March 23, 2011 § Leave a comment
I’ll admit it- I’m kind of obsessed with this You Tube hit of a man’s passionate appreciation of natural beauty. I’m helping out at a bake sale to raise funds for Japan and what better way to spread a message of hope than double-rainbow cake pops?
Rainbow sprinkles on the outside, rainbow funfetti cake on the inside. Basic cake pop tutorial here.
All packed up and ready to go! So intense.
March 17, 2011 § Leave a comment
One of my favorite holidays. Growing up I would wake up to find a leprechaun had turned over our entire house- I’d follow his footprints (green glitter) around the devastation of overturned chairs and spilled sugar to discover a mountain of candy in gold wrappers. I have the best mom ever.
Couldn’t find a green that matched my skin tone so I made due. I am so in love with prize ribbons for decorations and adornments but have yet to see it worn as anything but on top of a birthday hat. I wove some green grosgrain ribbon through a chain necklace I had onhand- then ripped up a second ribbon and braided it. The rosette is made from ivory satin ribbon, paper, and glitter- inspired by this Valentine’s Day rosette from Etsy.
Before I added the glue pen followed by glitter- that rosette said “I *heart* St. Patty’s Day”. Oh well- it’s the thought that counts. Maybe it will look more clear to my friends once they’ve had a couple of green beers.
HAPPY ST. PATRICK’S DAY!
March 14, 2011 § 1 Comment
First off I want to dedicate this posting to one of my favorite bloggers out there- Angie Dudley of Bakerella– an amazing writer, baker and a huge source of inspiration. She’s having some health complications and can definitely use some Irish luck right now- so this one’s for her.
After my failed attempt to find a good pot-o-gold treat for my St. Patty’s Day posting, I thought I’d take matters into my own hands and make some pot-o-gold cake pops. To make- you’ll need everything from the basic recipe, plus white candy melts, black oil-based food coloring (water-based will turn the candy melts into paste,) and gold dragées.
The key is to shape the balls into little pots before chilling. I just flattened one end by forming a little divot on one end and pulling outwards. I then indented along the edge to make it look like the lip of the pot.
The trick to adding the gold was to dip the pops, then wait just a few seconds for the melts to become tacky before adding the dragées with a tiny spoon- otherwise they sunk into the melts. A little bit went a long way.
… but something still isn’t right. Is it me or do those cake pops look suspiciously… I don’t know…. not black? On one hand I am a little annoyed that the black dye I bought turned out to actually be mislabeled purple dye. I figured this out after dumping half the bottle into my candy melts- therefore ruining the cake pops because dye tastes pretty heinous.
On the other hand the Washington Huskies, which happens to be my alma mater, won the PAC-10 championship in basketball the next day. Their colors are purple and gold. Coincidence? I think not. Maybe these cake pops are good luck!
January 9, 2011 § 1 Comment
I was at Michael’s chatting with the cashier and I said to her “There really ought to be more holidays centered around baking and crafts!” Being a Michael’s employee, of course she couldn’t agree more.
I made this Christmas card using blank gift tags, a glue pen, and lots of glitter on a basic white card with a textured red background.
then I made another 50. I did not send out a single one. So if you’re one of my friends reading this- yours is in there somewhere. Merry Christmas.
Because the cost of Thanksgiving skyrocketed after I picked up cooking- my mother has limited my meal planning to the appetizer. Above is a puff pastry tart topped with brie, carmelized onions, and dried cranberries. And butter. Lots of butter.
Cake pop bouquet- the mason jar made the perfect container. The cake pops were red velvet on the inside, white candy melts on the outside, then rolled in crushed candy canes, inspired by this post on HWTM.
Presents wrapped Northwest style!
Hope you all had a very safe and Happy Holidays! Definitely sending out my Christmas cards early next time…