christmas 2010

Here's a little summary of this year's Christmas with Avery!  Hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas!



nightmare before christmas party

Check out the genius birthday party my cousin Amy threw for her son Logan!  It was Nightmare Before Christmas-themed and oozed tons of Halloween inspiration!  I loved the vast array of spooky treats (the Children of the Kettlecorn and Zombie Fingers were among my faves) and the amazing details and time put into the eerily delightful decor and styling of the party.  The kids enjoyed decorating cookies, making aprons and painting Halloween-themed photo holders!



nutella brownies

This is the easiest recipe for brownies that I have ever seen!  Just 4 ingredients!  The recipe is at Savory Sweet Life (via Under the High Chair).

Image: Savory Sweet Life


orange gelatin wedges

This is the first in a series of guest posts by my cousin and guest blogger, Amy Cheng. Welcome, Amy!

A colorful addition to any tea party or meal with children in attendance.  Nobody can say no to JELL-O!

Orange Gelatin Wedges

One 3-ounce package of flavored gelatin


2 oranges

Cut oranges in half from top to bottom (not through their equators).  Using your fingers and a small spoon, remove all the orange pulp, set aside for another use.  Leave all the white pith and make sure no holes appear.  Place the empty shells in muffin tins, for stability.  Make 3-ounce package of flavored gelatin according to package directions, except use 1/4 cup less water.  Fill the orange cups completely to the rim; refriegerate until set.  To serve, remove orange cups from muffin tin.  Slice each lengthwise into two or three crescents.

I would love to try lemons, grapefruits, limes with different flavors for other fun color and flavor combinations. Can you imagine limes with watermelon JELL-O and sesame seeds for little watermelon slices?

Adapted from Country Tea Parties by Maggie Stuckey, 1996.

Photo: Michelle Sterling


flowered sugar cubes

I made these flower-topped sugar cubes for a tea party back in the spring.  They were a lovely idea supplied by Bake It Pretty.  Take a look at the easy-as-a-wink tutorial along with many other pretty ideas on Bake It Pretty's blog!