However, I am having a trouble with round cakes. I had this problem the first time I made a layered round cake, and also for the ladybug cake. Even though each layer was baked in the same pan, the sides somehow don't line up straight up and down when stacked on top of each other. This makes icing it extremely difficult and impossible to get smooth. My friend Sheri (who is an awesome cake decorator) suggested that the pans I am using might have slightly slanted sides. I think she may be right. I am going to buy a better quality pan and see if that works. Has anyone ever experienced this problem? If you have any tips let me know!
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
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Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Step 3: Search for the treasure, avoiding danger and poison ivy. Oops, Greg didn't follow step 3. His legs are covered in it.
(that is Greg's brother pictured above)
Step 4: Find the treasure.
Step 5: Check out what's inside and sign the log book.
This treasure had a lot of stuff inside. We took 2 items and left new items.
We think treasure hunting is cool and are not afraid to admit it.
Monday, April 13, 2009
Happy Easter! (a day late)
That is Hollyn before her party, and here is their pretty family.
Hollyn had an adorable ladybug themed party and Jill had everything decorated so cute. I was honored to get to make Hollyn's cake. Here is a picture of me and the little birthday lady with the cake.
Hollyn likes cake almost as much as me.
Oh and by the way I finally created a "cake gallery" of my cakes on the right hand side of my blog. I posted better pictures of the ladybug cake there.
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Greg only eats cereal on the weekends. Yet for some reason he always wants to pick out his own cereal at the grocery store. But he usually only gets one bowl because by the time he gets around to eating it the next week I have devoured it.
So last week when I look in the pantry, this is what I find.
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Chicken-Spinach Pita Pockets
2 (6-ounce) skinned and boned chicken breast halves
1/2 cup plain yogurt
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper
1/2 small cucumber, cubed
2 green onions, chopped
2 cups shredded fresh spinach
4 pita pockets, cut into halves
Cook chicken in an ovenproof nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until brown. Bake at 350° for 10 to 12 minutes or until done. Cool slightly, and thinly slice.
Whisk together yogurt and next 4 ingredients in a large bowl; add chicken, cucumber, green onions, and spinach, tossing to coat.
Bake pita halves at 200° for 3 to 4 minutes. (Do not toast.)
Spoon filling evenly into pita halves.
I bought the thin sliced chicken breasts, so I ended up just cooking them all the way through in the skillet without ever transferring them to the oven since they cooked so fast. While they were cooking I was able to cut up and prepare the rest of the stuff so it hardly took any time at all.