Posts Tagged ‘party’


Summer Colors

Written by Sarah. Posted in cooking, holiday, party, summer

Hey there! Here’s something to feast your eyes upon this morning. Jon took this photo of the grill on July 4th.

Don’t these peppers just look delicious and bright? The colors are amazing. Thinking of them sizzling away on the grill is getting my taste buds going! Yummy!

I have a few more photos from the 4th coming soon!

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Congrats, Ashley!

Written by Sarah. Posted in life, party

Last weekend I got to celebrate my good friend Ashley’s graduation. I am so proud of her. I just wanted to share some photos of the party because we had so much fun!

Ashley and I have been friends since I met her in fourth grade. She and I both went to school in New York City so we have been able to spend a lot of big events together. It’s really cool that we are passing this milestone together! Doesn’t she look beautiful?

Her family is just so much fun. It was so great capturing how excited they were for her!

I love this photo of the girls’ tattoos. Ashley, her sister, and her mom all have them!

I wish I could’ve captured the party even more. I was having too much fun enjoying it myself!

I’m so pleased that we got to spend time with some of my friends that I haven’t seen in a long time! I love picking up where we left off.

I am so happy that Ashley and I live close enough now that we can see each other more often. I feel so lucky to have a great friend that I know will always be there whether we’re getting tipsy at brunch or helping each other through bad break ups. Every girl needs a best friend!

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Andrew Escoto: Last Night Color(ed)

Written by Sarah. Posted in blog spotlight

Happy Monday, everybody! I hope you all survived the weekend.

A few weeks ago I wrote about my amazingly talented and fantastically dressed friend Kristen and urged you all to check out her art. If you haven’t yet, you’d better get started clicking! And immediate after doing that, you should be checking out Andrew’s blog. Andrew (seen above sporting a fab paper mustache) is Kristen’s other half and together they are inspiring some really rad artwork including these photos.

Enjoy the fun, party people!

I’m starting my new job tomorrow! It’s official! I’m a grown up!

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Champagne Cupcakes

Written by Sarah. Posted in baking, holiday

Happy New Years, internet! Hope we’ve all shaken off our 2010 hangovers.

New Years means champagne, of course! So I popped a bottle to make these desserts. If you’ve got an occasion to pop a bottle soon (bridal shower? birthday party? Tuesday night?), these are a really fun way to cook with a little bubbly.

I adapted a recipe from Allrecipes and halved it.

Champagne cupcakes with Sweet Champagne Buttercream (recipe follows)
Yeilds 10 cupcakes

1 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
5 tablespoons butter
3/4 cup white sugar
1/2 cup pink champagne
3 egg whites
(I’d like to try it again with 1/4 teaspoon almond extract. The champagne alone wasn’t sweet enough!)

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F and line your cupcake pan. I used little foil cups. New Years is all about sparkle.

Cream together butter and sugar until fluffy. I use my stand mixer which I am in love with. Sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Then add to the creamed mixture. I went about 1/4 of a cup at a time, alternating with the champagne.

If you’re using a stand mixer like me, you’re going to have to transfer your mixture into another bowl because you’re going to whip the egg whites to stiff peaks. This was a bit of a pain in the ass for me because it meant transferring everything, washing the mixer’s bowl and then mixing the eggs (at medium and then on high). And then washing the bowl again…

At this point, your mixed ingredients don’t look like cupcake batter. Mine was thick, almost like a cookie dough but! after the eggs have reached a stiff peak, fold them into the batter. This makes all the difference and after a few minutes of aggressive folding, my batter became smooth and shiny.

Pour the batter into the cups and bake for 25 to 30 minutes. Don’t forget to rotate them if you have a tricky oven like me!

Sweet Champagne Buttercream adapted this recipe at Gimme Some Oven!

1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1/2 cup butter
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract (might try almond next time)
a splash of Champagne

Start by creaming your butter and confectioners sugar. I was really patient and it turned out beautiful and smooth.

Then add the vanilla and champagne. I added more to taste. And I guess because I was having a glass myself, why not add more! Be careful, though, you could thin the icing too far with too much liquid.

Ta da!

I iced them and added some black glitter. The glitter was kind of on a whim because I had some left over from Halloween macarons but I think New Years Eve in New York City is all about black glitter.

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