Saturday, May 30, 2009

A Job Well Done

Whew! May has gone by in a blink. A month not known for a large number of weddings in the past, this year's was full of birthdays, anniversaries, congratulations, as well as weddings. I might not be given a trophy for a job well done, but today's birthday boy

Saturday, May 23, 2009


If you have just gotten some new shoes, it follows that you should now have a new purse. And if the shoes were Jimmy Choos, shouldn't the purse be Louis Vuitton?

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Shoes and Sweets

Tony called recently to have me make his wife, Staci, a birthday cake. The usual questions of favorites resulted in a fun response:"she loves shoes, especially high heels and running shoes. Oh, and she LOVES candy." Okay, I can work with that.
We started the candy theme on the inside with coconut cake and bittersweet ganache as a nod to Mound's Bars. For the outside, I hit the internet for Jimmy Choo and Manolo Blahnik, Asics and Nike. Add some fondant Skittles and Hershey's Kisses and it's a hit!

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Moveable Feast

Open Arms of Minnesota celebrated it's 5th annual fund raiser, Moveable Feast, at the Golden Valley Country Club on Thursday. Always a sumptuous feast for eyes and palate, I was able to both attend the gala as well as contribute. Nancy Benedict, event director, asked me if I might be interested in contributing when we chatted at TCBA's Love is a Cure in February. Of course I said yes.
Tiffany had planned a mystery table of gifts and I was asked to create 40 "gift boxes". Think cake walk with the signature Tiffany Blue and White Ribbon. 40 cakes, 7 sizes, 7 flavor combinations, 3 days, 40 pounds of fondant. There were cakes everywhere! A couple more square feet of car space would have been nice.
I grabbed a quick photo with Nancy and Kevin Winge, Executive director, but Jennifer Van Wyk, Deputy Director was elusive. Now, what can I do next year?

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Triumph and Tragedy

I have a couple of flower beds and some pots I fill every season. My philosophy is survival of the fittest. If the plants really want to thrive, they need to do it in spite of me.
I admit to pushing the planting season a bit this past week. I just needed it to be spring, so I did some splitting and planted my pots.
Well, success is never guaranteed, thus the triumph/ tragedy label for my efforts. So far the pots are committed to living. The same can not be said about my Echinacea. It seems to be a bit unhappy about being moved.
It's a good thing I make my living with frosting!