21 April 2011

Yum-o Peanut Butter Cups

Yesterday was Daniel's birthday and he asked for nothing big so I decided to make his favorite candy of all... Peanut Butter Cups! It was a labor of love but Ridge and I enjoyed every finger licking minute, well I did but Ridge liked watching. All I have to say is chocolate is one messy ingredient! I used a recipe I found via design sponge and I modified it just a smidge. I used 4 cups of milk chocolate chips instead of 3 cups of bittersweet chocolate.

the ingredients

1 :: melt half the chocolate in a double boiler

2 :: all melted! getting ready to paint the inside of the paper cups

3 :: be generous with the chocolate, this is where it becomes a labor of love! I used a spoon and a pastry brush.
when done, refrigerate while mixing the peanut butter

4 :: after mixing the peanut butter mixture, spoon in equal amounts into chilled cups

5 :: repeat the double boiler step with the other half of chocolate, spoon over the cups and chill for 1 hour

Happy Birthday! He is excited to take a bite...

yum-o! He loved them... look at all that peanut butter

I am always excited to see someone dig into a treat I made just for them. Daniel really enjoyed his peanut butter cup and needed a huge glass of milk to go with it. These babies are not for the weak hearted, they are really rich but super delicious!

I just love birthdays...

13 April 2011

Rifle Paper Co. in Martha Stewart Living

So I received my May issue of Martha Stewart Living, probably my favorite magazine I take and was so happy to see Rifle Paper Co. featured. Anna, owner/ designer for Rifle created a wonderful suite for the book themed baby shower. The entire shower is too cute and would love to have a book themed shower for my next little one, whenever that happens... You want to know the best part? You can download the suite for free via Martha Stewart.

image via Martha Stewart

12 April 2011

featured artist :: Greg Davis International Photographer

While at the Bayou City Art Festival I met a photographer that happens to be friends with my mom. If you didn't know, my mom sells nutcrackers at shows around the southeast. She is The Nutcracker Lady and meets all kinds of great people.

Greg Davis is the featured artist this week and I hope you enjoy his photos as much as I did. He has a wonderful story of how he got started and I was thrilled that he took the time to share it with me.

Talking with Greg was great, not only did he take beautiful photographs and travel the world, he is now a National Geographic Photographer. Let me tell you, I never thought I would actually meet a photographer for National Geographic, let alone a friend of my moms.

Here a some of his work and please check out his website Greg Davis Photography. All images of course were taken by him... enjoy!

Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea




The photos taken in Papua New Guinea are my favorite if I had to choose some. He has a way of capturing people that makes you feel like you understand the complexity of their lives. Don't you feel like you are connecting with the subjects? Including the dog?

You can order prints or check out many more photos on his website

02 April 2011

kate spade wedding belles collection

Introducing Kate Spade's Wedding Belles Collection. It features everything you need for the big day and I must say, I love everything about it. Here are just a few of the beautiful things...

Wedding Belles Elenore Dress

Sea Glass Twisted Statement Necklace


[all images from katespade.com]