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It's Shark Week!

Once again, it is that time of year when the world slows down just enough to celebrate the majesty and excitement that is the SHARK!  You may remember from my Shark Week post last year, I am quite a fan of these magnificent creatures.  

For example, did you know that the Epaulette Shark can "walk" on the ocean floor?  It's strong pectoral fins allow it to "run" away when it is frightened. The Wobbegong Shark looks like a giant carpet patterned the same as the sand on the bottom of the ocean.  It burrows down and can sneak up on its prey without being seen.  The Pygmy Shark is only about eight inches long fully grown!

Anyway, I could bore you with shark facts all week, but I won't.  I would rather talk about cupcakes! 


The cupcake toppers are from Amazon.com.  They are actually little water squirters.  Perfect for the pool or beach!  The cupcakes are just white cake with a little blue food coloring mixed into the cake as well as the icing. And blue sugar sprink…

Happy Summer!

Last week was the summer solstice.  It was also the full moon. According to The Farmer's Almanac, the full moon in June is called the Strawberry Moon. This name apparently came from the Algonquin Tribes who used this phase of the moon as a signal to begin to harvest their strawberry crop. When the Strawberry Moon occurred at the same time as the Summer Solstice it became an event that hasn't happened in 70 years! 


Well, this is quite the occurrence and obviously has to be celebrated!   Since strawberry season is pretty much over in my part of the world, strawberry picking was out. So, to welcome summer and to celebrate the Strawberry Moon, we decided the obvious thing to do was to make strawberry daiquiris.  



Now it is confession time.  I have honestly never made a Strawberry Daiquiri from scratch. As far as I was concerned, there were plenty of good frozen mixes out there that would do in a pinch, but I for such an auspicious occasion I figured that I would give it a go. I star…

Happy Father's Day!

I introduced you to my Dad last year so you know what a special guy he is. (You can revisit last year's post here.)  


This year I wanted to make sure that he had a special treat to celebrate Father's Day so I thought back to my childhood.  I remember that Dad always liked Boston Cream Pie, so I decided that I was going to attempt to make one.  I am on a cupcake kick now, so the cake evolved into cupcakes.  But first, I tried to answer the age old question- why is it called Boston Cream Pie? Well, I found out that the cake is attributed to the old Parker House Hotel (now the Omni Parker House).  Apparently at that time, both pie pans and cake pans were used interchangeably as were the terms, pie and cake.  (See Yankee Magazine article here.)  I also found out that Boston Cream Pie was named the official state dessert of Massachusetts in 1996 by the state legislature.    

Well, now that you know all too much about  Boston Cream Pie, how about if we make some cupcakes? 





Quick and Ea…

Gardenias and Glitter (We're Back!)

My apologies for not posting in a looooong time!  I believe that I mentioned before that I had a huge project for work. I was chained to my computer 24/7 for weeks and then got behind with the rest of my work.  Ugggh!  But that's all over now and I am back and ready to celebrate life's little joys! 

When I finally looked up from my computer this week I discovered that my gardenias had finally bloomed! 





My entire yard (and the whole cul-de-sac, in fact) smells wonderful!  

Speaking of gardenias, I recently discovered a new type that I had never seen before. 


This is called a Jubilation Gardenia. It smells delicious, just like Honey-suckle! Apparently it blooms in spring and then later in the summer.  I found this one at Home Depot.  

The Magnolias are in bloom too!  This one is in my parents' yard. 



Of course, I haven't forgot the glitter! 

I found this cute sign in the Target Dollar Bin (which is really a Five Dollar bin!) a few weeks ago. 



You know me- I just couldn't lea…

Happy National Donut Day!

The first Friday of June is National Donut Day! First commemorated by the Salvation Army as a way to honor women and to raise awareness for its services, National Donut Day is now a day for local donut shops to give away free donuts or coffee!

Here are some celebrations for National Donut Day: 

Krispie Kreme is giving away a free donut of any kind to every customer.  No purchase necessary. See more information here

Dunkin' Donuts is giving away a free donut with the purchase of any beverage. See details here.

Duck Donuts is giving away a free sugar donut, but you need to get the coupon through their Facebook page.  For more information on this offer, click here.  If you have never had a Duck Donut you must eat one soon!  I am a fan of the original stores in the Outer Banks, but they have spread throughout the Mid-Atlantic region.  You can go in and special order your donut made to your own specifications and then watch it being made.  There is nothing like ordering your own custom m…

Through the Looking Glass with Alice

This past weekend the Disney movie Alice Through the Looking Glass opened in theaters.  While I have not seen the movie yet, I was inspired by the trailer to show you the Alice in Wonderland cake that I made for my daughter's birthday last year.   

It had been several years since I had read the books in full, but I did some research and re-read parts of the book in order to come up with the characters and other features of the cake.  On this view you can see the Mad Hatter and the Cheshire cat on top of a cake layer which is made of the Mad Hatter's hat.  You also see his watch, the Queen of Hearts and her teapot.  


The first layer of the cake was covered with a chessboard "tablecloth".  Around the cake I made fondant "signs" which had sayings from the book.  (Please forgive the potato chip bag in the bag- I wasn't blogging then and didn't pay as much attention!) 

The tablescape, (another not great picture!) was comprised of a teapot, some Alice teacup…