I just wanted to say thank you so much to all my followers for following me the past year and all your lovely comments it means so much to me. When i first started my blog i hoped to get 5 followers and today i have 240 i never would have imagined anyone would wanna read what i post and enjoy it. Ive had so much fun sharing with you all and as a thank you I'm going to host a giveaway for all my followers. You will be getting 6 decorated shortbread cookies and something new to my shop when i reopen a cupcake mix and decorating kit . It comes with chocolate cupcake mix ,vanilla frosting mix,cupcake wrappers and sprinkles.
How to enter : This giveaway is open to followers only. Leave a comment with the title of your favorite blog post of mine and make sure to leave your email address . Giveaway ends jan 5th ill announce the winner on the 6th!
Hey don't forget to check out my cupcake pan giveaway I'm going to extend the entry till dec 31st So go check it out and enter! http://thefancyladygourmet.blogspot.com/2009/12/cookwarecom-cupcake-pan-giveaway.html
I forewarn you this is a sorta depressing post. I wanted to do this post awhile ago but as i sit here at midnight bored tired and not filled with Christmas cheer i decided why not. For most people Christmas is a wonderful and cheerful time in the past ten years Christmas keeps getting more and more miserable. My dad started hating Christmas about 12 yrs or so ago and my mom just had no opinion really after all my older relatives died our big Christmas parties just stopped happening i tried to keep it going for a few more years but in the past few years i just kinda gave up it was like pulling teeth trying to get everyone together. Now its just something i do i don't really enjoy it and i can't wait for it to be over. Last year i spent Christmas alone this year I'm going to my dads just to make him happy i don't really care for either side of my family so id rather be without them and them frowns. Last year Christmas was really hard i was suppose to be in London for Christmas and when i ended up back in NJ alone i was rather disappointed maybe next year i can venture over by myself or convince my boyfriend to join me. The only thing i look forward to is one day when i get married having my own Christmas parties making my own family with my husband and friends and starting my own traditions. Okay enough whining here's the post .
Christmas in London a few pics i found to show how magical and beautiful it is there.
Ever since i can remember Ive loved the classic beatnik style i would love to walk around everyday in classic black skinny pants black turtle neck and beret lol. Audrey Hepburn pulled this look off once Also one of my favorite pinup artists Tyson McAdoo drew what i would call a modern day punk Beatnik I finally jumped on the polyvore bandwagon and made what i call the modern day beatnik look. I replaced the pants with a pencil skirt and the flats with some black sexy pumps and of course a cigarette holder and bongos!
Okay so this past week i have been so busy doing a million things orders presents ect here's some photos instead of typing it all. Packing up Christmas orders above(just one of them) Wrapped up presents for my friends Here's my friends adorable daughter waiting to eat the Christmas cupcake i made The gingerbread men ones are the gingerbread for the Martha Stewart cupcake challenge Greens ones are the white chocolate peppermint mocha Cookies i made for my boyfriend for his birthday party and now i have to go back to baking ...
I am finally taking a break where i won't have a million orders to do after Christmas baking and the cake convention the following weekend I will finally have some time to experiment in baking new things . I love french pastry but lately i have not had any spare time to branch out and try making anything of these sorts so I'll be experimenting with my 2 new books i ordered which i have been eyeing for months. These 2 books have recipes for their famous french macarons and amazing chocolate desserts . I can't wait to get into the kitchen and bake up all these decadent and rich desserts for all my testers (aka friends,family,boyfriend) to try . From now till Christmas i won't be posting very much but after Christmas my blog will be up and running with more daily posts and updates in my french culinary adventure and more giveaways! So in case i don't post again till after Christmas i wanna wish all my Kittens a happy holidays and also a big thank you for all your comments and support i love reading your comments !
I'm so excited for this The Addams Family Musical tickets go on sale in march for the NYC shows . I love Nathan lane but I'm not sure if i like him as Gomez and Bebe Neuworth as Morticia not so much but Ive loved the Addams family since the show when i was little so i of course have to at least go see it. I wish i had pics of when i went as Wednesday for Halloween when i was little. If you want more info here's the website theaddamsfamilymusical.com
Hey kittens sadly i won't be hosting christmas anymore so i won't have the final table pics for you but i still wanna do the last part to help finish your perfect holiday table on a budget.Napkins Lets start with napkins. You can purchase a set of ten here for only $5.50 once you have a set of plain colored cloth napkins you can use them for any occasion and use a ribbon to tie them up you can buy cheap ribbon with your holiday theme at your local craft store.
Place Card Holders You can make your own place card holders instead of buying the pricey kind. You can make the pine cones by collecting some pine cones and either painting and glittering them or just leave them plain. If you can't find pine cones outside you can normally find them at the craft store. Or what i was going to do was Christmas ornament holders the picture are the store bought ones but you can easily make them yourself. You can purchase a set of decorated balls walmart and target have some great deals on sets. You can use card stock circles glue to the bottom to stand them up and attach wire to the top to hold the paper and wallah! Your done
For me a dinner table is not done till there are pretty flowers on the table. But since ordering these flowers from marthastewart on 1-800flowers.com isn't always in the budget you can make a beautiful floral center peice by yourself.
