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Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Three of my favorite things (as far as t-shirts go)

Wanted to share three t-shirts I recently received. Each one is better than the next (actually, that's not true, I love them all dearly)

From Buy Olympia, and my Twitter friend Cheryl Smith:

From Dogbone Art's Etsy shop and my fabulous sister-in-law Jodie:

From Threadless and my best bud Sarah:

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Am always on the hunt for more shirts like this - let me know if you find any!

Friday, February 13, 2009

Caleb's Darth Vader cupcakes

I'll admit right now that I'm not a big Star Wars fan, and either are my kids, so I was a little lost when a friend asked me to make cupcakes for her son Caleb's Star Wars birthday party.

Again, Flickr saved the day - a search for Darth Vader cupcakes brought up these, from the oh-so talented Kati Peck. She just started a blog, Tasty... Good... Delicious..., check it out - her work is amazing!

This was my attempt the recreate her design. Thanks, Kati!

Heads were made with a bell-shaped cutter

Light sabers in the making

I always make one bigger cupcake for the birthday kid (I'm sure there's a "Luke, I am your Faaaaather" joke here somewhere)

Big cupcake boxed and ready to go

Happy Valentine's Day!

I made these for my son's Valentine's Day party at school. Vanilla cake with vanilla buttercream. Simple and yummy. Gumpaste decorations. Striped wrappers from a recent Surfas shopping spree. I unfortunately finished them after Doug left for work, so the photography is my own.

Valentine's Day Cupcakes

Valentine's Day Cupcakes

Valentine's Day Cupcakes

Happy (early) Valentine's Day. Go squeeze someone you love today, tomorrow, everyday... because life is just too damn short!

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Dad's cake

Is it too late to say Happy New Year? Not sure what the protocol is, but since this is my first 2009 post, I'm just going to say it. Happy New Year!

Have been very busy enjoying our new kitchen - can I just say that I actually LIKE to empty the dishwasher now because everything in it has a place to live?

I've been baking quite a bit and am trying to find the time to get new projects up here. First up - my dad's 70th birthday cake. My wonderful father, Bob Golier, turned 70 at the end of December and my mother threw him a big surprise party. He expected a brunch for 10 people, and he got over 40!

He's a big golfing fan, so I did my best, with limited supplies (they're in Pittsburgh), to make him a golfy-type cake. I am not a big fan of using anything non-edible (or non buttercream or gumpaste for that matter) on my cakes/cupcakes, but because I also didn't have a lot of time I settled for the plastic "Golfing Man" thingy from Wilton and made the rest.

The cake was spice, with a vanilla buttercream frosting. I forgot to bring my secret ingredient with me, so had to settle for regular vanilla. It turned out great and I realized that as much as I love using the vanilla bean paste, those little vanilla beans get in the way sometimes. I didn't have gumpaste with me, so made the golf balls out of buttercream that I piped, froze and rolled into a ball (not really a process I'd recommend, it was a bit of a mess!)

Dad's golf cake

grandkids get a shout out

(I love a cake in action shot - going to have to get more of these!)