Vanilla Caramel Apple Bites (V)

Caramel Apple Bites | Posh Little Designs

Lately I’ve had Fall and seasonal recipes on the brain, so while feeling a little festive over the weekend I whipped up a simple caramel using only the ingredients that I had  in my pantry. To my surprise, a can of coconut milk and a cup of sugar, if boiled long enough can transform into a delightful dipping sauce that pairs beautifully with apples and just about anything else you could think of. And did I mention that this heavenly sauce just happens to be gluten and lactose free?! Hmmm..thinking it’s safe to say that Fall just got a whole lot sweeter.

Vanilla Caramel Apple Bites

Ingredients/Supplies

1-2 large apples cut into 2 inch cubes

lemon wedge

toothpicks

parchment paper

3/4 cups full fat coconut milk

1 cup raw sugar

1 teaspoon pink himalaya sea salt

seeds from 1 vanilla bean scraped

1 teaspoon coconut oil.

Finely chopped pecans.

Caramel Apple Bites | Posh Little Designs

Instructions

Line baking sheet or tray with parchment paper and set aside.

Cube apples and squeeze with lemon juice to prevent browning and then top with toothpicks. Set aside.

For caramel, combine raw sugar and coconut milk in a heavy sauce pan over medium heat.

Stir until sugar is dissolved and then allow to boil for 15 minutes until a the caramel is an amber brown.

Quickly remove from heat and gently stir in salt, vanilla bean seeds and coconut oil.

Caramel Apple Bites | Posh Little Designs

Begin dipping each apple into caramel sauce right away. You can do this by transferring the sauce into a separate dish, or directly from the sauce pan, just be careful not to burn yourself.

Caramel Apple Bites | Posh Little Designs

Caramel Apple Bites | Posh Little Designs

Sprinkle each dipped apple with chopped pecans and place on parchment paper to cool.

Serve immediately.

Caramel Apple Bites | Posh Little Designs

Note: Since this is not your typical caramel it has a tendency to harden as soon as it begins to cool. You can attempt to reheat in the microwave, but you’ll yield your best results by using the caramel sauce immediately.

Caramel Apple Bites | Posh Little Designs

These Fall delights are vegan and party perfect. Their small size and toothpick toppers make them ideal for entertaining and and a favorite for the season upon us!

Enjoy!

Do you have any Fall recipes you’re excited to make? I’d love to hear about them!

Thanks for reading. I’ll have much more to share soon!

xo

This specific recipe for Vanilla Caramel Apple Bites was seen first on Posh Little Designs. All Rights Reserved. 2011-2014

All Images are photographed and owned property of Posh Little Designs. All Rights Reserved 2014

Thought of the day…

Enjoy the little things: A simple thought of the day inspired by the small ceramic plates I found at H&M home.
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Hope you all are having a lovely weekend!

Much more to share soon. In the meantime you can find me on Instagram: @poshlittledesigns

xo

Travel-gram -New York

With travel and preparation for school to start, the past few weeks have been hectic. It’s been on my heart to share and blog but finding the balance with everything else going on has proven to be difficult.  My hubby and I just recently returned from New York city. We spent 6 days away from our girls for the first time ever which means that all the spare time that we have right now is theirs. Enjoying the last few days of summer and time with my family and loved ones has been wonderful and much-needed, but I’m ready to get back into the swing of things! Starting off with some highlights from our incredible trip to NY, captured via instagram.

We traveled to celebrate a dear friend of 20 years’ wedding. I was honored to be one of the bridesmaids, along with several of our other childhood friends. The wedding took place in upstate NY on the countryside, near Rochester. The views were absolutely incredible! The wedding had many DIY details, mason jars and a color scheme of navy and grey. As you can see I had to make a switch of my shoes to sandals, as trying to trek through grass in heels was not working in my favor! Our experience though, was like no other. It was truly so special to be a part of their day and to witness their love for each other. So great to reminisce with all my girlfriend’s while making new memories in the process. I can’t even begin to express how happy I am for our dear friends, the bride and groom! Wishing them a lifetime of love and all the happiness in the world!

