Our Eat More Dessert blog tour continues this week with many fun stops! Each gal we’ll hear from this week is a sweet friend I’ve made just through the internet. It’s amazing how connected you can become online because of similar shared interests and businesses.
Monday, stop by A blissful Nest and hear what Rebekah has to say about Eat More Dessert. Rebekah has the most darling etsy shop filled with fun party printables for any occasion!
Thursday we’ll hear from my friend Betsy with Java Cupcake! I met Betsey when she was still living here in Seattle. Currently she is living an exciting life in Germany as an army wife! Her blog is full of fantastic recipes and baking tutorials.
On Friday Bird’s Party will be reviewing the book. Bird has an entire online shop overflowing with party loot, printables, recipes and more! If you’re struggling to choose a party theme, just head over and you’ll be planning three parties before you know it.
And Saturday we’ll see what my sweet friend Kara from Kara’s Party Ideas has to say! I’ve known Kara for years through the internet but was lucky enough to meet her in person this past December at the annual Santa’s Secret Workshop I help put on every year. Kara came out and helped us style our Santa room. She is just as sweet and cute in real life!! We stayed up until the wee hours of the night talking “party”. Looking forward to hearing what she has to say about Eat More Dessert!
Thanks for following along friends!! Keep posting your Eat More Dessert photos and using the hashtag #eatmoredessert. I love seeing your books all over the country and your creations using my recipes. It’s really amazing!
Eat More Dessert hit the bookstore shelves this past Tuesday, April 8th. What an exciting day!! I loved sitting next to Martha Stewart on the shelf.
It’s been so much fun seeing your tweets, facebook and instagram posts of the book in Barnes & Noble‘s around the country. Thank you for sharing those! It’s kind of surreal. In fact, I love it so much that I decided to giveaway ALL of the cookie cutters used in the book from thecookiecuttershop.com to one of you lucky readers! To enter, post a selfie of yourself holding your copy of Eat More Dessert, tag @jennycookies and use #eatmoredessert for a chance to win! Winner will be announced Friday April 18th. (Post your photo on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or all three!)
I’m also SO excited to share that Eat More Dessert took the #1 spot in Cookie books on Amazon! Hip Hip Hooray! And an extra big hug to those of you who left such sweet and honest reviews on Amazon. I loved reading through those and hearing your thoughts on the book! Keep it up!!
On Monday we’ll head down under to visit the fantastic Sharnel Dollar Designs!
Wednesday we head to one of my favorite party shops, Shop Sweet Lulu!
On Thursday we will hear from my friend Betsy from Cupcakes Take the Cake!
Be sure to visit each stop on the tour to enter for your chance to win a copy of the book and a few additional goodies here and there!!
Friends!! I’ve been waiting for this week for the past six months! EAT MORE DESSERT will be in stores Tuesday! I’m so excited. If your book doesn’t arrive in your mailbox Tuesday, you can head straight to Barnes and Noble or your local bookstore to pick up a copy! Trust me, you’re going to want this book. I can’t stop smiling at it sitting on my kitchen counter. The gorgeous gold foiled font on the cover just shimmers back at me with love. Swoon.
Our fabulous EAT MORE DESSERT blog tour continues this week with some of my favorite bloggers!
On Thursday Stacy of She’s Kinda Crafty will be blogging about EAT MORE DESSERT. If you have time, check out her recent post on chic and cheap Easter baskets. Dying over the personalized bunny crayon box!
And Friday we’ll kick up our heels with Kim at The Celebration Shoppe. While you’re there, check out Kim’s party shop. It’s filled with fantastic party printables for just about any theme imaginable!
Stay tuned for next week’s exciting blogger lineup and even more giveaways!
I’m super excited to announce that the online book tour for my new book EAT MORE DESSERT is starting today! Fun giveaways, reviews & interviews are going to be up on some of my favorite blogs and websites through the month of April!
The tour starts off today with the fabulous blog, Pizzazzerie!
Monday we’ll be hopping on over to visit the wonderful site, Hank and Hunt!
