there are probably a billion cheesecake recipes out there that are absolutely brilliant.
so why bother wasting my time writing another, and your time reading another
when we can talk about the TOPPINGS that make them pretty :)

on this post, i want to talk about 2 different types of toppings!

#1. the chocolate swirls
(like in the picture above)

check out my previous post here  
the last picture in the post will show you how to prepare your plastic bag.

1. simply fill your plastic bag full of chocolate
2. melt it in the microwave for 20 seconds and rotate (continue until all melted)
3. cut a little corner in your bag
and voila! you've got your piping bag!

the next step is to get wax paper...
4. squeeze out fun designs on the wax paper such as the ones above
* make sure you add a little vertical, thicker bottom to jam into the cheesecake *
5. then just stick the wax paper with the chocolate in the freezer to harden
and you've got some beautiful chocolate toppers!

#2. the raspberry puree
(yup, like the picture above)

simple, simple ladies and gents!

all you need:
- 1 cup raspberries
- 1/8 cup sugar
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch mixed with 1/4 cup water

1. heat up raspberries in a saucepan until it's all mushy
2. add sugar & stir together
3. mix in cornstarch & water 
* fun side note, cornstarch must be mixed first with cold water.
if corn starch is mixed with hot water = it gets lumpy! *
4. use a sifter to get rid of all the seeds
and you've got a sweet, raspberry puree!

hope those simple ideas help inspire you in your next baking dishes!


my dad's birthday is TODAY!
my dad has a yellow shirt that seems to be one of his favourites, 
so i thought i'd make him a cake to match it! :)
here we go!
start off with a cake base.  i wanted to make the cake a little smaller since it was just for 4 of us..
i took a 9x9 cake pan and made a brownie-cake, then just cut it into a rectangular shape.
make sure you cut off the top "muffin top" to flatten it!
i made a buttercream icing to cover the cake, then stuck it in the fridge to cool off.

in the meantime, i rolled out my yellow fondant (**that you make the night before!)
and got my green tie ready!

to make the striped look...cut & lay out the stripes, and simply use a rolling pin to roll the stripes in!
i wish i had more pictures to post from the process, but the lighting was terrible!
basically, 1. take your yellow fondant to flatten over the cake like our last fondant cake
2. lay your tie on the cake
3. lay your pocket on the cake
4. make your collar (long rectangle folded horizontally in half)

and that's it!
remember to use water to glue the pieces together
side tips: if the fondant gets shiny - you can use a paper towel to dab off the shine
(i'm not a huge fan of shine!)
give it a tryyyy!


my husband & i moved to cloverdale! it has been a slow process, 
which is why i haven't been able to post on here for a while!  we finally are getting settled so i found some time to make these flower headbands this long weekend! give it a try on your weekend off, it only took about an hour to make 2 headbands!
first and foremost: get the flowers! 
i went to Wal-Mart and bought a stem of flowers for $2.00 each.
it all depends on how many different types of flowers you want...
you could literally just buy one stem and that's all you need!

in my case i bought 4 different flowers = $8.00 (and had plenty to spare)

i'll show you two ways to make these headbands:

the first: only needs flowers and green floral wire

the second: needs flowers, hemp & a hot glue gun (polyester elastic optional)
the first way to make these:
- measure the circumference of your head and wrap the wire a couple times around like above
- cut the stem of the flower about an inch long and use the wire to wrap the flower on tight
- continue adding all the flowers desired

how stinkin simple is that!
i personally wrapped the floral wire with hemp all the way around after i added my 6-7 flowers
or keep going around the full headband with flowers to make a crown if you want.
completely optional!
this headband below uses the same technique
i just wrapped green yarn around the headband to add a different touch instead of hemp!
the second way to make these:
in my opinion, is the easier way!

you simply make your headband out of the hemp (or material you prefer)
then HOT GLUE gun the flowers down to the headband
(i added the leaves to add a nice touch)
{optional: i added the black polyester elastic to the back (sewed on a small piece) because i like having the headband hug my head tight when worn. if you do this you want to make the elastic stretch to equal the same circumference of the headband}

that's literally all you do.
i even used this white rose headband at my wedding reception! 
pictures at the bottom of this post!
and so if you're bored this weekend, give it a try!
add to your accessories bin!
would love to see what you come up with.
to see the birdcage veil i made for my wedding click here

to hear the song i wrote for our wedding click here