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Oct. 29th, 2011

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Exploring the roots (Necessito mas!)

No, not talking about my hair turning gray. (How I blame the girls for that one!) No, I'm talking about discovering Pitbull and Guetta this year. So tickled that I started a "Latina Jam" station on Pandora. If the song doesn't make me dance as I type (yeah, I'm working all day today) then it gets a thumbs down.
Rock on people.

I admit though, I was SHOCKED to hear the uncensored version of Enrique Iglesias' Tonight (I'm loving you). I had no idea. No, it never occurred to me that the radio version was edited. He's such a sweet boy... *snicker*

So far I have:

Usher (not sure why but it works well)

Let me know if you have any suggestions! Necessito mas!

Oct. 2nd, 2011

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"published" author!

I actually did it. Self-published through Amazon for the kindle. My short story is out there for all the world to see. The only thing is that, even with 6 sales, I don't have a review yet. The thought did occur to me that people may be reluctant to review a BDSM story on their amazon account. Ah well, these things happen.

I'm setting up my entire online presence and persona as an author. Not going to spam my friends-base here or on Google with the writing-specific entries, so I set up a new blog too.

Perfectly willing to send a free copy in exchange for an honest review!

Aug. 20th, 2011

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I have been so busy lately that I haven't really stopped to talk about all the stuff I've been doing. It's kind of a mixed bag, that. I mentioned the auditions, so let's go into some of the standard make & bake type things in a quick overview.

I skipped the fourth of July cake this year. The drought shut down all local fireworks, even those over the lakes, but I still snuck another couple of cakes in:

From Cakes

From Cakes

The "formal" cake was just to confirm to myself that those are really so much easier than the whimsical ones. It was. So much so that I decided to spray paint it because it took so little time to do the formal white look. The crab was for my Cancer (zodiac) mom's birthday. I liked the pinacolada-ness of the cake (complete with pineapple juice and coconut flakes), but I thought the execution was lacking.

On a random notes:
We have giant spiders in our house more often than not.

From Memories

A month ago, I built my raised garden bed, but I haven't gotten the dirt to put in it yet.

From Memories

And I've finally started painting the monitos from my hubby's favorite board game:

From Memories

From Memories

And I find night photography to be particularly stunning:

From Memories

Aug. 14th, 2011

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Roleplaying Audition

I had my first audition in 5 or 6 years this weekend. It was very interesting. Sure, I'd heard the stories from hubby about his experiences with a similar troop, but I'd never been to one of these things myself. Nothing is quite as helpful in preparing as years of nostalgia.

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So, all in all it was fabulous fun and I feel like I did well and the people were awesome and now if they accept me or B or both of us, it's just a matter of explaining to the girls that they will be weekend orphans for a full third of the year for the rest of their lives. That went so well with K last time. She was a year old and wandering around the house saying "Daddy?" all day every Saturday and Sunday. And with their bedtimes, we will see them for an hour each morning and two hours each night during the week.

Maybe they can run around in the woods with us? Oh, right, one can't walk yet.

Jun. 30th, 2011

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A week of cake

I'm exhausted and actually ill from making cakes. Technically from getting 5 hours of sleep a night because I couldn't walk away from the cakes, but potayto-potahto.

Butter-rum pineapple upside down suitcase:
I lost a layer to gravity and it set me back a full day to soak new pineapples in rum. Yes, I know I forgot the handle.

And stork-pulled OU Sooner baby schooner:
I think it was supposed to be concave instead of convex, but at 1am all covered wagons look alike. I was just happy to have spelled OU right. Simple yellow cake with chocolate frosting. Everything is edible but the sticks.

(With the UT tramp stamp so that my lifemate Becky may forgive the existence of said cake.)

Jun. 26th, 2011

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Now you see it...

I didn't actually cry, but I can now completely see how the cakers cry on those competition and reality shows. Let's just say my current endeavor is a butter and rum-soaked pineapple upside down cake with macadamia nuts.

Now you see it:
From Memories

Now you don't:
From Memories

During flipping to stack the cakes, I just totally lost control of the damned thing. That's right. As it turns out, a butter-rum cake always lands pineapple side down.

I guess I should count myself blessed that this is my first flipping failure. But couldn't that have happened on a vanilla pound cake? Why is the rum gone? Because I had butter fingers.


Jun. 2nd, 2011

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In Memorial

The cake is done and delivered, baby! The adrenaline is finally starting to go down. The funny thing is that now I have time to relax and get back on my P90x schedule. =)

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B still likes my Easter egg cake the best, but I am really proud of the detail work on this one. I tried several new techniques (as always) and made a very put together piece. Excluding practices, The cake came together in 4 days (which includes time away for work, babies, and sleep).

Massive amount of lessons learned on this one:
  • Have more than one tip if you have to change colors often.
  • Icing bag blowouts are not the end of the world, so long as the red icing doesn't hit the white cake.
  • If you know a piece has to dry, let it dry before you touch it and make the entire thing collapse (setting the crown took two tries, in case you couldn't tell).
  • Noncompetitors appreciate beauty more than they notice flaws.
  • Stick to the plan only if you have the time.
  • Perfect Practice makes Perfect.
  • 30 people won't eat 4 cakes (volumetrically).
  • Non tv show cakes do NOT need "one more" surprise wow factor.

May. 27th, 2011

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2nd draft for Memorial Day cake

We're one step closer to the final product. Now, I don't want to jinx it, but... damn, I'm good. This little baby is 100% butter cream icing:

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I am chomping at the bit to get the cake started, but it's not due until Thursday. Can't have stale cake under such a fun topper. Also, I think I've been watching too many cake shows. There has to be a surprise wow factor. And this very special cake will have that in spades. no pun intended.


Let the carpel tunnel commence. Also, I filmed the making of this draft, so after some editing, I will post for those who have asked how hard caking is (it isn't).
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May. 26th, 2011

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a caking weekend ahead

Now, I know I forgot to exercise tonight, and last night was my night off, but I have a good excuse. I needed to practice some pipe work for next week's cake. It's an important one for me. I've always been a big fan of the military. So a Memorial Day themed cake is a lot of self-induced pressure to make it the best cake I've made yet.

Thus far, I am pleased. I don't think this single-color, no cake in sight (or even baked yet) pic will give too much away. But it suffices to say that I have high expectations, as always.

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I think the height of flattery would be to get offered a position on another team by guests to our all-hands meetings who want some free cake action at their meetings.
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May. 19th, 2011

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Game of Thrones winter cake

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As much as I love how my first ever pillow cake came out, the thing I'd really like to cherish forever about this cake is that Kaylee helped bake it. She put her little hand on the mixer with me to blend the ingredients for this from-scratch peppermint flavored white cake. She also ate most of the shards of the crown after the extraction hit critical failure.

The funny thing is, this is just a practice cake. In about two weeks I have quite a lofty challenge in mind.

    Lessons learned here:
  • When all the pros recommend a frozenish cake for carving, do it. It works well!
  • White cakes blow. At least make french vanilla or angel food.
  • Make the crown base 3 layers, then add embellishments.
  • Take the time to paint right. Slapdash won't cut it.
  • Dark colors stand out better, no matter the theme.
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