Happy Life to Melissa + Kevin!

Okie, you got me. If you ever happen to meet me in real life, I'm not a romantic kind of girl. In my every day life, I'm more of practical in love and in life. I actually not the type of girl to do girl talk, talk about true love, and all the gross stuff... I'm not even the type of girl who believes in true love. I think a couple has to work hard at their relationship to make it work, no matter kind of relationship people have. However, that being said. I am the kind or girl, who cries at weddings, and find it very endearing to hear about engagements and weddings and people finding their mate in life. I know, I'm a oxymoron.

Months ago, I had a client, who asked me to make them a custom sign. (See Photos above). The client, Melissa had messaged me to make a custom sign to hang on top of their doorway. The sign turned out so well, my husband Daniel, wanted to make one for  his parents as a gift! hehe..

Fast forward to today, and I'm happy to say that Melissa message me with her and her husband's wedding video! This wedding video was just about the sweetest thing to ever see, and it really just brightened up my whole week. Take a peek, to see for yourself!







Thank you Melissa and Kevin for messaging me about your happy ending!
This gorgeous video was created by: Hoo Films

Sunny-Side Up Breakfast Pies


Just in time for Easter Sunday, I wanted to share with you a recipe I found in the Williams Somona Catalog. I was looking for a savory recipe for my Mini Pie Maker (which LOVE), I found "Sunny-Side Up Breakfast Egg Pies." This recipe is fun and easy to make, I also think that this recipe is ideal for children to make and will be a hit at bridal showers, brunches and tea parties!
What I love about Mini Pies, is that you can use store bought pie crust or homemade pie crust. I, myself have never used the store bought stuff, I have read online that that taste of frozen pie crust isn't worth the time you save. Pie crust is pretty easy to make, once you get use to it. If you are planning to make a mini pie recipe for a family meal or a party, think about preparing the pie crust the night before, so the baking time of the actual pie is cut into half the time.

Ingredients:

  • 18 bacon slices, cooked until crispy
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tbs. sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 8 Tbs. (1 stick) cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/4-inch cubes
  • 3 Tbs. ice water, plus more as needed
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 8 eggs
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 1 Tbs. finely chopped fresh chives 

Directions:

Place 2 bacon slices (cooked, crispy) in a food processor and pulse until coarsely chopped. I tore the bacon pieces in smaller bits, to chop faster. Add the flour, sugar and salt and pulse until combined, about 5 pulses. Add the cubed butter and process until the mixture resembles coarse meal, about 10 pulses. Add the 3 Tbs. ice water and pulse 2 or 3 times.


The dough should hold together when squeezed with your fingers but should not be sticky. If it is crumbly, add more water 1 tsp. at a time, pulsing twice after each addition. Turn the dough out onto a work surface and shape into a disk. Wrap with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or up to overnight. Basically, this is a basic, traditional recipe for pie crust, with the exception of adding more butter (instead of shortening) and adding 2 cooked pieces of bacon). I waited 3 hours to take out my pie dough out of the refrigerator. When I was rolling my pie dough into a 'ball,' the dough seemed too crumpling, so I added more water to get the consistency I wanted. 

Preheat a pie maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. 



Let the dough stand at room temperature for 5 minutes. On a floured surface, roll out the dough into a round 1/8 inch thick. Using the larger side of the circle cutter, cut out 8 rounds, rerolling the scraps as needed. Flour both sides of the dough rounds and prick the dough with a fork. Transfer to the prepared baking sheet.


Flour the pastry press. Open the pie maker and place 1 dough round in each well. Use the press to push the dough down into the wells to form the bottom crust. Close the lid on the pie maker, ensuring the latch clicks into place. Bake until the crust is golden brown, about 5 minutes. (My Mini Pie Maker was pretty accurate in cooking times, so watch the clock!) Open the pie maker. Sprinkle 1 Tbs. cheese over each crust and crack 1 egg into each one. Close the lid and cook until the eggs are set, 8 to 10 minutes. Using a nonstick heatproof spatula or a mini-pie lifter, carefully transfer the pies to a wire rack. (I just used a fork and spatula, some people say that a mini-pie lifter is a must, but I haven't needed to buy one yet).


Repeat the process with the remaining dough rounds, cheese and eggs. Season the pies with salt and pepper and garnish with the chives. Serve each pie with 2 bacon slices. Serves 8. (I didn't serve the breakfast pies with extra bacon. I figured bacon flavored crust should be more than enough for my taste buds, but if you love bacon, than go for it!)


(recipe from: Williams-Sonoma Kitchen)


All photos were taken on my iPhone. 
And the last 2 images were actually posted on my Instagram account.

New Month: New Desktop Calender!


