Saturday, May 30, 2009

Wedding Cupcakes

                 ~Fondant Flowers

                  ~ More Fondant Flowers

                ~You can see the silver sparkle dust and the white beads.

                             ~Six boxes of cupcakes

           ~My nostrils are stilled filled with frosting and cake! :P
 
                    ~This is the bride/groom cake.


Well, I did it! 120 cupcakes and two 6 inch cakes later. :P I am very blessed and thankful that my mom happened to be in town this week. Because my brother and his wife Himilce had their baby! I have been waiting to post about it. But I wanted to give Himilce the opertunity to post first. Asher Lane Phelps is the sweetest little baby I have ever seen! And he is an angel of a baby as well! 

My mom has been in town helping out with her newest grand baby and she was able to help me out as well! She gave me so much encouragement and enthusiasm over it all :) 
On thursday I went over to my sister Himilce's house, and we spent the day making fondant flowers. It was SO much fun! :) When I was ready to place the fondant flowers on the cakes, I used a silver edible sparkle dust on each flower and then mini white edible beads for the middle. The fondant is a homemade recipe that I got from Marie's friend Julie. It works so well I love it. 

The bride wanted a yellow cake with white frosting. Her colors were clover green, silver and black. Its very hard to use black in frosting, so I just used black ribbon. I found the yellow cake recipe online and it turned out very nice! It called for shortening and I used butter instead. I put the recipe at the bottom for my sake and for anyone else who might need a good yellow cake recipe! 

The wedding was yesterday (Friday) I baked ALL day on Thursday and then made the buttercream frosting and decorated on friday. It did take the whole day for both jobs, but it was extremely exciting and fun. I definitely want to do this again! I am going to find out the schedule for the next wilton class on wedding cakes! It was great! 

I will post the final picture of the cakes set up on the tower. I wasn't able to get a good picture. I am going to ask the bride to send me one of her professional pictures when she get them in. :)





  • INGREDIENTS 

    • 1 cup shortening
    • 2 cups white sugar
    • 4 eggs
    • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
    • 3 teaspoons baking powder
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1 3/4 cups milk
DIRECTIONS
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour one 9 x 13 inch pan.
  2. Cream together shortening and sugar. Beat in eggs and vanilla.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt. Add to creamed mixture alternately with milk. Mix well. Pour batter into prepared pan.
  4. Bake for 45 minutes, or until cake tests done. Cool.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Homemade Pudding.....


I found this delicious recipe online and it is so easy and so tasty! It tastes very british. Which, I really like. Not too sweet and just the right texture! I found the recipe at cooks.com 

1 c. sugar
1/3 c. flour
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
2 1/2 c. milk

Mix sugar and flour together then add eggs and milk. Heat until boils, mixing constantly. Then remove and add vanilla. Pour into bowl to cool and serve.

To make chocolate pudding, add 2 tablespoons cocoa powder to sugar and flour mixture.

Memorial Day.....

~ "So by this time some of the Germans from on the hill was shooting at us. Well I was giving them the best I had, and by this time the Germans had got their machine guns turned around and fired on us. So they killed 6 and wounded 3 of us. So that just left 8, and then we got into it right by this time. So we had a hard battle for a little while--

I don't know whether it was the German major, but one yelled something out in German that we couldn't understand. And then the machine guns on top swung around and opened fire on us. There were about thirty of them. They were commanding us from a hillside less than thirty yards away. They couldn't miss. And they didn't!

They killed all of Savage's squad; they got all of mine but two; they wounded Cutting and killed two of his squad; and Early's squad was well back in the brush on the extreme right and not yet under the direct fire of the machine guns, and so they escaped. All except Early. He went down with three bullets in his body. That left me in command. I was right out there in the open.

And those machine guns were spitting fire and cutting down the undergrowth all around me something awful. And the Germans were yelling orders. You never heard such a 'racket in all of your life. I didn't have time to dodge behind a tree or dive into the brush, I didn't even have time to kneel or lie down.

I don't know what the other boys were doing. They claim they didn't fire a shot. They said afterwards they were on the right, guarding the prisoners. And the prisoners were lying down and the machine guns had to shoot over them to get me. As soon as the machine guns opened fire on me, I began to exchange shots with them.

I had no time nohow to do nothing but watch them-there German machine gunners and give them the best I had. Every time I seed a German I jes teched him off. At first I was shooting from a prone position; that is lying down; jes like we often shoot at the targets in the shooting matches in the mountains of Tennessee; and it was jes about the same distance. But the targets here were bigger. I jes couldn't miss a German's head or body at that distance. And I didn't. Besides, it weren't no time to miss nohow.

I knowed that in order to shoot me the Germans would have to get their heads up to see where I was lying. And I knowed that my only chance was to keep their heads down. And I done done it. I covered their positions and let fly every time I seed anything to shoot at. Every time a head come up I done knocked it down. Then they would sorter stop for a moment and then another head would come up and I would knock it down, too. I was giving them the best I had.

I was right out in the open and the machine guns [there were over thirty of them in continuous action] were spitting fire and cutting up all around me something awful. But they didn't seem to be able to hit me. All the time the Germans were shouting orders. You never heard such a racket in all of your life. Of course, all of this only took a few minutes. As soon as I was able I stood up and begun to shoot off-hand, which is my favorite position. I was still sharpshooting with that-there old army rifle. I used up several clips. The barrel was getting hot and my rifle ammunition was running low, or was where it was hard for me to get at it quickly. But I had to keep on shooting jes the same.

