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Have Yourself A Very Minion Christmas...


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I was tweeting about attending multiple Christmas parties yesterday and spoofing on my buddies drinking habits when it suddenly occurred to me that I should showcase another favorite neighborhood spot to eat. We had to buy various goodies for multiple holiday events so we got them all from the PANI DOLCI bakery. I love this place. They really know how to do it up right if you need a special creation to highlight any type of celebration. It happens to be our first choice to get kosher foodie paradise goodies. They have a lovely selection of low cal sugar free treats for diabetics as well.

If you want to have a gingerbread house created (to be the envy of your holiday peers) you have got to call these people. Seriously! They do excellent work!

Retail, wholesale, it doesn't make a difference, every customer is important. They provide artisan quality pastries and cakes plus will hook you up with some coffee or a cappuccino while you wait for your order. They are open Monday through Sunday and happen to be a fave foodie paradise spot of my entire family. Stephen is usually glued to the glass chirping, "this one?" while pointing out strawberry short cakes (FYI: our favorite selection there). BTW, he has never spat out a single creation he's had the privilege to taste. This place definitely gets the minion thumbs up and has saved me when my kids started having a melt-down in the middle of the street. Little dude can be distracted with food and if you say "bakery" he will automatically drag you right here (LOL).

Since Stephen was the willing victim of my holiday shutterbug addiction yesterday I've got several pics that I can use for this post, however, the Minion Blur selected this one (LOL). Do you think the yummies on display had anything to do with him picking the only bakery shot displaying the back of his head? Hmm... I think so, which is why I love blogging with my kids (LOL). They make selecting photographs and blog posting so much more interesting and fun, especially when I try to get into their heads and figure out why this one made the cut instead of that one being the winner.

Creating music with them is a hoot too. My neighbors are going to have a very interesting Christmas because their Dad brought them each small drums to go with the guitars, bongos, keyboards and flutes littering our apartment. I may need some Motrin or Bayer... Looks like I'll be shopping at the drug store after this post is published (LMAO).

Personally, I'd rather have the Wii but the idea of Stephen floating it in the toilet made hubby run the other way. Bummer.  Since I know that they both enjoy picking the pictures for my blog posts and I love the computer interaction, I think the Wii University would be a good match for them... We shall see. Noah has a birthday coming up next month so I shall have time to work on Daddy (LOL). BTW, I am teaching them both how to use my Nikon and Noah is getting pretty good with it. Stephen, on the other hand, is still a nightmare with the electronics so we've been working on showing him the correct way to use them. 2009 should be very interesting... maybe he'll use the toilet and toaster for what they were designed for. After all, he'll be 3 in April. Rumor has it there may be hope for me and my electronics down the road. But I digress...  ;-)

Yesterday, my fave party took place in the early afternoon with my son Noah's little friends in Jamaica. The teachers and parents got together to share some food and have a good time with our children. Stephen attended Noah's holiday event and had a blast. He was quite the little gentleman and I was very proud of him. He behaved remarkably well and you would have never been able to guess my son was suffering from PDD-NOS. I credit the hard work of his teachers and therapists and send kudos and congrats to the early intervention program he attends. He was also very proud to have his snacks showcased on the "buffet table." That was fun. He had no problem sharing them because he was too busy swiping chips off of other peoples plates (LMAO). I have soooo gotta work on that boy's social skills...

My child is improving at a measurable pace and I am very grateful God has blessed me with such a precious gift. I am crazy about my two little boys and this is the first Christmas they both are able to understand what it means to celebrate Messiah. The exchange of gifts has been fun so far and Step is excited about a very special treat and wont stop obsessing over a red gift  box the center gave the kids. He will not let anyone touch it because his Speech Therapist Danny gave it to him. As a direct result my kid lit up like you wouldn't believe. That was awesome! He was dancing in the streets and all around the apartment because Dan gave him a present. There was that spark of connection where Dan went from being a teacher to being viewed as his personal friend. I love when he does the Stephen happy dance. That kid hugs and kisses everything that he really, really likes (LOL). I can't wait to see how he greets Dan for 2009. :-)

The Minion Blur really loves discovering Christmas and has a thing for the music, lights and holiday treats. Like his Mama, the Prince of Audacity is a foodie paradise fanatic and makes no bones about where he wants to go when we start out on our community walks. Little dude understands the concept of shopping and has an expectation to always be treated to something nice. He expects to be able to choose something he wants and doesn't care if it is a Hot Wheels car or a spanking-A meal. He is developing an eye for eye candy and will re-arrange his food into patterns that please him. He will eat it as long as it tastes good and the colors suit his mood. If a meal, snack or treat doesn't taste good my boy will spit that puppy out in a New York minute. He doesn't care where it lands either, so you may want to give him a little space if you decide to give him a taste of your food while we're hanging out (LOL). If he doesn't like the color, he wont eat it, period.

