These adorable chocolate cat & dog truffles are almost too cute to eat! They’d make a darling hostess gift or stocking stuffer for pet lovers! $15/set of 4 at Williams-Sonoma.com. {via cool hunting}

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Getting excited for Thursday… and these pumpkin treats are looking especially good! Pumpkin Swirl Cheesecake and Pumpkin Whoopie Pies from rachaelraymag.com.

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Inspirational images of the week…adorably creative cupcakes from the hello naomi cupcakes and cookies flickr gallery. Several more designs pictured in the collection – including super-cute Super Mario Brothers themed cupcakes !

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A few tempting signature drink ideas for your Thanksgiving Soriee, featuring some very Thanksgiving-appropriate ingredients… • Pumpkin Pie – features Kahlua, Malibu Rum, Milk, Cinnamon, and Pumpkin Pie Filling {recipe via cocktailtimes.com – see below for our modified version}• Gingersnap cocktail – features spiced rum, ginger brandy, eggnog, and a gingersnap cookie! {recipe via thebar.com}• […]

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{pictured above} Blue Cheese Ricotta Dip and Mummy Dogs from bhg.com, and Pumpkin French 75 and Blackberry Widow cocktails from cocktailtimes.com.

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Yayoi Brown’s obento creations are nothing short of amazing! A few favorites pictured below… click here to view even more of her inspiring designs… {via PoshCravings}

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…and speaking of InStyle Weddings, there are some great articles in the new Fall issue with lots of inspiring ideas. I’m especially loving these creative cakes from their 25 Great Cakes article, which you can also view online!

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Happy October! Halloween is coming! Here are some fun ready-made treats and themed recipes to help put you in the spirit… Pumpkin Chocolate-Chip Cookies from Michael’s Cookies… Cute, cool & creepy halloween recipes from Martha Stewart: Ladies’ Fingers , Chocolate Cupcakes with Orange Sprinkles , Ghoulish Petite Fours , and Tombstone Cupcakes …

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We got a big box of treats in the mail last week from a place called Buttercake Bakery in L.A. – and everything was soooo good I just had to share! I think we got one of their “Mixed Basket” gift boxes because the package had bars, cookies, and little cakes…and everything was SUPER rich […]

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Looking for a fun signature drink to serve at your Labor Day bash this weekend? Here are some cool ideas from Food Network : {pictured above, clockwise from top left} Golden Daquiri , Plum Caipirinha , Summer Watermelon Situation , and Gin & Tonic Gellies Or..if you’re planning on doing an "all-white" labor day party […]

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There’s a new gallery on marthastewart.com called “Cutest Cupcakes” – and I have to agree! How adorable are these little guys… great for kids parties, birthdays, baby showers and more. I’m especially loving the Shark and Beach design… And if you’re looking for something great to put your cute cupcakes on, how about this fantastic […]

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Teaposy is a line of hand-crafted blooming tea and glassware that combines premium white tea leaves with natural herbal flowers to create delicate blossoms that “bloom” while you drink your tea. A truly unique gift idea – especially given the fact that they come packaged in gorgeous boxes! Available at ochelly.com. Prices range from $17.98 […]

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When I received an email a few weeks ago with the subject line “Easy, Delicious Cocktails from… Canned Foods?” I have to admit I was slightly skeptical about the idea. But once I actually read the recipes – which utilize long-lasting staples you might already have in your pantry such as canned peaches, pears and […]

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It’s been overly hot and humid here lately…so these frosty-looking berry cosmo and mango freeze cocktails that were featured in Rachael Ray’s newsletter this morning are sounding especially good! Super easy recipe too: only 3 ingredients each and no blender required. nice ;) Mocktail version: substitue fruit juice or ginger ale in place of the […]

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Cool Cocktails: Watermelon Crush and Raspberry Collins Easy Breakfasts: Mini Blueberry Turnovers and waffles topped with berries and whipped cream Feeling gourmet? Tempt your guests with these impressive eats: Napa Valley Basil Smoked Burgers and Beer-Battered String Beans! For a sweet finish: Red, White & Blueberry Cupcakes and Oat Crisps with Blueberries and Créme Fraiche […]

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Festive fruit garnishes are an easy way to add some 4th-of-July-flair to your Independence Day beverages. This simple carambola (starfruit) garnish a great example – and the perfect accent for your red and blue themed drinks!

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I just love the look of these french toast kabobs from Martha Stewart! Shown here as a breakfast idea for Father’s Day – but don’t you think these yummy-looking treats would also be perfect for a 4th of July brunch? {image from marthastewart.com}

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The Recipe Box feature has launched at hwtm.com! We’re really excited about this addition to the site and hope you like it! You’ll find lots of yummy recipes and great pictures for everything from main appetizers to cocktails & desserts – all from fantastic cookbooks and cooking-saavy readers/bloggers – and more are coming soon! Click […]

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Pretty & modern party cupcakes from Leda’s Bake Shop…

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Saturday, May 5th, 2007 is a very big day for celebrations this year…in addition to the various fiestas that will be going on across the country tomorrow, many of you will also have your eye on the prize – or should we say “roses” – as the 133rd annual Kentucky Derby takes place in Louisville, […]

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