Saturday, January 31, 2009
Friday, January 30, 2009
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Domino is just itching to get outside! She hangs out in the greenhouse during the day, lounging on a pillow watching the birds and squirrels at the feeder. Every once in a while she meows to come in and take a break but will spend most of the daylight in this space! She will have to wait until spring before I put her out, and limited amount of time. We have had several coyotes in the area, even sited one last week(thought it was a fox but convinced now it is a coyote) when I was at my in-laws picking my daughter up, walked around their house up the stairs to the driveway and ten feet away from me!
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Here is part two of my two days of baby showers. This is Suzanne's shower, my girlfriend who is due in about 6 weeks with her second child. Luckily I was able to carry over a lot from the first shower to this one.
Here is where I started with all of the cupcakes. I made them last Friday night, silly me decided to try a new recipe which was for a Devil's Food Cupcake. I figured I had made the cake before, the cupcake looked even easier. Bad decision! I made a double batch thinking I would get 36 cupcakes, I needed to make around 50. Well this recipe only made twenty and I was running out of Cocoa, at 9:30pm at night, I could have called my in-laws to see if they had any, instead I decided to go back to my standby recipe. Should have stayed with that one. I still was short about 15 cupcakes so I had to make another batch the next morning, and have my mother-in-law buy some cocoa for me. Besides my dog swiping two off the table as fast as she could and my pastry bag exploding on Monday morning trying to decorate the last cupcakes, all went well, and they tasted good!
Since I seem to be baking a lot, I wanted to add another blog to my list of daily views. Check out Cake Wrecks, cakes gone wrong. This blog makes me feel better on some of my catastrophe cake issues and there are some great ideas! Pop on over and take a look.
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
I was involved with two baby showers, one on Sunday and the other yesterday. I will share some pictures from both starting with my Sister-in-law's baby shower. She is expecting a girl in about 8 weeks and we themed the shower with her colors of lavender and green. We rented a house that is a part of my church, perfect size and had the chairs and tables for us to use. To make it simple and convenient, the food was finger food and nothing that needed to be heated.
Here are the cupcakes I made, made enough for both showers, extra for the mom's to take home and some of the guys were playing cards at my house. They were chocoate with buttercream icing, yum! My mom offered up all fo the cake plates, lucky me!
These were the favors we gave out. I made meringue cookies dipped in chocolate and put four in a box. I had to start making these a week in advance and made 257! I got the technique down with the piping bag after the first batch.