Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Four Things and Many Useful Tips!

Last time I posted, it was like, 1994. Ross loved Rachel. And now it's practically the end of March?

I'm not sure what happened. But, I'm here to recap the month, and offer useful tips to you.

First: Happy Spring!

The first day of spring arrived. I'm still wearing my winter coat, but inside, I'm trying to make things appear balmy.

I love plants. Unfortunately, I'm not very good at remembering to water them. Tip: Plants need to be watered. Or they die.

So instead of looking at dead plants, I've been supplementing my desert-loving greenery with fresh-cut flowers. I know what you're thinking -- buying fresh flowers every week can become expensive. True!

But here's a tip: Invest in great foliage. My friend gave me a bouquet of pink gerberas with the greenery you see in the photo. The flowers lasted two weeks because I cut the stems twice a week, but this greenery is going on 5 weeks! So, once the flowers die, you can splurge on just a few more of your favourite flowers and you'll have another pretty arrangement for weeks!

Second: Happy St. Patrick's Day!

St. Patrick's Day came and went. Mr. Baz kept it refined. He is a gentleman, after all. Tip: A bowtie is an ideal fancy-shmancy way to dress up your outfit, and it's perfect on St. Patty's Day, when you're inclined to spill drinks on yourself and friends. If you only wear a bowtie, you won't ruin an outfit.

Third: Cupcakes!

For my birthday, one of my girlfriends gave me the best cupcake book ever. It's filled with recipes on how to turn your cupcakes into works of art. The only stipulation, my friend told me, was that I had to make her one of the cupcake creations. So tonight, as a thank you, I made this:

Isn't it cute? I wish I could take credit for the originality, but I can't. I just followed the recipe. Which is so simple, and I will now share with you:

1. Make mini cupcakes. Tip: Use a mix. It's easy!

2. Ice mini cupcakes using white icing. Tip: Use the kind in the tub. It's super sweet. Yum.

3. Buy package of multi-coloured mini marshmallows. Pick out the yellow ones and stick them on top of your cupcakes. Tip: Feel free to eat the pink ones to keep your strength up while decorating.

4. Buy popcorn container. Stuff with tissue paper halfway, then place mini cupcakes inside!


Fourth: Vacation!

This weekend we're heading to Vegas. Four days of sun, cocktails, crepes, Cirque du Soleil and Criss Angel! I cannot wait. Neither can Mr. Baz. He will not get out of my suitcase.

Tip: When trying to pack for a trip, remove all animals first. Not only does it make it easier to pack without getting clawed or bitten, but also, there will be more space in your suitcase for your many pairs of shoes.

See you in a few days!


vickie said...

the cupcakes looks fantastic! mmmmmmmm.

Suzanne Gardner said...

Those cupcakes are adorable! I've always wanted that book. Great job! :)

chantelsimmons said...

Thanks girls! The only problem is that the container fits like 8 mini cupcakes. Which means I have about 2,376 mini cupcakes left. If only I had a driveway, I could set up a cupcake stand at the end of it.

Suzanne Gardner said...

Or you could just bring them to me! Haha! :)

So I guess the TIP from that is to buy lots of popcorn containers!

Janine Falcon said...

You made the popcorn cakes! They look so good! Did you send a photo to Lizzie??

Alicia said...

Oooo cupcakes! Is that the book that has the TV dinner made out of cupcakes? Because it also looks fantastically delicious.

Have an awesome time in Vegas, Chantel! Enjoy the crepes and cocktails... and especially Criss Angel!

chantelsimmons said...

Suzanne: Well, the cupcakes would've been stale by tomorrow. Maybe I'll make more. We'll see how good my students are...

Janine: You got your answer! - and to have one!!

Alicia: Just checked -- Yes! Chicken leg, peas & carrots and mashed potatoes with butter. To be honest, it kinda grosses me out. There's a whole savory section: corn on the cob, bagel & lox, spaghetti and meatballs...grody to the max.

My favourite is the fish bowl! With real fish! Oh, not real. You know what i mean.