'Dessert'

Halloween Sweet Treats From MacKenzie Ltd.

October 5, 2018

By Tab Byrum

You know how you accidentally find things on the internet? Well, that’s what happened when I found Mackenzie Limited, I was trying to get to the website for MacKenzie-Childs and hit enter as soon as I started typing in Mackenzie and BOOM I was at the website for Mackenzie Limited. Needless to say, I’m thrilled I found them and can’t wait to see what all they offer for holidays and special occasions. Mackenzie’s was founded about 20 years ago and specializes in gourmet treats. They can help you with gifts during the holidays, specialty items to make your party extra special or plan a whole dinner. Today we are going to start with their Halloween treats they have for sale on their website and I’m particularly thrilled about the Halloween Nostalgia Cookies, delicious cookies with a gorgeous vintage them to them. There are lots of other fun and delicious Halloween treats but I’ll go into more detail below with the photos, in the meantime, you can visit Mackenzie’s website here and you can also follow them on Facebook and keep up with what’s going on. Now, let’s dive in and Enjoy!!!

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Royal Wedding ~ Wedding Cake

May 11, 2018

By Tab Byrum

Let’s be honest, we’re all always happy for the newly married couple when it happens but why do we show up to their weddings? The answer simply is CAKE!!!!!! In America we have a tradition of a wedding cake being a white cake, sometimes they are flavored. I’ve seen Strawberry Wedding cake, Italian Cream Wedding cake, and Angel Food Wedding cake, heck here in Oklahoma I’ve even seen wedding pies. At the royal wedding next week it’s been announced the couple has chosen a Lemon Elderflower cake with Buttercream frosting ( I love buttercream). It will be decorated with fresh flowers, it’s being made by Claire Ptak of Violet Cakes in London. Traditionally in England, wedding cakes and especially Royal wedding cakes have been some kind of fruitcake, not like Christmas fruitcake but a heavier cake with some kind of fruit baked in. The British don’t traditionally do a groom’s cake either but that tradition was broken by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge when Prince William had a grooms cake done up in his and the Queen’s favorite Chocolate Biscuit Cake. Today we are taking a look at Royal Wedding cakes and all the amazing design that goes into creating them. As a former and still sometimes cake decorator I can tell you that these cakes are major tasks to take up. So, pull up a plate and a fork and Enjoy!!!

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Italian Chocolate Easter Displays

March 30, 2018

By Tab Byrum

With this weekend being Easter this is the perfect time for me to share with you photos of the amazing Easter displays in chocolate and candy stores we saw on our recent trip to Italy. The displays are gorgeous and involve not only amazing pieces done in chocolate but also gorgeous papers and ribbons. We saw beautiful displays in all the cities we visited with perhaps the most beautiful being in Florence. Join me today for a look at how candy and chocolate are used to celebrate Spring’s big holiday in Italy, I hope you have a wonderful weekend and a Happy Easter to all. Enjoy!!!

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Valentine Goodies From Williams-Sonoma

January 29, 2018

By Tab Byrum

It’s still a couple of weeks until Valentine’s Day so you have time to order special goodies for your sweetheart and Williams-Sonoma has some gorgeous and delicious things to choose from this year. Whether you need a special dessert for a home-cooked Valentine’s dinner or just something to say I Love You or maybe I Like You…A Lot, Williams-Sonoma has some great choices. Visit their website here to see all the choices, I hope you like what I’ve collected here for you today. Enjoy!!!

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Food & Gifts From Vermont Country Store

December 14, 2017

By Tab Byrum

Yesterday I focused on Christmas Candy from Vermont Country Store and today I want to look at some of the other edible treats available from VCS. There are all kinds of fun, delicious, and unusual things available on the VCS website that would be great gifts in addition to just being delicious. Really good food items are always a great gift, whether it’s for someone on your list or for yourself, or maybe you want something new and unusual to serve on Christmas morning. Whether it’s Vermont Maple Syrup for pancakes or wonderful breads from Germany they’re available here. Join me today for a culinary tour and order soon if you’re going to do it, there are only 10 days left until Christmas. Enjoy!!!

