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April 24th

Ready, Set, Weekend with The Garden of Eatin’

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Anyone have some leftover chocolate bunnies laying around the house after Easter? I received this one from a work colleague who knew that I would put it to good use…..and that I did.Mousse 1
Ever heard of pulling a Rabbit out of a hat? How about pulling a mousse out of a Rabbit? Leave that magic trick to me and read on.

Although this post started out quite innocently, after photographing the steps, it seems that a sinister side of me has come forth…..or more like Dexter paid a visit to thegardenofeatin set. I apologize in advance to those who may find these pictures too graphic. Hide your children. Poor Mr. Wabbit.Mousse 4Mousse 5Mousse 6Mousse 7
Ready?

Here goes……

White Chocolate Lemon Mousse

12 ounces White Chocolate, chopped – You can use any good quality white chocolate OR a bunny!
1½ cups heavy cream, divided
1 tsp lemon zest – optional
Garnish – Berries and shaved chocolate

In a small saucepan, heat ¾ cup of the cream on medium heat. Heat just until bubbly but do not bring to a boil.

Turn off the heat and add the chopped chocolate. Stir until the chocolate is melted and the cream and chocolate are glossy and combined. Set aside and allow to cool to room temperature.Mousse 8
With an electric mixer using the whisk attachment or a hand mixer, beat the other ¾ cup cream on high until soft peaks form. Once the chocolate mixture is cool, fold it into the whipped cream using the paddle attachment or a wooden spoon. Place in ceramic ramekins and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or if you just can’t wait (like me) place in freezer for 15 minutes. Garnish with fresh berries and additional grated chocolate. Serve up your old bunny who is now a mousse and enjoy!
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See you next week!
debi @thegardenofeatin
XO

categories: Baking, Food, Little Miss Foodie, Sweets, The Garden of Eatin'

April 23rd

Our party in a box is so easy to set up…a man can do it.

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Back when we shipped our Little Miss Birthday Party in a Box to my friend Ilana to set up her daughter Harlow’s 2nd birthday party, her husband, Mike had made some kind of sly remark about how easy the box was to set up…and so he and my husband Adam should have done it. I thought…um, yah. You should have. I’ll save that idea for another time thank you very much!
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Well that bright idea came to mind when thinking about Mother’s Day! So guess who got a Little Miss Spring Party in a Box and set up the most adorable brunch for our families? THESE GUYS! Oh yah…check this out…
It all started with Adam, Mike, An LMP in a Box and Dave Robbins. Yes I had to have a photographer in there capturing this all because otherwise I wouldn’t have believed they did this on their own…
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Ilana and I took the brood of kids out to the park. It was a gorgeous day so we played and hung out while the boys did their thing.
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We were out for about one hour.
When we got home…here’s what we came home to……a beautiful table, bagels & cream cheese and mimosas. A pretty perfect mother’s day with the families if you ask me?! Those boys made us proud!
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So what happened while we were gone? Here’s what we learned thanks to these photos Dave Robbins so beautifully documented for us…
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It started with a couple of glasses of scotch. Apparently they felt this was necessary after opening the box.
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They took a stab at the tissue fans and lanterns in the box and although I have heard people make comments about these before – worrying they wouldn’t know how to set them up – these guys figured it out in no time…
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Now the flowers…well there are a few gorgeous glass bud vases in our box. The boys picked up simple white tulips (perfection) and put one in each. When I sat down for brunch I noticed there was tape on one of the stems…here’s what happened behind the scenes. Problem solvers or what?
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These guys went as far as using teapots that they found on the dining room table as vases for more flowers.  I think they have been secretly paying attention to the LMP Instagram account…
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The guys set out the plates, straws, napkins and cups all buffet style. Everything was perfect. They even lay down the crepe yellow runner that is included which really made the dining room table pop!
To complete the table they searched the apartment for other household times to use. They found a pink tray for serving and colorful placemats which they put on top of the runner and on the buffet to make the tables extra colorful and pretty.
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To eat they served the perfect and easiest brunch spread…bagels, cream cheese, fruit, assorted salads and orange juice.
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They even took my glass Chemex coffee pot and turned it into a water pitcher.  It’s obvious now these guys pay attention around this place…I was very impressed!
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Not sure what we were doing with the scissors here…and I may never know. But the tomatoes were sliced pretty perfectly…
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They found platters, serving knives (I didn’t even care that they used the halloween ones) and cake stands for cupcakes. They topped them with our “YAY” toppers and it all looked STUNNING!
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When we got back to the apartment the kids ran in and started plowing through the bagels. Meanwhile, my jaw was dropped to the ground. I was so touched by the effort they put behind this set up and I couldn’t actually believe how perfect it was.
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These boys proved that Michelle and I have done our job with this box and delivered supplies that are so easy to set up…even a guy could do it.
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So ladies….if I were you…I would leave this blog post open on your computer so your hubby stumbles upon it and gets inspired to surprise you with a brunch like this for Mother’s Day…Here is your direct link to SHOP THE BOX – now we’re making it easy for you !
Happy Mother’s Day! Let us know how it goes….!
All photos above were taken by Dave Robbins Photography.

categories: Baby shower, Brunch, desserts, DIY, Flowers, For Mom..., Gifts, Holiday, Little Miss Mommy, little miss party, Little Miss Party in a Box, Napkins, Party, Party Stylists, Photography, Photography, Project Playdate

April 22nd

A Day in the Life

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Photography is not what it used to be.
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When I was a kid I used to snap the heck out of my little point and shoot camera. I would print photos monthly and document my family, friends and favorite moments. I have book cases full of photo albums with printed photos through the first 20 years of my life.

