Sips, Sweets & Snacks

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Whenever Paige and I get together—whether it’s for a friendly heart-to-heart, a walk through the park or a day of dreaming up new collaborations—there is always tea involved. We love trying out different flavours and blends. Brewing up a hot pot of something new has become a bit of a tradition every time we’re in the studio.

One of our favourite tea finds by far has been Forever Nuts from DAVIDsTEA. It has a sweet, decadent flavour—somewhere between cinnamon buns and apple pie—and contains a bit of beetroot, which makes every cup a gorgeous shade of pink! Adding a splash of coconut milk, homemade vanilla syrup and some ice cubes makes for the perfect iced summer drink. And why stop there? For extra oomph, try spiking the tea!

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Makes two glasses. (If you desire a larger batch, double the recipe. Serve in a teapot!)
  • 1 ½ cups cold water
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 moist vanilla bean
  • 6 teaspoons Forever Nuts tea
  • 8 ounces boiling water
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 4 ice cubes
  • 2 shots Galliano liqueur
  • Begin by making the vanilla syrup. Scrape the vanilla bean seeds from their pod into a small saucepan. Add the pod, cold water and sugar. Simmer mixture over medium heat until the syrup reduces to one cup, then strain. (Store in the fridge in an airtight container for up to two weeks!)

    Steep tea in boiling water for 6–8 minutes, then strain and pour evenly into two glasses. Divide the coconut milk and ice cubes between both glasses, leaving about an inch of space at the top.

    Top off each glass with a teaspoon of vanilla bean syrup and a shot of Galliano. Stir and serve!

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    Originally published on Glitter Guide! Written and photographed by Alyssa of Random Acts of Pastel and Paige of Bicyclette

    Party Supplies via Meri Meri

Sips, Sweets & Snacks

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When we were pulling together all of the details for our Pastel Pool Party, we wanted to find something that we could give to our guests as a little take away and memento to say thank you’ for coming, and this White Chocolate Confetti Popcorn turned out to be just the thing. Originally appearing on The Glitter Guide, Paige first made this recipe a few years ago at her one year anniversary party at the shop, and with it’s delicious mix of sweet and salty flavours and adorable pastel confetti sprinkled throughout, she knew it would also be perfect for this occasion.

Confetti appeared as a common theme throughout the Pastel Pool Party, with the most amazing confetti-filled cake by The Wedding Cake Shoppe as the centre piece of our sweet table and custom pastel confetti from The Confetti Bar sprinkled atop our tables, in the balloons and tossed in the air, so the White Chocolate Confetti Popcorn was the perfect complement.

 

Recipe //

1/2 tbsp Canola Oil
1/2 cup Popcorn Kernels
Salt
6 oz White Chocolate Wafers
1/4 cup Confetti Sprinkles

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1 // In a medium saucepan, pour in canola oil and heat over medium heat. When oil is hot, add popcorn kernels, making sure all the kernels are touching the bottom of the pan. Cover with a lid and wait until you hear kernels start to pop. Once they commence, grab the pan; while simultaneously holding down the lid, give it a good shake. Return pan to the stove and repeat a few times. This will ensure that all of the kernels pop. When popcorn is done, turn off heat, transfer to a medium bowl, and add a few pinches of salt.

2 // Add about 1-inch of water to a double boiler (or a saucepan with a metal bowl nestled atop – this is what I’ve always done and it works great). Heat over medium-low, watching the chocolate the entire time. White chocolate has a lower melting point, so it can seize easily. When chocolate is melted, stir until smooth.

3 // In a few batches, pour chocolate over popcorn, mixing gently to coat each kernel lightly.

4 // Evenly spread popcorn onto a baking sheet and add confetti sprinkles. Let popcorn sit for 3-4 hours (or until dry).

5 // Enjoy! We packaged ours in little clear cellophane bags for our guests to take home, and also had bowls of it on our sweet table for everyone to enjoy at the party.

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