I’m super excited to welcome Courtney of Pizzazzerie and Push Up Pops to my blog today! I’m a longtime Pizzazzerie reader and had the opportunity to meet Courtney when she was in Phoenix on her last book tour. She’s just as sweet and adorable in person as she is on her blog! If you haven’t read Courtney’s first book, Push Up Pops, you should! It’s eye candy for anyone who loves to bake or party plan. Courtney’s new book, Candy Making for Kids, releases TODAY and it looks like so much fun! Can’t wait to read it!
I recently got to do a little virtual Q&A session with Courtney in her free time. You know, when she wasn’t getting married or auditioning for Taste of Home or writing for Michaels (yes, the craft store) or working on a THIRD book.
Vanessa: First of all, your wedding was amazing. How are you enjoying married life so far?
Courtney: I have been loving it! My husband works odd hours (he’s a golf pro) so Mondays are our “Saturdays”, etc but we’re finding our groove and really enjoying decorating our new house. He enjoys taste-testing for my books 🙂 We’re also spending time this summer teaching our puppy how to swim!
Vanessa: For those of us who haven’t had the chance to read it, tell us about Candy Making for Kids.
Courtney: This book is truly a little gem for kids! I created the recipes with young ones in mind (none of the recipes use a candy thermometer) and it’s full of exciting recipes for holidays, everyday celebrations, and those rainy Saturday afternoons. There are elements perfect for kids of all ages from helping measure to decorating their little hearts out to create cute little treats!
Vanessa: What’s your favorite recipe from Candy Making for Kids? My favorite recipe is the one on the cover – toffee! I like that it can be adapted (use white chocolate) and decorated (hello sprinkles!) so kids can really make it their own. We had to hide the toffee when we were shooting the book because all of us on set wanted to eat.it.ALL!
Vanessa: Let’s talk about your blog. How did you come up with the name Pizzazzerie?
Courtney: I get asked this question a lot because, yes, it looks like Pizzaria 🙂 I was working as a career counselor at my alma mater – Vanderbilt – and wasn’t creatively fulfilled so I started a little blog and it grew.grew.grew so I left my job and here I am! I had no idea it would ever be my “job” so I just made up a fun word because so many other domains are taken. I love the word Pizzazz and the word Patisserie so I combined them 🙂
Vanessa: Do you have a favorite party that you’ve featured on Pizzazzerie?
Vanessa: Can you tell us about book #3?
Courtney: YES! I’m in the middle of writing it now and let me say – it might just be my favorite yet! It is on FROSTINGS! Yes, a whole book devoted to frosting. It will release March 2013!
Vanessa: Do you sleep? 😉
Courtney: Yes, I do! Haha, I am very motivated with my job as I just absolutely love it and have to force myself to stop working. I do, however, love my sleep. I’m usually in bed between 11 and midnight and get up around 8:30 am. Pretty good if I do say so myself! I’m a night owl.
Buy It: You can purchase Candy Making for Kids at Amazon or Barnes and Noble. A purchase is not necessary to enter the giveaway. If you want your book signed, email email@example.com with the subject line BOOK SIGNATURE and proof of purchase (screen shot of Amazon order, picture of receipt, etc) along with a shipping address, who to make the greeting out to, and she’ll send you a book plate.
Win It: Courtney’s giving away a signed copy of Candy Making for Kids to 1 winner. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents. This is a Rafflecopter giveaway, you must open up the post for the widget to appear. The first entry is mandatory, the rest are extra ways to enter. Remember to leave an email address and good luck!
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