Thursday, January 24, 2013 fresh and clean!

Because even a Dandy has doubts about his past on facebook....

Now offering a clean slate! Facewash, developed by Camden Fullmer, Daniel Gur and David Steinberg can cull through those embarrassing moments on facebook and offer them up to you for a chance to erase those questionable pics and posts. Simply follow the easy steps to a cleaner, fresher you!

Friday, January 18, 2013

Dandy Tech: The World's Thinnest Watch

I'm loving this new watch cuff by Central Standard Timing.

At less than 12 grams it's the thinnest, lightest watch so far! Reserve your watch now! The first 500 customers can get it for $99. One can even back the company on

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Five Travel Tips for a Desperate Dandy

Five Travel Tips for a Desperate Dandy
Five Travel Tips for a Desperate Dandy
It’s that time of year when one gets the travel bug and begins to fly hither and yon looking for sun and adventure. Recently, my husband and I traveled overseas to tour the ancient ruins of Italy, Greece and Turkey. It was a wonderful trip full of history, interesting people and wonderful shopping. A good time was had indeed…until it was time to fly home...
Air travel is never fun, but as we touched down in Frankfurt for our connecting flight home, we learned that our flight to Dulles had been cancelled. Unfortunately, there were no more flights out that evening so we had to spend the night in a hotel by the airport. Now, I can survive staying overnight at an airport hotel, however, the real crisis came when I realized that all of my toiletries and fresh clothes were safely tucked away in our checked luggage back at the airport. What is a Dandy to do?! Unfortunately, it was too late for me, but for you dear reader, I’ve compiled a list of travel tips.

5 Travel Tips for a Desperate Dandy

  1. Always pack extra underwear, socks and an outfit in your carry on. I usually heed this advice, but this was the one time I packed everything in my checked luggage to make room for my various purchases of Greek sculptures and Italian bags. After having to turn my outfit inside out the next day…I will never make this mistake again.
  2. Be sure to place some travel size toiletries in your carry on (checkpoint approved). I always place my dopp kit in my checked luggage because I do not want to deal with security handling my various lotions, creams, and pomades. However, next time, I will make sure to pack small travel size versions of my face wash, body wash, pomade and moisturizer in my carry on. Trust me, it saves one from having to improvise (see tip #3).
  3. If one does forget to pack one’s pomade, I have learned that a spare tube of hand cream can come in handy to tame that coif.
  4. Pack a travel size packet of Woolite or Tide to freshen your wardrobe if trapped overnight at a hotel. Again, I learned this the hard way. If you don’t have room for an extra outfit in your carry on, be sure to carry a travel size packet of laundry detergent. If I had only done this, I wouldn’t have had such a rough ride home.
  5. Finally, as one travels and is facing a disagreeable public, just remember to breath. I can’t tell you how much energy I saved by just taking a deep breath and allowing the gentleman that apparently needed to get on the plane faster than me, to go in front of me. It allowed me to let go of my frustrations and enjoy an outsider’s view of the frenzied traveler.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Cakes I Make

At a recent dinner party, I created a dessert inspired by the holidays.

After a wonderful meal, prepared by my husband, I presented our guests with lovely individual cakes packaged like small gifts.

To begin making these bundles of joy, I baked two 9x13 chocolate cakes and used a biscuit cutter to cut out small round individual cakes from the large cakes.

Once my base was cut out, I iced each cake with a mocha cappuccino hazelnut spread I discovered at the store.
When I finished icing the cakes, I put them aside and began rolling out the tiffany blue fondant to make a thin sheet to cover each cake.
IMG_0728Tip: Make sure to use confectionary sugar to prevent the dough sticking to your rolling pin and countertop.

When I finished covering the cakes in fondant, I began making my fondant bows and ribbons.
To make the ribbons and bows, I rolled out white fondant into a thin sheet, and using a pizza cutter, cut out thin strips of sugar dough, making sure to make extra for any mishaps along the way.

Once the dough was cut out into thin strips, I then took several and created bows, laying them on their side to retain their shape as they dried.

After about an hour, I began placing my ribbons and bows on the individual cakes.

  • To place the ribbon, I used a small pastry brush to lightly wet the blue fondant and then placed the white ribbon on top, creating a bond between the two.
  • To attach the bows, I used very small amounts of vanilla frosting.
Set them aside to dry and come dessert time, you’ll have a delicious package to give all of your guests!
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