Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Carolyn Westbrook: Snow, Snow Go Away

Hello All.

O.K. I was thinking that we lived in Texas so that we didn't have to deal with the snow. I took a bunch of beautiful images the last time, and we liked it for a day, then we are wishing for 75 degree nights. It's all fun the first five minutes with snowball fights, snow ice cream and snow men, then it is a wet, cold, sloppy mess that leaves the kids home from school, bored out of their minds, and tracking in wet, melted snow and mud, every 5 seconds. Is anyone out there with me on this???

Thank goodness that our photo shoot ended on Saturday night. We had some really great sunshiny days last week and got some great photography. Now I am frantically writing text as my deadline is quickly approaching.

The snow is coming down again today like gangbusters and then melting and making a slushy mess. Canton is this week and hoping to get out and look around. Think about this...less than 4 weeks to Roundtop/Warrenton show.
Amazing how fast time flies and so looking forward to the greatest show on earth

Trying to talk my photographers into showing up for the show from NYC. They have shot it for Country Living many times, but thinking that they would see a different side from the ZAPP HALL location, as it is a great time and a great place.

Hope that all of you will get to come and see it for yourselves. As I sit and look at the snow fall, I can only dream of the Spring wildflowers and hanging out with all my friends as we go junkin through the fields and of course meeting lots of new friends!
XOXO Carolyn

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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Carolyn Westbrook: A Valentines Treat for the Sweet

I wanted to wish everyone a Happy Valentine's Day, even though it is a bit early. I do love this most romantic of special occasions, as it reminds us to think of those that we love. My friend Carol invited us to a dinner at her home, while we were at the Urban Market in Houston and we were joined by my friends, Peg and Jon Vandyne (French Vanilla). It was a wonderful time and of course Carol and her culinary skills...she prepared an absolutely wonderful meal that ended with these stacked cake plates full of the delicious confections.

I had no idea that Carol could create such baked masterpieces, but found that this is where her passion lies and that she had been quite the famous baker, before moving here. As you all can see these petit fours are not only beautiful but filled with a decadent raspberry filling. Then she showed me her cookie creations that were skillfully and artfully done with different themes. There are crowns, French motifs, and also monograms...stunning. There were many more, for weddings, wedding showers, parties, pratically anything for any occasion.

I had to share this with y'all, as it was truly incredible and would be great at any party or wedding or perhaps Valentine's day. She does have a blog at www.cookiedumonde.blogspot.com

I have trouble icing a cake and she can do all of this, it is mind boggling. I wish everyone the most romantic Valentine's day and hope you and your sweetie do something wonderful.
XOXO Carolyn

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