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  A cherry sweet for dessert…or breakfast!

11Did you know I love to bake? Pre-baby Ninja I used to bake dozens and dozens of all sorts of cupcakes. I also used to design individual sugar cookie creations which I would wrap up and giveaway as a special something to friends and family. I love to bake. Currently I am in a phase of my life that makes it challenging to slave over each cookie for :15 plus minutes. Running studio Chartreuse (our design firm,) raising our son and making time for friends, family and Mr C. baking (& fancy cooking in general) has taken the back burner in order of importance.

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With all that said, I still love to bake and especially during these (sorta) chilly months I find myself scouring the foodie magazines, Pinterest and old recipe files for easy, yet delicious sweet treats.

Did you know that February is National Cherry Month? Yep, neither did I. So a few weekends ago when we were invited to our friends house for an exquisite Valentine’s Day dinner I knew that baking something with cherries in it might be a fun exercise. Did you know that finding fresh cherries is actually pretty challenging around this time of the year…even though it is Cherry Month…enter frozen and canned dark bing cherries.

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I decided to make a few cherry clafouti’s to bring over to their home for an after dinner sweet. If you’ve ever had a clafouti you know that in general they are light, airy and fluffy pancake/omlet-like structures that typically include many eggs and lots of cherries.

I made a few individual ramekin clafouti’s using the canned cherries to bring with us for the Valentine’s dinner and then with the leftover batter and canned cherries I made a large skillet clafouti for our Valentine’s Day breakfast at home. I love to experiment when I am creating a dessert, no one typically complains that something is too sweet or has too many cherries or too much chocolate…right?

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Have you ever made a clafouti? Seriously is is such an impressive desert that is both light and rich, sweet and tangy (thanks to the sugar and tart cherries!) and an overall crowd pleaser.

Want to make one? I am including the ingredients and directions below in case anyone else wants to get in on the baking action this month. Enjoy!

INGREDIENTS
• 1 1/4 cups milk
• 2/3 cup sugar, divided
• 3 eggs
• 1 tablespoon vanilla
• 1/8 teaspoon salt
• 1/2 cup flour
• 3 cups cherries, pitted (fresh, frozen or canned!)
• powdered sugar, for garnish

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• Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
• Using a blender, combine the milk, 1/3 cup sugar, eggs, vanilla, salt and flour, and blend.
• Lightly butter an 8-cup baking dish, a few ramekins or a skillet, and pour a 1/4-inch layer of the blended mixture over the bottom.
• Place dish into the oven for about 7-10 minutes, until a film of batter sets in the pan but the mixture is not baked through. Remove from oven (but don’t turn the oven off, yet).
• Distribute the pitted cherries over the set batter in the pan, then sprinkle with the remaining sugar. Pour the remaining batter over the cherries and sugar.
• Bake in the preheated oven for 45 to 60 minutes, until the clafouti is puffed and brown and a knife inserted into the center comes out clean.
• Sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve warm.

Servings: 6-8 for dessert, 4 for breakfast.

Let me know if you give this a try or if you have any other simple winter desserts that are a “must try!”

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  Making Pillow Forts with Ninja & Wayfair

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So today I thought I would bring you guys up to speed on my little friend, Baby Ninja! While many of you might see him pop up on instagram, today I thought I would reveal a bit more about what is going down at our house.

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  Cactus Makes Perfect Party with Joann Stores

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Hello everybody. I am sorry I’ve been late to post my recap of my recent travels to Salt Lake City and the 2015 Alt Summit but myself and Baby Ninja have been so so sick. I mean this flu has hit our home hard and I didn’t even see it coming. Luckily yesterday I was on the mend and while we are staying low this weekend I am doing met best to get caught up with organizing all the Alt fun to share with you.

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While I will share an overall conference recap (next week for sure!) I thought I would start the fun by sharing a fun project I have been working on since last year… the “Cactus Makes Perfect” Alt Summit mini party.

All photos were taken by my talented conference roommate Meg Tsang Photography unless otherwise noted. If you are ever in Alabama and in need or a highly talented wedding and event photographer, give Meg a call. A newlywed herself, she is just such a joy to be around. Funny, silly and welcoming Meg is a teacher to all. Thanks Meg!

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Back in October, I was chosen as party designer alongside my co-hostesses Kim of Design Life Kids and Andrea of Legal Miss Sunshine to plan and produce one of the Friday night conference parties. It was Andrea’s winning idea of a quirky, cactus networking party that caught the eye of the judges and provided each of us a free ticket to the conference in exchange for producing the party bash.

