Design to Dish: S’mores Truffles

Written by Melissa of  Lulu the Baker 

glamping tipi dinner s'mores

Like many of you, I’m in denial that summer is quickly coming to an end. Luckily, the short shoulder season between summer and fall is absolutely dreamy! The days are still warm, while the nights are cool and there’s a little nip in the air. Which means now’s the perfect time of year to have a camping party! You can make it fun and kid-friendly with summer camp-themed games, or make it cozy and glamorous enough for an alfresco grown-up dinner party. Some s’mores, some twinkle lights…pure summer magic.

I got it into my head months ago that s’mores truffles would be a really awesome creation. But I didn’t just want to do jumbo marshmallows dipped in chocolate and rolled in graham cracker crumbs. I wanted to make actual truffles, complete with marshmallow-y ganache centers. After a little bit of research and some kitchen experimentation, I think we have a very delicious winning recipe! A rich, gooey, marshmallow center covered in creamy milk chocolate and a dusting of crunchy graham cracker crumbs. They’re the perfect party favors to send home with guests after your camping-themed party—a little bit of childhood of nostalgia with a grown-up twist. Read on for the recipe…

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Holiday Photo Card Challenge: 10th Place Winner

Each year Minted hosts our highly anticipated holiday photo card competition in search of the best and freshest holiday card designs. The results blew us away! Independent designers from all over the world stepped up to the challenge—we received an incredible 4,103 submissions from 481 artists. The votes have been tallied and the Top 50 winners have been chosen, see them all right here.

Kristy is definitely one of those cameleon designers who can really design in any style. This design is just lovely. Delicate and wintery, simple but with a very warm sentiment. The pastel color palette is beautiful, and I admire the clever way she made the inline text greeting stand out from the background by putting a subtle grey behind it. Well-played Kristy!

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Holiday Photo Card Challenge: 11th Place Winner

Each year Minted hosts our highly anticipated holiday photo card competition in search of the best and freshest holiday card designs. The results blew us away! Independent designers from all over the world stepped up to the challenge—we received an incredible 4,103 submissions from 481 artists. The votes have been tallied and the Top 50 winners have been chosen, see them all right here.

Karly’s design truly is “so festive”! I love the bold red text against the pale greenery, and the stamped treatment adds such fun texture. The hand-drawn, uneven berries are lovely pops against the white background, and the faded branches compliment the text perfectly. The casual composition perfectly frames the photo without competing with it, which is so often a mark of one of Karly’s designs. “So Festive” really gets us in the holiday spirit.

 

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Holiday Photo Card Challenge: 12th Place Winner

Each year Minted hosts our highly anticipated holiday photo card competition in search of the best and freshest holiday card designs. The results blew us away! Independent designers from all over the world stepped up to the challenge—we received an incredible 4,103 submissions from 481 artists. The votes have been tallied and the Top 50 winners have been chosen, see them all right here.

Festive, modern, and flat-out funny, Hailey expertly combines a birth announcement and holiday card with her design “Santa Bring Cookies!” The modern composition is softened by the humorous copy and hand-drawn-style type. We love how the heart next to the birth stats echoes the shape of the paper cut typography above. Hailey has such a knack for lighthearted, clean design and this one is no exception to that rule!

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Holiday Photo Card Challenge: 13th Place Winner

Each year Minted hosts our highly anticipated holiday photo card competition in search of the best and freshest holiday card designs. The results blew us away! Independent designers from all over the world stepped up to the challenge—we received an incredible 4,103 submissions from 481 artists. The votes have been tallied and the Top 50 winners have been chosen, see them all right here.

The whimsical “Woodland Monogram” comes in at lucky number 13! An oval wreath of pine and berries frames a rustic monogram created in Pacific Northwest font. The limited color palette of the card focuses attention on the imaginative details of the design, including branches, berries, and a signature bird with a leaf for a wing. Robin always seems to excel in using illustrations as simple reflections of nature, which is amply evident in this winning card.

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Five to Follow: Edible Art, Building a Printing Studio, & More

A roundup of some of the most inspiring online destinations to bookmark and add to your feed this very instant. Got a favorite? Share them with me in the comments or email heather@minted.com.

