August 2009 archive

Chalk – a – licious

A few months back I blogged about an awesome chalkboard menu. I have had an obsession with writing on the chalkboard since grammar school. It lives on today. Luckily, there are tons of ways to use chalk, apart from old school blackboards. Now that everyone’s going back to school, I thought it would be an appropriate time to expand my chalk obsession.

Even invitations have school spirit spirit. Chalk it up to Twig & Fig for this outrageously creative chalkboard invitation, etched into real pieces of wood.
Set your cocktails down on these contemporary slate coasters from Crate and Barrel.

At this wedding from Martha Stewart, each guests’ setting was outlined in chalk on a roll of black paper, secured with red tape. The school theme carried throughout the details, since the couple met in third grade.
Instead of chalking the table, Real Simple suggests writing the guests name on these Chalk A Doodle place mats.
Need a fun DIY project? Try combining some glass votives with chalkboard paint and create these funky chalkboard votives from DIY bride.
Pottery Barn used to stock these mini chalkboard tags, to mark all sorts of foods and favors. I know they could be replicated by someone craft…. (or stalk potterybarn.com until they start selling them again!). {Image from createmyevent.com}


Let guests mark their own drink…. or mark cookie jars, wine carafes or even terra cotta pots (as favors or little centerpieces). All from Pier 1 Imports.
An all purpose work of art… a chic vintage frame paired with an elegant chalkboard {via abushelandapeck from etsy}. Voila! So stunning.
Happy back to school!
xoxo,
Niki

Delivery Delights

A few weeks ago in Beverly Hills, I finally checked out Sprinkles cupcakes. Wow! The cupcakes were delicious and the store’s decor was gorgeous. And then I discovered something even more brilliant: Sprinkles goes on the road in this van! Sprinkles Mobile travels around L.A. selling cupcakes to hungry people on the streets. Best of all, it can be rented for a private event or party. Do you think I can convince them to take a road trip to Boca? The Mercedes van was designed and built by West Coast Customs from MTV’s Pimp My Ride. Swanky….


And Sprinkles isn’t the only genius cupcake & confection mind to take their show on the road. Above are trucks from Cupcake Stop in NYC, The Cupcake Truck in New Haven, and Perfect Cupcakes in Baltimore.

Sprinkles had me thinking about what other delectable foods could be delivered to a party. Then I found these incredible images from The Weibners Photo Blog of an old fashioned ice cream truck that made a pit stop at a wedding.

I did a little research from friends in Florida who recommend Feverish Ice Cream in Miami, Ken the Good Humor Man in Boca and Gloria’s Goodies, also in Boca.
If a sweet tooth isn’t your thing then you can hire the In-N-Out cookout trailer to dish out burgers, fries and the infamous Double-Doubles! {image via Green Wedding Shoes} Fast food is late night perfection.
Know something tempting and tasty that can be delivered to an event? Let us know!
xoxo,
Niki

Cakery Friday: Chewy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chewy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies


My family and I recently traveled to Aspen, Colorado. After days spent walking, hiking, biking and shopping, our favorite late night treat is at Paradise Bakery! We each have our favorite snack, but I am completely obsessed with their oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. They are chewy and soft and yet have a tender crispness. They are total perfection! I knew this week’s blog had to pay tribute to these amazing delicacies, so here is my version of the scrumptuous confections.

Gather all of your ingredients together.

In mixing bowl fitting with paddle attachment, cream together 2 sticks of softened unsalted butter with 1 cup packed light brown sugar and 1/2 cup white sugar for approximately three minutes, until light and fluffy. The butter will turn a lighter color. Beat in 2 eggs, one at a time, and 2 teaspoons vanilla extract. Scrape down the bowl as necessary.


In a separate bowl whisk together 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, 1/2 teaspoon baking soda and 1 teaspoon of salt.


Stir the flour mixture into the creamed butter/sugar mixture until just combined.


Mix in 3 cups of old-fashioned oats and 1 cup of semisweet chocolate chips. * You can also add a cup of chopped walnuts to this mixture, although I omitted them *


I used a medium sized ice cream scoop to drop heaping spoonfuls onto the Silpat mat fitted on top of a sheet tray.


Bake for 12-15 minutes at 325 degrees F until golden brown * I pulled mine out of the oven just a second before I felt they were completely done, the warm temperature of the tray finished browning them even after they came out of the oven * This gave them the perfect crisp!


They were everything I dreamt about and more!



Formula for Chewy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies:

1 cup butter, softened
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
3 cups old fashioned oats
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

bake for 12-14 minutes at 325 degrees F

Happy Baking!

xoxo,
Ali



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