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We followed up the wedding with a drive into Manhattan where we stayed with my sis-in-law and brother-in-law for a few days. Let me just say, what an incredible city New York is. Completely fell in love with most everything about it. The shopping in soho and the sites all around us. The food, the skyline. Central Park, views from the Empire State building at night and just the overall energy. Every moment we were there, the city was alive! Of course it wouldn’t have been a trip to NY without a stop at Ladurée on Madison Ave for french macarons. I was in heaven!! No seriously…H E A V E N! Never in my life have I had a macaron so good and I have had a lot of macarons in my life. Pictures don’t do them justice, but we cannot wait to go back for more. For all of the reasons above we’re tempted to plan another trip there very soon!

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Find me on instagram @poshlittledesigns.

Have a fabulous holiday weekend loves! Much more to share here soon.

xo

Real Parties: Hello Kitty Lemonade

Happy Friday all! It’s been a nonstop few weeks for me but I’ve finally had a bit of down time, and the opportunity to edit photos from my daughter’s 5th birthday party. My sweet girl has had her heart set on a Hello Kitty party for the last 5-6 months, but to make it a little more summery we tied in the Lemonade theme for an sweet sunshiny twist.

Our party location this year was completely different from any of the parties I’ve done for her in the past, at a local water park, which the kids absolutely loved. It was quite an experience to get everything transferred and setup under such a short time-frame but it all came together beautifully and just in time!

I began with the invitations.

Hello Kitty Lemonade Invitation | Posh Little Designs

Then 1 month before the party, started gathering all of my supplies for the celebration. I’ve got a good amount of odds and ends on hand from previous parties that I’ve done, so it was nice to be able to  re-use! Such a great way to save money!

For most of my character parties, I choose to keep the details a bit more subtle. I usually start with a white backdrop because I love having a blank canvas to work with. I tie in my colors from there. We went with a pink and yellow scheme, with Hello Kitty hand printed designs throughout. I put an emphasis on hello kitty’s silhouette and bow and centered the prints around those 2 components. Everything from the invitations, to the bunting for the dessert table, lemonade stand and cupcake toppers and labels were all created and printed in photoshop using these details.

I’m kind of obsessed with oversized balloons these days as I love the look and feel they add to a parties, so I made sure to incorporate those in pink, yellow and white, along with a few Hello Kitty character balloons. We had plenty of mismatched mason jars that I filled with loose stem blooms in shades of yellow and white for a bit of a shabby feel. Many of the flowers I was able to use from my Mother-in-laws garden. Another great money saver!

Hello Kitty Lemonade 5th Birthday | Posh Little Designs

The kids had their own table in the center of the room with color coordinating placemats and a favor bag filled with themed goodies.

Hello Kitty Lemonade 5th Birthday | Posh Little Designs

We chose to keep the menu as simple as possible but still a bit gourmet. We had a build your own sandwich station with plenty of options to choose from and my mom made her homemade fried chicken. We served it all alongside fresh fruit, side salads, and fresh chips and crackers with dips and antipasto.

We had a designated location for homemade lemonade which I made by hand squeezing what I think ended up being nearly 40 lemons with homemade simply syrup and purified water. We had mix-ins for the kids – fresh fruit puree’s and for the adults–homemade lavender syrup, rosemary and mint, in addition to other assorted beverages.

Hello Kitty Lemonade 5th Birthday | Posh Little Designs

Hello Kitty Lemonade 5th Birthday | Posh Little Designs

Hello Kitty Lemonade 5th Birthday | Posh Little Designs

Hello Kitty Lemonade 5th Birthday | Posh Little Designs

For dessert:

Hello Kitty Lemonade 5th Birthday | Posh Little Designs

We served homemade lemon sugar cookies with royal icing, shaped like lemons, hello kitty’s face and hello kitty’s bow. I’ll have the lemon cookie cutters available for purchase in the etsy shop within the next week!

Hello Kitty Lemonade 5th Birthday | Posh Little Designs

The cookies were decorated with the assistance of my two lovely sisters! I also made homemade lemon bars using the recipe I found on Bakers Royale which turned out amazing! I highly recommend the recipe. I chose to make the crust dairy free and they were still so great…definitely worth trying!

Hello Kitty Lemonade 5th Birthday | Posh Little Designs

Cupcakes were homemade with a strawberry lemonade buttercream frosting. Each cupcake was lined with a Paper Eskimo baking cup and then garnished with a pink paper straw and a quartered strawberry for a finishing touch! They turned out so pretty!

