Hemlock Green

Now that Valentine’s Day has passed, I’ve got St. Patrick’s day on my mind. Of course when I think of St. Patrick’s day, hues of green immediately come to thought, but not necessarily the classic St. Patty’s Day green. I’m definitely not that traditional of a gal, so I’ve picked a green from the Pantone Spring 2014 color report, known as Hemlock for the upcoming holiday. I know…the shade may remind you much of the mint that made a huge debut in 2013, but I personally couldn’t get enough of it last year, so it makes sense why I’m adoring this color so much! What I love most is that it’s a little bit richer, and deeper of a green, yet is still considered a pastel which means it’s just perfect for Spring and Summer’s arrival, with a bit more versatility. I can easily envision this color appearing in weddings, and parties over the next few seasons, and I can’t wait to incorporate Hemlock into my own personal style and party planning palettes, starting first with some inspiration for your St. Patrick’s Day celebrations.

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Sources: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.

Are you as inspired by this green as much as I am? If not, what’s your favorite pick from the Pantone 2014 Color Report? Of course I will attempt to create something for upcoming St. Patty’s Day in Hemlock green, so please stay tuned!

Visit the sites for all of the fabulous items seen in the Hemlock Green Inspiration Board, by clicking on the links above.

More to share soon!

xo

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Make: Hearts Day Partfaits (V)

There’s nothing I enjoy more for breakfast or brunch than fresh fruit and yogurt. Even better, I love combining the two to create a what we all know to be the yogurt parfait. I usually make one in the mornings based on what fruit I have on hand, and I’m certainly not picky, but since Valentine’s Day is coming up quick, today’s version features a few sweet surprise ingredients both healthy and dairy free, just right for celebrating the day of love with the ones you love! And if the grated dark chocolate and homemade crumble wasn’t enough already, I’ve topped them with the tiniest, and cutest little heart picks made from fresh strawberries and toothpicks, for a whimsical finish.

Love at first bite.

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Hearts Day Partfaits (V)

The coconut milk yogurt is layered between fresh strawberries & raspberries and a homemade crumble that adds just the right amount of crunch and a grated dark chocolate topping as a decadent garnish. 

Ingredients/Supplies

Four 8 ounce containers of plain coconut milk yogurt (use regular dairy yogurt if you wish)

32 Fresh whole raspberries and 10 fresh strawberries, rinsed and patted dry.

A few squares of dairy free Dark Chocolate (I find mine at Trader Joes)

1 cup Homemade Oat & Pecan Crumble (see recipe below)

1 ziplock bag

Cheese grater (for chocolate)

4 small glass serving bowls or parfait glasses about 8oz.

1 mini heart fondant cutter.

Instructions

Slice strawberries into 1/4 inch thick pieces and cut into heart shapes using a heart fondant cookie cutter. Set aside 4 of the shaped strawberry for the heart toppers. (This is an optional step. If you don’t own a heart-shaped fondant cutter feel free to skip.)

Grate dairy free dark chocolate using a cheese grater, or similar and set aside.

Give yogurt a stir and then pour all 4 containers into the corner of a ziplock bag.

Cut the tip off the corner of the ziplock and begin piping an even layer of the yogurt into the bottom of each glass. Top the yogurt with a layer of the Oat & Pecan Crumble, lastly adding 6 of the fresh raspberries and 6 of the strawberry cutouts to the outer edge of each glass in a circular fashion. Top with an additional layer of yogurt, followed by an even layer of crumble. Finish with 2 fresh raspberries and 3-4 more strawberry hearts. Garnish with grated dark chocolate and one Strawberry Heart Pick.

The picks literally take just seconds to make. Simply cut the strawberries into shapes using your heart fondant cutter and insert one toothpick into the bottom point of each heart. Place inside the center or center back each parfait glass to enjoy the edible cuteness.

Makes 4 Servings.

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Homemade Oat & Pecan Crumble

Ingredients

1 cup of uncooked oatmeal

3 tbsp coconut oil

1 tbsp brown sugar

2 tbsp flour

1 tbsp chia seeds

1/3 cup chopped pecans.

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350.

Mix all dry ingredients together.

Pour melted coconut oil over the top of dry ingredients.

Stir ingredients together and pour onto a parchment or foil lined baking sheet.

Bake in the oven for about 20 minutes until golden.

Remove from oven and allow to cool, then it’s ready to be used as a topping.

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How cute would these be for children’s Valentine’s parties, or as the starter, or the first course for a romantic breakfast or brunch with your love?! Such a great way to kick off the holiday!

Enjoy and Happy hearts day friends! Remember to check back soon for more.

xo

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Make: Berry Infused Sugar Cookies (DF)

Following up yesterday’s post with a lovely Valentine inspired treat! A take on an old classic with a modern twist shaded in pale pink. The recipe is simple, but the flavor is fabulous and all you need to make them is the Berry Sugar blends from yesterday’s DIY post. Just simply add it to your favorite sugar cookie and you’ve got a match made in heart’s day heaven! The berry flavor although subtle is all this cookie needs. No icing necessary just a few sprinkles for a festive finishing touch!

