April 2012 archive

R + M Turn 1: Part 2

To follow up from yesterday, here are the edible details from R + M’s first celebration.

The food included lots of brunch favorites. To start: fruit skewers, potato pancakes and gruyere popovers.







And for the main event: scrambled eggs with numerous toppings, baked french toast casserole, cheesy grits, arugula salad, cheddar Southern style biscuits, bacon and fresh fruit.







 







Hanging out in the “playroom.”







 







 

No celebration would be complete without a buttercream cake from Cakery & Aunt Ali. {And mini cupcakes to smash, of course}.































 

The aftermath. Bliss.







Happy birthday R + M!

xoxo,

Niki

R + M Turn 1: Part One

Last month R+ M turned one. And so we brunched. With close family and close friends.

Here’s a preview into the decor and paper goods. Brought to you by papery & cakery.







Bamboo flatware, wrapped with a tag & baker’s twine.







 Spray painted bottles and jars filled with an array of white flowers and baby’s breath.





 

Gumball favors for the big people. Bags of children’s books and bubbles for the minis.







 Aqua pom poms & happy birthday bunting {similar to this}.







 A custom created sign in board, adorned with die cut balloons.

























Ray greeting guests at the door.







 Notes to R + M.







 Her favorite birthday gift. {Ok, just kidding, but she has great taste}.







 The blue eyed birthday boy.













Come back tomorrow for cake!

xoxo,

Niki

Cakery Friday: S’more Bars

This recipe goes against everything in my being. Then again so did this and this. But it’s okay. I can justify using boxed mixes as long as I am using them to make something outrageous. And that’s exactly what these are. OUTRAGEOUS. My good friend RoseAnn introduced me to this recipe for s’more bars. She did not disappoint. These s’more bars are ah-mazing. Walk Run to the grocery store and buy the ingredients. You need to make these now. Or even sooner. Like yesterday.







Gather all of the ingredients.







In a large bowl mix together 1 cup of melted butter with 1 cup of crushed graham crackers and 1 pouch of Betty Crocker sugar cookie mix. {I assume any brand would work – but I used Betty}.



















Mix until all ingredients are coated in butter and transfer to an ungreased 9 x 13 inch pan.







Evenly distribute the crust into a thin layer. Bake at 375 degrees for 18 – 20 minutes.







Remove the hot dish from the oven and immediately sprinkle with 3 cups of chocolate chips. Allow to sit for 3 minutes.







 







Using a spatula, spread the chocolate over the crust. {Placing the chocolate on the hot crust will cause it to melt}







Set your oven to broil and sprinkle the chocolate with 4 1/2 cups of mini marshmallows. Place the top tray in your oven 5-6″ below the broiler. Broil for 20-30 seconds until the marshmallows are toasted. Be very careful – this happens quickly!







 







Remove the pan from oven and allow to cool completely. Cut into whatever shape you desire and enjoy!







For a printer-friendly version of this recipe click here: S’more Bars







Happy Baking!

xoxo,

Ali

 



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