[uhp-steyt fan-see] - adjective

1. not exorbitant or extravagent by city standards, however in a rural setting (like upstate new york) it is in fact, quite fancy.

2. a wonderful blog dedicated to art, design and other things that are indeed upstate fancy.

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Sep
01
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Cookie Cutters for Geeks and Nerds!

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How awesome are these off-beat cookie cutters from Printmeener! 3D printed in only the coolest of designs will surely spice up your cookies all year round. My favorite is the Pride and Prejudice silhouette cookie cutter, but Im also partial to the Parcel Tag design too! I really can’y just choose one!

Aug
27
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#TBT Urban Cheese Craft!

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I thought it would be fun to take a peek through the archives and see what some of my favorite makers and crafters are up to now! Urban Cheese Craft is one of my favorite things! I love cheese and I love to make things! Perfect combination! I mentioned them a few times over the years in the blog!
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Its so fun and inspiring to watch a business grow! Even the packaging and photography style has evolved over the years! Today you can find an Urban Cheese Craft Kit in shops across the country! Pick one up for yourself! Or grab one online!

May
01
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Cooking with CSA goodness

My friend Alexandra Roberts (she’s the amazing photographer who photographed our wedding) loves cooking with local ingredients. So she decided to blend her love of meal making and her awesome photography skills together and start a new blog called Rolling with the Bunches.

I was so thrilled when she asked me if I would design a logo for her new creative endevour, and began working on a design in my head before I had even finished reading the email. I’m very happy with the end result, and can not wait for all of her amazing recipes and cooking tips.  While the blog isnt up yet, you can follow her page on facebook  and see what she has been cooking with her CSA farm share.

Jan
27
food
HAVE YOUR CAKE and display it too

Swoon! I’ve been searching the internet lately for fun cake stands. I’ve wanted one for quite a while and now I think it would be the perfect accent for our wedding reception. Say hello to Sweet and Saucy Supply! This online shop has done all the vintage shopping for you, just swing by pick your favorite and have it shipped to your doorstep. There are some amazing pieces on their site, from cake plates, platters, bowls and glass dome tops. There is sure to be one that compliments your home, or wedding.

Aug
21
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BMAC product debut

Tomorrow I am headed down to Baltimore for the buyers market of american craft. I have two new products that will be debuting there ( and will be up in the shop shortly after). I thought I would give you guys a sneak peak at one of these products, a set of 6 reusable cheese markers. I love cheese almost as much as I love making new things. This is definitely the best of both worlds!

May
05
food
YUM YUM cupcake kits

I have a huge sweet tooth. It is sort of my downfall actually. Behold these amazing cupcake decoration kits from the Layer Cake Shop. My personal favorite is the woodland kit, but I think this Hula kit is perfect for your upcoming summer shindig! Just looking at these little kits is making want to bake some cupcakes right now and it’s not even lunchtime yet.

May
03
food
CAPPUCCINO SORBET without an ice cream machine

The season is upon us for days at the beach and outdoor meals. Of course al fresco dinning isn’t complete without a great dessert. This sorbet is perfect for those warm evenings when you really want something to cool you off. This does take a few hours to make so I recommend making it first thing in the morning or the day before.

INGREDIENTS:
3 cup(s) water
1 cup(s) sugar
3/4 cup(s) unsweetened cocoa
3/4 cup(s) light corn syrup
1 oz semisweet chocolate
1 Tbsp instant espresso, powder
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1 cup(s) fat-free half-and-half

DIRECTIONS:
1. Bring the water, sugar, cocoa, corn syrup, chocolate, espresso, cinnamon, and nutmeg to a boil in a saucepan. Reduce the heat and simmer until the sugar dissolves, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat. Stir in the half-and-half. Pour into a 9 x 13-inch baking dish (NOTE: DO NOT USE NONSTICK PAN). Cover with plastic wrap and freeze until partially frozen, about 2 hours.

2. Working in batches, spoon the sorbet into a food processor or blender. Process 1 minute. Pour back into the baking dish. Cover with plastic wrap and freeze 1 hour.

3. Repeat Step 2. Freeze until firm, about 1 1/2 hours.

Feb
12
food
GOODBYE ICED COFFEE hello iced tea

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I’m not a big fan of warm drinks, even in the winter. In the summer I drink way too much iced tea, and in the winter iced coffee is my daily staple. Even though we are only half way through February I’m pretty much sick of iced coffee already. I’ve had my eye on this awesome iced tea pitcher for some time now and think I may actually get it this week. Tea Forte makes these amazing pyramidal tea bags and their iced tea pitcher is a little work of art in itself. I think its time for a little taste of spring, even if there is still snow on the ground.

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Jan
27
food
The world’s best onion dip

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Right before the Christmas we discovered the Greenpoint Food Market, which  is held right down the street from our apartment. I don’t think we were fully prepared for what awaited us inside. There were so many awesome people selling everything from vegan sandwiches to locally made pickles. My absolute favorite was a little company called Kors d’Oeuvres. They make a wonderful variety of spreads and dips that would liven up even the most boring dinner party, but of course it wouldn’t be boring if you were there. Currently they are only available in the NYC area, but if you ever get a chance to taste these tasty dips I promise you will not be disappointed.

Nov
24
food
ALREADY NIBBLED gingerbread men

I pretty much love everything Fred makes. These ABC Gingerbread Men Cookie Cutters are no exception. They come in three different “already been chewed” shapes. I think these would be a great addition to any holiday party. Maybe bake some for your child’s school, or those snobby neighbors who never seem to have a sense of humor about anything, I guarantee it will put a smile on their face.

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