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Boost! The Liebster Award

8 May

I am much less than a casual blogger. I have aspirations of grandeur related to my abilities of consistency when it comes to posting. And while I have much to write about these days, I find myself hesitant. So thank goodness for Scarlett over at Pretty Pinteresting!! She’s given me just the push I need (in more ways than one!) to get writing and blogging.

Scarlett has graciously nominated me for The Liebster Award. The Liebster Award is an accolade passed around by bloggers with less than 500 followers. It’s a way to give bloggers an exposure boost! Liebster is a German term of endearment that translates to  sweetheart, beloved, or darling. My German/Lithuanian heart loves this more than you could know 😉

Liebster Award

To accept the award, a blogger must:

  • Make a post about the award, thanking the blogger that nominated you.
  • State 11 interesting facts about yourself.
  • Answer the 11 questions asked by the blogger that nominated you.
  • Nominate 11 new bloggers with 500 or less followers 
  • Write 11 new questions for your nominees.

SO! 11 interesting things about me……. Let’s see.

1. I REALLY love rainbows. I am passing this obsession on to my children, whether they like it or not. 

My OCD Manifestation

2. I am deathly afraid of clowns. Deathly. Number 1 fear. I will touch any creep, crawly creature, but keep the clowns away from me. 

3. Almost all of my best friends name’s start with L. Almost. Seriously Calla and Borowko, get your crap together. 

4. Tulips are my favourite flower. Koukenhof, Holland

5. I will take any excuse possible to spend time in the city.Summertime in Vancouver

6. But I grew up on Country music and revel in long drives on back roads with the wind in my hair. 

7. I have a Degree in English Literature and an extended Minor in Visual Arts. I dream about doing my Masters in either Children’s Literature or Art History. Smarty Pants!

8. To date, I have completed two full, and one half walking marathons. Legitimately crazy.

9. I am desperately passionate about the plight orphans around the world and yet am often crippled by my own passion and desire to make a difference. Where do you even start? Also, does anyone have Bono’s phone number? I am suppose to work with him on this and also to address the issue of the eradication of HIV/AIDS. I have big dreams.

10.  I currently have 5 part time jobs. Mama be hustlin’! 

11. My kids are honestly the coolest, funniest and most loving people I know. I take absolutely no credit for this. 

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And now the lovely Ms. Scarlett’s questions…..

What is your favourite Colour? Yellow!! 

What is the longest line you have ever stood in? The line to get into the General Admission Floor space at the 360 Degree U2 show in Vancouver. Several hours in the rain. Totally worth it! 

Stupidest question that people ask you? But why would you adopt if you know you can have your own kids?

Oreos or Ice cream? Ice cream!! Until my lactose intolerance flares up and I immediately regret that decision.

The best vacation you have ever taken? There have been very few up until now. Soooo….. my honeymoon in Hawaii!! So warm and relaxing.

Hotel or camping? Both! 

Your ideal day is? Spent with my family, involves healthy but delicious food, some exercise both physically and mentally, allows some room for creativity and meaningful conversations that enrich and feed my soul.

If you had your last meal, what would it be? Ah!! So tough….. my recent favourite is the Beet Salad and Pulled Pork Poutine at Bistro 72. This and a very expensive and well aged bottle of red.

Blogging or video blog? Blogging, for sure. I think my personality translates better in written word. At least, that’s what I’m hoping…..

What is the one secret you never wanted to tell anyone? Hmmm, I try very hard not to keep secrets. They lead to nothing good. Wait!! Maybe how much money I’ve spent on tattoos….. J-Sauce can only guess at this point 😉

The best business advice you were ever given? There is a difference between your professional life and your actual life. Be careful with where you place that line. I’m continually striving to become a more professional person in my business life. 

So now I nominate…..

What Would Audrey Wear?         Kids of the King       When I Eat       Lesley Stefanski       Full Time Life      Becoming Daily

 Straight Up Sisters         Amanda and Stephen     Tootsy Pops       Seeking Savhannah         The Smithographers

And my Questions to you:

Favourite Movie?

Favourite Band?

Favourite Book?

Wildest Dream?

What’s stopping you from pursuing that Dream?

Winter or Summer?

Cupcakes or Macarons?

Signature Fashion Staple?

Who is your Hero?

What is your greatest Fear?

If you could start and fund a charity tomorrow, what would it be?

Enjoy the Boost my lovely Liebsters! Happy Blogging!

SPECIAL MENTION: Red Dog Blue Kat, who snuck in under the wire.

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Cupcake Tattoos ~ Chapter Three

27 Aug

As I prepare to head in tomorrow for some new ink (nope, still not a cupcake!) I thought it might be time to share some more delicious cupcakey tattoos!

 

Cupcakey Sleeves

A Full Cupcake Sleeve

Footy Cupcakes

Pretty Cupcake Perfection

Bling Cupcake

Bright colours, jewels and skulls? I’m sold!

