Cupcakes Coming Up and Great Things Small

What an incredible week!  Thank you to Cupcakes Take The Cake for featuring my chocolate cupcakes with the pink fondant daisies.  If you’ve clicked over here from CTTC wondering, “Hey, where are they”,  they’ll be over on Danielle’s Framed Frosting next week as I guest post and share a DIY tutorial on making the fondant daisies.  They’ll be a piece of cake for you to make!

Fondant Daisies Chocolate Cupcakes800

I’ve also been busy on Instagram where I posted our recipe for the Best BBQ Burgers Ever.  They’re my family’s favorite every summer.  I first posted the recipe on the blog a few years ago.  This time I’ve posted the recipe on my Instagram page and Facebook to change things up.  You’ll find the recipe via the links.

the best hamburger recipe

I’ve also been preparing for the 4th of July, can you tell?

4th of July Party Decorations logo

I’m crazy over the Crate & Barrel Patriotic Party Lights and even bought the string on display!  I had to have them!  Can’t wait to add my white paper lanterns over them for a pretty glow.  I also found goodies at Sur la Table, Michaels, and Pottery Barn.

Flamingo Candles at Paper Source.  Truly.  Fabulous.  One set for me and one for a friend.

Flamingo Candles paper Source

But the best is yet to come! 

Not only did I put another candle on my birthday cake last week and celebrated from morning to night with lunch and pink martinis inbetween…

Pink Martini Birthday Lunch

… but we also welcomed Anna Grace into our family, my great-niece, the day before my birthday!

New girl in town

It’s never a dull moment come June!

See you this weekend!

“Ooh la la” Give-away Winner!

Mrs. Kindergarten, jump to the head of the class because YOU are the winner of the “Ooh la la” Give-away!  Congratulations! The winner was chosen by where I don’t think I’ve ever seen the number 1 come up before. I was so surprised.  lol! Thank you to all who entered.  I love hosting give-aways and I hope you had fun too!

“Ooh La La” Give-Away!

I’m celebrating my third blogging anniversary with a little Parisian flair.  When I recently took a French macarons baking class at Sur la Table, I found the cutest little stand-up Eiffel Tower treat bags that are tied with double-faced hot pink satin ribbon!  I knew one thing – I must have them. Okay, I knew two things.  I had to share a set with you.  And because the Eiffel Tower is much more fun when shared with others… … I… [Read More]

Winner! Winner! Winner!

Congratulations to Krista Trentham who was chosen by to be the lucky cupcake goodies give-away winner. Krista, please email me with your info. Thank you to everyone who participated in the fun! I’ll be hosting another Sur la Table give-away before Valentine’s Day with a French theme.  “Ooh la la!”

Valentine’s Cupcake Goodies Give-Away!

Recently, I took a cupcake class at Sur la Table in Newport Beach. One can always learn something new. For example, did you know there is a higher level of whipping cream other than heavy whipping cream? It’s called manufacturer’s cream. Restaurants use it. It’s 48% butter fat compared to heavy whipping cream’s 38%. When I saw the nice helper pour some into my coffee I didn’t stop her. I actually told her to keep on going! That one cup… [Read More]

Kitchen Gadget Love

My new favorite kitchen toy. Sharp & Fun. Kuhn Rikon Pink and Black Dot Paring Knife Sur la Table – also available in store