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Holiday: Sorrelli Girl

The ladies of my extended family have been gifting and receiving Sorrelli jewelry for at least ten years. “Sorrelli” is derived from the Italian word for “sister” (the company is truly a fun family affair!) which originally sparked my mom’s interest in the company. Oh yeah and all the colorful jewels too. All of their pieces make fantastic gifts, and I love how the name says something special about your relationship between the gifter and giftee:

“I love you. You are (like) family. Here’s something sparkly and beautiful just like you.”
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To further show how much I adore Sorrelli, and really how meaningful this company has been to my family, here’s my collection of Sorrelli jewels…all gifted to me by family and friends like sisters for Christmases, graduations, birthdays, proms. (Ok, and maybe some of them were borrowed from my mom’s jewelry stash too…shhh!) If my mom, aunts, cousins and I all combined our Sorrelli pieces together, I swear we could open a whole shop.

Sorrelli jewelry sparkle color

Below are some of my Sorrelli holiday picks, including pieces from their funky new Mimi line. Each of these would perfectly accompany any holiday party outfit, don’t you think? Although you can find Sorrelli jewelry at many department stores, I’m dying to visit their flagship store in Kutztown, PA!

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Does your family have a gifting tradition like our Sorrelli one? I’m curious to hear!

Happy December

golden gold holiday December gift ornamentsHappy December 1st, friends! I’m putting on my rose-colored (gold-colored?) glasses this month to celebrate my favorite time of year. I look forward to sharing this holiday season with you. Over the past two weeks I’ve had the incredible support of so many of my readers, family and friends and I know your warm spirit will help carry me through the holidays.

Love and sparkles and pignoli cookies!

{Image thanks to: pinterest}

Holiday: A Place for Everything

So yes we all want the gold glitter iphone case from JCrew and that pair of Hunter wellies for Christmas. But instead of reposting those (although, let’s be honest, they might show up eventually) I want to continue showcasing some of my favorite gifts from some wonderful smaller businesses.

Tilly Maison is a lovely little boutique specializing in lucite chevron trays. I just adore these trays and I think they’re the perfect gift for the home. I have a little gold one and it’s just absolutely perfect! Gift one of with a set of natural pencils, fun teaspoons, or homemade candies. Stylish, fun, handmade and so very thoughtful – get yours here.

Tilly Maison tray chevron gift sparkle gold navy pink

 

Holiday: Paper Pretties

It’s gift guides galore out there. And I’m so thankful for them because I’ve gotten some great ideas. To supplement all the goodies out there, I wanted to post a few more things that are both great gifts and near/dear to my heart.

I’m a serious paper hoarder and I love the specialness of a handwritten note. I couldn’t help but share these personalized note sets from Suite Paperie. Who wouldn’t love these? My personal fave is the “golden scramble” – how about you?

Suite Paperie note cards stationeryHaven’t picked out holiday cards yet? Well don’t fret, Suite Paperie will also design a custom set for you. I just love these ones…

Suite Paperie christmas holiday cardJust lovely. Get your Suite on here.

Homemade Hostess Cupcakes

You gotta love a good Hostess cupcake, right? They’re moist and chocolate-y and have a delightful cream center. But you know what’s even better, is a Hostess cupcake made from scratch. Same comforting treat, but made fresh, with a little more love – so obviously, they’re incredible.

Like the other filled cupcakes I made recently, they’re a little labor intensive…and a little messy…but they come out tasting great!

Perfect little chocolate cakes...

One Bowl Chocolate Cupcakes

  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup warm water
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Line 24 cupcake cups with papers.
  2. Mix all ingredients in one large bowl in order written above. Beat until all ingredients are fully incorporated.
  3. Bake for 18-20 minutes (rotating pan half-way through). Let cool.

After adding the cream filling...

Marshmallow Cream Filling

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1 cup marshmallow creme
  1. With a mixer, cream butter until light and fluffy.
  2. Beat in 1/2 cup powdered sugar.
  3. Add vanilla and 1 Tbs heavy cream and beat until smooth.
  4. Alternating between batches, add the remaining 1/2 cup powdered sugar and 2 Tbs heavy cream.
  5. Beat in marshmallow cream.
  6. Refrigerate until ready to use.
  7. When cupcakes have cooled, spoon cream filling into a piping bag with a star-tip. Push tip into center of cupcakes and fill until the cupcake is heavy. (Test one out to make sure you have the right amount of filling.) It’s ok if some filling peaks out of the cupcake tops (obviously, look at mine!)

Topped with silky chocolate ganache...

Chocolate Ganache

  • 1/2 cup + 1 Tbs sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 3 ounces finely chopped chocolate
  1. In a small heavy saucepan, combine sugar and cocoa powder.
  2. Gradually add just enough milk to make a paste, then stir in the rest.
  3. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon (make sure you’re getting the corners of the pan) until mixture comes to a boil. Boil gently, and stir for about 2 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat and add vanilla.
  5. Let cool for 5 minutes. Stir in chocolate until melted and smooth. Continue to cool until spreadable.
  6. Spread ganache on top of cupcakes, covering any cream filling on top. Let set.

Icing

  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla
  1. Beat all ingredients until smooth, adding more milk if needed.
  2. Spoon into a pastry bag with a small tip (I just used a ziplock bag and cut a tiny hole in the corner).
  3. Pipe on to cupcakes to decorate.

Look at that delicious cream filling! So delightful! These cupcakes make a great gift too…I made them for one of my co-workers, Sarah-Jo, a fellow Hostess cupcake lover, as her final secret snowchick gift.