Sunday, September 28, 2008

Critter Marshmallows

These are SO cute. My kids couldn't wait to get their hands on them.
Sweet Treats by Maryann

Friday, September 26, 2008

DelectableDelights : Yummmy Member of Team Eeat

Good Morning all!!!

I have started to partake in all of the yummy treats from my team members in Team Eeat!! My first order was with Delectable Delights or DD as I like to call her in chat!! I ordered the:

Chocolate Covered Cherry Sundae Cupcake (TM)

Boston Cream Sundae Cupcake (TM

Let me say, if you have not ordered from DD, you are missing out on the moistest cup cakes you have ever had!!! They were more than yummy!! When they arrived, I had to fight my son off as he was hovering, waiting for me to open the package. Once he found out that they were cup cakes and that they had chocolate on them..............well I couldn't get rid of him!!! I was forced to share........which I was not happy about.......I knew I should of locked myself in the bathroom!!!

My favorite was the Cherry one, it had big chunks of maraschino cherries in it, and the rich chocolate topping was to die for!! So I say to you all ORDER FROM DD, she has some GREAT stuff.....I know I will be getting more..........hmmmm now I just have to figure out how to hide them.........

My next order.....that I am not very patiently waiting for is from Double Dipped Sweets...........I purchased some of her delicious looking salted Carmel apples!! I can't wait for them to get here..........hopefully they will arrive before the kids get home from school!!

My last suggestion is come and check out Team Eeat on October 1st, 8pm Est as we are having a Virtual Bake Sale in the Etsy labs!!!!

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Welcome VanillaBeanBakeShop!

Team EEAT would like to welcome VanillaBeanBakeShop to our team! Here are some of her ORGANIC goodies!

Stay tuned for more new member features!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Hedgerow Harvest

What better way of spending a sunny autumn afternoon, than taking a walk down an English country lane? Childhood memories of picking blackberries always come flooding back -- along with the scratches and nettle stings! The recent fine weather meant I was able to take a bucket or two on a walk down the lanes. The blackberry crop is a bit scarce this year -- but the hedgerows abound with lots of other berries so I picked quite a variety -- blackberries, elderberries, rosehips, hawthorn berries and rowanberries. With the addition of some apples & sugar they have made some delicious Hedgerow Jelly.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Edible Arts...The "En Vogue" Fashion Statement!

Cakes By SugarPlums

I wanted to take a moment to say "Thank You" to all of you who have visited any of our Edible Artists on Etsy and introduce myself and my little bakery!

My journey began about 33 years ago actually...with the birth of my first son. WHAT???!!! Yes....from almost birth....his "sweet tooth" was evident and thus the goal of "conquering" the creative dessert cooking was begun!

Consequently....that "journey" became my "passion" in life! Originally from the west coast, (San Diego...Go Aztecs!) I landed in the Cincinnati Ohio area about 10 years ago and realized how much people in the MidWest center their lives around food and fun! The simple things in life.

Today I am constantly amazed at the demand and desire for not only "good" edibles...BUT..."creative" ones! When any of us pick up a current issue of Gourmet Magazine...or even turn on the television...we find the "Food Fashion" industry displaying the "En Vogue" way to entertain....
With "Attractive and Tantalizing" entrees and desserts!!

Since many of us still yearn for the years gone by...our childhood memories of mom or grandma in the kitchen baking our favorite pies, cakes and cookies....and...since today's life style is so intense...I made the decision to follow my passion and study the culinary art world of "Creative Desserts".
About 5 years ago I began making some of these desserts for my family's enjoyment and my "ever appreciative" neighbors and friends were constantly asking if I could do the same for them. After much encouragement....I took the "Leap of Faith" into the "Sweet Life" and 2 years ago became licensed as a Cottage Bakery in the basement of my home. When searching for the right name, one of my daughter in laws suggested I look up "SugarPlums" to which I complied immediately. To my amazement...they weren't just the "treats from the holiday fairy" (LOL)..they became popular in England in the 1600-1700's and were actually a fruit covered with a sweet bread or candy and given as gifts to new neighbors and royalty (depending on which book you are reading).
Anyway....the name....CAKES By SugarPlums was it!

I started my e-commerce business @ have had the pleasure of receiving orders from all over the world. At Cakes we have 12 delicious varieties of pound cakes...baking each fresh to order...then sealing and custom packaging in our Signature Gold and Purple gift box to be shipped anywhere in the U.S. I am so excited to be able to offer those "busy moms and corporate personnel" a gourmet "handmade" gift option for special occassions and holidays!

