January 2, 2012 § 3 Comments
The New Year celebrations have come & gone. It’s 2012, so now what? Have you made your New Year’s resolutions?
I’ve given this idea a bit more thought. If you are like me, N.Y. resolutions are difficult to keep. And if you haven’t written them down, they are hard to remember. I have decided on only one wish for my 2012.
What is my one wish you might ask? G.R.O.W. I want to look back on 2012 and confidently say that I’ve grown as a person. This idea is encompassing of all things that make up me.
I want to look back & know that I’ve grown in relationships, creatively, professionally, physically & spiritually. Part of growing is stretching. Do you stretch? Do you try out-of your-comfort-zone type-things? Life hasn’t been given to us to just waste away.
I came across a quote by Lotta of Hey Look Oy. She said someone once told her…”You don’t need an invitation to your own life.” With that being said, I’m excited to see what 2012 brings & how I grow.
So it’s day 2 of 2012. How will I GROW today?
December 31, 2011 § Leave a Comment
Happy New Year!!! Have a safe & joyous holiday!
December 25, 2011 § 2 Comments
Merry Christmas friends & family! I wish for you bountiful blessings from above. Enjoy time with your loved ones & we’ll see you in 2012!
I will be taking a little vacation but will be back on the blog to wish you a Happy New Year! Until then, have a safe & happy holiday!
December 25, 2011 § 1 Comment
December 23, 2011 § Leave a Comment
My mother’s Cranberry Croissants top my A-list for Christmas menu offerings. This effortless pastry can be served for breakfast or dessert. Do you remember our family recipe for the Cranberry Relish? Well, here is another mouthwatering adaptation!
Photography by Modern Cupcake
1 Granny Smith Apple
1 Navel Orange
1 – 12 oz. Bag of Fresh Cranberries
Wash & dry the fruit. Core the apple & leave peeling on orange. Place all cranberries, orange slices with peel & apple slices into a food processor. Chop into small pieces. Add approximately 3/4 Cup of sugar. Pulse in food processor until desired minced consistency. Add additional sugar to taste.
I typically don’t add more sugar because I prefer some tartness.
I purchase the refrigerated croissant dough packaged in the tube. Open package & carefully separate each croissant triangle. Spoon approx. 1 Tbsp of Cranberry Relish onto the largest part of the triangle. Gently roll croissant so that the Cranberry Relish is in the center. Bake croissants according to package.
While croissants are baking, combine milk & powdered sugar to form an icing drizzle. Continue to add powdered sugar to milk until you achieve your preferred consistency. When croissants are pulled from the oven, drizzle icing over warm croissants & serve.
I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do. Thank you mother for spoiling us all these years with these heavenly croissants!
December 23, 2011 § 1 Comment
I love gift wrap just as much as I love stationary. In fact, I think I have a gift wrap fetish because my collection keeps growing!
Photography by Modern Cupcake
This Christmas, many gifts are to be wrapped. Here is a quick idea using wrapping paper scraps. If you are like me, you always have strips of wrapping paper left by the wayside. I used brown craft wrap & then banded the gifts with left over pieces of the decorative wrap. I also found some scrap satin ribbon & incorporated it onto one of the the packages.
Photography by Modern Cupcake
The blending of brown craft paper & the decorative paper bands will brilliantly coordinate with your existing gifts. I love the modern vibe of the gift wrap, don’t you?
December 21, 2011 § 2 Comments
I’ve been receiving an ornament each year since my 1st Christmas. My mother made a point to give each one of us kids a new ornament to call our very own. It was one of my favorite ways to reminisce about Christamas’ past. Every year I looked forward to rediscovering each one as we decorated our tree. And when the time came to leave home & marry off, I received my box of ornaments as a gift. It was one of the most memorable wedding gifts I could possibly receive.
So now we’ve carried on the tradition in our own little family. My husband & I have been exchanging ornaments since our first Christmas dating. And now that we have our little one, we have one more person to buy for.
Last year my husband surprised me with a very sentimental ornament. He purchased a silver marker & carefully wrote “Modern Cupcake” on the base of the mixer. He was so proud!
So as I took the ornament out of the box this year & hung it on the tree, I realized this ornament has new meaning since first receiving it. My first year with Modern Cupcake has provided an unexpectedly fun ride! I’ve had a year full of making cupcakes that people really truly enjoy. I’ve made new friends that I wouldn’t have met otherwise and I was able to experience Martha Stewart’s headquarters & have my work published. And now I’ve started my little blog. I wonder what new meaning this ornament will provide next year, when I carefully unwrap it?
December 19, 2011 § 2 Comments
I’m taking cheese & crackers to a whole new level. I created this quick, easy & delish combination for your next dinner party. Whether you’re hosting a holiday gathering at your home or you’ve been asked to bring an appetizer, give these a try!
I use the French St. Dalfour brand of fruit spread. For this appetizer, I selected the Red Raspberry & Pomegranate. See the ingredients & instructions below.
Modern Cupcake’s Cheese & Crackers
Seasoned flatbread crackers
St. Dalfour – Red Raspberry & Pomegranate Fruit Spread
Instructions: Break crackers into approximately 2″ lengths. Spread tops of crackers with fruit spread. Place a brie slice on top of fruit spread. Mince jalapeno (include seeds & membrane). Top with a small amount of jalapeno.
Not only are these delicious, they are pretty too! Bon appétit!
December 19, 2011 § 3 Comments
Did you know that everyone young & old, makes a difference in their lifetime? Yesterday, we were touched by two lives, a mother & a son’s.
My little one’s favorite thing to do this Christmas season is to visit the local Hallmark store & admire each & every ornament. So as expected, while out & about shopping we paid our visit to Hallmark. Wide-eyed, E ran straight for the ornaments & began pushing buttons, pulling strings & even finding joy in the more simplistic ones.
A woman stood next to us, peering around in search of ornaments. We exchanged light hearted words & both smiled as E carefully inspected each one. E was particularly drawn towards a tiny little Rudolph ornament. He kept showing us how if you pulled the string, the legs would magically move back & forth. As we stood there looking at the display, the woman selected two of the Rudolph ornaments & headed straight for the cash wrap. I remember at that very moment standing there smiling & thinking about how much joy the little ones receiving those ornaments would experience.
Photograph by Modern Cupcake
Soon after, we left the store & stopped for a restroom break. While E & I were gone, the woman walked up to my husband & quickly handed a Rudolph ornament box to him. She dashed off before he could even say thank you. Tucked in the box was a card. It read…
This Random Act of Kindess… Done in Loving Memory of our Beautiful Child Braden Friewald.
10/4/04 – 3/23/08
When E & I returned, my husband handed me the box. Tears filled my eyes as I read the card. I picked up E & squeezed him extra tight & covered him in kisses. I was completely overwhelmed by her gesture. As a mother, my heart wept for the woman & the loss of her child. And at the same time, my heart was warmed by the idea that Braden’s little life continues to touch others. And that his mother shines Braden’s light by random acts of kindness.
So this Christmas season, let us be mindful of the following. Express your love to those you hold near & dear. Be kind to those around you, because you never know what their life involves. Carry out random acts of kindness. Make a difference! Thank you Braden & Billie for these powerful reminders!