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I am fortunate enough to have my dream job of staying at home with my two beautiful daughters. I've been happily married for 6 years and counting! I am a lover of all things french, all things pink, and anything that sparkles. Serioulsy, my husband calls me a crow. I love baking, crafting and throwing big parties, especially if they have a theme. Right now, I'm in love Pinterest. My Hero is Heather from Sprinkle Bakes and my mom.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

FYI: Wilton Drink Sparkles...

Hi, I don't know you, but if you've recently Googled Wilton Drink Sparkles, you may have been led to my blog. I will explain why.
I first did a blog entry sometime in October of 2010, exclaiming my new found love of Wilton Drink Sparkles (which will now be shortened to WDS mostly because I think its cool when people do that on their blogs) and how I could not believe that something so amazing and revolutionary in the dinner party/entertaining world could be so limited and also the holiday that they limited it to was HALLOWEEN! One of the traditionally least sparkly holidays. 
I had then of course made a trip back to Michael's looking for more but alas they were sold out (of course, who doesn't want a sparkly drink?!) followed by many minutes on line looking for ebay sellers who had hoarded the WDS, apparently there are none, I'm the only one with this brilliant idea.
So back to Michael's to see if they had an alternative, like say, the Wilton pearl dust. The clerk said no, it would just dissolve in the drink.
Which brings us, dear readers, to today. While preparing for a cupcake bake with my girl and fellow blogger, Stacey, I was assembling all my sparkles and sprinkles trying to decide what to use, as well as my teeny, tiny stash of leftover WDS to take to a birthday party. Just curious, I thought I'd try out the Wilton Pearl Dust, most commonly used for fondant and gum paste decorations, seeing as how it looks suspiciously like the WDS (see now why I'm abbreviating?).

 LOW AND BEHOLD!!! It's a miracle!! They are one and the same!!

I'm wondering now how many of you fellow sparkle lovers are getting your pearl dust out and a glass of water to test out my exclamations of sparkle joy?!
The tiniest pinch in a half glass of water will allow you to enjoy suspended sparkles! And the best part of this is that the pearl dust will work in any color drink and any kind of drink, carbonated or flat!
 There you have it, not the most exciting news today, to some, and I apologize if you have stumbled upon this sparkle blog entry looking for something deep... It's not here, not today.
Also I'd like you to know that there is more to me than my love of sparkles. I am deep, I read thick books and have a small library that smells of rich mahogany....No I don't but I am deeper than sparkles.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Last Minute Getaway!

The most common reaction that we received after telling people that we were going to Jamaica in 3 days was.... Silence. Followed by alot of "Wow, that's brave.." Translation- Stoopid. Not just Stupid, but stupid with 2 O's. There is a difference, look it up.

It was a last minute trip obviously, and the girls were awesome at the resort, which was just a touch less than awesome, but that didn't matter, the girls were great and we had fun together!

The view from our balcony.

The looking South-ish.

Venice just loving the sun and sand!

One tired little bug!

Out for a walk with daddy and the girls, waiting for the waterslide and hot tubs to open.

Some intense crawling going on here.

Our twice daily walk down the beach to put Giselle asleep. 
PS. It never failed!

Venice doing the breast-stroke. We really need to get her into some swimming lessons, like, now. She could be the next Olympic champion!


Picture of a picture, so it's a little faded :( But a great family picture if I do say so myself!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

NYE 2010/ NYD 2011

I'm not one for New Years Eve, as shocking as that may be to hear, especially coming from a party person. I think I've only thrown one party for NYE, a few years ago. But now with the girls it gets harder to go somewhere and most of our friends have kids too, and babysitters are at a premium this time of year.
We opted out this year from the party scene and spent a night at our cabin on Gull Lake. 
We brought out some steak and lobster and whipped up a feast! I say 'we' when really I mean Ben. He is such a great cook and actually likes it! He's always such a big help in the kitchen (except when he cooks with the gas too high and cook the food directly to the pan...) with meal time.

Neither of us are much for champagne, although, I friggin' LOVE poppin' those corks! As well as the idea of champagne, the romance, the bubbles etc. So we brought out a bottle of Riesling from my favourite winery in the Okanagan, Lang, instead. We enjoyed it well before midnight, as we went to bed around 9....What can I say? I did however set my alarm on my phone to wake us up. 

We did bring some fireworks to set off and Venice loved it, Giselle was napping, so she missed out on the action.

Getting bundled up for the fireworks.

Ooohhhhh!! Pretty good for $2.99


First picture of 2011! My girls!
Ben made us breakfast, coffees and a roaring fire. A fantastic way to start the new year!

Giselle discovering the freedom that wheels bring.

Ben took Venice skating on the canal behind the cabin, Giselle and I were warm and cozy by the fire inside, so the closest picture I got was from the kitchen window.

I love this picture and this little peanut! 

Overall it was a pretty low key new years eve and day, but I'm always thankful for the times when we can getaway together.

Happy New Years from the Winter family!