December 22, 2011

Christmas Cherries and Snowflakes


Hello, hello!  So happy you're here! Amidst all the hustle and bustle this week, I'm really feeling the Christmas spirit and have put together a red and white holiday post with a few snowflakes thrown in.

A few weeks ago, when my daughter turned five, one of the things I made were cherry-topped cupcakes.  They turned out so cute and it occurred to me that they'd be perfect for the holidays too.  I know cherries don't really scream Christmas since they're more of a summer fruit, but their vibrant red color sure is right for the season, especially when paired with some whites and a few fun things like pretty cake wrappers and striped straws.


I was a total cheater when I made these.  I didn't have time to whip anything up from scratch, so box cake it was.  This particular cupcake turned out so perfect I could hardly believe it!


I made some chocolate and snowflake-topped cupcakes too.  The snowflakes are so easy to make and I think they add a nice festive touch.  I used candy melts, which I found at JoAnn's, melted them in the microwave, put them into a frosting bag and using a tiny little frosting tip, piped out a few snowflake designs.  It doesn't take too long for them to harden and then you can use them to decorate your cake, tart or cupcakes. 


Well, there you go lovely people, my easy, yummy and pretty Christmas food ideas.  Oh boy, do I need to be done with the sweets for awhile...I think I see some healthier eating in store for next week :)

I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas, enjoying time with your families and celebrating the birth of our Savior.

♥  Tricia


 

88 comments:

  1. Beautiful photography. Love all the details!

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  2. Looks so yummy and oh the colors are so pretty. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Merry Christmas!!

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  3. you are so inspiring! love these! Merry Christmas

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  4. So creative pictures!;)
    hugs,
    Ira

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  5. Beautiful photographs! I love your little frosting snowflakes. They are adorable! I know what you mean about needing to eat healthier in the new year...I am munching on caramel popcorn right now as I read your blog! My husband brought home this giant tin from work and I can't stay away from it!

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  6. Very pretty..Love the color and the details...

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  7. Beautiful! Have a glorious Holiday!

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  8. Such yummy looking cupcakes and pretty pictures! I love the little snowflake additions, thanks for sharing how you made them! A very Merry Christmas to you!!
    :)

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  9. I love these pictures, just gorgeous!!! You are amazing to make those snowflakes! Thanks for all the beauty you share with us all year. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

    Hugs,
    Mary

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  10. I love everything about your photos here. way cute props and the red cherries add that certain zing of cheer. beauties! I want to order those red/white paper straws {also grey ones.} I have orange striped ones that I found in the bargain bins at crate & barrel outlet - I am so lucky to live near one - always so much fun to shop at. merry christmas!

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  11. I keep repeating myself....your food and interior decor photographs should all be in magazines! You transport me to a different (read "wonderful")
    place, Tricia. (Where did you get cherries this time of year?)

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  12. There's no better way to brighten up the season that with a little red & white and you do it so beautifully! The tiny snowflakes are adorable!

    Merry Christmas to you and your family! vickie

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  13. Tricia.....Your photos read like a beautiful table top book...seriously....have you thought about it? Your photos are are artful and seriously delicious to look at!

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  14. I love the red and white theme! It seems so fitting for Christmas and for winter.

    Your photos are just lovely. Thanks for sharing!

    Have a Blessed Christmas.

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  15. Beautiful Tricia...Merry Christmas to you and your family, hope you have a wonderful holiday.

    Tiffany

    PS: those snowflakes are sooooo cute!

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  16. Wow, those cupcakes look amazing, i really love the snowflake ones.. You are amazing! These pictures are so beautiful. I have no idea how i lost your blog but, i am SO glad i found it again! Hope you're doing well my dear!

    In our sea of love

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  17. Your work looks just beautiful, Tara! Always inspiring, my friend.

    Merry Christmas!
    Anne

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  18. Oh Tricia,
    Your photos are so yummy! And the cupcakes look amazing!! I would have never thought to use candy melts for the frosting, that's a great idea.
    Did you find the cupcake cups at Jo Ann's as well?
    I hope you have a wonderful and joyous Christmas!
    Sincerely,
    Melinda

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  19. Your photos are making me hungry and now I'm craving cupcakes. Your tiny snowflakes are adorable. What a great idea that is.

    Your photos as always are so very pretty. Makes me wonder how you are able to always get such wonderful pictures. Have you ever thought of doing a post to teach your tips and tricks? I for one would love to know your secrets since my photo skills are seriously lacking.

    Hope you have a Merry Christmas.

