Kiwi mint lime sorbet float

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In honor of National Ice Cream Month here in the states, I’m doing a series of delicious, healthy sorbets with Kandyce Caroll of Ramblin Rose Cafe. Last week we featured a strawberry rose sorbet and this week it’s a kiwi mint sorbet. Guys, this one is delicious. You will want to pin/bookmark/get your typewriter out and transcribe it.
Click below for full recipe!

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!

How to throw the garden party of the century

how to throw a garden party

Are you ready for some oooos and ahhhs?! Natalie Norton did an amazing job at capturing A Midsummer Mingle and I’ve been dying to share the pics with you.

If you’re just joining me, I threw a garden party with Sarah Jane Studios, Mer Mag, One More Mushroom, Sycamore Street Press, Caravan Shoppe. It was a way to say thank you to all the people out there who support us because we couldn’t do what we love and without you. It turned out to be a party much bigger (and better!) than any of us intended, but we couldn’t be more pleased with how it turned out so we’re boldly calling it a success. I’m dividing the photos into two parts–they’re just too lovely not to share all of it with you. It couldn’t have happened without the support of many, many people–especially Cricut— so stick with me as I attempt to thank them here.

I learned so much from this event so I thought it might be helpful to share some tips on what to do and what NOT to do.

You might also be interested in these Midsummer posts

You can see midsummer party part 2 here and part 3 here and the video here

We also made a playlist here and have made several crafts like this cake topper, baby mobile

balloons in the pool at your party
floral head crown

 

How to throw a garden party

To do #1: Throw a party! But only do so if you’re totally committed to throwing a party. I initially texted everyone and said “how about a stress-free party to celebrate midsummer?” That “stress-free” party turned out to be anything but, and of course, the timing was horrible for everyone involved. I think had we known what we were getting ourselves into, we may not have done it, but we committed to throw it and make it the best we could for the sake of a beautiful event with lovely people.

To do #2: Involve other people. I originally thought of throwing a Midsummer party by myself. I suppose I could have done it on my own, but it wouldn’t have been as good, well-thought out, and meaningful had I not invited other hosts to come on board. By bringing on others, we grew closer, relied on each other, and helped bring creativity and loveliness out into the world, which is ultimately our end goal.

To do #3: Involve sponsors who believe in what you do. Sponsors like Cricut and Save-on-Crafts, Atly, Land of Nod, and Blickenstaffs and many other raffle and swag bag sponsors and vendors made the party possible. When you work with people who believe in what you are doing and mutually get something out of it, there ain’t nothin better! And tell you what, these sponsors have been so supportive and generous. We couldn’t have been more humbled by the support. PLUS, they helped make the party look good!

maypole
Balloon installation
To do #4: Create a unique focal point to the party. After the success of the balloon installation I did for BHLDN, I’ve been dying to try out another and actually have one that people could see in person. I teamed up with Partyland who graciously came in last minute to provide the balloons. They even introduced me to a machine they invited that creates the twisty shape you see here. It’s called EZ Twist and I’m so pleased with the shapes it created. I’ll be talking more about it in the next post.
Creating something unique for a party means at least one decorative element that you haven’t seen anywhere else. Go on Pinterest for the rest of your ideas.
vintage camper food truck

Catering

To do #5 Delicious food/drinks that fits the branding of your eventRamblin Rose Cafe catered the affair and it was THE PERFECT marriage. They have a lovely menu of tea and toasts and I tell you, their flavors are unique and botanical and DIVINE. And their lemon lavender tea is out of this world. If you’re local, go see them every week at the Farmer’s Market in SLC. And, AND, they come with the cutest get up including this vintage camper and signage. Everything was perfection (minus running out of cups…oopsies, my bad!)
When selecting food or drinks for your own event think of how you want your guests to feel. Is it a fun and whimsical event? Go with a cotton candy truck. Is it a relaxed, casual event? Go with a food truck. Here in Utah we’re lucky to have so many options.

Signage

To do #6: Signage. No matter how large the party is, signage will always help. We knew we needed lots because we were directing our guests through meandering pathways to discover different “experiences” around the garden. We knew we would need arrows and explanations. Enter Cougar Copy. Local print shop Cougar Copy provided all the printing and they went above and beyond like the banner you see here. I’ve been using them for the past year because they are so wonderful to work with. You just send in your files and all you do is pick them up. AND, they’re prices are fantastic. Karen, thank you so so much!
felt ball garland

Color branding

To do #7: Color branding. We settled on some colors and branding that helped set off the theme for the rest of the event. Merrilee Liddiard of Mer Mag did all of the branding and color selection. It helped when adding on sponsors who helped out like Aubry of Hello Maypole graciously provided mini garlands for every attendee and included some garlands for my section of the party, but more on that on the next post.
Wear all white at your garden party

