Archives for the month of: March, 2011

Alright Crayola…I disagree with you yet again.  Lavender? You call this color lavender?  This surely is a light pink/fuschia color.  And even though I think you’re color-naming on this one is WRONG. I found “lavender” this week anyway.  What do you guys think? Is this really lavender?

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I have been on more airplanes in the past 9 months then anyone should every have to get on. Ever.

But this extensive flying has made me an expert in certain things.  Like maneuvering airports, vast knowledge of airport codes & flight patterns and the best footwear for security check points. Yup, pretty much an expert.  Let me tell you a few things I’ve figured out…

– All airports should have restrooms where the doors swing out not in. Now sure … I understand this takes up more space, but for the love of all things holy, how is someone traveling alone with a suitcase (small enough to fit in the overhead compartment thankyouverymuch) and a personal item (that fits under the seat in front of me…ahem…I follow rules!) supposed to get all their stuff and themselves into the stall and shut the door without falling into the toilet. Seriously. How am I supposed to do that if the door swings in. Let me tell you it’s not easy. There is some yoga-like poses involved and a whole lot of unlady-like cursing.  Damn airports, worried about space not passengers.  Well knock it off!

– Layovers really suck. Really. Continuing flights suck less. But they still suck. (Knowing that there is a difference between these 2 terms also sucks)  But if you have to layover somewhere…at least layover somewhere that is pretty.  I’ve had 2 flights in the last few months that stopped over in Tampa Bay. I’ve never been there to stay, but now I feel an extreme urge to go there.  Hello…look at this sweet view. It’s beautiful. Well at least through an airplane window it is.

I really hope that starting in July, I never have to use any of this extensive airport knowledge. Ever. Again.

This is not my best photo of all time. I can’t imagine why though! It may or may not have something to do with the lunch I had at the Mexican restaurant with Joel & the margaritas I drank before I took this photo or maybe it’s because I took this photo while hanging out  of a moving truck.  But…it was the perfect cornflower color…and I got the photo in the end! Another successful week!

This whole cake decorating thing has taken on a life of itself. I just feel the need to make cakes/cupcakes all the time.  And believe it or not…I haven’t even eaten any of the last 2 or 3 batches!  It’s all about the thrill of decorating (and ok sneaking a bit of frosting from time to time)  Last weekend I decided to make a cake. I wanted to make a small one and to practice my icing smoothing (which ended up not working out so well). 

I thought since Spring is officially right around the corner that I’d make a Spring themed cake (& cupcakes with the left over batter).  What says Spring better than flowers & butterflies!  I made the chocolate butterflies using the same technique I used  for my Dr. Seuss cupcakes.  I also made my own fondant (!!!) and used it to make flowers.

Here’s the cake:

Smoothing the icing…epic fail (in fact, this may be the worst smoothing I’ve ever done). Delicious chocolate cake…success! The flowers weren’t dry enough when I put them on the cake and they wilted a bit overnight.  You just can’t rush these things. Lesson learned.

The cupcakes were my favorite though.  Aren’t they cute!

Happy Spring everyone!

I almost completely forgot to post my color of the week for the 64 color group on Flickr.  But I didn’t forget to take the picture!  This week’s color was apricot.  At first I was a little worried I wouldn’t find anything apricot-colored.  But I realized the cover of the book I was reading had apricot-colored prescription bottles on it.  Perfect! Another successful week! Next up … cornflower.

My sewing machine has been getting quite the workout.  I enrolled in an online Home Ec course last October and I have until this October to finish all the projects. Things were going along just fine until I got to the zipper pencil pouch.  I actually sewed the zipper in straight.  This was my Mount Everest of the sewing world. I never thought I’d actually figure that out! Well since then I’ve been a bit zipper-obsessed

I’m sure I’ll get bored with sewing simple zippered pouches eventually.  But until then you can find me at my sewing machine.

I woke up a few mornings ago with a pounding headache, itchy and watery eyes, and I knew immediately that spring was here!  Apparently Spring starts at the end of February in the South. Yay for spring but boo to pollen + allergies. It didn’t take long to find the culprit of my allergic reaction

Those trees sure are pretty though! 

I love Dr. Seuss. I think he was a genius! Even as an adult I find his books fun.  The incredible writing and rhyming makes them fun to read aloud, the memories and the illustrations remind me of being a kid. There just isn’t anyone like Dr. Seuss. His birthday is tomorrow & it has also been adopted as National Read Across America Day.  A coworker of mine asked me to make some cupcakes in honor of Dr. Seuss for her son’s 4th grade class.  Considering my love of cupcakes + Dr. Seuss, I couldn’t say yes fast enough!

First I started by dyeing the cupcake batter 3 bright colors (I think Dr. Seuss would be proud!) I split the batter into 3 equal parts and dyed them bright yellow, blue and green. Then I spooned all 3 colors into each cupcake liner.  Sorry I can’t show you the inside (since I made just enough cupcakes) but here is a picture of the tops. Aren’t they fun? (P.S. took this photo at night in my poorly lit apartment..sorry for the weird color cast)

Now for the fun part…

Cat in the Hat

– To make the hats, I googled “Cat in the Hat” & found an image of the famous hat illustration. I printed out a picture placed it on a cookie sheet under a piece of wax paper. I melted colored red + white chocolate chips in ziplock bags that were left unzipped in the microwave (just don’t microwave for too long).  I snipped off a small corner of the bag once the chips were melted smooth, then used it as a piping bag to trace over the hat design.  At first they look lumpy and not smooth but if you pick up one corner of the cookie sheet and drop it a few times it will smooth right out!  Once they were dry I popped them off the wax paper and stuck them in the cupcakes.

Thing 1 + Thing 2

Thank you google and many websites for this great idea! I used blue frosting to create the thing’s “hair”.  Then I found a free “Dr. Seuss” font and used it to print out the “Thing 1 and Thing 2” tags, which I taped to red cupcake liners.

Green Eggs and Ham

These just might be my favorites!  I used melted white chocolate (as described above) + small balls of green fondant to create the eggs. I used green + white fondant to shape cute little hams.  Ok – so I think they look like hams. I figured once you saw the green eggs the rest would fall into place.

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!  Thanks for writing the world’s best childrens books + inspiring fun cupcake decorations…You’ll always be one of my favorites!