But then…things changed.
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Photos turned into blog posts, blog posts turned into Facebook photos and now we live life through Instagram. I print photos maybe twice a year now…and they are usually just to send out to my family.
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I’ve noticed that when I try to do an organized photo shoot with my children, they turn into little monsters and won’t sit still or smile no matter what I bribe them with.
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However when my friend Dave comes over…even if he’s planning to shoot them, he distracts the boys enough to snap the most beautiful, natural shots.
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Dave Robbins is a lifestyle photographer who captures people and moments when they are least expecting it.
We most recently worked with Dave on this shoot of Harlow & Luke romping around Eastern Long Island decked in outfits from Janie and Jack. A day in the life…of Harlow & Luke.
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If you’re looking to capture a day in the life of your child, children or anyone really, I highly recommend Dave. You can check out his new lifestyle blog here.

All photos above were taken by Dave Robbins Photography.

To read more on Harlow & Luke click on over to Mommy Shorts.

categories: Little Miss Mommy, Photography, Project Playdate, Summer, Toddler activities

April 21st

Happy Earth Day

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We are thrilled to share our second Gather Now post, which focuses on Earth Day. Sadly, most people often overlook this very important day, which happens to be on April 22. Earth Day was first celebrated in 1970, and while Americans have come very far, there is still so much more work to be done…and not just on Earth day – EVERY day. Check out these alarming statistics :

*In 2014, the US produced 32 billion pounds of plastic; only 9% was recycled
*The energy saved by recycling one plastic bottle can power a computer for 25 minutes
*The average american uses about 100 gallons of water per day (!!!!) and about 100,000 gallons per year
*Every square mile of the oceans contains about 46,000 pieces of floating plastic
*It takes about 1 million years for a glass bottle to break down in a landfill
*The energy saved from recycling one glass bottle will operate a 100-watt light bulb for 4 hours

We were super excited to plan a party while keeping our beautiful earth in mind, so check out what we did:

While very familiar with bamboo plates and have used them countless times in the past, we actually found out they are not compostable so they end up in a landfill after use and actually take 6 months to break down! In addition they are made from bamboo plants which are specifically cut down for the purpose of making plates. This was shocking news to us, so we were thrilled when we discovered VerTerra – dinnerware that is made from fallen leaves that are gathered, cleaned and pressed. Not only is this line gorgeous, but it blows away all other supposed “eco-friendly” choices out there.
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Instead of buying cut flowers which go to waste, we purchased tulip bulbs which we then re-planted after the photo shoot. Tulips are perennials so we will be enjoying these beauties for years to come!
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Recycled jars make the best vases! Simply soak off the label, wrap with twine and you have the perfect vessel for flowers. Here we got creative and used a bunch of fresh basil for a bright pop of color.
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To display these gorgeous Earth cake pops, we picked up some wheatgrass at the flower market and cut it to fit inside of a bark vase. Pretty awesome, right?
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Getting thirsty? We filled recycled ball jar vases with fresh lemonade, recycled paper straws and edible flowers!
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We couldn’t resist some additional earth inspired treats from our friend Clarelicious. How adorable are these Earth sugar cookies?
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As a simple and easy take-home, we loved the idea of providing guests with a way to get involved…seed packets! To display we pinned each packet to map bunting, with a little note for each guest.
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What better way to clean up a party than with Greenworks cleaners. With little ones in the house, we can never be too careful with chemicals.
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Happy Earth Day Everyone !! We hope you celebrate today and everyday!

All photos : Dave Robbins Photography

categories: Brunch, Holiday, Little Miss Foodie, Party Stylists, Photography

April 20th

Easy DIY Mother’s Day gifting with Cousin Daniella

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Mother’s Day is May 10
th, mark your calendars everyone! It’s one of my favorite days because my mom is really amazing and I always love celebrating her. This year, I’m attending a very special Mother’s Day brunch with some pretty incredible moms (and one mom-to-be!). I really want to bring something special to this brunch, so I decided to find a do it yourself project that will work perfectly for every mom. Are you ready for an easy, quick, and affordable DIY gift?
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Grapefruit Sugar Scrub
(makes about 2 cups of scrub)
½ cup of coconut oil
2 cups of granulated sugar
8-10 drops of grapefruit essential oil
grapefruit zest (optional)
½ tablespoon of beet juice to colour (optional)
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Directions:
1. Melt coconut oil in the microwave.
2. Add in granulated sugar. Mix until incorporated.
3. Add in grapefruit essential oil (or any other essential oil you’d like!), and beet juice and grapefruit zest (both optional – I only used a little beet juice to keep my scrub light in colour). Mix again.
4. Jar your scrub and you’re done!
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I made some simple labels to print out for the jar lids. And since these scrubs are for gifts, I used butcher’s twine to make them a little more special!
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If grapefruit isn’t your thing you can choose any essential oil(s) you’d like. Lavender is always a hit, but get creative! How about coconut mixed with lime, or lemon and mint? There are so many great possibilities. Hope you (and the special moms in your life) enjoy!
xx Daniella
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categories: For Mom..., Gifts, Little Miss Mommy

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