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Friday, May 18, 2012

Bride & Groom Cake Pops

Cake pops are still all the rage!

Besides the fact that they are yummy, I think what makes cake pops so much fun is that they can be decorated and transformed into just about anything.

I recently had a bride request some bride and groom cake pop favors.

The wedding colors were black, white and watermelon
so I started with a simple bride and groom cake pop and then
added color with a little paper shred and a matching ribbon.
This was my favorite of the two.

Option 2 was more simple, I removed the paper shred
and added a small fondant flower to the bride
for just a tiny pop of color.
This is the one the bride chose. 

Thursday, May 17, 2012

{Recipe} Summer Cocktails

Yay, it looks like summer weather is here to stay!

I'm not sure about your neck of the woods but here in Northern Virginia, we've had bouts of cold and rain so this weeks sunshine has been a welcomed change.

All this beautiful weather gets me in the mood for a summer cocktail party...especially before the Virginia humidity hits!

Here are a couple of go to cocktail recipes I want to share:

Photo: Driscolls

Spiked Blueberry Lemonade

1 cup fresh blueberries & additional for garnish
1 cup water
1 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
1 cup simple syrup*
1/2 cup blueberry vodka
1 cup ice
mint leaves & lemon slices for garnish

Place fresh blueberries in a pitcher with a couple of torn mint leaves.  Muddle them together slightly just to break a few blueberries and to release the oils of the mint.  Add the water, lemon juice, cooled simple syrup and the vodka.  Stir until well combined, add in ice cubes.

Serve garnished with additional blueberries, mint springs and lemon slices.

*simple syrup: 1/2 c. water & 1/2 c. sugar in a saucepan until sugar has dissolved.

These next two recipes are not only delicious but also 'skinny cocktails' from  So you can enjoy a yummy summer cocktail and still look cute in your swimsuit.

Photo: Everyday Health

Skinny Strawberry Mojito - 80 calories

8 ounces club soda
1 ounce white rum
10 mint leaves
4 sliced strawberries
4 lime slices (1/2 of lime)

In a sturdy glass, muddle mint leaves, strawberries, and lime slices by gently pressing on and twisting the mint leaves and lime. Muddling doesn’t mean grinding them to a pulp — just twist until you smell mint. The end of a rolling pin will work if you don’t own a muddler. Next, add 1 cup crushed ice, the club soda, and rum. Stir gently and garnish with a mint sprig and a lime wedge before serving.

Photo: Everyday Health
Cinco de Mayo Mango Margarita - 180 calories

3/4 cup frozen mango cubes
1 ounce tequila
1 ounce lemon juice
1 teaspoon triple sec

Blend all ingredients in a blender until you reach a slushy consistency. Garnish with lime wedge for a splash of color.