Sunday, December 30, 2012
Let cook until tender. Add 1 cup loosely packed brown sugar, 1/8 tsp cloves, and 1/4 tsp nutmeg.
Stir until apples are well coated. You can add a bit more butter if needed.
Roll out one sheet of Pastry Puff Dough on a lightly floured surface and cut into four squares.
Monday, December 17, 2012
I was going to sculpt the dinosaurs but then found pretty good plastic ones at Walmart for $1 each so I bought enough for each of the kids to take one home as a party favor.
Sunday, November 4, 2012
This is by far the most fun cake I have made. My sister-in-law LOVES birds and for her birthday I knew that I wanted to make a birdhouse cake for her. I went on google and typed in bird cake images and found a slew of ideas for this project. Believe me there are many wonderful cake decorators out there with awesome ideas.
How I chose what to do is simple. I wanted a clean and detailed cake design that I, a novice, could do. I know that I am not proficient at clean straight lines so I picked a round design. I used 8 " round cake pans and made four layers. I used my small Pyrex bowl for the round top and trimmed the bottom to fit the height I wanted. I also used stabelizers to support the roof and weight.
I made my yellow Black Eyed Susans out of gum paste and used the daisy cutter. I used petal dust as a finisher. For the centers I used a mold to create it, covered it with smokey petal dust and bronze sparkle dust. For the leaves I used a vainer to get the right look on the leaves and then brushed bronze petal dust on the edges. I wanted the house to have a glittered look but not too overwhelming. I also used a mold to make the little blue bird on the branch to the left of the door. The mold I found in Walmart. It's a Wilton mold with tree branches, flowers, leaves, and bird all on one.
I made a white cake with a chocolate ganache filling. White cakes are hard because they are crumbly. I need to find one that isn't too dense but not so crumbly either.
The red flowers on the cake I made while at my Mom's this past summer. I was practicing different types of flowers and I liked this trumpet shaped flower so I stored them until I found the right project. They were the perfect fit for color in this arrangement.
For the base fondant color of the birdhouse itself I chose an eggshell blue. My sister's favorite bird color. She also loves the warm oranges and browns of fall so this worked out perfect for her.
The two ceramic birds are salt and pepper shakers that I gave to her as her birthday present. As you can see my sister-in-law was VERY please with her cake.
|HAPPY BIRTHDAY DENICE!|
Saturday, October 20, 2012
I thought I would share with you the results of my practicing the Art of Cookie Decorating. You can go to my blog on "Cookies, Cookies, Cookies" for the links to recipes.
I learned that you cannot rush this. A bit slower and deft hand will get the best results. But not too slow. Also, the consistency of the frosting is key. You'll just have to practice until you get it the way you want it.
I made these two dresses for my granddaughters. They loved them. The one at the top didn't flood well so I decorated over my mistakes. It turned out pretty cute. Though I am still striving for perfection around my boarders I am getting better and the cookies look more professional. These are made for a birthday party tomorrow. I am also making cupcakes and I will share those when they are done. They promise to be super fabulous!
Saturday, October 6, 2012
|Sexy Momma, Love the painted toes!|
I tried two recipes and both were great. I followed them exactly and didn't change anything for altitude. The Best Sugar Cookie Recipe and Alton Brown's Sugar Cookies. Alton Brown's recipe doesn't spread as much as the first one does. But if you decorate well it doesn't matter. For the icing I put several tablespoons of powdered sugar in a small bowl along with a drop or two of food coloring gel. I added a few drops of water at a time and stirred throughly to get the icing smooth but thick. (It's easier to add more water than to put to much in at first.) I put the icing in piping bags and tied the ends with rubber bands because the kids squeeze the icing out the wrong end. I also gave them knives to do some of the big stuff and then we used the piped icing for details.
|Sebby's Creations. He loves the Christmas tree!|
|Chef Abby making cookie dough.|
When I work with the kids I pre-measure everything into little bowls and let them pour each ingredient in when it is time. They get to turn on the mixer and scrape the bowl. They love it. The reason why I pre-measure is because I get distracted as you will read below and I don't want to forget where I am in the recipe. They love it.
|Chef Davy the Taste Tester!|
Friday, September 21, 2012
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Friday, August 3, 2012
By the way, thank you to all of you who gave me encouragement while I took care of my folks. Thank you for the calls, prayers, food, and texts. You are awesome! I thank God for you. Love to you all!!!