February 28th, 2014
It’s a birthday weekend! I have four friends whose birthday is tomorrow. There is a lot to celebrate!
When your dear pals are celebrating their special day, I highly recommend this fabulous hot fudge sundae cake from Smitten Kitchen. There are a lot of steps, but she graciously offers short cuts (which you would never know were taken). If you have patience for all of the steps, though, you (and your pal, more importantly) will surely be rewarded!
February 9th, 2014
I have privilege of working with a fabulous couple on their November 2014 wedding. Even in the short time we have been working together, I have been so impressed by their thoughtfulness — both to others and to each other. They are a joy to work with and I am so excited for their Big Day! Here are some beautiful shots of their engagement — featured on United With Love — and taken by the talented Dani P. S. Photography.
Best wishes and congratulations Jenny and David!
Jenny and David's proposal; photo credit: Dani P. S. Photography
February 7th, 2014
Julia and Paul Child always sent Valentine’s Day greetings to friends and family. Take a leaf out of their book and spread the love with any of these sweet Valentines.
Valentine's Card with Tiny Envelopes Card and Custom Messages via LemonDropPapers on Etsy.com
Hedgehogs Valentine Card Kit via Paper-Source.com
DIY Affectionate Seed Cards via MarthaStewart.com
Valentine's Day Mad Libs via PinwheelPrintShop on Etsy.com
“Valentine cards had become a tradition of ours, born of the fact that we could never get ourselves organized in time to send out Christmas cards.” Julia Child, My Life in France
January 25th, 2014
Whether you are a Broncos’ fan, a Seahawks’ fan, or just in it for the commercials, it’s not too early to start thinking about your Super Bowl Party. The best place to start is with everyone’s favorite snack: chips and dip. Here are some different takes on the great classic. Bon Appétit!
Instead of store bought Sour Cream and Onion Dip try Sweet Onion Dip via Martha Stewart
Instead of Hummus, try White Bean Dip with Herbs via FoodandWine.com
- Instead of Charcuterie try Salami Chips with Grainy Mustard Dip recipe via Epicurious
December 24th, 2013
I’ve been baking up a storm over the holidays and some of the recipes have been “winners” and others, well, not so much. Here is one, however, that really knocked my socks off. Food & Wine’s Pecan Pie Bars are to die for! It has a pecan pie taste, but in a bar. Love it!
pecan pie bars via Food & Wine | Photo Credit: Con Polous
December 16th, 2013
Newlyweds look forward to starting new traditions. Help them get started on their first Christmas together by giving them ornaments to trim their tree.
Personalize their first Christmas via JillAllenDesign
A bit of whimsy never goes amiss. Try this deer head Christmas ornament via NeimanMarcus.com
World travelers? Find them a unique ornament from a special place they've traveled like this ornament from east Africa, via Ornaments4Orphans.com
December 12th, 2013
We’ve had a snowy week here in DC. Just the perfect weather for sitting inside and sipping a warm winter cocktail.
The Blizzard Cocktail via MarthaStewart.com
The classic Hot Toddy gets a bit of a face lift with the addition of orange juice and cinnamon via DivineCarline.com
It just simply wouldn't be Christmas without a glass of mulled wine, via Williams-Sonoma.com
Why not drink your wintery treat in this Veronese Hot Toddy Glass
November 24th, 2013
Thanksgiving is almost here (Wow — it came so fast!) and perhaps you are pulling out your favorite pumpkin pie recipe. This might be a fun one to add to your list — it has a little twist! The Sweet Adventures of Sugarbelle blog features these adorable pumpkin pie slice cookies. Love them!
November 11th, 2013
Photographed beautifully by Currie Fitzhugh, Xan and Matt’s wedding was a beautiful event! They got ready at the Willard, had the ceremony at Holy Trinity, and the reception took place at the rooftop and Atrium of Old Ebbitt. I adored working with them and their wonderful families and wish them all the best! Check out the wedding on Currie’s blog.
photo credit: Currie Fitzhugh Photography
November 11th, 2013
I love the simplicity of this festive Christmas decoration — and it looks so easy to make! I think it would make for a nice hostess gift around Christmastime, too. Leave it to Good Housekeeping for a great craft idea!
Christmas Ball Craft from Good Housekeeping; photo credit: Kate Mathis