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2011 Calander = 12 months of Cupcakes ~January January 31, 2011

Filed under: Crafts,Food,HELLO CUPCAKE CHALLENGE,HOME,Recipe — Sharon @ 11:51 pm

I bought this calender  and I loved the cute cupcakes on it but as stated in my previous cookie post I am not really a baker.  Well, get ready 2011 cause you are now the “Year of the Cupcake”. 

The January cupcake is a polar bear.    I took this picture of the 1st page.  The Calender is based on a book from Karen Track & Alan Richardson. You can visit their website at

The problem with this calender is that they don’t give you any instruction but just point out what each part is made of.   I have not been to the website yet but I bet it gives instructions. (That might be useful in the future.)

The list for this included

  • mini M &M’s
  •  Cheerios
  •  donut hole
  •  spice drops
  •  coconut
  •  chocolate frosting. 

I decided to take on this challenge 2 days ago and I didn’t even own a cupcake or muffin pan.  So I went out and picked up my supplies.

I followed the instructions on the back of the box for the cupcakes.   Add Oil, Water, Egg and mix with mixer.  (again wishing I had a kitchen aid) 

I threw the cupcakes in the oven and then I started on the little heads. 

 I tried to frost the head and then realized that was not going to work.  I put some frosting in the microwave for 30 seconds and dipped them.  They took 3 separate dunks.  I am glad I didn’t get the powder sugar ones because the frosting would not have stuck. 




Then while the heads are chilling between dunks I started on the nose.  Mini M & M + chocolate frosting+ Gum Drop= Polar Bear Nose.










Then I started on the feet (paws)



I got a little worried when I checked on the cupcakes because I thought I over filled them and was ready for a disaster but they came out ok.

Now is was time to put the pieces together.  First I made the heads.

Then I frosted the cupcakes and covered them in coconut.  I had to run the coconut through the food processor to make it a little finer.






This was the first little guy!  How cute is he.  I want to name him. 

  January Polar Bears in time for the big storm tomorrow.  I will be bringing these little guys to work to encourage our poor service guys while plowing and shoveling another 20 inches of snow.

OMG!  I can’t even stand it.


I took one and put it on the calender for a little close up.  I think they look  like the photo.  What do you think?  Am I off to a good start with “The Year of the Cupcake” ? 


OWH Sketch #2

Filed under: Cards,Crafts,HOME — Sharon @ 3:02 pm

I have alot of Halloween stuff for cards, I like to wipe out Michaels after holiday sales so the next 2 cards were done in a Halloween theme.  This little girl trick or treating is too freaking cute.  

The sketch:

The Card. 


Mayflower Martini – The Met Bar and Grill January 30, 2011

Filed under: Food,HOME,Recipe,Travel — Sharon @ 4:44 am

While waiting for a table at PF Changs on “Date Night”  me and Ron ran downstairs to the The Met Bar and Grill to  have a cocktail.   I ordered the “Mayflower Martini”~  Kettle One Vodka, St. Germain, Chambord, and White Cranberry Juice.    I must remember this concoction for Columbus Day. ~Get It? Mayflower!  (also our wedding anniversary weekend)  

  Ok, so why is this a “Mayflower” and what is St.  Germain? 

St. Germain is an artisanal French liqueur made from hand-picked elderflower blossoms. The starry white flowers are gathered by 40-50 men pedaling the Alpen French countryside picking the flowers that will be distilled into this intoxicating nectar. Blended with a small amount of citrus and natural cane sugar to accentuate the subtle flavor of the elderflowers, the resulting liqueur is delicate and balanced with fresh floral aromas and flavors and hints of pear, apricot and grapefruit zest.

Drinking and Learning is FUN.


*This post is dedicated to Allison O’Neill Mayer who has requested more post  about cocktails!  


OWH Card Sketch Challenge #1 January 29, 2011

Filed under: Crafts,HOME — Sharon @ 4:05 am

On the Star and Stamps OWH Blog is has sketches from all of last year for card making.

The blog says:

 Welcome to our collection of Operation Write Home sketches! Feel free to use these in your cardmaking…change them up, turn them around, flip them upside down…have fun!

I was not in on the challenge last year so I decided I needed to do some catching up and maybe make a few cards a week using their sketch ideas.  They give you a layout and you come up with a card to match that layout.    Here is my 1st attempt.

