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Festive Winter Cocktails

Festive Winter Cocktails
Just in time for New Years Eve! Here are several festive winter cocktails inspired by the season!
Special thanks to ONEHope Wines + Beth for their help and assistance!
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festive winter cocktails
festive winter cocktails
festive winter cocktails
Ingredients Needed:
• 2 parts ONEHope Sparkling Brut Wine
• 1.5 parts St. Germaine
• 2 parts Club Soda
• Ice

1. Fill cup with ice
2. Add sparkling wine, St. Germaine + club soda (in that order)
3. Cheers to a new year!
festive winter cocktails
festive winter cocktails
festive winter cocktails
festive winter cocktails
 ONEHope Sparkling Brut Wine
• Cranberry Syrup (see directions below)
• Club Soda

Cranberry Syrup:

1. Combine 1 cup sugar + 1 cup water in a sauce pan + bring to boil
2. Add in 1 cup of fresh cranberries
3. Stir for 1-2 minutes while boiling
4. Remove from heat + pour mixture through a strainer into a glass to remove cranberries
5. Set syrup aside until mixing in drink.

1. Pour 2 parts sparkling wine with 1 part club soda
2. Add in cranberry syrup till appropriate tartness is achieved

festive winter cocktails
festive winter cocktails
festive winter cocktails
festive winter cocktails
• Hot cocoa
• Milk/Soy Milk
• Peppermint Schnapps

1. Prepare hot chocolate as preferred using either milk or water (up to you!)
2. Add in 2-3 tablespoons of peppermint schnapps
3. Garnish with whipped cream or candy cane

Enjoy these festive winter cocktails, and let me know how you like them!

[All photos by Samantha Zachrich for From Rain to Shine. Special thanks to Beth Phillips and ONEHope Wine.]

Backyard S’mores Bar

Backyard S'mores Bar
As we near the end of August [and summer], I decided to gather some friends for a summer send off  reminicent of one of my favorite childhood memories: S’MORES. I’m sure many of you also grew up going to the beach and making these delicious summer sandwiches, but for this party, I wanted to do it sans-sand, and throw a twist on the traditional method. Enter, S’mores Galore S’mores Bar.

Backyard Smores Bar
I wanted to set the mood for this party as being bright, happy and full of color. Tiny Prints has SO MANY different stationery options that made customizing this party a total breeze. I selected this geometric printed invitation that became the theme for the rest of the party. Not only was it simple to design and customize for my party, Tiny Prints is so easy + wonderful to work with.
Backyard Smores Bar
Since I chose to set up s’mores in a yard rather than the beach, we stayed cleaner, and ate s’mores without the added crunch of sand. I wanted my guests to be comfortable, relaxed and in close range to the food. I set up a short table, colorful blankets and pillows in a semi-circle. I don’t have a fire pit, so I used a mini-BBQ to roast the marshmallows. It worked perfectly, and fit right in to where we were sitting. It is an awesome option to bring your s’mores to your backyard if you don’t have a built in fire pit in your yard, or don’t feel like building a camp fire. Instant “glamping.”
Backyard S'mores Bar
Backyard S'mores Bar
Backyard S'mores Bar
These pillows were awesome to have. Tiny Prints just started selling customizable pillows that not only make excellent seat padding, they are also oh so cute! Even better, the outside cover comes off and is easily washable. I was concerned that chocolate/grass/dirt could ruin the pillow, but the removable cover makes cleaning a non-issue. They now offer a wide range of colors, designs and customization options to fit any party, decor or gifting need.
Backyard S'mores Bar

For this party, the traditional honey graham crackers, marshmallows and chocolate bars were not going to be enough. I decided to take that idea, and add tons of customization options (because who doesn’t love a full range of chocolate or toppings?). I had milk, dark and white chocolate, chocolate + peanut butter, chocolate + caramel, chocolate + mint, just to name a few. Want to elevate your s’mores game? Use cookies. Thank me later, you’re never going to eat s’mores the same way again.
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Here is a full list of all the s’mores options and toppings I had.

Outside/Shell of S’more:
• Honey Graham Crackers
• Chocolate Graham Crackers
• Ritz Crackers
• Gluten Free Cookies

Plain, simple, original marshmallows

• Milk Chocolate Bars
• Dark Chocolate Bars
• Cookies n’ Cream White Chocolate Bars
• Reeses Peanut Butter Cups
• Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate + Caramel Bars
• Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate + Mint Bars

• Peanut Butter
• Caramel Sauce
• Strawberries

Backyard S'mores Bar
No pit, no problem. Using a mini-BBQ was easy to light, clean and move. I know what I will be doing next time I need some s’mores.
Backyard S'mores Bar
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Y U M.

Next to the s’mores bar, I had the drink station. I offered, water, juice and sangria. Instead of using overly sweet Moscato for the wine, I opted for Chardonnay, and added more tart fruit to offset the sweetness of the s’mores goodness. Big hit!
Backyard S'mores Bar
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To label each drink cup, I used Tiny Prints return address labels, but left them blank while ordering. They became perfect labels for everyones drink’s and their goodie bags.
Backyard S'mores Bar

I thought it would be fun to have everyone write down their s’mores creations. People came up with some amazing ideas. Tiny Prints personalized stationery cards were the perfect size, and come in so many customizable options. I selected these cards, and made some customizations to totally fit the colorful, geometric theme I had. Check back tomorrow to see some of the delicious s’mores recipes we came up with!
Backyard Smores Bar
Backyard S'mores Bar
Since I knew there would be left overs, everyone got a bag and made some s’mores to go!
Backyard S'mores Bar
Backyard Smores Bar
Don’t forget to check back tomorrow for the mind-glowingly delicious recipes!
Backyard Smores Bar

All photos by Sam Zachrich

[This post was generously sponsored by Tiny Prints, however, all ideas, opinions and concepts are my own. Thank you Tiny Prints!]