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  20. Your photography is beyond amazing! I'm always so inspired when I come over to your blog! Gorgeous!!
    Happy Holidays to you and your family!
    Jo-Anna

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  21. you are such a talented photographer....gorgeous photos!!

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  22. Absolutely beautiful! Merry Christmas!

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  23. I'm loving your white choc snowflakes!

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  24. Ooh! I'm gonna try to make my own snowflakes! That seems so easy! Merry Christmas to you and your family!!

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  25. Tricia,

    These are amazing! Love your styling & photos - makes me want to bake...wait a minute, I am baking since today is my hubby's bday! lol I too love using melted candies to make little toppings like snowflakes - yum!!! :) Happy Holidays & Happy Belated Birthday to your daughter!!!


    Hugs,
    Jessie

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  26. Adore the polka dot liners! Your photography gets more beautiful with every post! Wishing you a most happy Christmas! ~ Julie

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  27. oh these are soooo beautiful Tricia! What lens do you use for your food photography? I wish I could take a class from you! :)

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  28. Tricia,

    Merry Christmas. I wish you, family and the kitties a beautiful weekend.

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  29. I can't ever decide if I like cherries or the color red more, and putting them together for this post is delightful. I am sure your daughter loved them for her birthday!! Thank you for sharing this pretty post with us!!

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  30. Tricia, every post you do is magical. I adore these cute little treats!! Happy Holidays!

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  31. Those little snowflakes are adorable. I would have guessed you bought them. Love all the red and white with a little chocolate thrown in there. have a wonderful holiday.

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  32. I love how festive and beautiful everything looks! What a great idea!

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  33. Beautiful photos and magical cupcakes!:)
    Have a merry Christmas and great holidays!:)

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  34. Cupcakes are so cute!! Merry Christmas!

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  35. Oh I love your photos!! It just looks so scrumptious! Cherries are a lovely idea for Christmas color :) Love all your ideas!!
    Have a wonderful, blessed Holiday :)

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  36. Beautiful...gorgeous...amazing photos! Every detail is just perfect! I want to grab a cupcake out of your photos and eat one. Quit teasing us pleaseeee...LOL.
    Hugs~

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  37. I love when you post! this one is so pretty...I wish you'd give us some of your tips on how you get your photos so beautiful. :)

    Merry Christmas ~
    xo Sarah

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  38. Everything looks beautiful and delicious!

    I hope you have a wonderfully blessed Christmas!

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  39. Love....Merry Christmas..:-)
    Gilda

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  40. Such lovely colors...the red and white, so perfect for the holiday. Love your way of making snowflakes ~ very cleaver and so pretty.

    Merry Christmas

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  41. was für wunderschöne Foto´s und was für ein schöner Blog. Habe Dich gerade über seidenfein gefunden.
    Deinen Blog werde ich ganz sicher folgen. Hab ein schönes Weihnachtsfest.
    LG Sabine

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  42. So beautiful Tricia, have a wonderful Holiday!

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  43. Tricia, So love your style. It's still red and white and says Christmas to me.

    Kelly

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  44. Tricia, beautiful photos as always! I love how you made the little snowflakes, they are adorable! Merry Christmas.

    ~Shanon

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  45. I love how crisp and clean your photos look. You are such a great artist!

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  46. Sooo....when are your beautiful photos going to be featured in a foodie magazine....???? lol! Gorgeous as usual, Tricia!! :)

    xoxo laurie

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  47. Your photos are amazing!
    ~Liz

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  48. these look almost too good to eat ...... fabulous !!! wisshing you a magical xmas xoxo

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  49. Tricia! I LOVE this post! It all looks so yummy and your photos are amazing!! I hope you and your family have a very Merry Christmas!!
    Maria ~Rusty Hinge
    PS. I couldn't find the right monogram grain sack you were looking for but I will keep my eyes open for one!! :)

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  50. Oh My!!! I am SO SO HAPPY to have landed my Happy Little Blog self here... What an adorable little place you have here... I would love for you to share this here http://shoprubyjean.com/2011/12/sew-crafty-tuesday-linky-2-and-highlights/

    I just signed up to be your newest follower.... :) Have a VERY Merry Christmas

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  51. OH Tricia...these photos are really beautiful! You make food look SO delicious!! Hope you have a wonderful Christmas!

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  52. So lovely as always! Where did you find fresh cherries this time of year?

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  53. Tricia, I think your little cherry topped cupcakes are divine and to me scream Christmas... but I live in Australia where we are in the middle of summer. Cherries and Christmas just go together for us!