Berry-Infused-Sugar-Cookies | Posh Little Designs

Berry-Infused-Sugar-Cookies | Posh Little Designs

Berry Infused Sugar Cookies (DF)

Ingredients/Supplies

1 stick vegan butter softened (or regular butter if you choose)

3/4 cups berry infused sugar (strawberry, raspberry or a blend)

1/2 cup granulated sugar

3/4 teaspoon baking soda

1 1/2 teaspoons fresh squeezed lemon juice

Zest from 1 lemon

 1 large egg whipped

2 + cups all-purpose flour (more if needed)

1 tablespoon Red & Pink non-pariels

Heart shaped cookie cutter

Instructions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Line a baking sheet in parchment paper or silicone liner.

Blend together butter and sugar in a stand mixer until fluffy.

Pour in egg, lemon juice and zest.

Mix until fully incorporated.

Pour flour and baking soda into separate bowl and sift into egg sugar and butter mixture.

Add in non-pariels.

Continue to mix until dough forms.

Flour a clean surface and rolling-pin.

Roll dough until about 1/2 inch thick.

Cut dough into shapes using a heart cookie cutter (available in my Etsy shop) and top with non-pareils.

Bake in the oven, making sure not to over cook. They only need 7-8 minutes.

Place on a rack to cool.

They’re ready to enjoy!

 This recipe will make 2 to 3 dozen heart cookies.
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Berry-Infused-Sugar-Cookies | Posh Little Designs
If you happen to have any left after they’re out of the oven, they’re kind of the perfect Valentine’s Day gift. Package them using striped treat bags and the gorgeous Valentines prints from Erisha for a stylish finishing touch. Find them in her Etsy shop and visit her site, A Thing Created for unique ways to use them.
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More to share soon!

xo

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Create: Berry Infused Sugar – DIY

Sugar is sweet on its own, but when paired with dried berries, and the most adorable printables I’ve come across to date, you have a lovely little DIY gift on your hands, just in time for Valentine’s Day!

The idea for this DIY was inspired of course by the one of a kind Valentine’s prints (see below) from Erisha of A Thing Created, who I’m always delighted to work with! How fabulous are her illustrations?! I love the way she incorporated the heart signage and paired the gingham skirt with the ankle strap heels using her fashion forward approach. Ahh, aren’t these prints just the epitome of sweet, chic and stylish?! And such a fun and modern way to dress up gifts and packages.

My bottles of sugar were immediately transformed into mini Valentine’s fashion moments when I attached them. Like a makeover for the bottles, which tied in beautifully with the red and pink shaded sugar. How fitting for Valentine’s Day and how perfect for the ones you love. These sugars paired with the prints are certainly pretty enough just sitting atop a counter, but they’ll be adored once tasted and used as a surprising replacement for anything that requires sugar! Posh indeed.

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Berry Infused Sugar – DIY

Berry Infused Sugar | Posh Little Designs

Supplies/Ingredients

The sugar infusions only feature two ingredients and are naturally colored. They instantly add a posh twist to baking recipes such as cookies and cakes and also an extra bit of flavor to morning grains, or plain yogurt. 

4 washed miniature bottles with seal (8 inches tall). I found mine at Michaels $1.99 a piece.

4 cups organic white sugar (divided into 2 separate bowls).

1 cup dried strawberries & 1 cup dried raspberries (only use the kind that are crisp and freeze-dried) (divided into 2 separate bowls).

Magic Bullet or blender.

Strainer.

Funnel.

Instructions

Using a Magic Bullet or similar, blend strawberries until they turn into a fine dust (about 30 seconds).

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Simply pour blended berry dust into 1 of the bowls of sugar and stir until incorporated.

Repeat these steps to make the Raspberry sugar, being sure to run the raspberry powder through a fine strainer to remove the seeds.

Berry Infused Sugar | Posh Little Designs

Place funnel into each empty bottle and pour infused sugar over top.

Each bottle will hold approximately 1 cup of the sugar and berry blend.

Once the bottles have been filled and sealed, they’re ready for packaging.

Makes 4 servings.

Berry Infused Sugar | Posh Little Designs

Berry Infused Sugar | Posh Little Designs

Valentine’s Packaging

Supplies

Valentine’s Printables from A Thing Created – Etsy

Scissors.

Hole punch.

Four 12 inch pieces of ribbon or bakers twine.

Embellishments (optional)

Instructions

Cut each printable into shape.

Using hole punch, punch one hole into the top left and top right side of each print.

Berry Infused Sugar | Posh Little Designs

Thread ribbon/twine through the front side of each printable and wrap around the upper neck of the bottle.

Berry Infused Sugar | Posh Little Designs

Tie tightly and attach any additional embellishments to the side opposite of the printables.

I added leftover glittered clothespins and mini labels to mine for a finishing touch.

Berry Infused Sugar | Posh Little Designs

Another option would be to actually write and personalize right on the valentine’s prints.

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These babes are ready for gifting!

The Valentine’s printables are available for purchase in a variety of colors in Erisha’s Etsy shop for just $1.99 a piece! Such a fab deal and a darling and very fashion forward way to say Happy hearts day to friends and loves ones! Find them here. For inspiration and to see more of Erisha’s stunning art, visit A Thing Created.

And, if you loved today’s DIY, please check back shortly. I’ve got a Hearts day treat recipe to share, that features these berry infused sugars, and more packaging with the printables from A Thing Created.

And…of course, just a quick mention about Superbowl Sunday! I was absolutely delighted that my local team the Seahawks won Superbowl 48 for the first time in franchise history! Such an exciting moment for all of us fans!

xo

This specific DIY for Berry Infused Sugar was seen first on Posh Little Designs. All Rights Reserved. 2011-2014.

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