Explore: Celebrate Our Local Street Food

This weekend check out the 4th Annual Street Eats Food Truck Festival at the Salt River Fields. Enjoy a variety of food from more than 50 different food trucks. Live music, cooking demos, and plenty of kid friendly activities make this a great event for the whole family. Tickets are 12 bucks each and kids under 12 are free. For more information visit the Street Eats website here: Street Eats AZ

2014 Street Eats Az

2014 Street Eats Az

Salt River Fields at Talking Stick
7555 N. Pima Rd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85258

Map: www.saltriverfields.com/location.aspx

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Fondant Cake Party

When crafty baking ladies gather – cool things come of it! We had a fondant decorating party. Some used the Cricut Cake and some went old school free-hand! It was so much fun to mix colors and create designs and the frosting was pretty tasty too. Thank you to my friend Sherrie for opening up her home and sharing her day with all of us at the Cake party!

Super Cool cake by 7 year old Samera

Cupcakes by Julie

Graphic Cake by Ruth

Geometric Cake by Ruth

Flower Volcano by Sherrie

Floral Loveliness by Pat

Cool Man Cupcakes by Eileen

Sarah my party co-hostess

Sherrie our host rolling out fondant

Garden Party Mini Carrot Cakes

This weekend I was invited to a friends lovely garden party and she let me contribute by whipping up mini carrot cakes. They were so good and gone so quickly. I will not put into print what the tall one said about his love for these little gems. I’ll just say that he is a man who can be swayed with just the smallest amount of delicious sugar. I used a simple recipe which I’ll share here: Mini Carrot Cupcakes Recipe. To make the carrot top greens I made green fondant and cut them on my Cricut Cake machine using the Freshly Picked Cartridge.

Fun times with my new Cricut Cake Machine

Okay seriously – those who know me,  know my love for the cupcake. Now I have a new tool to totally tear it up in my new baking studio! It is crazy. It is called the Cricut Cake. Here is the thing – I made my first project (see below) with fondant that I colored but the thing that I discovered is –  I can use it not only for fondant and gum paste but also for fruit roll ups, cookie dough, pie crust, cheese, caramel sheets – what else? Well pretty much anything thin that can be rolled out and will stick together when chilled. Who needs a special goody for an upcoming party?  Mmm hmm . . . I am ready! Oh by the way I am having a party with the Cricut Cake at a friends house in June – wanna come my Phoenix friends? Just let me know!

(disclosure I was given this product for free from Provo Craft)

Cloud with lightening and a skull with cross bones on my cupcakes!

Making the cupcakes in the baking studio

Kneading the color into the fondant

Shapes being cut out of the fondant on the Cricut Cake Machine

Poking out the small pieces of the fondant shapes on the mat - with a toothpick

Cupcake fun!

Baking Studio

Some of the fun I will get to have this summer will happen when my new Cricut Cake arrives in just a few short weeks. In preparation for all the baking fun I’ll be having,  I decided to transform part of my pantry into a baking studio. I figured it needed some organizational attention anyway so why not make it a fun project!

Along with all that cooking I plan on doing this summer I’ll need dessert so I’ll be baking cupcakes and such. Now I have a special place to get at it! To see details on this project visit Lovely Lula.

My new baking studio

Cute drawer labels made out of chalkboard oilcloth and hot pink wood grain fabric

SXSW – Austin Fun

I sure had a lot of fun at SXSW (South by South West) in Austin. Arriving on Saint Paddy’s day meant beer and party people everywhere. What a great town, great music, yummy beer and good people. Looking froward to returning again.

Ahhhh . . . Austin home of live music, crafty people and the wierd proud

Austin = Beer Time

bloggers welcome at a special cafe at SXSW

Band Poster

Band Poster

Band Poster

Cupcake Van - mmmm . . .

SPOON playing at SXSW - so gooooood!

Fabulous Wall in Austin

Charging Station in Austin - pull up and charge anything. Cell phones, laptops, camera's anything! So fabulously smart!

Out of commission phone booth - sign of the times