Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Treat Tuesday- March 19th

Photo by Magna Vita Photography
Treat Tuesday is back! Are you as excited as I am?

I had put Treat Tuesday on pause for the holidays and I have received so many requests to have it return, that I worked to make this happen for you.

Your first Treat? A bag of these delicious Spring Marshmallow Bites in Earl Grey, Lemon, Lavender, Cocoa, Coconut and Vanilla Bean. Each bag contains at least 10 bites in at least 5 of these flavors. There is a limited number of bite bags to be had, so be sure to pick this up early. The Treat will only be available while quantities last and just for Tuesday and then it's gone.

Your deal? $5 for the bag. That's it!

How to shop? Simply visit my SHOP and BUY the Treat Tuesday item. While you are at it, take a look at the other yummy sweets I have for Easter. And yes, you can still order for Easter but my deadline for Easter delivery is Tuesday midnight, so be sure to get all of your Easter Bunny duties taken care of at once.

Enjoy! So, what would you like next Tuesday? Let me know in the comments and your marshmallow dreams just might come true.


Monday, March 18, 2013

Treat Tuesday is back!

I have had so many requests to bring back Treat Tuesday that I just had to do it. So here we are- our return of Treat Tuesday! It is bigger and better than ever.

This is how it works. Each Tuesday I will post a treat for you- a deal on something in my shop or even an exclusive treat only available that week. It will be ready to ship Wednesday and I will offer the deal while supplies last. There will be a limited quantity for the deal. So the early bird...you get the idea.

From time to time I will give Facebook fans a chance to vote for a treat that they want a deal on. Or even to win something for free! So be sure to Like my Facebook page. And just in case you aren't on Facebook, you can also follow me on Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest. Phew. That's a lot of social media for one little candy company!

Anyhoo, there we have it. The new and improved and full of great deals Treat Tuesday. If you know someone who loves a deal, please share the love. 

See you on Tuesday morning!

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Mini Egg Bark - Easy Easter Recipe

I made you a treat! I combined one of my all-time favorite Easter candies with swirly yummy chocolate and made Mini Egg Bark

And the best part? I am sharing the easy how-to with you so that you can make this heavenly treat for yourself. I can't promise there will be any left to share, but you could certainly try. Or you could double, no triple, the recipe.

Let it be known that this may be the best thing I have ever done for you. Enjoy!

Mini Egg Bark Recipe

1 cup white chocolate melting wafers
1 cup yellow Candy Melts (or another color)
A few handfuls of Mini Eggs (I used the micro mini eggs but the regular ones work too!)

Quantities are entirely dependent on how much bark you want. You can easily make more or less than this recipe. You can also make with just the white chocolate or add milk chocolate too. I used the candy melts because I had some left over from another project, but not enough to make anything else.

Now, let's be honest. I ate some mini eggs as I was waiting for my chocolate to melt. So judge recipe accordingly.


Melt chocolate and candy melts until smooth and ready for pouring. 
Pour white chocolate on parchment lined cookie sheet.
Pour alternating color across in lines.

Here is where the kids can help~
Take a spoon or fork and draw swirls in chocolate.
Immediately sprinkle mini eggs over chocolate.
Allow to set at room temp (no direct heat or sunlight) until set. 
(will take approximately an hour or so to set)

Break into pieces and devour. I don't even need to ask if you will enjoy this. You will.

And there you have it- a super easy Easter candy recipe that's pretty, tasty, and fun!

Monday, March 11, 2013

Easter Treats

I love Easter. I love the fresh air and flavors. And I love the treats. Aren't these Coconut Marshmallow Bunnies just adorable?

This Spring I have so many wonderful treats for you including new seasonal marshmallows, chocolate dipped marshmallows that are perfect for Easter baskets, and even some fun Easter recipes to make with the kids.

New this Spring

I have several new marshmallow flavors this Spring and I couldn't resist bringing more seasonal flavors to you than ever before. My favorite new flavor is Lemon Thyme. My Lemon marshmallows are very popular (and did you know that they make AMAZING s'mores?) but then I added the wonderful hint of fresh thyme and it is a whole new marshmallow experience. Trust me. Or try some for yourself!

I also added Cardamom, Anise, and Elderflower this year to my Spring menu. Inspired by tea and spices, I tested a huge number of flavors when I was working on the menu. I loved almost all of them and couldn't resist adding them all to my year round line up.