In the middle of the fight a German officer and five men done jumped out of a trench and charged me with fixed bayonets. They had about twenty-five yards to come and they were coming right smart. I only had about half a clip left in my rifle; but I had my pistol ready. I done flipped it out fast and teched them off, too.

I teched off the sixth man first; then the fifth; then the fourth; then the third; and so on. That's the way we shoot wild turkeys at home. You see we don't want the front ones to know that we're getting the back ones, and then they keep on coming until we get them all. Of course, I hadn't time to think of that. I guess I jes naturally did it. I knowed, too, that if the front ones wavered, or if I stopped them the rear ones would drop down and pump a volley into me and get me.

Then I returned to the rifle, and kept right on after those machine guns. I knowed now that if I done kept my head and didn't run out of ammunition I had them. So I done hollered to them to come down and give up. I didn't want to kill any more'n I had to. I would tech a couple of them off and holler again. But I guess they couldn't understand my language, or else they couldn't hear me in the awful racket that was going on all around. Over twenty Germans were killed by this time.


--and I got hold of the German major. After he seed me stop the six Germans who charged with fixed bayonets he got up off the ground and walked over to me and yelled "English?"

I said, "No, not English."

He said, "What?"

I said, "American."

He said, "Good -----!" Then he said, "If you won't shoot any more I will make them give up." I had killed over twenty before the German major said he would make them give up. I covered him with my automatic and told him if he didn't make them stop firing I would take off his head next. And he knew I meant it. He told me if I didn't kill him, and if I stopped shooting the others in the trench, he would make them surrender.

So he blew a little whistle and they came down and began to gather around and throw down their guns and belts. All but one of them came off the hill with their hands up, and just before that one got to me he threw a little hand grenade which burst in the air in front of me.

I had to tech him off. The rest surrendered without any more trouble. There were nearly 100 of them."

~The Diary of Alvin York October 1918

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Cuteness.....

This little guy has me wrapped around his finger! I got to look after him a couple times this week and we had sooo much fun! Well, I sure did :p And I am looking forward to watching him again when his first little sibling enters our world! Hopefully this week? :)

~ Enjoying his lunch and his cheetos!!!



~Now he is ready for a picture! :P

~So cute!

Thursday, May 14, 2009

The Joy Of The Lord......


But let all who take refuge in you be glad; 
       let them ever sing for joy. 
       Spread your protection over them, 
       that those who love your name may rejoice in you.

                           Psalms 5:11


Tuesday, May 12, 2009

My Favorite Things...

My friend Lizzy posted her favorite things the other day and I loved it! So I am doing the same and adding some imagery as well! I am wondering how many I can get before I run out of time! :)


                                                      ~ Shopping!!!

                                     ~ Wedding dresses!
                                                   

                                     ~ Beautiful settings!


                                              ~ Rush Limbaugh :)


                               ~ I LOVE going to weddings :)


                                        ~ Cute and chic aprons! 


                                           ~ Fresh baked food ~
  

                                       ~ Beautiful well decorated rooms.


                                      ~ I loved helping my mom with the gardening
                                       growing up and can't wait to be able to do it
                                      again! :)


                                                 Rocky Road Ice Cream!!!!


                                              ~ England! Can't wait to return.

                                                      ~ Fresh razors! 


                                        ~ Does anyone not love kittens? :)


                                  ~ Helping my dad around the ranch!


                                          ~ A full tank of gas!!! :P


                                           ~ Beautiful classical music


                         ~  David McCullough is one of my favorite authors!
                                          


                                             ~ I LOVE to grocery shop!!!


                                             ~ My beautiful Colorado!!! :)

                            ~ Touring old houses with my mom and sisters!


                                       ~ Fresh sharp pencils!!!


                                      ~ Winston Churchill, one of my heros!


                                                   ~Rainy days!!!


                                  ~Beautiful dishes!!!!


           ~Ramona Quimby is one of my FAVORITE characters!!!!


                        ~ I LOVE BENJAMIN!!!!!! My best friend ~


                                        ~I love chatting with my mom and sisters!!!


                         ~I love craft books, cake and cooking books!!!



                                 ~I love homemade biscuits 

                      ~  Going out to tea houses with my mom and sisters!


                 ~                     I love fresh clean sheets!


                    ~  The Little House on the Prairie books and t.v. series!


                                            ~ I love beautiful furniture

                                                ~ And my favorite, Earl Grey!!!!


Whew! I know there is a BUNCH more, but I am out of time :) Happy Tuesday everybody! 

Always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Ephesians 5:20   (should I do a list of all the bad things I am thankful for too? :P Maybe not :) Like I said Im out of time!!! 




Saturday, May 9, 2009

Silhouettes





A while ago my sister Himilce gave me some of her magazines that she was finished with and one of them was a Country Living. In it was an article on Silhouettes. I cannot get over them now! I just love silhouettes!!!! I was able to find the pictures from the magazine so you all can share my enthusiasm! It has given me so many ideas to do things with. Like decorate a beautiful white cake with a black silhouette on top and maybe black beads going around the side of the cake. Or do a black and white theme for a future bathroom!! Thank you Himilce! :P