Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Christmas Wrapup

Okay i know its after Christmas but Ive been so busy and then got snowed in for 2 days in which i should have been blogging but i was napping lol which is very unlike me lol.
For Christmas Day I helped my mom cook dinner for l5 people i made this cupcake tower for the table . I was going to make canolis but i messed up the filling note to anyone who is going to make them do not over beat, that wasn't in the directions and i did lol.

My tree

I made tons of cookies for Christmas but these were my favorite of all you can see the rest on my flickr.

I made about 15 cookie baskets for gifts in an effort to save some money and get all my Christmas ideas into cookie form lol

I was pretty much running around getting everything ready for a few days but a belated Merry Christmas to all!!!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Cupcake Girls... Rant

Warning! This is a rant so im warning you now lol.
I'm sitting here making fondant snowflakes for Christmas cupcakes and i turn of this show cupcake girls they are in Canada. This show majorly pisses me off ,these 2 girls decided to open up a cupcake shop but they can't bake! WTF "Oh we like cupcakes lets open a shop and hire other people to do it for us" Honestly i find that insane . Also unfair to people who work hard at baking and can't get their own shops. Also they have a wedding cake decorator who doesn't know how to make cakes , I didn't even know that was possible lol. This episode their whole staff quit on them and they have all this work to do and no bakers so they have to do it themselves but they don't know what they are doing lol. If they were actual bakers they could have picked up the slack really easily themselves but no . They are complaining soo much because they had to stay up all night baking do you know how many times i have done that and all my lovely baker friends have done the same on a daily basis its something that comes with the territory. They don't even wake up early to come into the shop the one girl was complaining about getting up at 7 am lol.
Dear WE channel you guys should have a show on a bakery whose owners can actually bake there are so many great cupcake shops out there who would have an amazing show .
This is just my opinion as a baker you don't have to agree with me lol.
End Rant!

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Money Saving Gift Wrap Idea

So everyone knows these days saving money is the best way to go so i thought id share a fun idea for gift wrap. I myself don't like traditional Christmas wrapping paper .
Here's a great way to save some money buy a jumbo roll of a pattern that is a regular pattern ,Nashville wraps has some awesome prints and a 24 x100 roll for $16.
All you have to do is change the ribbon ,tags,and embellishments for each holiday.
Here is what i did for Christmas this year i can use for birthdays or other holidays as well.

Sorry for the bad lighting on the picture lol if you have any questions feel free to leave a comment below.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Holiday Cookie Winner!!

The winner is.... Cupcake Activist! I've already gotten in touch with her so she will get her cookies by Christmas . Sorry for the late post my net was down yesterday
Congrats! and thank you everyone that entered there will be another cookie giveaway starting in January so keep checking back for more info.
I'm almost finished with all my Christmas cookie gifts for everyone , i have 2 more baskets of decorated cookies to do and this weekend ill be making peanut butter cookies and am going to try making pillow cookies recipe by bakerella they looks awesome. Next week will be time for baking and cooking for Christmas day ,were having people over for dinner. On the menu will be turkey ,ham,baked ziti,mashed potatoes,sweet potatoes,stuffing,and other sides. For dessert cupcakes (not sure what flavor yet),homemade canolis(first time making them,and chocolate cream pie lol. I'll also be learning how to make perogies for my boyfriend he loves them so ya lots and lots of cooking!!
Sooo tell me what is every ones week next week looking like??

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Etsy NJ Team Featured Shops

I decided to feature some etsy shop from some fellow NJ etsy sellers ,there are some great shops to check out especially for Christmas shopping.

To make it easier to get to the shop link just click the picture and it will take you there!

Happy Shopping!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Holiday Cookie Giveaway

Okay cookie giveaway time!
One lucky winner will win a half dozen holiday cookies in a gift box by me The Fancy Lady Gourmet!

Star of David Cookies

The best part is you get to pick Christmas cookies, snowflakes,or Hanukkah cookies so there is something for everybody!

To enter be a follower of my blog and leave a comment with your choice that you would like and also your email please don't forget to leave your email.

For an extra entry you can follow me on twitter leave a separate comment

Giveaway is open internationally and ends Dec 15Th and i will pick a winner the next day.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Model controversy lets discuss lol

Todays hot topic Too thin models yes or no?

I was on yahoo news and i read the article on the new winner of Americas next top model. Personally i haven't watched that show in awhile but reading the comments i decided this would be a great topic .Above is a picture of the girl who won yes she is super thin she claims to be naturally that thin alot of people are saying there is no way thats possible. I have a friend Ive know since i was 5 and she has always been scary skinny since that age to now and she eats alot some people are just built that way. Someone commented that its a bad image for teenage girls normally i would say yes if it was say a regular tv show but its a modeling show and lets be honest its pretty rare that normal sized girls become runway models so i don't think its that bad it more realistic. I do agree that most runway models are not pretty , there are some beautiful ones but most i see are pretty strange looking but really skinny. I'm on both sides of the topic i don't wanna see sick girls modeling but i don't think you should talk trash on this girl if she really is naturally skinny . To skinny or to big both sides get hell for it.

Personally i think models should just look like Adriana Lima lol

she has a beautiful face she thin but not bones shes got a butt and has boobs in my eyes shes perfect lol picture of her below

So everyone lets talk what do you think ?say it all!!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Its been awhile ..

