Ah Friday, how I missed you. Is it just me or did this week seem really long; not slow, but long. Maybe it's because I'm up late, up early, and really busy in between...

This morning, I finished up a bunny cake for the sweetest Lil' O that I know. A chocolate cake with strawberry bits and a vanilla butter cream frosting, which I put on with my hands to make the rabbit appear fluffy. I used white chocolate for the ears and nose, a marshmallow for the tail, coconut dyed green for grass, and 2 lollipop sticks cut to size for the whiskers. This cake is 99% edible and not to shabby for my first rabbit.

This week, I managed to get out all my Sweet Sampler orders ~ THANK YOU to everyone who participated and made it a smashing success. I hope you all are enjoying! My favorites are the White Russian and the Birthday Cake ii {that chocolate frosting is wicked, isn't it?}

L to R: Strawberries n' Cream, Champagne Toast, White Russian, Birthday Cake ii

I also announced that on August 28th, the Donut Collection Sweet Sampler will be on sale for 20% off, so be sure to place your orders now! $20 per equally assorted 1 dozen cupcakes: Boston Cream Pie, Apple Spice, Jelly Donut, and Glazed. I look forward to it!

Tomorrow, I've teamed up with Krista Campbell Photography for a mock bridal shoot to get her bridal portfolio going. I'm so excited to spend time with some amazing ladies. Six brides, five hours, two locations, and one fountain. With my mother's permission {she bought the dress!}, you can bet I'll be jumping in that fountain in my divorced wedding attire! I can't wait!

Thankfully, Sunday is a day to go bowling with the kids and eat some overpriced bowling alley food.

At the end of next week, it'll be another baking frenzy at my house as I reconstruct the cupcake tree and prepare dozens of cupcakes in several different flavors and a small cake for a baby shower. This just so happens to be my first official job that ends in smiles AND dollars. My dream of doing something I love so much is starting to become a reality and it's a train I don't want to stop! The orderer was not only excited for her cupcakes, but excited for me too, which was so great. You know what else is great? You! I love how you all have been a part of this journey from day one. I can't say it enough, THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!

Cheers to another weekend, another week, and another cup o'cake!



I'm obsessed with recreating centerpieces. Just a few of my favorites...


Case of the Moondays

A serious case of the Moondays has hit. It's hot, it's humid, there's a leak in my ceiling, I didn't sleep well last night, and having worked my tush off all weekend, I'm in no mood to be working today too. Thank goodness I'm surrounded by sweet smiles at my day job, which has a PJ's permitted dress code and I can drink coffee until the cows come home.

Over the weekend, I made a two-tiered wedding cake; white russian on the bottom, champagne toast on the top {Note to Mrs. T ~ Do not eat that top tier if you're pregnant this time next year! Just sayin'}, 160 cupcakes in three different flavors, and a custom display tree. 17 baking hours later...

BAM! Wedding Reception Success!

Must say I'm a little impressed with myself; it turned out even better than I had pictured in my head, which to me says, I should up the ante. The tres leche coconut cupcakes with dulce de leche buttercream takes home the first place prize for the evening. I really should have quadrupled those! Like all things new, I learned, I filed away for later, and then I screamed, in my best Ringo voice, "I've got blisters on my fingers!"

Many a thank you to my two lovely assistants ~ you kept me sane, you kept me moving, and you did the dishes! I'm incredibly thankful for my VIP who did most of those hundreds dishes, played Tetris with my refrigerator, spray painted, brought home lunch, and said he was proud of me; sometimes that's all you need to hear to fall asleep happy.

Upcoming this week: A Dr. Seuss cake, a bunny cake, 3 sweet sampler boxes, and a mock bridal photo shoot. Cheers to a busy, creative week!



I get TWO Fridays this week. Today is my Friday at work and tomorrow is Friday for the rest of the world. That rocks.

Over the past couple of days, I've been working on Sweet Sampler collections for the next four months, wedding planning, florist portfolios, expanding the cupcakery, taking orders, adding vendors to the list, and keeping up with three kids, my day job, organizing my house, and a multitude of schedules. Thankfully, I bought my very first label maker this past Tuesday and have been going insane with it ever since. We're to the point where my kids run and hide when they see me coming because in just 4 short hours, I had to replace the paper cartridge. People were labeled, things were labeled, appliances were labeled, even Vegas was labeled "CAT", but she didn't appreciate nearly as much as I did. My CDO {which is like OCD, but in alphabetical order, the way it should be} is thoroughly satisfied.

