Pittsburgh-based candy maker Janet Best of Sugar Bakers Bakery creates exquisite lollipops that combine the beauty of a flower garden with the sweetness of gourmet candy.

Best jokes, “It looks as though I’ll be growing lollipops this year!”

Each of these delectable Flower Lollipops contains a whole edible flower or flowers, such as a violas, daisies, lavender, roses, pansies, or bachelor’s buttons. Best prides herself on using high quality, natural ingredients, including a wide variety of flavorings, and only flowers grown indoors, so as to avoid insects and toxins.

These lovely flower lollies and many other creative sweets are available via the Sugar Bakers Bakery on Etsy.

[via My Modern Met]


Candied Pansy & Viola Miniature Pavlovas | by Adventures in Cooking

Ingredients: Sugar, eggs, pansies, violas, vanilla extract, whipped cream and a pinch of salt.

To Make: Candy the flowers, bake the meringue. Remove the pavlovas from the oven, spread with whipped cream and top with candied flowers!

Sounds simple enough, and the end product looks like a dream! For step-by-step instructions, head to their website.

When To Replace Strings On Instruments
  • Violins: When gaps in the winding appear, or a noticeable dent at either nut or bridge occurs. (They’re not going to set you back much, so go ahead and start imagining that this is happening after about 9 months)
  • Violas: When kinks develop, or string behaves like a limp penis. Strings should have some bounce to them, like an erect phallus. (Viagra will not help)
  • Cellos: When you can afford a new set, or every couple of years (less for thinner strings). Or, if you’re obsessed with “resonant sound”, whenever your ears start to feel prickly and your fingers crave the touch untainted by layers of rosin and regret.
  • Basses: Pretty much never. Save up for new ones, and when the 10 year mark rolls around, think about wearing protective goggles incase of snappage. Start having birthday parties for your strings after 12 years, and mourn their passing as you would an elderly relative.
  • Pianos/auto harps/Harps: Fuck if I know, call the requisite fairy. (Anyone who can deal with tuning that many strings must be magical)
The Orchestra in a text post
  • 1st Violins: we are the best!!! We can play anything!!! Go faster!!! BRING IT ON!!!!
  • 2nd Violins: thosrdirtfuckintfirstviolinsthinktheycandoeverythingwelliwillhaveyouknowthatiamtgwbestviolinestinthewholeebtireearthiwillstrikeyoudownwithmy mediocureplayingskillsandmyhorriblebowtechnique
  • 3rd Violins: We can't play for shit :D what's a bow
  • Violas: can you please give us something other than 3000 quarter notes
  • Cellos: why are there only 2 of us?
  • The soloist: why me