May 22, 2017

Eating glitter sounds dumb.  But then again, maybe eating glitter could be awesome?

Usually eating sparkly plastic is frowned upon in modern society, but what if I told you there is a few glittery sprinkles that are actually edible.




I came across 2 companies that make the magical sprinkles.  The Bakers Party Shop and Bakery Bling.  I was a lucky duck last week and won a big ol’ bottle of sprinkles from The Bakers Party Shop and let me tell you, these are amazing.  So colorful and radical.  A pastel mix of unicorn love, in sprinkle form.

I also ordered a TON of glitter sprinkles from Bakery Bling recently.  Pink sugars with gold stars, black and purple sugars with silver squares, and my personal favorite, the Unicorn Mix….iridecent diamond BLING.  These sprinkles are life changing.


Add them to your cakes, pies and don’t forget the sparklers to go full out diva.

May 10, 2017


Dare I say spring is my favorite season?  As a Minnesotan, I *should* say that fall is my favorite…and let’s be honest, fall in Minnesota is pretty epic.


But dammit, we just got through the ugly stage of winter-into-spring, and things are finally green, warm and colorful.  Plus, I have a spring birthday, so I really should be loving spring more than I do.  Here is my attempt to catapult spring in to the #1 position in your favorite season list.


Spring will instantly shoot up to your favorite season once the lilacs bloom, right?  The smell.  The color.  Those dainty, sweet little blooms that make the bees happy.

Now, pick those darling little purple flowers and make them into a cocktail!  That’s what I did once my lilac bush bloomed a few days ago, and now I am sipping pretty with a delicious lilac vanilla simple syrup that you make at home.  Plus, it’s paired with whiskey, another #1 in my life, and it does not disappoint.

If you do an internet search for “lilac simple syrup”, there will be a lot of Pinterest-worthy images of a beautiful purple liquid in pretty tablescapes.  That is a lie.  When you make your own lilac syrup, it is actually a greenish hue.  No worries!  It’s still sweet and has a yummy (but light) floral taste that pairs well with a favorite whiskey.


Lilac Vanilla Whiskey Cocktail

3 oz ginger ale

2 oz whiskey

1 oz lilac vanilla simple syrup, see recipe below


lilac flowers for garnish


Add ice to a lowball glass.  Pour ginger ale, whiskey and lilac vanilla simple syrup in the glass and stir gently.  Garnish with a few lilac flowers and serve.



Lilac Vanilla Simple Syrup

1/2 cup water

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 vanilla bean, scraped

1/2 cup of lilac flowers, washed and stems removed


Bring the water and sugar to a boil on the stovetop in a small saucepan.  Stir.  Add vanilla bean and lilacs to the pan and lower heat to a low boil for 4 minutes.  Strain and cool completely.  Store in refrigerator in airtight container for up to 2 weeks.