Sunday, January 23, 2011

Flower Power!

So now i have Backyardigans stuck in my head. Having a 3.5 year old i tend to see a lot of Backyardigans Episodes and one is called Flower Power! Now this cake is not a Backyardigans cake but it does have a ton of flowers.

This is a two tiered cake, chocolate w/ cookies and cream, lemon with fruit filling, all covered in vanilla buttercream and fondant. All the flower are edible, they are made out out of gumpaste and fondant.

This cake was a lot of fun to make since the colors were so vibrant!

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Saturday, January 22, 2011

Muffies....

I've been trying to experiment lately with using certain batters and transforming them into something a bit different. This name was created by my husband, they are called Muffies. I took a cookie dough batter and made them into Muffins.

Before i show you the pictures, here is the recipe (From The Cookie Bible Book)

21/4 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 stick) of butter or margarine, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 large eggs
2 cups semi sweet chocolate chips (use the normal kind you would at home)
1 cup of chopped nuts (i'd say this is optional as i didn't use them)

Preheat oven to 375F
Combine flour, baking soda, salt in small bowl. Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract in large mixer bowl until creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in chocolate chips. Drop by in small muffin tins (ungreased). Bake for 9 to 11 minutes. I baked mine at 11 since it's gas and they came out stiff, next time i'll try 9 as it'll be more moist. Needless to say they still tasted awesome, i had a hard time not eating them all by myself.


Now onto the pictures!

Look at that batter!
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All ready for the oven!
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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Winter Blues

So i thought January was going to start off to be better, but so far it's been kind of a let down. I haven't had any new orders (which kind of sucks) and i also haven't had the time to do any fun baking at home (work is too busy). With winter in full force and the family is now getting a round of colds it's hard to be motivated to do anything but sleep or put my butt on the couch and watch TV. One thing on the positive side is i have been working out more which is a good thing as i want to feel better and healthy! We bought a Wii which i found is fun and motiviating. I'm not a gym person and finding the time to hit the gym is difficult.

In the meantime here is the little person who lights up my life each day! This picture is courtesy of our daycare provider Jen! She is an amazing photographer and definietly knows how to capture Callie's fun loving personality!

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Hopefully i'll have a new post soon!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

New Year and my first CSN Giveaway Winner

The perfect way to start a New Year is by giving something away! Thanks to CSN Stores for providing the Givewaway!


Congrats to Liz #12 Comment for winning the CSN Giveaway! Hopefully you get your BergHOFF salt and pepper shaker set!

Thanks to everyone who participated, hopefully i'll have more giveaways in the Future!

If you want to host your own giveaway i urge you to contact Jocelyn - CSNPromoTeam@csnstores.com She's been amazing to deal with!