Saturday, June 16, 2012

Missing the beach

Creating this cake made me wish I was in the beach! This was really fun to make, especially that it is my own cake design (I was given inspirations by the customer to get an idea of what they like). This is also the first time that I've used a doll on a cake. Actually this one was just a torso, not a full body! My kids helped me a little bit in making this too, as you will see in the pictures below :)

This is for a 5th birthday party. The skirt is a cake.  Flowers, starfish, and the shell with pearl are made of gum paste. Since the party is going to be outdoors and it's going to be quite warm today, I didn't want to use modeling chocolate since it will melt in a few minutes!  It's been a while since I've used gum paste and I almost forgot how fun it is play with.

The starfish.  So fun making the details on this thing.  The surrounding shells are actually from Wegmans, and they're chocolate shells!  These won't melt easily though because they are coated, kinda like the m&m's

Hibiscus flowers.  Reminds me of home (I grew up in the Philippines).

More flowers

My daughter, Izzie, helping with the starfish.  I asked to help me "paint" them. They actually just brushed on edible dust on the starfish. Since the gum paste is all dried up, it can be easily handled by a child.  Things for kids to do to keep them occupied while I baked the cake.

And this is my son, Logan.  Also painting.  See his missing front tooth?  It's the 5th one that he lost and the tooth next to it is also wiggly right now.

Yup, my cheap laborers! Hahaha...just kidding :)  Who knows, one of them might become a baker too someday.

Something to look forward to

I've been meaning to put this in here but just haven't had a chance.  My friend Lisa Consolo posted this on Facebook a while back.  It's actually an excerpt from her book that she's writing.  Read's kinda funny (to me at least!). Something to look forward to!

The older I get, the less I know. This can be confirmed by my teenagers.

 The Terrible Two’s have nothing on the Terrible Teens. Remember when you struggled to understand the babbling tirade of your inconsolable two-year-old? Now that I can understand the hurtful statements and deliberate actions launched at me, I long for the days of the garbled temper tantrum.

 What happened to the handy books to guide you through the stages of parenthood? "What to Expect when You’re Expecting". "What to Expect During the Early Years". Where is the book "How to Take Cover During the Teen Years"? The Beatles summed it up in three words…Mother’s Little Helper.

Age is not an indicator that we are entering into the teen years. Teen years start very early now. Mostly due to the media and bovine growth hormone. I asked the doctor why BGH is not having the same effect on my bust line as it is on my 10-year-old. I drink milk! (Apparently the positive effects of milk are going toward combating osteoporosis. But I digress.)

The loss of certain parental activities now that you have teenagers is a bit heart-wrenching. These losses include making air noises in fat necks, smacking butts while chasing up the stairs, calling pet names like “moo” (accidentally in front of friends, of course). I also no longer get called my pet name, “moo-moo”. “Mother” and “Mom” or “Her” all get enunciated with clarity and exasperated inflection.

As an adult, we have the fleeting expectation that our teens will now be able “help” because they are physically able. Helping with tasks like make-the-bed, or put-the-dish-in-the-dishwasher​ would alleviate some of my domestic duties. But, alas, these requests fall on deaf ears as the messes get bigger. How cute was it when you watched your toddler master the round-peg-in-the-round-hole? It now brings tears of joy to my eyes when the teen masters misshapen-pants-in-the-square-​laundry-basket. How’s that for large motor skills.

And how is it that my teen cannot hear what I am saying as I say it in the loudest possible decibel I can muster (which causes the burning sensation of a burst artery in my neck), yet they can hear the silent ringing of their cell phone buried in their backpack three floors away?

There are many parenting techniques that disappeared over time and I think we should bring back. For instance, what ever happened to "Finishing Schools"? When did it become so bad to send your teen away to get “finished”? Send the teen away during the years when they hate you, then get them back when they love you again. It’s a win-win situation.

Is it all worth it? I hope so. My parents survived raising five kids. As a weekly gift to my mom, I relive the horror stories so she can rightfully say “what-comes-around-goes around” and the like. And every now and then I see the light at the end of the tunnel, when my teen comes home from school and asks, “How was your day moo-moo?”

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Fun Stuff

I haven't been able to post in a while--it's been hard catching up with things lately! Hopefully when school is out, I'll be able to post more.  These are just a few things I've made lately. I actually had fun making these. Enjoy!

For a Lego and Star Wars fan.  I really just know R2D2, the rest not sure! The mom lent me the toys to "copy". All characters made of modeling chocolate
R2D2, my favorite of all the 4 characters--he was the easiest one to make!
Angry Bird cake! Again, characters are made of modeling chocolate
Don't ask me about the name of the characters because I don't know..haha...yup all chocolate :)
The pigs!

Shoes and butterfly cupcakes for bridal shower. Shoes and butterflies were made of modeling chocolate
More cupcakes; flowers are made of modeling chocolate, the damask pattern is actually a sugar sheet. This picture doesn't do it justice.  The vibrant color of the rose with the damask pattern, looked really really nice!
Dress cake :)