Friday, February 26, 2010
Well no reason to wake anyone up! Figured I'd take advantage of the short lived peace and quiet I would have today. When I looked outside the window, I couldn't believe how much snow had fallen! I decided to take my camera, head out and capture the moment.
This is the first thing I saw, or actually didn't see when I walked outside my building. Where'd the steps go??
For fear of what lies ahead of me.
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Since part of the theme was baby blocks, instead of regular round mini cupcakes, I decided to do mini square cakes to make them look more like blocks. I ended up doing 72 blocks - 36 with green letters and numbers and the other half with brown. When I was planning this project, I really didn't think it was going to take me all that long to do. Boy was I wrong!!!
To make things go quicker (so I thought), I ended up buying a mini brownie pan from Wilton. Normally, I LOVE Wilton products, but in this case I have to say, it was no time saver. In fact, it was a complete time WASTER!! Even though I measured the batter with an ice cream scoop so they'd be the same size, it didn't happen. I ended up having to trim each and every one of these little guys!!
So here goes...
The night before I baked, I colored the fondant green and brown. I tried to buy chocolate fondant at NY Cake & Bake but they didn't have any. Of course not. That would have been way too convenient.
After I colored the fondant, I cut out the letters and numbers using small fondant cutters.
Once I trimmed (errrr!!!) all of the blocks, I put them on a rack,
Wouldn't these make cute scrabble pieces?? Just need the little numbers in the corners.
Next it was time to tackle the baby carriage cake. For this I used Wilton's baby carriage pan so I wouldn't have to start sculpting myself. Yep, took a bit of a shortcut on this one. But hey, after those blocks I think I deserved it!
I made it - just barely!!
Or so I thought.
"Hey, it's Karen, I'm coming over - centerpieces and party favors!!"
To be continued...
Saturday, February 20, 2010
Somehow the hubbs got tickets to a fashion show during Fashion Week at Bryant Park. I really don't know how. He may have told me but I already forgot. We were supposed to go together last Friday. That's when he told me the tickets were for. I had to completely rearrange schedules because it was during the day and I had to make sure I had coverage for my girls - picking them up from school, watching them after school, giving them dinner, etc. I also had to get myself ready which involves my hair!! Never a fun task especially when my time is limited.
So, just as I am getting my coat on, the hubbs comes out of his office (aka "the cave") and says "Uh Oh, you're not going to believe it". I give him the look. With a chuckle he shows me the tickets and they are for the NEXT DAY!!! Did you hear my screams?!? You must have.
With some more schedule rearranging, I ended up going the next day with my friend Pam instead. Always turns out to be a great day when you're hanging with your best bud.
I have to apologize in advance for these horrible pictures you're about to see. Don't know what happened but these are probably some of the worst shots I've ever taken. Not even Photoshop could help.
The event itself was a really fun experience. It was very exciting and very New York.
Tents are set up in Bryant Park and this is where the different fashion shows are held.
Once you are inside, you don't even feel like you're in a tent - it feels like a real building. It's amazing to me how Bryant Park can be transformed into so many different venues.
We ended up at the Academy of Art University's show.
Honestly the highlight of the event was the whole buzz around the show, the music, and the people watching. Once the show actually started, we really weren't thrilled with any of the clothes. Doesn't look like they were either.
There was safari
and more ruffles
The seats were really small and fit tightly together.
I definitely felt like my butt could have used an extra half a seat. I was just a little too close to the stranger sitting to my left.
Even though we didn't see any famous designers, we did see this guy outside...
My girls will be so jealous.