Its been awhile since i posted anything I've been kinda out of it and in a funk lately and haven't been in the mood to blog plus i haven't been feeling well lately bad migraines and getting randomly dizzy is no fun.
I feel like i don't know what to do with myself lately now that I can't do the large orders i had been doing i was always soo busy i hate not being busy.
I think after Christmas i will look for a job at a bakery the school I'm looking at requires 6 months working in one to get in. Before i do that i really should take a well deserved vacation i hate the holidays these days so i will really need one after they are over.
Everyone is getting cookies this year for Christmas since I'm trying to save money but I'm going to pack everything up really nice so hopefully nobody will be disappointed.
I used to love the holidays now they just depress me maybe one day when i have my own house and can have my own holiday party's i will find it fun again.
Enough rambling though i started early on designs for Christmas/holiday cookies so i will share.

Off to bed now night kittens...

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Shoes to die for..

Okay these might be a little outrageous but i am in love with these boots to bad they are sold out everywhere and $1500 bucks a girl can dream right?
These are Stella Mccartney boots

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Keepin Warm in style

I'm a scarf addict to say the least lol My awesome friend Sara and favorite penpal has an etsy shop with some super cute scarves and other items to keep warm this winter season . We did a trade cookies for a scarf and i got this fantastic scarf and its so soft to i love it!

Heres some other great stuff from her shop

Go check out her etsy shop here for some great stuff to keep warm

Thursday, November 4, 2010

My boston trip aka boston bust!

A few weekends ago i went to Boston to check out a culinary school i was so excited i thought i would really love Boston. I woke up at 4 am and drove the 4 hours with my mom which i was awake the whole time not fun! We got there and went to the open house after the tour we went to the power point presentation which i learned they only offered a 9 month certificate class in pastry LAME! $22,000 for a certificate no thank you. So we snuck out early like the bad kids in class we were lol. We then drove into Harvard square to explore i wanted to go to the cupcake place and it looked like a great shopping area online. Well the Internet will fool you the stores are all over the place and the traffic was like being in NYC there were lots of really nice old buildings but not really what i expected from the area . We decided to just to the cupcake place since it was the only place we could find so after 25 min of driving around trying to find parking(ps its one ways everywhere so you can't turn around) we gave up and headed for the hotel . The hotel was 40 min away in some random town we went to some stores around there nothing special.
The next day we went to sturbridge village on the way home it was cute next time ill go inside not just the gift shop lol Anyway now im on the search for another school here .Above are the pictures i took

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Peanut Butter Brownies & Recipe

I made these delicious milk chocolate peanut butter brownies yesterday for my boyfriend . These came out so good i wanted to share my recipe with you all!

Milk chocolate Brownies:
1 stick of unsalted butter
1 Cup and a hand full of ghiradelli milk chocolate chip
(these can be substitute with dark or semi sweet)
1 1/2 cups of sugar
4 eggs
1 tablespoon of quality vanilla extract
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup of all purpose flour
Melt chocolate and chopped butter over a double boiler
Take off heat and stir in sugar let cool 10-15 min
Add eggs one at a time then vanilla salt and flour
Mix well and pour into your baking sheet
Bake at 350 for 30-45 min depending on the size of the pan 45 min if the pan is thicker
Let cool stick in the fridge
Grab a jar of your favorite peanut butter and spread all over the top not to thick
Stick back in the fridge for an hour
Ganache /Glaze
2 table spoons of butter
2 oz of chocolate
Double boiler and stir thoroughly
take off heat and spread onto the peanut butter topped brownies
stick back in the fridge to harden
To serve let come to room temperature nobody wants cold brownies lol
Eat and Enjoy!!
If you have any questions leave a comment and ill get back to you

Saturday, October 9, 2010

In the Dark

(Not my picture above found it online)
Okay warning this is a bit of a rant lol
I loveee horror movies but i have a bone to pick with the movies made in the last 2 years or so.
They are all in the DARK!!! You can't ever see what the hell is going on its doesn't make i more scary people its scarier when you can see the blood and gore its just annoying !!
Think back to the movie scream for example there are no parts of that movie in the dark so you can't see . Can we please start making movies using light again!
Has anyone else noticed these and annoyed by it?

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Halloween Cookie Giveaway!!

Happy Early Halloween!!
Time for a giveaway!
One winner will get a dozen custom halloween cookies from me.
Open to us residents only .
To enter be a follower of my blog and leave a comment with what kind of cookies you would like if you won, please don't choose from the designs i already have this is your chance to create your own!
Please don't forget to leave your email address so i can get in touch with you.
Giveaway Starts today and ends oct 15th i will announce the winner oct 18th and get started on your cookies so you will get them in time for halloween.
Good Luck

here are some of the designs ive done so far this year

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Halloween cookies pre order

Since cutting back on the orders this Halloween i will be taking only one Halloween cookie order .
So I'm offering up the slot to my blog followers you can create a custom dozen of anything you can dream of . If your interested please leave a comment with your email so i can email you. Please only comment if your serious price will depend on the design.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Sealed in Wax

I love snail mail and adore the days when you would write letters to the one you loved or family and friends. I love the letters they would seal in wax makes them look more elegant. I recently started doing this with my penpals and found some places online where you can fun stuff so i thought id share.

This wax above is from an etsy shop that sells eco friendly wax and is pretty to !

The bottom 2 pics are from Barnes and Noble online comes with the seal and one stick of wax
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