Monthly Archives: January 2011

My NEWEST TOY! My Kindle!!!

I am so excited to purchase one of these. I had been eyeballing it for a while and then when I found out that 2 of my textbooks were Kindle eBooks that just made my day. One of my drawing books in on there as well and the graphics are GREAT! Instead of carrying around 2 huge textbooks, I am carrying around a Kindle eReader that weighs less that a pound (hopefully more textbooks with use them in the future!!)

There are thousands of FREE books on Amazon online as well.

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Don't be afraid to use your leftovers – revisiting butter cream and fondant

You should never be afraid to “reuse” supplies that you have on hand.

I made WAY too much fondant and butter cream and needed to make a dessert for my Vital Moms group for the Heights Church this morning…both butter cream icing and fondant will keep in the refrigerator for a week+.

I made a double batch of home-made chocolate chip cookies in a bar style and sliced them into squares.

Then I added butter cream and fondant flowers to the top. They were a HIT!

Happy Birthday Jakey! Fondant, Chocolate Cake & Butter Cream Recipes

What a fun weekend!! (besides having Larry not feeling good)  I wanted to do something AWESOME for my nephew Jake’s birthday. I have been reading the book by Buddy, the Cake Boss and decided to make a cake covered in fondant. I had eaten a decorated one before at a scout event that had store bought fondant at it was bitter, so I was a bit hesitant. So, I found several recipes to make my own I altered what I found to fit exactly what I needed.


Here is my home-made fondant recipe and it is sweet and super tasty:

  • 1 16oz bag of marshmallows
  • 1 2lb bag of powdered sugar
  • 4T of water
  • 2T of Vanilla
  • Shortening to grease EVERYTHING
  • Cornstarch to dust your board when creating
  • Coloring – optional – I used Wilton Cake paste in mine (there are only 4 colors without red dye that are sold at my local craft stores.)

I made mine in 2 batches so it is EASY to cut the recipe in half. (made 1 plan white with no coloring and 1 with a touch of turquoise)

  1. Grease a large Glass Bowl, your KitchenAid Mixer Bowl and Dough Hook and a Scraper with shortening (GREASE EVERYTHING).
  2. Add 3/4 of your powdered Sugar to your greased mixer bowl.
  3. Melt marshmallows in greased bowl in microwave for 1 minute.
  4. Add marshmallows to the mixer bowl along with water and vanilla and turn on low for 2 minutes until it forms a ball of dough.
  5. Add additional powdered Sugar as needed reduce stickiness of the fondant.  Continue to mix until the dough is balled up and has the consistency of play-doh.
  6. Remove and (with a greased hands and counter) kneed the fondant for 5 minutes.
  7. wrap in cellophane and place in fridge until needed for cake (let rest 1 hour on counter if you plan on using it right away)
  8. When you are ready to use it, microwave for 10 seconds or until soft and pliable.

Roll out (lightly cornstarch your rolling pin and board to prevent sticking)  and place on butter-creamed cake.  I used my pasta roller for the stars and cut them with cookie cutters. Lightly damped the back of the decorations with water (pastry brush or fingers) to adhere to base fondant.


There are so many times that I am “tempted” to just reach for a boxed cake mix and then I am reminded of the taste difference – and the fact that most of them have ingredients that I just don’t want to put in my body or in my kids’ bodies. It is always an experience learning to make things from scratch and take some getting used too. This recipe is EASY!

  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 1/4 cups white sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease 3 – 9 inch round cake pans. In medium bowl, pour boiling water over cocoa, and whisk until smooth. Let mixture cool. Sift together flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt; set aside.
2. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs one at time, then stir in vanilla. Add the flour mixture alternately with the cocoa mixture. Spread batter evenly between the 3 prepared pans.
3. Bake in preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes. Allow to cool.


  • 2lbs Powdered Sugar
  • 2tsp Vanilla
  • 1/2c Milk (1/4 cup added at a time)
  • 4 sticks butter
  • optional color

Mix together in stand-up mixer. Add less milk (or more powdered sugar) for a thicker consistency for creating decorations.

Here is an AWESOME video on fondant decorating:

Welcome to 2011 – Back to school

It always amazes me how fast time flies. It’s 2011. How did that happen? Lar had 17 days off in December (love when he actually uses vacation time) then he was called in 4 times over that period. So, we got part of our vacation or rather our staycation.

It was GREAT to have him at home, especially since he helped me with ideas that I had for Berlyn. We are still having a bit of difficulty adjusting to the autistic tendencies that he has. God made him perfect – God made him Berlyn. So we are trying something NEW. Learning the alphabet has been – should I say – a CHALLENGE.

I found a Star Wars scrapbook with paper at Hobby Lobby. (THANKS HL – LOVE that store!!) I found and printed up Characters from the movies that match different letters of the alphabet. We have made it through “D” so far. He is starting to “get it”. Although he was resistant in making each page into ONE letter… so we are going to run out of pages long before the alphabet is done.  The fact that God has blessed us with him is more important on how fast he learns specific things. Lar and I are constantly researching and relearning how to teach him (out of our own boxes) and I believe that is the key!

Griffen got up this morning and decided that his bookwork would wait and made a lunch sack owl. SERIOUSLY CREATIVE!!! He would just prefer to do hands on any day than bookwork! HAHAHA That’s Griffen!

El is booking her way rather quickly through 2nd grade – and asked if she could start the 3rd grade on the computer today because she was bored!

Shelby moved her squishy chair in my studio where I snapped a quick photo before she stuck her tongue out at me.  OOPS I forgot to take down the Christmas wreath.

I have a list of activities that we have planned out that I can’t wait to share with everyone.  Happy New Year to everyone!!