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Christmas Candy From Vermont Country Store

December 13, 2017

By Tab Byrum

Candy plays a HUGE role in my family at Christmas, my mom has always been the candy maker and I shared her easy to make and delicious to eat recipe for Chocolate Peanut Clusters here a couple of years ago. When I was growing up I worked in the grocery store in my hometown from the time I was 14 until I graduated from college and at Christmas, we all looked forward to the candy. Christmas candy of all shapes, sizes, and flavors was ordered in bulk and it was our job to unpack it, weight it, price it and display. Hours were spent filling clear bags full of chocolate drops, gumdrops, candy canes, orange slices and so much more. We set up a big table at the front of the store and filled it with bags of candy, I can smell the chocolate and orange slices now sitting here while I’m typing. Today I want to share the candy choices you can order online and have shipped to you at Vermont Country Store, they have a lot of the old favorites as well as some I’ve never heard of but would love to try. All of these would make great gifts for hard to buy for family and friends, great stocking stuffers or just look and taste great sitting out in dishes in your home during the holidays. It’s still 12 days until Christmas but order soon. Enjoy!!! (remember to click on anything in Orange to visit that items webpage)

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Thanksgiving Desserts From Williams-Sonoma

November 16, 2017

By Tab Byrum

If you’re not a baker or even much of a cook remember there are lots of beautiful and tasty options you can buy. If you order by today from Williams-Sonoma that gives you enough time to receive your items by Thanksgiving, but there are only 4 days left to order and receive them by the 23rd. WS does allow you to order the entire meal but I’m always amazed by the beautiful and tasty dessert options they offer. Join me today for a look at pies, cakes, bars, and cookies that you can order and impress even the most finicky foodies in your life. Enjoy!!!

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LA Dinner & Dessert: Hotel Bel Air & Polo Lounge-Beverly Hills Hotel

March 15, 2017

By Tab Byrum

The last time I went to LA it was on a trip with friends and we stayed at the Hotel Bel Air, while we were there we had dinner one night and breakfast every morning at the Wolfgang Puck restaurant located in the hotel’s courtyard. I wanted Michael to see this beautiful place and experience the wonderful food and atmosphere so I made reservations for us at Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel Air for 6 o’clock. (above image via)

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10 Days Of Fall Decor: Williams Sonoma Bakeware

September 30, 2016

By Tab Byrum

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I love to bake, I don’t do a lot of it because of the obvious reason, we would just eat it. But truth be told Williams-Sonoma has beautiful bakeware that could definitely get me in the mood to bake up batches of fall goodies. They have amazing pans that when the cake or bread comes out is full of pumpkins and leaves. There are tools for cutting out amazing Fall inspired pie crusts for Autumn apple or pumpkin pies, and I love the pans that allow you to create small bite size goodies with an Autumn theme. Check out a few of the pieces of bakeware here and head over the  Williams-Sonoma website to see all their amazing pans and utensils for baking Fall goodies. Enjoy!!!

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American Heirloom Cake Stands

July 15, 2016

By Tab Byrum

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Almost as important as the taste of a good cake is the presentation, and nothing can do that better than a beautiful cake stand. American Heirloom is a wife and husband run company that started out specializing in handmade cutting boards ( a whole different post) and has since evolved into among other things cake stands. Their cake stands are so elegantly simple and the fact that their bases are made of wood (maple and walnut) makes them that much more alluring. Right now the stands come in two different wood types and two different silhouettes, and two different sizes plus some of the stands can be personalized with names, initials, and or dates to make a wonderful gift for weddings or a special birthday for a baker. As you can also see from the above picture the stands can do double duty to help create a beautiful centerpiece for your table or would also be great cheese boards for pre-sliced cheese, or put the crackers on the cake stand and the cheese below it on another board. Join me today for a peek at Amy and Bill’s creations and to see more great products from American Heirloom check out their website. Enjoy!!!

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