Happy National Donut Day

June 02, 2017. Category: catering, dessert, National Donut Day

We can’t resist a donut, and what better way to enjoy one or two than on national donut day?

These delicious treats can be a sweet and fun alternative to a traditional wedding cake or the perfect late night snack for your guests.

Photography: Gabe Aceves  Venue: King Family Vineyards  Donut Truck: Carpe Donuts

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How to incoprorate Pantone Greenery into your wedding

February 02, 2017. Category: decor, dessert, details, Flowers, inspiration, Invitations, real wedding

We are always excited to see which color Pantone will select as the color of the year and as many of you know this year they selected Pantone Greenery 15-0343

Pantone describes this color as:

 “A refreshing and revitalizing shade, Greenery is symbolic of new beginnings.”


We couldn’t think of a better color choice for 2017, as with the beginning of every year, we all look to refresh, revitalize and seek new beginnings!

Greenery has been described as “a versatile and trans-seasonal” shade that lends itself to many color combinations and can be  paired with neutrals, brights, deeper shades, pastels and metallics.”

Greenery is a wonderful color to incorporate into a wedding. From invitations, to flowers, to even welcome bags the possibilities are endless! Below are a few ways we were able to thread this versatile color throughout this lovely wedding seamlessly.

See more of this Greenery Inspired wedding featured on Southern Living

Photography: Katie Stoops  Floral: Southern Blooms  Venue: Pippin Hill Vineyards 

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May I have S’mores please?

August 10, 2016. Category: dessert, National S'Mores Day

Did you know that today (August 10th) is National S’mores Day! We have a particular fondness for this campfire classic and if you haven’t had one this Summer then today is the day. What’s not to love? A campfire, chocolate, graham crackers and roasted marshmallows!

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Venue: Farmington Country Club Photography: Eric Kelley 

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I’ll have my cookie and eat it too

August 04, 2016. Category: cooking, dessert, National Cookie Day

Did you know that today (August 4th) is National Chocolate chip cookie day?!

Not that we need an excuse to want to have a cookie but when there is a holiday about them how can we resit?

Here are some fun facts about Chocolate chip cookies….

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Photos: Courtesy of Hostthetost

The chocolate chip cookie was created by accident. In the 1930s, Ruth Wakefield, owner of the Toll House Inn in Whitman, Massachusetts, added broken chocolate bar pieces into her cookie batter thinking that they would melt. Instead, the classic dessert was born. The Nestlé brand Toll House cookies is named for the inn.

Chocolate chip cookies were first called “Butterdrop Do Cookies.” Wakefield’s recipe first ran in a Boston newspaper. In 1936, she published her first cookbook, Toll House Tried and True Recipes, and renamed them “Chocolate Crunch Cookies.”

The first chocolate chip cookie was the size of a quarter. It was super crispy and could be devoured in just one bite.

 The creator of the cookie was paid for her recipe with a lifetime supply of chocolate from Nestlé. After acquiring Wakefield’s recipe, the company invented the now ubiquitous teardrop-shaped chocolate chip in 1939.

In case you now want a cookie or two below is one of Aimee’s favorite recipes for the perfect chevy chocolate chip cookie courtesy of Alton Brown YUM!

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The Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe 

Ingredients:
8 ounces unsalted butter
12 ounces bread flour
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 ounces granulated sugar
8 ounces light brown sugar
1 large egg
1 large egg yolk
1 ounce whole milk
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
12 ounces semisweet chocolate chips

Directions:
Melt the butter in a 2-quart saucepan over low heat. Set aside to cool slightly. Sift together the flour, salt and baking soda onto a paper plate. Pour the butter into your stand mixer’s work bowl. Add the sugar and brown sugar and beat with the paddle attachment on medium speed for 2 minutes.
Meanwhile, whisk together the whole egg, the egg yolk, milk and vanilla extract in a measuring cup. Reduce the mixer speed and slowly add the egg mixture.

Mix until thoroughly combined, about 30 seconds.
Using the paper plate as a slide, gradually integrate the dry ingredients, stopping a couple of times to scrape down the sides of the bowl. Once the flour is worked in, drop the speed to “stir” and add the chocolate chips. Chill the dough for 1 hour. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F and place racks in the top third and bottom third of the oven.

Scoop the dough into 1 1/2-ounce portions onto parchment-lined half sheet pans, 6 cookies per sheet. Bake 2 sheets at a time for 15 minutes, rotating the pans halfway through. Remove from the oven, slide the parchment with the cookies onto a cooling rack and wait at least 5 minutes before devouring.The darker the sugar you use, the chewier your cookies will be.

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National Donut Day!

June 03, 2016. Category: dessert, favors, National Donut Day

Did you know that each year on the first Friday in June it is National Donut Day? This day was created by The Salvation Army in 1938 to honor the women who served the doughnuts to soldiers in World War I.

In honor of National Donut Day, we wanted to share some of our favorite donut shops in Virginia and DC so you too can indulge in a sweet or savory treat!

1. District Doughnut and Coffee

2. Sugar Shack Donuts and Coffee 

3. Astro Donuts & Fried Chicken 

4. Duck Donuts 

5. Zombie Coffee & Donut

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Photography: Megan Beth     Donut: District Doughnut 

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