Strawberry Rose floral sorbet

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Happy National Ice Cream month! Of course, you’ve been waiting for me to acknowledge this important holiday season and yes, I, too, have been anxious to reveal my love of the season. The wait is over! I’ve teamed up with Kandyce Carroll of Ramblin Rose Cafe to bring you 4 delicious, healthy, botanical-inspired ice cream recipes that will bring a smile to your face and a satisfaction in your belly.
First up, strawberry rose sorbet. Though not technically a “cream” it’s most certainly icy so I shall include it.
Click below for full recipe!

World Cup bites: sonhos

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If you’re just joining in, to celebrate the World Cup in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, we’ll be providing some of our favorite Brazilian recipes here on the blog that would be perfect for your World Cup celebration. First up, sonhos. Sonho literally translated means “dream” and they are quite accurately named. They’re basically a filled donut, so yes, you can imagine I was all about it. I remember walking the streets of Curitiba, Brazil listening to the loudspeaker of sonho car–Brazil’s version of the ice cream truck–and wanting so much to try them. But then remembering that some stranger was selling them from a van….

photography by Laura Sumrak
food and steps by Karlee Bronson
styling and creative direction by Brittany Jepsen


Click below to see how we created them!

Paper Quilled Flower Cake

Paper Quilled Flower

I have been absolutely enthralled with Anthropologie’s recent window displays for spring. Do you know that each Anthropologie has its own store artist and display coordinator? For each new window display, the stores are all given a common theme which they can then interpret in a unique way. For this season it was paper quilled flowers, and the results are breathtaking! If you haven’t been to your local Anthropologie, run, don’t walk! You can also look up #anthrowindows on Instagram to see the variety. One of my personal favorites is this pink and orange beauty at the Greensboro, North Carolina Anthropologie. The colors are pure magic and I love the combination of quilling with more traditional paper flower techniques. I don’t know about you, but paper quilling hasn’t really been my cup of tea. Yet, in small doses, it can be lovely!

We used their gorgeous window display as inspiration for this cake topper. We made small paper quilled orange blooms and paired them with some paper kumquat branches. *We’ll be posting a tutorial for the paper kumquat branches soon, but in the meantime, we would suggest using real kumquats! Quilling can be very intricate and complicated but we made simple, delicate flowers to adorn our cake. This cake would be perfect for upcoming spring bridal or baby showers and birthdays!

How-to after the jump!

How to make an ombre wedding cake pinata

I have to say that this is one of my favorite shoots I’ve done. And there’s a lot more where these come from. ooOOOoo! I did this one for the Etsy wedding blog and talked about creating an interactive wedding favor, hence the fortune cookies inside with little love fortunes. I also thought a wedding cake would be a nice alternative to the couple who doesn’t really do wedding cakes or sugar. But let’s face, the real reason to have a pinata at a wedding is…who doesn’t want to hit stuff? I’m sure it would release a lot of tension for the couple as well as the wedding planners.

Get the full instructions here.

Thank you Amanda Thomsen for taking these beautiful photos!

Dessert sushi

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Dessert sushi
If you don’t like raw fish maybe you like raw cookie dough? With ice cream? As sushi? Just maybe? Guys, dessert sushi rocked my world. It would be so fun for a party or a fun dinner surprise.
Chocolate and peanut butter sushi
dessert sushi
Baker ME Hammond replicated a full sushi experience with sweets. Here’s what we did:
dessert sushi
Whipped pistachio paste for wasabi
Starburst for ginger
Chocolate sauce for soy sauce
Coconut flakes for rice
Strawberry ice cream with sugar dough and sprinkles
Vanilla with chocolate chip cookie dough
Chocolate ice cream with peanut butter
dessert sushi
vanilla ice cream and chocolate chip cookie dough
dessert sushi
dessert sushi
styling by Brittany Jepsen
Click below for full recipes!

Conversation heart cookies & printable box

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Conversation heart cookies with free printable box

Are you dying of cuteness overload? I nearly did as we were shooting these little guys. There’s nothing more charming that making a small object giant like these conversation heart cookies. AND the icing on the cake is the printable box they come in. I mean…come on! So cute! Give them out at school or hand them out to neighbors! So many uses for those boxes alone!

