Heart, hands, eyes, lips Galentine’s Day party


Galentine's Day brunch with Joss and Main

And…it’s finally here! After over a month of sneak peeks and project reveals, our Heart, Hands, Eyes, Lips party in collaboration with Joss and Main is up to celebrate our 7 day sale. Take a lookie to see the products we used to create this Galentine’s Day brunch.

Coming up with a party idea for Valentine’s Day based on their products was easy squeezy especially when I saw…
Flower tea pot

…this puppy:

A red lips sofa.Galentine's Day party

It reminded me of when we visited the Salvador Dali museum in Spain on our honeymoon. One of my favorite rooms in the museum is the Mae West room which features a 3D living room with furniture aligned to form the shape of the famed actress’s face including a wood and satin sofa in the shape of lips. When you stand at the right spot in the room the eyes, lips, mouth, and nose all line up. The man was a kook.

BUT! It provides great inspiration for a surrealist-inspired Galentine’s Day party. Especially one that focuses on all the ways we show our love: through our heart, hands eyes, and lips, of course! Each part of the party reflects it from the eyeball drink stirrers to the shaped cookies.  Galentine's Day party

Check out all the fun details below with links to the tutorials! 

Valentine’s Day party cookies


Hearts hands eyes lips cookies Valentine's Day cookies

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!
Hearts hands eyes lips cookies Valentine's Day cookiesHearts hands eyes lips cookies Valentine's Day cookies

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

The Lamington Float


dessert with raspberries against pink Australia

by contributor Sarah Coates of The Sugar Hit 

It’s Australia day on Tuesday! That’s right, it’s the day of the Land Down Under, and although I personally feel that the date should be changed, to show respect to the indigenous peoples of Australia (as the current date does not). Until that date changes, I will still eat the foods of the land I love, and celebrate all that is positive about modern day Australia.

One thing that’s important to know about truly ‘Australian’ food is that it doesn’t really exist. Of course we have native fruits and vegetables, but for the most part, our cuisine is a lot of flavours borrowed from all over the world. We love Laksa, and Pad Thai, and Butter Chicken as much as we love Spaghetti Bolognese, Meat Pies and Barbecue. Australian Barbecues are kind of a thing unto themselves, although we never ‘throw a shrimp on’ – we actually call them prawns here, and we only bbq them occasionally.

dessert with raspberries against pink Australia

Anyway, I’ve gotten sidetracked! The thing is, a Lamington is one food that is categorically Australian. It was invented here, and it’s pretty damn delicious. Lamingtons are small spongecakes, dipped in a light chocolate glaze, and then rolled in coconut. They sometimes have a jam filling, and sometimes a cream filling, or both. They are served at morning and afternoon tea, or just for a snack. And this, my Lamington Float, is the 2016 take on them!

It’s got all the flavours – coconut, chocolate, raspberry, vanilla – of a classic Lamington, but in an ice-cold, foaming, frothy float! I love making these whenever I have friends over for dinner. There’s nothing more fun than eating such a quintessential kid’s dessert at a table full of adults. The key is to make each element as sophisticated as it can be. This iteration has quality vanilla ice cream, a coconut-chocolate fudge sauce, fresh raspberries and a splash of coconut water, all topped off with plain soda water. Delicious!

Chocolate Tiramisu Layer Cake


Chocolate Tiramisu Cake

by contributor Sarah Coates of The Sugar Hit 

Here in Australia, it’s the middle of Summer. It’s hot, the mangoes are cheap and plentiful, and it’s a little hard to get right into the Christmas spirit. We all read the classic Christmas books and watch Hollywood holiday movies just like everyone else. And it’s hard to ignore the snow falling in every scene, the cozy-looking log fires, and everyone wearing ugly, snuggly sweaters.

I’ll be honest with you…I’m a little jealous. Summer is great! I’m not denying that for a second. But when the Christmas tree is up, even after 25 years, it still feels a little wrong to be heading to the beach to go swimming. And that’s why I find myself gravitating to desserts like this one that look as if they’re carpeted in snow.

This Chocolate Tiramisu Layer Cake is almost a lazy person’s Buche de Noel; if you squint, it could easily be a snow-covered log fresh from the forest floor. But I love the way that it looks like it’s come from the holiday banquet of some Frost Queen’s castle with its thick swathes of mascarpone frosting and draped redcurrants. Like the food of Narnia, if Narnia wasn’t so obsessed with Turkish Delight.

