First-Time Author Heartbreak

I’ve just returned from the post office. I’m confused, angry, hurt, and feel used. At the same time, I’m thankful for my friends, colleagues, fans, and everyone else that, you know.. Doesn’t try to screw me over.

Let me start at the beginning of the whole sordid ordeal.

On October 31, just 2 short weeks ago, my husband and I returned from a trip to Chicago. We were still basking in the afterglow of the great time we had, when I checked my email. I always dread sorting through a pile of email when we return from a trip. This time, we had an email that sent my heart soaring.

It was sent by Megan, the book buyer for Joseph-Beth Booksellers in Cleveland Ohio. She had come across a postcard for my book – The Spirited Baker and wanted to include it on their cookbook table for the holiday season!


High End Wedding Cakes and Fresh Floral Design CAN go Hand in Hand!

Last summer, Celebration Generation teamed up with local floral designer Jean Cowles, of Violet’s Flowers to create a series of high end fondant wedding cakes that incorporated fresh florals in the design. The following article and photos were developed into an 8 page article for a floral industry magazine, Flowers &. The article, while written for the benefit of floral designers specifically, could easily be of benefit to brides, floral designers, and cake designers alike.

I realized that I haven’t blogged about wedding stuff in awhile, seemed like a good time to dig this out of the ol’ archives to post 🙂


Upcoming Book Signings!

Hey all,

Just a quick heads’ up – we have a few more market dates for selling and signing our new – and completely awesome! – cookbook, The Spirited Baker: Intoxicating Desserts & Potent Potables!

Wednesday Sept 8th (Tomorrow!)St Cloud Urban Marketplace
6th Ave N @ W St Germain, St Cloud. 11 am – 2pm

Saturday Sept 11thNE Minneapolis Farmers Market
University and 7th Ave, Minneapolis. 9am – 1pm

Tuesday Sept 14thMinnetonka Farmers Market
Minnetonka Civic Center Ice Arena B parking lot, 14600 Minnetonka
Blvd., Minnetonka. 3-7 pm

Thursday Oct 7thMaple Grove Farmers Market
Community Center parking lot, 12951 Weaver Lake Road, Maple Grove. 3-6 pm

Hope to see you at one of em!

Letting the cat outta the bag!

Ok, we’ve known about this since December, and let me tell you – keeping our mouths shut (and fingers off the keyboard!) has been incredibly difficult!

Back in January, you may have seen our tweets about sending our Chai cake to New York City for a *big* magazine photo shoot. We’ve been pretty silent about which magazine, but just received word that subscribers have received their issues… So…

Check it out…




Are you ready for this? (more…)

Star Awards: Didn’t win…. BUT..

So if you follow us on twitter, you know the news already – we did not win the ISES Minnesota Star Awards. Ah well, kinda figured as much – such an odd category, “best use of food”… a single cake up against entire themed spreads of food was a long shot at best. I digress…

Anyway, photos and video will be coming in the next few days, along with a more proper blog about it all (you know, one I’m not banging out at 12:30 am as my feet feel like they’re gonna fall off!)… but I do want to share something. Well, two things actually. Two little events tonight that MADE MY DAY, and totally eclipsed the whole “losing” thing.