Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Why have I never heard the term "snood"?

I must have been living under a rock, because the term actually dates back to 725 or so.  Who knew?  Well, a friend recently asked me if I could make her one.  She shot me a pic and I was like "well sure I can make that!"  I checked out some Esty stores and they are really quite the rage.

Now, the snood has evolved over the centuries and it hasn't always been cute.  Dowdy might be a good descriptor.  But today's version is darn sassy.  It's basically a tubular cowl-style scarf that can also act as a hood.  Kind of "Riding Hood-Chic", if you will.

Check out these two versions that I did for my friend.  One for her and one as a gift for her to give.  She gave me creative liscense with color - just specified cool colors - which work great with her stunning blue eyes. 

The blue/green one is a soft, lighter yarn weight and drapes quite nicely.


The pink/purple is a chunkier yarn and has a more substantial drape.

If you haven't already seen these around, I'm sure you will start to notice them.  Because what girl doesn't love a multi-purpose accessory?

By the way, the model above is not my friend ; )

Until next time!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

WHOOPIE!!

Hi all -
Hope January is bringing good things so far!  For me, it's a month of lists and checkmarks.  I have been Productive Patty since the start of the year, and it's a good feeling. 

One of the things that has been on my CREO list for months is the wish to try out some new recipes and flavor combinations.  I want to offer some flavors that are more sophisticated and have more appeal for a mature palate (ie. anyone over the age of 10).  I had been dabbling with some new icing flavor profiles as I was working on other projects and had icing to spare, but was waiting for an opportunity to put all the pieces together.

So...this week, my friend Kendra, asked me to make something different and special for her husband's 40th birthday party.  She wanted something easy to serve as the rest of the food would be served appetizer buffet style.  I had been playing with the idea of a re-created twinkie, but am still searching for the perfect pan to do so.  So in the meantime, how about a whoopie pie?  Very popular right now, easy to serve, versatile...done.



I love how these turned out.  Cake sandwiches, as my kids like to call them.
1 - Choco-mocha cake with mexican hot chocolate cream cheese filling and a milk chocolate drizzle.  Cayenne, chili powder and cinnamon give the frosting a subtle kick that is "muy bueno"!
2 - Spice cake with chai buttercream filling and white chocolate drizzle. Chai tea, nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon, ginger and ...black pepper!  SO delicious.  I simply adapted a chai ice cream recipe that I have to make this buttercream sing!

Also working on a margarita cake with sea salt/tequila buttercream.  This one will be in honor of my beautiful mother-in-law, with whom I LOVE to share a cocktail.  Cheers to you, Mom, and our "crazy" day in Key West!

All of these flavors are now available and feel free to try different cake/frosting combos!  The chai frosting is DELISH on the choco-mocha cake!

Until next time!