You can start with either a metal tin $3-5 at a craft store or just a plain vase you having lying around the house. Then head to your local market or if you know of one a flower market don't confuse this with a florist a flower market is kinda like a flower it where some florists and people doing there own flowers for their weddings go to get flowers. Theres a local Italian market that sells amazing flowers for really cheap by my house. So go pick out your favorite flowers and then arrange them however you think looks best your can even paint the leaves like the picture or add holly berry from the craft store.If you think i should add anything else or wanna know any other ideas leave a comment and ill do another part tomorrow . I hope this helped and i hope everybody has a great and beautiful holiday!
So i recently request a custom apron from my favorite apron maker handmaidens cottage on etsy inspired by the adorable egg cartons in this awesome blur video above i was so excited i couldn't wait till i got it to show you so i got the pics from her shop how fantastic did this come out! i love it !!! I'm going to do the last of Christmas shopping tonight wish me luck lol
One of the lovely contributers to our holiday gift basket was Farnum Ink . You can find adorable plushies and paintings in her shop . They are also eco friendly! Great for a gift for the little one or just a cute friend for around the house . You can find her shop on etsy www.farnumink.etsy.com and check out her blog to farnuminkprandmarketing.blogspot.com
I should have thought of this earlier but i figured id give it a try now. Were going to have a cookie swap open to us residents only since the shipping time is limited. You are to send 6 cookies of your favorite recipe along with the recipe to your partner . Last day to sign up is the 15th you will get your partners the 16th and have 4 days to send them out so by the 20th. Just send me an email to email@example.com with your address i hope to get at least 5-10 people so don't be afraid to sign up this should be fun!!
I have always been a believer in ghosts and the paranormal ever since i was little. It all started in my old house my grandpa built about 65 years ago. My bedroom had a random window in it that went into another room and every night when i went to bed i always would see a door appear next to it. When i was older and had moved out i asked why there was a window there and my mom told me the front door used to be next to it and they added on the room i had never know that it gave me chills. When i was about 20 the scariest thing happened to me after breaking up with a creepy b/f who claimed to be into Santeria and claimed he had demons. The first sign something was wrong was my cat Lucifer started acting weird hissing at nothing and started sleeping by me every night and always following me around everywhere out of nowhere. One morning i was laying in bed when i tried to get up i couldn't move or scream nothing and it felt like something was ontop on me holding me down and choking my cat ran over started freaking out and all of a sudden and it stopped and i could move and breathe it was the scariest thing thats ever happened to me. A friends mother came to my house and told me someone had put a demon on me to hurt me i thought she was nuts but after she did some weird things everything stopped and nothing ever happened like that again. I may sound crazy but everthing i said happened to me .
I wanna hear your stories anything weird of anything out of the ordinary tell me your story. I looked up some pics to find those strange photos of ghosts showing up in pics heres 2 i found i liked best feel free to share any you have or found online. In 1959, Mrs. Mabel Chinnery was visiting the grave of her mother in a British churchyard and took a photo of her husband, who was waiting alone in the car. When the film was developed, Mrs. Chinnery recognized the image of her mother in the backseat - the woman whose grave they had visited on that day. A photo expert examined it for a British newspaper and declared the photo to be authentic.
The best haunted house Ive ever been to was the Winchester mystery house now it looks like a tourist trap since its across from a giant mall but when it was first built it was a majestic place. It was built by the daughter heir to the Winchester riffle fortune she visited a psychic who told her all the spirits of the people killed by the guns were haunting her the only way to avoid them was to build a giant house to confuse them they built doors that open to the outside that drop 2 floors doors to walls and stair cases that lead to the ceiling its an amazing place to visit if your ever in San Jose California
Hi kittens Cookware.com contacted me about doing a giveaway for you guys on my blog and i also get to do a review I'm super excited for this. You guys will get a chance to win this
A part of the Gourmet collection from Kaiser, the 12-Cup Muffin Pan is a high-quality, classic baking pan perfect for muffins and cupcakes. It provides even and gentle heat distribution for consistent browning and baking. The two layer non-stick interior and exterior coating eliminates the need for flouring the pan. Also, your baked goods release with a smooth crumb and the pan is simple to clean!
Even heat distribution
Two layer non-stick interior and exterior coating
Oven safe up to 450 F degrees
This will be perfect for a little extra Christmas gift for yourself. Cookware.com also has a sister store allmoderndesign.com for all you guys looking for home stuff. They have some great dining room furniture which will be included in an upcoming home decor post.
How to Enter: Become a follower of my blog and go to cookware.com and tell me your must have item for holiday baking this year make sure to leave your email address! Extra Entries Refer friend to follow my blog and get 3 extra entries! Blog about this get 3 extra entries Tweet or facebook get one extra entry Purchase any item off cookware.com and get 10 extra entries!! Giveaway Ends Dec 25th 2009 Winner will be announced Dec 26th