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it’s my birthday, almost

pancake cupcakes

So it’s my birthday month and I just revisited a post about pancake cupcakes that Courtney from A Little Glass Box made for her husband’s birthday this summer and it made me smile. She does such a wonderful job of celebrating the people she loves. Everyone should have someone like her in their lives. Who wouldn’t be super excited to have these at their party? Pair them with this chili bar, and a simple yet elegant table and you have yourself a perfect party for me!


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spring showers … baby shower

Last weekend I had the pleasure of co-hosting a baby shower for one of the best ladies that I know. My co-hosts and I decided to make the shower a celebration of Katie and less of a baby extravaganza. We chose the color palate from the beautiful floral arrangements that Katie makes for clients at Petal and Print. It was such a nice gathering of ladies and a lovely afternoon. Happy Baby Katie!


photo by Kacey Stafford of Found Studio

Since Katie is an expert florist I decided to skip the cut flowers and make arrangements from clusters of garden flowers. As an added bonus my garden looks great now.


Photo by Kacey Stafford of Found Studio


Back of Table

Photo by Kacey Stafford of Found Studio



We decided to keep it casual for the drinks and offered champagne, orange juice, limeade and iced tea. It was so nice and simple to fill bottles ahead of time and let people help themselves.



Photo by Kacey Stafford of Found Studio

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cook it … easter bread

Is Easter Bread a part of your families spring time tradition? Traditionally thought of as part of Italian or Greek Easter celebrations the sweetened bread can be traced back thousands of years. In Italy bread is symbolic of life. Pair it with an egg, which in most cultures symbolizes fertility and procreation, you have quite a statement. Both themes that Easter, and it’s earlier pagan roots center around.

easter bread Bon Appétit April 2012 – photo by Ditte Isager

I prefer to go the pagan route of celebrating the sweet joys of spring and the rebirth that each new season brings. Regardless of your religious affiliations I think that this bread makes a nice family tradition. I’m excited to give it a try sometime in the next few months. You can find this recipe and step by step instructions here. If eggs are not your thing, but you would like to try the sweet bread, you can find the recipe here.

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what’s cooking … thanksgiving

part two – menu

I am so excited that tomorrow is Thanksgiving. I woke up early this morning and started working on dishes for tomorrow. Toasting bread for stuffing, and cooking up our families favorite Horseradish Cranberry Sauce. This afternoon the Mister will make the brine for the turkey and deep fry it in the back yard tomorrow. There will be mashed potatoes, fennel salad, and side dishes provided by our lovely guests. I asked them to bring their favorite side from their childhood which I think is a nice way to incorporate everyone’s traditions into the holiday.

Thanksgiving Menu | K. Flick Studio

turkey | K. Flick Studio

Thanksgiving Menu | K. Flick Studio

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How good does all that look? Truth be told these are not the exact recipes that we will be using but I think that most of them will be fantastic. The recipe that I did want to share is our families cranberry sauce. Mom thinks that it might be from her mother, but she is not completely sure. It is one of my favorite things about the day and I would eat it year round, on everything if I could!

cranberry horseradish sauce

2 cups water

1 cup sugar

1 cup packed brown sugar

24 oz cranberries

6 tablespoons horseradish

2 tablespoons Dijon mustard

Put the first three ingredients in a pot. Slowly stir and bring to a boil. Add the cranberries. Return to a boil for 10 minutes. The cranberries will split, burst and break down. Spoon into a bowl and cool to room temperature. Stir in the horseradish and mustard. Cover and chill. Put this on everything, you will not be sorry!

I have no idea how many people this serves. It just depends on how much each person will eat and how much you want to have left over. I am also notorious for overestimating how much food we will need. We are having right people to dinner and I made the whole recipe. I am even a bit nervous that we might not have enough, but I am sure we will.

On a side note as someone who works in retail I implore you, not to go shopping on Thanksgiving. If you need something from the grocery store, fine they are open, but the retail chains that are open this year are disgusting. Stores should just be closed on Thanksgiving. Shop online if you are bored and having a shopping emergency. Remember that while you are off work and shopping at midnight there are people there working to make it possible. Trust me, no one wants to be working a midnight to 8am shift at a mega store. So just stay home. That’s all!


Happy Thanksgiving!


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what’s cooking … thanksgiving

part one – decor

I am so excited that Thanksgiving is right around the corner. It is my favorite holiday of the whole year and this year as always, we have a lot to be grateful for. This week I am busy planning my menu and decor for the event. We have a few staples that always appear at dinner but we always like to mix in a few new dishes from year to year. Once I have my menu set I will be sharing it here too. For today I wanted to share my decor inspiration. I hope you like it!

thanksgiving inspiration 2012 | K. Flick Studio

thanksgiving inspiration 2012 | K. Flick Studio

thanksgiving inspiration 2012 | K. Flick Studio


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Oh goodness! I just realized that my links for these gorgeous photos were deleted by one of them! I fixed the situation as soon as I realized it.  Please know that I always credit my sources, and apologize for the mistake. 


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it’s good to be independent

The 4th of July is upon us again. What will you be doing this year? I like to spend the 4th with friends and family cooking food, having some good cocktails and spending as much time outside as possible. As with most holiday’s around here we like to be festive, but don’t completely redecorate for the occasion. I simply switch a few things out for some reds and blues, and voilà, instant patriotism!

We used red lanterns as part of the decor at our rehearsal dinner four years ago and they have continued to prove handy. They add such a nice touch for summer entertaining, and holiday cheer in the winter. Super versatile, and a very effective addition. I also LOVE flag cake. It seems so simple, but I do love it. I had it for the first time years ago while visiting a friend in Colorado and have been hooked ever since. It is the perfect addition to any 4th get together.

Good luck in pulling together your celebration. If you are visiting someone else’s house be sure to bring something festive that will spread some holiday cheer!

4th July 2012 | K Flick Studio  lanterns | flag cake |  sparklers | ice cream | drink dispenser | napkins | tub   snowcone papers | beer garden table | beer

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