Sunday, March 30, 2008

New Firsts!

Had a couple weddings this weekend - and some new venues that I had not yet been too... both unique and unexpected!

First was Mary Jo and Austin's reception, which was being held downtown, at the Dallas World Aquarium. I had no idea the aquarium was set up to hold such events... I loved it! It was completely unexpected (I was thinking... humid, noisy)... quite the contrary - it was beautiful! Views of lush foliage, waterfalls, very tropical. They had a tropical destination wedding, so this suited them. The bride designed her cake, I hope she liked it! (Turtles on the grooms cake was requested by the groom!)

Then was Lindsay and Clarks reception, which was being held at the Performing Arts Center at the historic Collin County Courthouse in downtown McKinney. Again... I was not aware they held private events at the PAC! ...I loved it! It has that majestic historic feeling... old maple floors, exposed brick, lots of windows and cozy little rooms. Even with a large guest count, with all that space, it felt very intimate. (I unfortunately had to leave before the flowers arrived for the cake- I hope they came out pretty!)

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Crazy About Cupcakes!

Cupcakes are all the rage! Specialty cupcake shops are popping up everywhere!

Who doesn't love a cupcake? They're little bites of delicious goodness, wrapped up and ready to go!

Cupcakes are also quickly becoming very popular in leau of wedding cakes these days.... They can be served alone, or combined with a small wedding cake, for a whimsicle and less-than-traditional reception.

If you love cupcakes - set your TiVos next week for The Martha Stewart Show.... beginning Monday, is "cupcake week"! Tune in for some tasty recipies and design ideas!

Martha's also on the hunt for the cutest cupcake idea! You can enter to win the "custest cupcake" contest! If you need some inspiration? ....check out these books or go to my favorite sites: or for some of the cutest cupcakes and delicious recipies!

Sunday, March 16, 2008

A few new cakes to post...

Aubrey's wedding cake... all various square cakes iced in vanilla buttercream and green ribbon borders. Various lilies and roses decorated the tops.

Grooms cake designed after his favorite hobby! Chocolate fudge cake w/ chocolate buttercream icing. Cake was covered in chocolate fondant, and all details are fondant. (I wished I had a better picture, this came out a little fuzzy...) Big fat chocolate dipped berries added the final touch!

Bananas and berries!

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Food TV - Challenge

Since I've been out of town for several days, I had my TiVo set for a couple Food TV Cake Challenges that were on... So I caught up with them last night (2 Challenges and an Ace of Cakes episode! "Whoo-hoo!") OK, so for those of you who frequent my blog, and are closet cake addicts! ...check out the new Challenges on Food TV! There's a "Dr. Suess" cake competition, which The Cake Girls (of Chicago) won - their cake was awesome! (I have a link to their website on my blog page) - I absolutely love their clean elegant style! Then there was a "baby shower" Challenge, and a young (guy) cake designer won - and for the life of me, can't remember his name. Beautiful cake though! Check out the Food TV schedule for the next showing to air - and see what goes into making these amazing, edible, and creative works of art!!

Monday, March 10, 2008

Thank you Angel Fire!

We had an awesome weekend up in the mountains! Angel Fire had a foot of new snow the evening before we arrived - ski conditions couldn't have been better and we beat the spring breakers, no one was there!

What a view! The snow capped mountain in the backround is Wheeler Peak, elevation 13K feet.

Matt spent the first half day, teaching Jake how to snowboard... not as easy as it looks, but he totally had it by lunch time! After spending most of the day falling on his butt (and his head), he opted to ski the remaining two days (which he's awesome at! ...I can't keep up with him!)

Looks impressive, hu?! Just after this shot of Matt, he totally bit it! Champ enjoyed the snow for short moments... wasn't a fan of the cold white stuff!
Gas: $260... Equipment rental: $175... Lift tickets: $618... Spending a ski weekend with my family... priceless!

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Checkin' Out!

No posts for a few days... we're heading off to Angelfire, NM for a ski weekend! This is where I'll be... ridin' up the Chile Express! What a view!

Snow forcasted for today and tomorrow, sunny and in the 30s for the weekend - perfect spring skiing weather!

Peace out and checkin' out!

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Where am I?

McKinney, Texas!
Woke up this morning to a beautiful blanket of snow - simply gorgeous! Jake was up and outside by 7:00am! School was delayed this morning by 2 hours, so he got some snowball playin' time in! Forecast today calls for a high of 58 - though beautiful - it's short lived!

Monday, March 3, 2008

My weekend...

Just a few photo's from cakes this weekend... a beautiful red and white cake, fo Sarah and Greg's wedding (Greg is a Carrollton firefighter). Missed two other wedding cake pictures this weekend, due to "camera issues"! (Margie, and Ashley - send photo's if you have 'em!)

Also a cute little birthday cake for Ebby Halliday (who turned 97!)

We got back from Austin last night, for Matt's award presentation at the capital. A quick trip, but had a great time (how can you not have a great time in Austin!) The awards ceremony was very nice, we were so proud of Matt and his accomplishment! (We just found out last week, another piece of his was selected to go to "state" in April!)

Way to go Matt!