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April 30, 2013

Spring at Our House | Photo Tour



Welcome!  Each season I've done a little photo tour of our house.  Because I decorate in mostly neutrals, it really gives me the chance to transform our house with the addition of seasonal colors through flowers, pillows, etc. 

Tours from the past :
Holiday Home Tour
Autumn Tour
Fall Front Porch







DIY pillows inspired by our trip to Seaside... step-by-step later this week!


Mike's painting... also from Seaside.  I love the fresh clean palette it adds to the room.










Tours from the past :
Holiday Home Tour
Autumn Tour
Fall Front Porch

April 29, 2013

Kentucky Derby Style | Sugar & Charm | J.Crew

I'm often asked to participate on other blogs.  I don't always have the time to do them, but for some reason this "ask" seemed really fun... dream shopping.  Eden from Sugar & Charm asked me to select my dream outfit for a Kentucky Derby party. 

I have a fairly distinct (eh, minimal?) style.  I'm very particular about what I purchase and wear... although if you looked at my closet it might seem quite boring!  Lots of basics.  Lots of solids.  Lots of oxfords, cardigans, cropped pants and ballet flats. 

I'm a self proclaimed J.Crew monster.  I know my size, I know what I like - and it always seems like they have it... with some added character pieces to spice things up.  So, suuur-prize sur-prise, my entire "dream outfit" is from J.Crew.  While I can (and do) spend hours dreaming about my "future" multiple multimillion dollar homes, for some reason I can only dream in beautiful J.Crew basics when it comes to my wardrobe.  

As you can see, along with the outfit- the gold rimmed julep glasses with the "H" monogram would be a must... and banana cupcakes.  

Here is a link to the feature on Sugar & Charm - it has links to all of the items.  Enjoy!

Spring Entertaining (and ideas for Mother's Day!) Workshop in KC May 7th



My Mother's Day (Spring Entertaining!) Class at a Thyme For Everything is next week, May 7th!  It is a menu of perfect Spring Party food... Here is the menu we'll prepare :  

Cream of Wild Mushroom Soup
Parchment Packets with Seafood, Lemon & Chives
Spring Pea Risotto
Cherry Cupcakes

Here is the link to register, or call (816)554-3755.

April 24, 2013

Chocolate Molten Cakes in a Cupcake Pan






 

When I first started my catering business I wrote all of my favorite recipes in a little blue journal book so I'd have them with me all of the time.  Over the years I've shared a couple of recipes from this little journal, but not all.  Truthfully, when I started this blog (forever ago...?) I was a burnt out on all of those recipes I'd made hundreds of times.

Now, after a four year break from the catering business, I am ready to dive back in to some of those old favorites, because after all, they were really great recipes for entertaining.  This Chocolate Molten Cake recipe was one of my first and best go-to's as a caterer.  I always served it at dinner parties - with great success.  The ingredients and supplies are humble - chocolate chips and a cupcake pan!  They work great for parties because the batter is made in advance, then baked right before dessert and served warm.

I made these last year for a friends dinner.  While the recipe makes 6-12, they work great in the freezer.  Just bake all of them together, then freeze the leftovers.  You can reheat in the microwave for just 30-60 seconds.


Now, onto the recipe, perfect for any celebration....

Chocolate Molten Cakes
makes 6 medium cakes or 12 small individual cakes

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2 tablespoons of butter, melted
2 tablespoons of cocoa
......

3/4 cup of butter
12 ounce of chocolate chips
1/2 cup of heavy cream
5 eggs
3/4 cup sugar
2/3 cup of flour

Prepare cupcake pans by coating the inside of each with melted butter by swirling it around.  Then sprinkle the insides with cocoa, coating completely.

To make the batter, place chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl, then top it with butter and cream.  Microwave for 30 seconds at a time, stirring in between, until the chocolate is smooth.  When chocolate has cooled slightly, stir in eggs, sugar and flour.  Pour into prepared cupcake pans.  Refrigerate for 1 hour (at least) and up to a couple of days.

Bake at 450 degrees for 10 minutes for regular 12/pan size and 15-18 for jumbo 6/pan size, just until the outsides and most of the top have set, and the centers are still slightly runny.  You can insert the tip of a knife to test.   You just want a bit of the very center to be a thick pudding like texture.   Let them cool for 5 minutes, then place a sheet pan on top of the muffin pan and invert them. 

