making ganache …

inspired by the tv show, dc cupcakes my niece wanted to make some cupcakes and top them with ganache. it is the first time i made it. turns out it is super easy to make and only uses two ingredients – chocolate and cream.

here’s how we made it:
• 6 ounces chocolate – chopped up (we used dark chocolate)
• 1 cup heavy cream

in a pan on the stove bring heavy cream to a boil. as soon as it starts to boil take the pan off the heat and stir the chocolate in. keep stirring until all of the chocolate is melted. now you have ganache. we let it sit for a bit to cool off until it was the perfect consistency for dipping the cupcakes.

once the ganache was ready to use, i was shown the proper way to frost cupcakes with the ganache. you simply dip the cupcakes in the frosting, twist a bit and the pull them out. the perfect frosted cupcakes. after letting the cupcakes sit for a bit the ganache firmed up and left a shiny coating.

my little niece stopped by and helped add blue chocolate buttons (and do a little taste testing). she gave the cupcakes the thumbs up.

saving the yellow countertops …

Yellow used to be my favorite color. Growing up I had yellow walls. But the yellow countertops in my kitchen looked dated and out of place. Turns out the wallpaper was the problem. It was dark blue and had little baskets full of flowers all over it. White paint was the answer (I think it always is).

Underneath the blue wallpaper there was another layer of wallpaper – an orange and gold diamond pattern – and that wallpaper was not going anywhere. On the walls above the counters there was a laminate that had specs of orange and yellow in it. Since the laminate didn’t hold paint and the orange wallpaper was not coming down, new wallpaper seemed like the only option.

Wallpaper is not my favorite thing. It is a hassle to take down and I think allover pattern is a bit too busy, but I found this beadboard wallpaper that works perfectly. It adds texture to cover up the uneven walls and is paintable so if I ever want to change the white it won’t be a problem. To make the yellow countertops look like part of a plan I bought these photos. The countertops now look fresh and brighten up the dark kitchen.

Now if I can just find a way to save the beat up floor.

weekend baking …

For a couple of years I have seen cake pops around the web. After seeing these last week I knew that they would be a fun project with my nieces and nephew. There were a few technical issues in the beginning, and probably should have looked for a recipe before making them, but in the end everything worked out. We had a nice time and I am told they taste like candy coated chocolate munchkins.

Photos by my niece

the new old Letter C studio …

Last week without too much thought I decided it was time to move Letter C from my house back into my old office space. A few car trips and 24 hours later I was moved back in and unpacked. There are things that I still want to get done – like paint the walls either white or light grey and get rid of that big blue circle with the C in it – but for now I am working from my new old office.

the breakfast of choice …

Anytime my nieces and nephew sleep over there really isn’t a discussion what is for breakfast … it is always the same. Pancakes. Every now and then I try to mix it up with the option of waffles or cinnamon rolls, but pancakes always win out.

If more than one of them sleep over, they eat the pancakes faster than I can make them. They love their pancakes. I always make a double the recipe and send the rest home with them so they can have pancakes.

The recipe I use is adapted from Nigella Lawson’s book “The Domestic Goddess”.

time for valentines

Lots of cute valentines are available to choose from in my etsy shop. The tiny size valentines aren’t mailable, but they are perfect for your kids to hand out in class.

Every year I ask my nieces and nephew what they want on their cards. So far this year, all I know is one of them mentioned raining hearts. The little girl valentines above are based on the cards my nieces gave last year. Want them to look a little more like your little girl? Not a problem, you can get the hair and eye color changed.

Place your orders before February 4th to make sure you get them in time for Valentine’s Day.

the write one

The idea of offering pencils in my shop has been on my mind for awhile. With Valentine’s day coming up I thought they would make a nice favor for kids to add to their Valentine’s cards since a lot of schools don’t allow candy. My sister came up with “you are the write one” and I foil stamped it on some natural wood pencils. I went with golf size pencils so they will fit into my valentine cards so kids can stick them right in the envelopes.

hingham holiday market

This past weekend I was up in Massachusetts in Hingham at a holiday market. I haven’t done a show in a year, so I had a lot of work to do before hand. Lucky for me I have a super helpful family (including my two little nieces) helping me punch, cut and packages lots of new goodies. Once I am caught up on orders there will be new tags, postcards, stickers and more available in my etsy shop.

The photo above was taken by the lovely Liza of Dasken Designs. My mom spent the weekend with me at the show so I got her a necklace that she wanted from Liza as a Christmas gift. Once I got back to my booth and my mom saw the box she ripped it out of my hands and I haven’t seen it since – so Merry Christmas Mom.