Have a great weekend!

Friday, October 31, 2008

Oy. What a night. I realized right at this moment that it's been a week of horrible eating. I had Whoppers tonight...and a peanut butter cup...some homemade caramels from Have It Confections on Etsy (they are divine!), and a Zweigles red hot with cheese. My stomach feels exactly the way it does when I go on the Tilt a Whirl at the local amusement park.

This whole week has been outside the norm. I made Thanksgiving dinner Monday for our visiting family. I had seconds on that...I think I might have had a third helping of my homemade bread pudding, but it was a mock holiday, so who was keeping track? Late that night we went on a double date with my brother in law and his wife to a local brewery and I had a beer and Buffalo wing dip. At least I had celery with it.

Did I mention going to Sticky Lips, a local BBQ resturant for a pulled pork sandwich and macaroni and cheese? Or about the pecan pie, pumpkin pie and toffee bars I made for our guests?

We went out to breakfast yesterday and I had Eggs Benedict. So much for my standard breakfast of Greek yogurt with honey, walnuts and fruit, some Kashi Heart to Heart and a green tea with lemon and honey...

I usually allow myself to eat what I want to on weekends only. My weekend has lasted for a week and I just feel like an overstuffed pumpkin right now. I think I need to go find something with an elasticized waist and have a decadent chewy Tums or something.

Oh well, tomorrow is another day and a new month!

HAVE  GREAT WEEKEND! I will be back on Monday!

ETSY LOVE: hoganfe

Tom, my charming and handsome husband, helped me tuck the tired munchkins into bed. Trick or treating is done and he walked by me and saw the monitor: handbags. He rolled his eyes shook his head--then said "That's my Karley" before walking out the door to go next door for Friday night poker with the guys.

He knows I love shopping for handmade bags on Etsy.

Mary Hogan of hoganfe has some of the loveliest handmade bags available on Etsy. From Amy Butler to Laura Ashley, her shop is stocked with some of the prettiest bags. Tired of that same boring hospital-issused diaper bag with a formula logo on it? Please check out hoganfe for a chic and sassy diaper bag fit for stylish moms on the go.

I no longer need to carry a diaper bag, but I remember the days of packing bottles, wipes, diapers, extra onesies, pacifiers, diaper cream, etc. Moms want a big bag with a comfortable shoulder strap, but they also want to have a piece they're not embarrassed to carry into a restaurant or out and about.

I know when I carry a handbag, I need room for my wallet, Ben's stuffed giraffe named "Gert", crayons, a couple of Matchbox cars, digital camera, water bottle, sunglasses, keys and my little bag of business cards and samples so I can always be prepared. I don't want a cumbersome bag. I want a bag that's different from everyone else's but with plenty of room to spare.

The bags at hoganfe fit the bill. I am eyeing to in particular. I know if I say them out loud that one of my pesky readers will just run over and snag them before I hit the "checkout" button, just like with that gorgeous hair accessory a few weeks back. I'm just kidding--I simply adore the top two bags I've pictured here. I love the shabby chic flair of the top bag. The patchwork element is just lovely. On the otherhand, the brightness of the second one is great--there are so mnay different Amy Butler fabrics used in it that it is just a unique and roomy piece. Decisions, decisions...

Head on over to hoganfe today. Tell her Chic & Green sent you on over!

By the way, as I sit here with my coffee so I can stay up and do some work and a package of Nick's Whoppers from his Halloween basket, I hope you all had a great Halloween!


Thursday, October 30, 2008

So many things going on! Our company just left and I am shipping a bunch of orders tonight at my handy automated USPS machine a few minutes away from home.

I wanted to update you on some upcoming events!

Today has been crazy because there was an almost half page feature on my business in The Irondequoit Post in today's edition. This is our town's newspaper. I've had phone calls, emails and lots of inquiries through Etsy that I am trying to catch up on tonight since the boys are tucked in.

Tomorrow is Halloween and my Nick is marching in the Kindergarten parade in his costume, so tomorrow's posting will be light once again.

