cookie decorating party · culinary

Cincinnati Bakeshoppe by Janice Plummer

1f238ef2-c692-48a1-89c4-0a0c926a6301Last Friday 13 of us enjoyed the fun of learning how to float icing on sugar cookies. I especially like the very unique designs that Janice presents. When she comes to your home she brings a dozen cookies for each guest and all the icing and supplies to decorate your cookies. Oh and did I mention that the cookies are absolutely delicious? Whatever you have not eaten you can bring them home!

Janice Plummer is a professional. She teaches in homes and at Cook’s-Wares in Cincinnati. Her Etsy shop has quite a beautiful variety of cookies. In advanced classes you can learn to make the decorative icings.

It is a very fun evening activity for a group 8-15 of friends. You can then make them at home anytime. Here is a link for some of the supplies and tools. We enjoyed each other’s company and cookies! Thank you Janice for such a fun time!

#cincinnatibakeshoppe #cookies #decorativeicing #floatingicing #homepartyfun #royalicing #bloggingfundamentals



Sparetime Belly & Soul, Alexandria, Kentucky 


Kevin and Christa Klein re-opened Sparetime Belly & Soul  in August of 2016, this 50’s style, iconic diner has been serving sweets and great food to the Alexandria and Northern Kentucky community for more than 5 decades. Sparetime has a rich history in Alexandria and has even been on the “Hollywood” stage in several movies such as “Fresh Horses” in 1972 and “Carol” in 2014.

I began working at Sparetime Belly & Soul when it opened in August 2016. I had no idea how much fun I would have working in this kitchen. I had waited tables when I was 21 and have long said that restaurant work was my favorite! I had gone to culinary school in 2014 at the ripe ole age of fifty something. I fell in love with all of it. In school I met a classmate, Kevin who later decided to open this restaurant. Kevin is very talented and skilled. Kevin and his family are worthy of their success. Simply said, “do what you know and do it very well.”

A few of the things that make Kevin and Christa’s vision work are their mission and ministry, “pay it forward” wall, and “Belly Bags.” The mission and ministry of Belly & Soul is for it’s customers to, “Come hungry & leave happy.” As a community Belly & Soul feeds the hungry and homeless in Cincinnati once or twice a month. Customers are welcome to join us in this ministry. The “pay it forward” wall feeds many. When you are at the restaurant you have the opportunity to buy a meal, a cup of coffee or a combination of all of these. Then you write that item on a post-it note and put it on the window. It is so cute to see a slip on the window that may say, “a piece of pie for a freckled 7 year old girl”and then a cute little red haired girl goes up and finds that slip that describes her. What a wonderful feeling and cute smile on that girl! Belly Bags feed others you could pick one up and give it to a deserving person. All of these great attributes are at work daily. 

Above is a photo of the pies we serve every day! I am fortunate enough to be able to share in the joy of making pies that are the original recipes from Ingram’s Restaurant (Christa’s family’s former restaurant).

It is such a pleasure to work with these 2 intelligent entrepreneurs they are open to so many new ideas. They are a great team that know this business and how to make it work. Thank you so much for taking a chance on me. You have a very bright future!

#belly&soul #ky #sparetime #spareburger #burgeroftheweek #greekburger #kevinchrista #family #payitforward #communityoutreach

culinary · what I love

Baking warmed our hearts! 

Hello there everyone! Happy Sunday! We wanted to write today to tell you about the most awesome experience that we had yesterday! We went to a bread-making class at Midwest Culinary Institute at Cincinnati State! They have Creations Classes that the two of us go to every now and then. We really wanted to try the breads class and then share some of the fun with you. 

We were so excited when we walked in the classroom. It had individual workspaces set up for each guest. All of the ingredients were measured out for us and the recipes and a Kroger gift card were on our workspaces!

We got the opportunity to bake a ciabatta, 5 grain, and a semolina bread. We learned how to make the starters with premium ingredients & how to use the industrial mixers.

We even got to use the hearth steam and convection ovens.

We ended up taking home 18 total loaves of bread. Chef and his assistants packed up ingredients for us to make all of the loaves again at home. They even sent us home with two different compound butters to try on some toasty pieces. We were so grateful for all the work that Chef put into the class. Plus a bonus is getting to know the supplies needed for bread proofing and baking.

Chef Van Fleet taught the class and was so very gracious and kind. He is talented, knowledgeable and an expert! This class was more than informational. We took home recipes, ingredients, and BREAD. Chef even made us an amazon wishlist in case there was anything we wanted to look up supplies-wise from class.  This class really was beneficial for us: body, mind, soul and belly!


Lauren and Melissa