October 6, 2015

Sparkling Cider Pumpkin Beer-tails


Nothing says fall like pumpkin-flavored EVERYTHING. My favorite seasonal pumpkin variant? BEER. Yep, I like my pumpkin flavoring combined with some hoppy goodness.

This past weekend, my room mate and I hosted a celebration at our new apartment, from which I had some leftover Blue Moon Harvest Pumpkin Ale.  It was so delicious on its own, I decided that I wanted to make use of it for this weeks post. I found this recipe from on Brit + Co.’s Pinterest and got to work.


What you will need:
-at least 2 bottles of your favorite pumpkin-flavored beer
-one bottle of Martinelli’s sparkling cider
-cinnamon sticks
-ground cinnamon for garnish
-a lemon for garnish

What to do:
1) Add one cinnamon stick to each of your cocktail glasses.  I borrowed these super cool, Gastby-esque coupe glasses from Seri, and i’m pretty obsessed with how gorgeous they look.

2) Fill half of your glass with the pumpkin beer.

3) Fill the other half of the glass to the brim with the sparkling cider.

4) Garnish the rim of the glass with a lemon wedge. Sprinkle some ground cinnamon on the foam on the top of your cocktail.



Admire your handiwork for a minute, and then sip! I love how these maintain the pumpkin beer flavor, but are also lighter and bubblier than an entire beer. And they are SO easy to make!



Enjoy! See ya next week.


xx, Abby
categories: Cocktail party, Cocktails
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October 5, 2015

LMP Welcomes Baby D

The LMP team has gained their newest member, Miss Dylan Ava Revzen-Dick!


After 40 weeks in her mommy’s belly, two days of contractions and twelve hours of labor Dylan finally greeted her family on August 27th at 4:14pm.


With a year of planning and pinspiration Dylan’s nursery was ready to roll! We knew we were having a girl but still wanted to stick to neutral tones. I’ve never been super girly so I stuck with easy non-gendered prints and colors.




For the artwork, we framed minted fabric in an ikea frame. Stunning right? You can find these and hundreds more here.


The beautiful floral crown was made by the talented Lady Hayes. Probably the girliest thing I own for Dylan but one of my absolute favorite gifts received.



Life has certainly changed since our little bundle has arrived. I can truly say I understand a love like no other. Dylan has absolutely rocked our world, but made it a far better place to be.



Click for vendor credits:
Animal Prints
Ikea frame
Sheepskin carpet
Change table/topper
Pendant light
Floral crown
Marquee “D”

All images were captured by the beyond talented Debi Traub of Simply Beautiful Eating.

xx, Mandy
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October 2, 2015

Ready, Set, Weekend with Simply Beautiful Eating

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Remember the TV sitcom the Addams Family?

Most of you are probably too young to remember all the ghoulish characters of this group that included Gomez, Morticia, Uncle Fester, Lurch, Grandmama, Wednesday, Pugsley, Cousin Itt and the THING.

I was a little taken by Cousin Itt and on occasion wake up looking like him in the mornings. Here’s what I’m talking about….

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So what am I getting at here? Let me tell you. I’m not much of a dark chocolate lover. In fact, I’m not much into chocolate AT ALL. I know you must think I’m weird. Not as weird as Cousin Itt but nonetheless WEIRD.

I like chocolate chips in cookies but don’t give me a huge slice of chocolate laden anything. My husband Steve, eldest son Jayme, boss Alan and my work colleague Eve on the other hand would KILL for chocolate. I usually bring in the treats I make at home to my work peeps so when I created this chocolate Oreo tart this weekend I knew it would be descended upon the second I put it in front of these folks.

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Getting back to the ghoulish stuff. I really don’t usually photograph in the moody mode. You always see bright, cheery and light photo’s on here. (and just an FYI…..I know I overdid the amount of shots on this blog today but come on, I just couldn’t help myself)

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This dessert deserved to be shot in a sultry style because, I mean….just look at it. It screams Morticia Addams all over it. Dark and appealing looking with a certain “je ne sais quoi” indefinable, elusive quality.

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When using pure dark chocolate in baking it entertains an aspect of romanticism.

Uh huh…that’s right…I know you want it.

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and oh so sexy.

This was bar none one of the easiest recipes I’ve ever made. If you are a chocolate lover YOU NEED TO MAKE THIS.

Like now.

Right now.

Right now.

