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Bing Cherry Cobbler Bars

7.01.2014


Looking for the perfect dessert to bring to a Fourth of July party this weekend?

These cobbler bars. Do it.

See below for the recipe, and have a happy 4th!


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Bing Cherry Cobbler Bars
recipe adapted from here

makes about 24 bars

Ingredients
1 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
3 cups all-purpose flour (I substituted 1c for wheat flour)
1 cup cold unsalted butter (2 sticks)
1 egg
1/4 teaspoon salt
zest + juice of one lemon
1/2 cup white sugar
4 teaspoons cornstarch
4 cups fresh cherries

Directions
1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease a 9×13 inch pan.
2. Remove all cherry stems & pits (I used a pitter) and cut cherries into quarters or chop into small pieces.
3. In a medium bowl or a stand mixer, mix together 1 cup sugar, 3 cups flour, and baking powder. Mix in salt and lemon zest.
4.Use a fork or pastry cutter to blend in the butter and egg. Dough will be crumbly. Pat half of dough down into the prepared pan.
5. In another bowl, stir together the sugar, cornstarch and lemon juice. Gently mix in the cherries. Sprinkle the cherry mixture evenly over the crust. Crumble remaining dough over the cherry layer.
6. Bake for 45 minutes, or until top is slightly brown. Allow to cool on counter for 30 min, then place in the fridge to cool for an additional 1-2 hours before cutting into squares.

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Merry Happy by CAKE. | Fairy Party Invitation

6.02.2014

Oh, Hi! Remember me? I used to blog here regularly once upon a time. Not surprisingly, things have been more chaotic in my world since little Teddy was born. Between the late night feedings, toddler wrangling (that's a thing, right?) and long hours at my day job, I haven't had much time to spend on new creative projects, least of all something pinterest perfect.

Caitlin's fourth birthday is coming up in June though, and I've been having fun gathering inspiration for a small and simple pixie party.  Just a few friends from school, a fresh color palette + some crafts. And cake of course. There will always be cake.

A new party theme means I also have a new invite ready for the shop. Caitlin loves her some Disney fairies, but luckily she's still impressionable enough that I was able to create more of a Tinkerbell-esque style design without her pitching a fit.  You know I love a more clean + modern approach so I'm pretty happy about this one... how about you?

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Click here to purchase invites. More fun + inspiration to come this summer after the party so stay tuned. In the meantime, if you need any coordinating printables, just ask!  

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Over the Moon | Birth Announcements

2.17.2014

Today our baby boy Theo is a month and a half old. The part of me that's sleep deprived can't wait for the next few months to fly by so we can get back on more of a schedule, but as a mommy I'm in awe of how quickly time is passing and how big he is already.  As in like 12+lbs big...eek.  I'm so glad I have my phone nearby to snap quick pictures because it's pretty crazy to watch the changes happening overnight.

I finally understand how second babies tend to get neglected in the memories department- my hands are so full between him and my daughter that stopping to record the milestones can be such a challenge.  Honestly I haven't been quick to accomplish much since he was born, but I have to give myself credit for remembering order his baby announcements.  


I had such a positive response over the Minted cards we sent out at the holidays that I already knew I would be ordering from them again. I instantly fell for this design... it's such a sweet, simple style and I keep telling people that we're 'over the moon' about Theo's arrival.

I've said it before, but one of my very favorite things about Minted is all the options they offer for customization.  I ordered rounded corners on the cards, kraft paper envelopes and best of all... coordinating return address stickers with a personal message.
So cute right?  I'm just so glad to have something with his stats and a good photo to hang onto, even if I never do get around to making a baby book. Here's the original picture I used for the card... boy oh boy do I love this little bundle.

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This post was sponsored in part by Minted, but my good opinion of their products is all my own. Images are for personal use only.  If sharing them on your site, please link directly to this post.

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Free Printable | Valentines Teacher Gift Tags

2.13.2014



Yes, this is a totally last minute post.  Last minute... as in, I just thought of this yesterday when I saw these super cute potted violets at Trader Joes.  And yes, you could easily DiY your own little heart pots too if you happen to have a little more time on your hands. (like maybe next year?)


I put together some non-edible valentines for Caitlin's preschool classmates earlier this week and realized it would be nice to bring in a little something for her teachers too. After deciding on the flowers, I made some coordinating labels and thought I'd offer them up for your enjoyment... you know, because I love you guys.  The link is below. Happy Valentines day!

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Bonus... check out last year's pencil Valentines printables here.



These printables and images are ©Merry Happy by CAKE. and are for personal use only. If sharing them on your site, please credit CAKE. events blog and link directly to this post.

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Creating a Shared Room for Brother + Sister

2.03.2014


A few weeks ago we welcomed the newest member of our family!  Baby Theo (short for Theodore ... aka Teddy), was born on January 6th, weighing in at just under 9 pounds. We're over the moon. He's cute as can be, and actually looks a lot like his big sister Caitlin did when she was born. I've been posting pics to instagram occasionally if you want to take a peek.

When I started my Maternity leave over the holidays, I realized I still needed to think through how I was going to handle our living space with a new baby in the mix.  We currently rent a small two bedroom apartment, so room sharing is a must.  Our plan is to keep Theo in our room until he's old enough to sleep through the night, but it won't be long before he'll be moving in with Caitlin.

I've loved Caitlin's room since designing it as a nursery before she was born (you can see the old room pictures here), but I wanted to update the space to something more gender neutral and functional for both a baby and active pre-schooler.



While searching for crib bedding, I found my inspiration in the Beaucoup de Fraises crib bedding set from The Land of Nod.  The sheet has a sweet, gender neutral vintage pattern, and the navy blue in the quilt adds a friendly touch of 'boy' to the original aqua, pink and yellow color palette.

In order to make space for both a crib and a twin bed, we had to move out the dresser and changing station into our bedroom, but this opened up room for an additional bookcase.  It was originally a dark wood color, but I painted it white with a cheerful pop of yellow on the backing.  It's great added storage for books and toys.  Caitlin's bed has a pale pink quilt cover, so I added a navy and white striped throw to tie it together with the crib bedding.



With Theo being a winter baby, I thought it would be fitting to add some woodland details to his side of the room.  Earthquake safety is an issue in California, so I created a gallery area in the space above the toy chest, and left the wall above his crib simple- just a wooden 'hello' sign purchased from Oh Dier on etsy and a handmade owl mobile gifted to us by a friend.  The large fox print and ceramic reindeer were more great finds from the Land of Nod. The print is titled 'Theodore Collects Firewood' and designed by blogger Ez Pudewa at Creature Comforts. When I saw it I knew it would make a special addition.


I designed the 'B is for Baby' print myself and it's available as a download in my etsy shop with custom color options also available.  The remainder of the artwork and items you see in the room are things we already owned, some of which are even handed down from my own childhood.




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If you're having a similar challenge designing a space for two genders or ages, I highly recommend using simple accents of color for a fun and cohesive space. Trying to divide up the space up can often make the room smaller, so instead think about using eccletic mix of gender neutral decor and toys.  If you're on a budget, scour your home for found objects and consider adding paint to make old items new again.


This post was sponsored in part by Land of Nod, but this post & my good opinion of their products is all my own.  Images are for personal use only.  If sharing them on your site, please link directly to this post.

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