Nov21 Besotted Brand Discount and Giveaway Winner! 2012

It’s been so fun to see all of your pins and comment for the Besotted Brand giveaway! Isn’t it just darling?!

We’ve finally selected a winner, but before we announce it I must tell you some GOOD NEWS. If you didn’t win the stamp, don’t worry. Besotted Brand is giving Grey Likes readers 20% off of any purchase from now until December 15th. Seriously great timing for Black Friday and Cyber Monday, right?

To get the discount just enter the code “GreyLikes” at checkout!

Now for our big winner……

Congrats to Elizabeth Sutherland!

Please email me at [email protected] so we can send you the monogram stamp!

 

Thank you all so much for participating!

Nov06 Besotted Brand Stamp Giveaway 2012

We’ve featured Besotted Brand Stationary here on Nesting in the past. We love it. Clean, simple, classic designs get us every time. Naturally when they create anything monogrammed we get even more giddy. This pretty little monogram stamp is actually one they made for me, with my new last initial that will be changing in a few short months. I’m sure all of the engaged or newlywed gals out there can relate to the excitement of adding the newly minted initials to everything. Hint: These also make killer bridal shower gifts. Um, hello! 

 

So naturally when Tristan from Besotted Brand offered up this giveaway to one luck Nester, we jumped at the chance! This is a BRAND NEW design, never before featured and we’ll be giving away the first one to one of you! How sweet is that?

 

 

To enter, just Pin one of the images above and leave the existing description in the box. Then, leave a comment saying you pinned. Next week we’ll pick one of you and send this pretty little thing your way.

May the initials be ever in your favor!

Nov01 Fall Breakfast 2012

With Halloween being my favorite holiday, I always get a little mopey the next day. In favor of keeping the spirit going, here’s my favorite Fall Breakfast — Pumpkin Pancakes with Ginger-Caramel Sauce and Spiced Candied Pecans, with Homemade Pumpkin Spice Lattes!

I first got the inspiration for this from a fab little breakfast spot called Snooze in Boulder, CO. They serve a killer sweet potato pancake with a ginger butter that is to die for. I’ve combined a few favorite recipes below to get the same great combination!

This Pumpkin Pancakes recipe is the best I’ve found, and I’ve tried A LOT. The batter is thick and the pancakes come out thick and fluffy. Just the right amount of pumpkin, too. I could eat myself sick.

 

{Pumpkin Pancakes} from All Recipes

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  •  1 egg
  •  2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  •  2 tablespoons vinegar
  •  2 cups all-purpose flour
  •  3 tablespoons brown sugar
  •  2 teaspoons baking powder
  •  1 teaspoon baking soda
  •  1 teaspoon ground allspice
  •  1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  •  1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  •  1/2 teaspoon salt
Instructions:

Mix together wet ingredients. In a separate bowl, mix together dry ingredients. Combine.

Lightly oil a griddle and heat to medium. Drop about 1/4 cup of batter and brown on both sides.

 

{Ginger Caramel Sauce} from Food & Wine

  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 2 teaspoons finely grated fresh ginger
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
Instructions:
  1. In a small saucepan, simmer 1/2 cup of the heavy cream with the ginger for about 10 minutes. Set aside.
  2. In another small heavy saucepan, cook the sugar with the lemon juice over low heat, stirring frequently, until the sugar caramelizes to a light brown color, 10 to 15 minutes. Being careful to avoid splatters, stir in the remaining 2 tablespoons heavy cream. Remove from the heat.
  3. Strain the cream into a bowl and whisk in the caramel until smooth. Serve warm.

{Sugar and Spice Candied Pecans} from Smitten Kitchen

  • 1/3 cup dark-brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup white granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt (I might up this by a 1/2 tsp. next time for more of a sweet/salty balance)
  • Generous pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 pound walnut or pecan halves or whole peeled hazelnuts (I used all pecans!)
  • 1 egg white, room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon water
Instructions:
Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Mix sugars, salt, cayenne, and cinnamon, making sure there are no lumps; set aside. Beat egg white and water until frothy but not stiff. Add walnuts, and stir to coat evenly. Sprinkle nuts with sugar mixture, and toss until evenly coated. Spread sugared nuts in a single layer on a cookie sheet fitted with parchment paper. Bake for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from oven, and separate nuts as they cool. When completely cool, pour the nuts into a bowl, breaking up any that stick together.

