The house that I grew up in

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There we many special moments we enjoyed this past Christmas in Trinidad. One of them was seeing my children play in the yard I played in as a kid . My dad put a tree house in one of the fruit trees for the kids and made a rain spout so when the rain falls the cool, clean island water is collected and falls like an outdoor shower. Zack loved playing in the rain and because it’s so humid at times, a rain shower is a great cool down.

Mommy, the frog is doing this!

I think the caption describes this post best!

This magical moment happened in Trinidad over the Christmas holidays. (I took over 700 pics) Don’t worry, I will not overwhelm you will our pics… so over the next few days I’ll be posting highlights from our trip. The frog ended up playing dead (I’m guessing) as a ploy to escape my curious children and niece.

Coconut Butter cake with Lime and Cream Cheese icing and Raspberry sauce

 

In our effort to cook more meals at home we are discovering our sweet tooth and a passion for desserts, from scratch desserts.

Tonight Zack, my 7yr old, and I came up with an idea to use whatever we had n the pantry to create something sweet. We made a traditional butter pound cake using coconut instead of vanilla for flavor . The icing was a simple blend of cream cheese, sugar and a few teaspoons of lime, might I add it was the perfect sweet-tart contrast to the coconut . And the reduction consisted of  smashed raspberries, sugar(sparingly) , and a squeeze of lime.

It was delish! Dense and buttery yet soft and just sweet enough…

Enjoy our pics from tonight.

Birthday Rosettes preview

Don’t you just love rosettes! I know that my last post was a bit heavy..so I wanted to lighten the mood a bit and  show you a preview of things to come. I love geometric shapes and bold primary colors. Here is my take on a less feminine rosette. I think I might offer these with a couple of pinwheels, perfect for a boy birthday or baby shower. My sister having a baby boy so my eyes are on all things blue at the moment :O) Enjoy…

Happy New Year……

The first etsy message I got this year was from Leah, a stunning Australian bride with impeccable taste. She sent me a few pictures from her wedding(see above) and my heart melted! I can’t believe this is what we get do for a living…AMAZING! I always imagine the places our paper pinwheels or hearts end up and I’m always floored by the creative and beautiful events our items attend :O) This was a great way to start the new year. My customers are true geniuses and every time I set up my space to begin creating an order you will always see a smile on my face!

We are excited to begin this new year! There is  a hopefulness about the start of a new year that I love. I know that resolutions have almost become a ‘bad word’ and it’s because we are creatures of habit and tend to break them easily. I do confess I am a resolution maker. This year I resolve to spend more quality time with my children and to cook more. I would also like to blog more…perhaps it would make me a better writer.

Until the next time..adios for now…thank you for reading and I do wish you the best year yet!!!