Cupcakes + Parties

Trophy Cupcakes
Very exciting news for any of you that live in Los Angeles: Trophy Cupcakes is coming to the Beverly Hills Williams-Sonoma this Saturday, April 12 at 1 pm for a book signing and cupcake demo. To top it off, Kelly, from Studio DIY will be there as well, working her crafty magic. If you are in the area, totally come check out this event. Trophy Cupcakes is based in Seattle and happens to be one of my favorite cupcake spots! Nothing better than a taste of my hometown Seattle in southern California! The founder, Jennifer Shea, has written an awesome book devoted to cupcakes + parties, appropriately titled Trophy Cupcakes & Parties. What could be better!? If you can’t make it to the event this weekend, you can order her book online as well! Check out some of the gorgeous photos from the book below.
Trophy Cupcakes
Trophy Cupcakes
Trophy Cupcakes
Trophy Cupcakes
Trophy Cupcakes
Yum! Be sure to check out Kelly’s blog for more information and to RSVP and if you’re in the area this Saturday come check out this tasty event!

[All photos supplied by Trophy Cupcakes from the book Trophy Cupcakes & Parties. Thank you Jennifer!]


This past weekend, my three high school best friends and I got together with our significant others for a Friendsgiving. It was a blast, and certainly a tradition to keep up for years to come. I went all out, and had so much fun making all of the crafts and floral arrangements. We divided up the food so that one person wasn’t stuck making it all.
Thanksgiving Placesetting
Every place setting had a little boutineer I made from a painted stick, white and brown feathers, and a cut from a safflower plant. It was tied with a piece of red yarn. They came out so well, and were a big hit.
Food Labels
To label all of the food, I found pieces of bark at a park, painted them, and then wrote on them. They came super cute!
Floral Arrangement
I went to the Flower Mart on Saturday (more to come about that tomorrow!) and picked out several different types of flowers. I then played around with a little floral arrangements until I was satisfied with the results.
Painted Coaster
I think one of my favorite things that I made was the deer silhouette coasters. I painted old coasters dark blue, created the silhouette stencil of a deer and then spray painted it gold. To seal it, I painted mod podge on top and let it dry. They fit in so well with the rest of the table decor, and added a nice splash of blue,
Apple and Pumpkin PIe
Apple Pie
We had plenty of pie to go around, and I must say, they were delicious!
Friendsgiving was so much fun, and I will be eating left overs for days. It was a great way to celebrate friendship and the holiday season. And what’s even better, we still have the REAL Thanksgiving next week! Happy Tuesday!

Walking Downtown LA: Part 2

The second part of my Saturday birthday surprise was a trip to Bottega Louie. Since we were already in downtown, it was only a quick walk away. Visiting this patisserie + market  has been on my LA bucket list for a long time. Walking in to Bottega Louie was like walking into heaven. The floors and counters are a beautiful white and grey marble, and the glass display holds the most beautiful and colorful desserts. You immediately feel transported to Paris or New York. The sights, smells and sounds are overwhelming in the best way possible. Although I am gluten free, I still loved looking at all the desserts. I cannot wait to go back and eat at their restaurant.
FR2S Bottega Louie
FR2S Bottega Louie Macarons
How gorgeous are these colorful macarons!? I’ll take one in every color please!
FR2S Bottega Louie Macaron Box
This box of assorted macarons would be perfect for a hostess gift, or as desserts at your own party.

FR2S Bottega Louie
Adding to the elegance of Bottega Louie is the beautiful packaging they do. They have both branded tissue paper and boxes, very reminiscent of what you may find in Paris. Their pastel colors + gold complement their brightly colored desserts in such a classy way.
FR2S Bottega Louie Desserts
FR2S Bottega Louie Cupcakes
If macarons aren’t your favorite dessert, they have a wide variety of other delicious looking treats. I cannot wait to go back!

Happy Wednesday!

Sweet Butter

Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day. I like it even better on a lazy Sunday. This weekend, I went to brunch at a place I have been to several times, and always leave satisfied. Sweet Butter, located in Sherman Oaks, has a variety of breakfast + brunch foods, along with a market and cafe. Both the inside where you place your order, and the outside patio are so cute, you could spend all morning there sipping coffee and reading a book.

FR2S Sweet Butter
FR2S Sweet Butter coffee
Being from Seattle, I am a big coffee lover. I like it even better when the presentation is as cute as this.
FR2S Sweet Butter
The marketplace has lots of adorable + well designed cookbooks, and is a great place to find a hostess gift.
FR2S Sweet Butter
FR2S Sweet Butter
The outdoor patio has so much light and open space, definitely a secret garden feel to it.
FR2S Sweet Butter
I love the mini chalkboards hung on the walls with sweet sayings, accompanied by patterned kites and potted plants.

I highly recommend this place if you are ever in Sherman Oaks looking for a delicious breakfast spot. TIP: Get there early, this place fills up fast!