27
Feb
10

where to begin?

It’s been so long since my last real post that I don’t really know where to start.  I’m still working on a new header and it looks like I might have to go back and fix some of my previous photos to work with the new template (yeah…we’ll see if that happens).  Unfortunately, since it’s been so long, I can’t remember what some of the stuff is that I made and took photos of.  Oh well, I’m going to post them all anyway.

I’m planning on posting recipes now – not all of them, but a few here and there to make things more interesting.  H said that people don’t want to just look at food photos, they want to know how to make them, too.  True.  I look at a lot of baking/food blogs and I love it when I can get some recipes.  My first one, which I’ll post later, will be of some chocolate chip cookies I made a few weeks ago.

Well, I have tons to show you, so I better get started. (I promise, this ‘months of recapping’ won’t be a yearly thing…)

June 2009

pineapple upside down cupcake

vanilla cupcake w/ chocolate glaze and sprinkles

July 2009

This is a birthday cake I made for one of the older ladies at church.  I can’t remember what kind of cake it was or how I made the buttercream :(.  The flowers look kinda funny because this was my first time trying to make roses this way (not the way I learned at my Wilton class).  For these flowers I took a small ball of fondant, pressed it into a petal shape and layered it.  It wasn’t the best time for me to experiment, but I thought it would be easier than it turned out to be.  My fondant was way too soft for this.

happy birthday!

banana bundt cake w/ lemon glaze

the lemon glaze was a surprisingly nice contrast to the banana flavor

My friend asked me to make some bridal shower cookie favors for her friend’s bridal shower.  The theme was orange and purple.

T + J cookies

pile of wrapped favors


Since it was a bridal shower, my friend also asked if I could make a cake just for decoration.  Well, between the two of us, H is usually the designer/sculptor so I left it to him.  His idea was for an open gift box overflowing with bras and panties (geez, I’m embarassed to even write those words on my blog, but just remember – BRIDAL SHOWER!).  The idea seemed ok.  I imaged some classy/elegant lingerie spilling out of this box…and then I saw his creations starting to come to life and my eyes almost bulged out of their sockets.  They were more like Frederick’s of Hollywood than Victoria’s Secret.  Ahhh!!!!!  I am laughing as I write this, but I vividly remember how mortified I was.

Be warned that the following photo may be considered PG-13.  I tried to take the photo from the most “conservative” angle.   I don’t want to explain this cake, but I’m afraid if I don’t you’ll just be examining everything and getting the wrong idea.  Up front is a stacked heart G-string (I never imagined I would be writing that word), to the right is a white one, and the shiny orange thing on the right is supposed to be some leather thing.   I wanted there to be something (anything) classy on this cake so I had him make the pearl necklace.  Are you blushing yet?

H is GREAT when it comes to things he knows about (cars, kung fu panda, thomas the tank engine, etc.), but let’s just say that next time there’s a request for a bridal shower cake, I’ll be doing the designing.

Rated PG-13

August 2009

August was a whirlwind month.  My sweet grandmother passed away, kind of unexpectedly, the day before our 3rd anniversary.  H and I stayed home and I just made us some dinner and dessert.

molten chocolate cake w/ raspberry sauce and vanilla ice cream

September 2009

marble loaf w/ white chocolate glaze

October 2009

H’s birthday was in October.  I made him a stacked german chocolate cake.  It was delicious, but I guess I forgot to take a picture. I did find out that we have really good lighting in ourbackyard.  There’s a roof over our patio that blocks a lot of direct light from coming into our family room and kitchen.  I need to remember this spot for when I have time to set up outside when there’s daylight.

brownies

November 2009

I made a couple of pies for Thanksgiving, but not nearly as many as I usually make.  I only got a picture of one.  I just remember feeling really tired and busy in November so I didn’t go all out.

pecan tart

December 2009

cranberry roll

As usual, I didn’t have time to make all the cookies I wanted to make. (Ok, it might look like a lot below, but there’s actually only 5 different types.   I didn’t make as many varieties as last year).  This happens every year, but I always get over ambitious because I’m excited to bake and give.  Maybe I’ll have more time next December.

I made these bourbon and rum balls for work.  The alcohol in these is minimal and not enough to make people tipsy while they try to work.

bourbon and rum balls rolled in sugar

L to R: chocolate chip, bourbon/rum balls, espresso shortbread

L to R: chocolate chip, raspberry jam thumbprints, espresso shortbread

new addition: rocky road fudge w/ peanuts and marshmallows

espresso chocolate chip shortbread

I might’ve gone a little too heavy with the cayenne pepper in these walnuts.  They were a little too spicy…I’m pretty sure of that b/c even H said they were spicy!  They definitely had a kick.

spicy maple glazed walnuts

Ok, I think the end of 2009 is a good cut off for this post. 🙂

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2 Responses to “where to begin?”


  1. 1 bev
    February 27, 2010 at 11:15 pm

    Nice lingerie cake, R!! I’m not going to ask him where he got his inspiration 🙂


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