Posts Tagged ‘cake decorating’

Apologies to One and All

May 30, 2009

I owe y’all one huge “SORRY”.  This has been a crazy 2 weeks.  Between trying to get the garden in, assembly of swing-set, erection of swimming pool, end of the school year, wedding cake, preschool graduation………need I say more.

The weather has been great for the most part.

IMG_1430For the most part, the storms have gone around us.  We did end up getting over a half an inch on Memorial Day Sunday.  Of course that was the original garden planting date. 

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Gardening news:

Asparagus, horseradish and rhubarb have poked their heads through and are thriving.  Strawberries are starting to bloom.  I did loose a few, but who knows why. 

All the flower beds are weeded and I’m working at replacing all the mulch.  I’m still liking the rubber mulch and it doesn’t smell like a tire store here anymore.

I have all the seeds in the garden except for the seeds that go in hills.  That is on the agenda for today.  Got 16 pepper plants in the ground yesterday and still have 3 more to go in.  They were in need of a little extra TLC.  they look great this morning so it’s time.  And the tomatoes….planted 19 of the little darlings.  So…when I am overloaded with tomatoes later in the summer.  I got this….IMG_1449

Kid news:

School is over for the summer.  I don’t know why I’m excited.  It just means I will have all three of them more often, but oh well….it is summer.  And I am sure I will be wishing for school to start in two weeks.  Girlie got promoted to the third grade and Rado had her preschool graduation last night.  They go all out at Tykes Time for the kids.

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The pool is up and waiting for the water to warm up.  Takes a long time to warm that much water.  And the swing-set….. it came in three 100 lb boxes and nothing..absolutely nothing was put together.  It has been a slow process, but hopefuly by tomorrow it will be finished.

Wedding Cake:

Our niece Laramie is getting married today in Eureka Nevada.  Originally I was only going to make a grooms cake, but it kinda escalated.  MIL and all headed that way yesterday with the cake in the trunk of her car.  Hope it made it.

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Her topper is two running horses and she wanted a plain cake.  Her colors are brown and maroon, so hope this all works for her.

Cooking:

Not a whole lot of new recipes going on around here lately.  I will try to get better this week.  Been alot of repeats of favorites and dawgs on a stick.  Did make Chicken Tenders and Sour Cream Macaroni Salad.  Don’t think I’ve shared the salad recipe.  My family loves it.

SOUR CREAM DILL MACARONI SALAD

Dressing:

1 cup sour cream

3 Tbsp vinegar

1 tsp Worcestershire

1/2 tsp sweet basil

3/4 cup mayo

1 1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp dill weed

1/4 tsp pepper

Salad:

1 12oz box macaroni cooked

1 cup sliced celery

3/4 c sliced green onion

1/2 cup diced cucumber

1/2 cup sliced radishes

Combine and enjoy.

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Back from Wyoming

April 15, 2009

Got home last night just in time for a winter storm warning.  Oh, fun…..not so much.  When is Spring finally going to be here for good???  Yes, Honey, I am whining. 

Had a great time and elephant memoried Gdaughter travelled like an angel.  The cakes were a big hit.

 

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And second cake.

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Easter dinner was a team affair and I will post a bit later…when I dig out the recipes.

On the Road Tomorrow

April 8, 2009

Headed to Wyoming in the morning with Laredo…granddaughter with the elephant’s memory.  It’s the boys First Communion and they wanted fancy cakes.  So…….here is step 1, 2 and 3 of cake one.

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and here is steps 1,2 and 3 of cake 2.

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I do have all the little ones tonite so fixed spaghetti.  Another one of their favorites.  I did make a salad that they liked and ate and it surprised me that they did.

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It’s spinach, red onion, mandarin oranges, and chopped almonds.  The dressing was poppy seed.  Simple enough.

I will finish the cakes in Wyoming and promise to take more pics.

Remanents of a Chocolate Cake

March 2, 2009

It’s Monday.

After seeing numerous postings of Devils Food White Out Cake in various blogs, I decided I had to make one.   So last night after a bowl of crab pasta..more on that later…I decided to tackle the cake part and leave it to cool overnight.

So seeing it is a layer cake…which I never have had good luck with….I followed the recipe to the letter.  So after greasing and flouring, measuring and sifting, melting and boiling, mixing with the stand mixer….lovingly called Layla…and finally finishing with a spatula, I had two 8 inch wonderfully chocolatey cakes in the oven.  After baking until the knife inserted into middle of cake came out clean, I had two cakes cooling on the racks.  After cooling in the pans, out they came….no sticking.  So there they were, setting on the racks on the counter awaiting attention in the morning.  Off to bed I go.

Alarm goes off and out I stumble to the kitchen, looking for the first cup of coffee.  I stepped on something very foreign, so flipped the light over the stove on….overhead light is just way too bright for mornings…and there on the floor lay an over turned cake rack.  My eyes move to the counter……

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Not even enough left for a taste.  Now I’m not sure if it was the cat…Sugar has been know to be on the counter, but I never catch him until the big thump when he lands on the floor….Coors, I never have seen on the counter, but cats being cats…or the dog…all of the immediate family will remember a little incident with turkey and Molly an hour before the in-laws 50th anniversary party…or all three of them working together.

However, I have eggs, butter and buttermilk coming up to room temperature on the counter.  Wish me luck.

Attempt #2

February 13, 2009

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Well, the icing colors are horrible, but I wasn’t mixing a bunch of new colors up so they could sit in the fridge for two weeks.  Kids still think it tastes great.

Don’t know how often or how foodie the posts are gonna be for the next couple of weeks…..but I will try.  We already agreed that if the “volcano blow”  before we get there, that I will stay in Seattle and he will get his ass there.  If it blows while we are there…..oh, well. 

First Attempt

February 6, 2009

First time to ever decorate a cake…we did cupcakes last week.  It’s far from perfect. but…….

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the smiles says it all.  HAPPY 8TH BIRTHDAY GIRLIE.