A Week Of Spiders, Stars and Flowers

It has been a LONG week! It started with me pulling my back last Sunday putting my daughter into her car seat on our way to the grocery store. Unfortunately, the “I’ve got to get this stuff done” part of me kicked in and off I trekked to Stop & Shop. Tsk Tsk Tsk  Needless to say, in mid-turn to weigh my mangos, my back completely went out and I was lucky to get out of the store without flopping to the floor. The past few days have been rough, but my amazing husband and family came to the rescue taking care of the house and kids while I rested. Happy to say my back is sore but no longer painful so I’m soooo happy!!!

Amidst the resting of my back, I managed to ice my heart out every night and get all our orders out. Super happy how they all turned out too :)

Stars for a Dana Farber work party…the group is called the SARC stars :)

Flower Favors for an Annual Ladies Luncheon

Stars for a Medway High School graduation party

Mother Goose Favors for a special girls 2nd Birthday party

Happy Mother’s Day Suzanne!

I feel like I’ve been “full steam ahead”, which is awesome, but have been feeling the down side which is I don’t have as much time to write my blog. I clearly need to figure this out because I’ve been missing this part!

A few days ago a friend’s husband emailed asking if I would create some Mother’s Day cookies for his amazing wife Suzanne. The word amazing is seriously an understatement too by the way! She’s a wonderful Mom and soooo deserves a little treat :) I was excited to make something for her. We decided on a cookie basket of flowers. I know I’m gonna hear about this but I’m gonna say it anyway…as a whole, it’s difficult for men to make decisions. So when her adorable husband emailed me I gave him two options…

  1. Bright and Vibrant
  2. Subtle and Pastel

And of course, he made the perfect decision :) Happy Mother’s Day Suzanne… you are an amazing Mom!

Happy 1 Year Blogaversary Carrie!

I couldn’t realize how many cool people I would meet through this blog. And when I say “meet” I mean virtually :) One of my fellow cake/cookiers, Carrie, mentioned about a month or so ago that she had been blogging for about a year and that her “blogaversary” was coming up. Having only been blogging since the beginning of the year I can attest this is a very special accomplishment!

I want to congratulate her in proper cake style :) When I saw this cake from My Cake School, I knew instantly it was the one I wanted to make for her.

Happy Birthday/Anniversary Carrie’s Creations!! I know it’s not until April 9th, but I couldn’t wait to say “WAY TO GO!!” I can’t wait to see what creations you have for the 2nd year :)

If you haven’t checked out her site before, please stop by…she’s very creative and has some really cute cookies that she’s shown off in various posts :)

Fondant Fun

Tonight was the fourth class of the third Wilton cake decorating course. It was all about Gum Paste and Fondant. I had such a good time in the class, but I have to say I was WAY outta my comfort zone!! I don’t think we used a piping bag the entire month. And there wasn’t a single dollop of royal icing. Yowsers! But we made some beautiful flowers. Stuff that looks great…but to be honest doesn’t taste good at all. I know there are people that love to eat fondant, but I’m just not one of them. The flowers may look cleaner made in fondant, but I’ll take a buttercream or royal icing rose any day ;)

I thought I would showcase our final cakes. There were two other people in the class with me and their cakes turned out fantastic! One is a 13 year old girl and she did such a good job. She LOVES color that’s for sure ;)

And here’s my cake…

I’m unfortunately not going to be taking the fourth and final course at this time. Just too busy making cookies. This Wilton ride has been a fun and a wild one. Highly recommend it to anyone who wants to dabble in the arts and get out of the house for some “me” time.

Reality Rose

Alright kids, think back to the early 90’s. Back when a new form of tv hit the waves…they called it…Reality TV. Real World was a wicked crazy hit! Real people living real life drama and heart ache in front of national television. Fascinating!

Fast forward 20 years and now Reality TV is on every channel…no matter what time of day it is it’s a sure bet some reality show is on. I’m not into it as much as I was when it was “real” but there are a few shows I still watch for pure entertainment. One of them…The Bachelor. I know, I know…it’s all made up and the women really aren’t all there for the right reason, but I can’t help but love the cattiness :)

Tomorrow is the finale. Where Ben picks the woman of his dreams. Well he’s supposed to but spoilers say he picks the skinny dipping woo-haaa. Still…wouldn’t miss it for the world :) My friends and I are getting together to bitch through the 2 hour finale and I decided to bring treats for our party…

THE FINAL ROSE…

 

 

First Royal Cookie Sweepstakes!

I’ve decided to hold my first sweepstakes in honor of some recent cookies I made. I realize I only have a few followers but hey…it only increases your odds of winning right!