3 Hot chocolate sundaes with Godiva


hot chocolate sundae recipesWe came up with three unique hot chocolate sundae recipes (ice cream and hot chocolate? Oh my!) made from GODIVA’s Hot Chocolate and each with their own “toy” topper in honor of the partnership. These hot chocolate sundaes are decadent and will definitely get you in the holiday spirit. We have recipes for a gingerbread hot chocolate sundae with a “Singing in the Rain” gingerbread man toy topper, a peppermint hot chocolate sundae with a peppermint toy topper, and a dark chocolate caramel swirl with caramel marshmallows toy toppers. Guys, prepare to be dazzled.

Gingerbread hot chocolate sundae

Gingerbread layer cake with lemon buttercream


Gingerbread layer cake with lemon butter cream

No matter the weather or mood you’re in, this beautiful Gingerbread Cake with Lemon Buttercream will whisk you away to some Narnia-like realm where the snow falls in beautiful crystalline flakes, and the air is cool and crisp and the sky is bright. It’s cool, but somehow not too cold, and the woods are frosted white and beautiful. A slice of this cake and a steaming cup of hot coffee or chocolate truly will lift your spirits, no matter what kind of extreme weather you’re dealing with.

Recipe and photos by contributor Sarah Coates of The Sugar Hit

Peanut butter pretzel candies



How was your Halloween?! I have a genuine love-hate relationship with Halloween. On the one hand, cute costumes are right up my alley, I adore any opportunity to hang out with old friends and party, and I barely need any excuse to hit the kitchen and bake, but I totally welcome one. The slightly embarrassing flipside of this is that I am a total wuss when it comes to anything scary, spooky or even slightly creepy.


Recipe and photos by contributor Sarah Coates of The Sugar Hit

Dulce de Leche crepes


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by contributor Sarah Coates

Hey guess what? I wrote a book! And I’m really excited to share a recipe from it with you today. The book, The Sugar Hit, is a mix of recipes that are absolute classics in my life, classics from my blog that I knew I would be murdered for not including, and a bunch of new things that I think the world needs to know about!

These crepes are something knew, but that doesn’t mean they were easy to get to! This recipe was a labour of love for me. I have spent the last 5 years searching for a crepe recipe that did everything I wanted it to do. One that was beautifully silky and buttery, lacy and light, not too eggy and with plenty of flavour. Well, after the long search I finally found them. And here they are – aren’t you psyched I saved you five years of searching?

Jelly Donut Waffles


Jelly Donut WafflesJelly Donut WafflesLadies and gentlemen it is time to get our waffle on! Not for any particular reason, but just because waffles are where it’s at. And these waffles have a very special outfit on. They’re waffles disguised as jelly donuts…or jelly donuts disguised as waffles? Again, it’s not important. What is important is the anatomy of these waffles.

Photography and recipe by Sarah Coates of The Sugar Hit (who’s new book The Sugar Hit! Sweets that pack a punch comes out September 8th. Order here!)

Rainbow of popsicles


Rainbow popsicles

So many rainbows going on right now! But sadly, today is the last day of our Rainbow of Popsicles with popsicle master, Trisha Zemp, who made delicious recipes for each color of the rainbow. And here they are in one post. Enjoy!

Photography by Trisha Zemp  

Rainbow popsicles

Blackberry blood orange popsicle


Blackberry blood orange popsicle

Though school may be starting, it’s still sunny and popsicles still rule the the summer! Photographer and popsicle maker, Trisha Zemp, was determined to make 1000 popsicles this summer and she’s nearing the end of her goal with today’s recipe, Blackberry blood orange. It’s delicious, guys!

See the rest of the recipes here!

Recipes and photography by Trisha Zemp

Sparking basil limeade popsicle


Sparkling basil limeade popsicle

Though school may be starting, it’s still sunny and popsicles still rule the the summer! Photographer and popsicle maker, Trisha Zemp, was determined to make 1000 popsicles this summer and she’s nearing the end of her goal with today’s recipe, Sparkling Basil Limeade.

See the rest of the recipes here!

Recipes and photography by Trisha Zemp