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Thanks for stoppin' by to read my humble little blog. This is where I ramble on about my everyday life and share the funnies and the not-so-funnies. I hope you enjoy your visit!

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Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Cake Balls

Or should I say cake blobs? I saw these yummy looking treats over on Kelly's blog and I've been wanting to try my hand at making these delectable little sugar bombs ever since. Who better to use for my guinea pigs than my co-workers right? Hey, I thought it might be nice to take them an Easter treat! And if any of you out there are nurses, night-shift nurses in particular, you know that a sweet treat to get you through the wee hours of the night is always welcome.

The concept of cake balls is simple: bake a cake mix, crumble it in a bowl, mix in cream cheese icing, form into balls & refrigerate, dip in almond bark/chocolate/candy melts/etc. Sounds simple, huh? And it is. Kinda. Let me take you on a picture tour of my adventure in cake ball land...



Strawberry cake mix (I wanted spring-y cake balls)



The baked cake and the candy melts used for coating. I was originally going to put the balls on lollipop sticks in a cute little Easter basket. But, I got them home and realized I didn't have anything suitable to stick them in while they were drying! Oops! Oh, and I didn't use the yellow ones because my sweetie had already opened the pink bag and I didn't even need the whole packet.

The crumbled cake mixed with cream cheese icing. Mmm, smells so good!

The cake balls just before going into the refrigerator to set up. I left them in there overnight, but you could stick them in the freezer for a bit if you were in a hurry. Oh, and if I only had a brain I would've used my mini cookie scoop (tiny ice cream scoop) to make the balls instead of rolling them by hand! Would've saved me lots of time & I definitely won't forget about it if I ever make these again! I can't tell you how many times I started to lick the icing off my fingers only to remember that these were bound for consumption by nurses. We are, as a breed, highly germophobic (most of us anyway).

Rolling the cake ball in melted candy (tastes kind of like white chocolate). This was where the situation got sticky, pardon the pun. First, it was a challenge to keep the candy melted without it caramelizing in the microwave. Second, even though the cake balls were pretty firm from being in the fridge, they left tiny bits of cake in the candy coating. So, the first 2 or 3 cake balls had smooth coating but the rest of them looked like I'd added rice krispies to the coating 'cause there were so many crumbs in the candy. Arghh! If there is a next time for these little darlin's, I'll go ahead and put them on lollipop sticks. Then I'll just spoon the coating or chocolate on them while I turn the stick. Should make for a smoother coat.

CAKE BALLS!

See what I mean about the lumpy coating? Those of you who know my OCD side well (Sis) know that this little defect really bothers me. I hate to put so much effort into making something, only for it to turn out less than picture perfect. But, I just have to tell myself that this was a first-time effort and I've learned some tricks for the next time. And, they did taste pretty darn good if I do say so myself. I mean, how could they not with all that sugar in them?

Hope you're all having a wonderful day!

Monday, March 17, 2008

Fun with Frosting!

We had company this weekend when one of my husband's best friends from Tennessee came down for a visit. The two of them have been fishin' buddies for a long time and his friend was a groomsman in our wedding. He got into town Thursday afternoon and immediately met my hubby and another friend at the lake for some early evenin' crappie catching. I was only able to visit with him that night when they got home because I had to work this weekend. Since they're hardcore fishermen, the guys left each morning before I got home from work and didn't come home until I had already left for work each night! We're talking 11-12 hour days on the water, y'all! Now that's some serious dedication!

In honor of our friend's arrival, my sweet hubby had requested a strawberry cake (it's his new favorite) for dessert. Well, I had a creative itch and decided to try my hand at making a tiered cake and decorating it with the pastry bag(Ziploc bag w/ a corner cut off) and icing tip. So, I headed to Hobby Lobby and bought a special knife just for icing cakes, a 4-piece round cake pan set, and a tip for writing with icing. **I did a baby shower for a friend last weekend and the cake was 3 tiers with baby blue icing and white polka dots...hence, my inspiration** Mind you, I ordered the baby shower cake but I thought, "Hey, that doesn't look too hard. I could do that!" NOT!! Much to my dismay, decorating cakes is not as easy as it looks! Stacking the cakes even presented somewhat of a problem because it kept sliding around on the bottom layer while I was trying to ice it! And smooth icing on the sides of the cake? Ha! Needless to say, I'll need to either take a class or do some researching if I want to make a cake that people other than family will see. My husband, being the doll that he is, said it was great and he was impressed just because it was stacked! He's so sweet! Even though it turned out way worse than amateur, it was still fun to do. I love playing with new creative outlets!

Oh, wanna see my "masterpiece"? Ok, here ya go...

the cakes fresh from the oven

Ta Da! The messiest cake ever! :)


after my hubby's generous "little taste"

the guys with their impressive catch

Have a wonderful week everybody!

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Picasa



Hey y'all! I need some help. I just recently discovered Picasa and I LOVE it! My photos have never been so organized and I've spent hours (literally) playing with the edit tools. But, I'm finding that it's a little bit of a pain in the patooty to blog with. I can upload the pics using the "Blog This" button...no problem. It's when I get to the blog that I have trouble typing above the pics so that you read my entry before you're bombarded with pictures! I want to be able to move the pics around to where I want them to be, not where Picasa/Blogger thinks they should be! If you have any helpful hints about using this program...please pass them on!

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Private for Privacy's Sake

Well, girls, I guess I'm jumping on the bandwagon. I, like many of you, am going private. My hubby has never been super-excited about the idea of people he doesn't know reading stuff about our lives. So, when I asked him if it would make him feel better for me to "go private" his face lit up and he gave me a resounding "Yes!" The only catch is, I'm not sure how to do it. I've gotten e-mails from several of you gals inviting me to read your blog but how does the process start in the first place? Could I get a little advice, please? I'd be ever-so-grateful! And, I think I'm supposed to ask y'all to send me your e-mail address if I don't have it, right? So, could you do that too? Especially those of you who read my blog that I don't know personally...I don't want to leave you out!! Hope to hear from somebody soon! *wink*

Have a great day, Y'all!