Fuchsia Damask Cookies
Cookies

A few weeks ago Shelby from So Chic Events asked if I could make her some cookies for a table display she was doing which included lime, fuchsia, black and white damask and zebra print linens along with black plates.  We decided to use the fuchsia for the cookies along with black since they were going to be placed on each napkin which were zebra print with a fuchsia band.  Initially, I handmade a stencil in the damask pattern, however when I applied it to the cookies I didn’t feel that it had enough detail so I ended up piping the pattern on by hand.

I tried a new effect which I thought turned out pretty neat…using the pattern to give the impression that the monogram was in a circle without it actually having a circle piped around it.

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A Quick Trip to Vermont
Travels

A few weeks ago we took a quick trip up to Vermont during Justin’s spring break.  My parents had given us a gift certificate to The Woodstock Inn as a Christmas gift and we finally had a few days off to use it.  Unfortunately, the days we were up there it was a bit dreary, but we still had fun exploring, eating, and just relaxing.  Here’s some pictures from our trip, most of them are a bit dull because even though we brought the camera, we kept forgetting to bring it with us when we went out so I took all these pictures with my phone.

A picture of our room and the extremely comfortable bed…it was so fluffy I felt like I never wanted to get up!  I wish I could get my bed at home to be that soft and comfortable.  We also ate 2 of our meals at the Inn, both of which were delicious.  I had a crabcake sandwich at the taven one night and it was probably one of the best I’ve ever had!  The food in their main restaurant, The Red Rooster, was also very good.

Downtown Woodstock was filled with cute shops and we browsed around on our first afternoon there.  Since The Woodstock Inn is right on the town green, it was easy to walk to town and not worry about parking which was nice (something which really stresses me out about Boston).

The covered bridge in the center of town which is actually not as old as it looks, there was a steel bridge here which collapsed and was replaced with this covered bridge similar to the original that was there before the steel bridge.

We went to the Long Trail Brewery for lunch one day and also to see the brewery (they have a self-guided tour of the production facility which was interesting).

Justin and I shared the sampler which included all 5 regular beers plus the current seasonal.  They were all good, although I’m not a huge beer drinker and preferred the lighter ones over the really dark ones.   We also had some yummy nachos and I had a delicious grilled chicken salad and Justin had a cheeseburger made with Cabot VT Cheddar.

After lunch we decided to go to a sugar maple farm and see how maple syrup was made.  Unfortunately, it was 2 miles down a completely dirt road after it had been raining for a few days.  According to our GPS we were .2 miles from the farm when we encountered a HUGE muddy hole which was the entire width of the road and probably at least 10 feet across.  Since our car is low with rear-wheel drive and sport suspension we decided to turn around because there was no way that we would have made it through.  That was really disappointing since we were so close but probably the smartest choice because sitting in the woods waiting for a tow truck would not have been too much fun.

On our way back to town we decided to stop at the Woodstock Farmer’s Market to pick up some food to nibble on in the room and also because I was hoping to get some local cheese.  I was so happy when I found a wedge of Lake’s Edge goat cheese from Blue Ledge Farm.  This cheese has so many different flavors from the sweet and creamy center with the line of ash to the strong mouldy exterior…I absolutely love it!!

 

I was super excited that we were not staying that far from the A Dozen Eggs Bake Shoppe!  I’ve been a follower of their blog for a while and couldn’t wait to see their cute house and shop and also meet Laura and Dave.  Laura makes gorgeous cookies and their business is definitely an inspiration for me!  They also sell cupcakes in the bake shoppe…

…which were completely amazing!!  We bought 6, one of each of the flavors that they had available.  I’m not usually the biggest cupcake fan because I find that they can be dry but Laura’s cupcakes were anything but dry!  I loved the flavor combinations, the moist cake, and the frosting which wasn’t too sweet.  We devoured them quickly and I liked them all but I think that my favorite was the almond/coconut along with the maple cupcake.  I also appreciated how moist and rich the chocolate one was.  Yum!!  It’s a good thing that I don’t live near them because I would be eating way too many cupcakes!!

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Spring Swap!
Miscellaneous

I recently participated in my first blog “swap” over on the A Dozen Eggs Blog, which is a fun activity where people sign up and are then paired up with a partner.  There are rules such as you must each spend $25 (not including shipping) and usually a theme for the swap.   You have to email your partner and get to know them so that you can make & purchase items that they will enjoy.  The theme for this swap was “Sweet Spring Swap” and I was lucky enough to get Tracy as a partner.  It was so much fun to meet someone new and learn a bit about her life!  Yesterday when I got home from work a wonderful package was waiting for me with SO many awesome things inside…it felt like Christmas!!  Below are some pictures of my gifts, sorry that they’re a bit blurry but I took them with my phone because I forgot my camera at the shop…

Here’s a picture of everything inside the box, as you can see it’s a ton of  cool items!!

Some close-ups…fun cupcake decorating sprinkles and wrappers along with a beautiful “Spring” kitchen towel and mini silicon spatula.

An almond bath bar and some cute wax tarts which smell like different baked goods…yum!  I love things that make the house smell like I’ve been baking!

A chocolate bunny (I love chocolate :) , “J” initial tissues, and a pretty pink ornament that I’m going to hang in my shop.

Some cute “Spring” flower pots and coasters that Tracy made along with some delicious looking homemade jam.

As you can see I really made out!  Thank you SO much Tracy!!  I loved everything and it was so nice to get to know you a bit!  I hope that we can stay in touch!

Here’s a picture of the package I sent to Tracy.  You can check out her blog  to see what was inside and also to get her know her a bit :)  

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Pretty Pink Baby Shower Cake
Cakes

I’ve gotten so behind with my blog lately for a number of reasons but I’m happy to say that I will hopefully be getting back on track next week.  I have lots of pictures to share from the past few months and have been very busy working on some exciting projects which I unfortunately can’t share just yet.  Bridal Shower/Wedding Season is starting in full force in April and that means lots of cookie pictures that I will be able to share!  In the meantime, check out this beautiful pink baby shower cake that Michelle of Something Sweet by Michelle recently made for an expecting mother…

I love the colors and the details on the mother figurine which is made out of gum paste.  So cute!

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