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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Chocolate Hazelnut Cupcakes with Pirouettes - Progressive Dinner

Welcome! Today we are so excited to be joining four other bloggers for something completely different - a progressive dinner - five bloggers, five homes, five courses!

First, here is the menu:

Didn't the main course over at Kelley Nan's look delicious?!?  Now it's time for dessert in our home. Come on in and make yourself comfortable. We are serving Chocolate Hazelnut Cupcakes with Pirouettes.

You can make them in a mini bundt pan like we did for this one:

Or in just a regular cupcake pan and then place them in some cute little wrappers or cups. We love the  flavor the hazelnut frosting adds and the pirouettes are a fun little touch that make a basic cupcake seem a little more "fancy". 

Personally, I love water with my dessert, by my husband often drinks coffee with his so we had both water goblets (with a pitcher of water on the side table next to the sofa) as well as coffee. 

Here is the recipe. It is nice and easy! 


For the cupcake just use your favorite cupcake mix and follow the directions. Once the cupcakes have cooled it's time for the frosting.


1 cup of butter, softened by not melted
1 cup hazelnut spread 
2 tsp. vanilla
4 cups powdered sugar
2-4 tsp. heavy cream (if you don't have any you can use milk)

First beat the butter and hazelnut spread together then add vanilla. After that mix in powdered sugar one cup at a time. Add cream as necessary until you get the right consistency. Then we scooped the frosting into a pastry bag and starting frosting each cupcake. This is an old photo from a rosette cake post we did almost four years ago (ahhh - that seems crazy!) but we still use these exact same tools (although we've gone through several packages of pastry bags in the last several years and I have a couple of different tips I play around with). 

You can find the Tip Coupler here, the #1M tip here and the disposable bags here

Then just frost each cupcake. We added a few sprinkles. I used these Williams-Sonoma sprinkles that I just use when I am making stuff for special occasions. We have lots of other fun and more colorful (and much less expensive - ha!) sprinkles that the girls use when they are baking. 

Then we just topped them off with some of these hazelnut pirouettes to dress them up just a bit more. I cut each one in half and just used a half of one per cupcake.

And that's it! Nice and Easy!

Thank you so much for joining us! Now it is time to head on over for the last course - after dinner drinks on Sarah, from Our Vintage Farmhouse's, gorgeous porch

And if you missed any of the courses be sure to check them all out:

Dessert  with Dear Lillie (Us)

And here is the Source List for our room:

Wall Color - Midsummer Night in Matte by Benjamin Moore
Trim Color - Simply White in Semi-Gloss by Benjamin Moore
Door Color - Mopboard Black in Semi-Gloss by Benjamin Moore
Pillows on Sofa - HomeGoods
Chocolate Pillow on Chair - HomeGoods
Knit Pillow on Chair - Soft Surroundings
Ottoman - We Made It Using the Same Method as Here
Plaid Throw - HomeGoods
Gold Mirrored Tray - HomeGoods
Books Stacked Next to Chairs - Gifts from Family Members 
Mirror and demilune painting above Fireplace - passed down from family members
Grand Plaza Print - Arhaus
Gold Side Table - HomeGoods
Wood Side Table - Joss and Main
Books on Table - miscellaneous gifts
Trophy Urns - The Arrow's Nest
Little Tiny Vase on Table  - Was a candle from Target that we now use as a vase
Lamp on Table - HomeGoods
Golfer - HomeGoods
Gold Frame - Gift 
Standing Lamp - Consignment Shop Find years ago
Rug - Joss and Main/Wayfair
Drapery Panels - Ritva Panels from IKEA
Frames and Mirror on Gallery Wall - Michael's
Books on Shelves - Passed on down or gifted from family members
Large White Book - Blurb photo albums
Small White Books - Chatbook photo albums
Dog Bookends - Birch Lane
Airplane - Gift years ago 

And Source List for the Serving Pieces:
Chocolate Cups and Saucers - L.A. Burdick Chocolates

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Friday, May 20, 2016

Deann Art in Jamie and Josh's Entry

A couple of weeks ago we shared the new Deann Art canvas that we added to our dining room and today we are excited to share a new piece of hers that we added to Jamie and Josh's entryway. We absolutely LOVE her work. Each piece is so stunning - I love the colors and the flow of each work of art. This piece is called "Love Deep".  She has become my favorite artist and I can't wait to add more pieces of hers to our home. She has so many beautiful creations. 

I love the rich colors.

And if you are wondering where the Minted artwork that was in here went - not to worry -it is in their family room and looks perfect there! 

