Well folks, KatieSugar is nearing in on a very important date...her first birthday! To commemorate this momentous occasion, I'm planning a fabulous birthday extravaganza for her! KatieSugar is our very own little celebrity baby, so the party should rival the little birthday bashes of other fabulous famous baby girls: Suri, Violet, Ramona and Shiloh. The party is not until June, but it's time to get the planning under way. A baby's first birthday is a celebration more for the parents, family, and friends of the baby rather than for the baby herself. For a parent it's one of the most memorable birthdays in a child's life, so I am going to do everything I can to make it as wonderful as possible for Lisa and Brian. The party will take its theme from the blue and pink stripes that grace the walls of Katie's bedroom and the food will be inspired by all things little. So stay tuned all week for more on KatieSugar's birthday. To see the invitation I'll be sending to her grandparents, aunts, and uncles, and special friends, read more
Posts for April 23rd 2007
When my friend found out that I was going to be covering wedding cakes this week, she immediately asked for help in finding a fantastic cupcake wedding cake. A few years ago I might have had a difficult time finding a bakery willing to do this, but these days it's a snap. Cupcakes have become so popular — what's not to love about a precious mini cake?! — that most bakeries will be able to present it as an option.
The cupcake wedding cake is usually in lieu of a regular wedding cake, however sometimes a traditional cake is used for photos and the cupcakes are used for serving. In a true cupcake wedding cake, there's usually at least one cake tier (or separate cake) that is used for the bride & groom to slice through. Also, a cupcake wedding cake is usually a cheaper option than a traditional cake, and since there are so many little cakes, you can actually have a lot of different flavors!
Got any pictures of great cupcake cakes (or wedding cakes)? Share them in the Savory Sights group!
The other day geeksugar was eating a salad and complaining that the avocado had gotten a little mushy, brown, and overall blah-y. I suggested that she do what I do. Whenever I pack a sandwich or salad that has avocado as one of the ingredients I don't add the avocado until I am just about to eat it. Pack the made sandwich and the fruit on the side much as you would an apple. Then when you get to work or your picnic cut it open. It's easy to slice a ripe avocado with a plastic knife and you can quickly put chunks of the delicious fresh flesh on your dishes.
Today's happy hour comes from one of my favorite new shows, Ugly Betty. I don't know if you guys watch, but on last week's episode, Betty and Christina find themselves at Club Prague where another club patron suggests that Betty orders a "Dirty Girlscout." Later, Betty (in a clichéd Betty moment) actually refers to it as a Filthy Girl Scout, which I somehow find even funnier.
To find out how to make your own Filthy Girl Scout (which gets its name because it reminds people of the Thin Mint Cookie), read more
No wedding is complete without a champagne toast and Julie and Scott's wedding reception will open with a special toast in which everyone is handed a glass of delicious bubbly and salutes the happy couple. For this kind of toast a special champagne glass is appropriate and since Julie's wedding has art deco undertones the glasses should be artistic and vintage-y. Let's all head off to market in search of the perfect wedding champagne glasses for Julie. Save the glasses-and anything else you may discover that is appropriate for a toast (champagne)- on TeamSugar in the Yum Market with the keyword tag Wedding Toast. I look forward to checking out your finds so good luck!
GeekSugar has created an explanation on how to bookmark with TeamSugar so if you are feeling lost be sure to quickly read through it.
It was cool to find out that we were nominated for a Blogger's Choice Award for Best Food Blog and Best Blog Design, but I think it would be even cooler if we won! There are tons of other amazing sites in the running - so I'm not sure how we'll do, but if you have a spare moment, could you be a doll and vote for YumSugar? It would really make my week!
We've already asked you what flavor of salsa you prefer, but how about what kind? Do you like it fresh or jarred? I prefer fresh, but I know that there are a lot of people who believe that some jarred salsas can't be beat. What do you think? What kind of salsa do you use?
I recently had a chance to sit down and talk to one of San Francisco's top floral designers, Laura Little of Floramor Studios, about flowers, weddings, and upcoming trends. Laura has a rich passion for the beauty of nature and a grand respect for fine arts that is reflected in all of her arrangements. Established in 1984, Laura and her team have been working with brides non-stop for the past 22 years and have orchestrated the design concept for over 3000 events. Her designs have been featured in countless books about wedding style, magazines from Town & Country to Elegant Bride, and she has a working relationship with all of the major hotels in San Francisco.
On the day I walked into her beautiful studio with brightly colored lime green walls and a checker-print black and white floor at 9 am, Laura had already been up since 2 am. According to Little, the life of a floral designer is far from glamorous with gigantic arrangements having to be ready before dawn to give the illusion that the flowers came out of nowhere. She took me through the steps that she would normally take a bride through explaining that at the first meeting it's customary to spend about an hour going through photos of past weddings until she has an idea of what the bride generally wants. All of her brides get to see a sample version of their centerpieces months before the wedding to ensure that they get to see their own vision brought to life before the big day. For more on floral wedding trends and to read my interview, read more
I can't believe our luck, either the paparazzi are starting to care more about our beloved celebrity chefs, or they've all been out and about this week - because believe it or not, it's time for another celebrity chef Guess Who?
Guess which celebrity chef ran a marathon yesterday? To find out, read more