Wedding Cakes

This past Friday, I had the privilege of baking for another wedding!  A friend from my former workplace asked me to bake for her special day, and I was honored.  She and her then fiancé, Jamey, did not want the traditional tiered cake.  Rather, they wanted to know if I could do a variety of cakes.

Since I had just done a cake bar of 5 cakes for my brother-in-law’s wedding (picture below), I knew I could do it! I sent the bride these pictures, and she told me that this was exactly what they were thinking.

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I did customize their flavor variety, though.  I sent Cindi and Jamey a list of possible flavors, along with an offer to experiment with other flavors if they wanted.

Ultimately, we ended up coming up with 6 flavors in 8 cakes total:

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2 Classic Red Velvet: Red Velvet Layers, Cream Cheese Buttercream, Red Velvet Crumb Garnish

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2 Chocolate Toffee: Chocolate Cake Layers, Chocolate Cream Cheese Buttercream, Salted Caramel Filling, Toffee Bits + Dark Chocolate Chip Filling and Garnish, Chocolate Ganache Topping

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1 Strawberry: Fresh Strawberry Cake Layers, Fresh Strawberry Cream Cheese Buttercream Filling, Vanilla Cream Cheese Buttercream, Fresh Sliced Strawberries Garnish

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1 Carrot: Classic Carrot Cake Layers (with pecans, walnuts, cinnamon), Cinnamon Vanilla Cream Cheese Buttercream, Toasted Walnut Garnish

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1 Lemon Raspberry (the one they chose to cut as their “wedding cake”) (No Picture): This was a 6″ cake with 4 Fresh Lemon Cake Layers, Vanilla Cream Cheese Buttercream, Raspberry Coulis Filling

It was such a great opportunity to take classic cake recipes, and add twists to them.  I’m hoping to have more opportunities like this in the future!

 

 

 

 

Baby Boy Easter Outfit

I’m on the hunt for the perfect Easter outfit for our little guy.  This Easter, he will be almost 4 months old, and I want to take advantage of the opportunity to dress him in special holiday attire.  (Because his day-to-day outfits are onesies, striped bodysuits, sweatpants or jeans, and a fleece jacket or vest – sometimes a sweater). I’m not planning to go very traditional, though – just nice and handsome.  We are not preppy enough to do the little boy rompers/jumpers or anything smocked.

Our church is casual, but we do tend to step it up a little on holidays.  It must be a Southern thing! I rarely wear heels to church.  On most weekends I’m in jeans and a sweater or blouse, with boots or flats.  Todd typically wears jeans as well.  I’m planning to post some ideas of what Todd and I can wear as well, but for now I’m focusing on our little cutie.

Outfit 1:
He already has these pants, so this would be the most economical way to go.
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Gray Striped Bodysuit  Khaki Pants Gray Chukka Booties

Outfit 2 (2 Shirt Options):

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Chambray Shirt  White Oxford Bodysuit  Green Pants  Canvas Slip-Ons

All of these options are from Gap or Old Navy.  I’m hoping to go out shopping to see what I can find from other places, but this is great inspiration! And I know I’ll probably buy at least one of these pairs of shoes.  They’re classic and will go with everything, right? Right.

Little Man’s Nursery: Part 1, The Basics

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To give credit where it is due, I did not design this room alone.  Todd, my mom and I made it a joint effort. From the start, I knew I did not want a “themed” nursery for our little one.  I just didn’t want a very babyish, cheesy look.  That’s just not me!  So before we knew our baby was a “he,” I began thinking of color palettes.

For a boy, I knew I wanted navy. Actually, I probably would have used navy either way! Along with that, I wanted mostly neutrals, and a pop of color.  We decided that pop should be orange.

To start, my mom and I began looking at fabrics. (She is my go-to design expert).  We went to multiple stores and had many options, but ultimately decided on a few: neutrals with navy blue ikat trim, and a soft bronze metallic thread for the bedding, tan and white small herringbone for the chair, navy blue ikat pillow, and navy and tan wide stripe panels for the window treatments. We hired someone to sew the bedding, chair pad, and pillow.

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This is the ikat fabric used for trim and the pillow.

I bought navy and tan panels for the windows, and my mom transformed them into the striped look. My mom and I also found a small ottoman at HomeGoods that we knew would work, even before the other final decisions were made. It was a linen, neutral look, which I loved.

After that, Todd and I picked a gray paint for the walls.

Next we had to consider furniture.  I was set on the Jenny Lind crib.  The spindle railing was perfect for the look I hoped to achieve.  I bought mine from Wayfair.  Ours is darker than this, though.

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Sneak peak of the little man! He’s 1 week old here.

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We also knew we wanted a mix of dark and neutral furniture.  My mother-in-law offered a glider she had, and the stain was so close to the crib color.  Also, we refinished one of my brother’s old chest of drawers that my parents offered.  The last piece needed was a bookshelf. This one from Ikea worked perfectly.

I will do another post with more details in the nursery. I love being able to share my favorite house project yet!

Here are some pictures of the glider (with Davis and I) :)

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Healthy Snack: Roasted Greek Chickpeas

This is a snack idea I found on Pinterest.  They are great as a snack alternative to chips or crackers.  I also put them on a salad, and they were a great addition! 

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2 cans chickpeas (Garbanzo beans)

3/4 tsp sea salt

1 tsp Greek seasoning

1/4 tsp black pepper

1/4 tsp dried dill

dash cayenne pepper

2 Tbsp olive oil

 

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Drain and rinse chickpeas.  Pat dry.

Mix all of the chickpeas, seasoning, and olive oil.

Spread on a lightly greased (with cooking spray) cookie sheet or baking pan.

Roast for 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes.  Let cool and enjoy!

Chair ReDo

This blog is inspired by Natalie’s blog post from today.

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Finished Product

A couple summers ago, I was shopping with my mom at Sleepy Poet, a vintage/thrift/consignment store in Charlotte.  (It’s actually more like a warehouse than a store because of its massive size and multitude of sellers).  We found a set of 6 vintage French cane back chairs that we knew would fit perfectly in my kitchen – once they were repurposed.

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Before

Our kitchen table is very old…it came with the beach house that my grandparents bought many years ago.  My mom helped my college roommates and I paint it black for our house, and it has stayed with Todd and I since.  We used to have chairs that matched, that were also painted black.  Todd and I replaced those with Ikea chairs after we got married, but they were just supposed to be a temporary fix.

These cane back chairs were certainly not a look that would work in my house, as they were, but we had a vision. So, I bought them and took them home, and began the lengthy process of turning them into what I had imagined.

The first step was to figure out what I wanted them to look like.  Since basically everything in our living and kitchen area is centered around black and white, I began with that look.  We decided to paint them a beige-gray with an antique finish.  For fabric, we searched Mary Jo’s, an amazing fabric store in Gastonia, NC.  We found this black and dark beige upholstery fabric with a tweed feel.  We also bought gimp, upholstery trim, in a black/gray/white color scheme.

Here is the How-To:

They were painted green/gold and had a green and gold floral pattern fabric. The cushion was basically formed to the chair, and they had a trim of gimp around the edge.

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To redo them: we ripped off the gimp (it was glued – we had to use tools to help rip some of it off), then primed the chairs with Kilz (so no need for sanding) then painted and antiqued them.

We measured and cut the fabric so that we could lay it on top of the existing fabric, and used a staple gun to attach it as close to the edge as possible.  To complete the edges, we glued (fabric glue) gimp for the trim. The gimp hid the staples.

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After

They took me a long time to complete, but now I am so happy that I took on this project!