Archive for February, 2011

Wedding Wednesday: Cake Bunting

Posted on: February 23rd, 2011 by Lydia No Comments

Yes please!  I’ve come across a few of these mini bunting cake toppers, but these are the most darling cupcake flags ever. And I think I’ll take the cupcakes along with the toppers. Who wouldn’t say “YES” to this proposal. Thank you to The Dainty Woods for keeping things lovely.

Thanks for your help, combating brownie boredom, one S’more at a time!™

-Lydia

Tuesday Shoesday

Posted on: February 22nd, 2011 by Lydia No Comments

I recently found Polyvore.com where you can create outfit inspiration boards by browsing thousands of items from all over the interwebs. Not ashamed to admit that I spent a few hours playing with this site, while watching a Sex And The City marathon. Here’s to the first of many.

Get the shoes from Forever 21 here.

For more Tuesday Shoesday posts visit the following lovelies {Postcars & Pretties} {TRUE Event{brancoprata} {magnolia rouge} {demoiselle} {meant to be sent} {simply & forever} {landlocked bride}{swatchbook weddings} {luna & chloe weddings} {merci new york} {enchanted dream weddings}

Thanks for your help combating borwnie boredom, one S’more at a time!™

-Lydia

Gluten Free S’mores are HERE!

Posted on: February 21st, 2011 by Lydia No Comments

I have a BIG announcement today, and it is not the fact that I have been writing new posts for a week straight. After tons of inquiries, demand, searching and taste testing products . . . we are bring gluten free graham cracker s’mores into our arsenal of marshmallow magic.  I met Annie, owner of Annie’s Gluten Free Bakery, at the Chelmsford Farmers Market this past summer. We reconnected when I was looking for a gluten free graham cracker that did not taste like rehydrated pureed cardboard. A mutual friend suggested I contact Annie, and after she tested a few recipes we struck a deal.  These gluten free graham crackers are amazing, and so are her chocolate chip cookies. This lady knows how to bake without wheat!  The only difference between the gluten free babies and our standard s’mores is the graham.

Gluten Free Original S’mores Box of 6

Orders for gluten free s’mores will take a few days longer to fill because Annie will be making your grahams from scratch to order. Please be patient until these start flying off the shelf and are always stocked. If these start selling, we will begin offering them in more flavors so spread the word to all your gluten free friends! Sweet Lydia’s has gluten free s’mores!

Thanks for your help combating brownie boredom one s’more at a time!™

-Lydia

Ready For Rainbows

Posted on: February 17th, 2011 by Lydia No Comments

As much as I love playing in the snow (I did go cross country skiing this weekend) and cuddling up under comforters, I just might ready for Spring. Here are some cheery items to help get you through.

Images 1) Rainbow Wheel 2) Zig Zag Plate 3) Silk Pillows 4) Clay Pin 5) Cupcake Liners 6) Butterflies 7) Necklace 8) Print

Thanks for your help combating brownie boredom, one S’more at a time!™

-Lydia

Wedding Wednesday from Claire La Faye

Posted on: February 16th, 2011 by Lydia No Comments

Not sure whether I love the dress or the picture more. Mmm, I think both. Either way, I have fallen for Claire La Faye. Visit her site or store to browse the complete colection.

Thanks for your help combating brownie boredome, one S’more at a time!™

-Lydia

Tuesday Shoesday

Posted on: February 15th, 2011 by Lydia No Comments

I have never posted for Tuesday Shoesday before, as much as I follow the fabulous selections I see all over the twitterverse every Tuesday. When I saw these ballerina flats from Ele Handmade I had to share.

Here are more variations on this perfect indoor flat.

For more Tuesday Shoesday posts visit the following lovelies {Postcars & Pretties} {TRUE Event{brancoprata} {magnolia rouge} {demoiselle} {meant to be sent} {simply & forever} {landlocked bride} {swatchbook weddings} {luna & chloe weddings} {merci new york} {enchanted dream weddings}

Thanks for your help combating borwnie boredom, one S’more at a time!™

-Lydia

Happy Valentine’s Day In Print

Posted on: February 14th, 2011 by Lydia 3 Comments

Happy Valentine’s Day

LoveSugar

LoveNaturally

Decology

PosterPop

And a little “love is sweet” from Papermints from our shoot together.

Thanks for your help, combating brownie boredom, one S’more at a time!™

-Lydia

Chocolate & Chocolat: A perfect Valentine’s Weekend Event.