I don’t know what it is, but recently the cookies I’ve made turn out closely resembling eggs! I’m leaving for a well needed trip to Mexico tomorrow morning and thought I’d make some Sunshine Cookies for my husband and his parents who are coming to help take care of our two girls. Only…my suns look like EGGS!

And if you remember, I made flower cookies for my friend and even they looked like eggs!

Clearly I have some mother  hen thing going on :)

Sweepstakes Rules:

Leave me a comment on this post (not Facebook) with your best “Why did the chicken cross the road?” joke and the funniest one will win a dozen of my very own cookies (I promise…nothing that resembles an egg!). The funniest person in my house is by far my husband so the winning joke will be selected anonymously by him (no use trying to butter him up y’all!). Entries need to be submitted by Sunday, March 4th…winner announced Monday the 5th. If you think I don’t already have it, make sure to leave an email address so I know how to get a hold of you if you are the lucky winner.

Good luck and I’ll see you when I’m back from vacation!

Final Cake Full O’ Flowers

Final class of course 2 in the Wilton Cake Decorating series…COMPLETE!

I was telling the other girl in the class that I enjoyed this course (Flowers and Cake Design) more than the first (Decorating Basics) because we did cooler things, but I missed not bringing something home to eat each week like we did in the first course! hehe  Not that I need it of course and not that my husband and I even eat it, but it was still fun to have a little treat.

Last night I decorated my final cake using the flowers I’d made from the previous classes. I have zero artistic creativity so with some help from the instructor talking through the placement of the flowers I came up with this. Note the last picture is how my husband decided to dig in and eat the cake :)

The Cake That Couldn’t Break Me

If you saw my post from earlier today you know I baked a couple cakes to play with today. I need one for Monday’s cake decorating class and the other for my friend’s brunch tomorrow. I’ve been really looking forward to this brunch! I was assigned to bring a fruit salad…lord knows I love fruit so it was a perfect pairing. However, she also said, and I quote,

Should you have any type of homemade pastry/baked good hanging around the house, feel free to bring it with you on Sunday…I mean, why feed the raccoons of Bellingham when you can feed the girls of Arlington..? :)

So what’s a sugar crazed girl gonna do? Bake a cake!

Thank you to my sister-in-law who thought of me when she saw this amazingly beautiful cake on Pinterest. I Am Baker is an amazing site for things like this :) Gorgeous! And since I was pretty good with making the rosettes I figured I should give it a whirl :)

Ran into a few hurdles along the way, but I was bound and determined to clear em.

First…Ran out of buttercream. I’ve never used buttercream before, but figured I needed quite a bit so I doubled the recipe, which by the way is SCRUMPTIOUS!! However it only made enough to frost the cake and make the roses around the sides.

Second…During mid-cake clean up my hubby crunched my only 1M decorating tip in the garbage disposal because I was an airhead and dumped out the cup they were soaking in. Never never never put the cup you are using to soak tips in the sink…always keep on the counter so you think about what you are doing! Nothing that a quick trip to the local Michael’s craft store can’t fix!

Third…My daughter who I swear grows an inch a week is either taller than she appears or used her go-go gadget arms and stuck a little finger in one of the side roses for an unofficial tasting.

Fourth…New batch of frosting tint doesn’t quiet match the tint for the side roses. Maybe after it sits a bit it’ll blend.

and Fifth…The cake is all done, pictures are taken and I’m happy. If you’ve ever seen the Food Network Cake Challenges you know it’s not over until you move the cake to the table. In my case, move the cake into the cake holder. My finger slipped when pushing the cake board back and whoops! there went my finger through one of the roses. My personal touch I guess ;)

Regardless…I’m happy with the cake for the first time making something like this. It’s pretty and I can’t wait to share it with my wonderful friends. The best part…I used milk chocolate mousse filling in the middle of the layers!! If you haven’t heard of this, it’s like heaven and you can find the recipe on one of my earlier posts here.

Making a Garden

I have to be honest here (I mean I’m writing on the internet so what else could I possibly be??)…I’m loving making flowers. I wasn’t sure I would since I’m more of a cookie gal, but after the last three cake decorating classes I’m seeing how fun other treats can be. The words that come to mind when I look at these flowers are classy, beautiful, elegant, realistic (ok that’s a stretch I even know it), and maybe most appropriate…royal ;)

Here are the flowers I made last night. Now I just need to decide which ones make the cut and get used for my final cake design next week :) All I gotta say is they better put their game face on before judging!

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Lillies

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Daffodils

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Violets

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And of course more roses!

Rose Addiction

OK I know some of you saw this post title and thought “Seriously? More roses? Enough already!” I have been on a rose kick lately, but hey this is a little different. Just wanted to show my girlfriends what arrived in the mail yesterday. Do I hear final rose ceremony cookies??? Ohhhh yeah!

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