Monday, December 27, 2010

Cupcakes, cupcakes, cupcakes!

I was hired to make cupcakes for an infomercial... The product was a cupcake baking aid. I made 33 dozen cupcakes for the beauty shots. These are some of the pictures I took. Still waiting to get all the professional shots.

"sundae" cupcakes

Myer Lemon cupcakes

A partial stack of the finished cupcakes - labeled and ready to go

Tuesday, August 10, 2010


So here are the pictures you have been waiting for - the after pictures! (I must preface this by saying that these pictures really don't do the "after" justice! I took them with my iPhone and need to go back and take some with a real camera...) I think you will get a good sense what we were able to accomplish

In this Butlers Pantry area we moved all the glasses that were stored here into bottom cabinets (there were just too many of them and they were not used on a daily basis.) We then found some beautiful pieces of glass hidden in other cabinets - and created a showcase for them. They really look beautiful with the light shining through

This pantry area was filled with all kinds of items - from food, to tools to serving pieces. We organized all the canned and boxed goods on the pull out shelves. Placed some specialty, not oft used food items on a top shelf and relegated all the big serving pieces to the shelves above.

In the pantry closet we organized holiday and other specialty items, some bulk food and then created a spot for a bulletin board, shoe and purse storage

Above the ovens we built little cubicles for platters to make them more accessible and therefore more usable!

Dishes and serving pieces were organized and put near the dishwasher

Stayed tuned for more tomorrow....

Monday, August 9, 2010

Time to SIMPLIFY.....

Recently I was hired by a client to SIMPLIFY her kitchen. She was going away on a vacation and asked that we come in and de-clutter, SIMPLIFY and put some organizational systems in place so that she could maintain everything once we were done. It was quite the project!

Our first step was to empty absolutely everything out of all the cabinets, drawers and closets.

This is just a snapshot of what we started with...

Once everything was out, we began the long process of sorting. Trying to decide what was necessary to keep, where it made the most sense to be and how it would be used.... the items that weren't going to be kept were then sorted into give away and throw away piles. It was a mentally exhausting process that required quite a few texts and pictures to be sent back and forth to the vacationing client...

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Simply Lovely Hostess Gifts

Summer is here - which means plenty of BBQs and weekend trips. Do you have hostess gifts on hand? Stock up on a couple so you are ready!

One of our favorite vendors is CAKE VINTAGE TABLE and HOME a company based in Tennessee that makes beautiful items for the table and home (imagine that!) SIMPLIFY currently has 3 of their products in stock


Beautiful 30% recycled paper placemats give you 50 opportunities for everyday entertaining (they aren't so bad for teaching your kids how to set the table either!) $20

CAKE PAD set with Vintage Silverware

2 die cut pads tied together with a ribbon and a beautiful piece of Antique Silver. 50 Sheets in all $15.00

Kitchen Notes

A beautiful notepad, tied with a ribbon and an antique spoon. Perfect to leave on the counter even when company is coming! 50 bound sheets.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Toast to a Happy Birthday

This magnum of prosecco was created for a birthday celebration. The birthday girl told her husband that she wanted a cake for her birthday this year.... and she got one! The bottle was made with a Best Ever Vanilla, Lemon Curd and Raspberry lolli mixture. The wine cooler was made from Best Ever Vanilla layers with vanilla buttercream and chocolate ganache. Luster dust was used to coat both the bottle and wine cooler.

This cake was made for a good friend who always gets the same 2 presents for her birthday: a small cake and pitcher of mojitos. It was nice that the weather cooperated and we had an 85 degree day for a refreshing toast to spring!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Simply Jamaica

Ever wonder what a "day in a Jamaican villa" might be like?

For me, it started with a delicious hot pot of Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee waiting for me on my own private patio. Although you can't see the view in this picture - it was all of Montego Bay, turquoise water and waves crashing on the rocks and sand. Quiet & peaceful. A very pleasant way to start the day

After lingering over coffee, I went out to the main patio and had another cup of coffee with the group (there were 18 of us - 10 kids and 8 adults all traveling harmoniously together... no I am not lying - it was harmonious!)

The butler announced breakfast was ready. So I sat down in the sunshine and had a lovely meal.

A little while later we headed down to the beach. I sunbathed, chatted, swam and thoroughly relaxed. The kids built sand castles, hunted for Hermit crabs and Sand crabs... T chased down this Sand crab...

We headed back to the villa for a delicious lunch and then back down to the beach. The kids wanted to swim at the beach pool. This was the view

Around 5:30pm we headed back to the villa for a last swim in the villa pool and dinner for the kids. The adults had Rum Punch while the kids ate and enjoyed this sunset. The kids went off to play and we enjoyed a lovely dinner of pumpkin soup, Black Snapper, cho cho, and peas and rice. Delicious. Relaxing.

Think it sounds good? It is. I promise! Let SIMPLIFY help you book a Jamaican Villa Vacation all your own!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Simplify Valentine's Day

This year for Valentine's Day - Simplify provided beautiful hand-tied rose bouquets to our clients in need. The bouquets featured a colorful mix of roses. Something a little different than the traditional florist bouquet. A sweet way to say "I LOVE YOU"