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Three new cakes….(but you only get to see two!)

June 29, 2010

Morning.

It’s been a long time since I’ve posted! Life has been very very busy!

Today I’ve got two new cakes to show you. The third I’m posting tomorrow. I was up late making these, so just remember that when you see them.

They turned out alright, I think. I was proud of my buttercream work even though it melted just a little bit.

Before I show you these pictures, I just want everyone to promise me that they won’t send these pictures into Cake Wrecks? Promise? Ok.

The star cake is a white cake (tastes very good ๐Ÿ™‚ย  ) with a lemon filling and buttercream icing.ย I made itย for our cousin Erica. She is throwing a baby shower tomorrow with a “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” theme.

The small blue cake is a peanut butter cake (DELICIOUS) filled with chocolate ganache and iced with chocolate buttercream. It is decorated with marshmallow fondant.

The small cake is going to be sold at the Okfuskee County Republicans pie auction and candidate forum tonight.ย If I didn’t think that everything was going to sell for a lot I would try to buy it myself just so I could eat it. I tried a little of the trimming and some ganache last night and it was fantastic.

I made another small cake topped with white fondant. It isย a red, white and blue cake on the inside, filled with lemon filling and frosted with buttercream. It is decorated with hand made gumpaste roses and small flowers. I think it turned out ok….it was a little lumpy because of the buttercream melting on me as I tried to frost, causing the cake to go a little wonky in the fridge. But we’ll see.ย I’ll post pictures of it tomorrow ๐Ÿ™‚

And most importantly a big shout out to the POWELLS! We’re so excited for the new arrival. I was going to give a shout out the baby directly now that we have a name, ect. but I didn’t want to ruin the surprise for anyone who might not know yet!!

We’re so excited for you guys and the little cousins are going to have so much fun together! Love you guys ๐Ÿ˜€

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More Cakes! :)

May 26, 2010

Wow, it’s been about a month since I’ve posted! Life has been happening people and I still haven’t caught up with it yet!

The Bug is 9 months today! I just can’t believe it. My little baby is almost walking now…it’s been kind of hard to deal with her growing so fast!

The Husband has been gone during the week and coming home for a day and a half to 2 days each weekend for two months now. It’s been hard not seeing him everyday and just getting to talk to him over the phone. I know that he’s had a terrible time being away from Bug. She changes so much while he’s gone!

I also made two cakes this past weekend for one of my co-worker’s granddaughter’s 8th birthday party. They really loved the cakes I think. She sent me a nice e-mail that made me feel great about the work I did and that they enjoyed the cakes so much:

Good morning! I was too busy to contact you yesterday. Cakes were terrific! T loved them both and several people asked who made them. T was fascinated by the chocolate art and wants me to learn to make chocolate boots and horses. The details were awesome. Thank again, S PS. Miss you being here.

Wasn’t that nice of her? I was so excited to have the opportunity to make them for her. So I suppose now I’ll show you the pictures.

Now remember, these aren’t the most fantastic pictures of these cakes. The chocolate one looks a mess in several of these, but in real life they looked pretty good! haha

Also, the bandana cake looks orange in these photos, but it was actually red. I don’t know if anyone knows this, but it is HARD to use food coloring to make WHITE buttercream RED! haha

The horses, coyotes, cowboy boots, and Taylor’s name on the chocolate cake are made of hand-piped white and milk chocolates. Apparently they were Taylor’s favorite part. This was my first time experimenting with melting chocolate and then piping it into different shapes, but I think they turned out ok, and I figured if they could do it on TV I could too!

I’d love to know what everyone thinks about these, so please feel free to leave any questions or comments for me! ๐Ÿ™‚

OH! And I completely forgot to post the pictures of the fantastic cupcakes that The Bug’s big cousin K made a few weekends ago at Grammy Aunt’s!

K's fantabulous Cookies N' Cream cupcakes!

There were like a gazillion of them. They were all equally pretty and delicious!!

Don’t these look fantastic? K decorated them all too. She did an awesome job and they tasted just as good as they looked!!!!

We got to spend our day at Grammy Aunt’s with Bug’s big cousins K and KV (she loves them soooo much!), her E, Uncle G, Grammy Aunt and Uncle Bill. It was a wonderful Saturday filled with great cooking, lots of sweets and some great family time!

We’re really looking forward to this coming weekend when we’ll get to see all of them again for the Palmer dinner. I know Bug can’t wait to play with her cousins and I can’t wait to see everyone!!!

TGIW?

April 28, 2010

Hi everyone!

It’s Wednesday. And I. Am. Glad.

It’s already been one of those weeks. It seems like I can’t quite get anything right this week. It all started last weekend and it seems to have rolled over. Blech. -_-

Anyway, got some news to report that should have been reported on Monday.

The Bug is now officially 8 months old!!!!!

Is anyone but me having a hard time believing it? My little girl is growing up so fast!

She now has a full repretoire of tricks up her sleeve as well: waving, clapping, standing up, crawling forward…it’s just too cool! As my dearest mom-in-law would say, The Bug is just the one! ๐Ÿ™‚

Anyway, she also (not so officially) weighs a whole whopping 17 lbs! (I weighed myself then MIL handed The Bug to me….probably not super accurate, but it works! haha)

Also, I weighed myself yesterday morning and I have officially lost:

15 pounds!!!

