February 27, 2017

A Party with our favorite snack

If there’s one key item that is always in my bag…it’s a granola bar because G-d knows if me or my kids ever get hungry we get ANGRY until we eat. So when Kind Snacks asked us to build a Party Box for a group of their favorite people, we shouted YAY!

We had so much fun with this box. True to the fun, bold, Kind Snack brand colors we flanked a huge script balloon script that says YAY with colorful balloons.

We took a plain white cake and layered it around with KIND Snack bars. Every slice, gets a bar. Oh heck yum.  And we set the table for one to celebrate with family and friends, food and drinks!

This box was built exclusively for Kind Snacks but you can shop the box here for tons of great parties!

Photos by Maggie Antalek

xx, Seri
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February 24, 2017

Ready, Set, Weekend With Simply Beautiful Eating

Do you ever bring sweet treats to your doctor’s office when you go for a routine appointment? I DO!

The issue is….all of the front desk office staff know what I do part time and that is….bake….a lot.

Every few months, I bring a little something for this crew and to be honest, they WAIT FOR IT. I also time my appointment strategically after lunch. This way, it’s a great excuse to HAVE DESSERT on an otherwise mundane patient swamped afternoon.

When I baked this cake last week, I posted it on Instagram prior to me leaving the house. Within minutes I received a comment from one of my favourite receptionists at this office….”HOPEFULLY THAT IS THAT COMING TO US?

So here’s the thing. My baking usually causes a bit of a delay to my doctor’s schedule. How you ask?

Well, I walk in with the goods and it is quickly taken away to the “back room”. The waiting area is usually full at this point.

Where’s the doctor?

Eating cake.

Where is he now?

Eating another piece of cake.

Who is waiting to see him?

ME and about 5 other people.

My apologies to those who have to wait and wait and wait and wait because of ME and my sweets.

When I decided to make this, it was a last minute effort to use what I had hanging around the house. I quickly opened my pantry and found a bunch of ingredients that would come together to create a super moist and decadent dark velvet cake with a heavenly white chocolate ganache drizzle.

Bundt cakes happen to be my favourite to make simply because of the pan. It’s a one shot deal. Make your batter, plunk it in and bake. Then drizzle with just about anything because really? This is an idiot proof way to decorate a cake. No crumb coating or fondant needed. Just pure unadulterated CAKE.

And if you’re like me, I’m not really crazy about wasting time decorating and futzing around with cakes. Let me just unleash my bundt and be done with it.

One thing is for sure.

Sometimes it pays to sweeten the lives of those who take such good care of you.

Dark Velvet Bundt Cake With White Chocolate Ganache

– 1 1⁄4 cups vegetable oil
– ¾ cup buttermilk
– ¼ cup espresso or coffee, cooled
– 2 eggs
– 1 tablespoon red food coloring, (I use organic from Whole Foods)
– 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
– 1 teaspoon vanilla
– 2 1⁄2 cups all-purpose flour
– 1 3⁄4 cups sugar
– 1 teaspoon baking soda
– 3⁄4 teaspoon salt
– 1 1⁄2 tablespoons cocoa powder
– 1 3.5 oz package Hersheys Instant Chocolate Pudding
– White Chocolate Ganache Recipe for Drizzle – See below

1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2) Grease and flour bundt pan.
3) In stand mixer combine oil, buttermilk, espresso (or coffee), eggs, food coloring, vinegar and vanilla.
4) Mix at medium speed until well blended.
5) In a separate bowl, sift together dry ingredients. Gradually add to wet ingredients (slowly so they don’t explode in your face). Beat until smooth (about 2 minutes on medium high speed).
6) Pour into prepared pan. Bake 45-50 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Cool on rack for 15 minutes, then turn out onto cake plate to finish cooling.
7) Prepare ganache recipe below and drizzle on cooled cake.

White Chocolate Ganache

– 1 cup chopped white chocolate – bar or chips is fine
– ¼ cup heavy cream

1) Place a medium size saucepan filled with 1 inch of water on the stove and bring to a boil, then lower heat to a simmer.
2) Place chocolate in a heat safe bowl that fits over the saucepan ensuring that the bottom of the bowl does not touch the water. Melt the chocolate slowly over the water, stirring constantly.
3) In a separate small saucepan, heat heavy cream. DO NOT BOIL, otherwise it will scorch.
4) Add melted chocolate to heavy cream and stir to blend. It should look nice and glossy.
5) Let cool slightly and drizzle over cake.