About a year ago...I found through a friend's recommendation and have made wonderful friends and enjoy chatting and networking with other Edible Artists there too! There are many talented people in this world....just take a look inside the Etsy World and see!

The onset of the "CupCake Rage" has moved my small little cottage business to a new brick and mortar location here in the Cincinnati area and in just a few short weeks myself, along with 2 of my daughters will be opening SugarPlums Cupcakery & CoffeeHouse. There you can experience some of "life's simple pleasures" in a gourmet way. Over 50 cupcake varieties...some filled with lucious creamy or fruity fillings...topped with rich and fluffy Buttercreams, Ganache, and more! OH....and don't forget the "Hook Shots"....just a little "Shot" of icing in the flavor of your choosing and the "Shot" hooks right onto your cupcake parfait! (What we won't think of next!) A good cup of coffee or cappuccino...a sweet treat....a fruit drink....a cookie that "crumbles" of course! ....or a "Spot of English Tea"....
SUGARPLUMS ....Visit us soon!

I look forward to hearing about your "Sweet" experiences in the "World of Food Fashion" and would love to hear your likes, even dislikes....and visions of SugarPlums!!!
Thanks for sharing the "Sweet Life" it should be everyone's way of life!

Shop Etsy for all your Holiday Gift needs...made with love by hand!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Friday Food Fest Time!

It's the 3rd Friday of the month, which means...FRIDAY FOOD FEST!

We will have a chat room open, and a thread in Etsy Forums. Come check out the great sales and giveaways!

Sales will be posted here as usual. ***This blog does not seem to be working. Sales are disappearing!**

FREE shipping on order of $25 or more!

Buy one item, get 1/2 pound of our Bark for FREE! Your choice of flavor- Bark Flavors

20% off each item!
Secret FFF item - Find it and get 50% off that item!

20% off any item!
Secret FFF item - Find it and that item is FREE, just pay shipping!


Search for Team EEAT on etsy to see our great sellers!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Asian Wontons


This is a blog about my Asian wontons that I had posted inside my team site, but I wanted to share it with all of you wonderful foodies on the net! Hope you enjoy it.....I Know I enjoyed the Wontons!!

Yesterday was another yummy day in the kitchen for me! I made my "famous" Asian Wontons.....ok well they are famous with my family and friends!! I am starting to make everything on my full menu and taking pictures of it!! Needless to say my family will be VERY happy!!

Wontons are a tedious process, the filling is simple just mixing up the ingridients, but stuffing each one is time consuming!! Even more tedious is keeping everyone away so that I can finish them!!!

So I am at the kitchen table, stuffing stuffing, and what do you know Jared comes home from work............he starts hovering.............."what r u doing", he he doesn't see the wonton wrappers and the filling, and each little packet that I have stuff..............I reply "nothing"......he gives me the look and then walks away. So I continue to stuff and finish them all. I go and turn on the deep fryer (I bought a nifty one, has a basket like the commercial ones and is VERY easy to clean) and move the wontons from the kitchen to the counter by the fryer. In walks in my oldest son Justin, "what are you doing mom" he asks, I relpy "nothing". "Are those Wontons" he asks as his mouth begins to salivate and he gets that evil glimmer in his eye. I say "no", he replies "Can I have one?" I reply "they aren't even cooked yet, you are going to have to wait". He then gives me that impatient pre-teen stare "can I have one when they are done?" I reply "Not until I take pictures of them and I have to wait for them to cool some after they are fried so that I can arrange them". "But we are going swimming....." which is code for why the hell can't I have one now, I really want to go swiming but I want to eat some of those first. I reply, "you are going to have to wait until I am done." He gives me the look that his dad gave me and walks away. I arrange the Wontons and start to take photos. In walks Jared, and he starts to hover again....."no you can't have one right now" I say. Once again I get the look, so finally they all go next door to grandma's to swim.

Let's just say that mom isn't dumb, I eat the amount of wontons that I want because I know that they are going to be ravaged when they get back from swiming and if I wait I will only get the measly little crumbs! So I pick up one of those golden little packs and sink my teeth in, first comes the slight crunch from the fried wonton wrap, then comes the explosion of flavor from the juicy sausage, then you are hit with the spicyness from the serranos and red pepper flake and that little bit of salt from they soy sauce and the freshness and zing from the ginger.......and I am in heaven.....we won't go into how many I actually ate.....hey I am the cook, it's called quality control!!!

