The Icing on the Cake!

I love to bake cakes for the people that I love and icing the cake is my favorite part. Today, I have a video tutorial on how I ice my cakes using a Wilton icing spatula. The cake recipe that I used can be found here and the icing recipe can be found here. Last night, we got to celebrate Tim's grandma Nell's birthday. This cake was for her and it was delicious. It's a pretty rich cake and we served it with fresh raspberries and vanilla ice cream. It sliced beautifully. I love it when that happens.

Chocolate Cake

Watch the tutorial here:


Happy Wednesday!



Misadventures in Dating - Part 2

It was the day before Junior Senior banquet in college and my date (for said banquet) myself, my friend who introduced the two of us and her boyfriend all went out to dinner. We went to one of my favorites in Nashville, San Antonio Taco Company. It was a gorgeous day on the patio and we were all having a great time, just laughing and eating and enjoying the sunshine when suddenly, I saw something roll across the table and onto the patio next to my chair. As I went to pick it up I realized, IT was TEETH. Yes, that's right, TEETH. Now, the first thought that crossed my mind was that a really mean bird had snagged some dentures from a senior citizen or something. Then I looked up at my date and realized that something was definitely missing from his smile. 10,000 thoughts rushed through my head in .2 seconds. OMG his two front teeth fell out. Someone call an ambulance!  Are any dentists open on Friday night? Will it be easier to just find a new date for the banquet? Quick! Where's the nearest toy vampire teeth vending machine! I snapped out of it just in time to hear the story about the time he was playing basketball and his two front teeth were knocked out. So, the teeth laying on the ground were the implants that fell out. This poor guy, I felt so terrible for him. But where there's a will, there's a way and this problem was nothing that a trip to walgreens and some gorilla glue couldn't fix. And sure enough, the next day he picked me up for the banquet looking handsome as ever with a great smile to boot. Has your date's teeth ever fallen out?


Misadventures in Dating - Part 1

Dating isn't easy. Especially if no one asks you out. But then, what if your friend sets you up on a blind date? Thus begins the brutal process of agonizing over what to wear and what to talk about and gasp what if he hates horses? Of course I don't do that but I'm sure that some gals do. So let's just say, hypothetically speaking, this is how the date goes... Maybe he picks you up in a really nice car and you sigh in relief because there's always a chance that he could show up in a creepy white van that you saw on Unsolved Mysteries. What if you get to the restaurant and he realizes he forgot his wallet? Seeing that he's mortified, you say, no big deal dude, I got this. And then dinner is wonderful and you really enjoy the conversation and the food and the company, he even takes you to frozen yogurt for dessert, you pay of course. But all that said, it was a terrific date and he walks you to the door and says goodbye. You are absolutely sure he'll call to make plans to go out again (only next time, he'll pay). But instead, several days pass and he doesn't call. But what if one day, hypothetically of course, you come home from work, and there's a letter on the counter addressed to you? You open it, not recognizing the handwriting, only to find a check inside for the amount that you spent on dinner and fro yo. And that's the last you ever hear from him.

Okay so maybe that's a true story. And maybe that happened to me. And that's what I call a good date.


Paint Horses and Cupcakes

Saturdays are my favorite days. I get up early to meet my friends Chance (the paint horse) and Laura (my riding teacher) for my barrel racing lesson. Then, as if it couldn't get any better, I pick up my BFF Bella for our weekly adventure to the donut palace where she fills me in on all of the first grade happenings over chocolate milk and sprinkle's the best. Then I usually go home and take a nap, but this past saturday I baked some cupcakes instead! And it was fun! My gal Tanielle (We call Danielle 'Tanielle' after spring break 2008, which was later shortened to 'Tans', because who has the time to say every syllable in life?) well anyway, she turned 25 last week so we were going to be celebrating her birthday and what's a bday party without cake!?

Strawberry and Chocolate Mint, both with marshmallow fluff buttercream frosting.  YUM.  Now I know what you're all did you get the mint flavor Ms. Key Ingredient? Well world. I'll tell you. It wasn't easy. Just kidding. I chopped up Andes mints and folded them into the batter, and they melted while they were baking, and when they came out of the oven the flavor was so minty and so chocolatey all at the same time! Wham Bam. Happy Birthday Tans.

Also, here are some better shots of the wedding cake mom and I made this summer. Thanks Brittany Wood Photography!!

Here is the cake...

The cake and I...I just had to get a picture with the cake in the barn. 

So that's all.