Friday, October 18, 2013

Take the time to smell the flowers

My mother loves to garden, she is definitely has a green thumb. She plants those flower beds and gardens that people stop by on there way to admire her works.

For as long as I can remember my mother's flower beds were works of art. If you asked her what her favorite flower was she would probably answer, "all of them" :)

But there is one that is at the top of the list, lilacs. No what matter were we lived she always grew lilacs.


I can understand why she likes lilacs so much, they so fragrant, beautiful and don't require a lot of maintenance.

~Just a few of the lilac bushes around the house~

She has grown all types of flower; Roses, Daisies, Sweet Williams, Dahlias, (my personal favorite )and many more.

She puts such time and care into her gardening. You could look anytime and never find a single weed or you'd find her bent over weeding. 

Beautiful Rose
When we celebrated my mother 65th birthday I wanted to make a very special cake. I knew exactly what I theme it would be Flower Garden. My mom loved her cake, it was a 'Gardener's Paradise' birthday cake. 

Gumpaste Daffodils
All decorations are made for gumpaste/fondant

The cake was flowery and beautiful,for a mom that is beautiful. Her flowers add a little colour and joy to the world each year and every year I "take the time to smell the flowers".

~Happy 65th Birthday Mother~

With Love,
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Saturday, January 26, 2013

Top 5 posts of 2012

Well the best way to wrap up the first month of a New Year is to recap the highlights of 2012. So here they are the top 5 posts of 2012. 

I made these cake pops for a friend's birthday. I love cake pops because: 
1. They are small &  super cute 
2. It's just like a cake but smaller so you can enjoy 1 or 2... 
3. Not as time consuming to make as a cake :)

Happy Birthday!

I'm so glad that this recipe made it the Top 5 posts because this is the best sugar cookie recipe ever!! It never fails, it's easy to make and  it's so yummy! I've made this recipe so many times I actually remember the recipe to heart. If there is only one recipe you'd choose to try, make it this one. There is no better time than now to try them, I'm sure someone you love would like some Valentine's Day Sugar Cookies!!

Alton Brown's Sugar Cookie Recipe is the Best!!

I made these sugar cookies, using the sugar cookie recipe above, for my friend's sweet little girl's 2nd birthday party. I made my own cookie template for Dora's face.  I got the idea to make a plastic cookie templates. Now I hand cut cookies using templates for those cookies that you just need to make but can't find the right cookie cutter. She has an awesome tutorial for making SweetSugarBelle Lego Heads, if you click on the link it will take you there. Actually I made the Lego heads and the cookie template worked so well that it has become my new go to. I've used this technique so often and I love it! It saves me money and space. I have so much cookie cutter clutter and still find myself not having one that I'm looking for so I just make one.

 Dora the Explorer

With Valentine's day right around the corner, these mini roses would be a pretty addition to any cookie and cupcake. Made them from scratch or just spruce up some store bought ones either way your loved ones will be so impressed. What a great way to show someone how much they mean to you. 

I use these mini roses all the time. It's a great way to use up any leftover fondant, place them in mini ziploc baggies to keep fresh, they last a very long time but rarely do :) 

And the top post of 2012 is....

I mention earlier that I had made these using SweetSugar Belle Lego Head's template, it was the first time I tried this technique. I've been hooked since. I love the fact that I can make my own free cookie templates anytime. 

I made these Lego Head for a sweet boy named Matteo. He was turning 6 years old and had a Lego theme party. All the kiddos got these cookies as party favors. This year Matteo had a Sponge Bob Square Pants theme Birthday party. 

  I made Sponge Bob heads and Patrick cookies for party favors. I used the cookie template to make Patrick. I always look forward to making Matteo's cookie favours, it keeps me young & hip, even though I usually have to Google the subject to find out what it is. Okay I'm not young and hip but I get to live vicariously through the cookies, cupcakes, cake pops and cakes I make for all the kids. That's my story and I'm sticking to it! 

Sponge Bob Square Pants & Patrick~

Sponge Bob


Thanks to all of you for taking the time to visit my blog. Hopefully you found a recipe or two that you made and enjoyed. I've been busy in kitchen, this year, and I hope you stop by to check out my new creations. 

Thanks for stopping by,

With Love,


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