The Sketch:

The card:   

I like the colors and the pop of red.  What do you think?


Em’s Wine Party Part 3 – Fun and Friends January 28, 2011

Filed under: Crafts,Food,HOME — Sharon @ 3:19 pm

With the wine flowing and the food filling our bellies I also got some pics of Em’s group of friends.  I thought I would share some people pics as well as Food and Decor. 

The Hosts. 

Me and Ron’s first photo without his glasses!  Weird!  In 10 years we have never had a picture without his glasses on.    I also used my place setting pom pom as a hair accessory.    Scott and Jen were across the table from us.  We made the connection that Ron’s sister lives right up the street from Scott in West Warwick, we had a total “It’s a Small World” moment.

Katie and Dave.  It’s their second time on my blog as they hit up the turkey trot 5k with me on Thanksgiving.

The girls of course.  Renata, Sarah and Michelle.

     Katie and Rachael

Emily pouring MORE wine for ~S~!  I think she was already at the giggle stage by now.………and then the  party really got started.  Mixing red wine and wall to wall carpeting means sometimes the host has to spot clean the floor!  Hahhaaa (the little gnome on the table looks totally guilty)

When I took this photo  was thinking about cricut wine charms.  I bet I could make some cute disposable name charms.  Hmmmmm.     I am crafty when tipsy!

15 bottles of wine on the table, 15 bottles of wine, take one down pass it around,  14 bottles of wine on the floor!~ hicup! 


Em’s Wine Party Part 2~ The Decor January 27, 2011

Filed under: HOME — Sharon @ 4:12 pm

Emily’s invitation for her party  set the tone for the evening with the menu planned out right on the invite with the pairing of wine selections.  I  knew this was going to be a food & wine lovers party.  She did all the decorating in a winter white with a touch of sparkle.  The tissue paper puffs that she hung from the ceiling were the perfect eye catcher as you walked in the door.

The table setting was done in white lights with a sparkly garland snow flake.  She had done smaller half  tissue snow balls for each setting with the  name of each guest cut out in cricut cartridges “Alpahalicious”   The table  also had little tissue snow balls attached to sticks in small vases throughout he table.

 The place setting each were set with a red wine, white wine and a water-glasses.  The glasses were huge.

 She managed to fit three 6 ft tables and seat 15 guest in a 1000 square foot apartment without feeling cramped.     Incredible!

The winter white was perfect for the cold January evening.  She is such a great hostess. Check out her blog for all the inside scoop on the party.


Emily’s Birthday Part 1 Food and Wine January 26, 2011

Filed under: Food,HOME — Sharon @ 3:25 pm

Emily’s Birthday Dinner was soooo good.   I got some really great pics and decided to post this in parts!     1st the food that she and Trevor prepared was delicious.  She did it in 5 courses and paired each course with a glass of wine. 

The Wine:  Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay,Merlot,Toscana and Shiraz. 

The first course a cheese course accompanied by the Pinot Grigio ~Ecco Domani~

The tower of cheese was amazing but everyone seemed to really love the Fromage D’Affinois that was like a Brie really melty and gooey.

The Cheese Course was amazing, I don’t think anyone stopped passing around the cheese until it was gone.  Grapes and figs rounded it off. 


Next more wine……..with this fun decanter attached to the bottle.  Chardonnay ~ Mischief Makers~

The next course was the salad.  I almost forgot to get a picture of this so this was the very end.  Endive, mandarin oranges and toasted nuts.

The third course was a sweet potato french fried served with a dipping sauce and ~Smoking Loon~ Merlot

The dipping sauce was a mix of BBQ sauce and raspberry preserve, so simple and went great with the sweet potato.

  The next course was the main course and I went to the kitchen to get some  shots.

The wine that was served with main course was a Tuscana~Monte Antico~.   

It rounded out the main dish of sweet and spicy sausage with linguine and side of summer squash,zucchini and onion.

The final course of the night was the dessert.  It was a brownie that had a hint of pepper and red wine with a graham cracker crust served with cocoa marshmellos.

The ~Four Sisters~ Shiraz ended the night and went wonderfully with the  rich brownie.

 I wasn’t sure I was going to like the red wine.  I am not much of a red wine drinker but I actually enjoyed all of the selections.    I am definatle more willing to try more reds after this party.