April brings us to a new Wallpaper of the month. Life and the company has gotten me a little behind on blogging!.. After all, it is wedding season! Currently, we are helping Daniel's sister plan our niece's 1st birthday party, working on orders and trying to develop our website and new company products. Blogging will be a bit slow the next couple of weeks, but I'll always remember to make sure I release new wallpaper of the month! Enjoy! P.S. - not to worry, I'm going to blog a post soon, just in time for EASTER!

You can download the April 2012 Wallpaper Edition here. And if you like Blank (no calender) wallpaper, you can download it here.

Freebie

Today's post is some free download clip art, that can be used for a variety of craft projects! (just click on the image and copy/save it to your desktop)

This teacup can be used for a bridal shower party, an Alice in Wonderland themed party, anything you wish!

This Hyacinths label, can be used for gardening projects, or a spring party.

This vintage luggage can be used in a bon voyage (travel) project, or a moving announcement.

Enjoy all the projects in your crafting future!

1 Year Anniversary

Today is our blog's 1 year anniversary. A lot of things changed since my first official blog post. This blog as been great this past year and so much fun! I only hope our blog continues to grow with more creative posts.

This year we also started our Etsy Shop, and we hit our 100 sale earlier this month! This past few months, we started to design a online shop away from Etsy, and we its at a point where I am proud of the direction it's heading. I may change the header/ to add a little bit of color to it. Here's our shop so far:

We also started to design a shop for all of our Business products, the brand is called 'My I.D. It.' This shop will sale business awards and other home goods, for the consumer.

Happy Valentines Day!

I just wanted to wish everyone a Happy Valentines Day! I didn't have time to send out physical Valentines Day cards in the mail this year (or really, I never have the time any year). So this year, I send out 'text message' e-cards... heheh... This year I used a free App I downloaded called "Red Stamp." The App is free, and so adorable! I just love it, you can send out any kind of card/invitation you like. Here are my Valentines I'm sending out.
The first card is of course our Poly + Penny wishing everyone a Happy Valentines Day. The second card shows a bunch of heart themed treats/desserts (My Sister made the cupcakes, My neighbor/friends made the Chocolate heart Cookies, and the Sprinkled heart cookies are store bought). --- I don't really use my iPhone to take photos of myself. Mostly my photos, are of my puppies & of food... heheh...

Valentine's Day Brownies

I thought, I might put together a quick and easy Valentines Day treat to inspire you. I really didn't have anytime for baking this weekend, so I took out some brownie mix (from the box) and my heart shaped cake pan and got started on some baking. 


Just for fun, I decided to add a little Rum flavored emulsion (from this post). I added only little bit (1/4 teaspoon - but I think you should add more for flavoring).


After you watch these beauties bake, you can serve them 2 ways.


First way, is to sprinkle a little powdered sugar (use a shifter) on top. I kinda just caked my powdered sugar on. A little too much, but oh well.


The second way, is to cut the heart shaped brownie in half, and spread some butter cream in the center (to make a brownie sandwich.) I made some Strawberry Butter Cream for this.

Strawberry Butter Cream:
4 oz Unsalted Butter
9 oz Powdered Sugar
3-4 oz Strawberry Jam

Whip butter, add powdered sugar & jam, and whip again.
Yes, its that easy!


(The last photo, I took with my iPhone)

I packaged them with pink cupcake liners, and used my new stamp to mark the cake box. Think about baking these treats for your Valentine as a sweet gesture. This can also be a lovely edition to a bridal shower or any pink themed party. Happy Valentines Day!

Instagram: January 2012 Photo a day

In the new year, I started doing this thing called Photo A Day Challenge. This is started by Fat Mum Slim, Its also continuing for the month of February if anyone is interest. The rules are easy! Each day of the month, there is a description that you must fulfill in photographic form, You can post this on Instagram too! How easy is that?

Source: Fat Mum Slim


You can follow me on Instagram, if you want to see my upcoming photos for the month of February. Here are my photo posts for January.

New Month: New Desktop Calender!

Happy February everyone! Here's a lovely new desktop calender for your downloading pleasure:

you can download it here.

I also uploaded a blank desktop wallpaper, just in case, you guys didn't want a calender. You can download it here.

I don't know about you, but so far, February has made me so hungry! There are so many things I want to cook/bake this month, I don't think I will have time to make everything... Last night, I was craving Cilantro and Lime Rice (from which a friend had made me crave, because she posted a most delicious looking photo of it on FB). So late last night a searched for a recipe, and found one from Chipotle! Yummy! I actually found it from a fan website. It seemed pretty easy to make, so after work i made up my mind to go the grocery store to my the ingredients. Here's how it turned out:

(I doubled the rice and water, and cut down the cilantro - just because I don't really care for cilantro - It's weird, that I love this rice but hate cilantro, don't you think?)

