Monday, February 27, 2012

What I've Been Up To...

Sorry for the sparse postings over the past year (eeek!), I'm in my last year of school for my degree in journalism, and I also do event planning and design, so things (like my blog) unfortunately fall through the cracks. But I wanted to share something that I've been working on for school that is tied to my professional life. I had to put together a four page magazine spread, my first ever, and I got to use pictures from a wedding that I did this past summer! I'm pretty pleased with the final result, and I thought I'd use this as a teaser while I put together a proper post on their wedding.

Pictures by Brandon Witzel, Bride's bouquet by Geranium Lake Flowers, layout by Me 

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

A Valentine From Me to You

A Valentine from me to all of my sweet readers! XO, Annie

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Tuesday Shoesday

This felt appropriate for a pre-Valentine's Shoesday because I love this picture! That pug in a red bow tie is priceless, and her shoes and dress are vintage gorgeousness. 

Thursday, February 2, 2012

A Sweet Proposal Idea

Could this proposal be any sweeter? Ceramic perfumed macarons that you can keep and remember your proposal by forever. Perfect for the girl who loves her keepsakes + her macarons!
Macarons by Hideminy on Etsy

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

DIY Valentine's Truffles

A sweet Valentine's idea - stay in and make some decadent DIY truffles with your mate. So romantic (and decadent!) This is also be a fun party idea: have a mini 'make your own truffle' buffet. Serve with brandy, rum, red wine or whisky for the gentlemen. 

photo by David Lofus via Jamie Oliver

Amazing DIY Chocolate Truffles from Jamie Oliver
makes about 50 teaspoon-sized truffles

• 1 1/4 cups double cream
• a knob of unsalted butter
• finely grated zest from 1 clementine
• 10 ounces good-quality dark chocolate (70% cocoa solids), broken into small pieces
• a pinch sea salt
• a splash of brandy
• a handful of mixed nuts (Brazil nuts, toasted almonds and hazelnuts)
• 3 tablespoons Dutch process cocoa powder, to serve
• 1 pack biscotti, to serve
• 1 bottle of Vin Santo, to serve

Put the cream in a pan over a medium heat and let it heat up. You don’t want it boiling, just hot. As soon as tiny bubbles start to appear, add the knob of butter and the clementine zest. Once the butter has melted, pour this hot mixture over the chocolate pieces, whisking as you go, so the chocolate melts nice and slowly. If the mixture splits slightly, don’t worry, you can bring it right by adding a splash of boiling water.

Add a pinch of salt to the mixture; the smallest pinch of salt actually makes chocolate taste even chocolatier! Stir in a splash of brandy.
Once completely melted and smooth, pour your melted chocolate mixture into a nice little serving dish or bowl. Pop this in the fridge for about 2 hours to set. You can always do this a few days before you need it if you want. About 30 minutes before you’re ready to make your truffles, pull the bowl out of the fridge and let the chocolate warm up to room temperature.

Put your mixed nuts into a plastic bag and use a rolling pin to bash them up quite finely. Get some little saucers or bowls and put the nuts in one and your cocoa powder in the other. Put a teacup filled with boiled water on the tray and pop a few teaspoons in there for scooping the chocolate. Get everyone around the table to spoon their own truffles out of the serving dish and roll them in cocoa powder, crushed nuts or anything else you fancy. Or, you can let them smear their truffles over a biscotti like some posh Nutella! Serve with a few glasses of your chilled Vin Santo.

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