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I have been ignoring my dear Marshmallow Dreams site lately as i have been focusing my attention on my photography and graphioc design site,! Take a peek! Website was created from scratch and i think its a great way to showcase what im up to! In addition, I finally met my first and only related-by-blood cousin yesterday – Little Ava. SO CUTE πŸ™‚


Imelda Marcos and I are born of the same tree, i swear.

i may not be in the position to match her shoe for shoe, but i counted my shoes the other day and I can account almost 70 pairs of shoes inside my house – right now accessible in 15 seconds. yes. almost 70 pairs of shoes. and proud of it πŸ™‚


The regular shoes!

and the fancies!

Heel tunnel! (and my laundry! πŸ™‚

ohh la la!

Pootie had to come approve the selection πŸ™‚

… She’s fancy – i think she liked ’em πŸ™‚

The next installment of my mom (code name “DQ”)’s handiwork – the Chocolate Tulip!

Can anyone guess what DQ stands for?!Β Β  πŸ™‚

The chocolate tulip

The chocolate tulip

it was another of the bite-sized desserts that went to the fundraiser…this was a really bitter sweet ganache in a buttery crust – almost like a truffle in a tart pan πŸ™‚

Here’s the group shot:

a field of tulips? :)

a field of tulips? πŸ™‚

My mom is an incredible chef and more importantly, baker.

She was commissioned/volunteered to make tasty treats for a fundraiser for our local hospital.

She made chocolate tuplips, hedgehogs, pumpkin purses and caramel chocolate cups – all were divine!

Check out her handi-work – I’ll post them all over the next few days … (See the second post here)

Here are the …



A little hedgehog - this one was on the run!

The Hedgehog Army - I think there were over 200 individually

The Hedgehog Army - I think there were over 200 individually

Cooling in the pan

Cooling in the pan

With holidays and entertaining season fast approaching, hosts and hostesses can relish in the ease of creating, the sweet taste and pretty presentation of Pecan tartlets which can be made ahead and frozen before baking the day they are needed. The cups are just a little sweet, with a touch of salt and the warm toasty pecan flavor being the star of the show.


Β½ cup toasted pecans finely chopped

2 cups flour

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1 tablespoon sugar

2 Β½Β  sticks unsalted butter, chilled and cut into small pieces

1/3 cup ice water

In a dry pan, add pecans and toast until a nutty smell starts to arise and the nuts take on a gentle brown color. Remove from pan and spin a food processor until nuts are finely chopped. Add flour, salt, sugar and butter and pulse until crumbly and combined. With the food processor running, slowly poor water into the machine’s spout until dough forms into a ball. Remove dough and flatten into a disk, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least one hour.

While dough chills, start with the filling:

3 cups toasted pecans, finely chopped

Β½ cup brown sugar

ΒΌ cup flour

1 teaspoon cinnamon

Β½ stick unsalted butter

1 teaspoon kosher salt

Repeat toasting and chopping process for pecans just as for dough. Once nuts are finely chopped, add sugar, flour, cinnamon, butter and salt and pulse until combined and crumbly. Set aside and ready pans.

Grease mini-muffin pans and set aside. Remove dough from refrigerator, unwrap and dust dough and rolling surface with a small amount of flour. Roll dough until 1/8 inch thick. Using a ring cutter, custard cup, or other circular cutter about three inches in diameter, cut out rounds and place them into mini muffin pan divots, pinching the creases to fit cleanly.

Place 1 to Β½ teaspoons of nut filling in each cup, leaving the filling aerated – don’t compact it into the cups.

Add a pecan, blackberry or other decorative topper on top of the filling and place muffin pans into a preheated 350 degree oven for 20 minutes or until crust edges brown and a nutty aroma fills the kitchen. Let cool for 30 minutes or enjoy warm with ice cream.

I thought that I'd take a bite to show you how :)

I thought that I'd take a bite to show you how πŸ™‚

I entered three photos into a contest at Fine in their summer bouquets contest. I have a small clustering of Naked Ladies (at least that’s what we’ve always called them in our family) in my yard and I brought a few in to set on my window sill above my kitchen sink. They looked so elegant in the glass pitcher that I got a few years ago from a past landlord that was filled with a homemade liquor — I hope I do well!

Vote for me?? πŸ™‚

Here’s a sneaky peek: