Mother's Day Gifts at Rockin' Mama's Day Celebration

This Saturday (ahem...tomorrow...) baked goods and crafts unite for a Mother's Day at Community Renaissance Market. A portion of proceeds will benefit SafePlace, a non-profit focused on ending domestic and sexual abuse.

Rockin Mama's Day Celebration features plenty of baked goods with cake balls, Mother's Day cake ball bouquets from Objects of Confection (including a few collaborative Mom and floral cake pops from kathyphantastic), vegan baked treats from Sugar Tooth Bakery, baked goods from Cake Maker 3000 and Sugar Pop Sweet Shop. In other words, it should be a tasty Saturday afternoon and your mama will be well fed on Sunday.

Quick iPhone sneak peek on the treats:

Jessica from Objects of Confection is also (wo)manning a decorate-your-own cupcake station which has already been deemed "sprinkle heaven." Marshmallow clouds open up, kathyphantastic wants in. 

A Little News: At the last minute, I decided to have my first tiny test booth with crafts (mainly Mom-friendly banners) from the kathyphantastic Etsy store. This is more of a practice round for me, since I don't have too much to sell right now and I haven't had time to dream up a booth display The booth fee goes directly to SafePlace so I'm definitely for that. It will be interesting to see the others' booths as well.

Were you wondering who those others are? My good friend Micah Porter from The Clever Chick is selling some clay and bottlecap necklace charms. Kristin Farwell from Karmalized Photography is selling cards and prints while hosting a photobooth. MotsDots is selling jewelry for moms with a different sense of style (than kathyphantastic).

I hope you can make it out. Here's the Rockin' Mama's Day Facebook event page for more details.

When: 10 am - 4 pm, Saturday, May 7th
Where: Community Renaissance Market
             6800 West Gate Blvd 
             Austin, TX 78745

Here's an interview with Meghan Krasnoff of ATX Sugartooth Bakery about the event on KOOP radio:

Sugartooth Bakery - Rockin Mamas Day by Queen of Spoons

PS: Sunday is Jessica from Objects of Confection's first Mother's Day. Be sure to wish her a good one.

Shop My Closet: Shoe Sale

I'm cleaning out my closet and editing out things I've stopped wearing (or in some cases, never started wearing).

Would you like to give any of these shoes a new home? I'm hoping to sell these to people in the Austin area so we won't have to worry about shipping.

Priced to move! Higher-resolution pictures available upon request. Feel free to ask your friends as well - I'll update the post once items are gone.

1. BCBG Paris Heels - black, size 7B, $15

2. Urban Outfitters studded flats - black, size 8, $10

3. Chinese Laundry silver heels - silver, size 7.5, $15

4. Nine West ruched kitten heel pumps - size 7, $12

5. Nine West slip on mules - black, size 7, $15

6. Steve Madden sandals - pewter and silver, size 7.5, $10

7. Nine West strappy patent heels - red, size 7.5, $20

8. Nine West square-toed kitten heels - tan, size 7, $12

9. Steve Madden peep toe heels - black, many small scratches in leather size 7, $10

10. Kenneth Cole Reaction suede sneakers - grey and aqua, new, size 8, $15

11. Nine West peep toe pumps - black, size 7.5, $10

12. BCBG Paris satin and cork wedges - burnt orange, size 7.5 B, worn twice, $35

13. Kenneth Cole Reaction patent leather peep toe cork wedges - black, size 7, $25

14. Kenneth Cole Reaction leather cutout pumps - black, size 7, $15

15. Nine West cutout leather flats with stitching - black, size 7.5, $15

16. Kenneth Cole Reaction strappy leaf heels - black, size 7.5, $15

17. Rampage faux lizard strappy heels - tan, size 7.5, $12

18. Sigerson Morrison suede boots - camel, new, small scratches in suede, size 7.5B, $250 My calves will never be this skinny again. If these monster calves shrank, I'd keep these boots forever. My loss is your gain (technically, my gain is your gain).

19. Puma sneakers - white and aqua, size 8, $15

20. Steve Madden pyramid spike sandals - gold, size 8

21. Nine West square toed slingbacks - black, size $12

22. Nine West heels - black, size 7.5, $15

23. Puma sneakers - white and lime green, size 7.5, $10

24. Converse sneakers - white with green and grey, size 7.5, $20

25. Sam Edelman flats with bow - seafoam, worn twice, size 7.5, $40

26. Nine West ballet kitten heel with bow - black, large scratches in right shoe, size 7.5, $5

27. BCBGirls quilted ballet flats - bronze, size 7B, $10

28. STEVEN by Steve Madden peep toe with bow - red, size 7.5

29. Dollhouse ticking peep toe - red and white size 7

30. J.Crew patent leather flats - poppy red, worn once, size 7, $60

31. Tahari patent leather platform heels - black, worn twice, size 7, $35

I'll be adding clothes, including a few pairs of designer jeans in the next week. Stay tuned for more clothes and accessories.

"Where the Wild Things Are" Cake Pops

The first day of April is one of those I don't look forward to - April Fool's Day. Despite being full of (mostly good-natured) mischief myself, I still don't like a day dedicated to tricks. As frequent readers know by now, I much prefer treats to tricks.

On this day of deception, The University of Texas' School of Information hosted the Austin Edible Book Festival. It sounded like an April Fool's, but it was no joke.

Having attended a few years back, I was happy to see there would be another one. I was even happier to know that working on campus, I'd probably be able to attend, and maybe even enter.

Colin Walsh suggested Maurice Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are. There's a reason I keep that guy around - he's brilliant!

I used Objects of Confection's signature red velvet cake balls to make Max, Moishe, Tzippy and Bernard.

Spike Jonze, eat your heart out.

The talented Aimee Wenske took these great pictures.

Fun WTWTA connection: Her boyfriend Josh was very popular Max for Halloween a few years back.

There were a few great entries and some rather strange ones. Next year, I might aim for something punnier.

The treats provided at the Festival also gave me the perfect excuse to eat Amy's Ice Cream for lunch. Mint Chip for the win.

Austin Bakes for Japan Movie

Aimee Wenske and I (mostly Aimee Wenske) made this little stop motion movie for the Austin Bakes for Japan Bake Sale .

I can't get over the Aimee Wenske Chococat photographer fully accessorized with chococamera.

Hooray for Sanrio cake pops from kathyphantastic and Objects of Confection.

Come to Austin Bakes for our cake pops and cake balls among many other bloggers' and foodies' baked goods Saturday, April 2nd at Hotel San Jose between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm and The Shops at Mira Vista between 10:00 am and 5:00 pm.

Austin Bakes for Japan - Sanrio Character Cake Pops

You might have heard that Objects of Confection and kathyphantastic are making Keroppi Cake pops for Austin Bakes for Japan Bake Sale benefiting AmeriCares.

It's true, Sanrio Keroppi cake pops will be available at Austin Bakes for Japan. But that's not all!

We're proud to offer the cake pop versions of other Sanrio characters such as the Hello Kitty cake pops I made for Sharon Loves This' bachelorette party.

Oh and there's more. There's also Pekkle and Chococat.

Badtz Maru and Pochacco just stopped by for the photo opp. They won't be available at Austin Bakes.

Our Sanrio Cake Pops will be available at Hotel San Jose and The Shops at Mira Vista. Jessica from Objects of Confection will be volunteering at the Mira Vista location, so be sure to stop by say hi and get a few of their delicious cake balls.

And to let blog readers in on a little secret: those Keroppi pops are red velvet inside.

Huge thank you to the amazingly talented Aimee Wenske for photographing these Sanrio cake pops and Kathryn Hutchinson of Austin Gastronomist for organizing Austin Bakes for Japan. We hope to raise a lot of money for Japan through cuteness.

Austin Bakes for Japan Locations & Sneak Peek

The locations for the Austin Bakes for Japan Bake Sale have been announced.

Yes, Objects of Confection and kathyphantastic are donating Sanrio Keroppi Cake Pops to Austin Bakes for Japan. All proceeds will go to AmeriCares, a charity providing both medical and humanitarian aid to Japanese earthquake and tsunami survivors.

These Sanrio cake pops and other goodies from Objects of Confection, including 8 packs of cake balls, will be available at two locations:

Hotel San Jose
1511 South Congress Ave., 78704
On the grassy area at the entrance of the Hotel parking lot along South Congress

The Shops at Mira Vista
2785 Bee Cave Road, 78746
At the east part of the shopping center, between Keith Kristofer Salon and Spa and Collectic Home

Who's in for some Japanese cake pop cuteness for a cause? Kero Kero Keroppi is down.

More Macarons

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Lil Phan and I had a pre-Austin Kite Festival macaron adventure - this time from La Patisserie.

The bakery was really cute and included a room with a little nursery. A lovely paper birdie banner hung from the ceiling.

But back to the baked goods:

We ordered 12 (!) macarons from La Patisserie's macaron boutique and a pain au chocolat each. I had fun styling and stacking the macarons in different colorways, but Lil Phan only shared these two shots.

Oh yeah, my fave macaron? Caramel.


Cake Pops for a Cause - Austin Bakes for Japan

kathyphantastic and Objects of Confection will be baking together for victims of the devastating earthquake in Japan.

Our cake pops will be some of many treats from Austin food bloggers, foodies, and local businesses partipating in Austin Bakes for Japan, fundraising for Americares.

Please mark your calendars for baked goods for a good cause April 2nd. For more information (and which baked goods to expect), follow @austinbakes on Twitter. I'll be posting a few updates on my blog, too.

If you're an Austinite who's interested in baking or volunteering for Austin Bakes for Japan email the organizer.

If you'd like to give now and don't want any baked goods in return. Give online to Austin Bakes for Japan.

We're really glad for the opportunity to bake for a cause with others in the Austin food blog community.

Vegetarian Spring Rolls at Tam Deli

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Some co-workers and I went out for our first lunch adventure last week.

After a failed attempt at Sunflower - my fave Vietnamese restaurant in ATX (closed due to a power outage), we headed over to Tam Deli for banh mi.

I was carrying my DSLR (this time) for some photos I need to shoot of a work event later that night. When my veggie spring rolls appeared, I wanted to take a picture for the kathyphantastic blog.

The new co-workers were astonished by my ridiculous camera toting antics. Well, they'll just have to get used to it. For now, they think I'm a freak.

The co-workers asked if I was going to take a picture of my veggie banh mi. I assured them there was already a Tam Deli Banh Mi Pick Me Up post, and I'd put away my camera for the rest of lunch.

As for the spring rolls, I liked them, but they had some of that fake Chinese sausage taste. I've never been a big fan of faux meat with semi real meat taste - especially when it's Chinese. Some vegetarians love that stuff. Next time, I'll see if they can roll some for me without the faux sausage.

Both Meagan and Nick enjoyed their 10B (lemongrass beef) sandwiches - this seems to be a trend with people who have worked with me. Meagan also had the shrimp spring rolls, while Nick had a sweet rice and banana dessert dipped in sweet coconut milk. My hands were too full of banh mi to get a picture of that. Meagan and Nick each left Tam with a handful of cream puffs. Nick proclaimed that it would be the first of many banh mis for him. Banh mi win.