Mawwage!

This is essentially a love letter, not just to my husband of nearly a year, but to the idea of marriage in its entirety. So, for those with weak constitutions or deep impatience for those who are happy, turn away and go look at photos of traffic jams or watch gifs of paint drying. The…

Recipe Post: Macarons

So, let’s get this straight right up front: Macaroons (“Mah-kah-ROONS”) are homey, chewy coconut cookies containing condensed milk, and French macarons (“Mah-kah-RAWN” – the “s” is silent) are light, delicate meringue cookies sandwiched together with a luscious filling.  I try not to be a Judgy McJudgypants when people mispronounce words, even though it hurts my…

Recipe Post: Raspberry Jam

The second jam I wanted to make after the “kinda blue” blueberry-nutmeg jam was a nice, deep red, to reflect the red in my wedding colours.  I looked around for other recipes, but I really had my heart set on the gorgeous, jewel-like colours of raspberry jam. Having made it before, I knew how to…

Recipe Post: Blueberry Nutmeg Jam

Being a baker as well as a full-time administrative professional can lead to certain…expectations on the part of friends and family at times.  This was in evidence at my wedding, too!  I just *knew* that if I didn’t make my own cake and do the dessert table myself, my guests would be asking why I…

Recipe Post: Cream Cheese Berry Tarts

These tiny little tartlets are melt-in-your-mouth delicious, if I do say so myself.  I sort of cobbled together a couple of different recipes, changed a few things up, and came up with these little guys for my wedding dessert table last month.Even though the pastry is a little finicky (a light touch and not too…

Recipe Post: Pineapple-Vanilla Bean Jam

This was the third and final of my three jams I made for my wedding favours last month. I had a difficult time trying to decide which preserve I would make to follow as closely to my “yellow” wedding colour; I was originally considering: Lemon curd (rejected due to it needing refrigeration and having a short…

Recipe Post: Butter Tarts

Image courtesy of Canadian Living Magazine Butter tarts are an iconic Canadian dessert, as Canadian as Nanaimo bars, in fact (although we’ll talk about those in another post).There are tons of recipes for butter tarts out there; the simplest and easiest call for the baker to use pre-made tart shells found in the grocery store…

Wedding Day Brooch Bouquet

Back in August, I wrote a blog post and included photos of my fabric and bead flowers prior to construction of my brooch bouquet. Now that the wedding has come and gone, it is time to reveal my fabric flower/brooch bouquet in all its colourful glory!The wedding colours were sky blue, yellow and red. And…

Recipe Post: Key Lime Bars

Another one of the items on my wedding dessert table, these key lime bars had to be hands down my favourite; the limes were so tart and floral, and they paired so well with the sweet graham crumb base, it was a definite struggle to not pick away at it after it had baked and…

Recipe Post: Colourful Spiral Cookies

Another short series I will be working on over the next little while will be to share recipes, pictures, and tutorials of the several dessert table goodies I made for my wedding last month.   Today, I shall show you how to make these awesome Colorful Spiral Cookies, courtesy of an amazing baker and cookbook author,…

Now back to our regularly scheduled programming…

Sorry for the delay in getting the next post up; I was a little busy getting married over this weekend , so I left a few things to be worked on later after the blessed event. Yes, that is correct, I am now a “Sadie, Sadie, married lady!” (if anyone has ever seen the movies…

Wedding Cake Commission – August 2013

Here are some photos of a wedding cake commission I did for a new client a few weeks ago. The bride to be wanted a very simple cake; three Madagascar vanilla tiers to serve 100 guests, with vanilla Swiss buttercream filling and fresh summer berries in each layer, covered with ivory fondant, and wrapped with…