wedding cake

I love a summer wedding (and a wedding any other time of year as well)! I recently had the honor of being the cake designer at a beautiful Colorado wedding! The setting was gorgeous, in the foothills of Genesee and the venue was amazing! The bride chose three tiers of white and almond cake with pearls and broaches to decorate the top and bottom tiers and their monogram on the middle tier. For a special touch I made fondant lambs as a play on their name, "Mr. and Mrs. Lamb". 
It's always a privilege to be a part of the special events in people's lives, from weddings and baby showers to first birthday's and beyond, I realize these milestones are precious and I'm honored to play a role in them!


candy making for kids giveaway

After a baking binge my kids love to have at the ingredients left over in the kitchen. When presented with a mix of rice crispy cereal, melting chocolate, graham crackers, gummy candy, coconut, marshmallows and cupcake liners they immediately went into competitive mode (think Chopped) and set up a candy making challenge. The results were...actually quite delicious and completely unique from each other. They took great pride in their concoctions  naming them and displaying them on trays for judging. It was a tie--both original, and delicious! When I heard that Courtney Dial Whitmore of Pizzazerie and Push-Up Pops created a book all about candy making for kids I knew my little ones would love the inspiration!

With Courtney's Blog Tour stop here at Cakewalk I had the opportunity to ask Courtney a few questions about her new book--here's the scoop:

One of my childhood memories was Grandma’s candy dish which was always left at just the right height for little hands. Were any of the recipes in this book inspired by your childhood?
Absolutely! That is one of my favorite memories as well :) One of the recipes that was inspired by my childhood are the peppermint patties. My Mom and I used to make these for Christmas teas where we would invite all my girlfriends and their moms over. It was such a wonderful time. And it's such a delicious little mint!

You recently got married; did any of the recipes in this book get incorporated into your big day?
Yes, I got married in late June! The Candy Making book hadn't yet released at the wedding but we did incorporate Push-Up Pops from my first book. They came out late-night at the reception with cute bride + groom decorations. Everyone loved it!

My kids love to be in the kitchen and have even competed with each other to make the best candy using a few select ingredients, what do you think your little readers will like most about Candy Making for Kids?
I think readers will like that these recipes are in fact - EASY. None of the recipes use a candy thermometer so they are simple and easy to make for all ages. It also encourages lots of decorating to get those imaginations going. Decorating candy can be a form of art - it's so fun to see what they create!

Push-Up Pops have become a dessert table favorite, what candy recipe would you most like to see become a dessert table staple?
I'd love to see ANY of them become a staple. It really depends on the type of table but my favorites include the candy toffee and seashell pearls. They can both be adjusted to make different shapes for different party themes or use different colors, etc.

As a new bride and two time published author, this must be an exciting time in your life, what can your fans look forward to seeing from you in the future?
I'm definitely staying busy as a newlywed! I am finishing up my 3rd book which will release March 2012 and working on some fun partnerships with Michaels Craft Stores and Disney! 

Order your copy of Candy Making for Kids today at Amazon or Barnes and Noble then email Courtney at courtney@pizzazzerie with the subject line BOOK SIGNATURE and proof of purchase (screen shot of Amazon order, picture of receipt, etc) along with the address to send the book plate, who to make the greeting out to, and she will get it on its merry way and you can have your book signed!

One of my readers will win Candy Making for Kids by Courtney Dial Whitmore--simply enter below. One winner will be chosen next Wednesday August 22! Good Luck!

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Candy Making For Kids by Courtney Dial Whitmore Photographs by Zac Williams


redbook house party

Last month I hosted a Redbook Happy Hour House Party (read more about House Party here). The party fell on the same weekend as my sister-in-laws birthday, so we combined the two and created one fun girls night!
I designed a party suite in black and white and lots of fun pops of color; it can be used for just about any occasion! We invited some close friends and set up outside for an evening on the patio. We hung paper lanterns and brought in food from Tokyo Joe's including sushi, lettuce wraps, Nikko salad, and peanut skewers. Lemonade and iced tea were on tap and Lipton's single serve Tea & Honey packets were a perfect combo with the bottled water.
After dinner the girls were invited to the Beauty Bar sponsored by L'Oreal. On the table was an amazing mix of products including Redbook tote bags, Redbook Magazines, Lipton tea, and L'Oreal Paris beauty products including nail polish, eye liner, and lipstick, oh my! The girls were invited to grab and bag and pick their swag. They all went home with a tote filled with great items including and a one year subscription to Redbook magazine!
To top the night we celebrated with a Spring Fling cake: zucchini cake topped with cream cheese frosting and layers of fresh fruit. It's one of my all time favorite cakes and the birthday girl's special request! If you are in Denver you can pick one up at The Market on Larimer Square. I baked this one using their recipe and I also made a gluten free cupcake version for those of us who eat GF! YUM!
We spent the evening under the stars talking and laughing and enjoying each other's company. Friends, food, makeup and cake-- Priceless!

You can get the look with our Celebrate Party Suite now available in our Etsy shop!