Sunday, October 25, 2009

My latest <3 Cupcake Creation <3

I decided to make some cupcakes for our Suor Angelica rehearsal today. It's been a hectic weekend with Pagliacci rehearsal yesterday and Suor Angelica today... so I thought my colleagues would appreciate a little "pick-me-up". I put together some chocolate cupcakes with buttercream frosting, topped with a white chocolate "heart".

Needless to say... they were a hit :)
Here are some of my past creations (from most recent on)...
80's Themed Cupcakes for the Haitian Diva's 30th Birthday...(
My first attempt at "swirling"
Tinted Buttercream on Classic White.
Wall-E Themed Cupcakes for Alex's Birthday...
Red Velvet with Cream Cheese frosting, Yellow Sugar Crystals and Edible Wall-E Decorations
The result of a fun cupcake decorating party with friends :)
Chocolate Cupcakes with every decoration under the sun!
"Christmas in August" Cupcake Tree
Vanilla with Cream Cheese frosting, fondant, M&Ms, Sour Patch Kids, etc...
More "Christmas in August" Cupcakes
Some Chocolate, some Vanilla, Green and Red Sugar Crystals, Fondant Stars, Cream Cheese and Buttercream Frostings
Ocean Themed cupcake tree :)
Chocolate and Buttercream with "Sea Life" Decorations
Happy Blogging :)

Friday, October 23, 2009

If you think you've got me figured out... you're wrong!

Strangers always got some mess to spread
But I have learned to flick them off
Can't walk a mile in my YSL's
I strap 'em on and I walk it off

Got 'em sayin', "I can't believe she did it" "No she didn't"
My wild factor's got 'em crazy (Crazy)
Got 'em sayin', "Yeah, she did it but I can't believe it"
Never say ya can't believe, ha ha...

Even if they try
They still can't walk a mile in these shoes
They couldn't even lace them up right
Honey, these pumps are too big to fill
10 million men can't walk a mile in these shoes

My strut's so fierce
Steven's got 'em mad at me
Laugh and talk behind my back
But they'll never get the best of me
I see 'em, doin' my dance
And I hear 'em, singin' my song
I'm surpassed in the rest
'Cause that's how I was raised to do it.

I'm walkin' tall
I don't let their hatred test me
They bite the dust
Head above water they still can't breathe
My feet pound the ground
As I stomp it out
I dare you
To walk a mile in my shoes

Made famous by Jennifer Lopez

If I could only be so lucky...

Over the past few months, I have become a total and complete cupcake MANIAC!!!!! I love baking and decorating cupcakes for all sorts of events... Mostly, I like to bake them and give them away ;) With that said, I have also made it a point to subscribe to as many Cupcake and Baking Blogs as possible... As I was browsing my Blog Reading List, I noticed that one of the blogs is having a giveaway... the most spectacular giveaway EVER!!!!

A Tiffany & Co. Cupcake Charm and Chain... ::le sigh::

Oh, if I could ever BE so lucky to win this! I never win ANYTHING!!! It's just too gorgeous for words...

Click on the link for more details, and of course, check out CakeSpy :)

Happy Blogging!!!!! :)

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Anniversary/Valentine's Plans are in the works!!!

Mr. R and I have been throwing around ideas to celebrate our Anniversary/Valentines and even his Birthday (which is February 24th). I think we have finally decided what we want to do... A weekend in NYC!!!

As of now, we are planning to leave on February 12th, and return the 15th (Friday to Monday). We will have plenty of time to go sightseeing, have a Romantic Dinner, and absorb NYC in all it's awesomeness... We also want to see the Musical Avenue Q, which recently went off Broadway...

We can't wait!! This is SUPER exciting!!! Of course for our REAL Anniversary, we will stay home, sip champagne and eat the top tier of our Wedding Cake... but 3 weeks later, the celebrating will be in FULL SWING!! I love my Husband :) He's the GREATEST!!!!!

Happy Blogging!!!!! :)

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

My first BIG order :)

My cupcake addiction began slowly... baking a few here, and a few there, mostly for things at home, or maybe to take to a friends house... and then, all of a sudden... BOOM! I became obsessed. There is no other word for it. Really.

I made some for a "Christmas in August" Party, and a couple of friends' birthday parties... and now, finally I have my first BIG order... 72 cupcakes! Yeah... that's a whole bunch of cupcakes. And of course, they are for Halloween. The person who has commisioned me for this is my Mom's good friend, Janet, also known as my un-official Wedding Planner ;) She wants cupcakes for her 4th grade class for Thursday the 29th, and of course her sister and my Mom in Kindergarten want some too... Here are some of my inspirations for this job...

Wish me luck!! I'll let you all know how it turns out ;)

Happy Blogging... ;)

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Party and Weekend Update :)

Hello everyone! Well, it was a busy weekend, to say the least, but a great one. We had AWESOME weather here in South Florida... and I think the word "AWESOME" is an understatement for how great the weather really was... but that's another story ;)

Sunday was our Nephew's Baptism, followed by a luncheon at my In-Laws. We had a great time! It was a beautiful day, and everything turned out beautifully! I missed the actual Baptism due to a rehearsal conflict. I was given a small role in the Opera "Suor Angelica" with Florida Grand Opera, and am required to attend several rehearsals, some even during the day on week days. But, I am actually getting paid a salary vs. hourly now, so I don't mind! :)

As you might already know, on Friday the Hubby and I hosted a "Movie Premier Night" to showcase our Wedding Film (recap of film in earlier post). We invited many, and many attended. Let's just say our little house was "busting at the seams"... but we had an AWESOME time! The decorations really brought the house to life, along with all our very lively friends and family who attended. Here are some photos... All the logos, Custom Popcorn bags, and door signs were designed by me. Enjoy! :)
The Red Carpet for my A-List Friends & Family
VIP Entrance
Custom Popcorn Bags
"Rock Star" Wall, complete with Custom Logos
Movie Time!
Live performances, thanks to "RockBand"

Awards for the "A-Listers"

Friday, October 16, 2009

Been busy, planning away :)

I know I've been a bit "lost" lately... but it's only because I've had a very BUSY week. Tonight, we are hosting a Hollywood Themed party in our home for the viewing of our Wedding Film. It is sure to be a start studded event ;) I hope to post pictures sometime this weekend.

