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Fudgy Frosted Brownies with Sprinkles

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sprinkle frosted brownies recipe 1

I wanted to make something extra special to be for the mommy-to-be at this weekend’s baby shower, since there are few things that light up her eyes more than a yummy dessert… a girl after my own heart who loves to end each meal on a sweet note!

Here’s what I came up with, but not without the help of my friend Betsy, who I like to refer to as my personal Pillsbury Help Center. With her natural knack for confection perfection, not to mention her incredible job within the Pillsbury baking division at General Mills, she prevents my baking disasters with her great tips, without batting an eyelash.  (I’ve been begging her for years to start a baking blog… fingers crossed!)

Fudgey Frosted Brownies with Sprinkles

I started with this delish fudge brownie recipe from Butter Me Up, Brooklyn, which is extra dense and perfect for frosting and dipping. Instead of baking in the brownie pan, however, I used mini muffin pans and reduced the bake time to 15 minutes, checking frequently to make sure they weren’t getting too crisp.

butter me up brooklyn brownies recipe

Here’s the fun part:

  1. Use white chocolate Candy Melts (Wilton brand, available at Michael’s), and follow package directions to melt down in a shallow bowl.  In a separate shallow bowl, fill with sprinkles. Continue reading

Beautiful Cobalt Blues

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cobalt blue Zara skirt

People everywhere are getting the blues, as evident by the rich monaco and cobalt blues popping up everywhere from fashion and accessories, to home and entertaining. A few of my recent favorites, such as this gorgeous cobalt blue Zara skirt from the Chic Chef blog, are featured below.

DIY blue garland

DIY garland – get the tutorial from Oh Happy Day!

Texas map giclee print

Texas giclée print of vintage-inspired Texas state map, available on Fab.com. (And it’s geographically correct… awesome!!)

Lemon poppyseed pancakes

I am definitely giving these a try this weekend! Lemon poppyseed pancakes – get the easy recipe from Handle The Heart!

lace cobalt blue necklace

So unique and dainty – beautiful handmade monaco blue lace necklace from White Owl.

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Tiffany Blue

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turquoise and tiffany blue color pallette

My dream color palette for our home, and a few decor inspirations using this color:

tiffany blue dream office

This Tiffany blue office is a dream.. the wall, the rug, the lush chairs… WOW! Featured on Livinais, designed by Eva Designs.

turquoise wedding place setting

Turquoise wedding place setting designed by Rani Hoover Inspired Weddings & Events, with photography by Elizabeth Messina Photography.

tiffany blue infinity scarf

Tiffany blue infinity scarf from .

tiffany love rings

Tiffany L-O-V-E rings

turquoise stud earrings

Turquoise stud earrings from .

turquoise chevron print table linen

Turquoise and white chevron print linen napkins from .

tiffany blue wedding shoes

Tiffany blue wedding shoes photography by Stewart Leishman Photography. Continue reading

Front Porch Sittin’

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We didn’t have a front porch growing up… our views were in the back, where we could see  row after row of pecan trees, and farm land for miles. Even now as an adult in my own home, our porch is non-existent, more like a front step with a wall to hang the doorbell…

So these days I dream of having that front porch some day, with the swing, the lemonade, the friends gathered, and the well-behaved hound dog who snores quietly on the steps (well I guess that’s one thing I have already. Check!).

Below are a few inspirations to hold me over for that “someday” porch.

front porch photographyPhoto from Beautiful South; by Derek Swalwell photography.

front door lemon wreath, pennant flags, front porch swing Lemon wreath from ; pennant from ; country porch swing photography by ; front porch swing lemonade candle from truetexasscents.

charming shabby chic birdhouse

Birdhouse and tea cups photography by .

nostalgic photograph front porch milk carton

Nostalgic milk crate on the front porch photography by TheCrookedCamera.

“No front porches. My uncle says there used to be front porches. And people sat there sometimes at night, talking when they wanted to talk, rocking, and not talking when they didn’t want to talk. Sometimes they just sat there and thought about things, turned things over. My uncle says the architects got rid of the front porches because they didn’t look well. But my uncle says that was merely rationalizing it; the real reason, hidden underneath, might be they didn’t want people sitting like that, doing nothing, rocking, talking; that was the wrong KIND of social life. People talked too much. And they had time to think. So they ran off with the porches.”

Ray BradburyFahrenheit 451

front porch sticker - girl sitting on the front porch

Front porch rules sticker by GirlyMommaDecals; yellow chevron straws from AisforApronStrings. Continue reading

Beautiful Barn Wedding

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barn wedding - rustic wedding with antiques

We traveled to Nebraska recently to celebrate the marriage of our dear friends, and enjoyed the ultimate barn wedding in one of the prettiest settings I could imagine. With antiques from the bride’s grandmother’s basement combined with the rustic treasures already adorning this charming old barn, this beautiful bride’s vision came together as a memorable, romantic evening. As you can see from the pic above with the dark clouds rolling in, this couple got the extra luck of rain on their wedding day, and our warmest wishes are with them as they start their new life together!

Rustic wedding on nebraska farm - vintage wedding decor

rustic nebraska wedding scenery

rustic wedding on Nebraska farm

rustic wedding on Nebraska farm

In place of rice or birdseed, guests tossed a mixture of dried rose petals and lavendar as the bride and groom left the ceremony.

Rustic wedding on nebraska farm - vintage wedding decor

The bride thought of everything, including a vintage chandelier that hung overhead as the two exchanged their vows.

Rustic wedding on nebraska farm - vintage wedding decor

barn wedding - rustic wedding with antiques

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