No Bake Dark Chocolate Oreo Tart

For the Crust
350 g (10 oz) package Oreo cookies (set aside 4 or 5)
1/2 cup butter, melted
Chocolate Ganache Filling:
3/4 cup + 2 tablespoons 30% or higher fat whipping cream
7 oz good quality dark chocolate, chopped – (I used 70%)
1/4 cup cold butter, cubed
For garnish:
4 or 5 chopped Oreo cookies
chocolate chips
optional – frozen berries & grapes

For the crust: using a food processor, give those Oreo cookies a whirl until they are the texture of fine crumbs.
Combine crumbs and the melted butter and blend well.
Place the mixture into a fluted tart pan (mine is an 8 x 8 tart pan with a removable bottom)
Press cookie crumb mixture onto the bottom and up the sides evenly.
Freeze the crust while you prepare the chocolate ganache filling.
In a medium saucepan, bring cream to a slow boil. (careful not to scorch the cream)
Remove from heat, add chopped chocolate and butter, and let sit to slowly melt for 5 minutes.

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Then stir until melted (you should have a lovely sheen to the chocolate)
Pour the chocolate ganache filling over the firm Oreo cookie crust.

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Decorate with some chopped Oreo cookies and chocolate chips.
Chill for at least 2 hours, or preferably overnight.
Unmold from tart pan.
Optional – garnish with frozen berries and grapes and enjoy!

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See ya next week!
debi @simplybeautifuleating

xx, Debi
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October 1, 2015

Chic and easy balloon DIY

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It’s no secret that we love really huge balloons; nothing says PARTY like a big, confetti filled balloon! How we ever lived without these 36″ beauties is beyond me! We love ’em so much, you can find one in a few of our Little Miss Party boxes! In the past we’ve adorned them with tissue tassel garland, but today we wanted to change things up a bit.

Pretty stunning, right? Yep, we feel the same way. We were obsessed with how this turned out!! And it couldn’t have been simpler. Check out the easy DIY steps below!

What you’ll need :
* One jumbo balloon (36″).  We used a confetti filled balloon.
* Jumbo Balloon Time Helium Tank
* fresh greenery
* lightweight flowers – we used baby’s breath
* string or ribbon

How To :
* Start by purchasing fresh greenery that is lightweight and has a flexible stem as it needs to be able to be wrapped.
* Inflate your balloon with the Jumbo Balloon Time Helium Tank – tie the end in a knot and secure the string or ribbon to the knot.
* Start near the top of the string and wrap one piece of greenery around the string, tucking and wrapping as you go along. Once you get to the end of the greenery, you can begin with another piece. Two pieces may need to overlap slightly to fill in any gaps. A lightweight and flexible greenery should wrap and hold very easily.
* cut small pieces of flowers and stick them in randomly, tucking in between the greenery and the strong.

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Pretty amazing and easy right? We loved this new take on a party balloon. So chic and elegant, it’s the perfect addition to any soiree!

xx, Michelle
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September 30, 2015

How to host the prettiest fall shower at home

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We are big big huge huge fans of entertaining at home. I mean c’mon…you’ve got everything at your finger tips and you can set up and prep in advance so you can enjoy the party with your friends.

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What better excuse to have a party at home then a shower?

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Instead of the traditional brunch with coffee and tea….we switched it up and threw a ladies lunch.

With fall full swing at our farm stands we are loving the look of bubblegum pink with deep red, eggplant and pumpkin orange. Speaking of…pumpkins. Without fail they are always found on our table in the fall.

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Now you don’t have to go crazy with the flowers. A couple bunches then mix it all with greenery. Green stems of leaves are all the rage these days. They are rich in color and easy on your pockets! We bought a bunch to play with and ended up taping some to the wall to create a bright backdrop for our table.

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We believe in using household items for decor before running out to the store every holiday. Teapots make for great vases and recycled jars from the fridge and pantry can be filled with battery operated fairy lights for a little sparkle.

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What’s a party without balloons? Well since this is a sit down lunch we thought it would be both festive and practical to set a balloon for each name card at the table so our guests could find their seats with ease. And guess what? We inflated our balloons at home!  You can see this all with our DIY directions for the balloon name cards over at Balloon Time.

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Stay tuned for more holiday party tips and ideas with our friends from Balloon Time….coming soon!

This post was sponsored by Balloon Time but all of the thoughts and styling tips are our own.

xx, Seri
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