Friday Randoms and a Hippity-Hop-Hop…HOP

Just a quick litty bitty…to wish you and yours…a very Happy Bunny Day!

Celebrate the weekend…the holiday…

and…the oh-so-adorable bunnies that hatch from eggs only to lay more and more eggs a la Cadbury (psst…they have mini ones so you can make something so edibly cute like this!)…

unless – of course – they’re the other kind of bunnies that fall in love with peanut butter cups.  I’m a little torn on these options…I mean…one is classic, right?  The other…well…peanut butter and chocolate…’nuff said.

or…you can play along with Fred Astaire and Judy Garland a la Irving Berlin…stroll along Fifth Avenue…in your easter bonnet, with all the frills upon it…You’ll be the grandest lady in the easter parade… 

if…the kids need something livelier than the musical?  Pop a little E.B. on the tube to distract them so that you can go on and set up the easter egg hunt!

now…if you’re like me…and going to have a pretty laid-back weekend (lunch with the fam is about all I have on my schedule!)  Don’t forget to make a little basket for that special little man (or lady)…in my case – it’s my nephew whom I adore!  My boyfriend and I stopped by Michaels, grabbed all the little bits and ta-da…basket for the Little Man 🙂

Anyway…I hope that all of you…bunny or not…have a fabulous weekend…

and here’s a little hip-hip-hop to get the ball rolling!

Who’s Who: The Hudson Cakery

Good morning!  Good morning!  This week’s spotlight for Who’s Who is none other than Jennifer Bunce of The Hudson Cakery, an upscale custom cake boutique in Hudson County.

Established in 2009, Jennifer’s passion for baking is reflected in cakes that are infused with flavor, using only the freshest ingredients.  Each cake is tailored to the needs of her clientele and taste as good as they look!  Her hard work has not gone un-noticed; she and her cakes have been featured in the New York Times, Style Me Pretty and 201 Bride Magazine…to name a few.

On a personal level, I met Jennifer at the NYC Dreamers into Doers dinner that was hosted by Dawn of Bee*s Knees Parties and Khaliah of The Party Muse.  At the time, I had plunked down on the seat beside Jennifer, exchanged our howdy-do’s, and found out that she was practically a neighbor (we both live in Jersey City).  Since then, I have enjoyed spending time with her at random girl’s breakfasts, and worked on a set of printables for a wedding she was involved in, as well as a print that adorns one of the walls in her new shop in Weehawken (I hope; I haven’t had the opportunity to pop into the new location!).

Anyway, without further ado, here’s Jennifer…a totally awesome, fun, and talented…sweets artist and friend!

Tell me about the last project that you walked away thinking, “Man, I’m good!”

I had a sports celebrity client who needed something unique and detailed in under 72 hours.  Normally, this would have taken 5 days, but because I wanted to work with this client again in the future, I was really motivated to do this project. It had to be perfect!  So, after 72 hours of baking from scratch, stacking, constructing, piping, decorating and not sleeping, I was happy with the results.  More importantly, my client was happy!

When are you completely satisfied with your work?

When a bride calls me first thing after the honeymoon to tell me that she was in love with her cake.  I seriously get teary-eyed!  That’s happened twice now in 3 years and I still cannot believe I got those phone calls….

What is your favorite flavor combination for cakes?

Definitely, my Chocolate Fudge Cake with Peanut Butter Buttercream.  Ah. Maze. Ing.

If you were a rock star, who would it be?

I’ve always loved Gwen Stefani – ever since high school.  She seems like she has it together – her music, her family, her ABS!

What do you fill your time with when you’re not working?

That one day a week where I’m not working (but still checking e-mail…*sigh*)…I love to go for a run and clear my head.  And, go to yummy restaurants with my fiance – we are complete foodies!

Keep up with Jennifer and the Hudson Cakery by visiting:

Picks for a Bunny-tastic Holiday!

With Easter just right around the corner…I decided to rove the inter-webs in search of the perfect little bits for a colorful and fun holiday.

Here are just a few things that I found along the way…

Credits: 1) “Keep Calm and Hunt On” Double-sided Invitation – Swanky Press; 2) Bunny Hole Push-Up Pops – Lynlee’s Petite Cakes (via the Spring Issue of Party Dress Magazine); 3) Burlap Bunny Cookies – SugarBelle’s; 4) Easter Boxes – A Little Hut; 5) Easter Bunny Cupcake Toppers – Mimicafe Union; 6) Bunny Cake Stands – Pottery Barn

Erin Go Bragh! (“Ireland Forever”)

May 2009 - I took this photograph as we were hiking along the path through Connemara National Park to view the Twelve Bens (pronounced 'pins'). I think it works perfectly for this traditional Irish blessing.

Most of my family and friends know that I am head over heels in love with Ireland – the people, the food, the Guinness, the culture, and – most especially – the countryside.  With its rolling hills and its amazingly varied landscape, the Emerald Isle is a treasure trove of natural beauty that will take your breath away.

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, I will wrap-up the week and dedicate my Friday randoms to Ireland and all the bits I remember from trips taken in 2007 and 2009!

When in Dublin, make sure to stop at Bewley’s for a cuppa!

Hop on a bus…take a tour…and find out why Wicklow is known as the “Garden of Ireland

Wildflowers thrive in the surreal landscape that is the Burren, a natural formation of limestone bedrock that is peppered with archaeological sites from megalithic tombs to portal dolmens.

Winding roads and narrow lanes…a trusty little car…the one you love…and tunes (like this and this) on the radio.  A wonderful way to see the countryside.

Would you like to stay at a castle and make friends with a falcon?

Grab lunch at the oldest fish n’ chip shop in Dublin – Leo Burdock’s.

Take a pause and view the illustrations and ornamentations of the Book of Kells while visiting the Long Room at Trinity College.

Enjoy peace and tranquility in County Clare at this “Old World” Country House.

Legend has it that if you kiss it, you’ll be blessed with the gift of eloquence.

Explore Killarney National Park on horseback!

Go back in time and stroll through the 16th and 19th centuries at Bunratty Castle and Folk Park.

Take a tour of the Guinness Storehouse at St. James Gate…

and – last, but not least – enjoy a pint of true Irish Guinness at the Gravity Bar.

I hope that all of you enjoy a safe and happy St. Patrick’s Day!  Sláinte!