Cleveland’s own Joann Stores was sponsoring the event and the crafter in me was giddy with excitement to see how this theme would come to life. While I am not necessarily DIY blogger this Cleveland designer can hold her own especially when it comes to pulling off a good party. Let the crafting party begin!

Being that the three of us party hosts were from all over…west coast, midwest and east coast, we would “meet” on Monday nights via Skype and plan our attack. Who would do what part, how we would go about creating various party elements and various other tangents. Over the course of a few months we managed to get it all done, designed, made and shipped across the country just in the nick of time.

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As the conference is about connecting and collaborating; our party focused on “turning cactI into cactUS!”  We hung painted oil drip pans, made little gold magnets and encouraged attendees to put their cards up and take cards of other attendees they wanted to meet or collaborate with. It was a great ice breaker, conversation starter and overall a wonderful area to meet other like-minded entrepreneurs.

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Andrea and I designed cactus-centric temporary tattoos for the party goers to put on or take home. If you’d like to know how she has a great tutorial on her blog, check it out!

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We offered guests prizes including the adorable cactus neon sign, cactus pillow and wooden cactus children’s balancing toy from Wayfair.com as well a few other Etsy artist finds. To view all the entries visit Instagram hashtag #cactusmakesperfect!

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I designed and sewed various cactus pillows to use as photo props. They were a bit hit! Cactus looking on one side and funky mod pattern on the flip side – the black and white pattern fabric was from the Nate Berkus collection found at Joann’s.

Alt Winter 2015 Brooke Dennis(above photo taken by Justin Hackworth)

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Overall the party was a complete success. Seems like everyone enjoyed themselves, made a few new connections and took home lots of prickly fun from our bash. Thanks to Alt Summit for the great opportunity and to Joann Stores for sponsoring the exciting evening. Wonder what party we will dream up next?

  Happy Halloween photo contest

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Good morning & happy tricks and treats to you! Are your ready for some spooky fun this holiday weekend? I hope it is frightfully delightful.

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With the addition of Baby Ninja things have been a bit crazy around the house. While I typically love to go all out with the decorations, this year I dressed our table with flowers in a gold, spray painted jackolantern as well as a few other mixed metal vases. Add a gold beetle, a yummy candle, some black glittered candlesticks and voilla we have Halloween.

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How did you decorate your home this year for the spooky fiesta? Did you go all out scary, or keep it more tame? This year, Wayfair – the site for all things home is hosting a Halloween decor photo contest. Upload your images of any interior or even spooky exterior shots of your home and you will be entered to win a $500 Wayfair Gift Card. To enter the photo contest check out the details here!

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Happy Halloween everyone I look forward to seeing how you celebrate this spooky, but delightful holiday friday!

*I was invited to share with you the Wayfair photo contest (in exchange for a product gift card) as part of their companies marketing efforts. All content, ideas, and words are my own. Thanks for supporting this business that makes chic decor accessible to all and that also allows me to create special content like this for iheartcleveland!

  A new outdoor rug

Hey there friends. I can’t believe it’s almost August. Where did the summer go? Oh, I know…baby-land sorta got me in a fog.

While I have been a bit “distracted” nothing can stop this gal from dreaming and planning my next home improvement/decor project. Between diaper changes and feedings we are currently working on a backyard lounge area and garage “makeover” project. Give me a month or so and I will share.

What I can share with you is that we are putting Nature Stone down in our sunken, lounge area off the back of the house…it’s the perfect little area for Baby Ninja to play outside while being “contained.” With that said, I personally LOVE the texture of the little stones on my bare feet but I want to put down an indoor/outdoor rug for the little one to play on, something soft for his sweet little feet.

Check out four of these super graphic, but very simple designs that could make the final decor cut. I found them all at Wayfair, all affordable and available in many sizes… I can already see them covered with Lego’s & trucks. If I chicken out and can’t commit to a color or a pattern a new sisal rug would also be awesome too!

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If you are in the market for a rug, Wayfair has provided me with a promo code for iheartcleveland readers for an additional 15% off any area rug. The code is RUGLUV10 and can be used from 7/31 to 8/4. Since Wayfair doesn’t offer many promo codes I think this weekend’s rug sale is going to be a smash hit, check it out!

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