As many of you have already read, one of my very best friends got married this month in Cancun and to celebrate here in the states, her parents are hosting a Mr. and Mrs. Open House this weekend. I'm so honored to be creating her wedding cake and cupcake display that I can hardly stand the excitement! Here's the math on that one: 150 cupcakes, 15 hours, 5 flavors, 4 tiered stand, 3 different fillings, 2 tiered cake, and 1 Kitchenaid. It's no wonder that the good Lord rested on Sunday. I'm just making cakes; I can't imagine making an entire universe in seven days. Over achiever agree that THAT seems a bit ridiculous.

Don't forget Green Apple Design is hosting a 20% off sale ~ the Sweet Sampler Box #1: "The Fancy". 1 dozen equally assorted cupcakes in Champagne Toast, Strawberries n'Cream, White Russian, and Birthday Cake ii for $20/box. Place your orders by RSVP'ing on Facebook or by sending an email to We ship throughout the contiguous United States, S & H charges apply. Look for Sweet Sampler #2: "The Donut Collection" in August!

As for the remaining time I have before Monday morning, you'll find me sleeping. Cheers to a weekend of delightful aromas, sweet cakes, and good friends!

Weekend Brunch

In an effort to save time during the week, I bake muffins on Sunday. A quick, easy weekday breakfast solution so that no one dies before Mommy has had her coffee. These, in particular, have taken quite the popular vote at my house. From my kitchen to yours....

Banana Crumb Muffins

1-1/2 c flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
3 bananas, mashed
3/4 c white sugar
1 egg, lightly beaten
1/3 c butter, melted
1/3 c brown sugar, packed
2 tbsp flour
1/8 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tbsp butter

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees and line muffin pan with papers or lightly grease.

2. In a large bowl, mix together 1 1/2 c flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. In another bowl, beat together bananas, sugar, egg, and melted butter. Stir the banana mixture into the dry mixture and stir until just combined. Spoon batter into prepared muffin tin.

3. In a small bowl, combine brown sugar, 2 tbsp flour and cinnamon. Cut 1 tbsp of butter in until mixture resembles coarse cornmeal. Sprinkle over top of muffins.

4. Bake in preheated oven for 18 to 20 min, until a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean.

This recipe can be found on All Recipes.


Case of the Moondays

Hi ho, hi ho it's off to work we go... Happy Monday to everyone! After a whirlwind weekend like that, I'm uber happy to have a short work week.

If you viewed the cupcake giveaway vlog {posted below}, you see that I was happily baking away in the background. The finished product ~ Hooray for Hollywood!

Not too shabby, eh? While this lovely two-tiered french vanilla cake with cream cheese filling, vanilla butter cream and fondant decor was an incredible tasty blast to make, it was the face of the lovely eleventeen year old that completed it's true beauty. Thank you Amazing Alexis for turning 11!

This cake was definitely a live and learn experience. Notes were made and will be put into good use next time. Improvement, improvement, improvement! Many, many thank you kisses were planted on my super cute sous chef, VIP, who helped roll, color, and cut fondant, kept me on task, made the coffee, high five'd me several times, AND cleaned up the kitchen. I must have done something really good to deserve him.

In other news, I received my business cards in the mail yesterday; not a moment too soon since I already passed out a few at Johnny Rocket's where my Hooray for Hollywood cake made it's debut. eGAD! Although, I'd like to remind y'all that it's not just cupcakes around here ~ it's the whole shebang!

Up this week: 200 cupcakes, a 2 tiered wedding cake, a giant custom cupcake tree, and a wedding reception. I'm so thrilled and completely surprised that I don't weigh 1000 pounds with all the batter I eat! Ahhhh cake. Wishing you a week just as sweet ~ Cheers!

Cupcake Giveaway Winner

First off, let me start by saying that I was in the middle of a cake when this was filmed and I had completely lost track of time. The mess that is me and the mess behind me serve as proof! Also, while my Academy Award acceptance speech is top notch in my vanity mirror, my on camera skills are completely lacking. That being said, I give you my very first vlog... with hopes of improvement over time!

