Non-edibles

Amidst a terrible cold, God provided me with the unique opportunity to slow down my daily tasks and to enjoy the beauty of his creation. This week we had snow again, and with the snow came wind and cold temperatures. Since baking is not an option at this time, and my brother’s wedding is approaching, I decided to look for fun things to do during my lucid moments. I found a beautiful and detailed coffee filter rose tutorial by Emmalee Elizabeth design. It was easy to follow and the results are stunning. Now, I have to think as to how I am going to incorporate these roses onto the dessert table.

Did I mention that I am blessed with a friend who brought me home made minestrone soup, and that we had bible study this week at my house? Food for the soul and bodyl! Blessed beyond measure.IMG_3010

Food that resembles other foods?

One of my favorite bakers and artist is SweetAmber. She posted a video on how to make mini donuts and during one of my snow days I embarked on this adventure. The results were phenomenal! I liked it so much that I made this recipe twice. I wonder how they get these ideas. So far, I am soaking all what’s in the web. Will I ever be able to come up with my own idea?

Out of the oven!

Out of the oven!

After

All done! Mini cookies donuts

Best Cookie Decorating Classes!

IMG_2928Have no fear of perfection; you will never reach it” …clearly, Salvador Dali didn’t see all those cookie websites when he said this. So, what is a beginner baker to do? Enroll in every class possible… or at least one or two classes. I began by enrolling in a Craftsy class online, with Amber from Sweetambs. Then I had to take a class with the talented Amber in person. Here are the results from the online class and the in-person class.Progress here I go!  Perfection…here I go!IMG_2802

The first real project for a serious critic…

During the last two weeks I have been inundated with fun projects at home. A friend from work asked me to bake and decorate Mario Bros cookies for her 5-year-old boy. My first really serious critic! So I entered the journey with a search for every single website with Mario Bros cookies… wow! There are tons. After deciding and making a plan for the cookies, my son decides that I need to arrange them as the video game… wait, what? There are pipes, bricks, and coins? As a good listener and always open for suggestion, I accepted this new challenge. After printing, cutting, baking, mixing, and piping, here is the result:
I passed the challenge! My friend, my five-year-old critic and my son gave me the thumbs up. Hope Mario rescues the princess.

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Pink Roses

Pink roses traditionally convey gentle emotions. These include admiration, joy and gratitude (www.theflowerexpert.com). I am so grateful to have friends that I consider brothers and sisters! I received this beautiful painting from an amazing one of these friends (or brothers), and I had to create some cookies to go with it. I get to look at my beautiful painting and eat an amazing cookie during this snow day day. Wish my son and my friend/brother  were here to share…I will have to give them many many pink roses too!!!IMG_2874IMG_2873

The best of baking

Fresh baked cookies, fresh baked bread, cupcakes, cakes, whatever it is.. what else do you need? Friends!!! (and Colombian coffee of course). Over the break, my young friends from church had a “cupcake war” or better yet “an excuse to get together and bake”. My house was filled with sugar, flour, and laughs. The outcome of the madness was delicious: Caramel cupcakes (girls) vs. Tres leches cupcakes (boys).10885466_10203260063168484_2956927511274666695_n cupcake An unexpected verdict gave the boys the trophy, but I am still thinking of what to do next to bring more friends over to bake again! My next project: decorating cookies! Now, I have to find friends to share:).

By the book!

My husband got me the Cook’s Illustrated Baking Book!!! I can not keep my hands off the book. Since I don’t know the purpose of the ingredients in the recipes, I thought this will be a great start. All three of us (five if we include Penny and Kitty) are home for winter break, and eating fresh baked goods seems to be a perfect way to spend the cold winter afternoons. Jimmy (my son), and I baked: bagels, bread, almond ring coffee cake, cookies, and croissants. So far, the croissants have been the most time consuming but worth every minute… delicious!!! I am hoping to bake at least one recipe every weekend during school. As a side note Penny stole some cookies from the cookie jar! My son found her eating them out of a plastic bag in front of the fireplace… It’s a dog’s life.IMG_2745 IMG_2752

Thanksgiving Cookies

IMG_2614After enrolling in a fun decorating class at Michaels, my mind stuck with cookies. Google and Youtube became my Friday night companions and I finally found this great website “sweetambs“. Here is the result of many hours spent watching and practicing, to create the perfect Thanksgiving cookie tray for my family and friends.

Empty Nest

Cookies, bread and pastries have found a way into my oven since my son went to college. Baking was this complicated chemistry formula that I admired at bakeries until my favorite bakery was closed! My craving for that sweet blueberry scone was stronger that my fear of baking. An hour later I was eating my very own amorphous scone from The Food Network. Sooner that I thought, I was baking more and more until my grocery list became: flour, sugar and butter. I have found a new passion: baking!!! I hope to share this new passion with others. Read more about ME here.