It’s birthday season in the Faust house, which means I’ve been busy in the kitchen! I love this time of year, when all the birthdays in the family clump around the same months. I think I’m at my most creative about now.
There’s nothing more depressing than having the same dessert, night after night, and the same can be said about birthday cakes. Birthdays are about celebrating the individual, so a generic cake simply won’t do!
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Happy Halloween, my spooky friends! I hope you have a scary film playing in the background, Jack o’ Lanterns lit, because the hours are counting down until the Trick-or-Treaters come knocking on your door.
To finish off my Hosting Halloween series, I’ve put together a table that really gives me the heebie-jeebies. Nothing creeps me out more than a deep and dark forest. Haunted woods always make me think there is a coven of witches taking refuge in the dense, dead trees. EEK!
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Velcome, to the second installment of my Hosting Halloween series where I take you through spooky dinner setting ideas! I hope you enjoyed my first post and are excited to see what other tricks I have in store for you.
This is my go-to Halloween table setting, and I often refer to it as a vintage Halloween setting. It uses stark blacks, bright oranges and mellow greens, which always put me in the mind of a 1950’s Halloween party.
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It’s that time of year again, friends, and if you thought that you could get this far into October without me going a bit overboard, then you have no idea who you are messing with! We are halfway through the most glorious time of the year (the 31 day celebration of Halloween), and it’s time to get some serious spook on.
This year, I’ve decided to take on Halloween from a hostess’ point of view, and I’m going to give you a couple of different suggestions on how to make the most of your scare-tastic celebrations. I’m calling this series Hosting Halloween, and it’ll have ideas on decorating schemes, drinks, activities, and of course, treats. So let’s get started with some brunch!
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How stinking cute are these pinwheel cookies? I know pinwheel cookies aren’t new, but you won’t believe how not-new they really are.
I found this recipe while trolling through a 1980s edition of Southern Living cookbook! And Pinterest thought it had found something innovative.
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Guten Tag! We’re in the heart of Oktoberfest, and Oktoberfest is always in my heart. Ever since my husband and I visited Germany, I’ve been obsessed.
For those who don’t know, Oktoberfest is a festival in Munich that originally started as a wedding celebration forBavarian Crown Prince Ludwig married Princess Therese. And since my wedding anniversary falls in the middle of Oktoberfest, we’ve taken a shine to celebrating it at home.
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This weekend, I’m celebrating my anniversary with my husband, and one thing that’s more old-fashioned than the pie I’ll tell you how to make is the bragging I’m going to do!
I know I’m a baking blog, and wedding stuff belongs elsewhere, but I can’t help myself! I planned this wedding for over a year, worked tirelessly to get it together, and had one of the best florists and photographers I have ever seen. They deserve a little bragging!
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Is there anything more decadent than a chunk of Heath toffee? Yes, there is! These cookies!
I absolutely love toffee. The caramelized flavor of molasses always puts me in the mood for fall. Since fall is just around the corner, I figured it was time to whip up a batch of my toffee cookies.
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Happy Fourth, y’all! For some reason, there’s nothing that gets my husband’s party bug more wound up than Independence Day. For the last several years, he’s invited over our friends, fired up the grill, and spent way too much money on fireworks. This year, we had an added bonus of a freshly installed fire pit (let me know if you all want to know how we built it!).
Since the Fourth of July is really a holiday made for the grill (an area that I have not mastered yet), I put all of my creative energies into the spread, the drinks and our outfits. I don’t have much to offer you this year, but I do have a couple of knock out party appetizers and drinks, plus some outfit inspiration to get you in the spirit!
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My family has what I call birthday bunches–all of our birthdays come in pairs. This is pretty common when you have a large family, but my family isn’t that large. On my husband’s side, it’s just him and his parents, but all their birthdays happen in the same week! Everyone in my family has a birthday buddy, everyone that is, except my sister.
When the first birthday bunch rolled around last month for my mom and dad, I went ahead and asked my sister what she wanted her cake to be. Last year, the cake I made her was pretty awesome, in my humble opinion. I had my expectations high for what she would ask, anticipating fondant and colors and layers–the works! What she asked for, though, surprised me! All she wanted was a simple German chocolate cake.
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