Congratulations Shelly! Shelly was notified last Friday of her winnings and she couldn't decide which cupcakes to choose, so she inspired "The Fancy" Sweet Sampler {on sale now at a special introductory price!}. It includes: Champagne Toast, Strawberries and Cream, White Russian, and Birthday Cake II. Also, thank you to my camerawoman, Elisa for the drum roll!

In other tasty good eGAD news, I've decided to host a cupcake drawing every month from now until holiday season, which in my head officially starts when Santa crosses the finish line in the Macy's Day Parade. Translation: the last cupcake drawing will be held in November. So make sure to pass it on to your friends and increase your chance of {at least shared} cupcake winnings!


Sweet Sampler Sale

Here ye! Here ye! GAD is now offering Sweet Samplers! A new flavor combination every month will go on sale. Each box will contain 12 cupcakes in 4 different flavors for one low price. Place your orders now through August 1st for the First Sweet Sampler Sale!

This month " The Fancy" Sweet Sampler Box {$20/box} contains:

Champagne Toast
Strawberries and Cream
White Russian
Birthday Cake II

For a complete list of flavors and pricing, click here.

Arizona orders will be available for pick up on Saturday, August 7th. Complimentary delivery within 10 miles. Out of state orders will be post marked by Saturday, August 7th. Shipping and handling charges apply.



There is nothing like a spot of coffee and some Roger Clyne to kick start a Friday morning! I was converted to the iLife when I received an iPod for Christmas in 2006 and haven't really turned on a radio since. However, if Mix 96 is gonna play The Refreshments in the early hours of the morning, I may change my mind....

FYI: There are very few things in this world that I love more than shoes. RCPM is one of them. Know them, love them, join the religion.It's Friday, folks! YAY! Green Apple Design has taken on a life of its own. I've been busy this week with ads, promotional cupcakes, marketing material, and sowing seeds. If you haven't already checked out the links at the top of this bloggity blog, please do so. My ever-growing list of vendors is finally up, as well as a compliments from a few "good seeds". Also, the cupcake contest ends TODAY, make sure to get your entry in before 5pm MST.

In the meantime, my head is having fun reeling itself around this much fun! It's strange to think that I've been doing this my entire life, but I only just now started GAD. Seriously, from tea parties to wine tastings ~ what have I been doing for the last 30 years!? A heartfelt THANK YOU to everyone who has showed up and showed support ~ not only does it make me feel all warm and fuzzy inside, but it keeps this train moving. I'm a huge people pleaser, so if there's anything you want to see from GAD, I am always open to suggestion!

I live a pretty green lifestyle {in more ways than one} and it's become good habit to do my earth friendly part everyday; I carry reusable shopping bags, I rarely drive, I recycle, I use non-toxic cleaners, I buy organic and local, I don't eat meat, and about six months ago, in a continuous effort save the world, I decided to quit using my appliances on certain days: Sunday, Wednesday, and Friday. Fortunately for us, some good things must come to an end and I'm preheating my oven right now. I happily declare Friday as bake day! Not to worry, I'll rearrange my "no appliance" days over the weekend.

Today's cake is for my favorite redheaded lil' lady in the entire Universe, who is celebrating her 11th birthday! With this comes the idea to post a "Cake of the Day" segment later, so that's all I'm going to mention about the cake... for now.

So, we're happy it's Friday, right? What are your weekend plans? For me, tomorrow is the beginning of a happy, quiet weekend with friends and family. Cheers!


What's In a Name?

I don't know about you, but often times I wonder where companies get their names. For instance, Fuddruckers, has always hit a sour note with me; I find it to be more of a misspelled swear word than a burger joint. I'm also having a hard time comprehending the company name Giant GSM, which is not what you're thinking right now, they're actually a cell phone repair service in Mesa. Exactly. So, if you haven't noticed, Green Apple Design actually has nothing to do with granny smith's.

