Strawberry Almond Mascarpone Parfaits

17 Mar

One of my good friends and fellow dessert lover recently discovered that she has a gluten allergy!!  At first it seemed like a tragedy, how would she eat cranberry orange scones with me??   But I went hunting for recipes that she could eat (particularly at special events like my daughters first birthday) and found a plethora of ideas!  I came up with this recipe after seeing something similar on the eCurry blog.

Strawberry Almond Mascarpone Parfaits

  • 1lb fresh strawberriess, sliced
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 6 oz mascarpone cheese
  • 1 cup cold heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 C toasted almond slices
  • 5 tbsp confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Combine the strawberry slices with 1/4 cup of sugar in a small saucepan and bring to a boil.  Gently press strawberries against the sides of the pan to break them into smaller pieces.  Allow to simmer for a minute or two, until thickened.  Chill the strawberry sauce in the fridge for at least 1 hour but preferably 2-3, until it has cooled completely.

Beat the cream and confectioners sugar until peaks form. Add vanilla and beat for another second or two just to combine. Gently whip the mascarpone by hand to make it easier to combine with the whipped cream.  Once it’s a little bit whipped fold it gently into the whipped cream.

Alternately, layer mascarpone mixture and strawberry sauce in whatever vessels you choose to use (I had mini parfait glasses).  Top with a sprinkle of toasted almonds.


Our next project…..

16 Mar

Source: viaEmily on Pinterest

For awhile now I’ve wanted to get rid of our old glass Ikea table.  I keep eyeing tables at Crate & Barrel and West Elm but even at $599 (the lost price I’ve seen on one I kind of like) I still can’t convince myself to buy a new table for a rental home, especially when we will be moving in the next year or so.   My growing Pinterest addiction led me to this tutorial  for an INCREDIBLY easy table that looks really similar to the ones I like at the expensive stores!   Also, it will only cost about $90 to make, $90 people!!!!!
We’re buying the materials tomorrow and should have it up and “running” next weekend!  I cannot wait!  Pictures will follow 🙂

My Funny Valentine

14 Feb

My Funny Valentine

My little chickadee’s second Valentine’s Day! The photo shoot this year went a lot better than last year!

The Little Chickadee Turns One!

2 Feb

CandyCakes EditedSmash Cake Edited (2)Bird Cookies

My little chickadee turns one on Feb 4, we had her party on Feb 2, since her birthday fell on a Monday this year!   I decided to go with what I would call a “whimsical woodland theme”.  All of the colors were pastel and mostly pink.

LollipopsFlower Cookies

I made a bunch of stuff for the party, cookies, the cake and cupcakes, lollipops, felt birds.  I also designed all of the invitations and printables (stickers, banners etc).  I’ve posted a list of all of the recipes/tutorials I used at the end, I hope it’s helpful!

The dessert table:

Dessert Table

Isn’t it adorable!!   I can’t believe I made most of the stuff on that table!

Really the only thing I didn’t make was the BBQ and that we got from one of our favorite places Gus’ in South Pasadena.

Some of the decor:

High Chair DecorationsGlassesDining Room Decor

Happy Birthday, little one!!

Happy Birthday

Now to start planning for her SECOND birthday! Ay!

Birthday Cake



First Birthday Prep!

19 Jan
Bird Favor Tree

Bird Favor Tree

Yay for the first post!  I’ve spent the past 2 weeks in a flurry of preparation for the little chickadees first birthday party!  I only have two weeks left and still a ton to do.  The preparation for this rivals my wedding, though it costs a whole lot less 🙂   I will be posting pictures and some tutorials on how to do it yourself shortly!

my little chickadee

a new mom and her little chickadee

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