Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Graduation Cake

Scripture to Live By:
 “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.  Matthew 6:19-21

Cake Decorating Post:
I made this cake for a young lady who graduated from college a few weeks ago.  

This cake was very simple to make and anyone can do it.  Just follow the directions below.  This cake feeds fifty people.  You could make it much smaller but still use the decorating tips. 
 Here is what you will need. 
3 cake mixes (2 yellow and 1 chocolate)
9 eggs
2/3 cup of oil for the 2 yellow cakes mixes and 1/2 cup of oil for the chocolate cake mix.

Grease pan with canned Crisco and then coat with flour.

Mix yellow cake mixes in bowl with six eggs, 2/3 cup of oil and 2 cups of water. 

Mix with mixer until smooth and fluffy.

Pour 2/3  of the batter into one half of pan.
(I put a knife under the opposite end of pan to tilt the pan so the batter will not run to that end of the pan.)

Mix the chocolate cake mix up into the yellow cake mix that is  left in the bowl with 3 eggs, 1/3 cup oil and 1 cup of water and beat until smooth and fluffy.  Then pour the chocolate into the other end of the pan.  (Remove knife out from under the pan so the batter will balance out in the pan as seen below.)

Bake for approximately 30 minutes or until the cake springs back when touched in the center and is pulling away from the sides of the pan.  Remove from the oven and let cool for approximately 15-30 minutes.
Trim the top of the cake, using the rim of the cake as your guide.  This is to make the top of the cake flat. 

I put the cake top in a separate dish and use to make a different desert. 

Next flip the cake with the leveled side down on your serving dish, as seen below.  
Cool completely before frosting.

Frosting recipe for this size of cake:
  2 cups of Crisco
2 cups of margarine
8 cups of powdered sugar
4 teaspoons vanilla
2/3 cups of evaporated milk
Mix in mixing bowl with a spoon before you mix it on high with mixer for 5-10 minutes.
(by mixing with spoon you will keep powered sugar from going out of the bowl when you turn on the mixer.)

Put in large mixing bowl and beat for approximately 10 minutes.

Frost the cake and then add borders. Use tip # 32 for the borders. 

Using a size 10 writing tip. I wrote Congratulations Rachel on the cake using white frosting.

I colored four bowls of frosting with Wilton paste coloring.

I put each color in pastry bags.  I used a size 10 writing tube and red frosting to go over the white Congratulation Rachel.  It makes it looked raised.  

I then made red, yellow, and blue roses and put them in the freezer until I was ready to put the on the cake.  

I used tip #104 to make the roses.

I place the roses on the cake frozen from the freezer.  They can be handled slightly when frozen. After I place the roses where I want them, I added green leaves and rose buds made directly on the cake using tip #104.

Hope you like it. Rachel did.


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Thursday, June 5, 2014

DIY Concrete Steps

Scripture to Live By:  
Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the Lord thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.  Deuteronomy 31:6

My son came to visit for a long weekend.  Each time he comes he ask his dad what projects that they can work on together.  We needed to put in additional steps that would lead to the river.  The river bank is quite sloped and  trying to get to the water when the grass was wet or your feet were wet could be very slippery.  We have wanted some concrete steps to go to the river because all the wooden steps  wash away each year when the river rises.  About a year ago we put in a concrete platform and added some wooden step that were filled with concrete, and these steps have stayed.  These were close to the water and we needed more steps to get us up the sloped area to flat ground.  So here is what we did.

We purchased 13 bags of concrete and some 2 x 4 inch x 8 foot treated lumber to make forms to pour the concrete into.  We purchased a concrete mixing tray and used a hoe to mix the concrete with.  We used water from the river to make the concrete the right mixture.  He used a 2 x 4 inch board to smooth the concrete and a trowel.  

My son started at the bottom and worked his way up.  Each day he would do one step and let it dry overnight so he could work from it the next day, to do the step above it.  He laid one step each day he was here.  My husband did the finishing touches after he left and the steps were completely dry.  

Each step was 24 x 28 inches long. We made the wooden forms out of 2 x 4 inch treated lumber.  My son dug out the front of each step 10 inches in the front of the step and tapered the steps to 4 inches.  

(The leaves on the concrete are shadows from the trees around the pad.) 

By doing this he poured 10 inches of concrete in the front of the step and tapered the concrete to 4 inches thick in the back of the step.   

He attached a board in the front of the step and on each side to fill the 10 inch area in the front of the step and then removed it when the concrete had set. 

Three steps down and one to pour to finish the fourth step.  

The fourth step is poured and waiting for it to set.

Thirteen bags of concrete later.  

Now the steps are complete and it is time to put the finishing touches.

We put river rock on each side of the steps to stabilize the soil on each side of the steps.

 So thankful for all the hard work my son and husband did to make getting to the river safe for all to use.   

So thankful for the way this project turned out.  So if you live on a river bank and need steps to get you to the river.  Why not use the idea we came up with and make your own.  
I think this project turned out beautiful, what about you?









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