There are several reasons behind why I chose the name. The biggest influence come from my three children; they are the 'apples of my eye' and they share their name with the color {for clarification: the tattoo came before the company}. Upon further thought, I realized that my events would be the 'fruits of my labor' and more importantly, 'fruitful' for all parties involved. I also like to compare networking to planting seeds and making a personal 'little orchard of reference' from which my clients can pick resources that suit their 'taste'. I chose the term 'design' instead of going with the standard 'event' because anything I 'produce' is considered a custom design as each special day is tailored to represent the host and/or hostess.

So, take from that what you will and let there be no confusion: I do not plant trees, live in an orchard, or drink apple juice. Nor can you find me in the supermarket's produce department.... unless I'm shopping.

Happy Friday Eve!


FREE Cupcakes!

Green Apple Design hit 100 fans on Facebook yesterday! WAHOO! To commemorate the occasion, I am hosting a random drawing for TWO dozen cupcakes! If you haven't checked out my extensive list of flavors and fillings, I suggest you do here and get in on the action! I will ship anywhere in the contiguous United States.

So many ways to enter:

Leave a comment on a status or photo, share my link, or post something to the GAD wall on Facebook before Friday, July 16th, 5pm MST to be automatically entered. I will randomly draw from a hat on video and post the winner on Monday, July 19th. "Like" does not qualify for an entry and your name can only be entered once.

Congratulations to Kaitlin Lansford, who introduced my 100th fan, Jamal Lansford to GAD, you both have been automatically entered. Yay!



After a tumultuous decade stuffed with heartbreak and devastation that pushed my inner strength beyond it's limits and was only lightly sprinkled with an overwhelming sense of joy and happiness, I wasn't sure if I would make it out, not just alive, but alive AND happy. A pretty tall order, if you ask me. When the ball dropped at midnight this past New Year's Eve, there was a huge rush of relief and I knew that 2010 was my year to own. MINE.

Not only am I alive, but I'm beginning to believe that this is the happiest I have ever been. Of course, I know I can't accredit this to a simple flip of the calendar, but there's definitely something in the air this year that loves me. Maybe it's finally me.

I've known for a long time that once my daughter, A, went to kindergarten, I would need to wean myself from my current home business. Not because getting paid to play, color, snack, dance, and nap at work isn't awesome, but it's not exactly my ideal path, if you know what I mean. What I do now is incredibly hard work and it has a tendency to take it's toll on my house and on me, both physically and mentally. A is about 13 months away from her first day at kindergarten and well, it's about time I got off my nap map....

Eight years ago, before my life was covered in three sets of jam handprints and glitter glue, I went to artsy tartsy college where I discovered that creativity could be released in a positive manner, unlike my former teenage years where it was released in the most inappropriate ways a girl from the suburbs could get away with. I've also since learned, through trial and error and countless special events, that I have a lot in common with Martha Stewart {pre-clink, of course}. I'm a lovely hostess as well as overly organized, punctual, and creative. Combined with a support team that is bigger than I could have ever expected, I finally had the courage to create Green Apple Design.



So, I've been walking around humming Lost by Anouk for days thinking it was the perfect coupleish "I love you" song. Then I Google'd the lyrics. Whoa talk about depressing! It's nothing more than heartbreak to music. However, even now that the record has been set straight, I'm sure I'm not the only one who still finds a familiar feel to it....

If roses are meant to be red
And violets to be blue
Then why isn't my heart meant for you?

My hands are longing to touch you
But I can barely breathe
Starry eyes that make me melt
Right in front of me

Lost in this world
I even get lost in this song
And when the lights go down
That is where I'll be found

This music's irresistible
Your voice makes my skin crawl
Innocent and pure
I guess you heard it all before

Mister Inaccessable
Will this ever change
One thing that remains the same
You're still a picture in a frame

Lost in this world
I even get lost in this song
And when the lights go down
That is where I'll be found

Lost in this world
I even get lost in this song
And when the lights go down
That is where I'll be found

I get lost in this world
I get lost in your eyes
And when the lights go down
That is where I'll be found

Lost in this world
I get lost in your eyes
So when the lights go down
Am I the only one


Happy Birthday!

There are people you love and then there are people you LOVE. You know what I'm sayin'? Unfortunately, some stories are cut shorter than others, leaving you with only a dusty shoe box in the hall closet containing all of your happiest memories. On days when they're really missed, it feels good to pull them out, dust them off, and let them sparkle.

