Sunday, February 12, 2012

I made something I found on Pinterest!

Do you Pin?

I do.  I have over a thousand pins on my Pinterest boards.  Some are for inspiration, some are recipes, most are clever or crafty projects I want to make someday. When I have time :) 

If you Pin too, then you know exactly what I mean. So many little time.

Well, today I actually made something I found on Pinterest! I'm so proud of  me!

Check it out:

And I made a bunch:

Yesterday, I realized that I forgot to pick up or plan to make any Valentine's cards for the kids to exchange with their classmates.  When I asked the kids about it, they really didn't care. They are 13 and 10, and the whole love and hearts thing is kind of lame to them.  But I didn't want them to go to school empty handed, so I made cookies for them to hand out to the whole class. No risk of lovey-dovey crushy romantic implications, and everyone is happy. There's even some left over for us.

chocolate sugar cookies
Image from Pinterest, links to

Here's the link to the Chocolate Sugar Cookie recipe and the decorating tutorial. 
(Note: I found the recipe for the chocolate sugar cookies to be very small and it only makes about a dozen cookies...I quadrupled it.  Also, it was too soft to work with so I added more icing sugar and more flour until the dough was able to be handled, and they were still yummy)

I challenge you...make something that you pinned, make it today!  It will feel good to cross at least one thing off of your pin board. 

And, Happy Valentine's Day!

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Friday, February 10, 2012

Basket full of roses

I was asked to make a cake for my kids' school bazaar cakewalk again this year.  I was having a creative brain freeze and had no idea what to make, but then my thoughtful hubby came home with these for me:

Isn't he just the sweetest?  He gave them to me DAYS before Valentine's day so that I could enjoy them all weekend, rather than have them just sitting on the table while no one is home during the week.  He hand delivers flowers to me every couple of months, I suspect he likes it when the flower shop ladies fawn all over him for being such a great husband ;)
Yes, I know how lucky I am.

The roses are such a beautiful shade of pink, and that's where I got the inspiration for this cake:

This is a chocolate 2 layer heart shape cake, with all buttercream whoever gets this one can slice right through the flowers. This was my first attempt at buttercream roses, and thanks to a few different youtube videos it was pretty easy.  I can make fondant ones, but I think they taste like playdoh, and I believe a cake should taste better than it looks. If anyone has a fondant recipe that really doesn't taste like crap, I'd love a copy of it!

I just realized how badly I've been neglecting my blog! I took a little break last summer, and have been very lazy about posting ever since.

Can I confess something? I've enjoyed not having the pressure of maintaining it. The pressure is completely self-imposed, I started this as a fun thing but somehow it turned into "another thing on my to-do list".   Oh, I'm still creating crafty stuff, I just have a backlog of projects to photograph and post, and quite honestly I have other stuff to do. It's not like I'm the Pioneer Woman making mooga bucks from my full time blogging, this stuff is time consuming (as you fellow bloggers know.) I have missed playing along with some blog challenges, and I have missed all of the positive comments, so I'm going to try to check in a little more often!

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