Posted on: February 11th, 2011 by Lydia No Comments

If you live in the Lowell area and don’t have plans for Saturday night, look no further, I’ve got your answer right here. The Lowell Film Collaborative is hosting a fundraiser for The Brush Gallery that includes tons of chocolate and a screening of the movie “Chocolat” with Jonny Depp, and all for $10. It doesn’t get much better than that! And did I mention that I have over 150 mini s’mores on skewers for everyone to sample! And chocolate marshmallows. And mini marshmallow and chocolate covered pretzels. And that I am only one of the businesses sampling!  Other samplers (if that is the right word) include Cookie Central from Andover, Market Street Market from Lowell, Michele’s Sweet Shoppe from Concord, NH (they have the best flavored popcorns) and Tutto Bene Wine & Cheese Cellar also in Lowell. I am also making candied orange peel and orange marshmallows that will be served on top of Brew’d Awakening Coffeehaus hot chocolate after the movie. You might remember that we teamed up with Brew’d to create the 2010 winner in Lowell’s Hot Chocolate Contest.  If you didn’t get a chance to sample our coco during the contest, now is your chance!

I am excited to share all these goodies with those who attend. The tasting will be held at The Brush Gallery on Market St in Lowell from 5:30-7:00p followed by the movie screening next door in the National Park Visitor’s Center. For more details or t buy tickets click HERE.

Thanks for you help combating brownie boredom, one S’more at a time!™

-Lydia

Homemade Oreos!

Posted on: February 11th, 2011 by Lydia No Comments

I saw this post about making homemade oreos while taking a twitter-break from packaging Valentine’s Day orders yesterday.  I actually clicked on a link somewhere online for another recipe from Sweet Pea’s Kitchen and saw words “homemade oreos” beaconing me from the corner of my eye. I knew instantly that I was going to make these, looked around at my supplies, saw that I had everything in stock and there was no turning back. The recipe is originally from Smitten Kitchen and oh my goodness is this easy and so delicious. These Oreos are to die for and a perfect step up from the traditional store brand. The icing is almost a perfect replica and the cookie, oh my the cookies. Sandy and chewy and chocolaty. Did I mention they are wicked easy to make too. I shared these cookies with everyone around me because they were so spectacular and it’s clear that I have a new go-to cookie for parties, gifts and when I need a non-marshmallow sugar fix. So here is the recipe, but be warned . . . there is no turning back once you’ve made these babies!

For the Chocolate Wafers:

  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened Dutch process cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 10 tablespoons (1 1/4 sticks) room-temperature, unsalted butter
  • 1 large egg

For the Filling:

  • 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) room-temperature, unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup vegetable shortening
  • 2 cups sifted confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Directions:

  1. Preheat to 375°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the flour, cocoa, baking soda and powder, salt, and sugar. With the mixer running on low speed add the butter and then the egg. Mix until dough comes together in a mass.
  3. Drop by rounded teaspoons on a prepared baking sheet, two inches apart. With moistened hands, slightly flatten the dough. Bake for 9 minutes, rotating half way through.  Cool on baking sheet 3 minutes then transfer to racks and cool completely.
  4. To make the cream filling, in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine butter and shortening on low speed, gradually beat in the sugar and vanilla. Turn the mixer on high and beat for 2 to 3 minutes until filling is light and fluffy.
  5. To assemble the cookies, Shape cream filling into balls using a a heaping teaspoon. Place cream filling ball into the center of one cookie. Place another cookie, equal in size to the first, on top of the cream. Lightly press, to work the filling evenly to the outsides of the cookie. Continue this process until all the cookies have been sandwiched with cream.

Thanks for your help combating brownie boredom, one S’more at a time!™

-Lydia

Wedding Wednesday from Cloth & Patina

Posted on: February 2nd, 2011 by Lydia 1 Comment

Hope you enjoy this little Wedding Wednesday inspiration.

I adore these vintage inspired salt shaker photo holders from ClothandPatina shop on Etsy. These would be a perfect addition to a centerpiece to display pics of the happy couple and maybe a table number. Also from the same Etsy shop  . . . this lovely vintage inspired burlap button frame! This one says “U+ME” but how cute would it be with you and your lovely’s initials! I have decided that I pretty much love everything from this shop and think it would add wonderfully shabby-chic touches to any wedding or soiree. Like this two tiered serving tray, just imagine it full of pale raspberry french macarons.

Want to add a little more vintage for your reception table? Go with some vintage flat ware Cloth & Patina doesn’t have enough flat ware for a big reception but why not mix and match vintage silverware.

P.S. Did you notice that little blue and yellow badge now added to the blog? I am happy to announce that Sweet Lydia’s receive the 2011 Bride’s Choice Award from Wedding Wire!

Thanks for helping combat brownie boredom, one S’more at a time!™

Lydia