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201  COOKING / Dessert / A cake I made for a Cancer fundraiser on: August 09, 2009 10:04:10 AM
So.  When I found out there was a desert auction to be held at the Concert For Cancer here in town, I knew I wanted to make something.  I've been volunteering at a camp for kids with cancer for 7 years,  This is a cause close to my heart.  3 weeks ago I found out a boy in town my sons age was diagnosed with cancer.  This made the desire all the more strong.  4 years olds should not get cancer.... mind you no one should...  But the funds raised are going to the family.  Anyway.  I made my delicious Chocolate covered strawberry cake.  It fetched a whopping 450$!!!!!!   Shocked   It wasn't the most expensive one, but it was by no means the least expensive!!  In total our little town of 300 odd people managed to raise over 14,000$!!!!!!!!  And I was glad to be a part of it!


Well, now that you've read all that, I guess you want to see pictures of the cake that made 450$      Wink

The more or less straight on shot Smiley


This is what the inside looks like.  Under that pile of strawberries is a generous layer of choclate ganache!


Close up of my very first attempt at a bow Smiley  turned out pretty darn good Smiley!


and one more for fun!


Thanks for having a look!
202  COOKING / Dessert / Chocolate coverd strawberry cake on: July 16, 2009 07:19:47 AM
So I found a recipe for strawberry cake  (here:  http://www.cakecentral.com/cake_recipe-4783-scratch-moist-strawberry-cake.html )  and was determined to actually use it.  I can't make a cake for fun, but I can make a cake for a reason. So when one of my recruits (I sell usborne books, its like tupperware, only kids books;) ) made it to the executive council and dragged me along with her I felt she deseerved a cake.

So I call it chocolate covered strawberry cake.  It is chocolate marshmellow fondant, covering the strawberry cake.  To make the MMF chocolate I just added cocoa powder.  in a full recipe of fondant I'd say it would be about 1cup of cocoa. (I just wung it, since I'd made the recipe before and knew the texture I was going for.)

You can probably see the "quilting" effect on the top, I did that with a fork, because I don't have any real cake decorating tools.  but what youcan't really see is that I rolled it out on cheese cloth, to make it look like fabric.


This is a pic of my attempt at making it look like knitting for the band at the bottom.  didn't really work out well.


And a close up of my terrible pipping skills.  color is off in this one.  I really need to learn how to take pictures of my cakes...


enjoy!
203  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / spikey cat collar- crochet! mildly pic chubby. on: July 12, 2009 08:36:46 AM
So I was thinking our new kitty needed a collar, and with no hope of going to a place I could find a killer collar, I decided to make one!
He's so cute and innocent looking, but under that cute bi-eyed exterior, he is a little hell raiser!  So spikey collar it is!





sorry some are sidways... my coffee needs to be stronger.. I thought they were up right...
204  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Fellow WoW heads unite. WoW inspired yarn discussion! on: June 02, 2009 09:41:55 AM
So as discussed in the FF 05/30 thread, This is where we will further discuss the ideas for our WoW themed yarn.   
I'm starting off with Shadow priest, as I'm fairly familiar with that one.  Then onto Rogue next.    As soon as I'm done those I will post a thread in the finished projects section.   This is going to be fun!
205  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Question on Oven Dying on: May 30, 2009 08:47:53 PM
Okay.  So I have all that fabulous fiber wanting to be dyed.  I only have one pot.  What if I were to get some old pickle jars(which are sitting in my basement), fill them with fiber(pre soaked of course), pour in the dye(carefully and slowly to prevent spilling), and then stick em in the oven.  I can likely fit at least 6 jars in there(if not more), and likely get 2oz in each jar if I stuff it.  Will this work, and if it will, how hot can I go?  about 250?  I think my oven will go as low as 170`F.  And how long should I leave it?  30 mins?
Or, do you think the pickle jars will explode?  I want to dye it all now and I cannot wait for my one sorry pot to do 4oz of fiber at a time. LOL
Hopefully someone out there will have an answer for me!
206  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / weighing wool for a project with no scale! help! on: May 10, 2009 08:01:57 PM
Okay so heres the deal.  I am a camp counselor and run the crafts activity.  This year we are doing felting.  The problem is I'm not sure how much wool to order.  And since I don't have a scale, It is proving to be a difficult task (I've only ever ordered for myself, and then I've never paid attention to the weight, just price LOL).  We have ~75 kids (ages 7-18) who will all be doing either a 2-D 8x10 "picture" OR a felted vessel- about 3-4 inches in diameter, and approx. 2.5 inches high.  Is 6.5 lbs  enough?  this is what I was thinking:

Two shades of each color total weighing(for each color family) .625lbs
Red, orange,yellow, green, blue, purple,
.625 lbs each  black, white
 .5 lbs of each gold, bronze and silver

does that make sense?  hopefully!