Found any cupcake tattoo inspiration you want to share? Let me know! I can’t get enough of these beauties 🙂

Country Wedding Cupcakes

25 Aug

Remember when I use to write about cupcakes? And the name of my blog made sense? Yeah, me either. But around here we do still love cupcakes with all of our hearts and I definitely still make cupcakes for almost every occasion we attend.

This last weekend J-Sauce and I had the privilege of watching one of my childhood friends exchange vows with the love of her life. To add to this special day, I was asked to bake all of the bride and groom’s favourite flavours into some delicious cupcakes and wedding cake. This was a first for me. And while I was extremely honored, I was also slightly terrified.

So I set to work over two days to create 100 cupcakes in three unique flavours.

Chocolate Sour Cream with Peanut Butter Frosting

Lemon with Pink Lemonade Cream Cheese Frosting

Coconut with Lime Cream Cheese Frosting

I think they turned out alright. And while I do wish to continue to build my skills in decorating and presentation, they did all taste amazing! That’s the most important thing, right? Here’s a quick look at the finished product!

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Congratulations Mr. & Mrs. W! Thank you so much for allowing us to be apart of your special day. Wishing you a life of happiness, joy, love and cupcakes!

Does this mean I’m open for business now? Who knows. But I sure do love cupcakes!

Thanksgiving Cupcakes with Candy Melts Decorations

15 Oct

Fall is here and with it comes…. HOLIDAYS!! One of my favourite holidays is Thanksgiving. Beautiful colours, delicious food, time spent with friends and family and time to reflect on all the amazing blessings in my life. That and it is kind of like pre-Christmas 😉

Like most big family holidays, I had the pleasure of making cupcakes for dessert after the big feast. This year I went for two of my tried and true recipes, Chocolate Sour Cream and Pumpkin Spice, both with Cream Cheese Frosting. However, this is not a post about my amazing cupcakes with other-worldly frosting. Rather I would like to share with you about my newest creations…. Candy Melts Decorations!!

No cupcake is complete without a little something special on top to set it apart from all the other mundane, so-so, everyday average cupcakes out there. (I don’t really believe this. A lot of my cupcakes are perfectly wonderful without a flag or sprinkles.) But holiday cupcakes do deserve a little extra. So I experimented a little.

Using the Wilton’s Candy Melts in Dark Chocolate and Orange (which are vanilla flavoured) I created these!

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Those look extra special, right? (Even if they don’t, just smile and nod for my ego’s sake.) And now you want to know how you can make your own, yes?!?!

What You Will Need:

Wilton’s Candy Melts (in whatever colour or flavour your little heart desires)

Wilton’s Disposable Decorating Bags or similar product (I’m sure a Ziploc bag would work just as well)

Silpat Baking Mat or parchment paper (the Silpat does a fantastic job of keeping the decorations from sticking)

How to Make:

Following the directions for heating the Candy Melts on the package, place the Melts inside a clean decorating bag. I twisted the top of my bag closed just in case they melted a little too quickly and decided to ooze all over my microwave.

Make sure to heat the melts on no more than 50% Power in your microwave. I once made the mistake of heating them on 100% and they burned inside the bag, created a small hole on the side of the bag and when I went to grab it, I burned myself 😦 Be very careful. Heat the melts in 30 seconds rounds, giving the bag a little squish to test the meltiness of the melts between each round. (Do you like all my technical jargon today?) I typically need around three to four rounds before everything is completely melted.

Once everything is nice and melted inside the bag (and not all over your hands!), cut a small opening at the tip of the bag to begin decorating.

Here is where you can let your imagination run wild!! Use the Candy Melts to create whatever you would like to adorn your lovely cupcakes. If you are unsure of your decorative abilities, place a guide or stencil under the Silpat to follow. I free handed my little Pumpkins and Maple Leafs, allowing each one to be unique.

The thicker the line you squeeze out, the sturdier your decorations will be. If the lines are too fine, the decorations make crack or fall apart as you remove them from the mat.

If the melts begin to re-harden inside the bag, you may get small lumps as you work. I simply squeeze mine out into the sink as I go, but you could reheat the melts for another 30 seconds.

Once you have creative your beautiful and elegant or wild and crazy designs, allow them to cool on the Silpat until they are completely hard. I let mine sit for about an hour, although they were probably hard after about 20 minutes. Carefully peel the mat out from each decoration to remove them.

Now you are free to decorate your delicious cupcakes with crowning glory!! You can thank me for all the oohs and aahhs you receive upon serving them 😉

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Cupcake Tattoos ~ Chapter Two

29 Aug

Given the cupcake love I saw after the first post of tattoo loveliness, I figured it was time to take another look! So here we go…

Simple and colourful…

Colourful and tasty…

And more than one to enjoy!

Delicious. Stay tuned for more cupcake tattoos!

If you have any super delicious cupcake tattoos or tattoo ideas, e-mail them to me to be featured in a future post. cupcakegardenshop@gmail.com