{Pumpkin Spice Lattes} 

Ingredients:

  • 6 cups of milk
  • 3 cups of double brewed coffee
  • 14 oz can of pumpkin puree
  • 1/3 cup of sugar (or agave nectar)
  • 2 t of pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 t vanilla
Instructions:

Mix all ingredients in the crockpot and heat on low for 2-3 hours.

 

Images: Pancakes image via The Family Kitchen on Babble; Pumpkin Spice Latte image via Eating Bird Food (this link also has another great recipe for lower calorie single serving Pumpkin Spice Lattes!)

Oct31 Last Minute Spooky Soiree 2012

I may or may not have mentioned this, but I have a love affair with Halloween. It’s mostly nostalgic. As a child my grandmother would dress up as a witch every year (green face paint and all!) and make a huge pot of beef stew in a cauldron-like pot. Each grandchild would get a cube of beef bouillon to add to the stew–she told us they were the last ingredient to her secret potion! Such fun memories.

If you’re not prepared for Halloween, it’s not too late. Gather a few friends, turn on Monster Mash, and throw a last-minute SPOOKY SOIREE!

1. Spooky decor is super simple and quick. Grab a bag of spanish moss and gather up all of the old bottles, trays, candlesticks, and vintage silver you have in your house. Scour your cabinets for anything black or old looking. Extra points if you have a few bell jars and some old books. Create a simple table setting with things you already have. Move on to #2 to add the final decorating touches!

#2. Printing a few simple Halloween images is quick, free, and can add a little dose of spooky if you don’t have any Halloween decor. If you have some old frames, and book paper, you can make it extra eerie! CLICK HERE for a great compilation of printables perfect for the occasion.

#3. Witches stew, of course! We love this recipe from Martha Stewart because of its positively frightful color. If you opt for a more traditional stew, don’t forget to let guests add a secret ingredient. These individually wrapped bouillon cubes are easy to find at the supermarket.

#4. No costume? No problem. This has to be the easiest little get up to throw together with things you already have in your closet! A black trench, some striped socks (check Target, they have a great selection for $2.50 a pair), and a broom–voila!

For more last minute costumes, see this great post by What I Wore. 

 

Images: Mantle via Martha Stewart; Book display via Design Love; Skeleton display via Urban Comfort; Witches Stew via Martha Stewart; Bouillon via Mid Eats;  DIY Witch Costume via What I Wore.

 

Oct29 Glamorous Rooftop Party 2012

If you are like me and you would jump at any excuse to drink champagne and wear sparkles, then this shoot is going to make you very, very happy my loves. Mix plenty of bubbly, a few sequin gowns, a group of amazingly gorgeous friends, a beautiful table setting, and one very glamorous rooftop and you get this killer party. It’s a perfect soiree to celebrate an engagement or fantastic inspiration for a New Year’s Eve party you won’t forget.

These flowers are amazing. LOVE.

The industrial lighting makes me so happy.

STOP IT. How gorgeous is she?

The lounge furniture is a great touch. How much do you wish you were here having fun with them?

 

And, as if that wasn’t enough glam for your day, you have to see this video from the party!

HIGHRISE from christopher robert on Vimeo.

 

VENDORS:

Photography: Chantel Marie 

Video: Christopher Robert

Makeup: Jessica Marie Makeup (and here)

Hair: Destry Van Wagoner (and here)

Dresses: Ypsilon

Models: Nikki Harward, Jake Butler, Meg Welch, Mike Fogt, Hilary Bingham, Sean Welch

Flowers: Floral Design By Alaide

Table Design: Hilary Bingham

Cupcakes:Le Petite Bakery

Cake: CMH Cakes

Invites: Ruffled Ink

Rentals: Alpine Event Rentals http://alpineeventrentals.com/index.aspx