Whoo hoo!! ๐Ÿ™‚ I now weigh 179 lbs. Good stuff. It’s nice to see that all my hard work (not excercise, but keeping myself from becoming a hog…) has paid off.

Anyway, I’m going to get back to Wednesday now. Hope your’s is going better than mine! haha

Weekly Weight Loss Check-In

April 21, 2010

Hi Everyone!

Last week I said I started my weight loss at 193. That was wrong. I started out at 194.

So, today I weighed in at:

181 pounds!!!!

Isn’t that cool?? That puts me at a total weight loss of:

13 pounds!

The best part about it is that I am continuing to lose weight.

The other best part (haha) is that I’m able to fit into clothes that I haven’t worn since I was a sophomore in college! I’m so excited to be losing all of this weight. I’m also slowly losing my katie-induced stretch marks (I’m probably most excited by that! haha) Anyway, I guess that’s really all for today.

I hope that everyone has a fantabulous week. Peace to yo momma!

HAPYMNDY2U!

April 12, 2010

Hi everyone!

Today is Monday, as I’m sure you’ve already realized. I know my body sure realized it when I woke up this morning! haha

First things first. I’ve got to do my accountability for the day, since I didn’t last week. I felt really bad all week since I hadn’t updated like I’d said I would.

So here’s the rundown:

As of Saturday I weighed 183 pounds. I believe that makes 5 pounds since I started weighing after I’d been on Weight Watchers. When I weighed myself about a week or so before I started I weighed 193. So depending on which way you look at it, I’ve lost between 5 and 10 pounds.

That’s pretty exciting. I already feel a lot better, even though I don’t think I look much different. My clothes are fitting a little better, though not a ton.

My goal is to lose 10 to 15 more pounds to put me around 170 or 165. Hopefully it won’t take me too much longer to get there. ๐Ÿ™‚

On a completely different topic, this morning I saw about 4 or 5 cars with customized license plates. It seemed strange that I would see so many in one morning, so I decided that one of two things were going on this morning:

1. People in Oklahoma simply LOVE customized license plates and they all seem to live in or around the Seminole area.

OR

2. I was being divinely inspired to discuss customized license plates with you this morning.

So, all of these customized license plates were unique, which, of course, is the point of them in the first place, but one of them really caught my attention.

I was nearly to work, sitting at one of the three stoplights that is positioned between me and my office, when I noticed that the black SUV in front of me had a custom plate that read:

JUSTUS3

Now for some reason this just struck me as very cool. I was sitting at the light, deeply pondering if there were in fact, three members of the SUVs family (a mom, a dad and a child perhaps?) when I noticed something else on the back of the SUV.

In the bottom left hand corner of the back windshield was a somewhat small, white window sticker that had two tennis rackets and a tennis ball with the word SEMINOLE forming an arch over them and the word:

JUSTUS

Beneath. I laughed out loud when I read the sticker. ย I thought that was the funniest thing, and it really perked up my Monday morning.

(For those of you who may be a little slow this bright and beautiful Monday: the license plate said “Justus” and I thought it meant “Just us”, when in fact the family name is Justus. Get it? Isn’t that hilarious?? haha)

Stupid explanations you probably didn’t really need aside, isn’t that clever? Now I was still inclined to wonder if the family was simply made up of three people or if the Justus’ possibly had three children.

This all brings me to what I really wondered this morning. What would my customized plate say if I had a choice? You want it to make a statement, for sure, but you don’t want it to be too rediculous.For instance, having the name Jessica, you thinking you’re extra hott (yes folks, there is an extra t…to emphasize the extra hotness! haha), and getting a plate that reads:

GORJESS

If you’re gonna get a vanity plate, people, don’t get one that is conceited or a blatant flag for “Check me out!” because who really likes to be stared at while they’re driving? Do you want to be pulled over??

I still haven’t made my mind up what kind of plate I’d have though. I thought about just having something cheezy, like:

AWSUM

But that contradicts the above statement about GORJESS. So, I’m torn and I need a little time to think.

What kind of plate would you have? Let us know!

Weight Watchers Update

March 31, 2010

Morning!

I did my weekly weigh-in this morning and great news! I’ve lost 4.5 pounds since starting weight watchers last Monday. That’s pretty exciting if I do say so myself. ๐Ÿ˜€

I didn’t get an initial weight, but weighed in last Wednesday at 189 pounds. I had weighed 194 the previous week (I don’t remember what day). This Wednesday I weighed in at 184.4 pounds.

Isn’t that exciting? It’s nice to see some progress this soon. It really encourages me to keep on trucking and stick to my diet. Hopefully it will not only help me trim down, but help my baby-induced stretch marks to shrink and disappear. I’d really love to FINALLY get to wear that bikini that I bought right after the Husband and I got married, but never got worn.

Anyway, I’ll be gone for a conference until Friday afternoon, so I’ll be back next week! Have a wonderful and blessed Easter holiday, and never forget that Jesus died to save you because he loved you that much.

New Pictures of The Bug Day!

March 30, 2010

Hi Everyone!

I’ve declared today “New Pictures of Bug Day” since it’s been so long since I’ve put new pictures up.

The newest ones are from this morning before she left for daycare. I hope you enjoy em.

I’ve also thrown in a few pics of the cake I made for Erica’s birthday. It turned out pretty well, but best of all TASTED DELICIOUS!

For some reason, wordpress won’t let me put these images in order like I’d like to, so they’re just kind of scrambled around up there! Have fun looking around! ๐Ÿ˜€