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October 30th

Batman + Superman Turn 5,42

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When a five year old kid has a clear vision of what he wants his birthday party to be you cannot help but make sure you follow through and go all out.
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This summer Gavin started gearing up for his birthday very early as he was often conversing with his best friend, Mazzy’s Dad, Mike about their birthdays falling on the same day.
All summer long Gavin would tell Mike - we’re going to have a superhero bowling party, together.
Mike always agreed.
And here we are today.
Was the biggest blast. Celebrating a 5 year old boy and 42 year old man.
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categories: Birthday, Cake, Cocktail party, desserts, Halloween, little miss party, New York City to do, Party, Party Favors, Party Stylists, Photography, Toddler activities

October 28th

Pie in the Sky

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We have a lot of pumpkins hanging around our house these days. I was inspired by this to make pumpkin pie…
I immediately began dreaming of homemade pie with fresh roasted pumpkin. Carving those suckers up with my little guys, roasting the seeds and baking off the flesh. Sounds lovely doesn’t it? Well guess what? I never found the time! I can hardly find time to eat on a daily basis, let alone cook a homemade pie.
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So…I took some help from: A. Whole Foods and B. My incredible babysitter and now as I like to call her Pumpkin Pie stylist, Erin.
Erin who has her hands full with lil man Luke took some help from the store with a frozen pie crust and canned pumpkin puree. The beauty of pumpkin pie is you can make the whole thing off of a recipe on a can. Yes! It’s so easy.
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With a few simple ingredients from your pantry you’ll have the yummiest smelling house in no time.
I of course add a large dollop of whip cream…and enjoyed my pie in the sky! Out on my deck on a perfectly crisp, sunny, fall day.
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categories: Baking, Dessert, Dinner Party, Holidays, Little Miss Foodie, Sweets

October 27th

Mandy’s Meals & More

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Jackets are getting heavier, beanies are on, and hot drinks are being served.
There is no denying it now, Fall is here and demands a delicious warm drink to cozy up with.
Often recipes for hot toddies and spiced apple ciders are for 6-8 people.
I wanted to make a single serving option. As usual, its super easy and likely includes ingredients you already have in your pantry.
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Feel free to mix things up with pumpkin spice in replacement or addition to the spices below.
Put on your cozy socks, pull out your chunky blanket and warm up with this boozy treat!
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Ingredients:
1 bag black tea, paper and string removed
1/2 tsp black peppercorns
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1/2 tsp nutmeg
2 cinnamon sticks
1 vanilla bean, split and scraped
2 cups water
1 oz Makers Mark bourbon
1 oz milk (any kind, almond is also an option)
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Directions:
In a small saucepan, combine tea, spices vanilla bean seeds and pod with 2 cups of water
Bring to a boil, add milk mixing to combine.
Lower heat to a simmer, 10-15 minutes to seep.
Strain solids directly into cup or bowl, stir in bourbon.
Top with cinnamon stick to stir.
Enjoy !
-M
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categories: Cocktails, Dinner Party, Little Miss Foodie

October 24th

Ready, Set, Weekend with the Garden of Eatin’

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To be honest, I have a love/hate relationship with the FALL season because I’m a true SUMMER girl BUT there are a few positives for this time of year.
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categories: Baking, Brunch, Cocktail party, Dinner Party, DIY, Food, Guest Post, Kids eats, Little Miss Foodie, Little Miss Mommy, little miss party, The Garden of Eatin', Toddler activities

October 23rd

Snacks N’ Sips for Halloween

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I think by now you know we love to eat and drink things that are pretty and simple to make. So here’s what we’ve been serving up this month for play dates, cocktail hour and parties.
Skewers: You can put pretty much anything on a stick these days. We took yellow grape tomatoes and mozzarella and thread onto short bamboo picks. We lay em’ over a bed of basil in a small cast iron pan. Note…these will go FAST. Make a lot. And prep in advance so you have ready to go when you’re guests arrive!
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Witches Brooms: Mini Reese Peanut Butter Cups + pretzel rods = broomsticks! Does it get easier then this?
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categories: Cocktail party, Cocktails, Dessert, desserts, DIY, Halloween, Holiday, Holidays, Kids eats, Little Miss Foodie, Little Miss Mommy, little miss party, Party, Party Favors, Party Stylists, Toddler activities

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