Thursday, September 30, 2010

A bonfire love shoot: Lacey and Jason

This bonfire love shoot is like a dream come true. It is cozy, sweet, warm, gorgeous.  Photographer Gina Zeidler is the genius behind these photos, she was inspired to create a beachy, bohemian bonfire style shoot with a Midwestern feel.  So she included plaids, a sunset on a lake, a blanket to snuggle under and of course s'mores.

I could go on and on about all the reasons why I adore these photos.  First, this shoot epitomizes fall.  It makes you want to fall in love or if you already are in love, give your sweetie a big bear hug.  It is a warm mug full of hot chocolate with marshmallows and whip cream on top.  It is pure perfection.

See for yourself, photo credits to Gina Zeidler.

Gina found props on etsy and craigslist including this awesome plaid couch for only $25!  Former client and model Lacey and her husband Jason were happy to be a part of this shoot.  Um, aren't they gorgeous?!

Do you love this shoot as much as I do???  Do you want to see more?  Be sure to head over to Gina Zeidler's blog for part 1 and part 2 to check out more amazing photos!

Thanks so much to Gina for sharing this with us!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

DIY cake stand tutorial

It is hard to believe but these cake stands are DIY. Did you catch the real wedding I featured yesterday with these amazing cakes and cake stands?  Jennie of A Well Crafted Party graciously agreed to write up a step-by-step tutorial on how to create one of these colorful cake stands. 

Cake stand tutorial as told by Jenni:

Materials needed

1 plate
1 candle stick or goblet
1 heavy book
1 can of spray paint (I really like the way gloss looks for this project)
a sheet or paper to protect surfaces while painting

Making a home-made cake stand is incredibly easy. First, start of with a plate—any plate will work but I recommend using one that has the color or image you would like at the top of the stand as this will not be painted to keep the cake stand food friendly. Next, find a candle stick, goblet or really any sturdy object that is the height that you would like for your finished stand. I have used both candle sticks and goblets in the past.
Then take epoxy (use according to directions) and glue your candlestick or goblet to the bottom of the plate. DO NOT MOVE THE STAND.
Place a heavy book on top of the stand and let the epoxy set according to directions. After the epoxy has set you should be able to pick up the stand with no movement from the candlestick or plate
Make sure the plate is set firmly on a protected surface so that you can spray paint the outside of the cake stand. If there are edges of the paint off of the paper I would suggest covering the top of the plate with paper or painters tape
Spray the entire outer surface according to the directions on the spray paint can. Take your time on this step and stand back far enough to avoid drips. Also, this step make take a couple of layers of paint so plan to make the stands at least a day in advance of your party.
After the stand has dried, wash the top of the plate with dish soap and water. The stand is not dishwasher safe but is food friendly as long as food is not touching the painted surfaces. If you are worried about this then just place a doily or wax paper on top of the stand before putting food on it.
Jenni, thanks so much for sharing this awesome tutorial!!!

We love DIY projects at Eat Drink Pretty, if you have one you would like to share please send an email to eatdrinkpretty {at} gmail {dot} com.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Real wedding:Mitchell and Heather, June 2010

I know I said last week's real wedding was probably the last summer wedding I would feature, but I lied. This sunny, colorful wedding is too lovely to pass up. I love the simplicity and the gorgeous, outdoor venue (Benson Park Pecans in Shawnee, OK).

The bride's sister Jenni of A Well Crafted Party sent me this wedding that she styled. Jenni said her sister was very laid back about the wedding and gave full control to her as long it had three things: converse tennis shoes, white garden chairs and the color-scheme of yellow and orange.

The gorgeous ribbon wall pictured above created separation between the reception and ceremony.

Photo credits to West Impressions.

As told by Jenni:

"The entire wedding was DIY. We created all of the flower arrangements, foods, paper goods and decorations. We had a local cake designer, The Cake Diva create 7 different cakes that we displayed on home-made cake stands. Each cake had a different flavor and filling but all had the matching buttercream frosting. The main cake was decorated beautifully in the wedding colors. Guests got to choose the flavor of cake they wanted to eat."
If you love these DIY cake platters as much as I do check back tomorrow for a tutorial with step-by-step photos from Jenni. 
White folding chairs all lined up for a ceremony may be one of the simplest, loveliest parts of any outdoor wedding.
Invites that carried out the color scheme

A birdcage veil, short dress and orange converse,could this bride be any more unique and adorable???  Thanks so much to Jenni for sending this wedding my way and don't forget about the DIY post on how to make homemade cake stands tomorrow!

Monday, September 27, 2010

Pumpkin spice muffins with cream cheese frosting

I had a lovely Sunday morning baking these pumpkin spice muffins, sipping coffee, and catching up on some blog reading while the sun streamed through my kitchen windows.  We had a spectacular fall day in MN, the kind of day that when you are outside you just want to stand still with your eyes closed, face toward the sun.  I'm not exaggerating, it was really that great of a day.

The muffins filled my kitchen with a warm, cozy smells and I was thrilled to be baking and not be rushed for time.  It's been so long since I've had a weekend day thad didn't consist of running from place to place, you know how it is...

