Monthly Archives: April 2011

  • Poilane’s Punitions or Punishment Cookies Poilane’s Punitions or Punishment Cookies

    Poilane’s Punitions or Punishment Cookies

Poilane’s Punitions or Punishment Cookies

  Punitions means “punishments” in English. I’m in a sour mood today, it’s raining and it’s grey. And I had the day off from work but sure enough my son woke up sick and lethargic. Now that he’s asleep, I decided it’s time to blog about my experience making these small buttery French cookies a few weeks ago. This recipe comes to us via Dorie Greenspan’s book “Paris Sweets.” Which I’ve referenced time and time again. It’s adapted from the classic recipe from the world-renowned Parisian bakery Poilane.When I started mixing the dough, I thought “Punishment? The French are sooo ironic, what a clever name!” When I began rolling it out, I thought “Punishment huh? Okay, so this isn’t that easy. But I’m working out all my frustrations, so this is actually great.” And then after I baked these cookies, I thought. “Punishment. Yup. These kinda suck.” They were plain old […]

  • Hatching Chick Cupcake Toppers Hatching Chick Cupcake Toppers

    Hatching Chick Cupcake Toppers

Hatching Chick Cupcake Toppers

  This is the latest creation for Frost and Fete, the Etsy shop my sister and I launched recently. When my mother and sister hosted my bridal shower, their hunt for cupcakes became a bit of a family joke as it literally spanned weeks. I wish this solution had presented itself to us – cupcake toppers that would fit the decor and theme of the party. It would have been much easier to top plain old cupcakes than to search for the perfect cupcakes covered in piped flowers. Plus, we could have saved the toppers for another event. No matter though. You live and you learn. So, check out our Hatching Chick Cupcake Toppers, which I will be using when I make a batch of cupcakes for my pregnant friend’s upcoming baby shower at the end of this month. (And, she can also save them and use them for an Easter […]

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  • Canadian federal election cupcake toppers Canadian federal election cupcake toppers

    Canadian federal election cupcake toppers

Canadian federal election cupcake toppers

  It’s already April and if you are Canadian, a federal election is just weeks away. This campaign is all-consuming for me these days, especially with my day job as a news producer. And so when I wanted to bake cupcakes for my colleagues on Budget Day, I wanted to decorate them appropriately. At first, I thought chocolate numbers might make be the ideal cupcake toppers, but then in talking to my sister, the idea of the party leaders came up. I went on the hunt on Etsy and eBay but couldn’t find anything nearly close to what I wanted.And Budget Day came and went, I ran out of time, and I didn’t find any appropriate toppers nor did I make the cupcakes. But my sister – being the more artistic one – made the cupcake toppers anyway. And here they are on our very own Etsy shop, Frost and Fete . If […]