favorite local bakeries. It was already cooked and just needed to be warmed up which made. The hardest part was making sure everything was warmed and ready to go at the same time. I was constantly moving things in and out of the oven right up until we ate.
For dessert, I wanted something light, since it was only brunch, so I decided to do a version of one of my all-time favorite treats...chocolate covered strawberries. I used these orange chocolate candy melts and cut off the bottoms of the strawberries so they would stand up. I used crushed Oreos for the "dirt" and added a chocolate bunny to make them a little more festive. I also had a small carrot cake to go with it.
If you've followed me for awhile, I LOVE setting a festive table, so that was certainly an easy step for me. I found lots of cute bunny details for the table including bunny napkin rings, and then added some fresh flowers for the centerpieces and at each seat.
Overall it was a great success!














Thanks for stopping by!

XO,
Sarah


Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Besties for Life
















I had to share these 'Besties' tees because they are just too cute. I'm so glad Charlotte is lucky enough to have a sister because I don't know what I would do without mine. Besties for life! Love this little girl gang!

XO,
Sarah




Thursday, April 18, 2019

White Eyelet Dresses


There is no such thing as too many white eyelet dresses! Last year one of my most worn summer dresses was a similar white eyelet dress, so this year I bought a couple new ones, and I know I will wear them a ton. I love a midi dress in the summer because it so much more comfortable to lounge in or run errands in. Because I'm pretty tall, shorter dresses are hard because they always feel too short.

I absolutely love these cuties and I couldn't resist matching them both when I went to visit last. Charlotte turned three a couple days ago and she is SUCH a hoot. She sure kept us busy. Rosie is sweet as can be. Such a doll! I love being their auntie! Now I just need to figure out how to get them to move closer...

Thanks for stopping by!

XO,
Sarah


Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Easter Decor












Today I wanted to share my Easter decor with you all. I am hosting Easter this year, so all my decor is up and my table is set! I've been buying all the bunnies (seriously I have so many). I just can't resist. They are so adorable and they give the perfect spring/Easter touch. I also picked up quite a few of the pastel colored gold speckled eggs. They can be used in so many different ways. I used them to fill bowls and to put insides my egg holders (much easier than real eggs). 
I also recently go these pink ginger jars and I am OBSESSED. I've been on the hunt for pink ginger jars and these did not disappoint. I seriously want a set of every single color she makes. They are GORGEOUS. I have the medium size for reference. 
All details are below. Click the photos to shop the items. 

Thanks for stopping by!

XO,
Sarah



Monday, March 4, 2019

The Latest: Cupcake Edition






Dark Chocolate Cupcakes with Cookies and Cream Buttercream




Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Buttercream



Carrot Cake Cupcake with Cream Cheese Buttercream

I made these cupcakes for a baby shower this weekend. Today I'm talking all about the most important thing when it comes to cupcakes...the frosting.  You can't have a good cupcake without great frosting. In my opinion, the cake is the easy part and the frosting makes or breaks a cupcake.  Lucky for you, today I'm sharing two of my favorite frosting recipes.

The first one is my cookies and cream buttercream.  To be honest, it is always a hit. This recipe generously frosts 12-15 cupcakes (as pictured). If you don't want to use as much frosting per cupcake, it would probably frost closer to 18 (or more).

12 Oreos (crushed)
1-2 tbsp. milk
3 cups powdered sugar
1 cup butter (softened)
1 tsp. vanilla

Mix the butter and vanilla first then slowly add the powdered sugar and milk as needed.  Last, stir in the Oreo crumbles. 
FYI- Piping is a little more difficult with this type of frosting because of the cookie chunks.  It won't look quite a perfect/smooth as with other frostings.


The next frosting (that is one of my all-time favorites) is cream cheese buttercream. This recipe frosts about 12-15 cupcakes also, but I used much less frosting on these than the cookies and cream so I don't think you could stretch this recipe to frost any more than that.

1/2 cup butter (softened)
8 oz. cream cheese (softened)
3 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla

Mix the butter, cream cheese, and vanilla then slowly add the powdered sugar. 


I recently started using these reusable piping bags and they are a GAME CHANGER. I used to use the disposable Wilton plastic piping bags (which also work great) but I was sick of running out and having to buy more. However, I was not looking forward to having the clean it each time, but it cleans off so easily and it wasn't a big deal at all. If you are looking for the best piping bag, look no further! They come in different sizes and I got mine from Sur la table. They only have the one size online, but I'm sure you could find all the sizes in the store.

Thanks for stopping by!

XO,
Sarah