Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Girl's Weekend to Arizona

desert girls trip

Girl's Weekend Away To Arizona - 

Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

When I was in my sophomore year of high school, my family had to move to Arizona from California. Can you just imagine my teenage angst? My father would happily tell you about my full out tantrum on the floor. Yup. It all worked out in the end. I earned my Bachelor's, Master's, met my husband and found my two best friends forever. Those crazy girls up there.

In the last decade there has been two weddings, lots of bridesmaid dresses, several job changes, moves out of state and 6 babies born between the three of us. Life has changed! It hasn't been easy for us to stay in touch, but we try and each time we're together it's like those last two decades were a blink.

It's been two years since we had a girl's weekend and that is too long. We booked a stay at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, a massage at their spa and made the small request to see a movie at the theater that didn't have a cartoon.

desert girls trip

On the first day of our vacation we went to the spa. We had found an awesome deal on the signature journey massage on Travelzoo. The massage was amazing and such a perfect start to our trip. With the massage package, we were given a day's pass for the whole spa - which is huge! There are several soaking tubs, saunas and an inhalation room (a quiet, dark room that has the air deeply scented with eucalyptus) 

My favorite though was the adult only roof top pool. It's quiet and the pool is full of bed sized floats. We spent a good amount of time enjoying ourselves chatting and catching up.

That delicious shrimp salad was walked to my poolside chaise. It was amazing! I gobbled and enjoyed it within minutes. Then spent the remainder of the day lounging, dipping into the pool and sipping my fancy drink. Yes, yes it was amazing.

Another one of our favorite events at the Scottsdale Princess was their techno party at the pool. At 8pm the lights came on, the DJ started spinning tunes and we slid down their two giant pool slides. We had so much fun and are so eager to come back with our children - they would have gone nuts!

And it wouldn't be a trip, unless I brought a bit of work with me. Had a ton of fun shooting "cookies in the wild" and then of course gobbling them down! How fun is this cactus cookie in the pool?

Avoid Arizona in the summer? Um, no. The deals are hot, the pools are cold and the memories are amazing! Such a fabulous trip.

Monday, October 19, 2015

Sweet Jenny Belle

Hi all! The Bakery opened in August and it's been a fun blur since. I have opened a new site for Sweet Jenny Belle - you'll find ordering instructions, blog posts on baking and more.

This blog is still active, just a bit more quiet. I'll continue to post non-baking related ideas here.


Friday, July 24, 2015

Everything is Awesome!

The bakery is live, but quite limited in what is shown. I'll mostly be doing custom orders, so please email or call if you would like to place an order. I'll add more general listings to the site in the next month.

A friend of mine recently asked me if I could make her some Lego logo cookies. But I couldn't just make logo cookies, I wanted to make Lego heads and building blocks and more! And I wanted to try a new cookie roll-out recipe. I do love sugar cookies, but there are so many flavors out there to try. These were done with a mini chocolate-chip and they are so delicious, it maybe my new favorite!

I started with building blocks and Lego head outlines..

And then I added some fun faces to them..

So you think everything is awesome, do you?

Well we do too!

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Inside Out

Sweet Jenny Belle Bakery opens in just a few weeks! So excited - lots of prep and experimenting. My husband took the kids to Inside Out last week and they loved it. Have you seen it? Who was your favorite emotion?

Friday, June 19, 2015

SuperDad Cookies!

I have decided to re-open my online bakery. I'm excited and busy with filling out paperwork. I will be listing treats online, at local shows and in the process of trying to work with some local food trucks.

While I'm waiting to get all my licences in order, I needed to make a few dozen cookies for Father's Day. I tried a few ideas earlier this month and loved the superhero theme the best. My husband and dad are truly heroes to my kids!

The stars were the easy design in the set. You could easily set these out for your kids to create for Dad! Just pipe and flood with royal icing in superhero colors and dip into bowls of sugar. I have a feeling that even though these were the easiest, they will be the favorite!

A few comic inspired squares - playing off my Dad's nickname of PopPop!

Some fun SuperDad flooded cookies.

And these were my favorite even though they were the trickiest. Though now I'm thinking it would be smart to have painted the Superman emblem.

All packaged and ready to be gobbled up!


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