Dress Code

To do #8: Dress code. Once a dress code is requested, it immediately unifies the group and gets guests more involved. We asked our guests to dress all in summer whites. I hope it wasn’t so much of a headache as it was a fun assignment to go through your closet or find a new ensemble. I found a dress from Danish label Ganni off of ASOS that I love, love,  love, and have been wearing it every day since. Turns out they have a ton of beautiful white summer dresses. I would have worn any one of them had I been all Kim Kardashian and changed every half hour.
Dancing around the maypole
Dancing around the maypole

Entertainment

To do #9: Entertainment. Merrilee arranged to have a Maypole troupe come and perform for us. They were amazing and really set the stage for the event.
We actually tried to get an acting group to come perform a scene from A Midsummer’s Night and some folk dancers to come on board too, but it didn’t quite pan out. We’re not complaining here, but just imagine the awesomeness that could have been!
We also had a ton of crafting going on. Each blogger/company, had their own “station” where they displayed the Cricut project we created for the event and had supplies out so they could display them. Cricut was present with a number of their brand new machines so people could come try them out for themselves. I’ll be talking more about our projects later this week.
Come create with cricut
flowers by Lizy's Lilies

Flowers

To do #10: Flowers!
You guys know me by now. Everything, especially a garden party, must have flowers. Flowers can be a large part of the budget but it was so important in this instance to set the mood. Lizy Bowden of Lizy’s Lilies stepped in with the florals and did a smashing job. Aren’t they so gorgeous! She added them throughout the balloon installations too. If you’re budget is not so large, go with less or be strategic in where you place them. Initially we had them everywhere but we had to par it down to a bit in the end.
A very important element to the party was floral crowns for all. Amy Anne, along with some magical helpers, stepped in and created 150 floral crowns! It was insane yet so perfect for the event.
Floral crown

Treats

To do #11: Treats! You must have some little tasty treats that get people off their diets for one night. Cocoa Bean Cupcake Cafe supplied delicious goodies for the event and they were knock your socks off tasty! They’re located in Utah and Idaho and if you get a chance, go!

 

Lighting

To do #12: Lighting! The key to the success of this garden party, among other things, was lighting. We wanted to create a magical wonderland for our guests and this could only have been achieved with good and adequate lighting provided by Save On Crafts, my go to source for craft and decor supplies. They have these little lights called Fairy Berries, which the name alone will make you die of cuteness, but they added the perfect amount of delight sprinkled throughout the garden. We also added a TON of bistro lighting throughout as well as tea lights, lights in jars, lights on branches, and a dozen other lighting techniques. Save on Crafts has it all and they are so well priced! I couldn’t recommend them enough.
party ware from Shop Sweet Lulu
To do #13: Cute partyware. For cute party decor details we turned to the go-to party source, Shop Sweet Lulu. They provided the cutest confetti cups and plates and straws for us. (Psst: word on the street is that they are getting a cute site makeover soon!)

Cake!

To do #14: Cake! ME, my baking intern, created these delicious Scandinavian-inspired cakes. Not only are they beautiful, but they were delish. Cake is a must. And cute cake stands like these ones from BHLDN are perfect (and they’re having a 20% off sale right now! Go quick!)
Cakes by ME Hammond. Cake stand by BHLDN
Watermelon mint water

Refreshing Drinks

To do #15: Refreshing drinks. Ours was a non-alcoholic event and being a garden party, refreshing infused drinks were a must. Ramblin Rose Cafe provided some delicious infused waters like watermelon mint.

Create a hashtag

To do #16: Create a hashtag. Hashtags for your specific events are now a party standard. If you’re super unfamiliar to what a hashtag is, it’s a way to archive photos on social media. If you add a hashtag to an event (simply use the # sign and add your phrase after and voila!) then your guests can look through all the photos in one place. Ours was #amidsummermingle and we provided several signs around the venue including this one which lined the back fence of the tennis court.
Use a hashtag at your event
Hello Hackworths and Natalie!
A big shout out to Sarah Jane and her husband Ken for making the midsummer pole. It turned out so well! And we used fabric from Michael Miller to create the ribbons. Thanks to Carli Randolf for sewing them!
Dancing around the maypole
Rachel of Darlybird, above, and her mother Laura of the adorable fabric and knitting shop Harmony in downtown Provo provided earrings for all the guests in the swag bags and adorable lavender sachets.
lavender sachet
Red Rock Hot Club

Hire an awesome band

To do #17: Hire an awesome band! When you can, hire a band! We searched high and low to find a French gypsy jazz band. Turns out, most were in France! But we ended up getting the best of the best with Red Rock Hot Club. I felt like we were in the movie Chocolat and Johnny Depp was playing for us.

