Tag Archives: Living

Before & After: Room & Dresser Transformations

23 Feb

I found this oak dresser for $10 at a local thrift store, and spent the better half of my summer fixing it up on weekends. It was a more intense project than I anticipated, but the results were exactly what I was going for.

This inspired an extreme makeover in my room.



Allaina’s Surprise 18th Birthday/Graduation Party

2 Feb

This past weekend, we had a great surprise party for my sister, Allaina. About 50 family and friends gathered to celebrate her 18th birthday and early graduation, which called for lots and lots of cupcakes. The colors were pink, white and silver – convenient that Valentines day is right around the corner!

The dessert table was full – I spent most of the day Saturday sneakily baking about 100 cupcakes, and one “alternative” cake – Ally is into her healthy eating, so I figured I’d make a cake with secret ingredients that she wouldn’t have to feel guilty eating.

I’ll be posting the recipes for the cupcakes & cake soon – here’s a sneak preview!

A giant marshmallow & cake pop tree.

I tried to set up a Smilebooth… Jon & I were the only people that took pictures.

Devil’s Food Cupcakes with Buttercream Icing

Lemon Meringue Cupcakes

Strawberry Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Cherry Chip Cupcakes with Royal Icing

“Alternative” Secret Ingredient Chocolate Cake

"Alternative" Cake

Good times were had by all. Thanks to everyone for coming out to celebrate with us!