Saturday begins GET GREAT SKIN FOR A CAUSE. 50% of November's sales in my Etsy shop will be donated to The Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research.

Monday is the beginning of the Chic & Green Etsy Love: Holiday Edition. All ETSY LOVE features will be great holiday gift ideas, all for under $20, on Etsy! I have some great gifts lined up for you!

Next week will begin Shop NY on the blog. I planned to have this a daily thing, but I know right now that I will not be able to do Etsy Love, my Wednesday special feature (normally DIY Wednesday) and a daily shop local feature. Instead, Shop NY will be posted 1-2 times per week until after the new year.

Wednesday begins something new called What's In It? Wednesday. DIY Wednesdays will be back after the holidays, although it may not run weekly. My new Wednesday feature will be devoted to popular products and label decoding so you really know what you're putting on (and into) your skin. First product up will be Galderma's Cetaphil Cleanser.

In a few weeks, Lollishops will debut. This is a unique niche marketplace. It is huried, so vendors must apply to sell their wares. KZM Facial Care Boutique will be a shop on Lollipshops, so I have been preparing for that opening as well. I will continue to sell on Etsy, as well as this great new venue. My website, kzmface.com, will open later in November...it may end up being pushed back until after the holidays so I don't get overwhelmed. I have a great time management system going, and this--along with lots of coffee--keeps things running well for me. If I can't do the site now in addition to everything else, it'll still be there in January :)

I think this about covers it. I am working very hard to keep turnaround at under 7 business days. I anticipate being caught up with orders placed through tonight by Sunday night, to get TAT back down. 

Oh, and in my shop you can expect to see some GREAT holiday gift sets! I am working on them after I go to the post office tonight!

ETSY LOVE: Cat Seyler Smith

Art has been a key part of Cat Seyler-Smith's life since she was a baby. She tagged along with her mother to art class at Yale. Her immediate passion was evident, and her mother's art professor took her under her wing and began offering her private classes. Years of study in the fine arts followed, and Cat took classes in everything from ceramics to drawing.

Cat has been a professional artist, selling her creatings all over the world. She has designed products for major catalogs, and even worked as a fashion stylist. She has truly immersed herself in all things artistic and creative.

How fortunate to find Cat's work over on Etsy. You'll find her original paintings, notecards, magnets, and more in this shop. What caught my eye about her work is the fact that each creation makes you smile. Everything is just fresh and cheerful, while instilling a sense of tranquility when you're looking her shop. 

I have two favorite pieces in her shop: the first pulled me in because it has deep brown and pink in it, one of my favorite color combinations. I love the zinnia with the lone bird. It's really lovely.I It's a simple piece, but would really decorate your space.

My most favorite work of art in this shop is called Zinnias and Heart Blossoms. It's the first one pictured in this Etsy Love piece. Zinnias and Heart Blossoms is a work of art I would actually choose even though my decorating style isn't contempory. I'd happily use it in a neutral space to add some life and it could easily go into a space with more of a vintage feel. It is just a beautiful piece.

Cat's shop is full of items in all price ranges. How about a magnet and notecards as part of an office Secret Santa exchange? From magnets to large paintings, there is surely something for everyone!

Head on over to Cat's Etsy shop and be sure to tell her Chic and Green sent you!

ETSY LOVE: T.T. Collections

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

T.T. Collections: Peas and Carrots is an Etsy shop owned by Thongbai Tatong of the Netherlands.  This talented shop owner has a very unique offering of handmade bags in this shop, as well as her other Etsy shop called T.T. Collections

Both shops feature handbags, diapers bags, weekend bags and more with an exquisite attention to detail.  You'll also find other items by Tatong, including linen skirts. What you'll find by this artist are unique designs inspired by nature, but with bold colors.

I love so many of the bags in her shop. If you're looking for something different from other bags you may own or for a lovely gift, you need to head over to Etsy and check out both of her shops!

Rub a Dub Dub Dub: My 2 Favorite Scrubs!