Involve Local artists

To do #18: Involve local artists. It just so happened to work out that a couple of local artists were able to provide some artwork to be put on display like Jann Marie and Kev Nemelka.
Jann Marie Studio
Blickenstaffs was one of our generous sponsors. They created a sweet experience where you could write notes and stick them in bottles and they’ll be sent out to sea.

Get help!

To do #19: Get help! Though it’s #19 on the list, it should really be #1. Do yourself a favor and when people ask if they can help, say yes! All of these people above played an instrumental role in helping out with the event. They contributed countless hours in making this event possible and I am so so grateful. I’m especially grateful for these two below, Brynn and Kelly, who spear headed the efforts. They worked with my indecisiveness and last minute calls for Home Depot runs. They kept us on track and organized when I was going nuts. Thank you so much.

And last, but not least, these lovely ladies who have been a source of sound advice and strength in recent months. I moved here a year ago and feel so lucky to have such wonderful people by my side. I’ll be talking more about them in the next post.
Thank you to our sponsors:
Cricut (stay tuned for our projects!)
Save on Crafts for the amazing lighting (seriously, they have so many wonderful options!)
Lizy’s Lilies for the florals
Ramblin Rose Cafe for the food
Called to Surf and Blickenstaffs
And thank you to the swag bag sponsors: Darly Bird, atly, Hello Maypole

4th of July celebrations

Leave it to me to work last minute up to the holiday. You’re probably gone for the weekend and not even checking in on blogs. Awesome. We just had so much fun making projects that we couldn’t help ourselves! Last week we had a pre 4th of July picnic and had a blast. We brought tunes, some food, and drinks and enjoyed ourselves at the local park. I’ve already shown you a few of our projects but here are some other details that might help in your last minute preparations. (BTW: check out our video!)
No American celebration is complete without some lemonade and this is one of my favorite brands. We got ours from the local shop, Pop ‘n Sweets, but find out where you can get some near you here.
ME made a delicious pop rock cake and topped it off when sparklers. Guys, I am SO on sugar these days. I mean, how could I not?! And we carried the cake with our new handy dandy cake box from Pie Box which even comes with a nifty leather handle, perfect for bike riding! It even fits in cupcakes. It’s perfect.

Berry lemonade popsicles from Ramblin Rose Cafe here
Lady Liberty Floral Crown
Swag flag necklace tutorial here
picnic basket and picnic blanket from Poppytalk‘s new summer Target line
Cake Box from here
American flag banner tutorial 

photography by Laura Sumrak 

Happy 4th of July! We’ll see you next week!

Berry lemonade popsicles

At our 4th of July picnic Kandyce make the most delicious berry lemonade popsicles. They’re so easy to make and add the perfect amount of red,white, and blue to your festivities.

Click below for full recipe!

Brazilian coconut bars

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If there’s one thing I learned in Brazil it’s that they love bolo, or cake. There’s a bolo for every occasion and they do it right! They use all the fruits of the area along with lots of delicious sweeteners. These Brazilian coconut bars, or bolo toalha felpuda, are deliciously dense and oh so sweet. Try it out for one of your World Cup parties.

photos by Laura Sumrak
baking and recipe development by Jenny Thomas

Click below for full recipe!

Brazilian pineapple lime juice

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So much food going on on the blog these days! Don’t worry, I still craft. To continue our celebration of the World Cup, I’ve collaborate with Karlee and Laura to bring you some delicious refreshers. Today it’s a pineapple juice that’s oh so delish. Brazilians LOVE their sucos (juices). In fact, my favorite one is an avocado juice. mmmmmm. 
recipes from Karlee Bronson


Materials needed.
blender, strainer, big bowl, serving container.


Cut off hard skin- it’s okay to leave a little brown spots.
Chop ½ pineapple into little chunks and put in blender.
Add 1 liter of water in blender.  Blend.
After done blending, grab bowl and pour mixed water and pineapple through strainer. (this is where you will get rid of those brown spots). Try to get as much juice strained as possible.
Add strained juice back into blender.
Add 2/3 cup of sugar (depending on how sweet you want your juice–add sugar to taste).
¾ cup lime juice
Add a few ice cubes (remember this will water the juice down)
If you’re feeling like mint- you can also blend a handful of washed mint to your juice to add a nice fresh kick).

Blend and serve!

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!

