Marshmallow snowmen from Celebrate Everything

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I’ve been a big fan of Martha Stewart editor, Darcy Miller ever since buying Martha Stewart Wedding magazines back when I had no need to be buying wedding magazines. Everything she touches turns to gold! I was thrilled to get my hands on her new book, Celebrate Everything, which is the ultimate guide to throwing every type of party imaginable. It’s chock full of fun and beautiful events and provides a blue print on how to do it all. It’s the logistical things about party planning that mystify me the most and it’s all broken down here. Each page features a stellar idea after stellar idea.  Darcy has shared one of the projects from her book, the Marshmallow Snowmen, just for Lars readers. Darcy says, “These Marshmallow Men are a fun and easy holiday craft. Yummy on their own or a great way to accessorize a cupcake or a glass of hot chocolate!”

Get the recipe below! 

Cactus Cupcake Tutorial Video

DIY Cactus cupcake

A few weeks ago we were delighted to have cactus cupcake extraordinaire, Alana Jones-Mann, visit the Lars Studio for our Cactus Coloring book reveal party! She flew in early in the morning and flew out late that same day! Talk about a trooper! Alana was our guest-of-honor at the party, showing us how to make her delicious desert masterpieces step-by-step. It was AMAZING. But, we didn’t want anyone to feel left out, so we created a quick cactus cupcake tutorial video so you too can create these spiky sweets! We collaborated with the super talented Trisha Zemp to make this adorable stop-motion video that will leave you crazy for cacti. You’ll be surprised at how simple the process actually is, so make sure to give it a whirl! We included written instructions as well to help you on your way!

Rainbow Pies

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Rainbow Pies I am not going to be so bold as to say that pies are the BEST dessert—who am I to discriminate against desserts? But, I do have a soft spot for those buttery, flaky crusts. Pies are often reserved only for the holiday season, and I quickly came to realize that this was doing them a disservice. Pies should be embraced for every occasion and every holiday! In every color of the rainbow! So that’s exactly what we did.

Pies tend to get shafted because they’re a little more time-consuming, a little more involved, and a little more messy. It’s not always “easy as pie,” people. Luckily, method dish soap helped us combat the mess and provided the solution to our clean freak tendencies! We created six different pies in all the colors of the rainbow for every occasion and when it was all said and done, our beautiful white pie plates were spotless. So let them eat pie!

Lingering summer feast

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This post is sponsored by Crate and Barrel. All content and opinions expressed here are my own.

lingering summer feast with Crate and Barrel and The House That Lars Built

The sun has come to mean much more to me after living in Scandinavia where the winters last for so long. I find myself soaking it the last rays of summer for as long as I can before it goes into it’s annual hibernation. You just don’t know when it will resurface again and every year I’m certain it just won’t return. Three years of living in near permanent cold will do that to you.open faced sandwiches on Crate and Barrel copper tray

This year we’re throwing an Lingering Summer feast to celebrate the lingering summer with some gorgeous new copper pieces from Crate and Barrel, one of my go-to places for beautiful home decor and entertaining pieces.

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.

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

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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…
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…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

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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!
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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

The Lamington Float

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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