Monday, May 25, 2015

Vintage Inspired Dessert Table

I had so much fun dreaming up this lavender dessert table inspired by some of my favorite milk glass vintage pieces.  The ruffled milk glass cake stand, has been in my family for as long as I can remember.  It always came out to hold the cake for family birthday parties.  Over the years, I've collected a few pieces of my own. For this shoot, I just decided to keep the colors very simplistic, and just added some hints of lavender.

For the desserts, we had vanilla mini cupcakes, mini peach crisps, salted caramel and chocolate oatmeal bars, sandwich cookies and chocolate vanilla cake with blueberry buttercream filling.  

I hope you enjoyed these as much as I did!  For dessert table inquiries, email us at

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Tie-Dye Themed Birthday

My niece turned 8 at the beginning of the month, and my sister put on a Tie-Dye themed party for her. Such a fun theme!  In her invitations, she asked for the parents to let her know what size t-shirt their child would need.  When the kids arrived, they got to choose what tie-dye design they wanted and then we helped them add the rubber bands to their shirts.  We called the kids over a couple at a time to start the dyeing while the rest of the kids played in the yard.  When all of them were finished, they were put into a plastic bag with instructions for the parents on how wash them when they got home.  It was such a fun project for the kids and they all turned out so cool!  And of course, we couldn't have a Tie-Dye themed party without a fun Ombre cake (inside and out)!

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Irish Soda Bread

What better way to spend this rainy Seattle day than inside baking.  Last night was my friends theme dinner and naturally the theme was St. Patricks Day.  I LOVE corned beef, cabbage and potatoes and look forward to this meal all year long.  But I also LOVE the Irish Soda Bread that my mom made growing up that goes along with the meal.  So after a busy day, I came home and whipped these two loaves up.  This is a very simple bread that takes just under an hour total to make.

First, put all the dry ingredients in the bowl and whisk together.  Add the butter in chunks and use a pastry cutter or two knives to cut the butter into little pea sizes.

Mix together the egg and buttermilk and and add along with the currents, to the dry ingredients.  Then take it to a floured surface to knead for 3 minutes.  Once the dough is no longer sticky, cut the dough in half.

Form them into two round loaves.  Cut a cross in the center.  If you want your bread to have a nice browned top, paint buttermilk over the top with a pastry brush.  Place in a preheated oven set to 375 and bake for 35-40 minutes.


Irish Soda Bread Recipe

4 cups flour
1 t. salt
1 T. baking powder
1 t. soda
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup butter
2 cups currents (or raisins)
1 egg
1 3/4 cup buttermilk

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Valentine's Day Love Notes

I usually dread this holiday as another year that has passed where I don't have that special person to celebrate with... wishing I would have flowers waiting for me at home or a special night out to look forward to.  This year, for some reason, I'm not feeling those same feelings. 
I'm not sure why exactly. I do know that God is definitely working on me to be content with where my life is at in the present.  And to be thankful for how He has blessed me.  I'm realizing more and more that life is short. That I am called to live a purposeful life; using the gifts He has given me. And to love those who He has brought into my life.
For years, my family has been creating and exchanging Valentine cards with one another and I haven't really thought much about it.  As I've grown older, I see how special that really is.  It's not that there is something particularly special about this day but, that it serves as a good reminder to us (don't we all need reminders now and then?) that we are called to 'love one another'. This has become a small way that we can share how much each other means.  A handwritten message says so much more that a cutesy card just can't.
I would encourage you to take the time this week to tell someone you love them... in handwritten words, gifts, or actions.

Valentine's Day can be so much more than the commercialized romantic holiday it is portrayed as.

"Love is patient and kind. Love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
LOVE never fails."  
1 Corinthians 13: 4-8

Happy Valentine's Day!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Simplistic Elegance ~ Vintage Weddings

This past weekend I had so much fun creating this shoot in my backyard!  Inspired by some of my favorite vintage pieces; hobnail milk glass pitcher set and antique oak tea cart.  This three tiered cake is frosted in a Rustic, Vintage buttercream design with just a touch of color in the pink satin ribbon.   

"Simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance." ~ Coco Chanel

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

2014 ~ Year In Review

As this December comes to a close I feel a nudge to look back on the year and reflect.  I am not a big one for making New Years Resolutions.  This year has not been an easy year by any means.  It was full of ups and many deep pits.  Over time I have learned that it is good to look back and remember the good parts even with the bad.  It's a way to see how God's hand was there amidst even the hardest parts.  I still have many unanswered questions, but I know that He walked with me through it all and continues to do so every day.  One thing this reflection has helped me with is to truly see that I have many blessings to be thankful for.  Even as I write this post, I still have many unfulfilled dreams but, I know that I can rest and trust in His perfect timing.  I would really encourage doing your own Year in Review! :)

  • My 5 year old niece had heart surgery and has recovered fully.  Praise God!
  • My parents and I completed another big house project of tearing down my fence and putting in a white picket fence in the front yard.
  • I took a two and half week Confectionary Arts course in Toronto and learned many new skills and met some wonderful people in the field.
  • Traveled for a month in Toronto, New York and Boston.  I was stretched beyond my comfort zone, but am so thankful for the experience, opportunities and history I saw and learned.
  • I got the privilege of working with my cousin on my new branding design and logo.
  • I turned 32 with a fun Favorite Things party with my girlfriends and then had a relaxing day with my family watching the Hawks win!

  • We got to be a part of 27 different weddings, birthdays and events.
  • This summer we did 24 Farmers Markets and Shows.

  • In September, I have been in my house for 3 years.
  • My business has been up for 5 years and continues to grow!
  • I completed my 8th year of Teaching.

My biggest blessing I am most grateful for.. my family! 

Happy New Year!

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Johanna's Favorite Things Party

Last weekend, I celebrated my birthday with some of my girlfriends and a 'Favorite Things' party theme.  Awhile back I had seen several 'Favorite Things' parties popping up on many different blogs.  It sounded like such a fun idea that I knew I wanted to throw one myself.  As my birthday started approaching I thought... Why not?  This would be such a fun girls night!  Now if you don't know what I'm talking about, here's the gist... you invite your girlfriends over and ask each one to think of one of their favorite things that they would want to share and bring 4 of them, unwrapped.   Each girl would then go home with 4 new favorite things!

About a month ahead, I sent out these invitations.  I included an idea sheet also to help them out with their gift idea.

I made bags with each girls name on them so, they would have a place to put their favorite things as they shopped throughout the evening.

When each girl arrived, they were instructed to fill out a card with their favorite thing and then their name.  We displayed each one on cake plates on my farm table.

For food, I served light appetizers and drinks while the girls were arriving.  Since this was my favorite things party, for desserts I served some of my favorites!  Salted Caramel Coconut cake, a Chocolate, Vanilla, Raspberry White Chocolate cake, Sugar cookies, Peppermint Brownies and mini Coconut cupcakes.

At the end of the evening, I brought out one more tray of gifts.   As I thanked each one for coming, I drew names and each girl could pick an item from the tray to take home.

This was such a fun party to plan!  Here are a few more pics from the evening.  Enjoy!

Merry Christmas from Itsy and I!