On Sunday, we also have my Nephew's Baptism, followed by a luncheon at my In-Law's.

I guess you can say we have a pretty fun-filled and busy weekend :) See you soon with pictures from tonight's event ;)

Happy Blogging!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

The Jewel Song

Ah! je ris de me voir, Marguerite's aria from Faust

Ah! je ris de me voir (Ah, I laugh to see myself)
si belle en ce miroir, (so beautiful in this mirror,)
Ah! je ris de me voir (Ah, I laugh to see myself)
si belle en ce miroir, (so beautiful in this mirror,)
Est-ce toi, Marguerite, est-ce toi? (Is it you, Marguerite, it is you?)
Réponds-moi, réponds-moi, (Answer me, answer me,)
Réponds, réponds, réponds vite! (Respond, respond, respond quickly!)
Non! Non! ce n’est plus toi! (No No! it’s no longer you!)
Non...non, ce n’est plus ton visage; (, it’s no longer your face;)
C’est la fille d’un roi; (It’s the daughter of a king,)
Ce n’est plus toi, (It’s no longer you, etc.)
Qu’on salut au passage! (One must bow to her as she passes!)
Ah s’il était ici! (Ah if only he were here!)
S’il me voyait ainsi! (If he should see me thus)
Comme une demoiselle (Like a lady)
Il me trouverait belle, Ah! (He would find me so beautiful, Ah!)
Comme une demoiselle, (Like a lady,)
Il me trouverait belle! (He would find me beautiful!)
Achevons la métamorphose, (Lets complete the metamorphosis,)
Il me tarde encor d’essayer (I am late yet in trying on)
Le bracelet it le collier! (The bracelet and the necklace!)
Dieu! c’est comme une main, (God! it’s like a hand)
Qui sur mon bras se pose! ah! ah! (Which is placed on my arm! Ah, ah!)

When I grow up... careful what you wish for cause you just might get it ;)

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Hello :)

Our weekend was nothing short of interesting... if you read my previous post, you already know that this weekend went to the dogs. ;) Poor little Max tried really hard, and finally "tied" on Sunday. He was a first timer, and had a little trouble getting where he needed to go, but we assisted him, and he finally DID IT! :) Hopefully in about 60 days we will see the fruits of his efforts...

Yesterday, I did not work. I stayed home and began cleaning up the disaster that remained after a very hectic weekend (Max is mostly an outside Dog, and decided he would mark his territory all over our house... I nicknamed him "Swiffer WetJet"). After cleaning up for the most of the day, I went off to Teach 3 lessons... my last lesson of the day was for an 8th grader named Audrey who is very talented, and a very hard worker. Honestly, for a 13 year-old, her work ethic astounds me. :)

Today, I am working... as I will be Thursday and Friday... but this week is that much sweeter because... OUR WEDDING VIDEO IS READY!!!! I can't wait to see it... and of course, soon, I will be able to share something I've had in the works for some time. ;)

Hope everyone is having a fantastic week so far...

Happy Blogging :)

Friday, October 2, 2009

We've got ourselves a "stud" ;)

So for the past few months, Mr. R and I have talked about breeding our
Miniature Pinscher,

Isn't she just precious? :)

We finally decided that when she went into her next heat, we would breed her for the last time. She had 2 puppies about 4 years ago, but Mr. R wasn't in the picture at that time... and also, this time, we want to keep 1 female.

That heat came 11 days ago, and today is the day. I will be picking up her "stud" this afternoon when I get out of work at our friend's house. Ironically, this "friend" is an ex of mine, but he happens to be the cousin of my friend who introduced me to my Hubby. Yea I know, a bit "complicated". I know what you're thinking... how awkward is that? But actually, I must report that it isn't wierd at all... we even traveled to Disney together once with him and his ex-girlfriend.

So anyway, I am going to go pick up Max, and bring him home to Madison so they can PD (Puppy Dance) all weekend. This is going to be hilarious! Let's hope for a successful weekend, and for a happy and healthy 2 months for our Shushu :)

Happy Blogging!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Last Night's Lobster...

So last night, I decided to go ahead and cook the 2 lobster tails that my hubby was given by the guy that works with him. I was going to cook them traditionally, but I realized that one was A LOT smaller than the other, which is when I decided to rip all the meat out, and toss it with some pasta. I bought some barilla plus spaghetti (too bad they don't make it in fetuccini style), some creamy alfredy sauce and a little crab (I just had to...).

I took each lobster tail, and emptied it out onto the cutting board, cut it up into chunks, and set it all aside. In a deep skillet, I combined olive oil, salt and pepper (from the mills) and some parsely. I tossed in the lobster at medium heat, and let it simmer for a few. Then, I added the crab, which was already cut up. I added a bit more salt, pepper and parsely, and covered it, occasionaly stirring. Meanwhile, I had the pasta boiling simultaneously. When the pasta was ready, I drained it, and added the sauce directly to the spaghetti. At that point, it was time to eat... I served the pasta on the plate, and then scooped some of the cooked lobster and crab on top.

It was delicious. We INHALED it. Mr. R couldn't stop saying how good it was! This is why I have no pretty pictures to show. Sorry. Next time I make it, I'll try and snap a few ;)

Happy Blogging! :)