Now you can create Top Chef-like dishes at home with your very own SousVide machine! As seen on the reality show Top Chef and used by renowned chefs, the SousVide machine is a innovative way to cook your food and lock in its flavor. The SousVide Supreme (available at Sur La Table) is a water oven that cooks vacuum sealed food at low temperatures. Supposedly, you can achieve “perfect flavor everytime”, but don’t expect your meal to come out exactly like a Michelin Star restaurants’. I would definitely be wary of buying such an expensive machine without having the proper knowledge and experience in using it. This would be an awesome Christmas gift for hardcore cooks, but unless it came with some culinary classes or a private lesson with Thomas Keller I would definitely think twice about splurging on this baby.
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Just saw these new Christmas tree ornaments at Sur La Table. I think this year’s tree should be foodie themed, how about you?
Starting from the Top Left: Cake Ornament, Pink Cupcake Ornament, Espresso Machine Ornament, Pickle Jar Ornament, Prosciutto Ornament (I think this is one of my fav ones), and Chocolate Dipped Strawberry Ornaments (looks good enough to eat!)
(images via Sur La Table)
Need something to sweeten your neckline? Here are some cute new necklaces from Shana Logic:
Chocolate Sundae Necklace – $18, The detail on this tiny sundae is so awesome!
Strawberry Sundae Necklace – $18, I wish this was lifesize and edible.
Candy Jar Necklace – $16, Now they just need to make a cookie jar necklace…I’d buy it.
(images from Shana Logic)
Here’s some designer aprons for your viewing or buying pleasure:
Frosted Cupcake Apron by Flirty Aprons- $29, The perfect apron for cupcake lovers.
Mademoiselle Reversible Pink Apron Gift Set by Kitsch’n Glam – $49, Comes with a matching oven mitt!
Coquette Pink Apron by Haute Hostess Aprons – $125, Definitely couture for your apron. If I wore this, I better make some damn good cupcakes.
Owl Invasion Apron by Kitsch’n Glam – $38, Hootie! Hoo! This owl apron is so cute.
I just wanted to share with you all, a new online baking supply store that I like! It’s called Bake It Pretty and they have a variety of unique items. I absolutely love their collection of cupcake liners, best I’ve seen so far. They also have a great assortment of decorations for your baked goods. Here are a few of the items I like:
Animal Print Cups – For your wilder cupcake side.
Bavarian Rose Cups – Very pretty!
Solid Color Cups – These are awesome and so bright! I want each color!
Fancy Foil Cups – I normally use foil cups and these are a new great alternative to plain ol’ silver.
Fluted Flower Cups – These cups are so adorable! They’ll really make your cupcakes stand out.
Mini Bali Candy Cups - Although it says candy cups, you can still use them for cupcakes. These will definitely make your cupcakes look like little jewels.
Need a Valentine’s Day gift for your sweetheart? I found a few items that might just be perfect for your sweetie with the sweet tooth. Warning most of these gifts are pricey, but hey nothing says I love you more than quality baked goods haha.
Sweetie Pies – from Williams Sonoma, 12 for $49, These Valentine’s Day version of whoopee pies are filled with creamy buttercream in three delicious flavors – chocolate, raspberry and vanilla.
Message Cookies - from Williams Sonoma, $22 for 9 cookies, These cookies are very cute and definitely a step up from your normal conversation hearts.
Perfect Ending’s Heart Red Velvet Cake – $68, Lovely red velvet cake from the same bakery that Eva Longoria ordered her wedding cake from. If it’s good enough for Eva, it’s good enough for me!
Perfect Endings’ Valentine Cupcakes -9 for $69, You get 3 of each: Red velvet, rich chocolate, and chocolate caramel cupcakes. I really want to try these cupcakes since Oprah keeps raving about them and they are on her all-time favorite list.
Glitter Heart & Box - from Dean & Deluca, $125 -This very expensive and completely edible gift is amazing! The chocolate heart box is made with a white chocolate coating that is covered with layers of shimmering edible glitter. Inside you’ll find nine chocolate truffles, three of each; White Chocolate Caramel, and Dark Chocolate with Caramel and hand painted Framboise.
