Thursday, October 29, 2009

Wilton Cake #3

Our final cake for Course #1, and learning to make roses! This was the cake I was most excited for, and I loved making the roses! I think I will make a rose cake at least weekly. Don't worry... I won't actually EAT these cakes, that's what friends and co-workers are for.

Being so close to Halloween I was going for a very dark and Gothic look. I iced it in black (or as close to black as I was able to manage!) and very deep scarlet red roses, with deep, dark green leaves. I also sprinkled some edible black glitter over the top. My original plan was to include some "cake jewelry" some beads dangling from wire up and out of the cluster of roses, but then I decided to go with the "less is more" approach. The cake itself is a three layer Red Velvet cake with pre-made store bought cheesecake filling. 

And fear not, we signed up for Course #2, during which we will learn how to make Royal Icing and other types of flowers, with a grand finale cake: a basket full of flowers!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

"Special" Sandbox

There is no mistaking it, fall is upon us and in the Pacific Northwest that means rain, and lots of it. 

Last weekend Quincy wanted to go play in the dirt (um, yes, he is 110% boy). He has all kinds of little tractors and construction vehicles that he likes to dig in the dirt with, and if that is a change from his usual request to watch "Scooby Doo" or "Sponge Bob Square Pants" I am all for it.

With the rainy weather however, even when it is not actually raining, the dirt is quite saturated and not at all conducive to digging.

So last weekend I got creative, and followed a queue from Quincy's daycare.... a rice "sandbox". I found the biggest tupperware I could find, and the remnants of the rice I had and he loved it. He played for quite awhile in his sandbox, and played in it almost everyday this week.

A couple days ago I stepped it up just a little bit... bought a bigger aluminum roasting pan and a very cheap, big bag of rice.

Our floor is nearly always covered with rice, but that is OK, as long as he is happy and using his imagination instead of being glued to the TV! Anyhow... my floors are nearly always a mess anyhow, who am I kidding.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Wilton Cake #2

OK! Second Wilton Cake from my Cake Decorating Class! I tried to think of something fun to do... but, I just stuck with the basic clown theme. I am more excited for the cake itself... a lemon cake with lemon curd filling (four layers)... OH YUM! But the decorations are cute too.

I have BIG plans for next weeks cake... so stay tuned.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Annual Pumpkin Patch Trip

Last weekend we had our annual Pumpkin Patch trip with the Froelich clan. It was great fun, as usual. The weather was PERFECT. It was sunny and cool, just like it should be for a perfect pumpkin patch trip. I went all out... you can read more about that at my other blog, but it was worth it. It turned out great and I am looking forward to doing it again next year!

We ran through the corn maze, found our perfect pumpkins, had dinner at Jerrie and Karl's place... and Quincy was in hog heaven with his cousins and especially his teenage cousins who doted upon him. What wouldn't a boy love about having several beautiful teenage girls shower him with attention? He is a smart 2 year old... he knows whats up. 

Future Pianist?

Karli's Pumpkin was so big it took two of them to carry it!

And the evening ended with children being tossed about... so you know the night ended well!

Saturday, October 17, 2009

31 Shopping Days


This is a notice to all. 31 shopping days until yours truly turns... well... turns 1 year older we will say. If you are stumped as to what glorious gift you might want to bestow upon me, venture to my other blog for a 21st century "wish list".

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Cake Decorating Class

Because I don't have enough going on already... insert tone of sarcasm here.... I thought it would be loads of fun to sign up for a Cake Decorating Class! My dear grandmother made the most beautiful cakes, and it was such a nice memory of her, I thought... maybe I can do it too!? So I did! Class is every Tuesday in October, 4 in all and I now present to you my very first cake, all gussied up:

So, it's not perfect, is pretty darned flawed. But I am sure that with time, I will be a pro... or at least a darned good amateur.

I was going to write "Annie's Alphabet" (The name of Quincy's daycare) but really.... I could barely get just a simple letter "A" to look right. So, this is what I ended up with and it will just have to do! I think it is also important to note that the cake inside is confetti cake, I thought it was most appropriate.

Let me know if you need me to decorate a cake for you any time soon.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

A Giveaway!

Be sure to check out my other blog "All my little inspirations" for a fabulous Halloween giveaway!

A Salute to our German Heritage!

Look Mom! Sauerkraut and Schnitzel!

Just in time to honor the final days of Oktoberfest! OK... maybe not so much Dan's German Heritage, but at least the good fine German blood running through Quin and I.
When my mother was a young girl her family lived in Germany where my grandfather was stationed with the Marines. During this time, they invested in a little article of clothing for my uncle, a traditional pair of Lederhosen.
My brother's wore the Lederhosen when they were little, and when my mom brought the Lederhosen for Quincy to wear when he was big enough, both Dan and I were pretty excited. Who do you know that has an authentic pair of Lederhosen?

This last weekend we had some nice sunny weather and decided... it was time. Time for the LEDERHOSEN photo shoot.

So without further ado... I present Germany's finest: