Archive for January, 2011

So my niece is turning 10 this year and she doesn’t want the princess party kind of thing anymore. No, she is a pre teen now and she needs something that’s girlie but not childish (so she says). I’ve been given the task to come out with a theme  for her party and I’m loving it! You see she is my first and ,until a few months ago, only niece ( baby Raquel is on the way, yay!!) so I’m really excited <3. They live in Brazil and her mom is going to use supplies from both countries to make this party a hit.

We are not quite sure on the theme yet  so I thought I would just put a few boards together and see what she decides

source: hostess blog

source: Glorious Treats

source: Sharnel Dollar Designs

source: etsy and Five Lucky Charms

What do you think? Do you have a favorite? I just love the french inspired party. Ooh la la …

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A darling Bridal Shower

Today’s post is very close to my heart. My dear friend Joyce send me pictures from her cousin’s bridal shower that happened in Brazil last week. You see, Joyce is one of those people who you love right away and it seems that everyone in her family just becomes part of your own family afterwards. Her cousin Rosane is very special to me and is an honor to feature her shower here ( She got married last weekend and I’m dying to show you the pictures – It was GORGEOUS!!!)

Here is what Joyce had to say:

“The Bridal Shower was a mix of Brazilian and American cultures. We called it a Despedida de Solteira (Bachelorette Party) but it was more a Bridal Shower than anything else. The cousins in our family are very close and since most of them live in different sides of the world (Africa, Israel, USA) and different parts of Brazil we did the bridal shower 2 days before the wedding so that the cousins that were far away could attend. Rosane is the oldest cousin and she is the glue that holds us together and everyone was so happy when she finally started dating Usiel and they got engaged. So everyone made an extra effort to be there for the wedding and to arrive a few days before to spend some time together. The bridal shower was really small and just to relatives and really close friends to give it a more intimate feel. 
Rosane’s sister (Anne Ruth) planned and created the whole thing and she is sooo talented. The invitations were in paper stock but on pink plaid fabric and she said the theme was “fabric”. She basically used 2 types of pink fabric, plus pink ribbons and we used table clothes that had some kind of lace on it to give a more romantic feeling. She bought a few white roses and she added pink colorant into the water so match the pink that was being used. She made from scratch carrot cupcakes and her mother gave us her famous chocolate cookies recipe and we made it also. She wrapped boxes in pink fabrics to use as a stand for the cookies, cupcakes and pastries. She also used a pink ribbon I bought in the US to create the sign Ro & Usi and she made the signs herself at home. She also made small hearts and envelopes using fabric and different colors stock paper cupcake toppers and they were sooo adorable. 
She was really intelligent and knew that on the wedding day we would have too much going on to enjoy all the sweets and pastries that was going to be served on the wedding so she ordered the same sweets and pastries for the shower so we could enjoy it, especially Rosane. We definitely got sugar high on the party. They also brought from the US pink lemonade powder because in Brazil there is no thing such as PINK lemonade. I brought from the US the flashing bridal tiara, the veil and the sash since she wouldn’t be wearing one on her wedding day so it was a new thing for the Brazilian relatives. 
The night was amazing and everyone had a great time and the love that everyone has for Rosane, especially Anne’s love, throughout the evening. 
Photos by Rosane Walker, Anne Ruth Walker and Stephania Walker. 

How amazing is this?? A dress made out of toilet paper?!!! and is a nice one too!! Watch out Project Runaway

The bride Rosane and her sis Anne

And here is the happy couple

Don’t they make such a good couple? Awwww ❤
By the pictures ( and knowing the “walker girls”) I can tell that this party was so much fun.
Stay tuned for the wedding pictures. Did I say GORGEOUS already??!!!
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Happy Friday everyone!!

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Orange Cake

Oh boy….Is being a while and I miss you all!!can I just say Happy 2011!! ( even though is almost February???)

I do apologize for being gone for so long but a lot happened since I last posted. We had relatives over for the Holidays and then we got that terrible blizzard, on top of that we are moving to a new house so I had to start packing and belive me when I say that doing that with a toddler around is challenging. We move next week and I’m so excited!!

I grew up in Brazil and being a girl with 3 brothers kind of made me the cook cheff of the house. I used to bake cookies and cakes, pies, pizzas, all from scratch. And then I moved here and discovered the magic of “buying it ready”. Oh boy, was I happy! And like this it went for years until I became a mom and decided I wanted to give Joshua only the best. So this week the Betty Crocker that have been living deep inside me, hiding, decided to come out and in a week I made 3 delicious cakes – all from SCRATCH. And I wanted to share with you  the recipe. I promise you that is easy, easy.

Here it goes

Orange Cake

 You will need:

  • 1 whole orange – NO SEEDS – washed, top and bottom cut off and then cut up in small pieces
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup of oil
  • 1 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 2 cups of flour
  • 1 tablespoon of baking powder
  • A blender and a Mixer

For Syrup

  • 1 cup of fresh squeezed Orange Juice
  • 1/2 cup of sugar

In a saucepan, combine the orange juice and sugar. Bring to a simmer and cook for 30 minutes, or until a thick syrup. Reserve

Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F.

 Butter an 13×9-inch cake pan, then dust with flour.

In a blander

Blend together oil, eggs and orange until it becomes a “smoothie” consistency.

Pour it in a mixing bowl and add the sugar. Beat in medium power for at least 2 minutes. Add the flour ( sift it) and beat for another 5 minutes. Add the baking powder (sift it)and mix it with a spatula (not the Mixer). Pour batter into prepared cake pan and bake for 45 to 55 minutes or until middle of cake springs back when lightly touched. Remove cake from oven. Cover it with the syrup while still hot and dust some powder sugar. Voila!

Wasn’t it easy? I just love this cake and sometimes I add coconut to the batter when I’m making it. I hope you give it a try and let me know how it turns out.

Happy Tuesday everyone!!

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