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January 18, 2018

The Valentine's Collection | Pretty Pink Boxes, Ribbons, Floral Cakes, Velvet Pillows, Tags, Gifts


The Valentines Collection

Each year, after the rush of the Holiday season, slow, cold January settles in.  I was so ready for slow.  Now, as a quiet blanket white covers our town and in the midst of bleak winter months come big bunches of the palest pink roses, tiny hearts on pink packages tied with ribbons, cozy dinners by candlelight, and homemade chocolate treats adorned with flowers made by tiny hands.


Like last season's Holiday Collection, I focused on finding tools for you to be able to create heartfelt moments for your loves.  There are pretty boxes to fill, easy pastry projects the make, luscious ribbons, pretty linens for your table, charming tags and the softest pillows.  All for you to create a little lovely magic for your family and friends.

Shop the entire Valentine's Day Collection, here >

5 wide x 7 long x 1.25" tall, Set of 2, $10

Beautiful boxes have always been an obsession of mine.  I'm always on the hunt for rigid, high quality, pretty boxes.  This season, I designed my own.  This is a first for me - and something I hope to continue each season.  I LOVE them.  Here, I've filled them with heart shaped brownies (I made by cutting them with heart cutters found below), but they would also be nice filled with homemade chocolates, cookies or candies.  Can you imagine it filled with Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies or decorated Sugar Cookies? Of course, you could also put a little gift inside - maybe some jewelry or a handmade card.  I plan to use them for teaches, neighbors and friends.


See how lovely the gold embossing is?  I lined this one with Parchment Paper.


And filled it with Brownies : )


I will share the recipe soon.  They are the most decadent brownies ever!  Almost like straight fudge.


I used these Heart Cutters to cut them out of the pan.  Make sure you have lined the pan with Parchment before baking so they don't stick to the bottom.


Such a great gift.  I would love to hear what you plan to put in yours.


I amassed a large collection of ribbon this year for the collection.  So much ribbon.  It was all so pretty, I couldn't resist.


I've always carried this Medium size pink box (right), but this year I added a Large pink box to accommodate an 8" cake (that beautiful heart fits perfectly).


I wanted really simple, charming tags this year - a little Bike with two heart balloons, and a simple Light Pink Heart.



These are all of the new colors available in Grosgrain & Satin Ribbons.  They are all favorites.  Shop all ribbon, here >



Shop all ribbon, here >


This project is one of my favorite - ever.  Emma and I transformed my "Dripping Chocolate Cake" into a flower covered heart.  I can't tell you how easy it was.




The first essential is a set of these Flower Tips.


With just one squeeze, an entire flower comes out.  So much easier than forming a rose with a floral tip. There are 5 different designs that each make a slightly different flower.  They look so great mixed and matched, nestled in together.  

The second important tip is to make the flowers on a parchment lined baking sheet, then chill them so they are hard (only takes 10 minutes) so you can place them on the cake.  This allows you to have some mess-ups and only pick the flowers you want.




Here are the products you'll need : 




I packaged it in a Large Pink Bakery Box and tied it with a big satin bow.

Large Pink Bakery Box

Rose Satin Ribbon

Heart Tag


 What I love about this gift is that it is beautiful.  Really beautiful.  All of the tools and ingredients add up to a very small amount of money and effort, but the gift is outrageous.  So great for Valentine's Day or a birthday.



I used these flowers for inspiration for the collection.  These roses are some of the most beautiful I've seen, called Shimmer.  Did you know you can order roses by name from your florist?  Have them order an entire bunch for you and tell them you'll take them unprocessed.  This will save you a lot of money, and you get the fun of arranging.


I love how they pair with the soft, bluish grey privet berries.


I made two lush arrangements + a small one in my creamer pitcher from the 22 roses.



This is a new Scarlet & Coral Print I discovered.  It comes in a Tablecloth and Napkins.  It think it is so lovely - even more so in person.  The colors are very soft, but not too sweet.

