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EASTER CHOCOLATES 2014

I always look forward to this time of year, to see what the best French Chocolatiers will be creating for their Easter Chocolates 2014 collection. Here are our favorites world-renowned French Chocolatiers’ limited “prestige” line of Easter chocolates themed figurines.

easter chocolates france 2014
easter chocolates 2014

http://cilaiscialis20mgcoupons.accountant cost of cialis 1. The Mother Hen at A la Mere de Famille. The ‘Mother Hen’ watches over her four little chocolate chicks under her protective wings.
2. Peacock Egg at Fauchon.
3. Spring Garden (Le Jardin Printanier) by Arnaud Larher. A garden with 16 mini chocolate eggs.
4. The Hidden Treasure of the Fairies (Le Trésor Caché des Fées), from Les Fees Patissieres. Deborah Levy and Sarah Harb-Fairies with Les Fees Patissieres pastry chef Eddie Benghanem play Willy Wonka. In one of their eggs, the key reveals a real gift voucher that will allow one lucky person to spend a whole day with Benghanem in his workshop to design an unique piece.
5. The Stork and the Fox (La Cigogne et le Renard) by Hugo & Victor‎ pays tribute to famous writer La Fontaine.
6. This cute rabbit family in their garden created by pastry chef Stéphane Tranchet from Le Burgundy‎.‎

chocolates easter 2014 france
easter chocolates 2014

7. Pick a Crunchy Carrot, an Irresistible Strawberry, or a Tender Garden Peas, at Dalloyau‎.
8. Easter workshop with big eyes rabbits grinning from ear to ear dressed like chefs at La Maison du Chocolat‎.
9. Christophe Roussel’s‎ creations are always fun. This year he designed a ‘Dragon Egg’ which has a granite texture imitating a cracked egg shell with dragon figure peeking out of the eggs and ‘Daisy Easter Egg’ filled with roasted dried fruit.
10. This year Patrick Roger amuse us with pigs, toads, and sheep instead of the usual chocolate eggs.

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The circus is coming! Krenzer Guy and his team from Lenotre‎ amazed us with the sea lion and elephant jugglers, and magician rabbit, all made of chocolate!

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I am fascinated by ‎‎Pierre Hermé’s Tribute to Beat Zoderer, a Swiss artist. Pierre Hermé created an egg intertwined with bands of multicolored chocolate and underneath the chocolate base of the egg is a secret drawer with assorted chocolate bonbons inside.

Posted on Apr 16, 2014

4TH OF JULY PARTY IDEAS…

Here are our favorite top four decorated parties with tons of ideas for the 4th of July that are easy for you replicate. There’s something for everyone and budget, from vintage to modern. No matter what type of celebration you are planning you are sure to find a multitude of ideas — including game ideas and of course, ideas for your sweet dessert table, from these talented designers. Let’s get the party rolling!

{FIREWORKS TAILGATE CELEBRATION}
Love to watch the fireworks, but hate fighting the crowds to find a parking spot, and haul all your stuff to the park… Amy of Amy’s Party Ideas, got the solution, tailgate at your parking spot! Just park, open the back of the SUV (No SUV? No problem, just open a folding table), decorate, spread all the food out, and enjoyed the spectacular show!

4th of july Fireworks tailgate party

FOR DESSERT:
– Cherry strudels and Cherry mini pies.
– Push Pops cupcakes: Decorated with a little chocolate candy red star.
– Fresh blueberries and strawberries.

RESOURCES:
– Styling & Design: Amy’s Party Ideas
Wagon Casserole Carrier
Push Pop Containers
American Flag Picks

{ALL-AMERICAN COUNTY FAIR PARTY}
Just in time for summer… Hot dogs, cotton candy, ferris wheels, blue ribbons, stars & stripes… Jennifer of Hostess with the Mostess brings you TONS of 4th of July party inspiration, starting with a build-your-own-hot-dog-bar that includes 4 different kinds of hot dogs inspired by different regions of the country plus everyone’s favorite: the “All-American”, which basically means: make it how YOU like it! And a party is not a party without the county fair themed dessert table. Also, check out their refreshing summer drink ideas, and lots of glitter and sparkler-inspired decor with free printables here.

