Monthly Archives: September 2012

A stylish baby Sip & See


Not feeling up for a baby shower near the end of your pregnancy? No worries! Have a baby sip & see after the baby is born instead! A sip & see it is more likely to have both male and female guests, so perhaps your partner can step in and watch the baby for a little while, so you can catch up with friends and family.

A good reason for having a sip & see is that all of your friends and family gets to se your new bundle of joy – all at once!

I saw this stylish and modern Sip & See over at Half Baked and had to smile when I saw the theme: Milkaholic, because my husband and I used to call our daughter “the little milk monster” because she drank so much milk as an infant.

This theme is also easily adapted to both a girl and a boy, just switch the turquoise with a shade of pink, and you’re on track for a girly sip & see!

The big “milkaholic” sign is so decorative! It helps draw the whole theme together

Love the small milk bottles, so clever! And the framed card with the baby’s name in the same style as the “milkaholic” logo was a very nice touch!

Be sure to check out Half Baked on Etsy as well!

Anyone of you who’ve ditched the baby shower and gone for a Sip & See?

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Adorable Halloween outfits for your little ones


Are you on track with your planning for Halloween? Then I hope you have remembered to order a costume for the youngest members of your family as well

Is there anything more adorable than these Halloween outfits from Tom Arma Costumes?

Aren’t they just too cut?

I can’t choose a favourite – which one is yours??

Friday Feast


Don’t know what to make for dinner this weekend? Then I recommend trying this yummy Carrot Soup, which is perfect for a cozy Fall evening. I have made it many times myself, and it’s just so good!

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 onion, coarsely chopped
  • 1 pound carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 2 cups freshly made or store-bought carrot juice (16 ounces)
  • One 14 1/2-ounce can low-sodium canned chicken stock, skimmed of fat, plus more for thinning, if desired
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 teaspoons coarse salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground white pepper
  • 2 tablespoons half-and-half (optional)
  • Chopped fresh chives, for garnish
  • Ground cayenne pepper, for garnish

Directions

  1. Heat the butter in a large saucepan over medium-low heat. Add the onion, and cook until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the carrots, and cook until very tender, about 15 minutes. Do not brown. Add the carrot juice, stock, cumin, honey, salt, and white pepper. Bring to a simmer, and cook until vegetables are very soft, about 30 minutes.
  2. Remove from heat, and cool slightly. Puree in batches in a blender or food processor, filling no more than halfway. Return to pan, and warm over low heat, thinning with stock or water if needed. Stir in half-and-half, if using. Garnish with chives and cayenne, and serve.

Wishing you a lovely Friday!

Recipe greeting card DIY


My attraction to Autumn continues!

Yesterday I found the sweetest recipe greeting cards, which you very easily can make yourself, with the greeting and a lovely art print on one side, and a autumn inspired recipe on the other side. Isn’t that cute?

Choose between cards saying Happy B-day with a recipe for pumpkin cheesecake, Thank You with a recipe for upside down cake, or Congrats with a recipe for rustic apple tart.

Click on the link for your favourite card (or take all three!) download the file, and print out on your printer – it works best to use a bit thicker paper, or card board.

Now, find any excuse to send these to your loved ones for a little Autumn love!

 

Wedding Dress Wednesday


Ah, is there anything more exciting than the hunt for the perfect wedding dress? That special dress, YOUR dress!

For all brides-to-be, the Spring 2013 collections are out! I’ve mentally been windowshopping about 10-15 dresses already, there is so much eye candy to choose from!

I’ve always been weak for tulle dresses, I feel they look so light and ethereal. Here are a few of my favourites for Spring 2013:

Dresses from top left:
Monica Lhuillier, Lazaro, Marchesa
Monica Lhuillier, Lazaro, Monica Lhuillier

Who’s the wedding dress designer that will make you say yes to the dress?

Craft projects for Fall


Have I mentioned I love Fall? Of course I have, several times! But, what’s not to love? Beautiful colours, crisp air, darker evenings that gives us a chance to cozy up with a cup of tea and a good book! And, why not take advantage of these cozy evenings and start some simple craft projects?

Here, I found this cute subway art, that can be used in many different ways:

To get your house ready for Fall, perhaps this subway art gets a place in your home?

Show a friend or family member som extra attention, and send them a nice Fall card. Everyone loves getting some love in the mail!

Take som home made candy (or, buy it from the store!), and give as a hostess gift the next time you’re invited to dinner

Make your gifts Fall ready by easily printing and gluing the print to a simple gift bag. Decorate with a satin bow, and you have a small piece of art!

Host an Oktoberfest inspired party


Oktoberfest is held in Munich, Germany, every year from late September to the beginning of October. Therefore, I’ve been searching around for inspiration for those wanting to host their own, slightly smaller version (with its over 6 million visitors, it’s the world’s largest festival).

Oktoberfest – or alternatively – a beer tasting party, can be a great theme for your husband’s or boyfriend’s birthday, or perhaps also for a bachelor party.

A beer tasting party is a more affordable alternative to wine tasting, and can be organized quite easily;

  • decide what kind of beer tasting party you want: do you want to concentrate on a country, or a type of beer? How about having a German theme to your beer tasting in honour of Oktoberfest,  if you’re planning it in the near future?
  • organize them into smaller groups, and present them to your guests, on at a time
  • make a beer rating chart, where your guests can take notes, and rate each beer type
  • as snacks, serve simple, but tasty treats. To wow your guests, you can use beer in your cooking as well, get some ideas here. If you follow up with the German theme, how about serving pretzels and German susages in small dishes?

Now, over to the party decoration!

paper & cake have made some cool decorations for a beer tasting,. I think the colours are fresh and edgy. Take some inspiration from the pictures, or shop the printable templates at paper & cake!

Love the cupcakes!

Easy salty snacks – always a hit together with beer!

Have you ever visited Oktoberfest, or been to a beer tasting party?