Saturday, October 3, 2015

Sweet on Trader Joe's Saturday: Pumpkinpalooza

Since we missed last week...and we're a little tardy posting this week, we're giving you not one, not two, but THREE Trader Joe's reviews this week. ALL PUMPKIN! Wahoo!

First, I just want to start by saying I got some many comments about our Trader Joe's posts while I was at CookieCon last week. I love that you guys love Trader Joe's as much as we do. I also got several questions about "working with Trader Joe's." There's a note at the bottom of our posts, but I just wanted to be clear...we're just straight up consumers. These posts aren't sponsored. Trader Joe's doesn't know us. *whew* ok...just wanted to clear that up. ;)

trader joe's pumpkin treats review: part of a weekly review series of tj's desserts and treats
PUMPKIN!!! Give me all of the pumpkin things! You know...I pretty much love all things pumpkin EXCEPT a pumpkin spice latte. Is that weird? Let's see how Trader Joe's pumpkin goodies stack up.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Chocolate and Sprinkle Marble Bundt Cake for Chuck's 100th Birthday!

marbled chocolate and sprinkle bundt cake
I've always loved October 2nd. It is my grandfather's birthday...only two days before mine...and I grew up loving that my Papa and I shared birthdays so close together.

Well, it turns out that my Papa isn't the only one with a birthday on October 2nd. It just so happens to be Chuck Williams' (founder of Williams-Sonoma) birthday as well! This year, he turns 100!
Happy Birthday, Chuck!!!

Monday, September 28, 2015

All about CookieCon...

Have you ever wanted to spend 4 days surrounded by thousands of cookies? It's not a dream, my friends, it is a reality.

Yesterday, I returned home from a trip to my first ever CookieCon. (That is a conference all about cookie decorating.) This year's conference was the third one...and my first time attending. (I was also a speaker. < insert profuse sweating here > ;)

cookie con slc photo cookie con phone pics 2 1 of 5.jpg
It was held in beautiful Salt Lake City. SLC, I've fallen in love with your low humidity.

Here's my big takeaway from CookieCon: Cookie people are GOOD people.
To be perfectly honest, I was nervous and intimidated. These ladies, these ARTISTS, make incredible, jaw-droppingly gorgeous cookies. Cookies I can only dream of making. (I'm am not fishing for compliments here...I'll be sure to let you know when I'm doing that ;). It's true; their cookies are AMAZING.) Well, in addition to possessing mad cookie skills, these women are also the most gracious, warm, and welcoming bunch imaginable.

It must be the sugar. ♥

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Cupcake Cuties

First, my most recent post on PW Food &Friends is up. Flour 101. It's all about flour: wheat flour. What, how, where, and when the heck to use them. Substitutions included. Go check it out if you have a minute or seven. ;)
flour 101

Cupcake cookies. These babies are so cute on their own and can be worked into almost any cookie theme set. Just switch out the colors, voila!

how to decorate cupcake cookies |

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Caramel Honeycrisp Apple Bars

caramel honeycrisp apple bars
We're officially in fall mode. Bring on the cinnamon, apples, pumpkins, boots, sweaters, scarves, and football...I'm ready.

Whether you're ready for fall or, maybe if you need a little push in that direction, these bars are just the ticket.

caramel honeycrisp apple bars

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