Serve with whipped cream, ice cream and dusted with chocolate or cinnamon.

 

Melting chocolate with the butter and cream this way is so easy - microwave!



The pans buttered and cocoa-ed while the chocolate is in the microwave.



Perfectly melted.







You can fill them almost all the way to the top - they don't puff too much.



Cooling for 5 minutes to help them continue to set.



Top with a sheet pan...


Ready for the flip...



Mid-Flip











So, so good.  You really must try them.



10 seconds later...


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Here is the easy-to-pin strip!

 






I often concentrate on seasonal collections.  The idea is for you to easily add seasonal touches inside your home through simple textiles, pillows, tags and flowers.  But all of these touches need a base that is classic and looks great season after season.  This is the Classic Collection.  These are the pillow covers, prints and papers I turn to in between the seasons and that hold the backdrop of our home.  For me, navy and a muted green always look great - they are my neutrals.  

I've brought back the much requested Privet Berry & Navy Hydrangea from last year's Classic Collection.  In addition, I designed a set of papers that feel so homey and just a bit whimsical.  Who doesn't need a set of tablets with a French Green Cooking Pot at the top?  Perfect for making your menu for the week, or for when you deliver that fresh baked banana bread for a neighbor.  The House Stationery Set has a small navy cottage on it.  So cute for hostess gifts, house to-do lists and notes from "home."  I like to keep the short version in my purse with a LePen (tucked in these canvas bas!) for easy note taking and list making.  I've also updated the Grocery Shopping Tablet with the cooking pot at the top - it just felt right, right?




This print comes in Cushion Covers, Napkins & Tea Towels.












This print comes in Cushion Covers, Napkins & Tea Towels.











The new Narrow Antique Mat is cut a bit narrower to accomodate the antique botanical print.  The effect is a large mat surface that showcases the smaller print, as if it is a page out of an antique book.  ***Please note, you need to order a 5x7 print to fit in this mat + 11x14" frame.
The new Classic Narrow Antique Prints are printed on 5x7 paper, but designed to fit perfectly in this 11x14" Narrow Mat.  The mat is cut a bit narrower to accomidate the antique botanical print.  The effect is a large mat surface that showcases the smaller print, as if it is a page out of an antique book.  
Narrow Antique MatFrame & Mat Size : 11x14"



Classic Narrow Antique Prints : 5x7"






I decided I needed a little more whimsy in my life!  I've also decided to embrace my simple loving, understate style - in the form of stationery and small icons.  I designed this set of paper products to be my "house" and "kitchen" stationery.  If I'm bringing a hostess gift to someone, or need to write a thank you note, this is the stationery I'll use.  I'll use the tablets to make my to-lists for around the house.  I like to keep the short version in my purse with a LePen (tucked in these canvas bas!) for easy note taking and list making. 
Tags : Set of 10
Tablets : 50 pages



In one of the Barefoot Contessa's cookbooks, she showed her custom printed grocery shopping lists.  I always thought what a great idea that is, but never found a source... so, of course, I made one  : )   I've recently updated my list with a small Cooking Pot on the tip.  I love the little touch of whimsy it adds!




I am obsessed with these.  How cute and simple is this French Green Pot?  I love how subtle and classic it feels.  If I'm making a menu for dinner, or a to-do list for a dinner party this is the stationery I'll use.  The tag will look great for everyday treats - anytime something comes from my kitchen, it will come with this tag : )


This stationery set will be used to make to-do lists around the house, shopping lists for target, notes for projects and the tags will be used for hostess gifts and housewarming... anything else : )
  


I love LePens so much.  I carry them in my purse, I have them in our kitchen drawer, and of course a big glass full on my desk.





Classic Indigo Stripe Apron

These Classic Indigo Aprons and Oven Mitts haven't left my kitchen since they arrived 3 years ago - every season - they always look great.





It is a great time to restock and refresh all of your Kitchen Essentials, too.  I can't live without these simple To-Gos that help all of our kitchen spaces feel clutter free.



Bottles are back!  Just in time for getting ready for that big Spring Clean.





Shop Clear Bottle Collection, here >








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