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happy holidays + fun with friends...


Happy Holidays everyone! We're wrapping up today for the rest of the year {eek, 2012 is that you?}. All of us here at Oh Joy wish you and your loved ones a warm, happy, fun-filled holiday filled with all the tasty treats your belly can handle. Thank you for reading and supporting this blog, as well as my personal journey through pregnancy and motherhood this year. It's been an amazing year personally and professionally, and I thank you for all your love along the way. We'll be taking a break for the holidays, and we'll see you back here on Monday, January 2nd...2012! — Joy

{Smilebooth photos of me, Bri, and Kelley from last week's West Elm party}

{flavor stories} icy peppermint stack cake...


Hello, happy holidays! We're still waiting on snow in these parts, but we've been decorating for the season. We have a simple tree with wee globe lights and a tiny white star. As well as cedar boughs hanging from the door and winter blooms on our table. It's nice...it feels like Christmas. And you know, this Icy Peppermint Stack Cake feels like Christmas, too!


It's a simple and festive twist on an old classic chocolate and cream log my mom used to make. It takes about fifteen minutes to prepare {perfect for this time of year!} and requires only five ingredients.

You'll need:
250 ml heavy cream
1-1/2 teaspoons confectioner's sugar
a couple drips of peppermint extract
24 chocolate wafers {I use Mr. Christie}
a handful of crushed peppermints or candy canes {this makes it easy}

Here's how:
1. Whip the heavy cream with the confectioner's sugar and peppermint extract until soft peaks.
2. Sandwich 12 cookies together with the whipped cream and place in a line on their sides, to form a log shape.
3. Cover with remaining cream and sprinkle with crushed peppermints.
4. Allow to chill for at least 2 hours before serving {makes 2-12 cookie logs or 1-24 cookie log}.
5. To serve cut on a diagonal with a warm dry knife.

*For a chocolaty version sift a little cocoa powder into the whipped cream. Or for a hazelnut and chocolate version, skip the mint extract, sift a little cocoa powder into the whipped cream and add a thin layer of nutella under the whipped cream of every second cookie. Yum!

Wishing you and yours the very brightest of holiday seasons {and hopefully we'll get snow!}.


{photos by Michael Graydon, styling by Nikole Herriott for Oh Joy}

{oh joy eats dessert with} caitlin van horn...


Who  Caitlin (Coco) Van Horn - graphic designer, photo stylist, and mother hen of Roost

Where Birmingham, Alabama

Time 4:15pm - I tend to eat dessert at the oddest of hours! 

What's a typical dessert for you? Living with a grain, lactose, and processed sugar free diet you would think I wouldn't have the luxury of enjoying desserts, but on the contrary there is always something sweet in our house. My favorite indulgences are baked goods made with almond flour. Muffins, scones, cakes, and quick breads are easy to whip up and satisfying on a cold winter's day. Currently in my pantry, I have spiced ginger muffins, which pair perfectly with a glass of mulled cider. Today it's a vanilla and clove panna cotta made with coconut milk and topped with honeyed persimmon and pomegranate seeds. 

What's your dream/ideal dessert? A picnic in the Cotswolds of England with banbury cakes and scones {grain free of course!}, proper tea, a few sheep and my dearest friends.

How often do you treat yourself to dessert?  I usually bake a sweet morsel for my husband and I once a week...making it a special occasion.

Thanks Caitlin!
— Joanna

{photo of dessert by Caitlin, photo of Caitlin by her husband Jordan}

{fashioned florals} orchid brights...


This Jenny Bowers illustration—in fact, a textile design for Roxy—jumped out with its saturated pinks, reds, and purples. There was something undeniably bubbly about it, and I decided it would be a great starting point to use the usual holiday colors, but put a vibrant twist into it! Picking up some seasonal red amaryllis, fuchsia peonies, ranunculus, lavender scabiosa, purple veronica, some sweet peas and some orchids from the flower market, I kept an eye towards keeping like colors together and using gradients to guide the arrangement. A simple silver julep cup adds a touch of sparkle to this little gem! — Liz

{top photo by Peep Show, bottom photo by Liz for Oh Joy!}

marbled merriment...


...a special holiday wrapper of Chocolate Edition's salted dark chocolate bar...the colors are seriously amazing! — Joy

{via Bird & Banner. photos by Chocolate Editions}

{closet & casa} with taylor sterling...


who: Taylor Sterling, Founder/Creative Director of Glitter Guide

why taylor rocks: I love following Taylor's daily outfit choices!

in her closet: I'm in love with this sequin Parker dress. It's the dress I wore to the Glitter Guide launch party. Even though I'm a sucker for sparkle, I'm very particular about how I wear sequins. This dress is sexy but still classy. It was a big purchase for me, and I will always cherish it and the memories I've made in it.

in her casa: I recently got engaged and my friends at West Elm sent new bedding as a present {the fiancé and I feel so lucky!}. I love the classic pin-tuck bedding in white mixed with the metallic and glittery pillows. I've never had fancy bedding before so this set feels so glamorous!

Thanks Taylor!

{photos by Taylor, portrait photo by Edyta Szyszlo}

bumble, play & eat...







Located in Los Altos {in Northern California}, Bumble Cafe is a new concept cafe and play space created for families in downtown Los Altos to gather, meet other parents, enjoy a healthy meal with their children, and/or relax with friends while the children play. The menu serves farm-to-table fare for both parents and kids. As a new mom with my own business, I wish there was a place like Bumble Cafe near me to be able to meet up with friends or clients while having Ruby not too far from me. It's such a fun idea and hope they'll spring up in other cities soon! — Joy 

{photos by Bumble Cafe, designed by Kate Collins}

love these...


As a graphic designer with plenty of things that need to be plugged in, cables kind of take over my life. So when I saw these leaf tie cable organizers from Jet Pens, it was like the best of both worlds...techie, yet pretty...as if the sweetest blooms are growing from my massive piles of cables! I kind of want to stick them on everything... — Joy

this & that...


...host holiday guests in this House of Kami necklace, set a festive table with that Bailey Doesn't Bark plate...


currently snacking on...


While I {thankfully} don't have a problem with gluten, I know a lot of people who do and are always looking for gluten-free treats. So I'm loving these Choc Brownies...gluten-free, local, and organic. With flavors like Peanut Butter & Honey, Coffee & Cream, Peppermint Meringue, and Marzipan, they're fudge-y and flavorful...even without gluten! — Joy

{photo by Oh Joy}