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Thursday, July 29, 2010

"Fly me to the Moon!"

Forty-one years ago last week, a man landed on the moon.  I still remember vividly that exciting moment, which was almost impossible to believe! 
Well, in honor of that historical moment, I just had to post these little cuties!

Thanks to hello naomi!  You can see more of her great stuff on her blog...Here:
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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Hot fun in the Summertime...

...will be yours when you serve up your favorite snacks on these adorable sets!  For parties, or poolside, they're just too cute - a fun napkin and hand-beaded cheese knife or spreader, on an eco-friendly plate! 
Get them before they're gone....and summer is too!

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Monday, July 26, 2010

'Let Them Eat...Cupcakes!'


Let Them Eat . . . Cupcakes

Do you find conventional wedding cake to be ho-hum and predictable? 
A “cake” created with tiers of artfully adorned cupcakes will surely have guests oohing and aahing. These petite treats have risen to star status by cupcake loving celebrities like Sara Jessica Parker, Oprah and Martha Stewart, and cupcakeries are popping up across the country. “Cupcakes are festive and fun, decorating options are endless and they’re a great way for a couple to show off their style and originality,” says Valerie Stoyer, wedding cake designer and owner of Val Cakes in Martha’s Vineyard. A wedding cupcake tower can be topped with a small cake for the happy couple to cut, or – even more romantic -- they can feed each other a shared cupcake. More reasons to love those little cuties:

Edible aspect:
Wedding cake can look better than it tastes and much tends to go to waste. “After dining, drinking and dancing, many guests forego dessert,” says Stoyer. “But charming cupcakes are less intimidating so guests – even those watching their waistlines -- can’t resist eating them, or taking them home.”

Color coding:
It’s not a hassle to serve several cupcake varieties -- color coded by liners and toppings -- so there’s a flavor to please everyone in your wedding crowd. “Adorn simple toppings like chocolate glaze, fondant icing or butter cream with elegant accents like monogrammed candied hearts, candy seashells, fancy chocolates or large silver nonpareils,” suggests Stoyer. Another dress up touch is to garnish the tiers of a cupcake stand with leaves and edible fresh or candied flowers that mimic the floral theme of the wedding.

Fuss free:
From a baker’s viewpoint, whipping up wedding-worthy cupcakes is labor intensive, but they are much easier to transport and assemble on site than huge layers of cake. Servers and guests benefit because they needn’t fuss with knives or forks or cake slicing time; people can even pluck their own portion from a cupcake tower.

Budget biter:
Wedding cupcakes, which are about 50% larger than usual, can start as low as $3 each, then fillings, special toppings and ornate designs can add a few dollars to the price. Nonetheless, cupcakes generally don’t require as much time and TLC as a multi tiered cake -- which can run you $6-$12 per slice – so they end up costing considerably less.

Do-it-yourself possibilities:
While a drop dead gorgeous wedding cake requires professional culinary skill, with time, patience and planning a magnificent cupcake tower can be home-made. “Relatives of a bride might team up the day before the wedding to bake and ice and decorate, which in itself becomes a special family bonding event to remember,” says Judy Truesdell, who designs and sells “trees” that stack up to 300 cupcakes ( “Cupcake towers can be created by stacking acrylic cake plates or styrofoam or cardboard tiers, which you can trim with ribbon and doilies, fresh greens or silk flowers,” she explains.

Written by Wendy Korn Heppt  
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Monday, July 19, 2010

Cupcakes for a Cause!

It could be considered 'Christmas in July', as these adorable cupcakes were really a gift I purchased for Christmas last year!  Each December, The Bynum School ( a local school for special needs children) hosts their annual "Bynum Blooms" event. The event consists of all these wonderful items (either handmade or purchased) that are sold to help raise monies for the school.  Considering that my oldest daughter was one of the first children of the school in its infancy, I try to do my best to support the school whenever I can.

Delightedly, when I saw these Cupcake Canisters (made by some of the kids in the ceramics class) I just knew I had to have them!  If you want a set for yourself, contact the school now (432) 570-0075, and place your order before they get too busy! 
They're ALMOST good enough
to eat!

Friday, July 16, 2010

Summertime means S'Mores!