There are few things more delicious than marshmallow dipped in chocolate. So these Bunny Pops are quite the treat. Vanilla Bean marshmallow dipped in organic, Fair Trade chocolate and decorated for a sweet treat. You will love giving these in Easter baskets or for decorating your Easter table. Attach a small tag with each of your guest's names and you have a perfect place card that everyone will enjoy.

Spring conjures up so much happiness for me. I am very happy when I am enjoying a cup of tea with homemade shortbread cookies. It is perfection. These Spring-inspired All Butter Shortbread will be perfect for your next tea break or a gift for Easter. Available in Vanilla Bean, Lavender, Earl Grey, and Lemon. Enjoy!

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Perspective and Jelly Beans

photo by Magna Vita Photography

Stepping back, way way back, and looking at things through a long lens can be very useful. It can help provide a different perspective and help to focus when you zoom back in. You haven't seen me for a few weeks. It feels like eternity since I have posted on my blog or on Facebook or Instagram or Twitter or Pinterest (phew!) but I was stepping back to refocus.

Personally, these past few months have caused me to reflect a great deal. I have also had more "work" personally as I have been buying a house and moving my Mum in with us and working on healing. It has been a busy time of change around here. I found myself stepping back even further to look at Kimberley's Kitchen. I took a breather and it was very necessary.

In the background I have been doing some big KK projects. Some that are taking longer than others due to all the personal work. But that is why we do this, right? We choose this life of entrepreneurship and self-employment to have that flexibility and to be able to prioritize based on our needs, our family's needs, and our dreams. 

Balance in life is not an image of all things equal. This simply doesn't work. It isn't realistic or practical or even physically possible. Some may call it a give and take. I call it an ebb and flow.

I grew up on the ocean and the beachfront below my backyard stretched out for miles. I loved that the ocean was sometimes so far out that I couldn't even walk to it and still be seen by my Mum in our kitchen. And sometimes the waves crashed against our seawall and even over it, spraying salty water on my bedroom window. The ocean formed so much of who I am. So it was only natural for me to use this image for the balance that I strive for in life.

I think that the best preparation for motherhood is good health- mental and physical health, knowledge of food, and knowledge of healthy child development. But of course there is so much we can't prepare for. We have no idea who our children will be and what they will need from us. As I have grown with my daughters and learned about who they are, I have been discovering what kind of balance fits our family.

I probably do more than I should. My Mum would be thrilled to hear me say that. When I started KK and then had the audacity to keep it up, she told me I was too busy and doing too much. When I hosted a market, when I launched into online sales, when I took on another volunteer position, she told me I do too much. Sometimes it is too much. Which is why it helps to step back and view from a distance. The way I would walk out to the shoreline on our breach and look back at our house in the distance. Our house appeared smaller than a doll's house.

Being in my Kitchen brings me joy and creating and crafting fills me up. But there is an ebb and flow to creativity. It is easy when we work on our passion to be drained of inspiration, or have a need to stop and breathe. I think it is important to go with this flow and let creativity take its path. I have been putting my energy into so many things right now, I had nothing left for KK. At first, I was feeling tremendously guilty. But then I settled in to it and asked myself "why do I feel the need to constantly be connected?" And "how connected can I truly be if I feel creatively tapped?" 

Connecting for the sake of it is, well, not very connected. 

I love Easter. It has always been my second busiest holiday next to Christmas and the product is always fun and fresh and pretty. I had started crafting and creating to launch my Easter products and then I stopped. Now with the holiday so close by, I have had to re-think my promotion plans and switch things up a bit. That's okay. And to get me through the late nights I have been snacking on jelly beans. Okay, not very nutritional, and it's not like I am eating a bag a night! But they are just so Easter-y. They make me happy.

This time to gain perspective, plan ahead, and fuel my creativity has been necessary and useful. I have been reminded of why I love what I do, how best to find the balance in all that I do, and most of all, I have been reminded of what is really important in life- family. And to me, that is what Easter represents. It has always been a time of renewal and celebrating family. This year, I turn 40 the week of Easter. More than ever, I am reminded of how much I love having a family, how lucky I am to have the life I have created for myself, and how much I really do love jelly beans.