Any help will be greatly appreciated!!

~belladune


NVM!  My Lovely hubby got me a scale today after I complained how hard it was to figure out!!!
207  COOKING / Dessert / Mothers day carrot cake on: May 09, 2009 07:12:25 PM
So, with my search for different types of rolled icing (as a request from a friend who didn't like the marshmallow fondant, she wants me to decorate her cakes from now on LOL)   I found this recipe:  http://www.cakecentral.com/cake_recipe-7060-6-Cream-Cheese-base-fondant.html
  What better cake to try it on then a carrot cake.  And of course I need an excuse to make a cake.  And with Mothers day being tomorrow it was a great one!

close up of the carrots, do the greens look realistic enough?  or do they at least get the point across?


top view.  Doesn't look to bad here.


On this one you can see this fondant cracks easily.  Thats okay for now.  Just more practice with it I think.


As for flavor and texture, the icing is pretty tasty, though next time I skip out on the almond extract.  I've never had luck with that extract, it always tastes weird to me.   It also has a nicer texture then the MMF (which is chewy)  Kind of melt in your mouth~ish.  Lets hope the MIL likes it too, since the cake is technically for her!

comments and criticism welcome, I'm always looking to improve!
thanks for looking!
208  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / Wall-e Part-e- ;) Lots of pictures! on: May 02, 2009 02:24:53 PM
Okay, so here it is, all the Wall-e goodness!  My husband thinks I'm nuts to do all this, but really, it was fun!   

Any idea how hard it is to be the photographer AND the organizer?  Really hard, or at least I haven't mastered the balance yet,  But here are the few pictures I was able to snap of the crafty goodness I created for this special occasion!

First off, we have the "Place the plant in the Hollow Detector" game.  Amazingly, 5 of the 7 managed to do it blindfolded..... 



Up next was the pinata, with pull strings, which didn't work all to well anyway..........  We ended up having to break it with our hands, which didn't matter to the kids, because they got the goodies from it anyway.  Also, i've learned that if you do this rushed, put a fan to the balloon It dries pretty quickly that way.



Of course, Le piece de resistance, the Cake!





Thank you to Nikimac, for your help with the itinerary and the idea for the pinata! 
209  COOKING / Dessert / Wall-e Birthday cake on: May 01, 2009 12:39:38 PM
My son is turning 4.  He LOVES Wall-e, ask to watch it every day. His party is tomorrow, so I spent the better part of this morning decorating his cake.  I thought about making Wall-e himself, in 3-D but that seemed fairly daunting(keeping his eyes from falling off? yeah to scary LOL).  So I went with something I felt was more simple, maybe more detailed but simpler.

Anyway,here are the pics
top shot (yes I noticed the oops in the left bottom corner, but to late to fix it.)
 

I couldn't just decorate the top, so the leaves went over the side!


Close up of the trunk/wall-e (with his cockroach friend) and the leaves.


Also, I'll be posting the whole party on sunday, because this cake is just the start of what I've done for this party, and I felt like it deserved its own post! LOL
210  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / Wall-e themed birthday(ideas) on: April 26, 2009 05:10:45 PM
My son is turning 4 and is in LOVE with Wall-e and Eve. 
This is the itinerary so far:

10:30- guests show up
11:00-11:30/45ish [seriously, they are 3/4/5yr olds and there are at least 7 of them... and then their parents... hopefully it doesn't take that long]- Build your own pizza
11:30/45ish-12:00/15ish- Place the plant in the Hollow Detector game  (like pin the tail on the donkey)
12:15-12:45 Eat our pizzas and cake
12:45-1:15 -Games  What kind of other Wall-e themed games can you all come up with? Is this too much, more games after lunch?
1:15-1:45- Gift opening.
2:00 home time.

Does anyone have any better ideas?  I'm going shopping on Tuesday and Have a few ideas for goodie bags.  I really don't like the ones full of junk, but then its hard to keep the price down.  Any sugestions for those? 
The cake is either going to be Wall-e or be wall-e related (yes I'm going to make it myself.)
I don't know otherwise.  Any other ideas would be appreciated! 
 
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