Thursday, June 30, 2011

new baby

Thank you Dallas ISD auction.  My new 20 quart baby.  It's a boy.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

purple poo???

My husband looked at these numbers last night and said they looked like "extruded purple dog poo".  I think they are cute and am going to add some colorful small flowers to them.  But will that just make them look like decorated dog poo????

Monday, June 27, 2011

eating moon cakes in San Francisco's China Town

 China Town, San Francisco

A  traditional wedding cake-we didn't get any of the cake but we did try a Moon cake with 1 egg yolk. Wikipedia states that moon cakes have "A thick filling usually made from lotus seed paste is surrounded by a relatively thin (2–3 mm) crust and may contain yolks from salted duck eggs."  DUCK EGGS!!! I wish there had been an ingredient list available.  I didn't understand anything the lady was telling me (in Chinese) but ate it anyway.  Not too bad, but I will pass next time a Chinese lady hands one to me.
 view from our room on Nob Hill-Alcatraz straight ahead....
visited the de Young Museum to see the Picasso exhibit and saw these: Monkey with chocolate pods plate.  cute.
 ceremonial dog chocolate pot
 yet another chocolate pot
me after eating out every day and night while in San Francisco and Napa Valley.....

Friday, June 17, 2011

best cream cheese frosting EVER.

Crusting cream cheese recipe

1/2 cup shortening
1/2 cup (one stick) unsalted butter @room temp.
1 8oz. bar cream cheese @room temp.
1 tbsp. white vanilla extract
2 lbs. sifted powder sugar
1/2 tsp. salt

Cream together shortening, butter and cream cheese until nice and smooth.
Add vanilla and mix well.  Sift together powdered sugar and salt and add slowly to the creamed mix.  Make sure all p. sugar is incorporated.

*For a stiffer icing use less powdered sugar but use same amount of salt. If too stiff, add milk to achieve the perfect consistency.

So Good!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

trying not to bake

I am obsessed with cakes.  It's right up there with my Facebook obsession.  I did manage to stay off of Facebook for 6 days over vacation-it was an 8 day vacation but who's really counting? Is there a drug for this?  I need to clean the bathroom, wash some clothes, make some art.  But I can't get off these cake blogs.  I need help.  My name is Jennifer and I am a cakeaholic.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

baby chuck's finished-

These were really fun to make.  I made a last out of clay and formed the shoe over it.  I want to make baby cowboy boots next.....As for my baking, today overfilled the pans and smoked up the whole house.  Not a good thing.

baby pink converse high tops in progress

working on these for a baby shower cake.  SOOOO stinkin' cute!!!