Last month I had the pleasure of spending a week in San Francisco with a good friend (Sharnel
). When I first got home I posted a little re-cap of our trip HERE
. I’m back today to share more details from a couple of our favorites stops.
One of the highlights of our trip… well, other than all the late night girl talk… was a visit to Ghirardelli Square to have brunch at Crown and Crumpet
Now I consider myself a bit of a tea room connoisseur. I have two girl friends in particular who share my love for tea parties and we have visited at least a dozen different tea shops all over California (over the past 12 or so years). So I have quite a lot to compare to when I visit a new tea shop.
Crown and Crumpet
is the cutest tea shop I have ever been too! The decor is not the typical formal English styling. The shop design has taken it’s cue from Cath Kidston
, with bright colors, beautiful floral patterns, and a bit of a shabby-chic feel. Crown and Crumpet
includes the tea room itself, and a small shop on one side. Sharnel and I enjoyed the food, but it was the atmosphere and decor that really puts this shop high on my list of tea shops I’d like to visit again.
(The candies and cakes above are just decor, not for sale.)
Pretty adorable shop, isn’t it?
After our brunch at Crown and Crumpet
, Sharnel and I made a stop at Kara’s Cupcakes
(just a few doors down). I’ve enjoyed a few cupcakes from Kara’s
before (at a different location). Kara’s Cupcakes
is a small, sleek shop that sells just what their name suggests, cupcakes. Sharnel
(looking beautiful as always-in the photo below) chose a Fleur De Sel (Chocolate cake with caramel filling) and I chose Meyer Lemon (Vanilla cake with lemon filling and lemon buttercream). Both cupcakes were delicious.
I know I’ve mentioned several times my love for beautiful cupcake liners…
When I find great suppliers of quality cupcake liners, I get very excited, and then I want to share my excitement with you!
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Look at these gorgeous liners…
Now how about a little fun?
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This weekend I made some blue and brown sweets for a friend’s baby shower. Pretty cookies and cupcakes to help celebrate the baby boy to come. I made sugar cookies (recipe
) decorated with royal icing (how-to’s HERE
) and cupcakes to match. The cupcakes were chocolate cake (recipe
) with vanilla cream cheese frosting (recipe
) and decorated with fondant accents made by me (how-to coming…eventually).
I love the classic blue and brown color scheme, and I’ll look forward to someone having a girl, so I can play with pink and brown.
Last December I planned and put together a really magical birthday party for a good friend’s little girl. The birthday girl loves ballet, and since her birthday is in December we created a winter twist on a ballet theme… a Snowflake Ballerina Party. I posted the photos in one of my very first blog posts (in March of this year), and since I’ve gained a few readers since then (actually more than a few… thank you all!!), I thought I would post a little reminder to go enjoy the photos of the party if you haven’t already.
All of the details, recipes, etc. are in the original post, HERE
I’m a big fan of fancy desserts.
BUT… there are times when you just need something quick, easy and still delicious!
That’s the kind of recipe I have for you today.
In fact, I have a hard time even calling it a “recipe”, when it only has three ingredients…
Rolo (store bought chocolate/caramel candies), pretzels and pecan halves.
Bottom line, if you just threw those three things in a bowl it would be pretty yummy!
For these tasty treats, all you have to do is lay the pretzels on a baking sheet (I used these cute square ones, but the mini twists would work too). Top each pretzel with an unwrapped Rolo candy.
Bake in the oven at 250*F for 4-5 minutes (no longer).
When you remove them from the oven, the Rolo will still be in the same shape as when it went in the oven. Place a pecan half on top of the Rolo and press down a bit.
Top each of the Rolo with one pecan half.
Place the entire baking sheet in the freezer for about 5-7 minutes to allow the Rolo to cool.
Remove from freezer and enjoy! Or place in a container to enjoy later. These will last several days- probably more, but they’ve never lasted that long in our house!
These are so delicious! A great sweet-salty combo.
Recipe source- I recently discovered these when a friend made some for Scrapbooking night, but I think it’s an old recipe. I imagine it’s from Rolo =)