    I'd love it if you'd consider linking this post to my Simply Christmas Inspiration party ~ http://shabbyartboutique.blogspot.com/2011/12/inspiration-friday_23.html

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  54. Oh my goodness gracious, gorgeousness everywhere!!!! Merry Christmas dear bloggy friend.

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  55. Such pretty photos....

    Merry Christmas!

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  56. Just seconding what Kerryanne says - here in Australia, cherries are an absolute must on the Christmas table, so your cupcakes are perrrrrrfect for us!

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  57. Those look soooo yummy. What beautiful photos. They look amazing..

    Merry Christmas!!

    ~Linda

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  58. Stunning! Your photos always are so incredible to look at!

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  59. Hi Tricia
    what a Lovley Post....
    I just LOVE the colours :)
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    and I wish you a MERRY MERRY CHRISTMAS my Friend
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  60. Gorgeous Photography Tricia! I too need to lay off the sweets :) It seems I make all these goodies for the kids and then end up eating half. LOL!

    I just popped in here to wish you the very best Christmas ever! I hope you have a wonderful New Year too ~ Warm wishes, Sher

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  61. Gorgeous photos, Tricia !
    Mmm, those cupcakes look delicious :-)
    Wish you and your family a wonderful Christmas time,
    Sylvia

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  62. I just ♥ cupcakes .... I love your photography style .... simply wonderful!
    Merry Christmas!

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  63. Your food photography is the best I've seen, Tricia. You really need to do some tutorials next year!

    Merry Christmas, dear to you and yours. xoxo

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  64. I feel like I always say the same thing when I leave comments over here.... "beautiful pictures!"

    But, it's true...you are very gifted!!

    Merry Christmas!

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  65. Such yummy photos!! Merry Christmas my friend~I am so thankful for you and our friendship and hope to meet in person one day! Hugs, Rachel

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  66. Happy Christmas may love and joy come to you this holiday season.

    Lisa X

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  67. Merry Christmas! You got me. I fell for your pictures hook, line, and sinker. Gorgeous! Absolutely gorgeous. Love your latte cups too! Had to sign on as a follower so I can see what other beautiful pictures you take.

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  68. Thank you so much for your blog. Have a happy holiday to you and your family.

    Lisa x

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  69. This makes me Smile!!
    Have a wonderful Holiday!
    xxx Liz

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  70. Beutiful photos...Merry Christmas to you!...Nely!

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  71. Wonderful photos! I think of Cherries during the Summer. What a delight to see these at Christmas time!

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  72. I am so happy that I discovered your blog this year - each post is definitely inspirational with your gorgeous photography.

    I hope you and your family have a delightful Christmas.

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  73. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
    Best wishes from Russia
    Natasha & Fam

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  74. Merry Christmas my dear friend,thank you for bringing so much inspiration into my life..xo
    Lu

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  75. Oh what BEAUTIFUL images!

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  76. I don't think you are a cheater at all. I bet they were all yumm!!! May God bless you this Christmas season and may he bless you above and beyond all you can ask or imagine this new Year.
    Debbie

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  77. Dearest sweet tricia, these photos makes me so happy and they warm my heart! Your cupcake and decorations are just so gorgeous! Love love love! I hope your christmas was bright and merry! WIshing you a lovely merry happy festive time sweet friend! Love to you!

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  78. trekking your lovely blog!!! thanks for sharing and keep posting! Happy New Year!

    cheers!
    ..TREK..

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  79. Oh how beautiful! x

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  80. Everything looks so festive and cheery...and the cupcake looks so perfect, I'd swear it's fake!

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  81. Hi Tricia, I've really enjoyed your blog so much this year. Your photography is amazing and I think some magazine needs to snatch you up as a food stylist! Always love coming by to see what you've been up to, have the happiest of New Years, xoxo

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  82. Hello my dear friend. Happy New Year, new days of happiness.merry chritmas www.evhome.blogspot.com

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  83. Beautiful photo's I am a new follower ,stop by when you can for a visit. Mary

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  84. There is no other blog that I enjoy pictures more than yours....You always inspire me. Thank you for sharing the beauty through your lense.

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  85. What a lovely blog! I'm looking forward to following it and I'm going to make those snowflakes and decorate my partners birthday cake, thank you for he inspiration!
    Anna @ Scandinaviancottage

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  86. So pretty, love the reds with the white, so crisp and so Christmasy! You're amazing all this and a 5 year old daughter!

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  87. Soy adicta a las cerezas o guindas son muy hermosas un color alegre que llena el alma,sus fotos son espectaculares una cratividad inalcanzable, yo recién comiezo en la foto,aprenderé mucho con ud,abrazos hugs,hugs.

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