Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Sweet Love's Sweet Dude-friend and His Attempt to End Slavery.

My thanksgiving holiday was certainly one to be thankful for. It started with a coffee sesh with my good friend, Christiana, who is so busy with business school, she had time to only meet me on Thanksgiving. Crazy kid! Followed by lunch and a movie with my mother. We saw Burlesque.

All I wanted to do after that was invest in exotic dance classes.

However, the craziness I endured last week, ironically had naught to do with the holiday. Everyone, meet Carter Kendall...

...Carter, meet everyone!

Carter has invested his heart and efforts in the production of his new project, Chains for Chains:

Half of the profits made from selling necklaces go towards raising support for the marginalized and enslaved people across the globe. Good stuff!

Chains For Chains had their launch party this weekend in Costa Mesa, CA, and Sweet Love was there to support and share!

Again, photo quality is BLEH!

This is the first ever Sweet Love Co. Dessert Display, and can be replicated and tailored to any event one might have. Don't be a stranger if you find yourself ever in need of one!

All in all, the love and care entailed in preparing for this event was as follows and I quote:
200 Cinnamon Marshmallows.
60 Cherry Heart Lollipops
50 Chocolate Peppermint Macarons
50 Sweet Potato Bourbon cupcakes
30 Chocolate Guinness cupcakes
30 Vanilla/Raspberry/Vanilla cupcakes
30 Carrot cupcakes 

3 Trips to Michael's
2 Failed Attempts at Rock Candy
1  Overdraft Fee 
...and a Partridge in a Friggin Pear Tree.

So worth every minute of it!

Quick question. Can any of you sugar monsters inform me as to why it would seem that a lot of partridges hang out in pear trees, especially around the this time of year? Cuz I'm stumped.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Miley vs. Maeby and The Case For The Perfect Marshmallow

Mondays are  always interesting. I had mine all planned out and most of it fell through. But there I was, stuck in Hollywood, for the greater part of the day. So, I went and had a very expensive latte, pulled out my kindle, and settled in nicely with the blend of young bourgeois socialites on Sunset Blvd.

About an hour and a half in, I turned to my right to find Alia Shawkat smoking cigarettes with her pals. I thought to myself, "Oh My Word! It's Maeby!"

I asked her if she would watch my bag while I went to the ladies room. Homegirl can hang.

That night, I found myself back in Hollywood for a rock show (I hope the kids these days are still calling them rock shows). I enjoyed my beer, listened to the pop, and merely tolerated the make-out kids in front of me. It was a normal show. Accept, yes. Miley showed up, in all her southern crazy skanky 17-year-old glory.

Well, back to the moral of my dilemna: Marshmallows...which had nothing to do with my anecdotal introduction. It just went along nicely with the "M" theme and I'm never one to pass up a good alliteration:

In the spirit of giving, I wanted to give to you a quick and easy Marshmallow recipe that is fail proof. (You'll need a stand mixer, a thermometer, and a pastry bag & tip)

3 packets of powdered gelatin
3 3/4 oz. water

Sprinkle powdered gelatin on top of the water in a stand mixer bowl. Set aside.

10 oz sugar
6 oz corn syrup
6 oz water

Combine sugar, corn syrup, and water in a saucepan and cook until the mixture reaches 250 degrees. Turn the stand mixer to the highest speed and pour in the sugar mixture.

2 oz corn syrup
Desired flavor

Add the corn syrup and flavoring once the sugar mixture turns white and becomes stringy. Load it up in a pastry bag and pipe out desired shapes onto a bed of corn starch. Coat the whole mallow in corn starch and...Enjoy!

While I have you here, I might as well ask...

Marcel the Shell and her friend Shirley the Mallow.
Resemblance much?

Monday, November 8, 2010

Is it Donuts or Doughnuts?...Anyone?...Bueller?

This holiday season has already been pretty amazing. By the way, any holiday that occurs between October and January is what I consider holiday season. Sorry Valentine's day, but you've let me down way too many times, and therefore must be punished.

At any rate, I started my Halloween morning with my usual cup of tea and some homemade beignets that just happened to be filled with bananas, chocolate, and rum, Oh My!

For all you hooligans out there, a beignet is a fancy doughnut hole. If you come and have tea with me, I will serve you some. And please don't be offended if I proceed to offer you domestication classes.

Anyway, you might die after I tell you what  happened next. I decided to put the beignets inside a cupcake. Ok, I put them inside 36 cupcakes...

We have here a vanilla sponge with a chocolate rum Italian frosting and, indeed, a crap ton of beignet lovin in the middle. Listen, I've tried simple. It just doesn't work for me. But this might be the closest I'll get.

Also, please don't shoot me. I know it's been a while since I've written you. I have no excuses...

Well, apart from kickin it with my girl, Meg...

Sean Feldman as Meg Whitman
(Yes, for Halloween)

Homegirl lost an election! Girl time was a must. We binged on Cinnabons and gabbed about Dancing With The Stars. I think I convinced her to appear next season. She just needed a shoulder to cry on.

I was that shoulder.