Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Man Pops....and Happy Birthday

Me and B

Today is my older brother's birthday.  I can't believe he's thirty already...but then there are times when I can't believe he's only thirty.  
"Man Pops" until I think of a better name
When I hosted "AshB's Pick Your Pop," my brother made the observation that little dainty pastries on a stick (with ribbons) were not a very manly dessert, and that I would have a hard time marketing them to male clientele.  He told me I needed something more masculine, more guy-friendly, something like "man pops".  
The whole fam
So, in honor of his birthday, I have created something new.  I don't think they qualify as "man pops" and I was still very particular about the details, but they are a much hardier dessert.  

Happy Birthday, Brandon.  Enjoy!

Friday, February 24, 2012

And you'll never walk alone....

A walk in the park.

I love this picture.  It looks like it came out of a magazine, but in actuality,  these are my nieces, and my two favorite little girls in the whole world.  I love big sister with her hand on little sister's shoulder.  I love little sister with her hands clasped behind her back. 

The leaves on the ground, the path stretching before them, even a vintage style streetlight seems to whisper peace, adventure, contentment, and everything good.  It makes me want to be in that moment, where possibilities abound and the love of two sisters for one another is the overriding theme.  Each with her own dreams and plans stretching before her, but taking on life together, no matter what.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Featuring Party Pops

I think about cake pops all the time. 

AshB's Party Pops
 I'm always pondering on new flavors, new looks, new people who may enjoy them.  To me, there's no greater reward than seeing someone take their first bite, and then turn to me with wide eyes and happy mouths.


Perhaps for me, cake pops are just a vehicle for meeting new people and making new friends.  And if that's the case, then it's definitely worth the time and energy spent.

Friday, February 17, 2012

A Jar Full of Yum

Ah, cheesecake.  What is it about you that makes me love you so? 

To come up with this little creation I perused the internet and combined a few different recipes to create something truly unique.  It also had to conform to ingredients I already had on hand.  My little fledgling business demands resourcefulness. 

I actually up-cycled the jars and my mom painted the lids for me (cause she rocks like that). 

This is why hoarders never throw anything away.  You just don’t know when you may need it.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Featuring Pink and White

I used to write short fiction.  Every now and then I still dabble in fiction writing, but only when I have extended periods of time when I’m not working on some other project.  As you can imagine, it’s not very often. 
AshB's- The Cake Pop Shop

I always liked to start a story as if the reader was in the middle of it, as if they were already familiar with the plot and the characters, and then flesh it out as the story revealed more and more.  And so, with as little introduction and fanfare as I can get away with, I am starting this blog. 
Strawberry Blondes

It won’t be so terribly unlike my other blog…still me, giving my account of life, daily happenings, struggles, victories, a bit of sarcasm and a central theme of God’s presence in my life.  But instead of focusing on depression, I’ll be focusing more on cake pops. 

AshB's Cake Pop Bouquet

I suppose it’s the difference between traveling during the day and traveling during the night.  Same roads, same vehicle, same traveling companions-but the perspective is completely different.

It is my hope that you will find this to be a light-hearted break from your routine, and a break for me too.  Please enjoy!