Saturday, February 11, 2012

New news!

So readers as you know God has helped me create a beautiful path that is turning a corner to New Jersey. And in 16 days I will be done with my job at Nothing Bundt Cakes, packed up, celebrating with my friends in Houston then in College Station and finally spending my last day in Texas with my dad. I will be driving up there so I'm leaving a week early to make some stops to see family and very dear old friends.

Because my life is starting a new chapter we all know there comes plenty of packing. Today I packed up majority of my wonderful kitchen, and that took SIX boxes and no I'm not finished yet. Other things were packed as well and now my one bedroom apartment feels so large. Won't be too much longer before I'm living out of one box, a suitcase and my fire engine red mixer.

When life gives you lemons; make the freshest lemonade you can.

Well I was just handed more lemon worthy news. After the boxes were loaded and my dad drove away I got a call from Incredible Edible Desserts, another bakery I applied to - this one in Virginia Beach, Va. They offered me a job but she said it would only be 20 hours a week. When I told her about the internship she said to take it, finish it and one weekend to come there and visit, show her some of my talents and I would most likely have something waiting for me. And with more hours and did I mention getting paid!!!

I can't wait to tell you all about my journey!

'we are the music makers and we are the dreamers of dreams'
So on that note I'm going to fall asleep to the old Charlie & The Chocolate Factory <3

Goodnight Readers.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Brownies/cake/& football!

So since my East state side adventure there has been much going on. It's been up and down, I keep looking forward to packing which is keeping my spirits up.

How did everyone enjoy the SuperBowl? Ohh boy was it a good game, I love when the scores are close but its scary being the team that just took the lead and almost losing it. Yes, I the Cowboys fan went for the Giants but I like the Mannings' so all well it happens. And with the SuperBowl come delicious desserts and that's hat you get to look forward to.

I made a two layer vanilla cake (Duncan Hines - substitute milk) with a raspberry buttercream. Covered it in chocolate buttercream, then sprinkled chopped chocolate pieces around the top. As well I had a patriots logo with shaves chocolate. Second dessert was Shiner Black Lager brownies, again using the Duncan Hines. There are two options go with the chewy and gooey center. Instead of 1/4 cup of water (or milk) substitute it with 1/2 cup Shiner Black YUM! I baked those off covered them with powdered sugar leaving a NY giants logo on the top.

The SuperBowl was a lot of fun. I spent it with Keith's family in New Braunfels. His mom made a wonderful dinner then the whole family ate the desserts like they had a second stomach. Made me feel like my career choice was spot on (:

So recipes are Duncan Hines ALWAYS substitute the water with milk. It makes the cake more moist and delicious. When making brownies try the Shiner mix by adding 1/2 cup of the black lager.

Enjoy the photos & treats.
17 days till my last day at work!

Airplanes; last day till March

So life has begun to change, my next chapter is starting and I can't wait for you to start reading! So as you know I received the internship in New Jersey at The Pink Cake Box! I wish I could have woke up this morning and gone to join the girls. I enjoyed my short number of hours and only wanted more. Unfortunately I still have my apartment, cat & job back in Houston and I know two of the three miss me.

Soon shall the packing/moving/storing begin. What I'm terrible at is waiting! I know the second I get home I'm gonna want to start packing and don't need to just yet.

This morning I took the trains back to New York. I was so worried I was on the wrong one each time or not in the right car to get off (some don't hit certain platforms). The first hour long train I slept, then got off and ventured New York, bought my friends a gift, my mom something and my self a shirt. It's always hard looking for my boys so that'll have to wait for a weekend I'm living here. (ahhh fun to say) I tried going to Chelsea Market where the Food Network shows are recorded but as I started walking it got shady for being alone. So I decided to just head to the airport, I was hungry anyways.

Very nice people on the train. The lady I sat with had the most beautiful dog and the guy next to me was a sketch artist and had some very nice work. I love that atmosphere. At the airport I stopped in a sports bar to watch the soccer game (dang Keith) Manchester was playing and I had a lovely conversation with an American-Italian. He was a fire-fighter trainer and we talked about Italy and their desserts. Needless to say I need to go, he told me so too. Then I talked to the sweetest old man (love for old people). Boarded my plane and can't wait to get back Soxxs and my bed (I'll try to not start packing). Ohh and this plane... well it's the size of a small tampon (HA!) and we loaded in from the ground.

I'll have a new recipe out for you this week my loves! Enjoy the quote for the day - it's kind of the mood I'm in.

"I'm no beauty queen, I'm just beautiful me"

Monday, January 30, 2012

New York City & my INTERVIEW

Yesterday I got to the east coast! After two very long flights of uncomfortable sleeping I finally landed. And traveling with a sinus headache at 35,000 feet in the air isn't the ideal way to travel either.