Today is my shoe box day. 91 years ago today, the most special of all the special guys in the entire universe {second to my daddy, of course} was born and we should be celebrating it together, but his story ended all too soon. Not a day goes by that I don't think how he would have spoiled my babies, enjoyed sitting next to Grams, or teased me about my vegetarian diet.

In honor of his birthday today, I'll be baking {and eating} his favorite birthday sweet, pineapple upside down cake. I only wish he were here eat it with us.

My Favorite Pap-paw Tid Bits {in no particular order}:

- He liked to make my brother and I laugh when we were little by sporting a curly blonde wig and dancing the hula.

- He always wore a dress shirt and dress pants, even to walk the treadmill in the middle of an Arizona summer.

- He bought me my very first pair of Doc Marten's. I still have them and they still look brand new.

- He used to tease my grandmother relentlessly and they would laugh together. Immediately followed by an, "Oh James" and then dancing.

- Two words: Dallas Cowboys. If he could have bestowed a full size football on me while I was still in utero, he probably would have. Instead, I was handed one immediately upon my arrival.

- He played a mean clarinet.

- Never piss off my Pap-paw. I repeat, NEVER piss off my Pap-paw.

- My favorite story pre-1980 {which is when I arrived on scene, holding that football} involves my grandmother, a car accident with the garage door, and flowers.

- There is not a soul on Earth who didn't love him. He was "a man's man, but a woman's gentleman."

Happy Birthday, Pap-paw! I miss you so much, it's down right ridiculous.

Sunday Brunch

Summer has officially arrived! I've spent last few days bearing over 100 degree weather and brainstorming all the reasons why living in an igloo is a good idea. So far, I've come up with 1) I will always have ice for pop, 2) Fabulous excuse to update my Arizona wardrobe, 3) I can migrate south for the winter. "If you're a bird, I'm a bird." Speaking of birds, from my kitchen to yours...

Fox in the Henhouse Breakfast Croissants

6 oven heated croissants
18 oz sliced smoked chicken breast
12 stalks steamed broccoli (or asparagus)
6 tomato slices
12 poached eggs
1/2 roasted bell pepper hollandaise (see below)

1. Split the croissant and place on a warm plate. On the bottom half, layer 3 oz chicken breast, 1 slice tomato, and 2 stalks broccoli (a little gap in between, to create "walls"). Between the stalks of broccoli, place 1 poached egg and 3 tbsp hollandaise. Cover with top half of the croissant and serve warm.

Roasted Bell Pepper Hollandaise
6 egg yolks
2 tbsp lemon juice
1 c butter, melted
1 large roasted red pepper, peeled, seeded, and pureed
3/4 c basil, coarsely chopped
dash of red pepper

1. Over low heat, whisk the yolks and lemon juice. Add the butter and whisk until sauce thickens. Add the pureed pepper and basil and mix thoroughly.

This recipe is can be found on Treasurenet courtesy of Gypsy Heart.

I can't wait for Sunday brunch, can you? Of course, I'll be substituting that chicken for extra veggies...


Weekend Round Up

The second half of last week were the craziest, most unorganized days I have ever experienced ~ and I have three kids!

My air conditioning decided to freak out on me, so I called my favorite A/C hero to come take a look see and well, it of course, worked perfectly ALL SEVEN TIMES he was over. I would call B as soon as it quit working, he would come over, it would magically cure itself and work perfectly the entire time he was over. On day 2 of this dance routine, blessed by the Universe, it finally quit working while he was on my roof. In the meantime, I had to move my dog, my cat, my fish {in his bowl}, and myself out of our fire pit.

Stanley takes a road trip!

On Thursday night, we all stayed at my parents house {Thanks Mom!} and I had been so distracted, concerned, and frazzled that I, for the first time in 12 years, did not pay rent on time. Oh. EM. GEE. Friday night, after almost forgetting to pay rent AGAIN, I stayed with The Newlyweds-to-Be and baked four cakes in an attempt to create a purple and black soccer ball for my favorite 11-year-old boy's birthday party. By 'attempt', I mean 'failed attempt' and by 'failed', I mean FAILED!

