marshmallow snowman


Now that I have three kids, I've been crafting for my kids rather than myself. Seeing their awed and surprised faces gives me so much more joy than biting into a chocolate bouchon. Austin's favorite thing to have with breakfast is a mug of hot cocoa topped with a mound of marshmallows. So, how much more fun is stirring one of these marshmallow snowmen instead? These are so fun and easy.

marshmallow snowman
  • 1 bag of large marshmallows
  • chocolate chips
  • powdered sugar
  • milk
  • food coloring (red, yellow, and blue) 
  1. for the colored icing: mix a tablespoon of powdered sugar in a bowl with 1-2 teaspoons of milk. use one drop of red and one drop of yellow food coloring to make orange icing. repeat this step and use two drops of blue food coloring to make blue icing. 
  2. for the chocolate: melt a handful of chocolate chips in a microwavable safe bowl in the microwave for 1-2 minutes. the chocolate should be soft but not melted. stir together until all is smooth. if some pieces are still hard, put it back in the microwave for another minute. you may have to reheat as you're working if it starts to cool and solidify. set aside.
  3. using a toothpick and draw on eyes, mouth, buttons, and accessories as you wish. 

felt ornaments


My oldest son has 36 classmates in his class. 36! Not everyone is in attendance at the same time, some kids are there MWF and others TTh, some just in the morning or the full day. But all in all, there are 36 friends. I wanted to make something for the kids but I knew it had to be simple and quick. Last year I did some cute tags on candy canes and called it a day. I really loved that idea but wanted to take it to the next level. I dug around and found my stash of filzfelt offcuts. They are an environmentally conscience company and rather than disposing these offcuts of their products, they offer them for sale on their website.

All the shapes were cutout already. All I had to do was string them together with jute twine and a needle. Easy peasy. Happy Holidays!

indigo baby shower featured on 100 layer cakelet


I'm really excited to finally share this baby shower I planned and hosted for my good friend, Jody and her family. It was recently featured on one of my favorite party planning blogs, 100 Layer Cakelet

When Jody first told us that she was expecting, Gary and I knew we wanted to throw them a shower especially since it is going to be a boy and their first is a sweet little girl named Olive. When we first started planning the party, Jody asked if she could design the invitations and chose a shibori inspired theme. I took it to heart and started to dye everything indigo blue in my house. It was so much fun making all the decor: lanterns, garlands, pillow covers, and table runners. 

As for the menu, I wanted to do some brunch finger foods. I put together some silver dollar pancake stacks, bite-size chicken and waffles, smokies with tater tots, and mini donuts. We had a lot of kids on the guest list, so a charcuterie spread is always a favorite with the little ones (and the big ones too). 
The cake was made by our amazingly talented friend, Sheila. 

The rope bowl favors are handmade by friend, Yoon Mi. And of course, Jody did the calligraphy on the note pads. 

It really was an honor to host this celebration for our friends. We love you guys so much. 

Read more on 100 Layer Cakelet here

instant pot: Chinese braised short ribs


Yes, I joined the Instant Pot bandwagon. It's all the rage right now, but it is for a reason. It's a miracle worker, I swear. It use to take me 16 hours to make this ridiculously amazing Kahlua Pig with my slow cooker, and now 90 minutes under pressure with the Instant Pot.

Game. Changer.

After following a few recipes for the past couple weeks, I'm starting to feel comfortable with this new appliance. This is my first try at something without a recipe. And I have to say, it's a keeper. After removing the short ribs, I threw in some potatoes in the remaining liquids and cooked it under pressure for 6 minutes. 6 minutes, people! Have you ever cooked potatoes in such a short amount of time? It was delicious and flavorful. Needless to say, I have already given my slow cooker away.

bryant & hudson turn 1


I can't believe my babies turned 1 last month. It's official, my boys are now toddlers.

First birthday parties are not really for the birthday child... children in our case. It's more for the parents to celebrate the fact that we survived the first year. Gary and I not only survived the first year, but the first year with twins (and a 3-year old). And celebrated we did! With lots of food, friends, and family!

The party was held at one of our favorite local restaurants, Lincoln. They did a beautiful and delicious job with the catering. The menu was both kid- and parent-friendly with lots of healthy options.

Just thinking about the cakes makes me so happy. The cakes turned out exactly as I had envisioned with the personalized toppers and city skyline. They were extra special because it was a collaboration with two of my mama friends. The cake was made by our talented pastry chef friend and the cake topper was designed by another good friend of ours, Jody from my baby olive juice.

With Austin's first birthday, I went all out... basically handmade everything possible. So, with the twins' I wanted to do the same. It just wouldn't be fair, if I didn't make some effort. But with three in tow, it was hard to fulfill my ambitions.

The theme of the party was New York City. If you didn't know, Bryant and Hudson were named after landmarks of my birth city, as Austin was named after Gary's birth city.  NYC was also where Gary and I met and got married. There is just so many ties for us, so it was obvious to throw a party with the theme.

With half the guests being kids under 5, I wanted to make it playful and inviting. I created a mini city by repositioning some Ikea market stands into a newsstand, a cupcake shop, a tattoo parlor, and a pizzeria. Gary even put together a special edition newspaper featuring the birthday boys.

Its so hard to believe with so many weeks of planning, a party like this is over within a couple of hours. Thanks to all our friends and family who were able to come celebrate with us and our boys.

Photos by Sadaf Murad Photography
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