I finally got shoes! I’ve been having a hard time finding shoes to buy because I find it hard to find regular tennis shoes I like. I’m more of a flats, flip-flop, boots, or heels kinda gal, but since its winter time and I’m freezing I figured it was time to start my search. Sadly, I’m super picky when it comes to shoes. I need it to be comfortable, functional, warm, and most importantly not ugly. I refuse to wear Uggs for the sole reason that I think they’re Ugg-ly and I won’t give in to this trend. I rarely find decent looking shoes that aren’t Uggs or some other hideous clog or mule. It’s been a long search, but I finally found the perfect pair and they were definitely meant to be because I got the last pair in my size. My new shoes are Converse All Star Chuck Taylors with cupcakes on them! So awesome! See for yourself.
Sadly, I’ve been limited to writing one post per month on this blog during the past couple months but, I promise as part of my New Year’s resolution I’ll write more! December was definitely a hectic month for me, I just felt like it whizzed by and now its Christmas. I was even very last minute with my Christmas shopping this year, and I promise to never do that again, because I was completely stressed out. I had the misfortune of holding off buying gifts that I found on sale, until I decided to come back on the day that I designated as my Xmas shopping day, only to find they weren’t on sale anymore. Another string of bad luck I had was seeing that a store had the item online, but when I actually went to the store they didn’t actually sell it in stores. My advice to myself and everyone else, just buy it when you see it the first time around!
Other than all the Christmas shopping drama, I was able to get myself a Christmas gift I really love. I finally found a cupcake stand that I like. I was never really fond of the Wilton Cupcake Stand that I always see in stores…it’s a bit too whimsical and the cupcakes look like they’re about to fall out. I bought my cupcake stand from Crate and Barrel (on sale too!). I think it has a more elegant look to it and it will really hold your cupcakes in place. A couple other things I love about it is that you can easily carry it around by holding the top loop and the tiers also spin!
I GOT TO MEET GIADA! I’m tired, but extremely happy. After waiting in line for 2 hours, I was finally able to meet my favorite Food Network chef. I went to Giada De Laurentiis’ book signing today at Williams-Sonoma for her new cookbook “Giada’s Kitchen: New Italian Favorites”. The wait was long, but my 60 seconds with her was worth it. What you see on tv is what you get when you meet Giada. She is very nice and sweet and also really pretty and petite in person. I don’t know how she keeps fit when she makes such good food. Despite the long wait, Williams-Sonoma helped keep us going by offering us samples of soup and an appetizer which were all recipes from Giada’s new cookbook. I thought that was really great and thoughtful of them.
As for her new cookbook, I can’t wait to try out the recipes. I have to say that this cookbook is definitely a lot better than her first one. I love the fact that almost each recipe has a great picture of the final product and there’s even some pictures of Giada in the process of making her recipes in a step by step fashion. Her first cookbook “Everyday Italian”, lacked pictures and it really made the decision process hard when selecting a new recipe to try. A recipe can sound good, but having a picture can really make all the difference. I’ve already picked more than a dozen recipes I want to try, just from looking at the pictures alone. All the food looks so delicious and she came out with some pretty interesting recipes that sound strange, but after taking a look at the picture, it actually looked pretty appetizing. Two particular recipes that stood out to me were the Tomato, Watermelon, & Basil Skewers and also her Cantaloupe, Red Onion, & Walnut Salad. I know it sounds weird, but after seeing the pictures you’d want to try the recipe out too. I’ll keep you guys posted when I finally narrow down and choose a recipe to make!
Just found these cute new items at Shana Logic. And here’s the offer code for 10% off your purchase: indie.
Glass Candy Corn Earrings – $12, For all the candy corn lovers!
Chinese Take-out Necklace – $18, This necklace is so cute and just makes me laugh when I see it. It’s kind of hard to see with the white background, but the fortune cookie has a little white fortune paper coming out of it too. It’s all about the details!
Cupcake Love Necklace – $10, Cupcake + Sparkles = Awesome
Oreo Cookie Necklace – $15, Mmmm oreos.
Cupcake Hat – $35, Wow! A cupcake beanie! Love it.