Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Whole Wheat Blueberry Granola Pancakes

The other night the classic "what's for dinner" question came into my mind. I knew it needed to be quick, easy and delicious. I love breakfast foods, but don't always have the ability during the week to make an elaborate feast. Making breakfast for dinner was a perfect option and it's my favorite!

I came across a great pancake recipe featured on Two Peas and Their Pod. The pictures looked delicious and the pancakes were different than I had ever tried. Queue the drum roll...whole wheat blueberry granola pancakes. I mean really, could they sound any better?

I adapted the recipe a bit for the ingredients I had on hand. For the original recipe see here.  

2 cups whole wheat flour (I used pastry flour since that is what I had)
2 Tbsp sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups nonfat milk
2 Tbsp Greek yogurt
2 eggs
1/4 cup melted coconut oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup fresh blueberries
1 cup granola

1. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, soda, and salt. In a small bowl, whisk together milk, yogurt, eggs, oil, and vanilla. Add wet ingredients to the flour mixture and until combined. Gently stir in the blueberries and granola. The batter will be slightly lumpy.

2. Heat griddle or pan to medium-low heat. Coat with cooking spray or butter. Drop batter onto heated skillet (I used a 1/2 cup scoop). Cook until surface of pancakes have little bubbles and a few that have popped, 1 to 2 minutes. Flip carefully with a spatula and cook until browned on the other side, 1 or 2 more minutes.
Serve warm with butter and maple syrup, or top with strawberries and whipped cream. 

Whatever you top these delicious pancakes with I am sure you will enjoy them!


Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Pop Fizz Clink - Bridal Luncheon

I had the complete honor of hosting my sister-in-laws bridal luncheon this past weekend. She had asked me to assist with wedding plans and for the past couple months we have been working on bringing her wedding ideas to life. While out shopping for her wedding dress, the topic of a bridal shower came up, and if you can believe it, she really didn't want one. For this party loving lady, that was just nonsense! So after chatting I came to realize she didn't want the traditional shower, she just wanted to get together with her closest friends & family and drink some champagne. So that is what we did! 

I found the perfect invitations on Etsy to set the theme, Pop Fizz Clink! I went with a color palette of black and white with pops of gold and mint. It turned out very classy and exactly the look I was hoping for.

The brides dear friend offered to have the event held at her home, since she lives much closer than I do. She was so sweet to let us take over her home, and I certainly did take over! 

The bride requested not to have the traditional shower games. So to give guests something fun to contribute, I found these great advice and well wishes cards from Confetti Daydreams. Each guest could fill out there card with something funny, romantic, sincere, whatever they wanted. I think it was fun for people to come up with clever ideas and hopefully something for the bride & groom to enjoy later.

Pinterest provided me with several ideas for how to creatively detail the love story of the bride & groom. 

Both the bride & groom have lived on their own for several years so in lieu of traditional gifts, we suggested that if guests would like to bring a gift, to bring a bottle of their favorite wine or bubbly! This was a fun way for guests to pick out something they enjoy and share that with the bride. Everyone seemed to enjoy it and the bride & grooms wine cabinet is now full!

No bridal luncheon is complete without a champagne cocktail bar, you can get this adorable printable for free from Eleven Magnolia Lane. This bar setup was certainly a favorite among guests, I know I enjoyed it! 

I found some delicious juice made from Welch's, Refreshingly Simple Peach-Mango and Strawberry-Raspberry. Served with guests choice of white wine or champagne and topped with strawberries, peaches or raspberries. Add a fun stripey straw from Tomkat Studio, and you have yourself the perfect cocktail!

I love to style a party and can handle so many of the details, but shhh....food is not my favorite detail. My mother-in-law was so sweet to help with all of the food.  She was such a blessing the morning of the party, doing all of the food prep so I could work on styling. 

Chocolate cupcakes with buttercream frosting, so yummy! The chocolate covered strawberries were done by the brides dear friend and they turned out fantastic. 

For non-alcoholic beverage options we served lemonade with mint leaves and lemon water. 

For the flower arrangements I purchased a few bouquets from a local grocer and split them up to make multiple smaller bouquets. They added the perfect pop of color throughout the tablescapes.

As a thank you, each guest was given a small bottle of wine, tied with an adorable "thank you" tag from Tomkat Studio, to take home. We offered a couple different options of both red and white wines for guests to choose from. 

I truly had such a wonderful time planning this event, I know the bride enjoyed herself and really felt the love from her friends and family. Just what I was hoping for! Congratulations my dear, you deserve the best! 

Thank you to everyone who helped make this event so lovely.


Party Styling and Floral Arrangements by AK Party Studio

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Jenny Cookies - Ladies Lunch Feature

Over the last couple of months I have had the honor to participate in not one, but TWO, Ladies Lunches hosted by Jenny Keller of Jenny Cookies. To say it was fun is a complete understatement! Not only was I surrounded by talented and crafty women, but I got to be a guest at one of Jenny's parties. I have admired Jenny's work for years and it was so much fun to see in person, her ideas come to life!

Jenny puts a lot of thought and effort into any event she hosts, she has as true talent for inspiring people like me to create the most of any celebration. The monthly ladies lunches teach you to start creating in your own home. Each month selecting a different theme, she provides you with the tools necessary to do a craft project with the help of the expert she has brought in to teach.

For the February Ladies Lunch, Eylander Sign Co.  taught each of us to make a darling sign like the one below.

The setting was beautifully decorated for Valentine's Day. At each place setting we had the supplies needed for the signs & a little gift to take home. 

The delicious spread of food was supplied by Qdoba. Who knew they did catering style, I will definitely be remembering this for any future gathering. 

For our sign project, we started with a blank board and added a light coat of stain.

Applied cutout letters or images to board and applied a thin layer of modge podge over each cutout to help keep the seal while painting.

Then applied a thin layer of chalk paint in your desired color, sand the edges and anywhere else you want a more rustic look.

Fun group of ladies with good food, dessert and sangria, this equals a great afternoon! 

For the March Ladies Lunch, Kelli with Country Bouquets Floral taught each of us the art to flower arranging. It was so much fun and made working with flowers much less intimidating! 

The theme was set for Spring, with pops of yellow and green! We were each given supplies to arrange our flowers in an adorable white hobnob milk glass vase. 

 Lunch was kept simple, with a delicious (and may I say huge) sandwich, pasta salad and yummy cookie from the Snohomish Pie Co., all arranged in this adorable yellow basket.

Myself, Jenny & Misha, of A Lovely Design, with our finished Spring arrangements. 

For more information on any of the upcoming classes hosted or taught by Jenny, check out her website, jennycookies.com. These events are so much fun, hope to see you at one in the future!

Photos by: Kelly Clare Photography
Event Styling: Jenny Keller