I have no idea what tomorrow will bring, but I will be chatting all about it. We have quite a few rounds to make tomorrow. My little dudes have very active social lives. From my family to yours:

Merry Christmas and may God bless you and your families. <3 C. ;-)

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Comment balloon 31 commentsC Tann-Starr • December 24 2008 11:18AM


C!  Beautiful.  I don't know which is prettier, your baby or the pastries, but I'm going with Stephen!  What a beautiful face he has.  My love to you and your family today, tomorrow, and always.  xxoo

Posted by Susan Mangigian, Chester & Delaware County Homes, Delaware and Ches (RE/MAX Preferred, West Chester, PA, RS152252A) almost 12 years ago

Carolyn, I believe your children will improve every single day with a mother like you!   I'm thrilled they are enjoying the holidays so much and hope you all have the best this holiday and all through the New Year.

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) almost 12 years ago

The upper left fruit topped tart thingy is my favorite.  I have those instead of birthday cake every year.  Thanks for sharing the pics and story.  Stay safe and warm!

Posted by Melody Botting, You Deserve The Best (Broker Associate PenFed Realty) almost 12 years ago

Susan, virtual hugs and kisses until we get together again, my friend. Your Minion Nephew is turning into quite the flirt. Wait until you see how he's stretched out. Pookie is growing quite lovely.  :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) almost 12 years ago

Carole, thank you for the kind words, they are very much appreciated. They are self-directed little people and starting to become really curious about everything. This has got to be the best Christmas yet. They are aware of what's going on, which is awesome! It's nice to see them participate, pick and choose. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) almost 12 years ago

Melodious, I learn something new everyday (LOL). I shall have to file that little tidbit away for later. ;-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) almost 12 years ago

Just give me a bowl of frosting! Don't know how you do all you do! Remarkable! Have a Merry Christmas with your 'minions', and all the best for a great and most prosperous 2009!

Posted by Susie Blackmon, Ocala, Horses, Western Wear, Horse Farms, Marketing almost 12 years ago

Looks like the little one is about to eat his weight in Holiday treats in the top picture. Have a Merry Christmas C.

Posted by JL Boney, III, Columbia, SC Real Estate (Coldwell Banker) almost 12 years ago

Carolyn, Thanks for all you have helped me with since I came to AR. Blessings to you and your family for a very Merry Christmas!

Posted by Barb Szabo, CRS, E-pro Realtor, Cleveland Ohio Homes (RE/MAX Trinity Brecksville Ohio) almost 12 years ago

C - First of, the bakery looks awesome. I just ate lunch, but could go for, well pretty much anything on the display. LOL re:toilet and toaster, in our house it is either refrigerator or trash ??? OUr 16-mo-old is apparently learning to put stuff into trash, however most of the time it's things that don't belong there. And toys and shoes apparently need to go into the fridge. LOL. Happy Holidays. ~Rita

Posted by Brian Burke, Broker & Advising Expert-Denver Luxury Real Estate (Kenna Real Estate) almost 12 years ago

Susie, I operate in 20 minute intervals (LOL).

JL, he's an eating machine. :-)

Barb, you are very welcome and I owe you a phone call about the outside blogs. I will try to catch you later tonight. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) almost 12 years ago

Rita, you and I are sooo gonna have a chat about our little people (LMAO). They certainly make life very interesting. ;-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) almost 12 years ago

C - I'll have either the fruit tart (first on the top shelf) - or the white cake with the strawberries on top (second on the second shelf).  I want you to know how much I have enjoyed your blog articles this year.  I also want to wish you Happy Holidays.

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) almost 12 years ago

Thank you, Mryl. I appreciate your kind words. Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a happy New Year. ;-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) almost 12 years ago

Merry Christmas, Carolyn. Those photos are great. How cool to let your little ones' pick out the photos' for mom's blog. Have a wonderful day and there is always time to get a Wii, and since the technology is always changing it will be better all the time.

