Sunday, December 12, 2010

Specialty cakes

Do you ever watch the cake shows on tv and wish you could have just one of those incredible cakes? Unfortunately, I can't make a trip up north and pick up a few. That's ok because there is a company right down the road from me that is just as talented and they are the sweetest ladies you'll ever meet!
Whether it's a wedding cake, birthday cake, cupcakes or just a dessert for your dinner party, they are the one's to call. And let me tell you, their carrot cake is the best cake you will ever put in your mouth!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Take the stress out of your holiday entertaining

We all love holiday parties, but hosting them can be very stressful. Here are a few tips to make your gathering more enjoyable.
  • Make a list of all things that need to be done. Decide how far in advance you can do each of them, but do as much as possible ahead of time.
  • A buffet table looks especially pretty when selections are set out at different heights, such as on footed cake plates or tiered trays. To improvise risers, invert bowls, pans or baking dishes in the table and drape them with holiday fabric.
  • Veggies and dip look great arranged on a platter with a border of frilly savory cabbage or curly parsley.
  • Too little space? Supplement storage with coolers, or store food in a garage or enclosed porch if the weather is cool enough.
  • Trouble keeping food hot on the serving table? Preheat oven-proof serving trays in the oven or rinse other trays in hot water.
  • Never prepare a recipe for the first time for a party! Make it at least once ahead of time to ensure the recipe works.
  • Plan to purchase at least half of the dishes you plan on serving. Decorate those dishes to give them that personal touch.
  • Have your menu posted for a last minute check to ensure nothing is forgotten.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Looking for creative ideas to brighten your spring table? Check out the scrapbook section of your local craft store. Printed scrapbook pages make perfect placemats or table runners. Let your imagination go wild with bright colors and patterns!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Snowy day pancakes

It is a beautiful snowy day in East Tennessee. The kids are out of school and begging for pancakes. There's just one little problem: we're out of pancake syrup. Not letting that deter, we explore the cabinets for ingredients. After all, how difficult can it be? With some creativity (and a little taste testing) we unveil our soon to be famous mixture!

Perfect Pancake Syrup

1 cup packed light brown sugar
1 cup water
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1/2 t. maple flavoring
1/2 t. pure vanilla extract
1/4 t. salt
1/4 t. cinnamon

Mix all ingredients together in a saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat. Boil for three minutes and remove from stove top. Let cool. Syrup will thicken as it cools. Store in an airtight container.