1. Instagram: Julie’s Kitchen
Southern California-based blogger and photographer Julie Lee (@julieskitchen) creates these intricate edible food collages using the bounty from her weekend trips to the Santa Monica Farmers’ Market. The meticulously arranged patterns of fruits, vegetables, and flowers practically pop off your screen (I’m currently using her citrus one as my desktop wallpaper!) and her just-as-inspiring Instagram feed will have you dreaming of all the delicious dishes you could make from her latest market haul.

2. Minted Artist // Instagram: Meg Gleasson
Minted community designer Meg Gleasson (@mogleameg) and her husband are building an incredible letterpress studio on their farm in rural Iowa and they’re documenting the entire process on Instagram. The couple decided to move their printing studio from their home’s basement and build a new, separate workspace for their business (the goal: to help maintain a more manageable work-life balance!). Her Instagram offers a fascinating behind-the-scene glimpse into their quickly growing stationery line. So much good stuff—add her to your feed now, if you haven’t already.

3. Pinterest: Diane Keaton
Guys, did you know actress Diane Keaton is on Pinterest? I just discovered her boards this week (via SF Girl by Bay) and my gosh, they’re gorgeous. Full of mostly black-and-white (naturally!) imagery, her boards are primarily home decor related, with quirky-charming names like “Last House on the Left,” “W.C.,” and “Curb Appeal.” Her pins vary from the breathtaking to the refreshing real and mundane (like a well-designed under-the-counter drawer for storing baking sheets). Guaranteed hours of endless delight.

4. Website: Rip + Tan
Fashion designer Jenni Kayne’s lifestyle blog Rip + Tan is a recent discovery of mine. Named after her two children, Ripley and Tanner, it’s a leisurely read full of beautiful imagery that echoes the easy elegance of her fashion line (you may know her from her signature d’Orsay flats—want!). Sure, the gorgeous home tours and peeks into her fabulous Southern California lifestyle will probably induce some life envy, but more than that, her party ideas, product recs, and recipes will inspire you to perhaps dust off your juicer or invite friends over for a backyard dinner party.

Dominik Woods cutting boards

5. E-Commerce: Dominik Woods
What’s your must-have kitchen essential? My pick is a cutting board that’ll transition easily from kitchen prep to serving platter. These gorgeous handmade cutting boards by graphic designer-turned-woodworker Dominik Kowalik are just the ticket.

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Holiday Photo Card Challenge: 14th Place Winner

Each year Minted hosts our highly anticipated holiday photo card competition in search of the best and freshest holiday card designs. The results blew us away! Independent designers from all over the world stepped up to the challenge—we received an incredible 4,103 submissions from 481 artists. The votes have been tallied and the Top 50 winners have been chosen, see them all right here.

Shannon proves her typography expertise once again with this quirky and fun design. This card successfully places an eclectic mix of vintage and modern fonts in a sophisticated and balanced layout. The kraft paper luggage tag is sure to bring the charm of the holiday traveling season to the homes of your friends and family.

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Domino & At Home With a Minted Artist: Brandy Brown-Bergquist

The latest installment of At Home With a Minted Artist, our home + studio tour collaboration with domino magazine, just went up and features the lovely Brandy Brown-Bergquist of Marabou Design. She gives domino editors a tour of her stylish Seattle home (how much do you love that chartreuse wall?!) and talks about what’s inspiring her lately, her favorite possession (it’s actually pictured below!), and her must-have splurge. Head on over to domino to read the interview and check out their archive of previously featured Minted artists, too.

 

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DIY Pom-Pom Cake

By Ashley of  Sugar & Cloth

DIY pom pom cake

DIY pom pom cake

It may be safe to say that pom poms are going to be the next polka dot, but if not, they’re definitely a close second. Now, add some cake to that combination and you’ve got yourself one heck of a DIY.

This DIY pom-pom cake is super simple to make, and these handmade, edible pom poms can be tinted in whatever colors you like. Serve up slices of this cheerful pom-pom cake at birthday parties, showers, or simply for dessert. Plus, this project is a great way for the kids to help decorate the cake without getting too messy!

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