So NYC was great! I walked around Times Square mostly. Found the LOVE sign and it was so pretty then went to the museum that its from - The Museum of Modern Art. Guess what I don't like modern art that much it turns out. But it was still fun. I saw 4.5 floors out of 6 got too hungry to finish so I went and got pizza. I tried finding a Roy's pizza place for Keith because that's where the Ninja Turtles ate and we had just watched the movie. But I only found Ray's, close enough.

Went into a few places and looked around, still haven't found my NY Giants shirt but I'm not giving up. I figure I'll wait till tomorrow before I leave to look for stuff. Like a new purse at those side walk vendors lol.

Needless to say today my thighs are killing me!!! I walked around from 12ish till about 6PM carrying a bag loaded with crap. Thankfully God allowed me to make it through the soreness to start and finish my interview with all the power I had. Oddly I didn't make cookies or buttercream which sucked because I had practiced. I started the day making cut out flowers, 40 brown with blue centers and 20 blue with brown centers. Next I made the boxes those cupcakes will go into. The started cutting out dots for cupcakes.

Lunch was next, I got to sit with a the girls and they are fun! And funny! Definitely people I could see myself working alongside! They enjoyed each other laughed and got work done. No one was not doing anything less than another! After lunch I helped one girl work on her cookies. She was covering them with fondant then showed me how they added detail. I actually got it and learned new tricks too!

The store felt like home and Denville is the cutest little town! I could see myself here and becoming involved! I was nervous but I feel at ease. Now I just have to wait for that call (or email) and hope and pray it's good news! And that they want me in their home as much as I want to be there.

"you can do all things through him"

Strength got me through school. Courage got me here.

Ohh the best part is during lunch the girls made animal sounds and we decided what cheese everyone was. Ohhh it was greatness!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Cookie Picture Time

Okay so I promised you so cookie pictures! So because I keep my promises they are done and here. I just finished the last few and it's been a great process getting creative and detailing little creations. It was a lot of fun and I hope if you've made the recipe you've enjoyed the cookies.

Enjoy loves <3 Any orders let me know!

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Lemon Spice Cookies

So update. Went home & told me dad about New Jersey, he was happy but I know he is still worried but that will never change. I went to my first piano bar with some friends and it was great even if he didn't play Grillz by Nelly (haha)!! Next night I got together with y bestie twins for our favorite frozen yogurt. If you ever go to Spoons in College Station and they have the Spiced Apple Pie - GET IT! It was so delicious! Then Lyz and I went out to Harrys to go dancing ohh man all the freshmen were there and it was packed shoulder to shoulder!

I also got a chance to go back to my old high school, saw my favorite secretary! She sure hasn't changed. My principal & power lifting coach were gone though - sad. Then I went to one of my favorite coach, Ringo. Last month he lost his little girl, she was such a little angel. I was able to get one of her rememBER bracelets which really means a lot to me. I hope & pray for the Ringo family every time I can just hope they can hold their heads again soon. I love them all like a second family & only wish the best. On a less sorrow night I saw an old friend and things were actually better than I thought. It was nice and comfortable to be able to talk a little softer.

So cookie time; the interview is in 7 Days!!! I was told I'd have to make fondant pieces and cookies. So tonight I have prepared a Lemon Spiced sugar cookie and cut them out into fun shapes. Tomorrow you'll get to see the full final product.

3 oz butter, sweet & unsalted
3 oz soft brown sugar
2 TBSP honey
Zest from lemon (or orange)
2 tsp lemon juice (or orange juice)
8 oz all purpose flour, sifted
1 tsp baking soda, sifted
1 tsp cinnamon, sifted

Preheat oven to 325*F
Place butter, sugar, honey, zest and juice in a small saucepan and heat gently until sugar has dissolved and butter melted.
Sift the flour and dry ingredients in a bowl and mix well together. Make a hole in the middle and pour in the melted ingredients. Mix well until dough becomes firm.
Place the dough in a plastic bag and chill in fridge for 40 minutes.

Roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface to 5mm thick (thin) and stamp out your cookie designs.
Lightly knead trimmings back together and use all the dough. Place cookies on greased baking sheets.
Bake for 10-12 minutes until lightly colored and firm but not crisp. Leave on the tray for two minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

Makes about 26 cookies (depending on shapes you pick)

Enjoy your recipe <3

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Only enough Quarters

Laundry mat day or more like super reductive cleaning day! Started first as lazy watching old black & white movies. 'Kiss Me Stupid' followed by 'Gentlemen Marry Brunettes' which I missed the end of because I flipped to the Texans game to see their final losing score (success)!

Cleaned up the apartment; shiny & clean it is now. Relaxed a bit to the start of the Giants game and half time left to do laundry.

Tell you what - paying mooooore detailed attention is important when switching places of laundry doing! Silly me put my detergent in the slot for fabric softener (grrr) so after combining 4 loads to 2 I rewashed them to ensure removal of all soapiness. Geez I hope I have enough to dry.

Kinda like life we make mistakes & have to combine our wits sometimes and just hope we get something positive. Here's to hoping I have enough quarters.