Picture from madcitysue.etsy.com

I use a body scrub several times per week. Perhaps I am a bit of an exfoliation fanatic. 

I love my salt scrub found in a past DIY Wednesday. Also check out my recipe from a previous Chic & Green post to make your own foaming sugar scrubs. You can imagine that I really do not have time to make my own scrubs for a relaxing bath or shower. I started purchasing scrubs from Indie businesses last winter.

After trying some wonderful scrubs out over the past several months, I am happy to say I have two scrubs I can easily say are the BEST in this scruboholic's eyes.

Even though I p[refer non-lathering scrubs, I have even tried several foaming sugar scrubs. I have never purchased a foaming scrub that I've enjoyed until now. All have left a greasy film on my skin or have a strong base scent. Others contain parabens which I've avoided for nearly 2 years. When I placed my first of three orders from Cocoa Pink a few weeks ago, I ordered 2 of her So Broke Sugar Scrubs. They are $6 per jar and come in a variety of scents. I ordered Candy Corn Marshmallow and Marshmallow Cake on Mondays Noel in the first order. 

A week later, I ordered one in Tiramisu. I am now awaiting a jar of Pumpkin Bakery Explosion, which I think will layer beautifully with the Sweet Pumpkin Squeaky Shampoo from Cocoa Pink and Iced Pumpkin Cupcakes Conditioner I use often with it from Jojoelle.

Obviously, I love these scrubs. This is the only foaming sugar scrub I have purchased that I truly like. Not only is it paraben-free, but it cleanses very gently while effectively exfoliating my arms, legs and torso. The scents Ilona of CP offers are divine. The only one I cannot use is the Tiramisu. While it smells absolutely delicious, the coffee notes are always iffy with my skin. I never know it the scent will work with my chemistry, and this scent smells off once it hits my skin. The Candy Corn Marshmallow was so nice. It was gone in a week.

I am working on finishing the Marshmallow Cake on Mondays Noel as we speak. I'm eager to try out my newest one! By the way, the scrub I just mentioned smells incredible when used in conjunction with the original Cake on Mondays Goat's Milk Soap. This is the best bakery scented bar of goat's milk palm oil free soaps I have ever used. I also have more of this on the way in my order from Friday night!

I've said before that Whipped Sugar Scrub from Mad City Soaps is my holy grail caliber sugar scrub. It is...for night time. I adore this when I am taking a hot bath. The oils and soft sugars just protect, nourish and make my skin silky. If you want super soft, silky skin with a non-greasy sheen, I prefer the MCS scrub in the whipped (non-foaming) formula. In fact, I just ordered a Thin Mint scrub on Saturday from Sue.

What I like about the So Broke Scrubs from Cocoa Pink is that they're perfect in the morning to invigorate the skin. They do soften, do not get me wrong. They rinse very cleanly and there is no oiliness left behind. This is great when worn under a body cream.

I'm thrilled to have found 2 fabulous scrubs to purchase. They both have their stand-out features and they both work differently, but in positive ways. Try them! When you do, tell them Chic & Green sent you!

Reminder: "GREAT SKIN FOR A CAUSE" in November!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Just a reminder that "Great Skin for a Cause" in memory of Lou Ziegler will be held from November 1st through November 30th at KZM Facial Care Boutique.

I will donate 50% of the total sales of ALL items from my shop to my favorite charity: The Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research. Click the Lustgarten link and my event is listed right on the main page on the right column.

I have been a supporter of this wonderful cause, raising awareness and money via my previous events: The Day of Hope and Giving (January 2007, raising $501.50 in one day), Soaps for Hope, Light a Candle for Hope, and through a donation of a skincare basket in the Spring of 2007 for their casino fundraiser, Beating the Odds.

I want this to be a great success so that I can write out a big fat check to this wonderful cause!

ETSY LOVE: Bliss Candles

As I write this post (a day before it will appear in my blog), I am in the midst of making Thanksgiving dinner for my brother in law and his family who are visiting from Colorado. Zach, my brother in law is deployed to Iraq and he is home visiting for a few days. I was thinking as I set the table how I forgot to get some jar candles for my dining room table.