Source List:

Trim and Door Color - Existing when they moved in so not sure
Chair - HomeGoods several years ago 
Books - miscellaneous 
Copper Urn - Antique  
Dresser - Antique Shop
Mirror -Antique shop
Moss Ball - White Home Collection similar here
Books - passed down from family
Silhouette - Antique
Light Fixture - Existing
Boots - Jamie's

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Porch and Patio Makeover with Joss and Main

We are so excited to be joining nine other bloggers as part of the "10 days 10 patios" tour sponsored by Joss & Main and featured on Country Living's website!

We have shared our porch and patio area several times before so we thought it would be fun to work on a new space - our sister Jamie's new house! They moved in this winter and set some of their existing furniture out here but hadn't started playing around with any of it yet. Jamie had already done the tedious part of painting the walls and some of the trim when we found out we were going to be doing this project so here is the before shot of what it looked like after she had painted but before starting the fun part!

And here is what it looks like now:

And here is the patio area before:

And here it is now:

The original plan was to get everything put together while I was up visiting in April but due to a couple of hiccups (including snow, yes we actually got fresh snow, in April!) although we were able to pretty much get everything figured out we couldn't add the finishing touches or photograph the spaces thanks to the weather. Because of that we waited a couple more weeks and then Jamie worked like crazy to add all the finishing touches and get everything photographed. 

They already had a table that they have had for several years out here but needed some chairs. We loved these Annabelle Side Chairs in the Galvanized Finish. They are the perfect chairs for a family - they wipe down so easily which is great for their two little girls! 

This wall seemed like a great place to add this Gwen Sideboard to help with the functionality out here. It works wonderfully both as a great place to set items for regular summer evening dinners and for special occasions to set up a beautiful display like Jamie did for her daughter's first birthday last month! It's such a beautiful and functional piece.  And we love the height this Garden Sphere adds to the sideboard.

The boat on the table is one of my absolute favorite finds from Joss and Main several years ago.

This beverage dispenser is a great addition to any outdoor space.

We love the way the pattern and color of these Anita Napkins looks at each place setting. 

Over in this corner we love the addition of this reading lamp and how nicely it looks with the chaise.

And if you step through the doors behind the chaise you will be out onto the patio:

I love the way the navy color flows from the porch out onto the patio and gives the two spaces a cohesive feel. These pillows were the perfect addition to the chairs they already owned. 

And you can't beat a fire in a firepit and string lights hanging from above on a beautiful summer evening. (Although clearly it's not summer quite yet in New England - ha!)

And we love this slate tray which makes it easy to transport food back and forth from the kitchen to the porch and patio. 

And here's what it looks like as evening starts to fall...

Although it wasn't worth taking any shots of the view right now here are a couple of photos we took last summer . Needless to say it's a pretty amazing view from the porch and patio! 

Here is a detailed source list for each of the spaces:

Chairs - Joss and Main
Sideboard - Joss and Main
Garden Sphere - Joss and Main
Beverage Dispenser - Joss and Main
Napkins - Joss and Main
Reading Lamp - Joss and Main
Slate Tray - Joss and Main
Large mirror above sideboard - from  a consignment store and painted Blue Note by Benjamin Moore
Blue pedestal with wire cloche and white metal bucket on sideboard  - White Home Collections
Blue and white pot holding plant - Passed down from family
Runner - fabric from Jo-Ann Fabrics
Plates - Passed down from our great uncle
End chairs - Pier 1
Table - Ballard designs
Side table - Target
Gold bird  - Target
Small wicker-covered vase on side table - White Home Collections
Chaise lounge - Ballard Design
Burlap pillow - White Home Collections
Damask print pillow - Pier 1
Navy printed throw - Target
Plant in corner - Ikea
Basket containing plant - Target
Boat - Joss and Main
Clock - Joss and Main (similar one can be found here


Firepit - Joss and Main
Damask Pillows on Chairs - Joss and Main
String Lights - Joss and Main
Lantern, wire basket, wicker-covered vase - White Home Collections
Footed Pitcher - Pottery Barn 
Glasses - Libbey glasses from Bed, Bath, and Beyond
Blue and white vase - Passed down from family
Gold bird - Target
Printed throw - Target
Striped lumbar pillow - Home Goods

And if you missed yesterday’s beautiful reveal by Jenna Sue, make sure to go back and check it out. She did an amazing job on her parent's space!  And tomorrow is the final day with one of my favorite bloggers,  Kindred Vintage & Co! I cannot wait to see what she's done!

And here are links to all of these bloggers amazing makeovers:

I hope you all have an amazing Tuesday!
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