Baking Inspiration



My friend from Traveling Bites, was kind enough to buy me all of these baking emulsions as a gift. If you guys don't know, a emulsions is used in baking for added flavoring, it can also be used to replace the extracts in baking recipes.  It is said "bakery emulsions keep the incorporated flavors more stable while your mixture changes temperature, and they combine more easily with other emulsions (butter, sugar, egg for example) than extracts do" (read more about it here).

This makes me very excited! I can start making all of the desserts of my dreams! how tasty! Here are a few desserts I want to add to my baking calender:

Tiramisu, Source: Knives Cooks Love
Lemon Macarons, Source: Pizzazzerie
Mocha Rum Bundt Cake, Source: Tracey's Culinary Adventures
Strawberry Almond Bars, Source: Une Gamine Dans la Cuisine

Red Velvet Whoopie Pies, Source: My Baking Addiction
Coconut Macaroons, Source: Brown Eyed Baker

Lavender and Teal Color Inspiration

Source: Design Seeds
 I found this photo online, and simply fell in love! I adore the purples, blues, pinks and greens represented in this photo, and love even more that a color wheel/inspiration guide that Design Seeds added to the photo. I decided to gather a few color inspiration photos based on this beautiful field of flowers. Enjoy!

Source: Kirsten Dunst in Vogue Photo Spread
Source: Alex Beadon Photography
Source: Unknown, found here.
Source: Cake Events
Source: Carla Ten Eyck Photography
Source: Stephanie Karen Photography
Source: Fancy Pants Parties
Source: Ashley Rose Photography
Source: Sweet Sensations
Source: Stephanie Williams Photography

4 Sisters Bakery


As a gift to my sisters, I made them each a '4 Sisters Bakery' stamp.  Here's the story:

My sisters (I have 3 sisters!) and I love to bake, some of us more then others, but never the less, we love it. My Oldest sister is the best baker ever! We use to say that she should open up a bakery, but it would be way too much work...  During the holidays we all get together and we all bake; years ago, my cousin Danni of Oh Hello Friend had said to us that we should open up a bakery called '4 Sisters Bakery.'

We used our Laser Engraving machine to make the stamps. This will be the only time we will make custom stamps, unless we buy more expensive equipment (and that's going to be a very long time ---- or maybe soon if we win the lottery!) I actually hope we do get the equipment we need someday, because it was just so much fun making my own stamps! Think of all the creative designs I can make?

I designed the stamps for each of my sisters have have. I hope they love them, because it I do.




Recently,  I used the stamp to add label on some oranged flavored madeleines, I  for a neighbor. Cute, right? 

A Downton Abbey Wedding

Source: Novelasymas
Does anyone watch Downton Abbey? If you don't you should. It is a fantastic period piece television show based in the early 1900's. The show is about the social class system, which deals with the upper class system and the lower class system (in this case, the servants). Well, enough about the show, I didn't tell you the best part of the show, all the absolutely gorgeous fashion! The costume design is breath-taking, full of stunning early century dresses with lots of beading and velvet!

There are 2 main character in the show, that have a love interest: Matthew and Mary. If these 2 characters ever end up together, I wonder what their wedding will entail? Maybe it'll be something like this:
Source: Old Rags
Source: Bhldn
Source: Bhldn
Source: Stacy Able Photography
Source: Jenny Haas Photography
Source: MADAME CHIC DE FRANCE
Source: Vintage Rose Garden
Source: Wildflowers Photography
Source: Styled by Anne Sage for the CIty Sage Blog
Source: Nouveau Glam Events
Happy Wedding :)

Photo Inspiration:

Source: The Sweetest Occasion
Wow... the last week has been so much work! I clocked in 52 hours at the office this week. Gosh, I am tired! This weekend, was a normal weekend, I worked on Etsy orders, watched a movie and ran errands. One of the things we bought this weekend, was a toaster oven. Can I just say, how much I love the toaster oven so far??? I love it! We didn't do any toasting yet, but we made steaks for dinner and cookies for dessert! Best appliance next to my Kitchen Aid Mixer. If there are any brides and grooms out there, I suggest you register for one.

A funny thing happened to me this weekend, I ordered a skirt from Gap online and received it in the mail this weekend. I went to try the skirt on and noticed that the zipper clip/seam threads were loose, like someone had worn it before/maybe even returned it. After trying it on i notice something was in the pocket, i pulled it out and found $20 bucks! How awesome is that! Heheh... So now I'm going to return the skirt and keep the $20. Everything always works out.

I'm showing a image of macaroons today because last week, I worked a 13 hour day, and at the end of it I was still in a good mood. I asked myself 'why am I in such a chipper mood, I got home from work at 10:30pm at night?' And I realized it was because I started off my day with a eating a macaron! hehe.. In my opinion every day should begin and end with eating a macaroon. Smart right?

 Happy Monday!