I decided to start looking for some Thanksgiving candles for when we host our next big holiday dinner--on the actual day of Thanksgiving. Of course, I went right over to Etsy and decided to stop and browse the Bliss Soybean Candles and Gifts shop.

Bliss is owned by the lovely Suzette, a very busy lady who has 2 blogs and does several craft shows each year. She began her business "by accident" in 2004 after reading an article about melting candles together to create your own unique candle. That prompted her to start searching for soy candle supplies, and her hobby turned into her passion. 

The candles offered at Bliss are my ecofriendly favorite: soy. She has a huge scent menu--there are over 180 fragrances from which to choose.

Her candle options are plentiful--from tealights to short jars, mayo jars, and many others. She has some great deals when you buy more than 1.

The fall and holiday fragrances look absolutely heavenly. How about Cranberry Chutney for your Thanksgiving table? Or Caramelized Pecans? Cinnamon Buns? Amaretto Nog, anyone? I have about 20 scents I'd like to try just for the upcoming holidays!

Head on over to Bliss Soybean Candles and Gifts today. When you're finished, why don't you check out her other Etsy shop featuring digital photography? It's called Posies for Lewis and can be found by clicking this link.

ETSY LOVE: Castlegate

Monday, October 27, 2008

Lisa of the Etsy shop Castlegate has been crocheting since she was 5. Her grandmother taught her, and the craft has stayed with her all of these years.

I was looking for some unique handmade scarves for this winter and am so happy to have stumbled upon her shop! 

My two favorites are her Chocolate Truffle scarflette (see top picture) and the Pink Passion scarf (bottom picture). Both are perfect for my coloring and would add some flair to by black winter coat. I think the middle scarf pictured, which is called Desert Heat, would look absolutely stunning on a red head or someone with lots of warmth in her coloring.

In addition to the gorgeous scarves in Lisa' shop, you'll find some adorable hats for small children. There's a cute one with flowers I think would look perfect on my sweet niece, Matilda.

When I was a little girl, my Grandma Scheele taught me how to crochet. She was left-handed, so I learned to do it that way even though I am not. I didn't master the craft at all, unfortunately. I could make a GREAT single row of yarn, but couldn't understand making more than 2 rows. I am so glad Lisa's Grandma Irene taught her how to crochet and that her love and passion for the craft prompted her to share her wares with the rest of us!

Run on over to Castlegate, treat yourself to a lovely item from her shop, and tell her Chic & Green sent you!

A Light Week

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Just wanted to let you know that it is most likely going to be a light week at Chic & Green.

My brother in law and his family are arriving late tonight from Colorado for a visit while he has a short break from a very long deployment to Iraq. He's in the Army and we haven't seen him since her returned from his first tour in Iraq--almost 2 years ago. Now he's about 11 months in to his 15 month deployment and he is finally home visiting, albeit briefly.

I'm making us Thanksgiving dinner tomorrow night so he can celebrate with us. We're also meeting our new nephew, who was 3 months old when my brother in law left--the baby is now 14 months old and we get to meet him!

I will still do my daily Etsy Love feature. I have some product reviews lined up this week--find out why I just placed order #3 with Cocoa Pink yesterday--and a bit more.

I am moving back my SHOP NY feature to next week. I'm sorry for this. Between our company, my business, and Halloween festivities, it will be a very busy week.

ETSY LOVE: Tissage

Friday, October 24, 2008

Tissage is shop on Etsy owned by Tory, a talented artist who has studied painting in France, weaving in Italy, and sculpture in college. She makes her home in Seattle, where she is pursuing her doctorate in Medieval Literature.

There are so many lovely finds in this shop. I truly adore the Hyde Park felted hat. This handmade creation has the elegance and glamour of old Hollywood and I think it'd actually look good on me if I were daring enough to wear a hat.  All of Tory's stunning hats come with a hat box, which is a nice touch. Just by looking at the beautiful hats, it is hard to believe she only recently starting making them!

