Barbie girls.

Another cake down!

I’m all about a themed party, so when one of my bests 30th birthday came around, she decided a Malibu Barbie boat party on the lake was how we were going to get down. And I couldn’t agree with her more since Meggie’s practically a little surfer babe by trade.

I took to the WWW to find some cake inspiration for the bday girl and stumbled on a pic of B crusin’ in a pink speedboat – YAS. Check out the process below!

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Popcorn lovers.

IMG_0266Last year I attempted my very first birthday cake project and had so much fun doing it, I thought I’d make another attempt for my friend Ryan’s birthday. Since he always throws the most elaborate birthday soirees AND happens to love popcorn, I tried to go all out, and thought a popcorn cake was only fitting. It also seems that I have a thing for food inspired cakes…?

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Stop and smell the bacon.

First off, Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there!

Second, sorry for my absence the last few weeks! I decided I needed a little vaca from the virtual world, and boy did it feel nice to step away from the computer. After a while I started to feel like I was writing posts just to stay on schedule, instead of writing about things that I really cared about, at my own leisure. I imagine every bloggers nightmare. So there, now you have it, I’m back! Cue music.

I made this delicious bouquet of roses a while back and thought how perfect for Father’s Day (or really any day of the year). Check out the tutorial below. You’re sure to become the favorite child after you surprise dad with these.

1. Buy a plastic bouquet of a dozen roses.SAMSUNG CSC 2. Remove all the red petals so just the green stems remain. Make sure to leave about 1 inch of stem at the top to place the bacon on. SAMSUNG CSC 3. Wrap the bacon into little circles, and bake in the oven until cooked.SAMSUNG CSC 3. Remove the bacon from the pan and place on the plastic stems. SAMSUNG CSC

 Serve immediately with a cold beer and turn on the US Open. He’s sure to love flowers (and you even more) after this :D

Moms that brunch.

Mother’s day is in just a couple days, so if you’re scrambling for ideas to make her smile from ear to ear, take a look at these bunch spots and breakfast-in-bed ideas that are guaranteed to make her wish Mother’s Day was 365 days a year.

157a47_09c53e7682f64ecd9dfffce0bf0a4e3d.png_srz_p_409_628_75_22_0.50_1.20_0.00_png_srzIf you’re not the cooking type, it’s not too late to make reservations! Times may be limited, but most Mother’s Day brunch spots keep serving until 3pm. Here is a list of my favorite ones in Austin:

Eden East on the eastside (farm to table, outdoor atmosphere, love this place)

Olivia on South Lamar (classics)

Hudson’s on the Bend in Lakeway (this is my new favorite restaurant!)

Yellow Jacket Social Club on the eastside (outdoor seating, relaxed environment, great shrimp and grits)

Hillside Farmacy on the eastside (quaint vibe, great food)

Feeling up to the challenge? Whip up a delicious meal for Mom, she will love it!

For you late risers, this overnight french toast can be made the night before! All you need is a quick pop in the oven and a pot of coffee brewing before service starts :)

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I made these dutch babies before, and my mom loved them! So they are going back on the brunch table again. Try them out, they are super easy to make and incredibly delish!9878b477578b7313c0700442158fc8b1

I fell in love with mango mimosas when I couldn’t stop sipping them at El Alma with the girls. Here is a simple recipe to change up this classic brunch cocktail.b13a352d8e212ed1ac8b8c2cf253458f

Being that I’m from Seattle, smoked salmon is a must for practically every meal (at least in my family). We eat lox bagels ALL the time because they are just that good. Try setting up a bagel bar for brunch, all parties will be thankful.99684a03d35d5a8761006d23e974bd22Happy Mother’s Day y’all!

East Austin Urban Farm Tour.

SAMSUNG CSCAll hail EAUFT. My mouth is still salivating from this past weekend where I was wined and dined at the East Austin Urban Farm Tour. Think, Austin Food and Wine Festival, but no lines, half the cost and you can actually see where your food comes from. This self guided tour takes you through four neighboring farms in East Austin where you are literally filled with farm fresh ingredients made by some of the most elite restaurants in Austin (Lenoir, Uchi and Eden East to name a few). Check out the full line up here. It was pretty much a perfect Sunday Fun Day.

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