Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Andersen Family Newsletter

We know this isn't really "new" news, but thought we would share our Christmas newsletter with each of you :) If you click on the image, it will make it larger.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Wedding cake and flowers

A girl in our ward hired me to do her wedding flowers. She wanted silk because she was getting married and having a reception in Utah and then an open house here two weeks later. This was my first wedding job using silk, so I was already a little nervous, but then she told me she wanted red, white and blue flowers and I was afraid everyone would think it was the 4th of July. I was surprised at how difficult it was to find suitable, affordable silk flowers here - I ended up ordered most of them. They turned out well - I used magnets for the first time too - so no pins needed. Their situation hasn't been good for quite a while -her mom was a single mom raising 3 kids - and they approached me about doing a cake. I really enjoy the food side of things as you know, so I said yes. We did fondant because it had to travel, too, but I had only done cookies with fondant, so it was a learning experience. I was pleased with how it looked, although the top layer had major problems duriing the trip to Utah, the buttercream got warm, the fondant started to tear at the edge and slid down the side of the cake. They got it patched and put a flower over it, and I made a new one for the open house here (I was planning to do that anyway) All in all it was pretty fun and looked good.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Happy Halloween!

Just thought I would post a picture of the candy bar bouquets I made for our visiting and home teaching families. Some of the others that I already delivered had a central orange and black lollipop with Happy Halloween written on it and some wooden witches, ghosts or black cat wooden cutouts skewered in as well. The hot chocolate spoons were fun to do - idea from your home-based mom blog.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Teacher's Breakfast

I catered a teacher's breakfast for their first day of school this past Tuesday. It was my first paid food venture and it turned out pretty well. I prepared several kinds of quiche, cranberry orange scones, a new blueberry breakfast cake recipe, and cinnamon twists (cinnamon rolls , basically, but twisted like in the Make a Mix book). I made some pink and green flower arrangements with zinnias from my garden and printed up some menu tags. Because I had seven quiche to display, plus all the breads, I needed more cake stands. I used an idea I saw on Homebased Mom and in Christopher Lowell's book, the hassle-free host, and stacked glass plates on overturned vases. They were a fun addition to the silver restaurant cake stands I had. I didn't get any pictures the day of the event - I'm always running around like a chicken with it's head cut off, but here are a few after the fact. The new blueberry cake recipe came from Alexandra's kitchen and it is a keeper. Check it out and be prepared to drool!
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Friday, June 3, 2011

Jacob and Derek

Derek's Junior Prom

Jacob's 8th Grade Promotion Ceremony

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Saturday, March 26, 2011


The tulips have been very fun this spring. I'm not sure what I'll put in this vase when the tulips are gone.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Cupcakes Again

Our last order we made these cupcakes. Lemon and lime. I really like the cupcake boxes we found to put them in.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Flowers and Treats

So excited that I was able to use one of the vases from Kathryn's reception again. And lucky that I happened upon these long stem Calla lilies at the grocery store.
I love that the height worked out perfectly with the mirror in the Studio.
This week's treats were Lemon Drop Cupcakes and Lovely Lime Cupcakes.
Both new recipes were definitely keepers.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Flowers for Studio 55

Flowers for Studio 55

Studio 55 Sweets

Here are the last things I made for the Studio 55 Sweets.

White Chocolate Peppermint Popcorn

Caramel and Chocolate Pretzels

Valentine's Oreo Bark

Thursday, February 3, 2011


I have started working a little part-time. And since my husband is a part owner, I have been doing a few florals to brighten up the space. I am definitely a beginner and wish I had some education on the subject but it's been fun.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011


I have started working a little part-time. And since my husband is a part owner, I have been doing a few florals to brighten up the space. I am definitely a beginner and wish I had some education on the subject but it's been fun.

My Poor Car

This is what happens when you are in the middle of a 5 or 6 car multiple vehicle accident. I'm just fine though a little sore.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

A Few Treats

We made 39 pans of frosted brownies for an order.

The caramel and chocolate pretzels were a hit this year as was the peppermint oreo bark.

These were the favors for Cody and Amy's wedding luncheon.

Here's a few things I've made over the last year. Been awhile since I blogged about the treats.