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gimmie gimmie! cupcake giveaways!


there are 2 great giveaways going on right now, both pertaining to my favorite desserts: cupcakes!
i hope i win!




top: living in dallas and loving it! pink cupcake giveaway
bottom: prep in the big apple’s first giveaway


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wedding wednesday: piazza in the village


i have decided to start a new series called: wedding wednesday.
no, i am not planning a wedding
no, i do not have any family members planning weddings
and no, i will not be matron-of-honor or bridesmaid anytime soon.

but, i LOVE weddings.
i always say how much i wanted to married again,
…just to my same husband!

tuesday for work i went to the june weddings, inc. february luncheon out at piazza in the village in colleyville. and let me tell you, the not-so-little-hike out to colleyville was worth it! this new wedding venue (chapel/reception site all-in-one) is amazing. it’s fresh, modern, and perfectly classy.

the story behind this architectural masterpeice is that a father built it for his daughter. here’s a quote from the colleyville courier:

“michael’s daughter was getting married and she was looking
for someplace unique to have her wedding in this area, and
she couldn’t find it. Instead of paying $40,000 for her to get
married somewhere, he [michael] built her a $4 million building.”

she definitely found a unique venue. and it’s being featured on platinum weddings coming soon. man, i wish this place was around when i got married 2 years ago.

beautiful chapel in neutral colors: dress it up however you please!


reception ballroom, complete with stage and dance floor

outdoor courtyard with waterfall and bell tower that rings following your nupitals

details:
$65 to $99 per person, depending on what is requested
capacity: both the chapel and the ballroom can each hold 300 people
bridal suite with plenty of room for hair/make-up preparations
grooms suite set-up with a flat screen and x-box
bonus: they offer a webcast of the wedding so out-of-town family/friends that could not attend can watch via the internet
website

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dessert deliciousness


on valentine’s day, i made the most amazing (seriously, i am not trying to brag, but it was amazing) dessert: little molten chocolate cakes topped with chocolate-covered raspberries.
see recipe below from goop, gwyneth paltrow’s weekly e-newsletter.


my valentine’s version & gwyneth’s on goop

SERVES: 2
TIME: 45 minutes, largely unattended

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons butter, plus more for the ramekins
  • 1 1/2 oz. chocolate
  • 1 egg, plus 1 egg yolk
  • 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar, plus 1 teaspoon
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons crème fraîche
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Preheat the oven to 450°F.

Generously butter two 4 oz. ramekins.

Melt the butter and chocolate together in a small glass bowl set over a small pot of simmering water. Let it cool a bit while you whisk together the egg, egg yolk and 1/2 cup of confectioners’ sugar in a separate bowl. Whisk in the melted butter and chocolate and then the flour.

Fill the ramekins and bake for seven minutes. The edges and top should be just set.

Meanwhile, whisk the crème fraîche together with the remaining teaspoon of confectioners’ sugar and the vanilla.

Remove the cakes from the oven, let them cool for a few minutes. Invert onto dessert plates and serve each with a spoonful of crème fraîche.

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ding ding ding



i just took the sproost personal style quiz;
and they pinned my style right on the button:
“you are one of the unique individuals who loves a mix of modern and country.
the clean lines of the modern softened by rustic/vintage elements is the perfect mix in your mind.”
ding ding ding

37% rustic revival


31% cottage chic

32% nantucket style


take the quiz yourself

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white house china


happy president’s day!

i’ve been really interested in china patterns recently…
not exactly sure why considering i picked my pattern out over 2 years ago now.

in honor of the day’s holiday, i found some lovely pictures of presidental china
that is being/has been used in the white house over the years.


laura bush just picked out this pattern in jan. ’09 (1 of 2) that will be used during the obama administration.
i love the green lattice print and gold trim.


nancy regan’s in red & hillary clinton’s in gold.


several other replicas from decatur house.
i heart james polk’s bright turquoise and james buchanan’s perfect pink.
and…is it horrible that i didn’t know millard fillmore was a president?

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