4th of july all american party

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FOR DESSERT:
– Cotton Candy: Spun onto star and stripe straws and displayed in a gold glitter box with sixlets and a free printable sign!
– Cake: 5 decadent layers of red and blue cake covered with white frosting, and topped with a patriotic sheep on a ticket roll riser! Mini bunting and glitter ribbon around the base added a finishing touch.
– Ferris Wheel Cupcakes: Vanilla cupcakes with free printable cupcake wrappers and patriotic sprinkles sitting in a silver ferris wheel cupcake holder!

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Now that you have your 4th of July party food & drinks covered… Let’s have some fun! Jennifer of Hostess with the Mostess, crafted a homemade Ring Toss, Balloon Darts and Gunny Sack Race… and even made some “semi-diy” Award Ribbons using store-bought ribbons & party circles! You can download all of the printables you see for free here!

FOR GAMES:
– Gunny Sack Race: Decorate pillow cases and line the yard with ribbon + printable start and finish signs attached to mini cones.
– Ring Toss: Add pattern paper + party circles to old fashioned soda bottles. Place in wooden crate + set out rings.
– Balloon Darts: Cover a foam board with red and white stripe fabric. Blow up and pin blue balloons. Cover plastic darts with glitter ribbon and place in a red sand filled display jar.

RESOURCES:
– Party Design, Printables, Photography & Styling: Hostess with the Mostess
Award Ribbons
Wooden Crates

{VINTAGE 4TH OF JULY}
Stacey of Lemonade Moments used items on hand to create a simple vintage look without being too fussy and making your guests afraid to touch. Stacey includes all the printables for this party here.

vintage 4th of July

FOR DESSERT:
– Cupcakes
– Cookies

RESOURCES:
– Styling & Design: Lemonade Moments
Vintage luggages
Half-Pint Bottle
Biodegradable Striped Paper Straws
Antique Revival Small Wooden Crate with Handle
Ball Jar Heritage Collection Pint Jars with Lids and Bands

{JULY 4TH ON A BUDGET}
Nancy of A to Zebra Celebrations shows how to celebrate July 4th on a budget with style. Nancy used things around her house to set up the table. She used a 6-ft table with a white tablecloth and made simple table runners and napkins from fabrics bought at Goodwill. Nancy used a white beverage jar as the focal point of the table. She made her own pennant banners with scrapbook paper. Since desserts can be costly, she bought fruits in season… Hey, fruits are dessert too! For printables click here.

july 4th on a budget

FOR DESSERT:
– Fruits in season: Strawberries, cherries, red grapes, blackberries, blueberries, watermelon (cut into stars with a cookie cutter) and whipped cream.
– Mini strawberry shortcakes in clear glass containers.
– Red and white tootsie rolls.
– Red and blue M&Ms.

RESOURCES:
– Photography: Jamie Lynn Photography
– Styling & Design: A to Zebra Celebrations

Posted on Jun 29, 2013

AND THE 2013 JAMES BEARD AWARD GOES TO…

jbf-logoThe 2013 James Beard Award winners was announced at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall in New York City. Since 1990, James Beard Foundation has been honoring outstanding chefs and restaurateurs in the food and beverage industry. (more…)

Posted on May 7, 2013

BEST DOUGHNUTS IN THE U.S.

Americans love doughnuts…glazed, filled or topped with crunchy bacon, and as more shops open deciding where to enjoy your next doughnut can be tricky. To guide you in the right direction, the editors of U.S. News Travel have created a list of the Best in the country to find this holey treat. Some might differ with the list, you decide.

1. Peter Pan Donut & Pastry Shop, Brooklyn, New York
2. Voodoo Doughnut, Portland, Oregon
3. Nord’s Bakery, Louisville, Kentucky
4. Top Pot, Seattle, Washington
5. Doughnut Vault, Chicago, Illinois
6. Stan’s Doughnuts, Los Angeles, California
7. Federal Donuts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
8. Gourdough’s, Austin, Texas
7. Dynamo Donuts, San Francisco, California
8. Doughnut Plant, New York City, New York
9. Round Rock Donuts, Round Rock, Texas
10. Sublime Doughnuts, Atlanta, Georgia

Posted on May 4, 2013

WORLD’S LARGEST BAKE SALE

Mark your calendar! On May 1st from 10:00 AM-7:00 PM at Grand Central, Vanderbilt Hall, in NYC join Sandra Lee, tons of celebrity guests, and sweet treats for the World’s Largest Bake Sale to benefit Food Bank For New York City and No Kid Hungry. You won’t want to miss this!

world's largest bake sale

Posted on Apr 26, 2013

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