See ya next week!
debi@simplybeautifuleating

xx, Debi
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February 23, 2017

Bright & Bold Lips

One of my favorite party looks is a bright, bold lip.  When the ladies of LMP asked me to come over to get them ready for their recent Fifty Shades of Valentine’s Day Shoot, I know that I wanted to incorporate bold lips into their looks to feature for our Beauty with Brittany Lo series.

We decided to showcase this look on Abby, and she recently got Urban Decay’s Junkie Lipstick Vice Palette, which has plenty of fun and funky lip colors to choose from. To match the decor and Abby’s overall look, we decided on ‘Big Bang’, a deep magenta with metallic copper flecks for some extra sparkle.

Here’s how to apply a bold lip:

Step 1: Outline the lips with a lip pencil. Using a pencil is important when applying bright dark colors to avoid the color bleeding. Start by lining the peaks of the lips.

Step 2: Choose a lip color and apply it with a flat small brush. I recommend using the Sephora Pro Lip Brush #85

Step 3: Add some gloss on top if you desire!

See how fun Abby’s lips look? Follow these same steps to ensure a long lasting look for any bold lip color.

Until next time!

Xo, B.Lo
@brittany.lo

xx, Abby
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February 22, 2017

Chef Luke Makes crêpes with Crêpes à la Maison

My favorite part of social media is when people discover Little Miss Party and get in touch to share their excitement towards our business and all that we are doing here. We recently received an email from Jennifer at Crêpes à la Maison who caught wind of Chef Luke’s little cooking show here and asked if she could come in to give him a lesson in making crêpes. Obviously we screamed YES! Please! How fun?!

Jennifer, the cutest, sweetest French gal came over with all the gear required to teach a little one how to make her delicious crêpes. She set up balloons, a menu, toppings to decorate the crêpes and more. She even brought berets for her and Luke to wear while they cook! Could you die from these two?!

Although Luke and her had some language challenges between her heavy French accent and Luke’s extremely fast speaking lip, they got along incredibly well and Luke listened to everything Jennifer said and asked of him.

Jennifer made making crêpes SO easy! And boy were they ever delicious. Jennifer offers crêpes making classes and events. What a great idea for a kids party or even an adults brunch right?!

She even came with a special crêpes making diploma for Luke AND a book about France. TOO CUTE!!

Your mouth is probably watering now and I’m sure you’re dying to try these yourself. So here is Jennifer’s recipe for these delicious crêpes.

And even better…here’s a video of Chef Luke and Jennifer whipping up crêpes together.

Can’t get enough? Watch Chef Luke decorate his crêpes here!

Enjoy!

Video shot by Abby Copleston
Video edited by Maggie Antalek
Get in touch with Jennifer at Crêpes à la Maison

xx, Seri
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February 21, 2017

The Red Carpet Bubbly

Guys! It’s finally time for the Oscars! We LOVE awards season and always have a ton of fun hosting out family and friends to watch who will be the big winners… and the Oscars are our favorite.

In fact, we love the Oscars so much that we developed a whole Movie Party in a Box for your entertaining needs. We only have a few left, so grab yours by end of day today in order to get in time for Sunday night!

Any Oscars party calls for a red-carpet worthy signature cocktail, so I came up with a recipe for The Red Carpet Bubbly, which combines Chambord, St. Germain, and Prosecco.  Did a more perfect trio ever exist?

Here’s what you need:

-prosecco
-chambord
-St. Germain liqueur
-fresh raspberries

Here’s what to do:

1) In each cocktail glass, combine 1 oz. St. Germain and 1 oz. chambord.


2) Top each glass with prosecco until filled.


3) Skewer a few raspberries on the star skewers found in our Movie Party in a Box, and add to each glass for garnish.

Sip, and enjoy! Now you can fully concentrate and make your big predictions for the night! Who do you think is gonna win? Tell us in the comments below!

Until next week!

Photos by Maggie Antalek

 

xx, Abby
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