DIY Wedding Cupcakes for 300 people

DIY Wedding cupcakes

After months and months of planning the wedding is finally over. I have been kinds of obsessing about this since my friend Leigh Ann asked me to make the cupcakes for her wedding. We did several rounds of tastings, built a Pinterest board , and spent several months deciding on the menu.

The wedding presented me with a few challenges. First of all, it was 6 hours away from my house, it was an outdoor wedding and there were going to be upwards of 300 guests. I was trying to design the dessert table on a budget. For my first wedding project, it was a big one. Staying organized and planning ahead was key.

DIY Wedding cupcakes vintage

Leigh Ann chose four cupcake favors, two flavors of truffles, and a small gluten free cake. I first started by making a very simple cost sheet in excel where I detailed out my ingredients to determine the cost of each cupcake and what I needed to charge her in order to cover miscellaneous expenses. I saved costs by designing cupcakes that shared ingredients I could buy in bulk. I did a lot of shopping around to compare prices and took advantage of sales on ingredients that wouldn’t spoil in advance. I wrote a very detailed shopping plan.  I needed a lot of cupcake boxes of this event. The best deal I found was from here. For the cupcake liners, I also purchased them in bulk from Baker’s Stock. Continue reading

Happy Father’s Day!

I just wanted to wish all the dads out there a very HAPPY FATHER’S DAY! I only get to see my dad once, maybe twice a year, but when I do, I cherish our time together. Growing up, I was a little tomboy. My dad taught me to ski (and later snowboard), how to fish, and he taught me how to play soccer, basketball and baseball. He also coached me in all of said sports. My dad loves the outdoors, so we were also going camping and hiking all the time in the summers. My dad has always been so supportive of me and as I have gotten older, I turn to him for advice more often. He also make a fantastic zucchini bread,  which I featured here a couple months ago. Happy father’s day dad, I will spare you from the photos I have from the late 80s! P.S. My dad still has that grey and red hat in the second photo below.

BlogHer Food 2013 Recap

I’ve been reflecting on my trip for the past few days, trying to figure out how to sum it up. I don’t even know where to start, so I am just going throw it all at you at one time, ok?

I met so many fantastic bloggers, ate some amazing food and learned so much from my fellow food blogging community. I attended sessions ranging from social media to food photography and partnering with brands, and left with a better grasp of the food blogging world and knowledge that will hopefully make my blog better!

I found it effective to decide what I wanted to get out of the conference ahead of time – that helped me narrow my focus on which sessions to attend. The great thing was that I could change my mind at the last minute, which definitely happened more than one time.

Of course the conference was filled with awesome sponsors like Stonyfields Organic, Hamilton Beach, Dole, Bailey’s, Kitchen Aid, Ninja, Udis Gluten-free and Brew Over Ice by Keurig, just to name a few. They kept our stomachs full of snacks all day long (including cotton candy)! I loved the Wisconsin cheese booth. Of course, there were desserts; lots of desserts. I didn’t snap a photo, but Recipe Girl’s Bailey’s Vanilla Brown Sugar Bars are too die for. I am totally obsessed and I ate at least three a day (don’t tell anyone). Also, the Dole Chocolate Covered Bananas, I would have packed a suitcase full of them if I could.

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Happy Mother’s Day

I just wanted to drop by and wish a very HAPPY MOTHER’s Day to all of the mama’s out there! My mom is far away in Vermont, but I do get to see her in just four days and I couldn’t be more excited! It must be pretty exciting for my mom to see her last child graduate from college this week! My mom is a pretty stinking amazing woman. I admire my mom for her strength and independence. The woman does just about anything. My mom loves the outdoors, so many of my childhood memories of summer vacations include fishing and camping and winter spent skiing. I love that in my adult life, we are still spending time at the mountains together, but thankful, our outfits are a little bit better. Happy Mother’s Day Mom!

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Cinco De Mayo Weekend!

TGIF!! I am so excited for the weekend, more so than normal. It’s been a long week here and we  are looking forward to doing some BBQing and Tacoing! I of coarse, am in charge of bringing dessert. So I will be making some Strawberry Margarita Cupcakes. What are your Cinco de Mayo Plans? Have a great weekend everyone!

Strawberry Margarita Cupcakes

How about some Dessert Nacho?

Cinco de Mayo

Here are some of my favorite Cinco De Mayo Recipes from around the web:

Sopapilla Cheesecake Hand Pies by Crazy for Crust

Berry Sweet Empanadas by Roxana’s Home Baking

Turkey Taco Burger with Avocado Crema by Climbing Grier Mountain

Margarita Shrimp Nachos by Country Cleaver

And this Guacamole by Shugary Sweets, I LOVE guacamole.