Hello Kitty Lemonade 5th Birthday | Posh Little Designs

In addition to the desserts, we had fresh lemon jelly wedges, yellow and pink sixlets and lemon drops displayed for our guests to enjoy. The candy was displayed in vintage milk glass dishes, miniature wood crates from Michael’s and mason jars.

Hello Kitty Lemonade 5th Birthday | Posh Little Designs

Hello Kitty Lemonade 5th Birthday | Posh Little Designs

Hello Kitty Lemonade 5th Birthday | Posh Little Designs

The cute little miniature lemonade stand decoration seen on the dessert table was hand-made by yours truly. I’ll have DIY instructions up soon!

Hello Kitty Lemonade 5th Birthday | Posh Little Designs

Hello Kitty Lemonade 5th Birthday | Posh Little Designs

I also  made a special bunting specifically for the birthday girl’s cupcake!

Hello Kitty Lemonade 5th Birthday | Posh Little Designs

Here she is blowing out her candle! Happy birthday to our sweetheart!!

Hello Kitty Lemonade 5th Birthday | Posh Little Designs

and here’s baby sis enjoying her cupcake! I made a few dairy free for me, her and a few other guests to enjoy!

Hello Kitty Lemonade 5th Birthday | Posh Little Designs

We finished the party with pin the bow on hello kitty and gift opening. All of the kids seemed to have a great time and after the party was over, my daughter came to me and my hubby and told us that it was the best day she’s ever had!

Ahh, I so love these moments, and the fact that she’ll have the memories to look back on for a lifetime. It is truly a blessing to have such special daughters. They are my main source of inspiration and the reason I do all that I do. Seeing them happy is what life is all about.

Hello Kitty Lemonade 5th Birthday | Posh Little Designs

Thank you all for reading! Wishing you a wonderful weekend!

Much more to share soon!

xo

This specific Hello Kitty Lemonade invitation and party design is hand created and specific to Posh Little Designs, seen first on Posh Little Designs. All Rights Reserved. 2011-2014.

All Images are photographed and owned property of Posh Little Designs. All Rights Reserved 2014.

Hello Kitty Lemonade -sneak peek

August so far has been wonderful and busy! My oldest turned 5 last week and we celebrated with loads of Lemonade and Hello Kitty details. I can’t believe how much of a whirlwind it was it! The day felt like it was over before it began, but she had the time of her life, will all her little friends. That was so precious to see!

I will have more on the party to share with you soon but in the mean time I have a little Instagram sneak peek for you, complete with some of the details that made her milestone 5th extra special!
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Plenty of pink and yellow, wildflower floral arrangements, an extra sweet dessert table and oversized balloons for the birthday girl. Party perfect!

If we aren’t friends on IG yet you can find me: @poshlittledesigns.
And you can check back for the full party reveal appearing soon.
Thank you as always for reading! Much more to share next week!
xo!

Blackberry Basil Sorbet + Bubbles (V)

Blackberry Basil Sorbet + Champagne | Posh Little Designs

Blackberry Basil Sorbet + Champagne | Posh Little Designs

Blackberry season is upon us and my little indoor basil plant is FINALLY starting to grow enough leaves for use. Yes,  finally…after 3 months in poor window lighting I have a small abundance of basil leaves available at my fingertips. This is a nice little convenience to have and totally became the inspiration for today’s summer treat. Of course I couldn’t just use basil alone. I’ve combined the fresh local blackberries my hubs brought home the other morning with the tiny home-grown basil leaves to create an delightful summer sorbet.

I gotta admit, I’m a bit surprised with my sorbet making skills. I’m not always this lucky, but I guess sometimes winging it is the best thing you can do. No ice-cream machine necessary, just a few simple ingredients is all that you need to make this frozen favorite.

 Top with a splash of bubbly for a little extra pizazz.

Blackberry Basil Sorbet + Champagne | Posh Little Designs

Blackberry Basil Sorbet + Bubbles (V)

The fruit and herb pairing is trendy and fresh and the blended color is vibrant. The baby basil leaves are not too overpowering, and offer just enough bite to balance the tartness of the fresh blackberries. The champagne floater adds a whimsical and fun finishing touch.

(makes about 4 servings – recipe can be doubled)

Blackberry Basil Sorbet + Champagne | Posh Little Designs

Ingredients/Supplies

2  heaping cups local blackberries rinsed.

1-2 small lemons juiced – depending on how tart your blackberries are. Use less if they’re a bit on the sour side.