 

Napkins, set of 4 for $34 >




Velvet Coral Pillows >

 

Cashew & Peachy Velvet Pillows >



Velvet Coral Pillows >

You are getting a small glimpse into some changes in our living room.  The old end tables are out and we have two lovely wood antiques in their place.  A new sofa is next on the wish list.  




The coral also goes great with the Army Velvet Pillows.


Don't forget, pillows aren't just for sofas.  These small velvets can cozy up any space - a bench, a chair or the bed.


 Shop the entire Valentine's Day Collection, here >

Easy Flower Adorned Heart Cake | Homemade Valentines



My sister and I grew up enamored by cake decorating.  We spent some favorite mornings at our Aunt Joanie's house watching her decorate wedding cakes.  From the ages of 7 on, we often spent our Saturday mornings making our own creations out of buttercream.  About 10 years ago, I became intrigued by more 'homemade' looking desserts and cakes (ala Barefoot Contessa), likely as I was establishing our own home and style and craving that home-y feeling.  


In this iPad era, one of the only things Emma is allowed to watch videos of is DIY creating.  She loves watching playdoh video creations and has recently become fascinated by watching cake decorating videos, too.  Of course, I'm happy to encourage any hobby that interests her - especially in the kitchen.  So, I've dusted off my pastry decorating skills and we've really enjoyed making buttercream creations.  We created our own Youtube Video you can see in the post below.

Do you remember the decadently simple, Dripping Chocolate Heart Cake I made for Valentine's Day a couple of years back?  We transformed it this year to be covered in Buttercream Flowers.


I came across these new Flower Tips (5 for $15) recently and (like Emma) became hooked to watching videos of them and how easy they seemed.  Could you really make a pretty flower by just one squeeze of the pastry bag?  


Obviously Emma was swooned by the idea, as well, as we sometimes struggled to make pretty roses and flowers with our standard tips.




Making this cake was so much fun.  It came together so quickly and easily - I can't tell you how excited we were!  It really felt like magic.  I know that we are all can be a little intimidated by things that seem like a "professional" should do, but I would love for you all to give this a try.  It is so rewarding - and really beautiful.




I tried to match my buttercream (recipe coming soon) to the flowers and the bay leaf.  The colors were achieved by a pale pink + yellow for the roses, and a deep green + yellow for the leaves.



Supplies Used :


Flowers Tips, 5 for $15

Large Leaf Tip

18" Disposable Pastry Bag

Heart Pan (chocolate cake recipe & technique here>)

Small Sheet Pan

Parchment Paper (it helped to tape it to the pan)

Large Pink Bakery Box

Rose Satin Ribbon

Heart Tag

Shop all of my Baking Supplies here >


You can use any shape, but the heart is so sweet for Valentine's Day.  Here is the recipe to make this Dripping Chocolate Heart Cake.  Spoiler Alert : I used a boxed cake mix.


Step 1 : The biggest tip is to pipe the flowers on a parchment lined baking sheet, then chill them in the refrigerator.  This allows them to harden to allow you to pick them up.  Using a little knife or spatula to move them around is a good idea, as they soften when you touch them.

Step 2 : Then, you can place them on the cake wherever you like - and you can pick the best ones.



Step 3 : Pipe leaves in to fill in spaces.  The leaves really do work magic to make it feel complete.



Step 4 : Add small real berries or flowers.  I love this detail - you could use anything.








These flowers were my inspiration - a soft peachy pink Roses with deep bluish grey Privet Berries and Bay Leaves.

I'll show you how I made these arrangements later this week.




The Heart Cake got wrapped in a Large Pink Bakery Box and tied with a beautiful ribbon.


I used the 2" Rose Satin Ribbon + a Light Pink Heart Tag.


Shop the entire Valentine's Collection, here >



Supplies Used :


Flowers Tips - Set of 5, $15

Large Leaf Tip

18" Disposable Pastry Bag

Heart Pan (chocolate cake recipe & technique here>)

Small Sheet Pan

Parchment Paper (it helped to tape it to the pan)

Large Pink Bakery Box

Rose Satin Ribbon

Heart Tag


Shop all of my Baking Supplies here >



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