A Little About Me

After growing up making all the sweets at every family gathering and holiday, I fell in love with desserts. I chose to attend the Culinary Arts program at Brigham Young University Idaho. After graduating I have worked at various jobs making cakes and other goodies. The most recent being the Pastry Chef for the Oxford University Club, Taylor Grocery Special Events Catering in Oxford, Mississippi, and now my mom's farm-Fiddlin Rooster Farm- in Water Valley, MS. I have many family recipes and several of my own that I enjoy making and would love to make them for you.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Aiden's birthday cake!

Happy Birthday Aiden!
Every now and then I get to work on a cake with my sisters. This one was for my nephew Aiden who turned 7 this past week. He had a sponge bob themed birthday party. Usually his mom, my sister Jamie, makes all of there cakes (you can see her work herehttp://southernsweetcakes.blogspot.com/). Unfortunately she was sick and couldn't touch anything in the kitchen Christie my talented younger sister made the cake and while she did that I made sponge bob and his friend Patrick. Christie also has a site to show her work here http://christiescakes.blogspot.com/. I wish we lived closer so we could open a shop together. We are kind of like Ace of cakes in the aspect that we each excel in different areas of the pastry world. When we combine our talents we create these wonderful edible creations.
I made sponge bob out of fondant and gum paste.
Patrick was fun because he looked the most like himself! We kept imitating his voice saying, "Hey Sponge bob!" And then we would dance him around the counter.

I can't wait to make another cake with the girls it's so much fun!

Monday, July 20, 2009

Taylor Grocery Meet and Greet!

On July 14th we held a meet and greet reception at The Taylor Grocery restaurant. It was to share with some of the event planners in oxford some of the new things we are doing. Most people associate Taylor Grocery with catfish only; however, we do much more!

This is me with my mom Rhonda Webb. She helped me with the groom's cake and took all the pictures that night. We made the groom's cake look like the ole miss football stadium.
Here the owner, catering manager, and myself are getting our picture taken for the Oxford Invitation magazine!

This is me and the catering manager Butch Scott.
I think the cake turned out great!

The theme was rustic to match the store and we used chocolate brown and yellow linens with sunflowers for decorations. So I decided to design the wedding cake around that theme.
I used a chocolate fondant to cover the cake and piped on some sunflowers. The ribbon is made out of fondant that is painted with a sunflower orange edible powder.

I made the fruit arrangement with grapes, blueberries, and strawberries.
We served pecan tassies, and fruit cups as some of the desserts.

These are key lime tassies.
We also served hors d'oeuvres.
These are our chicken salad cucumber bites and tomato salad cups.
My pictures are a little out of order. Here are some more desserts. We made chocolate bites, some in white chocolate and some in milk.
I'm a little sad the some of the pictures looked great on the camera but when we put them on the computer they were fuzzy. I had to include some though because I still think they look OK even with the fuzz.

Everyone raved over my fruit dip garnished with some fresh mint from my mom's garden.
We served this raspberry lemon punch for our non alcohol guests such as myself.
All in all I think it was a great evening and we have gotten a few events from it, so I think it was well worth the work. For those who came or helped in anyway thank you so much. And I hope all those who missed out can book there next event with us and enjoy some of the same wonderful food!

Monday, July 6, 2009

4th of July Trifle

I helped my mom make this trifle for dessert Saturday! It was so yummy! The great part about it was how light it was, you don't feel like you have eaten a heavy dessert. It had a white cake layered between whipped cream, strawberries and fresh blueberries from her farm. This dessert is so easy to make in any size. You just have to find a glass or bowl. You can make it individual in goblets or large like this one in a trifle dish.