On a my recent trip to Dallas, I mentioned dining at the uber-chic restaurant in Oak Cliff called 'Tillman's Cafe'...
Well, what I didn't elaborate on, was the incredible flaming dessert that was brought to our table - a NEW version of an old-fashioned favorite...S'Mores!

We were presented  a mini grill (that our waiter graciously lighted); homemade graham cracker pieces, fresh slabs of chocolate, and homemade marshmallows in flavors like orange, maple, and coffee!

There was only one word to describe it......YUM!!!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Party Favors as a Centerpiece?

Sure, why not?
I think this idea is's your 'Two fer One' Tip of the Day!

Why not display favor boxes in with a mix of larger ones, at different heights, and when the party is over,your guests can take part of the centerpiece home with them?
Top all the boxes with flowers,and then each small box can hold a tiny sweet treat inside as the real favor.  See here for all the details:

The flowers grouped together provide the centerpiece, and voila! a treat inside each box, is the guests' little surprise! 
Again, hats off to the party queen herself....Martha Stewart!

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Home, Sweet Home...

Recently I've become infatuated with 'glamping'....
you know, 'glamour camping'!
Now, I'm not one to enjoy 'roughing it',
but I COULD get interested in this!

Wait, is that a cupcake on the side?
Sweet luxury! :)
Thanks to The Vintage Housewife

Sweet Puppies!

"How much is that doggy in the window?"  Not too much, actually...and
just what I wanted !  Here's a  really good excuse to bring home a 'puppy'!
Check these out :D  Over at Girl Inspired!  TOO CUTE!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

These Cupcakes are the 'Bomb'!

You know by now how 'crazy for cupcakes' I am and I'm NOT quiet about it!
So, when I ran across these I totally had to stop and
re-read the information, just to make sure I was reading it right!
Cupcakes as bath bombs?  Seriously?  I LOVE it!!!I think you will too! 
See more at their Etsy shop:
Bombs Away! :)

Monday, July 5, 2010

Watermelon for Adults!

So consider this 'Morning After' the Fourth of July recipe when you happen to have lots of leftover watermelon ...and maybe a headache! 

Spiked Watermelon Pops


16 popsicles

1/2 (3 pounds) large watermelon, peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks
1/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup watermelon flavored 70 proof vodka (recommended: Smirnoff Twist of Watermelon)* see Cook's Note
1/2 cup chopped fresh mint leaves

Special equipment: 16 (1/4 cup) ice pop molds, 16 wooden pop sticks or wooden coffee stirrers at least
2-inches longer than the molds.

In a blender, combine the watermelon, sugar, and vodka. Blend until the mixture
is smooth. Add the mint and pulse once to combine. Pour the mixture into the pop molds. Insert the wooden
sticks all the way down the inside the molds. Freeze for at least 10 hours or preferably overnight.

To unfreeze the ice pops, insert the molds in hot water for 5 to 10 seconds. Serve immediately.

*Cook's Note: For nonalcoholic Watermelon Pops, substitute 3/4 cup orange juice for the vodka.

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Sunday, July 4, 2010

The 4th of July in The Great State!

In Texas, we celebrate everything BIG TIME!
You know, the old 'Bigger is Better' adage is ALMOST the Texas tagline. So it 's no surprise that the Fourth of July is one of the biggest celebrations of all!

Texans are mighty proud of their state, and their freedoms.  They don't take it for granted. (They  had to fight TWICE for it! )
I won't go into a history lesson here, but believe me..., we love to have a good time, and July 4th is one mighty BIG reason to party!

So where is the absolute BEST place to celebrate the 4th of July in Texas?
Make no mistake, it's the granddaddy party place of all.....AUSTIN!

This is the city that boasts 'Willie Nelson's 4th of July 'Picnic' (today is the 37th);
it's the city that has a nickname, 'The Third Coast" ( based on music and film collaborations);
and it's also the city that has for YEARS proudly worn a bumper sticker demanding to "Keep Austin Weird'!
(I am absolutely convinced that if Austin, Texas was a real-life person, it would be the first person invited to the party because it has so many friends, it's not shy, and EVERYONE LOVES IT!)

So, for those of us firmly planted in the desert of West Texas,  it was a real treat to celebrate the festivities last July as close to Austin as we could physically get..... on Lake LBJ.
Barbecue, beer, boats and big blasts of color over the water.....
"God Bless America" and "God Bless Texas!"


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