People love watching us make our chocolate covered cordial cherries. If you visit our shop, on any given day, you can see us dipping cherries, sculpting them, painting and decorating them. Its a truly interactive chocolate experience...so I wanted those of you can't physically visit our shop to see how make our designer cherries and truffles.
In this video, I show you how I make our football cordial cherries. Each one is hand-sculpted with rolled fondant after being dipped. This gives the stereotypical football shape that we're going for.
After being dipped in a milk chocolate, I pipe with white chocolate to create the football threads to give a finished look. I hope you enjoy my video...thanks for watching!
For those who are new to The Cordial Cherry family, Alexandra is a very special chocolatier in our shop and her baby, Paxton, was diagnosed with Myelomeningocele Spina Bifida at 16 weeks gestation. It was a very emotional journey with lots of ups and downs while she met with specialists over a period of several months to prepare for Utero Fetal Surgery on Paxton's spine to help protect his spinal cord. Paxton Patrick Ratigan was born July 22nd...what follows is a heartfelt message from Alexandra...
What a journey this has all been! To the prayer warriors for our son Paxton, your prayers did not go unanswered. I want to start off by thanking each and every one of you for your thoughts and prayers. We are so incredibly grateful for your donations. All money raised helped us pay for all the travel and even a good portion of medical bills! We have never seen such an outpour of love and support from so many of our friends, family and customers. It’s always talked about in the shop that we have the best customers and with out a doubt that couldn’t be more true. Tyler, Ellerie, Paxton and myself are forever grateful for your support. Each and every one of you will always be in our prayers and forever in our hearts. God bless you!
Most days, I’m in the shop decorating cherries and visiting with my amazing customers, but every once in a while I get to participate in a super fun photo shoot!
This most recent photo shoot was for a new local publication of The Scout Guide…a beautiful magazine that showcases Omaha companies. The images in this magazine are a major reason why people LOVE to use it as a coffee table book for guests to enjoy. It’s really more of a book than a magazine and it aims to highlight Omaha businesses in a way that allows readers to appreciate a side that may not be so obvious by our storefronts or advertisements.
I asked my sister, Jen, to come by and take some behind-the-scenes pictures of the photo shoot so I could share with all of you a sneak peek before the magazine hits the stands this June. As an extreme hobbyist photographer, it’s so handy to have Jen around…and she loves me and is always happy to help me in a pinch. Most of you have met her…she’s usually helping at the register during the holidays….she’s absolutely wonderful!
Meet Tammi Bishop, the editor of The Scout Guide in Omaha. She’s very passionate about introducing Omaha’s businesses to her readers, so when she asked me to be a part of this year’s featured businesses I was honored. Tammi has a keen eye for detail and she definitely knows what look she’s going for in her publication. Throughout the entire photo shoot, she was suggesting certain angles and props, and was often adjusting elements to ensure that the final image selected for her magazine was perfect!
Meet Daniel Muller, the photographer for this photo shoot as well as ALL of the photos featured in The Scout Guide 2019. His work is incredible! Many of you may already be familiar with him as he’s a highly sought after local photographer.
His work is just as much science as it is art, which I can appreciate as a former scientist and a current artist…we got along just fine. When he suggested that I wear white, I was so relieved. Literally everything I own is either black, gray, or white…my closet pretty much matches the branding for The Cordial Cherry…no rainbow blouses for me. I’m not a very colorful person when it comes to my wardrobe, so I’m very thankful he didn’t ask for chartreuse or heliotrope!
I love the dress I picked…while the sleeves are flowy and lacy, they’re short enough that they don’t get in the way of my work. I was able to get right back to decorating after the photo shoot! And, as Daniel suggested, the white will be a nice contrast to all the warm, dark shaded throughout my shop.
Ok...this shot is special...
Everyone says that I look just like grandma Sheldon...it's my favorite compliment...
My apron...not fancy at all, but perfect all the same. I love the contrast of this rough and tumble apron with my dainty, lacy top...it's definitely The Cordial Cherry style.
This one was just silly....
Tammi and Daniel were amazing to work with and I really hope you’ll check out The Scout Guide when it’s released this June. I hope you’re as excited as I am for its release…I can’t wait to see the final selection for the magazine…I know it’s going to be beautiful! We'll have lots of copies at The Cordial Cherry so be sure to ask for one!
Please visit The Scout Guide at: thescoutguide.com @tsgomaha
And check out more of Daniel’s work at: mullersphoto.com @mullersphoto
This week was amazing! A product launch in New York City seemed appropriate, and to debut Haute Stacker at the Event Planner Expo was the perfect platform. There were event planners from all over the world...and the response was incredible! We had a constant crowd of people around our booth...it was so fun to see the genuine expression of amazement as people approached the display of Haute Stackers.
I loved watching people's expressions when we showed them how simple Haute Stacker is to use... The initial comments that people had were all the same, "How to you get the doughnuts off?" or, "How does it work?" There were three of us there demonstrating how easy it is to twist the topper off and slide the stacker plates on or off the post to serve...simple!
The coat rack with hanging Haute Stackers stole the show! I literally took the coat rack from my front foyer and suspended eight Haute Stacker...two from each hook...and the effect was beautiful and dramatic. So many people wanted to buy my coat rack that we joked throughout the show that we should be selling coat racks too!
At the show, I wanted to demonstrate how versatile Haute Stacker is, so we displayed cakes, truffles, cookies, and doughnuts (both fancy and casual). We even partnered with Du's Donuts of New York to showcase how simple white doughnuts can look fancy once stacked. Thank you Tyler, of Du's Donuts, for sharing some of your amazing pastries!
With all the excitement and nonstop flow of attention, unfortunately, I wasn't able to step away long enough to even snap a couple pictures of the event in progress. But I was able to grab a few pics of our display before the show started...
I want to say thank you to all of the event planners who stopped by my booth...everyone was kind and encouraging. It was so fun to visit with all of you about all the possibilities for Haute Stacker. And, a special thank you to Margaret for going out of her way to give our card to Barbara Corcoran, who was the keynote speaker for the event.
As soon as I get back to Omaha, I'll resume putting out tons of ideas for you on our blog and social media!