just dandy events’ branding shoot

I met Holly a few years ago at a country concert. Sean was taking me on our second date and I was completely stricken with social anxiety, because yes, I’m a weirdo. I hadn’t met his friends yet, I didn’t know the band, I was still embarrassingly a pescatarian at the time and the horror…

MOCA’s 25th Anniversary Cake

I was approached by a friend a few weeks ago to see if I was interested in making this cake. Without hesitation, I accepted and was so delighted to make this cake. Virginia Beach’s Museum of Contemporary Art not only hosts some amazing art exhibits, but they know how to throw a party. The theme…

oh baby!

I had the honor of creating some baby shower cupcakes a few weeks ago for the one and only, Elizabeth Henson. She’s the sweetest boss-lady-photographer-mentor-momma-hug giver-just-down-right-awesome lady! I’m so delighted that they have another bundle of joy to join their adorable family. Honestly, I don’t know how she’s keeping it cool about not knowing the…

eat your heart out

Well, today is Valentine’s Day. And we all know what that means… chocolate goes on sale tomorrow! This little holiday always gets a bad reputation, but maybe that’s why I like it so much. To the cynical, the entire day is hyped up over who got the biggest bouquet, the most candy or the biggest stuffed…

crock pot chili

Winter finally decided to make an appearance last weekend and some folks were caught off guard without the proper foods. Sure some of us stocked up on the essentials like popcorn, wine and maybe a gallon of water. However, once the snacks run out, the real hunger sets in. We’re all left craving that stick-to-your-ribs-comfort-food…

evelyn’s fourth birthday

I may be a little biased, but my niece is one of the best people I know. I’m totally lucky that I get to spend so much time with her and have been able to see her develop into a little lady. She’s smart beyond her years and is beginning to understand and learn so…

bacon brussel sprouts with balsamic glaze

I’m sure we all remember out parents saying, “finish your veggies or you won’t get dessert!”. It was the cruelest form of torture, just hand us the ice cream and no one gets hurt. Now, come to find out, those green things are actually pretty tasty. Add bacon and a good thing gets even better! I…

chocolate rimmed champagne flutes

  Cheers to the New Year in the most delicious way with Willie Byrd Dark Chocolate Sauce! Simply dip your champagne flute into the chocolate sauce and put in the fridge for a moment or two. Add sprinkles for an extra festive look to your bubbly. Pour in your favorite bottle of bubbles and enjoy the…

salted caramel mocha mousse

The holidays are a crazy time of year when everything seems to be in fast forward. Between gift shopping, decorating and celebrating the festivities there just doesn’t seem to be enough time in the day . Needless to say, we all need a back-up plan for those unexpected guests. This dessert is ridiculously easy to…