Rather than create colored icing, ME worked at dyeing the cookie itself. Much less frosting and easier to transport too!

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baking by ME Hammond  |  packaging by Ashley Isenhour  |  photography by Trisha Zemp

See the full tutorial below.

Green apple popsicles

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Green apple popsicle

And we’re back with more popsicles from my collaboration with popsicle master, Trisha Zemp, and her quest to make 1000 popsicles this summer. Today, it’s green apple and I dare say it might be my favorite. See the full recipe below!

French Toast Crumpets with Rhuberry Sauce

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by contributor Sarah Coates of The Sugar Hit

French Toast Crumpets with Rhuberry Sauce

Get ready for brunch heaven, because this is it. Sure you’ve had French toast, but have you ever had a French toast-ed crumpet? It’s an unbelievably good kitchen hack. The crumpets, with their spongy texture, absolutely soak up the French toast batter. When the batter soaked crumpets hit the pan, their edges get ever-so-slightly crisp and the inside stays beautifully custardy, and scented with sweet vanilla.

DIY Floral Ice Cubes for the Fourth

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DIY Floral ice cubes

With Fourth of July fast approaching, chances are you’ve got some sort of picnic, BBQ, pool party, or gathering in the works! All of which are great excuses to put a little extra pizazz into your party preparation! Nothing is more refreshing that an ice cold beverage in the sweltering summer heat. So to ensure that your drinks stay frosty and adorable, we’ve got some special DIY floral ice cubes for the fourth! Filled with edible blue and white flowers and garnished with some red berries, these are sure to make any beverage 4th of July worthy. Adding blueberries or raspberries would make another great addition. I’m thinking dropped in some lemonade muddled with berries would be the perfect combination!

DIY after the jump!

A trend we love “cherry” much!

Trend Alert: Cherries!

Some of our favorite cherry inspired projects from Lars past are our paper cherry wreath and our tootsie pop cherry gifts! So of course now that cherries are majorly on trend WE ARE HERE FOR IT.

Click here to learn how to make your very own cherry wreath!

Very Cherry Statement Pieces

Cherries can make a statement in literally any area of your life, as you’ll see below! We found cherry inspired fashion, decor, stationery, art, and more! As the weather warms up, usher in spring and summer with some fun nods to this current trend.

Imagine a cherry 🍒 themed party?! Hang this garland, lay out these napkins, and you’re on your way! These cherry gift balls from Meri Meri are hiding fun party favors, and these clips from Ban.do make perfect party gifts too! Here are some of our favorite unique ice cream sundae flavors that will literally be the cherry on top of your party.

Cherry pillows are such a fun statement item! Find the grown up version here for your living room, or the kid’s version here!

Lars Exclusive

Our newest design in our exclusive wrapping paper line features this trend! And it is on sale right now!

Originally made to be valentines, our tootsie pop cherries can be given as gifts all year round! Think birthdays, teacher appreciation, and random acts of kindness to brighten someone’s day!

Valentine’s Day party cookies

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We are releasing our Valentine’s Day party next week. I can’t wait for you to see it. But I thought I’d give you another sneak peek of the cookies. We worked with Sweet Jenny Belle to produce the Heart, Hands, Eyes, and Lips and I love how they turned out!
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See the other DIYs we did for our Hearts, Hands, Eyes, and Lips party here:

Eyeball placemats   |  Hands holding hearts valentine invitations  |  eyeball drink stirrers

Cookies by Sweet Jenny Belle  |  Photography by Brittany Jepsen

Strawberry coconut popsicle recipe

Strawberry coconut popsicle recipeWe’re on day 2 of Popsicle the Rainbow with Popsicle Master, Trisha Zemp, and this one was delicious! See, the fun part of creating this series is all the “work” we have to do like experimenting tasting flavors. Trisha nailed it with this one.

See below for the full recipe and to see where to shop the look!