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On a brighter note, holy crap, Gardenias & Mint is 3 years old! Wowie! These three years have flown by! We are still having so much fun, and send love to all who support us every day ❤ thank you! Want to go back into the vault?! Check out our 1st post (ever!), and our 1st and 2nd birthday posts! ❤ Cheers to many more fun, creative years!


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G&M’s 1st Birthday!

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Oh my word! It’s been a year?? It seems like just yesterday the two of us were eating burgers and brainstorming ideas for our little gal. We want to thank you all for stopping by day to day to see what we’re up to!

In honor of her big day, we made some birthday sweets — what else is new?

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Spice Cupcakes with Orange Buttercream Frosting
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For the cupcakes:
yields 15

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons coarse salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup whole milk

For the frosting:
(note – this recipe was not ideal for artsy piping, a little too runny!)

  • 1/2 cup (one stick) butter, room temperature
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • 2 tablespoons whipping cream, depending on desired consistency
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

To make:

01. Preheat oven to 350 degrees, with a centered rack. Line your muffin tin and set aside. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and coriander.

02. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat butter and brown sugar on medium-high until light and fluffy, 3 minutes. Beat in eggs, one at a time, scraping down sides of bowl as needed. With mixer on low, add flour mixture in three additions, alternating with two additions milk and beating well after each addition.

03. Transfer batter by heaping tablespoonfuls to cups. Bake until golden brown at edges and a toothpick inserted in center of a cake comes out clean, about 20 minutes, rotating pans once. Let cakes cool in pans, 5 minutes, then transfer to wire racks to cool completely.

04. While cupcakes cool, make your frosting. In a large bowl, beat butter until creamy. Beat in the confectioners’ sugar, vanilla, zest, cinnamon, and enough milk to achieve desired consistency. Spoon into a plastic baggie with a cut tip or a piping bag and get frosting!

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After our shoot, we ate a whole lot of snacks and sparkling cider with Reg’s roomies to continue the celebration- more on that later!

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Paper Source Backdrop // Candles, Gold Sprinkles & Cupcake Liners – Stop & Shop (I know, right? So cute!) // Cake Stand – Old, Marshalls

 

 

 

Happy Weekend!

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Tomorrow is the OFFICIAL first day of summer friends, how exciting is that! We’ve been experiencing the heat already, but it will feel good to bump it up into summer full time (aka more beach and BBQs). This weekend’s weather looks promising, so before you head out to enjoy it, make sure to check out our Friday links!
xo G&M

cct // Speaking of summer, I guess that means it’s officially bikini season, ugh. I definitely need to fit in some cardio, but I can get down with these exercises for now.

rkv // Eek! I have 23 days until my first 10k ever, and I’m freakin’ a bit. I’m a bit behind on my training, but found these race do’s and don’ts refreshing!

cct // My boss made these amazing sounding cupcakes and I need to try them asap!

rkv // Lately I’ve been loving myself some green goddess dressing— it adds just the right amount of flavor to a dish, while being low in fat (the bad kind, that is). This recipe looks super scrumptious!

cct // We had a photo shoot yesterday (for the new Hartford Prints! website) with Victoria Gloria Photography, and here is a sneak peek – such gorgeous shots! (don’t mind my odd hip pop in the first pic, I don’t think I’m usually that wide??)

rkv // I’m feeling on this technique for beach-wave hair – I think the backcombing is key!

cct // These movies are 10 years old?! Woah…

rkv // I saw this and thought it looked like Christa’s dream snack (*um YES!)

 Have a lovely weekend!

Gorgeous Birthday Cakes

With an upcoming birthday tomorrow (hint, it’s Reg’s!), we’ve got cake on the brain! While we dabble in baking, coming up with a beautiful and creative cake is harder than it looks… we make homely cakes. But today we’re gonna admire the beautiful cakes of others and hope that someday we have the courage to attempt something this gorgeous.

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// Classic Ice Cream Cake 

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// Inside-out S’mores Cake

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// Brown Butter Cake with Vanilla Bean Icing and Salted Caramel

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// Carrot Cake with Cardamom

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// Malted Milk Cake

 

And we can’t forget the cupcakes!…

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// Peaches & Cream Oat Cupcakes

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// Orange Cinnamon Cupcakes

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// Blueberry Preserve Cupcakes with Honey Buttercream

100th Post!

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Today is our 100th post, and while that might not seem like much, we’re so proud! We’ve pushed ourselves and worked together to keep chuggin away day to day, and we’re not stopin’! We’re so happy that you all like to stop by from time to time!

In honor of our 100th post, we’re going to look back at our top 10 fav posts!

Spring Fever for Jean Jacketsgm_HappySpring_JeanJacketJean jackets are a serious part of our wardrobe in the spring, so it was an easy (& exciting) task finding inspiration on how to style them! Also – it was super fun making this graphic!

Sweetheart Blueberry Hand Piesgm_heartpieface copyThese ended up being the easiest, cutest and most delicious little treats! They also made for adorable instagram photos (don’t judge).

Artist Profile // Tyler VarsellGM_TylerVarsell_inventors_m_23_OKSIZE
It was such an honor to talk to Tyler Varsell and hear about how she creates these gorgeous pieces! Her work is amazing, and she is the sweetest!

Wild Outfit Pairinggm_wildoutfitpairingThis book stuck with me, and creating an outfit to match was surprisingly hard! It was satisfying when it was done, and now we’re getting excited for the movie!

Our Fashionable Mengm_MensFashion1We were so proud of our Hartford & Boston men for making it into a list of the most fashionable men! We couldn’t agree more!

Winter’s End Cocktailsgm_endofwintercocktailsCelebrate spring with some warming cocktails!

Gluten-Free Rosewater Cupcakesgm_glutenfree_41Some homemade gluten-free treats will hit that sweet tooth we all know you have!

Five Minute Date Makeupgm_beauty_7_In a time crunch for a going-out makeup look? This post has a super quick and easy makeup tutorial!

DIY Floral Wall Artwall-art-final-11If you have any small awkward wall spaces, make these wall decals with just four materials you already have at home!

Grape, Feta & Pear Salad salad_11Easy, hardy salad to satisfy that hunger!