6-8 baby leaves from a basil plant – if using store-bought basil, limit to 3-4 regular sized leaves.

1 1/4 cup raw turbinado sugar.

1 1/4 cups water.

stainless steel pan.

strainer

blender or food processor.

Sofia blanc de blancs champagne.

Blackberry Basil Sorbet + Champagne | Posh Little Designs

Blackberry Basil Sorbet + Champagne | Posh Little Designs

Instructions

Create simple syrup by heating together the water and turbinado sugar. Allow mixture to come to a rolling boil and then continue to boil for 2 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to completely cool.

While the simple syrup is cooling squeeze your lemons into a separate dish and set aside.

Once simple syrup is fully cooled, pour it into a blender or food processor with blackberries, lemon juice and basil leaves.

Blend or food process on high until completely pureed.

Pour blackberry basil and sugar mixture into a stainless steel pan or dish, ssing a strainer to catch all the seeds. Discard excess seeds.

Place mixture in the freezer, and allow to freeze for about 2 hours.

It should already have the consistency of a sorbet, but to make it even creamier, remove all sorbet from the steel dish and place it back in the blender/processer. Blend/mix on high for about 1 more minute, and then cover and place back in the freezer in the same steel dish for at least 2 more hours. You can also freeze overnight. But make sure to allow a few minutes to thaw before serving.

Blackberry Basil Sorbet + Champagne | Posh Little Designs

After the 2 additional hours in the freezer, your sorbet is ready to enjoy.

Scoop into chic dishes and top with your favorite bubbly. I chose Sofia blanc de blancs because the packaging is pink, adorbs and an entertaining essential.

Blackberry Basil Sorbet + Champagne | Posh Little Designs

Blackberry Basil Sorbet + Champagne | Posh Little Designs

This sorbet will make a great dessert or palate cleanser for any occasion!

Blackberry Basil Sorbet + Champagne | Posh Little Designs

 I can already envision myself enjoying one of these on the back deck with my favorite ladies.

Blackberry Basil Sorbet + Champagne | Posh Little Designs

To make the sorbet kid friendly or alcohol free, simply omit the champagne. They were a hit with my two girls.

Blackberry Basil Sorbet + Champagne | Posh Little Designs

Thanks for reading! I hope you give this recipe a try! We’re officially just over 1 week until my daughter’s 5th birthday, so I’ll be devoting most of my attention to projects for that event– which I hope to have time to share with you soon. Until then, you can find me on instagram: @poshlittledesigns for daily updates.

xo

This specific recipe for Blackberry Basil Sorbet was seen first on Posh Little Designs. All Rights Reserved. 2011-2014

Five

In just over 2 weeks our oldest daughter will be will turning five years old. I know I say it often, but time has just flown! Even though it has, I am so so grateful to have spent every day of the last 5 years right by her side. There is honestly no place I would rather be! It’s simply amazing to watch her grow. All the ways she surprises us, and keeps us on our toes. And she is definitely a miniature version of myself. There’s seriously nothing more adorable than watching her follow behind me taking snapshots of toy treats and crafts that she’s made with her little Fisher Price camera. Ahh, my heart seriously melts.

In addition to loving to take photos, these days she also enjoys having her photo taken. This is a huge bonus for me because I truly enjoy photographing my girls as they grow. Plus I was in need of a few shots for her 5 year birthday and also for use on her party invitation, which I’m revealing below.

Just a few of my favorites to capture her in her element. Of course her dress matches the color scheme of her soon to be pink and yellow Hello Kitty Lemonade Party.

I found the cute little Hello Kitty summer dress at Target, and the handmade headband came from Yasmi & Crew‘s Etsy shop! Be sure to check her out for darling handcrafted accessories.

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I chose my favorite shot for her special invitations. I created them using Adobe Photoshop and designed them to match our  vision for her birthday bash! From Hello Kitty bunting to sweet little bows, tons of sunshine and lemonade, this celebration is sure to be a memorable one!

Hello Kitty Lemonade Invitation | Posh Little Designs

I’ll have much more to share on my progress of her 5th birthday party soon. Wishing you all a fabulous weekend!

xo

This specific Hello Kitty Lemonade invitation design is hand created and specific to Posh Little Designs, seen first on Posh Little Designs. All Rights Reserved. 2011-2014.

All Images are photographed and owned property of Posh Little Designs. All Rights Reserved 2014.