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This is a blog about trying new things, tasting all the good things in life, and making every day an adventure.

Do things that make you happy. Try things that will make you better. Look to your friends for inspiration. Everyone has a talent or a special gift to offer. Sometimes just doing the smallest thing can provide a sense of accomplishment, enhance our wellbeing and increase our self-worth. 

And if you feel uncomfortable...good! That means you're growing. See as many places as you can on this planet. Meet new people and try new things. There's so much I still want to do and try so you're invited to follow my adventures...the big and the bitty. We can enjoy them over Cocktails on Monday...or any day of the week.

Cheers!

Everything's Coming Up Roses: A Cupcake Decorating Workshop

Everything's Coming Up Roses: A Cupcake Decorating Workshop

My lovely, talented friend Michelle--who's uberly and equally talented with a spatula, calligraphy pen and crafting scissors--once gave me the most beautiful bouquet of cupcakes. It was a thank you gift for when we hosted her family for dinner one weekend. Ever since I saw it (and tasted it--yum!) I wanted to learn how to make one myself. And last week my talented friend taught me! She kindly invited me and our other wannabe-baker friend over for a little lunch and a workshop on how to make a Cupcake Bouquet.

Here's How it Went Down:

Michelle had all of the supplies and tools ready so all I had to bring with me was the pretty bucket and foam squares from the Cupcake Bouquet she gave me last Fall. (These items can be easily found in the florist section of most retail stores.) She also pre-made the cupcakes so we could get down to the business of decorating without waiting on the cakes to bake. 

After helping me assemble the base and attach the cupcakes, she taught me how to frost the cupcakes to look like roses. She made the buttermilk frosting from scratch and just added a few squirts of natural red food coloring to give the petals an ombre effect. Even though I still need lots of practice on my petal-making, it turned out really well and was actually pretty easy to assemble!Tip: To make the rose petals, start in the middle of the cupcake and go outwards in a spiral while pressing the tip of the nozzle to the cake.

In addition to sharing with us her passion for making any occasion special, my thoughtful friend also prepared a delicious spread of tapas for us to munch on while we chatted, giggled, and discussed politics. (No really, we actually had a conversation about American and British politics, albeit a short one--ha ha!) But we mostly giggled...at our inability to frost cupcakes like Michelle and at the fun of trying something new together. It's so lovely to learn new things from friends, especially how to make a gift that can be paid forward to spread the same joy that was felt upon receiving it! If you have a friend that makes something you like or can do something you admire, ask her to teach you how to make it or do it! I'm sure she'll be flattered by your praise and happy to share her talent....and if you're lucky, maybe even some lunch!

If you'd like some more inspiration and see more of my friend's lovely, joyful projects that show her love for friends and family, check out her website Uncalendared.

Cupcake Rose

Cupcake Rose

Cupcake Bouquet

Cupcake Bouquet

Assemble the bouquet before frosting the cupcakes.

Assemble the bouquet before frosting the cupcakes.

When in Rome...

When in Rome...

Sometimes a Walk is More Than a Walk

Sometimes a Walk is More Than a Walk