Saturday, June 26, 2010

Wedding Cookies

I just finished these cookies for a wedding and thought I should share them with you!  They are decorated with royal icing, dragees, pearls and Disco Dust.  I found the dragees and pearls at Fancy Flours and the Disco Dust at Sunflower Sugar Art.  I spread the royal icing on and let it dry.  Then I sprayed the cookies with PME Lustre Spray in Pearl for a little sparkle.  I piped on some lines of icing and sprinkled on the Disco Dust or placed pearls and dragees on the intersections.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Cookies to Celebrate a Birthday

A good friend asked me to make cookies to celebrate his sister's 50th birthday.  I found these champagne flute cookie cutter and couldn't resist them.  I used edible pearls to make the bubbles.  Using more than one size pearl helps the illusion.  I had to incorporate some glitter too!  (Disco Dust, available here.)  I have to share a new find.  PME Lustre Spray.  (You can purchase it at Country Kitchens Sweet Art.)  One quick spray and your icing becomes pearlized and a bit sparkly, but not too much.

Since the party will be around the pool, I tried some summery colors for the rest of the cookies.  these incorporate more of a freeform icing style for the relaxed nature of hanging out poolside.

I ended up spraying all of the cookies with the PME Lustre Spray after I took this photo.  It pulled everything together with a touch of sheen.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

The Best Breakfast: Petit Provence, Portland Oregon

While visiting Portland, we ate out a many different restaurants, and Petit Provence Boulangerie and Patisserie was the standout.  Many a morning I wake up thinking of the display of pasteries, and the excellent breakfast I had there.  I had the Risotto Cakes with eggs.  So incredibly yummy!
Just to make you salivate, here is the description of this flavorful dish:
Slow simmered risotto rice with bacon, asparagus, mushrooms, red onions and fresh basil finished with cream.  The risotto is then formed into cakes, lightly breaded and grilled to perfection.  Topped with poached eggs with crowd pleasing provencal potatoes and butternut squash on the side.

The cases at the front of the store were filled with the most beautiful pasteries.
How pretty are the checkerboard cookies?
I can not get over how fancy the script is on these lemon tarts.
The empty trays prove how popular this eatery is with the locals.
This wonderful pear pastry was sublime.  I can proudly say there was not a crumb left!

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Portland, Oregon!

I'm just back in from visiting my sister in Portland, Oregon.   We saw some beautiful gardens, ate at some wonderful restaurants, shopped at some super cool stores and experienced a few museums.  The Hollywood farmers market near her house was a lushness of fresh veggies that I just have to share...

I love the colors of these radishes.  They were truly perfect, not a crack among them.
Everything looked so fresh and inviting.  If you are in Portland, you must stop by!

Friday, June 4, 2010

Teacher's Gifts

The end of the school year is fast approaching so I thought I'd share what I am doing for teacher's gifts this year.  I often hesitate to give actual gifts, because no matter how nice you think the item is, it just might not be someone's taste.  I picked out something I thought would be useful, yet fun.

I found these wonderful baskets on Etsy at SewCute Thread's shop.  These baskets could be used to carry items to the classroom, the beach, on a picnic or the farmer's market.  My friend and I went together on these gifts, so we were able to fill them with some flowers and beautiful note cards from Target's Liberty of London line.  (On clearance!)  What are you gifting your child's teacher this year?