Friday, July 30, 2010

Friday Weddings: Mexican Wedding on the Mayan Ruins

Gorgeous Mexican wedding posted at  100 Layer Cake a few days ago...What I love about this wedding is the little crafted details most of them made by the bride herself!! so much inspiration on these pics!

*Fun Details: the couple had 2 weddings!! the first one in Mexico on the beautiful Mayan Ruins and the second one in  Oregon (which is just as stunning...on a wooden cabin)



Thursday, July 29, 2010

Retro Chic Giveway!!

Hi lovely readers!! I haven't forgot about you and I know summer is  great for entertaining...I'm giving away a Party Decor's happening now over at  Eat Drink Pretty blog


Summer Party: Farewell Luau

Get inspired with this beautiful and relax Hawaiian theme party. This awesome party was thrown for a couple that is moving to cool is that!!

Love the Farewell Notes!! so thoughtful  :)

Check more of this party at Catch My Party



Tuesday, July 27, 2010

The Art Work of John Lennon

Check this local event in Long Branch, NJ ...I will def try to stop by (have a super busy weekend)  and will share some pics if I can take some!!

NEW!!! Retro Chic Party Decor!!

Check the new items at FunFavors

These party decor can be customize just for you!!


Monday, July 26, 2010

Churro Cupcakes with Dulce de Leche and Whipped Cream

I'm so excited about sharing this recipe with you, this def reminds me of my childhood, growing up in Mexico. There's no mexican (at least that I know!) that will refuse a good churro with dulce de leche. 
I remember we will go to church, just so that at the end of the service we will run to the churro station that 'til this day is on the same corner outside the church (I'm talking more than 20 years ago!). Although growing up churros weren't as fancy, nowadays you can find them everywhere with any type of filling inside...I still prefer them plain!! And about dulce de leche...what can I say ...mexicans put it just about in every single dessert!!...I love dulce de leche in my pancakes :)

I found this recipe at And All The Trimmings, I felt in love with this blog, the authors really care about sharing the tips and touches so you can come out with the same great recipe as they did!! and I think is the perfect Mexican dessert, you must try it!!

Recipe: Dulce de leche

Recipe by David Lebovitz
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • sea salt
  1. Preheat your oven to 425°F.
  2. Pour the sweetened condensed milk into a shallow baking dish; a glass or ceramic pie plate works great.
  3. Stir in just the tiniest bit of sea salt — a few grains will do it.
  4. Place the pie plate in the middle of a larger pan (I used a 12-inch round cake pan; you could also use a roasting pan) and carefully pour in hot water into the larger pan until the water level hits about halfway up the pie plate.
  5. Wrap the top of the pie plate with aluminum foil and put it in the oven. Let it bake for 1 to 1¼ hours, checking the water level occasionally (add more water if you need to). When the milk is carmelized, carefully take the pan out of the oven and let cool to room temperature, then whisk until smooth.

Recipe: Churro cupcakes

Adapted from Cupcake Bakeshop by chockylit
  • 2 sticks butter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 large eggs, separated
  • 2¾ cups all purpose flour
  • 1½ teaspoons baking powder
  • 1½ teaspoon ground extra fancy Vietnamese cinnamon
  • pinch salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  1. Preheat your oven to 350˚F and line a muffin tin with baking cups.
  2. Beat the butter in the bowl of a stand mixer on medium speed. Once the butter is smooth and creamy, turn the mixer to low speed and slowly pour in the sugar. Keep beating the butter-and-sugar mixture until light and fluffy.
  3. Add the egg yolks one at a time, making sure to mix well (about 20 seconds) after each addition.
  4. In a medium bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients: flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt.
  5. In a small bowl, stir the vanilla into the milk.
  6. Alternate adding the flour mixture and the milk mixture to the butter-and-sugar mixture. You’ll want to start and end with the flour, and mix just until incorporated after each addition.
  7. In a medium bowl, using a hand mixer, beat the egg whites until soft peaks form. It’ll be white and foamy. Fold the egg whites into the batter.
  8. Fill your lined muffin cups about ¾ full of batter. Bake for about 20 minutes or until a cake tester stuck in the middle comes out clean. Let cupcakes cool completely.

Recipe: Whipped cream

Recipe from “The Whimsical Bakehouse” by Kaye Hansen and Liv Hansen
  • 3 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 4 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  1. Pour the cream, sugar and vanilla into the bowl of a standing mixer and whip until stiff peaks form.

Recipe: Mini churros

Recipe from Cupcake Bakeshop by chockylit
  • ⅔ cup water
  • 2⅔ ounces butter
  • 1 pinch salt
  • ⅔ cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon ground extra fancy Vietnamese cinnamon
  • vegetable oil, for frying
  1. Heat about an inch of oil in a wide, deep pan to 360˚F. (If you don’t have a deep-fry thermometer, here are three ways to tell whether the oil is hot enough.)
  2. In a medium saucepan, bring water, butter and salt to rolling boil. Reduce the heat to low and add the flour, stirring until the mixture forms a ball, about 1 minute. Remove from heat.
  3. Beat the eggs in a small bowl until blended and then pour in the saucepan as you stir.
  4. Spoon the dough into a pastry bag fitted with a small star tip and pipe the mini churros right into the oil. Use a butter knife to cut off the squeezed-out dough when it’s about an inch long.
  5. Fry the mini churros until they are golden brown. It should take about 2 minutes on each side.
  6. Scoop the churros out of the oil with a slotted spoon and place on paper towels to absorb any extra oil.
  7. In a small bowl, stir together the sugar and cinnamon, then dump onto the churros.


