Monday, February 13, 2012

Love what you do~

photo by Magna Vita Photography

Truth be told, I am not one to celebrate Valentine's Day. In fact, I told my husband years ago that we could skip it and simply celebrate "us" on our anniversary. But two years ago, when our daughter was at preschool, I suggested that we start celebrating it for the kids. He was delighted to learn that this meant cupcakes, cookies and treats to eat.

Now that I am in the candy business, I can't really get away from Valentine's Day. In fact, I love that I am providing a handmade, quality gift for people over the mass-produced, store-bought "candy" that fills the aisles of the stores around this time.

A friend at work placed an order to give to her children- marshmallow and custom cookie pops, bags of marshmallow hearts- and I thought about how nice it is for those kids to receive real treats, made with {real} love.

If you do intend to show someone your love tomorrow, think of purchasing or making something with value. With meaning. Something real. Flowers are nice. And so are chocolates. But what about something handmade by a local artist or bakery? Or even better, how about giving your time? A homemade meal? Or offer to send your wife to the salon for a pedicure? (ahem)

I know what I will be doing. Making marshmallows. Because I can't take a day off from that. But that's okay. Because I really do love what I do.


I {heart} French Toast

French Toast. A perfect breakfast for your sweetie. Using a large cookie cutter, make a heart from fresh bread, fry in butter, and serve with the best maple syrup and strawberries.

This is what I am hoping to wake up to tomorrow.

Happy Valentine's Day! I hope it's sweet.


Sunday, February 12, 2012

Spring is in the air...sort of

Fresh air. Sunshine. Lemons.

Ahhh, I can feel spring coming. Well, not exactly. We just happen to be having a warm (meaning above zero) day with the typical winter sunshine that we get here in the Bulkley Valley. But, I will take it. And I opened the windows for some fresh air. That's the other part of living in the country- FRESH air. And the sound of birds being the only sound that drifts in the windows.

This sunny mood has me thinking of spring and all the things I love about it. Easter has to be my one of my favorite holidays. Perhaps because it often lands around my birthday (ahem) but I love the tulips and light food and baked goods that come with Easter. And the chocolate of course.

Last spring was a very busy season for Kimberley's Kitchen and this year will be no exception. With custom orders, wedding favor orders, and wholesale requests pouring in, there will be no time to stop. Well, maybe for a minute to smell the flowers.

Many of the popular flavors will return, such as lemon, lavender, earl grey, and new treats as well. Also, I have sourced some lovely boxes for shortbread that will make for pretty gifts for Easter and Mother's Day. I will have the ever-popular coconut Bunny  and flower marshmallow pops too. Super sweet treats to tuck into your little one's Easter basket.

I hope that wherever you are, a little breathe of spring will come your way just to remind you that soon it will be here.


photos by Magna Vita Photography