Bridesmaid Gift Bags

Over the last few months I’ve been purchasing items to put into a gift bag for my bridesmaids to give to them when we went wedding dress shopping – and I said yes to my dress!

The colours for our wedding are white & gold with mint/seafoam as the accent colour so I wanted to bring that colour scheme into the gifts and presentation. It was super easy finding gold items but finding the perfect shade of mint proved to be difficult. I had found on Etsy lots of cute bridesmaid invitations so I took a couple of the sayings and made my own cards. One thing I wanted to include in the gift was something that was “so Stephanie”; cupcakes. I found a recipe awhile ago on Pinterest that made 2 vanilla cupcakes so I filled a little mason jar with the dry ingredients & included a card with directions on how to bake them. A few extra little goodies were added, as well as a mini bottle of champagne.

The girls loved their gifts and I’m so excited to have them by my side to help me along the way. Asides from finalizing our DJ, I think the wedding planning will be put on hold until the New Year just because we’re nearing the Holiday season and it’s always such a busy time.

Enjoy your weekend everyone!

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Pumpkin Cream Cheese Cupcakes

This is my last week working at the location I’m currently at and then I get to enjoy a wonderful 10 days off with my fiance before starting at a brand new location opening up in the Fraser Valley! So of course I had to bake one last batch of cupcakes for my store. I’m obsessed with all things pumpkin flavoured in the Fall and have been anxious to try a pumpkin cupcake recipe. After looking at a couple recipes on Google I settled upon this one, with a few substitutions – I used almond milk instead of buttermilk & whole wheat flour instead of all-purpose flour. Another little change I made to the recipe was that I added a cream cheese filling in the center. I bought a package of cream cheese in the brick like shape and cut it into little cubes which I then inserted into each cupcake before putting them into the oven. I topped them with cream cheese icing and sprinkled them with pumpkin pie spice.

Obviously I had to taste one after they were finished and I have to say they turned out great! And they were a big hit at work today as well which was the most important thing.

It’s going to be kind of a bitter sweet goodbye this Friday – I’ve worked at this location for 4 & a half years and worked my way from a seasonal position to my current role as Visual Merchandise Manager. Transferring to another store is a long overdue change but I’ve been patiently waiting for more locations to open up on my side of the bridge(s). I’m very much looking forward to the new opportunities that will come my way and that I get to do my 4th store opening with the company!

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– Stephanie

Pink Lemonade Cupcakes

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I baked these Betty Crocker Pink Lemonade cupcakes on the weekend for my friend’s bachelorette party! It was my first time making them and they turned out great! My friend loves pink and I wanted to stick to a girlie theme when I was deciding what to top them with. These bow rings were actually meant for a Sweet 16 but I just didn’t use the ring that said “16” on it. All the girls each wore the ring from their cupcake for the evening too! I unfortunately ended up losing mine.

And I still had one of these edible treats left from the cupcakes I baked for another friend’s bachelorette party back in April so I made a special one just for the bride 😉

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– Stephanie

Pink Champagne Cupcakes

Those who know me are well aware that I LOVE to bake cupcakes! And I’m obsessed with any kind of trinket or article of clothing with cupcakes on them; I have a spatula, key chain, lanyard, timer, apron, PJ bottoms…The list could go on. I don’t know what brought on this somewhat obsession but they’re just SO cute! And obviously taste delicious. I definitely enjoy the baking process but it’s when the time comes to ice & decorate the cupcakes that the excitement ensues. For my friends and family, when it’s your birthday you can pretty much expect a pretty package of birthday cupcakes! I always bring the extras into work too which my staff love.

I love using coloured pastes to add more “personality” to the cupcakes – like making them a friends favourite colour or to go with the holiday. I have a variety of icing tips but I usually just stick to my Wilton 1M tip. I also have a growing collection of sprinkles and cupcake liners.

Recently 2 of my co-managers had their last day at my store before they start at a new location opening up at the end of the month! Of course I had to bake cupcakes and with celebrations the first thing that comes to mind is CHAMPAGNE! I decided to bake these Betty Crocker Pink Champagne Cupcakes. They are AMAZING! I’ve made them a few times before (once with blue icing) and they are always a hit. I even whipped up a batch once and divided it amongst a few of my friends due to popluar demand!

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– Stephanie