There are other gorgeous pieces at Tissage, such as a scarf I find to be delicate and beautiful going into winter. I love lavender and this scarf is just lovely, with strands of sparkly silver.

If you love jewelry with elements of vintage glamour as much as I do, Tissage is the store for you! I love the necklace for artists and crafters who love to create. It's beautiful, as are the earrings offered in this shop. If you are looking for a pair of elegant earring this holiday season for holiday parties or as gifts, you must check out Tissage.

One of my favorite items in Tory's shop is the rose quartz necklace with a dahlia on it. It is such a lovely piece. So feminine and unique. Rose Quartz has a meaning as well. As a Reiki practitioner, rose quartz has healing properties when it comes to self acceptance and matters of the heart. It is such a beautiful shade as well.

Head on over to Tissage for some holiday shopping. Tell her Chic & Green sent you on over!

ETSY LOVE: I've Got to Have It!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

I've got to have it--the Mint Belgian Dark Chocolate Caramels from Have It Confections, that is!

This shop on Etsy is full of tempting treats is owned by the husband and wife team of Vincent and Bethany. Vincent is a trained pastry chef from Le Cordon Bleu,  cake decorator at Whole Foods, and a graduate of the California School of Culinary Arts. His training alone is quite impressive. Bethany does the marketing, packaging, shipping end of the business while she takes care of their daughter and pursues her degree in Art History.

They have built up a wonderful reputation in both California and Oregon, where they did their business off-line only until adding on with Etsy. They are Serv-Safe certified in both states.

Their caramels comes in so many tempting flavors. I have the Mint Belgian Dark Chocolate Caramels in my Etsy shopping cart as we speak. Vanilla sounds divine, as do all of their other offerings.

People love getting delicious treats at holiday time, and I might add they make wonderful hostess gifts for all of the upcoming holiday dinners and parties over the next couple of months. 

Have It Confections offers the finest of ingredients: all-natural and organic, including local butter and cream, as well as French Sea Salts and Tahitian Vanilla. 

Why not treat yourself to some of their scrumptious treats...or be selfless and order some as gifts if you're able to do it without breaking into the package to test one out.

Head on over to Vincent and Bethany's shop today and tell them Chic & Green sent you.

Attention fellow mom bloggers and business women:

If you're a serious mom blogger or a mother/businessowner, head on over to MomDot.com. This is a great resource for you. 

MomDot is a mom blog listing site that is run by 3 mommy bloggers: Trisha, Alicia, and Bridgette.They run contests weekly, reviews on awesome (and not so awesome) products for family and kids, and talk about their lives. More importantly, they feature bloggers and mom boutiques to give them an avenue to get their name out there. They also assist in Google links! You can head out and list your blog for free and talk to them about doing an interview about you. Head on over and see what MomDot is about!

Beginning Monday: Shop NY

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

I love this area. While I don't relish the weather this time of year (sleet this morning), this has always been "home" to me. We have a great arts community here in the Rochester area and beginning Monday I will add SHOP NY to my daily features section. I'll pick wonderful aristans and Indie businesses in New York state, with a great deal of emphasis on Rochester, Buffalo and Syracuse.

I know I have a large audience in the Rochester-area: if you know of a great Indie business, please email me and I'll contact the business to do a feature.

There are also some great shops on Etsy owned by women and men in this area. I'll showcase online venues as well as brick and mortar shops.

If you have a talented crafter to recommend, send me your suggestion to kzmFACE@gmail.com.

I look forward to adding this new daily feature on Monday!

Another Great Giveaway!

Have you checked out The Gift Closet? It's a great blog with a holiday shopping guide and a "Win It Wednesday" feature. Today over at this site, which is the brainchild of the lovely Heather T., the giveaway is sponsored my moi. Go to her site, check out the giveaway and have a chance to win my some of my newest facial products!

Good luck!