  1. Cut a small, cone-shaped hole in the center of each cupcake; this will be a well for the dulce de leche.
  2. Fill a pastry bag with dulce de leche and squeeze it into the center of the cupcakes. Wait a few minutes; some of the dulce de leche will soak into the cake. Then go back and squeeze more dulce de leche into the holes.
  3. Spread or pipe the whipped cream onto the cupcakes. Sprinkle with a bit of cinnamon-sugar, then drizzle with dulce de leche. Garnish with a couple of mini churros.



Friday, July 23, 2010

Friday Wedding: A Halloween Wedding in L.A.

I found this wedding today at The Knot...I was caught by the striped details in all of the pics..turns out it was a Halloween Wedding!!..a very chic and beautiful Halloween celebration I must say.

Here's a bit about the romantic story:

Stefan was visiting Los Angeles from London when the friend he was staying with introduced him to Mary. Sparks flew instantly and the two dated long-distance for two years until Mary moved to London to get a master’s degree at Sotheby’s Institute. They lived together across the pond for a year and a half before moving to Los Angeles. 

 Love the heels!!


Thursday, July 22, 2010

Birthday Parties: Ariel in Wonderland Birthday Tea Party

Talking about unforgettable, relax and enjoy the view....stunning details!!!

Take a look at the whole party on Catch My Party

Fabulous right?


Wednesday, July 21, 2010

July - National Ice Cream month

Really?? Do we really need an excuse to enjoy ice cream :)
I think I like almost all favorite one is Pistachio!! and my least favorite one.. (I know hard to believe) will be Mint Chocolate Chips flavor...actually I have a history with Mint Chocolate Chip ice day after a long day at work, I can home and when opened the freezer looking for something to eat...I saw this ice-cream cartoon with a beautiful and inviting "soft green" picture on the front...just like Pistachio ice cream should have...I knew I didn't have pistachio ice cream waiting for me before...but also I knew that my boyfriend went to do groceries all by himself!...I guess my brain went into a comma, and just wanted to believe whatever I wanted to believe and I made myself a big jar of ice cream (LOL) went to the TV, sat and  have the most awful encounter with ice cream I had ever have :(  (sorry but to me mint and chocolate don't mix together)...until this day, my BF still teases me whenever we see a Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream around!

my reaction: OOOOOOMGGGG!!! Why do you do this to me?

his reaction: What? ...oh man, don't waste my precious ice cream!!
I didn't know you wanted ice cream!!

True Story


Here some great Ice Cream theme stuff to have this summer!!

 Ice Cream Topper Carousel 



Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Baby Onesie Giveaway Winner!!

Winner #15

T.J. said... Well, of course, I also love the QUACK Duck onesie (complements the Moo and the Oink). Every baby should have a complete set! -

Thank you all for participating!!

Stay tune for the next giveaway!! 


Monday, July 19, 2010

Cupcake Recipe: Chocolate Guinness Cupcakes

Nowadays is more and more common to find fun cupcake recipes...I have a few parties coming up and I will def use this recipe more than once this Summer!!

It's great for all ages, but will def set the tone for cocktail parties with your friends!!

*Guinness Cupcakes*

adapted from Dave Lieberman

1 (12-ounce) bottle Guinness Stout
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
3 large eggs
3/4 cup sour cream
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa (I used Scharffen Berger Cocoa)
2 cups sugar
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda

1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the Guinness, milk, vegetable oil, and vanilla. Beat in the eggs, one at a time. Mix in the sour cream.
3. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the cocoa, sugar, flour, and baking soda. Gradually mix the dry ingredients into the wet Guinness mixture.
4. Butter 24 muffin tins and divide the batter among the muffin tins.
5. Bake 25 minutes, until risen and set in the middle but still soft and tender. Cool before turning out of the tins.

*Vanilla Bean Buttercream*
1 stick salted butter – room temperature
1 stick unsalted butter – room temperature
1/2 cup shortening
1 tablespoon Clear Vanilla extract
1 1/2 pounds confectioner’s sugar (powdered sugar, 10x)
4 tablespoons very cold milk

Cream the butter and shortening in the bowl of an electric or stand mixer. Add the clear vanilla extract and combine well. Begin adding in the sugar and mixing thoroughly after each addition. After all of the sugar has been added and mixed thoroughly, begin adding the very cold milk… one tablespoon at a time, combining very well after each addition (mixer on medium-high to high speed) until you reach the desired consistency.

source from  My Baking Addiction



Friday, July 16, 2010

Friday Wedding: Organic Farm Wedding

When I read "Organic Farm Wedding" on this article, I must admit that I wasn't "thrilled" about it...but just with a quick look at the pictures, this wedding really won me over! really has what a wedding is all about...happiness, romance and lots of warm moments!! without leaving out the original touches to make it a very unique wedding...
For more details visit Ruffled Blog one of my favorite wedding sites :)



Thursday, July 15, 2010

Kite theme party

What a wonderful theme for a summer party, either for a boy or a girl! Check all the ideas that went into this one of a kind stylish birthday party! 
*For more details get yourself to the always fun blog Candy and Cakes

The cute kite lollipops are my favorites :)



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