Happy Halloween!

Wishing you a spooky Halloween weekend.

Yum Yum Good. Pecan Pie.

This is just so good. I made this and as you can see it disappeared really fast.

Bourbon Pecan Pie


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup dark corn syrup
  • 3 large eggs, beaten
  • 1 1/2 to 2 cups pecan halves
  • 2 tablespoons good-quality bourbon
  • 1 (9-inch) deep-dish pie shell, unbaked


Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

In a medium bowl, stir together the sugar and melted butter. Add the corn syrup, eggs, pecans, and bourbon, and stir until all ingredients are combined. Pour mixture into an unbaked pie shell, and place on a heavy-duty cookie sheet. Bake for 10 minutes. Lower the oven temperature to 350 degrees F, and continue to bake for an additional 25 minutes, or until pie is set. Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack.

Recipe from Paula Deen via The Food Network

It's not too late to order your holiday cards!

Have you booked your appointment? Christmas is right around the corner and what a better way to share your family with your loved ones. Exclusive Holiday Cards for 2009. details

Halloween Inspiration

With Halloween just around the corner we couldn't help but be inspired by candy, pumpkins, skulls, and lots of scary stores. Be inspired!

wedding garters and invitations oh my!

What do you get when you design your stationery around wedding garters. Well we did just that. To really see how we can truly custom design your wedding stationery we've designed the above invitation sets from inspiration of two of Julianne Smith Wedding Garters. If you are getting married check out her website. She has a wide array of garters and you can even custom them with your colors or embodier your name or wedding date. Its a great way to add that "something blue" to your wedding attire or just have as a memento after your wedding. Thanks Julianne for the inspiration!

Baking up a storm

One thing I love to do is bake. It's a way I relax and when fall rolls around I love coming up with new pumpkin recipes. This weekend I found a good pumpkin pie recipe.....it was a big hit with the family. Enjoy!

Pumpkin Pie
1 (8oz) package cream cheese, softened
2 cups canned pumpkin
1 cup sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1 egg plus 2 egg yolks, slightly beaten
1 cup half and half
1/4 cup melted butter
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1 pre-made pie dough
fresh whip cream for topping

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F

Place 1 piece of pre-made pie dough down into a 9" pie pan and press down along the bottom and all sides. Pinch and crimp the edges. Put the pie shell back into the freezer for 1 hour to firm it up. Fit an aluminum foil to cover the inside of the shell completely. Fill the shell up to the edges with pie weights or dried beans and place it in the oven. Bake 10 min., remove the foil and put the pie shell back in the oven for another 10 minutes or until it begins to color.

For the filling, in a large mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese with a hand mixer. Add the pumpkin and beat until combined. Add the sugar and salt until combined. Add the eggs mixed with the yolks, half and half, and melted butter, and beat until combined. Finally, add the vanilla, cinnamon, and ginger. Beat until combined.

Pour the filling into the warm prepared pie crust and bake for 50 minutes or until the center is set. Place pie on the wire rack and cool. Add a generous amount of fresh whip cream and enjoy the taste of fall.

exclusive holiday cards

Have you ordered your holiday cards? It's not too late. Call us today for your choice of our exclusive holiday card designs or a custom design.

Party with a Purpose!

Last Sunday I attend Sara and Brigg's "Party with a Purpose" put on by Connect The Dots Events. It was a great event and who doesn't like to party when there is a great cause involved. Over 2000lbs of non-perishable food was donated at the event for the local Food Pantry. Thanks to Sara for asking us to design the save the date magnets, invitations, name tags, vendor thank you board and the design for the reusable bags that were given as gifts.

New Wedding Tool from BRIDES

I just ran across this new iphone tool that is pretty handy for finding the right wedding dress.

Brought to you by BRIDES Magazine and The NearbyNow Team, Brides Dressing Room is the first-ever digital shopping concierge for brides on the go.

From your iPhone, you can browse both wedding dresses and bridesmaids dresses from all the famous names you have come to trust in wedding attire. When you find something you like, we’ll track it down at a store near you, and make an appointment for you to try on the dress of your dreams.

• Browse both wedding dresses and bridesmaids dresses by silhouette, brand and price
• Have something particular in mind? Search by neckline, sleeve style, skirt style and length
• Zoom in and out of selected products to see details.
• Tap ‘Find It Near Me’ to find a nearby store within 50 miles.
• Confirm the item is available to try on by simply entering your contact information.
The Brides Dressing Room concierge team will place a call to the store during normal business hours and make an appointment for you so you can try on the dress of your dreams
• Within 10 minutes, you will receive an e-mail and/or text message with details. You will even have the name of the salesperson to find when you get in-store.
• You can also tap 'See It Online' for a list of online stores.

Features Include:
•Browse the latest fashions by silhouette, brand and price or search by your style parameters
•Expanded descriptions
•Zoom in and out of selected products
•Location awareness to find nearby stores within 50 miles
•Concierge stock check within 10 minutes (during store business hours), and e-mail (or text) confirmation
•Store maps to nearby locations carrying the products

October Newsletter: Hot off the press

We've got lots of events, specials and fun things in our October Newsletter. Check it out here.

Say "I Do" at J.Crew

J.Crew is having a trunk show featuring all of their fall/winter 2009 bridal gowns and wedding party collections. A must for those who are planning your weddings. October 10-11. {click on image for more info}

Save the date!

November 12, 2009
Our Showroom
8170 Maple Lawn Blvd.
Maple Lawn, MD 20759

I'm so excited about our upcoming Holiday Open House. You will not want to miss out on this event. We are not only showcasing our projects from this year, but we are "unwrapping" our favorite things. They might even be great gifts this holiday season.

My Favorite Things

I am so excited for the launch of Lonny Magazine. It has to up there with my favorite things. Although....you'll have to come to our Holiday Open House to see what "Our Favorite Things" are this year. This is just a added bonus. This is an online ezine which kind of fills the void of the loved Domino Magazine that folded a couple months ago.