Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Make It: Red Velvet Skull Cakes

Every year, I find myself browsing the Williams-Sonoma fall catalog and lusting after their awesome seasonal products. I couldn't pass on this super cool mini skull cake pan this time around — they're the perfect serving size for a Halloween party, and can be decorated differently for an impressive display.
I used a boxed red velvet mix for the cake, and whipped up a batch of buttercream for piping the details on – this is the recipe I follow. I would also love to try filling the cakes next time – maybe from the bottom – to add a bit to the frosting/cake ratio (in my opinion you can never have too much frosting)! These would also be great as a molten cake with a ganache filling, as seen here. It's like chocolate cool for Halloween.
I was going for a linework/doodle look, so I used a #3 round piping tip to create fine lines—you could also use a rose tip to create flowers or roses as accents, or tint your frosting with food coloring. Their website also suggests doing a light glaze or just dusting them with confectioner's sugar. Lots of possibilities! I'm definitely going to have a lot of fun with these, beyond Halloween—skulls are always a good idea ;)

Monday, October 5, 2015

Our Honeymoon: Turks & Caicos

It's been a month since our honeymoon and wedding celebrations, and although I'm sad it's over, we're really happy to be back to our normal routine. No stress, no planning, no wedding nightmares (seriously!) – just enjoying our lives together as we did before. Our honeymoon helped us hit the reset button, and now we're back to business as usual. This means I'll be back on the blog more often and taking on more creative projects, which I'm really looking forward to!

After the wedding, we waited until Wednesday before taking off on our trip. So glad we did. We needed that time to decompress when the wedding ended, and it allowed us to spend the days leading up to the wedding doing last minute preparations, instead of packing for the trip. We deliberated for a while about where to go, but Turks and Caicos had been on our radar for a while (and how can you say no to Grace Bay Beach? You just can't). 
We stayed at the Gansevoort — a chic, modern paradise with basically the coolest pool I've ever seen.   The location on Grace Bay was perfect and private, tucked away at the end of a string of resorts, with no crowds in sight. It was almost like having the beach to ourselves. 
Isn't this water insane? I just can't get over it. It was basically a pool (except with starfish)! There are a ton of reefs right off the beach, so we were able to just swim out and snorkel without needing a boat trip or a plan (I hate a vacation with an itinerary). 

{Toasting to our one-week anniversary!}
Ah, breakfast! I don't think Jim missed a single day of made-to-order western omelettes at our resort. We spent the majority of our trip stuffing our faces, and there were tons of local restaurants that are not to be missed. Fresh seafood, conch and cocktails are everywhere. If you ever find yourself out in Providenciales, head to Coco Bistro, Somewhere Cafe, Bugaloo's, and Infiniti at Grace Bay Club (below). Those were our favorites spots for amazing food and atmosphere. 
Riding horseback through the ocean was one of the coolest things I've ever done. It was hard to peel ourselves off our beach chairs, but I'm so glad we did it! We ended up being the only people in our group (gotta love the offseason) so we had a private ride with our instructor. 

We took our GoPro along with us, knowing we'd want some snorkeling footage, and we decided to make a little highlight reel of our trip – you can check it out below. I'll be back to post our wedding photos as soon as they arrive!