My first cake FAIL

Major uber duper super kudos to The Newlyweds for allowing this to take place in their kitchen. Not only was it a disaster, but getting to the final destination wasn't exactly a clean venture either ~ at least it was tasty!

After leaving the scene of the cake crime, the kids, VIP, and I headed to over to "the home" to celebrate Gram's 90th birthday. In honor of her big day, we all had root beer floats and avoided all eye contact with others in "The Ladies Club".

Brother, Grams, and Me

When the 90th birthday party was over, we headed to an 11th birthday party and from there, we headed to Pinetop. Okay, so it was well past 1 am when we arrived at the cabin, but it was worth waking up there and THANK GOD no one got car sick! Of course, they were asleep about 30 minutes into the trek, but hey ~ it counts!

Road trip hat!

On Sunday, I declared it "First Annual Family Fishing Flight of Fancy for the Fourth of July" and we went to Big Bear Lake. The first thing I did was step on a snake. Awe-some. After that, we caught 423 invisible fish and left. While at dinner, E fell ill and we decided to head home. Exactly 24 hours after we left The Valley, we returned.

I hadn't seen a fireworks show since 2007 when I sat outside Rula Bula filled with beer, admiration, and in the presence of excellent company. I was severely disappointed that we were going to miss them this year, but we drove right into a 30 minute show in Globe/Miami. VIP pulled over in the parking lot on a hill and we had the perfect view. It was the best thing I've accidentally driven into since ~ well, ever! I'm not one to drive into stuff, that's my brother's job.

All that brings us to today. We slept in, fought fevers, met Krista Campbell for a photo session at Fulton Ranch, ate Dairy Queen, and then fell fast asleep. It was the busiest, most unorganized five days of my life since 2006. I'm not sure what I forgot to do or what surprises I should expect this week {I'm sure there's at least one!}, but I do know I learned one very valuable lesson: To-Do List, To-Do List, To-Do List!

Here's to the beginning of a short week, full of happy surprises, air conditioning, and sticky notes! Cheers!


Sneak Preview

Remember when I said weeks ago that I would post a sneak preview of the month ahead? I was just reminded that it's July 1st and I suppose, there's no time like the present...

- Grams turns 90 and on Saturday, we celebrate!
- First Annual Family Fishing Fun on the Fourth
- After months of preparation, my best friend's wedding is next week!
- Green Apple Design make-over
- Two photo shoots with Krista Campbell Photography
- My biggest order of cupcakes to be filled & I'm taking on fondant

It seems to me, that I'll be busy this summer. Bring it, July! What are your plans?

Sunday Brunch

I totally forgot to post a Sunday Brunch blog last week, my apologies. To make it up to you, I shall present two recipes today. From my kitchen to yours...

Granny Smith Oatmeal Waffles

1 1/2 c all-purpose flour
1 c rolled oats
1 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
2 large eggs
1 1/2 c buttermilk
4 tbsp vegetable oil
2 tbsp packed brown sugar OR honey
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 medium granny smith apples, grated

Stir together flour, oats, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda, salt, and nutmeg in a bowl.

Beat eggs in a separate bowl; stir in buttermilk, oil, brown sugar OR honey, and vanilla.

Add liquid mixture to dry mixture and stir just until blended. Fold in the grated apple. Cover and let batter sit for 1 hour before using.

Preheat waffle iron and bake batter according to waffle iron instructions. Enjoy!

This recipe can be found posted on Mr. Breakfast by Mrs. Buckeye.

BLT Scramble

6 eggs, beaten
2 tbsp milk
4 slices of bacon, cooked and crumbled
1 avocado, roughly cubed
1/4 c monterey jack cheese, shredded
1 roma tomato, roughly cubed
1 green onion, sliced
salt & pepper, to taste
4 croissants, halved (optional)

Preheat a skillet over med heat. Mix the eggs and milk and add to the skillet. Cook until eggs are nearly set. Add in the bacon, avocado, tomato, and green onion. Toss until the eggs are completely set.

Distribute even portions on top of each croissant half and top with shredded cheese.

This recipe can be found posted on Mr. Breakfast by Pistons_Rule.

I'm almost certain that the BLT scramble will be a hit at my house this weekend. I can't wait for Sunday Brunch, can you?