Tuesday, the lovely ladies at Anders Ruff have something in store for us!
And Friday we’ll be having fun at Not Just a Mommy!
EAT MORE DESSERT will be hitting shelves before we know it…. April 8th. You can pre-order the book on Amazon HERE.
It’s that time of year! Time for school Valentine’s Day parties!
Hudson chose robots, and Ally picked out a milk and cookies valentine from Minted. Minted has the cutest classroom valentine cards, it was hard for Ally and H to choose!
I added a little something extra to their cards, coordinating sugar cookies packaged up in cello bags and tied with ribbon. My kids were so excited to pass them out!
I’m so proud to announce the publication of my first cookbook!
EAT MORE DESSERT is overflowing with simple-to-make and fun-to-eat treats for any celebration, big or small. With themes ranging from baby showers, weddings, holidays and birthday parties, you’ll find ideas and recipes to celebrate any and every occasion. I’ve shared my core group of desserts including my famous sugar cookies to the secret inside my ever-so-moist cupcakes. In addition to over 100 dessert recipes, the book is filled with tips and tricks for creating the perfect dessert table, from choosing a fantastic theme to styling your sweets.
EAT MORE DESSERT is published by Page Street Publishing and distributed by Macmillan (one of the 4 biggest publishers in the world!).
My daughter Ally decided she’d like to have a kitten themed party to celebrate her 8th birthday. Honestly, I wasn’t a huge fan of her idea. I rattled off at least ten other themes, but since it was her birthday, we went with kittens.
Not really knowing where to start, I searched eBay for a little inspiration. I found an adorable scrap of vintage kitten fabric, and some old kitten art. I added them to my cart (gotta love Buy it Now) and showed Ally. She loved it. We had a start. She asked if we could have turquoise (her new favorite color) and pink for her colors. Done. I picked up some inexpensive frames at Michaels and spray painted them pink, turquoise, and red, to frame the kitten art. I also may have sacrificed (aka spray painted) a few of my vintage cake plates to coordinate the dessert table.
Our farm has a cool detached garage with the most amazing loft above. I knew when we bought the 1937 property, the old loft would be put to good use. It was the perfect place to host her kitten party. Unfortunately that meant hauling most of my party furniture and props out, but it was worth it. With just bare barn wood walls and floor, it was a blank canvas, and in my opinion, the best place to start. I strung globe lights and fabric buntings across the entire ceiling. I made more yarn balls than I’d ever seen in my life and tucked them into every nook and cranny of the loft. I found a couple inexpensive rugs online and rolled them out across the wood floor. They weren’t a perfect match, but they warmed up the room and pulled the space together.
For the dessert table, I hung my re-vamped kitten art on a backdrop made of barn wood. Color coordinated cake plates held yarn ball cake pops, kitty shaped sugar cookies, mini pies, colorful cakes, and personalized sugar cookies that matched Ally’s invitation. I scored a vintage porcelain kitten on etsy.com that ironically was dated JANUARY, and made a perfect cake topper. The party was shaping up to be a pretty cute theme.
The morning of the party arrived and I could literally see my breath while setting out the desserts. I panicked. We couldn’t have guests over to freeze. My husband called every store he could think of to find a commercial space heater but of course everyone was sold out. So, what does he come home with? A gigantic propane heater that had flames coming out. Seriously. For a children’s party. And he placed it dead center in the middle of the loft. I bit my tongue and thanked him for finding me heat, and said a quick prayer that no one’s coat would catch on fire.
Ally was thrilled to invite her little friends from school over. The girls giggled as they decorated kitty cat sugar cookies, played with kittens, and crafted super kitty capes from Kiwi Crate. My friend Joanne from OH GOODIE DESIGNS made the most adorable personalized party hats, horns, and kitty confetti for the girls. And Jesus heard my prayer because no one caught on fire.
Photos by Molly Vaden Photography
Mason jar drinking glasses w/lids, fairy lights in mason jars by Lights for All Occasions