These muffins are lovely, plain and simple.  They become amazing when topped with cream cheese frosting.  The muffins themselves are not that sweet but one important lesson I have learned from baking a lot of muffins is that you will never regret sprinkling sugar on top before placing them into the oven.
I found these adorable orange heart toppers at Target, they came mixed with brown spinkles for only $1.

Pumpkin Spice Muffins (recipe adapted from Fine Cooking)


4 eggs
1 cup sour cream or plain yogurt
3 cups pumpkin purée (canned is fine)
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 lb. (16 Tbs.) unsalted butter, melted
1-1/4 lb. (4-1/2 cups) all-purpose flour
2 Tbs. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
3 Tbs. ground cinnamon
3 Tbs. ground ginger
Pinch cloves


Heat the oven to 350°F. In a large bowl, whisk the eggs, sour cream, pumpkin purée, brown sugar, sugar, and butter. In another bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and pepper.

Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet, stirring until just mixed. Gently fold in the raisins. Grease and flour a muffin tin (or line it with muffin papers, preferably foil). Scoop about 1/2 cup batter into each tin so that the curve of the batter is even with the rim of the cup. (Refrigerate any extra batter in an airtight container for up to a week.)

Bake the muffins in the middle of the oven until firm to the touch and a toothpick inserted into them comes out clean, 30 to 35 min. Remove the muffins from the tin when they're cool enough to handle.  Frost with cream cheese frosting (I piped using a large star tip)

Cream Cheese Frosting (recipe adapted from Pioneer Woman)


¼ cups Softened Butter
4 ounces, weight Cream Cheese
½ pounds Powdered Sugar
½ teaspoons Vanilla

Mix all ingredients on high until soft and whipped. Spread onto completely cooled muffins, or place into a large pastry bag with a large star tip and go crazy! Store in the fridge, as icing will soften at room temperature.

It's hard to tell but these muffins were topped with a small piece of crystalized ginger.  There is ground ginger in the muffins so I thought it would be a nice play on ingredients. 

I am going to make more of an effort to cook/bake and post more recipes on Eat Drink Pretty.  If you have favorite recipes to share (especially anything fall-inspired) I would love for you to email the recipe, eatdrinkpretty {at} gmail {dot} com.

Thanks so much for stopping by Eat Drink Pretty today!!!

Friday, September 24, 2010

A chili evening

{Photo credits and recipes: Fine Cooking}

I was hoping for an evening that included making a big batch of chili with my honey. I was going to throw some cornbread into the mix, too. Instead I worked late in preparation for two presentations on Friday. Not exactly an ideal evening. To top it off I took the train home and got rained on and then dropped a container of sour cream and it splattered all over kitchen floor.  Icing on the cake after a long day. 

Enough of that.

I think I've mentioned just a few times how much I love fall. I love chili, stew and soup, too. They fill your house with delicious smells and the leftovers are just as good, if not better.

I found these awesome chili recipes from Fine Cooking. Perhaps I'll be able to have my chili evening with my honey sometime this weekend.

Here is a list and links to recipes for the yummy chili pictured above:

Slow Cooker Chili
Spicy Chicken and White Bean Chili
Brisket and Bean Chili
Beef Black Bean Chili Chipotle Avocado
Turkey Chili
Tex Mex Chili

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Have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Real party: a sweet and colorful baby shower

This sweet shower was sent to me by Jessica of Live the Fancy Life. She partnered up with friends Kate and Kenna to execute all these lovely DIY details.  As you know, things can get a little pink around here so I'm happy to depart from that for a day with yellows and greens and other bursts of color.

These adorable onesie cookies are homemade!
This was Kate's first time making cakeball pops and they turned out perfectly.  Mine sure didn't look like that the first time. 
Perfect cupcakes

Every dessert table needs macarons!
Even the soda matched the color scheme

Favor boxes from Michaels and downloadable labels from The Wedding Chicks.

I adore the tissue poms and the banner (it is so cute and could go in the baby's nursery).

Thanks so much to Jessica from Live the Fancy Life for sending this shower my way! Do you have a baby shower or party to share? Please send to eatdrinkpretty {at} gmail {dot} com for consideration to be featured.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Real wedding: Cory and Emily, July 2010

With the past couple of days creeping back into the 70's I thought I'd post a lovely outdoor wedding as I relish the last and final days of summer. Cory and Emily were married in Eau Claire, WI with a unique, countryside affair on what look liked a picture perfect day.

All the lovely photos were taken by Poser Design.

A super sweet couple, don't you think?

I love outdoor weddings under giant white tents. 

A gorgeous venue for outdoor photos.
Colorful lanters covered the tent
Mason jars give the decor a vintage vibe

Cory is a drummer in the band South Farwell and played at his own reception!

What a sweet wedding, a perfect post to celebrate the last summer days. Do you have a wedding to share? Please send your real wedding submissions to eatdrinkpretty {at} gmail {dot} com.

Thanks so much to Poser Design for sending this lovely wedding my way.  Be sure to head over to their blog and website for more gorgeous photos.