Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Pretty Woman Ugly Man Cakes

Scripture to Live By: For Christ [the Messiah Himself] died for sins once for all, the Righteous for
the unrighteous (the Just for the unjust, the Innocent for the guilty), that He might bring us to God. In His human body He was put to death, but He was made alive in the spirit,
1 Peter 3:18

Cake Decorating Post:
I was ask to make a Pretty Woman Cake and a Ugly Man cake for a Pie Supper.  If you would like to make these cakes the basic steps for these are here. The instructions to make the  flowers that are on this cake aregiven in that post as well, I just used fall colors.

I didn't understand why they wanted these cakes at a pie supper.  But I was told just to write Ugly Man on one and Pretty Woman on the other one.  I had never been to a Pie Supper, so I wasn't sure what to expect, but my husband and I decided to go.  The building where the supper was held was in the mountains of West Virginia, which reminded me of a school house from Little House on the Prairie.
The proceeds from this Pie Supper was going to purchase a roof for this community center.

The evening started off with the meal.   After the meal was enjoyed, they had a cake walk, which my husband and I enjoyed, even though I had never been on a cake walk before. We learned quickly that you won a cake if you would stop on a certain spot when the music stopped.  This cake walk went on for about thirty minutes.  Needless to say my husband and I did not win a cake but donated many quarters.  One family won at least three cakes.  

I found out what the Ugly Man and Pretty Woman Cakes were all about.  The men present could nominate a pretty woman to bid on.  The pretty girl that brought the highest bid won the Pretty Girl cake. The bid for this Pretty Girl brought in $74.00 for this cake.

Then the women nominated ugly men to bid on to win the Ugly Man cake and this cake brought in $46.00.  The people had a lot of fun with the bidding on people that they wanted to win the title and the cake.   

Next, a real auctioneer  led the auction to auction off things that had been donated for the auction.  I am not sure how much money was raised for the building but I do know that all who attended had a fun filled evening and help provide money to put a new roof on this community center building.  

Blessings to all,  
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Monday, November 17, 2014

Race Track Cake

Scripture to Live By: Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:1,2

Cake Decorating Post:
I was ask to make a birthday cake for a little boy who had picked out these little cars for his birthday.   So I started working on what I could do with these little cars.  I decided I should make him a race track  for all these little cars.  I took  a sheet of  freezer paper and using a soup bowl I drew the ends of the race track and then I used some duct tape to make the width of the track even.  I just drew the track then cut the track out.  

Next, I decided to make fondant for the track.  (Fondant cost more than I wanted to pay for it, so I decided to make my own.) 

Recipe for fondant:
1 cup of corn syrup 
1 cup of Crisco
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1 teaspoon of vanilla
8 cups of powder sugar
Mix the first 4 ingredients,  then add 1 cup of powdered sugar at a time until all eight cups of powdered sugar have been added or until dough is stiff. I needed black fondant, so I colored my dough with Wilton  black coloring.  (If you would like several colors of fondant, divide dough into that number of parts and color as desired.)

Sprinkle powdered sugar on counter top 

Roll out dough to about 1/8 inch thickness. 
(Mine was a little thicker because I was afraid it would break when I tried to move it.)

I then laid out the pattern I had made and took a knife and cut around the pattern.  
I then removed excess fondant.

I had baked the cake and frosted it ahead of making the fondant.  If you would like to have instructions for making the cake and frosting go here.

Move fondant by rolling it onto a rolling pin and move it to the frosted cake.  My fondant stretched so I had to cut it to remove the excess so it would fit on the cake, as I had planned. I smoothed it out later with a little bit of black frosting. 

Next, I put the borders around the track inside and out and added both top and bottom borders,
then I added the little cars and the road signs.  For the lettering, I used edible decorating lettering.  

Bo really enjoyed his birthday cake. I was pleased the way it turned out.  It is simple to make and you do not need to have much experience to decorate this cake.  It was my first time of making fondant.  

I added M&Ms around the sides.  

I also made a cake for Jackson, who is one year old.  It was his personal cake.  I decorated it the same way I did Bo's  with the frosting and trim.  

I made the number one out of the black fondant.  I added some M&M's around the sides.  I used a little birthday sign, I had on hand. and a little giraffe with a little cake and one candle that I put on the top.    I used the same lettering for his cake as I did for Bo's cake.

Hope you like them.  

Blessings to you, 

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Delicious Healthy Guacamole

Scripture to Live By:   “Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings.”  Psalm 17:8

David wanted to be in the protection of his God.  I am so glad that God cares so much for each of us. I am so glad I can depend on Him to love and keep me and that my times are in His hands.  I am glad he bids me to cast all my cares upon Him for He cares for me.  

Recipe Post:
I saw this recipe on Food Network and thought I would give it a try.  I love Mexican food and I really enjoy Guacamole in restaurants,but wasn't sure I would find a recipe that would compare.  I think this recipe is better than the guacamole I have eaten in restaurants.  This recipe is fairly simple and can be made quickly.  I have change it a little to suit our taste.


3 avocados

1 lime
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
3/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon cayenne
1/2 medium onion,
1 jalapeno pepper
2 Roma tomatoes
1/2 tablespoon dried cilantro or 1 Tablespoon of fresh
1/2 teaspoon of minced garlic


Remove juice from 1 lime.

Cut 3 avocados in half and remove seed.  Scoop out pulp using a spoon and put in a mixing bowl.  

Coat with lime juice.

Pour off excess juice after coating.  Reserve 1 Tablespoon to be added when you mix all ingredients.  

Cut  Roma tomatoes into fourths and remove all the seeds.

Dice the tomatoes as well as the onion.  Remove the seeds from jalapeno pepper and dice it up.  
Set aside.   

In mixing bowl mix the avocado until blended, then add the diced onion, pepper and tomatoes.  
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, 3/4 teaspoon ground cumin, 1/2 teaspoon cayenne and 1/2 teaspoon of minced garlic,  1/2 Tablespoon of cilantro and 1 Tablespoon of lime juice.  

Mix well.  

We really like eating guacamole with all our Mexican meals but we also, like to eat  eat as a snack food with Doritos, or popped corn chips. 

There are many other ways to use left over guacamole. You can use it  in deviled eggs, eat it on pasta, replace mayonnaise with guacamole in chicken salad.  

Hope you will try it. We think it is delightful.  

Blessings to you, 

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