Baby is Brewing


On Saturday Kara, Allegra, and I hosted a baby shower for our friend Melissa! I was in my element—I LOVE to host and plan. I get so excited to make all the list; shopping list, mapping out the day by day plan, and hour by hour plan for the morning of the party! I made a cake, fruit tarts, spring rolls, and tomato soup shooters with mini grilled cheese.

It was a day filled with games, we guessed baby food ingredients, and more drinking than expected; Melissa is the first of our Denver friend group to have a baby so the booze were still flowing.

I picked a peaches and cream cake since it is peach season and then made a dark chocolate mini fruit tarts because the mom-to-be loves dark chocolate. The spring rolls and soup were more random picks but I liked them because they were a little different and fun!

The cake toppers, fitting the Baby is Brewing theme, were the homage to Michigan; Bell’s IPA and Michigan State University colored baby bottle.

Peaches and Cream Cake

Dark Chocolate Fruit Tart – I used the shell and custard recipe from this link and then followed this link to make it dark chocolate

Grilled Cheese Tomato Bisque Shooters

Bahn Mi Spring Rolls






Out of Office: Monaco and Èze


On my summer work trip our group also made a quick stop in a different country—Monaco. We spent enough time there to grab a delicious lunch, shop a little for a vintage south of France marketing poster, and walk around the city and visit Grace Kelly’s tomb at Saint Nicholas Cathedral.

After border crossing we headed to Èze where we went to the Fragonard Parfumeur to learn about their infamous perfumes and do some more shopping. We relaxed a bit after in the heart of the medieval town of Èze where we enjoyed Rose, once again, and also enjoyed one of the very few rain storms in the south of France. This region is comparable to Denver and has about 300 days of sun a year; we luckily got to enjoy one of the rainy ones. To get to the the city you climb/hike the stone stair way; at this point I was really second guessing my shoe choice for the day. Since Monaco is a fancy place I dressed in my nicer Sam Edelman flat sandals which did not work well in the rain. I eventually took them off and hiked down barefoot. I’m really glad I wore those shoes, I’m sure everyone in Monaco noticed how trendy I was.



Fragonard Perfume factory!