Monday, March 22, 2010

Week 12

The weather was so pretty this weekend, Brian and I just couldn't resist buying some new plants. I know it is probably going to freeze again, but everything we left out is supposed to be good below freezing. I was so excited to see rannuculuas (one of my favorite flowers) at Home Depot, and I used it as the centerpiece for this planter for by the back gate. There are also marigolds, vinca minor, and wolly thyme around the outside. I will post more pictures as everything else gets established.

Its been a week today that we got Crosby, he seems to be settling in well.

Monday, March 15, 2010

week 11 and a new addition

Here is our new addition! We adopted Crosby from the Griffin Spalding Humane Society today. Lily approves (I think she thinks we adopted this dog just so she could have her own puppy), there is a picture below of Torrie not approving. Torrie hissed on the couch for a good 30 minutes, thankfully she is finally settling down.
(Sorry I got the pics all messed up I always have trouble getting these pictures in the order I want them. )
This week, three of the girls in the youth group had birthdays, so I volunteered to make some cupcakes. I really liked the pearlized sprinkles!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Week Ten

Here are the results from fondant and gumpaste class at the Viking Store. I learned so many new things, and I wish they would add more advanced classes on to their schedule!

When I rolled my fondant out, it ended up looking like a fish. However, it went on the cake very smoothly. In the class, we used a brand of fondant called fondarific. And guess what? It actually tasted really, really good.

this was the instructors cake, just thought it was funny. I turned on the tv tonight and he was on one of the food tv challenges. small world, huh? you can check out more of his work at, its amazing

Monday, March 8, 2010

Shannon's Baby Shower

Here are some pictures of the shower. I had such a great time planning this with the other hostesses: Sarah, Kay Christine, Liz, and Elizabeth. It made it so easy to plan with such a group of such accomplished hostesses! We were also lucky to be able to use the Bailey Tebault House as a venue.

Here is another picture of the cake. This was the first time I had ever done a stacked tier cake. Like everything else, this was a learning experience. I learned not to stack the tiers before the cake gets where it is going. Brian talked me into setting it up the night before, and I will admit I was anxious to see it finished! I thought that it looked straight in the kitchen the night before, but I felt like it had a lean by the time it got to the BT house. This was also the first cake I had ever done with a pattern transfer. I took the material Shannon has in her nursery and used part of that for the bottom layer of the cake. I traced the pattern in royal icing and Brian helped me stick that on the cake. I am going to work on perfecting this method for the next go round. Below are some more pictures from the actual shower. I am having a difficult time getting this post to format so that the text is by the picture. So, as you scroll down, here is a run down of what you are looking at. 1) All the great food that all the hostesses contributed 2) flower arrangement that Liz and I worked on 3) the guests put their gifts on the piano in the foyer of the house4) we used bibs and onesies as decoration on the two fireplaces. Mimi Johnson did the monogramming, so a big thanks to her!

Friday, March 5, 2010

baby shower preview

Here is a little preview pic of the cake I made for Shannon's baby shower. More to come!