New Blog – Come Subscribe

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Hey followers! I’ve moved to a new lifestyle blog, that I’ve been sorta dreaming up for awhile and finally made happen. I would love it if you would head on over to www.domestic-chaos.com and please subscribe and share it.

Here is a little preview of the site:
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The blog is geared towards women, wives, and mommies. It’s about realistic ideas, tips and tricks to make your home, style and life feel more “Pinterest” worthy without breaking the bank, or feeling like you don’t have time to accomplish the ideas we share.

There will be lots of tips and life-hacks for the everyday working and full-time stay@home mom’s out there. Think of it as like a “Realistic Martha Stewart”. :)

So please check it out and follow us!

Nimbi will still be around. I’ll be continuing to offer invitation suite designs on CreativeMarket.com and will be selling lots of Laser Cut designs and options on our Etsy shop.

Custom options will still be available, and we will still be involved in special inspirational photo shoot collabs. But if you really want to know what I am up to, or get ideas for the home, fashion, organization, events, hosting dinners, etc. Please check out Domestic Chaos!

Happy New Year! 2016 is going to be great!

XOXO,

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Old Hollywood Wedding Cake

I got married in September this year, and had my best friend, Liz Marek of Artisan Cake Company & The Sugar Geek Show make my cake for my big day. She made three flavors, Lemon Rosemary cake with Marionberry filling (So OREGON), Chocolate cake with chocolate ganache, and a pink champagne cake with strawberry filling. All were amazing!!!

The cake was a hit, and everyone kept complimenting how beautiful and grand it was. Here are a few pictures from our wedding of the this detailed and so glam cake. It made me cry, I didn’t see it until I walked into the reception. If you’re going to trust anyone to make a perfect cake for you, she’s the one to do it and here’s the proof:

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Liz, as usual did a YouTube video on this cake and I believe has more advanced lessons available on this same cake on her new website Sugar Geek Show.

Here is a sneak peak – time lapse!

Non-Baker’s Dessert that’s Simple and Quick

A brand new video is up on our YouTube channel. A quick and easy dessert that is delish and doesn’t require a lot of baking skills!

It’s a quick recipe I learned from my Nonna, pretty sure its an American dish, and I love to make it anytime I can, especially for a last-minute get-together or pot-luck dessert! (full recipe and ingredients below)

Ingredients
1 box of Jell-o Pudding mix (chocolate, vanilla, lemon or pistachio are my faves)
Milk (for pudding mix)
1 bag of chopped walnuts
1 cup of all-purpose flour

1 cube of unsalted butter (softened)
1 box or cup of Philadelphia Cream Cheese (whipped is easiest!)
1 container of Cool Whip

Recipe

1. Make package of pudding as per directions on box. Chill.
2. Put the bag of chopped walnuts into a large Ziplock bag and seal. Take a meat tenderizer and start pounding the walnuts until they are all nicely broken up into even smaller pieces.
3. Put ingredients into a mixing bowl (standing mixers work GREAT!), and add 1 cup of all-purpose flour and 1 cube of softened butter. Mix until it becomes like a loose dough. It will crumble a bit but if you push it together it should still sort of be connected with the butter.
4. Push flat into a baking casserole dish. You want the crust to be about 1/4 of an inch thick or more.
5. Place in the oven at 375º for 15-20 minutes, or until golden brown.
6. Let crust cool.
7. Add a layer of cream cheese.
8. Add a layer of your pudding mixture (which should be set now).
9. Add the Cool Whip on top.
10. Top it with extra walnuts, chocolate chips, fresh fruit, or anything else that would fit your taste!
11. Cover and place in fridge for 1 hour.
12. Serve! (cut it like a lasagna, small little 2×2 inch squares).

Enjoy!

 

$12 Grab Bag from 622 Press!!

A very talented designer in our Paper Confection group is having a AWESOME grab bag sale on Instagram! Check this awesome work available for only $12 INCLUDING shipping from Kristin Joiner! GO CHECK IT OUT!!! Support the small shops and enjoy a great deal for beautiful letterpress cards!!
From Kristin:
“As a thank you for 622 Press’ best year yet (and to help make some room for new 2016 designs), I’m having a grab bag sale over on Instagram: 5 hand-printed letterpress cards for $12—and that includes shipping! You can find me at http://www.instagram.com/622press.”

6 Unique Holiday Mocktails for Fall & Winter

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With the holidays closely approaching the thought of some yummy traditional holiday beverages instantly come to mind. Tasty drinks like warm spiked cider, egg nog, hot toddy’s and more. Unfortunately not everyone can enjoy in boozy holiday cheer, especially mommy’s-to-be. But the flavors and special holiday drinks still sound amazing, and going to a holiday party and asking for “just a glass of water”, or tea doesn’t really do the holiday season justice.

So, I’ve collaborated with my lovely friend Joni, an owner of a local bartending service here in Portland, Oregon called Mint & Mirth. Joni is a creative born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. She and her team of traveling bartenders most commonly serve around Portland, Seattle, and San Francisco helping hosts throw the world’s best parties.

Once I told her my idea on holiday booze free cocktails, she and I got together for some fun and unique creating. I brought a few basic ingredients that reminded me of the holiday season, and her creative mind quickly went to work on not one, not two, not even three but six, holiday mocktails that you can try this season. We categorized 3 beverages for the Thanksgiving/Fall season and 3 for the Christmas/Winter season, a mix of hot and cold drinks, that you can switch up as you like.

We truly hope you enjoy some of these recipes as we did making and tasting them!


PumpkinCider

Pumpkin Cider

2 oz. Pumpkin syrup (recipe below)
4 oz. hot cider

Tools: barspoon
Glass: Irish Coffee glass or mug
Garnish: cinnamon stick

Combine all ingredients in a glass, stir and garnish.

Pumpkin Syrup

1 cup pumpkin puree
1 cups granulated sugar
1 cup water

Puree all ingredients in a blender.  Transfer to pot, then bring all ingredients to a boil.  Reduce to simmer, stir. Simmer for 20 minutes, cool to room temperature, then filter through a fine mesh strainer.



AppleSoda

Apple Soda

2 oz. Apple syrup (recipe below)
4 oz. sparkling water

Tools: barspoon
Glass: Chimney glass
Garnish: apple slice

Combine all ingredients over ice in a glass, stir and garnish.

Apple Syrup

1/2 cup cane sugar
1 cup water
2 apples

Dice apple then puree all ingredients in a blender.  Transfer to pot, then bring all ingredients to a boil.  Reduce to simmer, stir. Simmer for 20 minutes, cool to room temperature, then filter through a fine mesh strainer.



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Pomegranate Soda

2 oz. Pomegranate syrup (recipe below)
4 oz. sparkling water
1/4 oz. bee pollen

Tools: barspoon
Glass: Mason jar or chimney glass
Garnish: bee pollen

Combine all ingredients over ice in a glass, stir and garnish.

Pomegranate Syrup

1 cup cane sugar
1 cup water
3/4 cup pomegranate seeds

Puree all ingredients in a blender.  Transfer to pot, then bring all ingredients to a boil.  Reduce to simmer, stir. Simmer for 20 minutes, cool to room temperature, then filter through a fine mesh strainer.



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Cinnamon Cranberry Soda

2 oz. Cinnamon Cranberry syrup (recipe below)
4 oz. sparkling water

Tools: barspoon
Glass: Chimney glass
Garnish: cinnamon stick

Combine all ingredients over ice in a glass, stir and garnish.

Cinnamon Cranberry Syrup

1 cup cane sugar
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
2 cups water

Puree all ingredients in a blender.  Transfer to pot, then bring all ingredients to a boil.  Reduce to simmer, stir. Simmer for 20 minutes, cool to room temperature, then filter through a fine mesh strainer. Let cool completely before serving.


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Chocolate Hazelnut Toffee Soda

2 oz. cold Chocolate Hazelnut syrup (recipe below)
4 oz. sparkling water OR Hot water/Milk (for more of a hot cocoa finish)

Tools: barspoon
Glass: Chimney glass
Garnish: chocolate shavings

Combine all ingredients over ice in a glass, stir and garnish.

Chocolate Hazelnut Syrup

1 cup cane sugar
1/2 cup hazelnuts
1/2 cup chocolate toffee
2 cups water

Puree all ingredients in a blender.  Transfer to pot, then bring all ingredients to a boil.  Reduce to simmer, stir. Simmer for 20 minutes, cool to room temperature, then filter through a fine mesh strainer.  Filter through strainer again to remove all nut particles.  Let cool completely before serving.



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Orgeat Steamer

2 oz. orgeat (almond syrup)
4 oz. almond milk

Tools: barspoon
Glass: mug
Garnish: Nutmeg

Combine all ingredients in a pot and simmer for 8 minutes. Poor into a mug and garnish with sprinkling nutmeg on top. Serve with a cinnamon stick for extra flavor and charm.

 

Chalkboard Art Time Lapse – “You are an incredibly and uniquely talented individual”

A Masculine Same Sex Marriage Inspirational Shoot

Our girl Brittany knocked it out of the park again with her amazing chalkboard work. An entire background on a wall. It was gorgeous! She constantly amazes me with the talent and creativity she has with her chalkboard art. This was a shoot from this summer, but I had to share all the paper goodies, gorgeous invitations and other amazing pieces that we were able to help with for this awesome shoot.

DreamBox at Jupiter Hotel | Alternative Editorial photography in Portland, Oregon www.BethOlsonCreative.com

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