Thursday, February 26, 2009

I got the camera!

My Blake Makes Food Chain camera has arrived!

I needed something good after the week I've been having and when I called Dave as I was leaving work he let me know that I had a package arrive for me at the house. I knew exactly what it was, as I wasn't expecting anything else.

Here it is!

Food Chain camera #4

Here's me with the camera .... *ooooh ... ahhhh*

Me and Food Chain camera #4

I just had to test it out, to get a feel for it, so I used the subject closest to me, which just happened to be my Milo! It was really easy to use and didn't take much figuring out how to get things working.

Now, if there's anyone local who happens to read this and wants to help out with my video, please let me know - I'd love to have you in it!

Sunday, February 22, 2009

strawberry stuffed chocolate cupcakes

From start to finish:

The un-stuffed and unfrosted cupcakes:

chocolate cupcakes

The ganache and diced strawberries:

the ganache and strawberries



"Lidded" and glazed:


The final product:

the final product

Friday, February 20, 2009

fluffy love patties

Hey, I didn't name them, but they certainly lived up to their name!

I got the recipe when I saw a video posted on the Blake Makes Food Chain blog and just had to try them, because I couldn't make a good chocolate chip cookie to save my life.

Well, thanks to these cookies, now I can! Even I ate them, and I'm not real big on chocolate, or sweets in general.

Here they are all mixed up and scooped out and ready to go in the oven. Please ignore the Spiderman table cloth. I promise we don't have that up all year long, it was just up there for Mason's party.

pre-baked fluffy love patties

Here's a very sad Milo and his chewy stick. Milo was sad because I told him he couldn't have a fluffy love patty. He can have plenty of love, just not in chocolate chip cookie form.

Sad Milo

Ok, so this was actually the first batch out of the oven and they came out a little crispier than I would have liked, but they were still the best chocolate chip cookie I've ever baked. The rest of them turned out perfectly soft and chewy - and are totally gone.

fluffy love patties

I will DEFINITELY be making these again!!

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Birthday cupcakes

As promised on Facebook, here are pictures of Mason's birthday cupcakes!

Awaiting frosting:

Mason's birthday cupcakes pre-frosting

White chocolate raspberry, butterscotch, and cream-filled chocolate mini cupcakes!

Mason's birthday cupcakes

Me and the cupcakes

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

a bit of an update

As you may have noticed, my blog url has changed. It was time to move on from all things kittenish ... although, the nickname stays! You can still call me Kitten any time!

Last week I took my boys and Dave to see the Harlem Globetrotters for the first time. I won tickets through BobFM's website (thank you Bob!) and the seats were awesome! I do have pictures, but I haven't really had time to go through and resize them, but when I do, I'll be sure to post them to Flickr and some to here. I saw the Globetrotters many years ago and thanks to my mother (who won dinner and tickets then too - see a pattern? lol) I got to meet them as well. We were definitely not disappointed seeing them this time and I know the boys had a blast.

It's been a stressful couple of weeks at work. We're down one person because she's been out sick (and won't be back until after the 20th). I'm thankful that she's gotten a fixable diagnosis, because I've been quite worried about her. I've talked to her a few times over the last couple weeks, but I still miss her bunches! We finally got a decent sub to fill her job until she returns, so that should help with my stress level some.

Since I mentioned stress, my stress has decided to manifest itself as hives - mostly on my face - and quite frankly I'm getting sick of it! I went into work one day last week looking like someone slapped me across the face, but it was just lines of hives on my cheek. I can tell when they're there without looking in a mirror because my face will feel really warm there and if they're real bad I can feel a burn or a sting. I need to find an antihistamine that doesn't make me drowsy for when I'm at work. I take Benedryl at home if I don't have anywhere else to go, because when I take one I'm out like a light.

Let's see, what else is going on here? Cupcakes are good. I had a few orders from teachers at school a couple weeks ago. The salted caramel and the ho-ho cupcakes seem to be my biggest sellers right now. I'll be making a few different kinds this week - but those are for birthday reasons!


Mason turns 11 this week. I'm still trying to figure out where the last 11 years have gone. I'll try to get an updated picture of him (but really, he doesn't look all that much different than the last time he let me take his picture).

More cupcakes -- This week I'll be making ice cream cone cupcakes for Mason to take to school on Thursday. This weekend for his family/friends party he has requested the ho-ho cupcakes and the white chocolate raspberry ones (I did laugh when he said I didn't have to put the raspberry on them because - his words - "I know fresh raspberries are expensive this time of year, mom".). There will be lots of pictures to follow, I'm sure!

I'm also really excited about getting the Blake Makes Food Chain camera next!! I'm about 80% sure I know what I want to film, but am still open to suggestions!

I still have my hair cut short. It took a lot of getting used to, but I've decided to keep it like this for a while. Now, to just get rid of the gray hairs!


I think that's about it for now. Thanks for sticking with me through this post!

Monday, February 9, 2009

Need help!

If anyone reading this happens to have a remnant of green indoor/outdoor carpeting that I could have, I would love you forever!

I can't post exactly what it's needed for as someone specific might read it.

If you have what I'm looking for, find me either on Facebook or just leave a comment here and I'll get ahold of you!

Thank you!!!