“Love”ly Things!

We have found things we love to help celebrate love

In observance of  Valentine’s Day, here are a few things

you can implement into your wedding day.

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Love Struck!  These matches are sure to heat things up.

DIY Heart Shaped Garland

Heart Chocolate, a perfect wintery pre-ceremony beverage station

If you love cake, you’ll love this!

 

 Love does not suck as you sip on these straws!

Bon Appetit and Merci under wraps!

Favors are something guests could keep to remind them of the wedding, as well as a way to say thank you the guests that attend the wedding. Edible favors are popular and a way to share with guests ‘your taste’ and personality.  Here are some mouthwatering examples.

 

box of s’mores components, personalized and neatly wrapped up until ready to use and perfect for an apres reception bonfire.

Cake Ball Lollipops representing the bride and groom.

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Mason jars work well for practically any type of edible, here we have home-made granola and assorted flavored popcorn

 

 

Bottled honey in unique jars

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Laslty, celebrate your mushy love for each other with these heart-shaped jelly-centered cookies (or any family tradition including a recipe card.

Whatever your flavor, your guests are sure to enjoy a little nibble to remember how much fun they had at your wedding!  Contact your local baker to help you, or a grandmother or any family DIYourselfer.

How Sweet it Is

To get us thru the rest of the week, a sugar kick is in order.

Here are some unique wedding cakes and dessert ideas to savor.

a doughnut cake

a cake ball cake

carmel apples with pumpkin spice (perfect for a autumn season wedding)

a DIY Pie in a Jar

a rice crispy treat cake

these are mini wedding cakes are made out of marshmallows!!!

Enjoy!

Spice up in October with Pumpkin Crème Brûlée

October is here!  What a great time of year to incorporate so many flavors into a season.

Crème Brûlée, also known as burnt cream, crema catalana, or Trinity cream is a dessert consisting of a rich custard base topped with contrasting layer of caramel, it is normally served cold.

The custard can be flavored with vanilla, lemon, orange, chocolate, other fruit and of course, in keeping with the season, pumpkin!  Here is an easy recipe for any easy entertaining occasion from Emeril Legasse via The Food Network.

•2 cups heavy cream

•1/4 cup light brown sugar

•1/4 cup sugar, plus 4 teaspoons

•8 large egg yolks

•1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

•1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

•1/8 teaspoon grated nutmeg

•1 cup mashed cooked pumpkin

Directions
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.
Arrange 8 (1/2-cup) ramekins or custard cups in a large metal baking pan.
In a medium saucepan, combine the cream, brown sugar, and 1/4 cup granulated sugar. Bring to a baresimmer over medium-high heat, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Remove from the heat.
In a medium bowl, whisk the egg yolks until frothy and lemon-colored. Slowly add 3/4 cup of the hotcream mixture, whisking constantly. Add the egg mixture to the remaining hot cream, and whisk. Add thevanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, and pumpkin, and whisk until smooth. Strain through a fine mesh strainer intoa large bowl. Divide among the prepared custard cups.
Add enough hot water to come halfway up the sides of the cups. Bake until the custards are just set in thecenter but not stiff, 45 minutes to 55 minutes. Remove from the oven and refrigerate until well chilled, atleast 3 hours or overnight.

There Is No Crying In Wedding Cakes! Just Tiers –

Depending on your guest count and design preference, there are plenty of decorative ways and layers for your wedding cake.

 

 

 

Here is a reference guide to use when deciding how big your cake should be.  Tradition states that couples should save the top, freeze it and eat it on their one year anniversary.  Now a days, however, some confectioners and bakers will recreate your cake to ‘fresh’ for your anniversary, so before eliminating the top tier, ask your professional baker what their method is.  ENJOY!

 

Here is a handy dandy template showing you how many people a cake can feed.