DIY Wednesday: In The Kitchen-Grape Pie

Delicious grapes from the Finger Lakes

With the skins slipped off

The filling 

Nick wanted a pumpkin cut out

It may not look beautiful, but it tastes heavenly!

Naples, New York is considered the Grape Capital of the World. Nestled in the beautiful Finger Lakes Region of our state, you'll find dozens of wineries in the area. Every September, thousands of people from across the nation come to Naples to go to the Grape Festival. There are a couple of major festivals in that area in September and October, and you'll find Grape Pie stands everywhere.

Don't think of your typical white or red grapes found in the grcoery store. These are dark, almost black and very robust. They are used to make wine--and pie.

We have grape pie in this house every fall--they are simply delicious!

Here is the recipe I use. Please note I AM NOT GIFTED AT MAKING PIES LOOK GOOD AS SEEN IN THE PICTURES! I can tell you that it'll taste phenomenal!

I adapted the recipe below from one found on All Recipes.

I used the New York Table Grapes sold at our local farmer's market, Aman's, in Irondequoit.

I also used the Pillsbury refrigerated pie crusts. Why? Since it took an hour to take the seeds out of the grapes, I didn't want to fiddle around with a crust for a long time. Plus, my crusts either come out flawlessly or majorly flawed--one never knows--and I didn't want to waste a Saturday afternoon on a bad pie!

This pie is absolutely delicious! My husband said I should sell them...but if I were to do that, my slogan would have to be
"Karley's Pies: They May Look Bad But They Taste Fabulous!"

Here's the recipe:

1 recipe pastry for a 9 inch
double crust pie
5 cups New York Table grapes (or Concord)
1 1/4 cups white sugar
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 pinch salt
3/4 teaspoon lemon juice
1 1/2 tablespoons butter
1.Wash grapes, and remove the skins. Save the skins. Place grape pulp in a large saucepan; mash a few at the bottom to release their juice. Cook over medium low heat until grapes come to a full boil. Remove pulp from heat, and press through a food mill to remove seeds. Combine pulp and skins in a large bowl. Stir in lemon juice.
2.In a separate bowl, mix sugar, flour, and salt. Stir into grape mixture. Pour filling into pastry crust, and dot with butter or margarine. Cover with second pastry shell. Flute edges, and cut little slits in the top crust for steam to escape.
3.Bake at 400 degrees F (205 degrees C) for 45 to 50 minutes, or until crust is brown and juice begins to bubble through slits in top crust. Cool.

Serve with a wedge of sharp NY aged cheddar...or warm with some vanilla ice cream.

ETSY LOVE: Fragment

Fragment is another brand new shop on Etsy. You know how beautiful I find most vintage items, and this shop has some of the loveliest pieces on Etsy!

I adore the black lace with shabby rose wristlet. I picture that being an unexpected accent for my favorite black boatneck top and flare jeans. How feminine. $14

I don't normally like the looks of yellow gold--I'm a silver, white gold and platinum girl myself, as it works the best with my cool skin tone. That being said, I really like the second piece pictured.It features mother of pearl accents. It is worn on the wrist and is an actual working perfume bottle. This would be a perfect gift for my fragrance-loving friends who appreciate vintage style! $18

Spotted on Etsy: Black Walnut Ink

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Tonight I was checking out one of my favorite shops for vintage wares, Shaving Kits.

How very cool--ink made from black walnuts! I haven't heard of anything like this, but what a cool idea! The bottles are cool as well. What a great gift from your serious scrapbooker, writer or stamper! This is an eco-friendly, truly unique product.


Holiday Shopping Edition of ETSY LOVE All November!

Coming in November: ETSY LOVE will be devoted to one featured item from a new shop each day on Etsy. All items will be ideal for Christmas gift-giving and will be $20 or less, making it a budget conscious ETSY LOVE all month long!

Free Shipping at Because We Are on Etsy!

In my Etsy travels this afternoon I spotted this retro print taggie blanket over at Because We Are. I ordered a small taggie for Benjamin several weeks ago from this shop owned by the lovely Beth from Michigan and he adores it. His is a baseball theme and is soft and small--about the size of a pot holder. He uses this now so he doesn't have to resemble Linus from Peanuts anymore when we're out and about.

