Posts Tagged 'gifts'

Diaper Cake, Peonies!

It’s June and you know what that means! It’s peony season!

They are my absolute favorite flower and the sole reason why I must have a June wedding! 🙂

While I’m waiting for Prince Charming to sweep me off my feet, here is a diaper cake adorned with my fave blooms.

Diaper Cake, Baby Boy

A co-worker asked me to make a diaper cake for a baby shower last weekend. Her specs: Classic & clean, for a boy, NO theme…

Here’s what I came up with. Kinda boring, I guess my creativity has been waning…but she liked it!

Diaper Cake, Sports Themed

A co-worker of mine headed to a baby shower this past weekend, so I finally got a chance to make a diaper cake for a baby boy! Seems like everyone has been having girls lately!

She described the baby’s room as being decorated in “Oilers colors”…not Houston Texans colors. haha

Strawberry Cupcakes with Strawberry Buttercream

Birthdays really bring out the baker in everyone! A very good friend made some super yummy cupcakes, as seen in Martha Stewart Living: Strawberry Cupcakes with Strawberry Buttercream

Thanks so much for letting us be the guinea pigs in your baking experiment! They were awesome! I love your blog and I can’t wait to see what you cook next!

Diaper Cake, Jungle Safari

A co-worker was going to attend a baby shower and asked me to fashion a diaper cake for her. She said the baby’s room was decorated in a jungle theme and they didn’t know the sex of the baby.

Here’s what I came up with!

Here’s the final product wrapped in tulle and tied with rafia.

Valentine’s Day 2009, Part Trois (last one!)

Project 3: Alfajores

Many of my co-workers are Argentineans. I have also traveled to Argentina for work and I couldn’t help but notice the Starbucks-like popularity of these Havanna Cafes. These chic cafes, nestled on every corner in Buenos Aires, peddle rich espressos and delicious confections.

One confection in particular, alfajores, are extremely popular. You can’t leave Argentina without a box of these. They are shortbread-like cookies filled with dulce de leche and coated in chocolate, coconut, or meringue. The Havanna variety are wrapped in regal, gold wrappers…Think, the Rolls-Royce of Hostess Ding Dongs.

I tried my hand at making these, with a Valentine’s flair, of course.

I used this recipe I found on the net, but any shortbread recipe would do. I would also highly recommend the “semi-homemade” version of making rolled cookies by kneading 1/4 C. of all-purpose flour into one tube of sugar cookie dough. I got that idea from Giada. It yields an ever-so-slightly-cakey cookie that is just sweet enough. Plus, they really keep their shape while baking; no need for spacing them out because they don’t spread!

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For the dulce de leche, I was fortunate enough to find it in the international foods aisle of my local grocery store, but you can easily make it by boiling a can of condensed milk for hours and hours. Instructions found here.

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I dipped them half way in semi-sweet chocolate melted in a double boiler.

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Place them on a platter and adorn with wrapped chocolates and watch them disappear!

They were a HUGE hit and even the Argentineans raved about them. I will definitely make these again, maybe with a fluted round cookie cutter next time…

Valentine’s Day 2009, Part Deux

Project 2: Box of Chocolates from design.wash.rinse.repeat

An adorable DIY Valentine gift using Hershey’s Nuggets…I used the one with toffee and almonds. Yummm.

I must say that this one was tricky. First, I couldn’t figure out how to open a .png file and then I could not figure out how to print it to get the right dimensions. After toying with it a bit, I got some decent results.

I just LOVE the color combo of the gold with pink and orange. It just makes me happy.

With a bit of customization, this would make such a cute wedding favor, but it would be way too much work…

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