Surprise 40th Birthday Party

Posted on February 17, 2017 in Parties

Over the course of the past several years, I’ve had the amazing opportunity to appear frequently on Salt Lake City’s #1 lifestyle show– Studio 5. One of the perks I enjoy because of this is getting to meet so many other wonderful show contributors.  Last year during a routine appearance, I couldn’t help but fixate on the guest who was currently displaying her darling DIY butcher paper party backdrops. They were SO cute and so easy! Lucky for me, after Brooke and I finished filming my segment, I got to visit and make friends with Sarah Quilter. She is so kind and so talented. 

So, I couldn’t resist but help her out with some custom treats when she threw her sister a surprise 40th birthday party.  Sarah provided me with a color scheme and party theme and just let me me have creative license.  As a cake artist, it’s always a good day when someone grants you artistic liberty to do what you will.  

Doesn’t this party look like so much fun? Thanks, Sarah, for letting me part of the party in some small way. 

Photo Cred: Kailey Rae Photography 

My forever Chocolate Chip Cookies

Posted on November 15, 2015 in Cookies

If I close my eyes, I can take myself back there instantly–eagerly sitting on a stool up to the white Formica kitchen counter in the home I grew up in.  A lot of time was spent on a stool watching  my mom thoughtfully and gracefully prepare meal upon meal for me and my four siblings. Although I can’t recall the precise age at which I began to be on the flip side of that beloved counter, I can still remember how important I felt accepting the very significant tasks my mom assigned me–measuring, tossing, stirring, filling, pouring, and so on. I belonged in there with her; and it was by her side that I learned to develop a confidence in the kitchen that instilled within me a love of home, memories, togetherness, and creating. 

I’d have to say that nailing down my mom’s chocolate chip cookie recipe was something in which I took great satisfaction.  To have memorized that treasured recipe was like a rite of passage. Now, all these years later, that recipe holds a very special place in my heart. It was the foundation for pushing me outside of my culinary comfort zone. What if I swapped out this for that? Wouldn’t it be yummy if I added this? Will removing that affect the texture?

And thus it began….a series of never-ending attempts, adjustments, mistakes, failures, and successes in the kitchen.

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