Donut macarons

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I’m super pumped to bring on a new contributor, ME Hammond, who specializes in all things baked. Welcome ME! I’m so excited to have these donut macarons just in time for National Donut Day (ahem, tomorrow!) And macarons are the perfect alternative to real donuts for those who can’t eat gluten. Bonus!
I have spent the last couple of weeks practicing and practicing the art of making French macarons. After a few dozen egg whites and a couple pounds of almond flour I am proud to say that I have found a recipe that works well. I’ve had to adapt it slightly but after many tests, it works! Hallelujah! There are only a few ingredients in macarons, so you think that they would be simple but just the opposite is true. There are so many things that can ruin macarons! For instance, it is better to use all metal bowls because the oils in other bowls can affect the egg whites. Also the humidity in the weather can stop them from properly drying out.
The two most popular macaron methods are the French meringue and the Italian meringue method. French meringue is made when egg whites are whipped with sugar until thick and glossy. Italian meringue is made when sugar is cooked to the softball stage and beaten into whipped whites. The Italian meringue is a little trickier but pays off, as it is also more stable. This tried and true method is adapted from Chef Kathryn Gordon and is publish in the Les Petits Macarons. (It’s in grams for more accuracy. It’s very important to be precise with macaron making!)
styling by Brittany Jepsen
Check out these other donut projects for National Donut day: 
Click below for the full recipe:

Mini baked donuts

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No sugar mini baked donuts
As we all know, National Donut Day is coming up on Friday, June 6th. And since donuts are the new…well, everything*, I thought you might enjoy a spin on the traditional donut. These mini donuts are not only adorable, but they are healthy! No processed sugar! No fried! Now, I know the joy of donuts is that they are not healthy, but these guys are so yum that you can eat 1,000 of them and feel great about yourself still. Kind of. Ok, you might have control issues.
Mini donuts
mini baked donuts with no sugar
mini baked donuts with no sugar
4 mini donut flavors

photography by Laura Sumrak
recipe and assisting styling by Karlee Bronson
art direction and styling by Brittany Jepsen

*If your head has been in the sand the last two years. Donuts are big right now. Like really big. Take a look on Pinterest for all things donut related or Kelly’s Dreaming of Donuts board
Click for recipes on 4 delightful donuts!

Edible flower pot

No sugar edible flower pot gift idea

As we were trying to think of recipes that would be totally Lars we thought it would be natural to incorporate some flowers. Of course! So Karlee and I came up with this healthy version (no sugar!) of an idea we spotted on Martha Stewart made with chocolate granola and yogurt. We thought it would be the perfect gift for mom for Mother’s Day. Just include a sweet note on the tag and you’re good to go!

No sugar edible flower pot gift idea for Mother's Day
Edible flower pot gift idea

photography by Laura Sumrak
recipe by Karlee Bronson
art direction and styling by Brittany Jepsen

See below for full recipe

Edible Flower Pot
Supplies Needed
  • Jar
  • Lars Flowers / edible flowers (check out some tutorials here)
  • signage / banner


Ingredients
Chocolate Yogurt
12 ounces greek yogurt (vanilla, honey, or plain)
1 Tbs cocoa powder (or desired amount– don’t want to make it too cocoa-y)
½  tsp almond extract


(If using plain greek yogurt you can mix in honey to your desired sweetness)


Directions
Mix together all ingredients in medium size bowl and set aside.


Chocolate Granola
1 cup granola (homemade works too 😉
1/2 Tbs coconut oil
2 tsp cocoa powder
⅛ cup chopped almonds
⅛ cup coconut


Directions
Mix granola with chopped almonds and coconut. Set aside.  In another bowl- melt coconut oil and then mix in cocoa powder until even consistency.  Stir over granola until covered in chocolate mixture. Let cool.  

Spoon chocolate yogurt in your jar.  Place chocolate granola on top.  Stick in flowers to create your mother her very own edible (healthy) garden! Enjoy!

glass vase from BHLDN

Breakfast in bed idea for Mother’s Day

Breakfast in bed idea for Mother's Day with lavender honey crepe cake
bowl of fresh fruit and blackberry lemonade

GASP! “Brittany, there’s food on the blog? What’s going on?” I know you must be thinking that you came to the wrong site today, but wonder no more. This IS food. It’s edible. And it’s awesome! I’m horrific in the kitchen but I love to eat so the the big question was, how to combine the two? I’ve teamed up with the wonderful Karlee Bronson and food photographer Laura Sumrak to start featuring more recipes that will make your mouth drool. We’re focusing on more healthy choices because uh, my skirts don’t fit like they used to and I thought it would be nice to create dishes that are gorgeous, delectable and mostly guilt-free. Good combo, right?

I’m not the biggest fan of the idea of bringing food parcels into bed, but this one is pretty crumb free so I’m all over the idea of a crepe cake with layers of creme and hints of lavender. Basically anything with creme I’m a fan of. Karlee got the recipe from some friends who lived in Russia and came up with the perfect crepe recipe from their Russian friends. We topped off the meal with a bowl of fresh fruit and blackberry lemonade sweetened with honey. AND, there’s NO SUGAR!

No sugar lavender honey crepe cake
No sugar lavender honey crepe cake recipe
lavender honey crepe cake recipe
lavender honey crepe cake recipe

photography by Laura Sumrak
recipes and assisting styling by Karlee Bronson
styling and art direction by Brittany Jepsen


Click below for recipes