Friday, March 21, 2014

Jayhawk Cupcakes

What's a girl to do when her team makes the Big Dance? For me, it's make cupcakes, of course. It's pretty sweet to be a Jayhawk. 

The cupcakes are vanilla with cream cheese frosting. The blue and white polka dot cupcake liners and the KU pennant toppers are both from Sweet! Baking & Candy Making Supply.

If you're not from Kansas, it might be hard to understand the obsession with Jayhawk basketball. Be sure to read The Rules Of The Game and it will put it all in perspective. It's all about heart. Oh, and history. Lots of it.

Rock Chalk! 

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Vancouver — Thierry Chocolaterie Patisserie Cafe

Happy National Macaron Day!

The handcrafted chocolates, sweets, and other confections at Thierry in Vancouver would make even the finest of Paris pâtisseries do a double take. This passionfruit mousse with gel ée (jelly) with white genoise (simple sponge cake) lined with mini-macarons and a raspberry on top made my heart skip a beat. Isn't she a beauty? This was the perfect late night treat alongside a glass of bubbly. 

The decadent Liquid Chocolate is dark chocolate served warm. Throughout it's rich cultural history the purpose of this drink is to "warm the soul." Brian enjoyed it sans dessert (although he let me have a few sips after his soul was warmed, of course). 

If you're in downtown Vancouver, this is your must-stop sweets shop. It's a lovely cafe that's open until midnight to satisfy your late-night sweet tooth cravings.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Liquid Nitrogen Infused Margarita at Stampede 66 — Happy National Margarita Day!

It's the perfect Dallas day, which means there's nothing better than setting up shop on a nice patio and drinking a margarita or two. Since I have quite a bit of work to do for the new business I'm launching soon (more about this on my next post), so unfortunately I won't be out and about soaking in these beautiful pre-spring temperatures, or enjoying margaritas for that matter. But, for those of you who can take advantage of being out and about this weekend, you should partake in National Margarita Day.

My most recent margarita was at Stephan Pyles' Stampede 66. It's made table side witches brew style, with liquid nitrogen whisked together quickly, Patron, lime, prickly pear, and topped with candied jalapenos. For $18, you definitely pay for the show, but sometimes the show makes it all worth it. It's like Guacamole Live from On The Border for fancy grown ups.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Monday Motivation — Presidential Words of Wisdom

In my countless number of quotation books, when it comes to presidential quotes, it's always Lincoln who has the most meaningful ones that I connect with. I like the quote below for it's simplistic message that ties into a previous Monday Motivation. 

Illustration by Mary Kate McDevitt

So true, Honest Abe. The power of positive thinking is truly a life-changer, I tell ya. I'm sure George Washington would agree, too. It's impossible not to be happy when if you have gold-plated lips, right? You can buy him at Jonathan Adler.  

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Crafting — Heart Art

In an effort to live by the mantra "less is more" and rid myself of any possible borderline hoarding tendencies, I realized that something must be done with all of the greeting cards I've saved throughout the years. As someone who loves selecting greeting cards and spending good money on them, it was really difficult to think of simply just throwing away all of the ones I have personally received. However, there are several unorganized boxes that have accumulated and they are just sitting in the closet gathering dust. That's definitely not the type of feng shui I'm trying to achieve here.

I decided to make our wedding cards into the craft art that you see above. Using a 1" heart punch, a glue stick, linen paper, and a frame from Michaels, I took a little piece from all of our sweet cards and made them into something that I can appreciate every day.

What do you do with greeting cards? Pitch them or keep them? Have you made any creative projects with your cards? 

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Treats — Olympic Sugar Cookies

Is anyone else looking forward to cozying up on the couch to watch Olympians get their luge and triple axel game on in Sochi? Here are some sugar cookies with M&M Olympic Rings that I made during for the last Olympics to get us in the spirit. Go for the Gold, USA. 

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Elizabeth Street Café in Austin – Pastries, Spring Rolls, and Cuteness

It was most certainly the turquoise and pink exterior with gray and white stripe awning that first intrigued me (and then eventually enticed me) into the Elizabeth Street Café in Austin. I'd heard mixed reviews, but a spring roll sounded like a good afternoon snack on a muggy Austin fall day, so why not give this darling little place a shot? Elizabeth Street Café features a hybrid of French and Vietnamese food, with a side of Austin flair. Not only was it cute little establishment, but my spring rolls and pastries were good too. The highlight of my meal was without a doubt the Rosé Monsoon cocktail — Rosé, Lillet Rosé, sparkling Rosé, Lychee black tea, pear and lime juice, and thai basil.