This is a large one--I can tell you that he taggies are soft, warm, and cuddly. Ben loves his at naptime to help soothe him. Playing with the tags is a great tactile activity to relax young children. I love the retro print. Thsi resembles one of my favorite Amy Butler fabrics and would be great for a little girl!

Beth is offering FREE SHIPPING until October 24th, so head over to Because We Are today!

ETSY LOVE: The French Bee

The French Bee on Etsy is a brand new shop owned by a wonderul lady names Alison. This shop features handmade shabby chic items that will delight both traditional shabby chic and primitive fans.

I have been eyeing her Christmas trees--my dining room is lavender with French white trim and toile window treatments for a casual French chic look. It's my favorite room, I think. These trees would look great in there since the typical red and green won't go.  Her handmade trees are $24 each.

If you're still looking for Halloween decor, check out her cute "Boo" hat box or some of her other cute prim meets shabby pieces.

Alison of The French Bee is offering Free Shipping on all items as part of her grand opening celebration, so now is a great time to give this young shop your business!

While The French Bee is new, Alison also has another shop called Miss Emma's Closet. This store features great items for baby. I like the Gavin guilt. It's adorable--and makes me think of my precious nephew Gavin who I will meet for the first time on Monday! The trinket box for boys is adorable as well!

If you love reading blogs, and chances are if you're reading Chic & Green you do, head over to Alison's blog. Reading her daughter's story make you realize how much we all need to step back and appreciate what we have in our lives, how lucky we are to have our health...how lucky we are to have those we love in our lives. Please read her blog and read about her precious daughter Emma.

By the way, Alison is donating 10% of the profits from both Etsy stores to St. Pete's Hospital, which is the hospital her daughter goes to.

ETSY LOVE: Baby Cakes

Monday, October 20, 2008

I have a sweet tooth. I love anything and everything sweet and do indulge...in moderation. My boys and I have Deborah's Ghiradelli Shaved Chocolate Cookie recipe baking in the oven as we speak, as a matter of fact.

Cupcakes are popular. Cupcake bakeries are fans of many celebrities. Cupcake decor can be found. I even have a handpainted (from Etsy) cupcake sign in my dining room. What's not to like about a decadent cake accented with creamy frosting and placed in a cup or jar to sit and chow down? I think we all like cupcakes.

I've tried several Indie cupcake businesses on the internet and over on Etsy. I have liked them, but not found any yet to be worth the price--especially when you can make several in mason jars in your own oven for the same price. They've been great tasting--don't get me wrong--I just like getting a great value for things.

Today I was over at the forums on Etsy and I came across a seller with a business called BabyCakes. The woman behind it, a mom of 2 boys like me, sells individual cupcakes in reusable cups for $3.25 each. That is by far the most reasonable over on Etsy. 

Micki, the delightful baker/proprietress even explains in her profile why she offers her delicious treats at such a low price. She might not buy the most expensive ingredients such as Madagascar vanilla beans or splurge on organic eggs, but she uses the best flour,vanilla, and other ingredients she can buy. She describes herself as being less into frills and more into great cupcakes.

I am so anxious to try her cupcakes. I actually ordered her Red Velvet and Mocha Marshmallow. I can't wait to try these cupcakes.

Micki's cupcakes are made from recipes passed down from her mom. Her mother was a talented Bakery Chef and her cupcakes have fed country music stars in Memphis and even dignataries from the World's Fair when it was in Knoxville. That speaks volumes about the cupcake recipes!

You'll find individual cupcakes and sampler packs at this young Etsy store. It's important to point out that the BabyCakes kitchen is a licensed baking facility which is inspected by the Health Department as well--I believe this to be very important when ordering food. This gives me even more confidence in trying BabyCakes, which is quite new to Etsy.

Click the link and check out Micki's selecting of cupcakes today! Be sure to tell her Chic & Green sent you!
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