Decorating Cupcakes with Fondant

I’ll be honest. I’ve always been a bit intimated by fondant.  The results are so gorgeous that I’ve always assumed that it was difficult. When I came across a fondant cupcake decorating class at a local shop called the Cake Professor, however, I decided to try working with fondant.  Guess what? It turns out simple fondant decorations that can make a cupcake look really pretty are super simple to make.  In a lot of ways working with fondant is a lot like playing with play-dough.

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Chalk Board – Take Two

Last summer I shared a DIY chalkboard that I created from a thrift store frame and piece of hardboard. I liked that project, but the chalkboard was a bit small for the wall I wanted it for so I’ve been on the lookout for a larger frame. I found the perfect frame at a thrift store: It was the size I was looking for, inexpensive, and didn’t even need painting!

DIY Chalkboard

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Third Time’s a Charm – Another Coconut Cake

A couple of years ago I decided to bake the Peninsula Grill Coconut Cake, after finding a recipe for the cake on the Martha Stewart website. The cake was very time intensive to make.  Also, after seeing everything that went into the cake it lost just a bit of its charm.  Now, I don’t expect my cakes to be healthy, after all they are cakes, but the Peninsula Grill Coconut Cake is DECADENT even for a cake!

Coconut Cake

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A Quick Trip to DC

I hope everyone had a fabulous weekend! My husband and I went to Washington, DC for a couple of days over the 4th of July weekend.  I couldn’t imagine a better place to spend the 4th than in the nation’s capital!

4th of July Fireworks in Washington, DCI love vacationing in our former stomping grounds because I don’t feel any pressure to stuff our days with the must-sees of DC of which there are many. Instead we spent our days catching up with friends, revisiting some of our favorite places in the District, and exploring some new ones. Continue reading

Happy 4th of July!

I hope everyone is having a wonderful 4th of July! I always get a little homesick for Washington, DC around the 4th.  Yes, it is usually hot and crowded and there is lots of extra security, but I love the patriotism that prevails. There is also something magical about sitting outside on a warm summer night alongside family, friends, and neighbors, faces all turned toward the sky, watching fireworks.  During those times I feel very grounded in a community and connected to others, yet also very humbled and small.

Washington Monument and Fireworks

I’m taking the day off to spend with my husband and friends, but will be back next week with a simple craft project and a delicious recipe.

How are you spending the 4th? Do you have any favorite Independence Day traditions? I’d love to hear from you in the comments!

Chicken and Sausage Paella Recipe

This chicken and sausage paella is a great dish.  My mother taught me how to make this.

Chicken & Sausage Paella

It is a little more time intensive than my usual weeknight dinners, but it certainly takes less time than cooking three of my usual dinners! This recipe makes enough for three dinners for my husband and me.  I like to make this paella Sunday evening and then have the leftovers for dinner on Monday and Tuesday. I even think that it tastes better after the first day!

Chicken & Sausage Paella

You don’t need a special paella pan to make this.  I don’t have one.  I just used a large skillet with a lid. Continue reading