Tuesday, May 29, 2007


I'm very excited to be a new member of the Daring Bakers !

Finally..... to belong to a group of people who understand the quirks of someone who spends too much time in the kitchen trying to figure out if this cocoa powder is Dutch-Process, Black Cocoa, Double Dutch or Bensdorp Dutch... and if it really matters??!!? ;-)

Friday, May 25, 2007

Name that Bakery !

In the future I dream of opening a bakery.... I'm trying to think of a good name for it...... so I'm calling out to my friends to send me their suggestions...

So far I have:

Sweet Cakes
Amy's Cakes
Take the Cake
Sweet Dreams
Piece of Cake
Pies & Pastries
Cake Runner
Fill More Cakes
Pie In The Sky
New Country Bakery
Sweets 'n Treats by Amy
Sweets 'n Treats Bakery
Sweet Delights
Goodies by Amy
Lil' Taste of Heaven Bakery
Amy's Cookies & More
Present & Pasts Bakery
Shake and Bake
Buns of Fun
Oven Fresh
Rollin' in the Dough
Rise Above The Rest
Let Them Eat Cake
Amy's Biscuits
Nice Biscuits
Lovely Buns
Luscious Buttercups
Yeast World
Sugar Buzz Bakery

What are your ideas for a bakery name that people would remember?? Let me know!

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Cupcake Porn

Cupcakes from the Magnolia Bakery, 401 Bleeker St at 11th St. New York

If there is a heaven I hope it smells like butter cream.


In order to motivate my self to get out and enjoy this great spring weather.. I did the unthinkable....I signed up for the Dinsey Marathon 2008! After the Marine Corps... I swore off Marathons... but 2008 will be the 15th anniversary of the Disney race.. and they will be giving out a "top secret" medal.

If you know me.. you know I only race for the free stuff.. and the lure of a top secret medal that will be a one of a kind.. is too much for me to resist. !!! Oh Mickey!

The 15th Anniversary Marathon Finisher's Medal is so special that it will remain TOP SECRET until the end of the race. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to earn an exclusive medal that will never be produced again. All race finishers will receive a specially designed 15th Anniversary Medal at the Finish Line.

Pics from the Walk to Empower

Thank you to everyone that supported me in the Walk to Empower. I raised over $300.00! You all are amazing!

I walked with my friend Maria who fought breast cancer last year. We were joined by friends from her support group who also kicked cancer in the butt.
Pink Power!

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Walk to Empower

This mothers day I'll be walking with some of my friends to raise money for the Y-ME National Breast Cancer Organization. For more information about this event and the services provided by Y-Me to support people diagnosed with breast cancer, please check out my web site below.

Saturday, May 05, 2007

Slowly I turned...

Ahhh.. Niagara Falls ...

Today I was able to take Matt to the exciting 'lumber capital of the world'. Well at least North Tonawanda, New York (city of my birth) ... WAS the lumber capital of the world rival to Chicago (city of Matt's birth).. for a short time in.. 1825.

Good stuff.

It was really nice to show Matt where my parents grew up.... and where I lived for a while.

We were also able to sample some Buffalo area culinary delights... fried bologna and Beef on Weck.
Made only in the Buffalo-Rochester area, the kummelweck—often alternatively spelled kimmelweck—is basically a Kaiser roll topped with lots of pretzel salt and caraway seeds. Kummelweck is simply shortened to “weck.” The sandwich is usually served with sinus-clearing horseradish (you can tell a native Buffalonian by the amount of horseradish he or she used), a couple of huge kosher dill pickle slices on the side, and extra beef juice served straight from the roast. Wash it all down with a cold, locally brewed ale.

Although the exact history of the sandwich can’t be documented, it is believed that William Wahr, a German baker, brought the kummelweck to Buffalo from the Black Forest. German immigrants had already made the city a center of brewing. [http://whatscookingamerica.net/History/Sandwiches/BeefOnWeck.htm]

Our fried bologna....

Our beef on weck...

You can see.. we didn't like them at all....