Posted by Missy Caulk, Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate (Missy Caulk TEAM) almost 12 years ago


That cake dripping with chocolate on the left of the second shelf looks scrumptious!!! Merry Christmas to a great ARer...!!! Thanks,   Fran

Posted by Fran Gaspari, "The Title Man" - Title Insurance - PA & NJ (Patriot Land Transfer, Inc.) almost 12 years ago

Precious photo of him looking at the goodies, you can almost hear his thoughts.....oh boy, oh boy, look at all those treats, I wish my Mom could bake like that (lol)


He's precious. God bless you and your family today as we celebrate the birth of Jesus!!!!

Posted by Kelly Willey, Short Sale Agent - Harford County Maryland Real Estate (Long and Foster BEL AIR MARYLAND) almost 12 years ago

What a wonderful post. Bless you and yours this holiday season and have a happy NEW YEAR.

Terry Miller

Posted by Terry Miller, Miller Homes Group and Tyler Apartment Locator (Miller Homes Group) almost 12 years ago

Merry Christas Missy! We are having a Lion King marathon over here. It started 4AM. Noah was dancing up and down the hall enjoying his gifts. Stephen has cars out the ___ (LOL). You are right about the Wii. I guess we'll keep our eyes on it and see what happens in a few weeks. ;-)

Thank you, Fran and Merry Christmas. Your selection is pretty tasty, BTW (LOL).

LOL @ Kelly. He was humming and vibrating with glee. ;-) Merry Christmas, sweetie. May God bless you and your family. 

Thank you Terry. Merry Christmas. Wishing you a very happy New Year. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) almost 12 years ago

Carolyn, I see that he has a sweet tooth too. Now why did you have to go and show that photo? You are making me want a bit of everything. But that photo especially makes me want some cheesecake. It is great that the little one is progressing along too. Attention and guidance helps overcome many obstacles. Merry Christmas to you my friend.

Posted by Eric McGowan almost 12 years ago

Carolyn:  The picture of the baked goodies behind the glass is enough to make me drool.  And hearing a top notch recommendation like this, I'm sure they will gain some new customers. 

Posted by Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Bristow, VA (Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA) almost 12 years ago

Eric McG, I hope you and yours enjoyed the day. We had a blast! :-)

LOL @ Chris Ann. Thank you, sweetie. They deserve every new customer they get. It's small but awesome! ;-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) almost 12 years ago

Gosh, C. I just gained 10 more pounds looking at that picture of the Bakery. All of it looks so good. Stephen is so cute. You will have to video the boys playing their instruments. Thanks for sharing this with us.

Posted by Laura Watts (Positive Properties, LLC) almost 12 years ago

Laura, you are very welcome. I really will have to get around to capturing that on video. The boys are a lot of fun. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) almost 12 years ago

Merry Christmas, C. It looks like I would love that bakery too.  I absolutely love sweets. Great pics as usual.

Posted by Tanya Venable, SEO, Mobile SEO, and Internet Marketing Consultant almost 12 years ago

Thank you, Tanya! Enjoy the holidays. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) almost 12 years ago

Carolyn your kids are so darn cute!!  I'm glad I am past that stage but I enjoy all the cute pictures so much!

Posted by Tami Vroma, Realtor, Grand Rapids MI Real Estate (West Michigan Real Estate Specialist-Five Star Real Estate) almost 12 years ago

Hi C -- Hope you are enjoying a fabulous holiday w/your cuties! They are absolutely adorable. Being a Mom is truly a blessing and it sounds like you are loving every minute. Am a right?

Posted by Lanette Branch, Bel Air, MD Real Estate Agent (RE/MAX Components) almost 12 years ago

Your minions have an excellent roll model in their mother. They must be some of the most confident people, because you are so confident and you make them the most important things in your life. I commend you.

I have also awarded you a Lemonade Award. Check it out! ~A:)

Posted by Alisha Harrison, Allyn, Belfair and Hood Canal real estate expert! (John L. Scott, Belfair) almost 12 years ago

LOL @ Tami. Thank you. ;-)

Lanette, I am very happily addicted to motherhood. It's a blast and my kids are a hoot. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) almost 12 years ago

Thank you, Alisha. I appreciate your kind words and checked out your link. Wow... That was very nice of you. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) almost 12 years ago

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