So a little time goes by and the hoard comes back from swimming, Justin goes straight to the counter and looks directly into my eyes with the evil gilimmer of one who can not wait one second longer............"can I have one now?' he asks with a very expectant look. I nod my head and he proceeds to cram a whole wonton in his mind you this little packets of yumminess stay pretty hot in the inside! It doesn't even phase him. Then walks in Jared and my other son Tristen (he is 5 and only likes the outstide of the wontons). Jared goes straight to the counter next to Justin and starts to eat the wontons, Justin then proceeds to start grabbing as many as he can. So I yell "you need to leave some for your dad"...... he gives me the look again as if to say are you freaking kidding me, you made me wait all this time and I can't have as many as I mind you he can't relpy to me because his mouth is full!! As soon as he swallows he says "but I only had one." I finally have the chance and I give him the look, and say"you have had more than one." Now if you have noticed no one has had the thought hmmm, maybe mom might want some, I mean hey she is the one that spent over an hour stuffing each and everyone........

Finally Justin goes to grab another and Jared says "no you need to save some for your mom." Well Tristen has been off in lala land and finally figuers out hey people are eating stuff and I haven't gotten any so he runs to the counter and tells his dad that he wants one. Now dad gives him the look, but hands over one and says "the rest are for your mom." So I look over at the plate, there are a whole 2 left (hmmm lets see I spent the hour stuffing and I am only entitled to two apparently). I say "oh, well I only want one." So I proceed to grab it and then Tristen throughs a hissy fit. He has only eatin the outside of his and wants another one. I tell him that he needs to eat the whole thing and he says "mamma don't eat that other one, I am tellling you", so Jared gives him the outside of one of the two that are left. I then pick up the final remaining wonton and Tristen says "don't eat it, it's mine." I said "you still haven eaten the one that your dad just gave you", and I pop it into my mouth....well world war three broke out then!!

Yeah I know you guys think I should of given it to him, after all I had some and no one even knew about I said quality control.......random testing!!

Sunday, September 14, 2008

A Thyme To Bee Comforted, a little about me!!


My name is Angelica and I am the owner of A Thyme To Bee Comforted! My vision for A Thyme To Be Comforted is to be able to provide restaurant quality food that you can enjoy in your own home!! Like a lot of people I love to eat out, as there are a lot of great restaurants out there with superb food. However I get tired of the wait, be it an hour or 2 hours or more for the "It" restaurant of the month. Lets face it some of those restaurants are not kid friendly either which only complicates and evening out even more, have to find a babysitter, can't stay out to late, worrying that the babysitter is actually watching your kids and not on the phone with her I thought to myself all of my dinner parties, BBQ's etc are always a hit, people are always raving about my food and saying that I should do something with my talent...hmmmm wouldn't it be great if people could get the same quality food and enjoy it at home...............maybe I should do something, but a the time I was working full time at a very stressful job, helping my BF manage his books for his company and raising two kids...... I had no time for a new project, plus the security of a steady pay check is a VERY hard thing to give up.

Well last August when the housing market crashed my company closed it's doors......and viola there was my opportunity.........

So now I have been embarking on a new frontier, there have been several bumps in the road......some full on crashes.........but I am working through it!! As life tends to provide little surprises when u least expect it my sister in law came over one day and we got to talking and she told my about after she left I hopped on my best friend the lab top and became HOOKED!!

There are so many talented people on this site that I am amazed!! I decided well it was time to open up shop on the net, as I had been selling my food at our local farmers market and I found my home on Esty!! Not long after being on Esty's I found Team EEAT and that has been another important discovery on my journey. They are a great bunch of people that have provide invaluable help and positive reinforcement!!! It is great to belong to a group of talented folk that have the same passion as you!! I would like to Thank all the members of Team EEat for their support!!!!

So I hope that you join me in the journey of achieving my dream of providing great food to all those empty tummy's out there sittin on there couch watching their favorite movie!!

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Friday Food Fest time again!

Team EEAT will be holding Friday Food Fest's every 1st and 3rd Friday! Come into Etsy Chat rooms and have some fun! We've had so many people comment how much fun the last Food Fest was!

Sales will be listed here!
30% off any order before shipping
Badonkidonk Brownie Sale!!!
Every order comes with 3 huge FREE brownies
Enjoy a free half order of oatmeal cranberry cookies with every purchase!
Free Baby Cupcake Trifle with every Sampler purchase!
Free shipping with purchases of $25 or more.

3 FREE chocolate covered pretzels with each order
20% off orders over $20
20% off before shipping
1/2 shipping on all samplers
$2.00 off any order!!
1 FREE bag of Caramel Apple Caramel Popcorn with any 1 pound Caramel Purchase!

Remember to search for "team eeat" on etsy to see lots of yummy delights!