Tag Archives: brunch

childhood chic up and away themed dedication

This past weekend we celebrated our second son Brody’s dedication. Opting for a less traditional theme to stay in line with our more intimate ceremony (performed by my sister-in-law), we went with up and away. With baby blue and white as our main color scheme, hints of bright red, home made hot air balloons adorning the mantel, and cloud cookies added an elegant touch of childhood.

DSC_1074

Up and Away Dedication

This party became quite the team effort! Hosted at my grandparents home and catered by family, every detail was personal. The theme inspiration started with the dessert table. While I have worked with fondant before (see my Sesame Street themed 1st birthday for Luca), with less than a week post-vacation to party plan I decided to bake a few cupcakes with Luca and delegate cake and cookie duty to a professional! Turned out to be a smart (and cost effective!) choice. Cut Above Cakes in Bridgeport, CT did an amazing job bringing my ideas to life while baking up treats that all our guests gobbled up 🙂 Here’s some inspiration and tips for a successful up and away party!

{click here to keep partying!…}

bacon bourbon cinnamon nut rolls

After almost two weeks of chest colds, head colds, and stomach bugs running rampant in our house, I am fiiiiiinally back in the kitchen! Oh, how I have missed my usual post and sharing my goodies with you all! Here in Connecticut, we are being buried by loads of snow, so what a perfect day to try out these tasty breakfast treats. While it may be easy and convenient to buy the pre-packaged buns, these are well worth the effort if you have a little extra time on one of those weekend mornings. The layers of simple dough, salty bacon, crunchy hazelnuts, and sweet, sugary bourbon icing make for the perfect dipping companion for that early cup of coffee! Here are the steps for Bacon Bourbon Cinnamon Nut Rolls.

A savory snowy day breakfast!

A savory snowy day breakfast!

{click here to keep cooking!}…

delicious brunch french toast casserole

Every summer my family and I take the 5 hour drive to Cape Cod, Massachusetts for vacation. It’s a trek we’ve been making since I was a little girl and it always reminds me of family. With the holiday season just beginning, I thought I’d share a dish that also makes me reminisce about family. This recipe was passed on to me by my aunt who scored the killer secrets from the Moses Nickerson House Inn in Chatham, Cape Cod. The almost 200 year old inn has since changed names, now calling themselves the Chatham Gables Inn and underwent a huge renovation, but we hope they kept this little gem on the menu! It’s the simplest go-to dish for any Sunday morning brunch or Christmas morning treat. You’ll enjoy cuddling up with loved ones while dining on this French Toast Casserole!

French Toast Casserole

French Toast Casserole

{click here to keep cooking!}…