Friday, January 23, 2009

Yay! I was hoping to see this after reading about it in the Daily Mail.

The world needs more spontaneous dance scenes. We should all learn a few dance moves so that when the occasion arises, we can pull this off for real.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Random observations from today:

My cake decorating class cost $25. Score! Today I found out it's probably because of all the equipment you have to buy, even with the 10% student discount. I'm going to make do with other things, like my glass pans rather than the professional baking pans, and a big knife instead of a leveler. But some of it is nice, like the gel color kit. I know I'll love that.

This great little tip tumbled in to my reader today: click here to opt-out of getting phone books. I hate getting phone books, because we use the internet or google text (46645) or GPS (great gift by the way) to find things. And then I feel bad that someone went through the trouble of printing and delivering them ... just for me to throw out.

I have an alternative work schedule. One Friday off every other week is amazing, and really helping me with the wedding, but dang nine hour workdays are rough.

Glad Slumdog Millionaire is getting nominated for awards. Will not be watching the show. Will be loving the "worst dressed" (why is it so wrong to wear a beautiful ball gown now?) and hating the "best dressed" (designer =/= nice looking).

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Tonight for dinner I made Martha's Mediterranean Stew.

I only kind of made it though, because I don't know what escarole is so I used spinach. And I didn't have an onion but I had some chopped green onion and used that.

It's actually really easy to make ... and TASTY. Oh yes, I will be making this again.

Last night I went to the first class for cake decorating!

For the first night, we met the two instructors - a mother-in-law, daughter-in-law team that own the store (see, you can have a good relationship with your in-laws!). They went through the syllabus and explained baking and icing techniques and the tools we'd need for class.

The three of us (myself and two friends) sat there and watched the whole thing with giant eyes. There are, apparently, many things I did not know about baking and icing.

Lessons learned last night:

  • For a 9"x12" pan, you need one and a half cake mixes. Not one. This makes it thick enough to level and split, meaning you don't have to bake two and stack them.
  • If your cake turns in to a mountain in the middle (mine always do), your oven is too hot. Unfortunately the small print on this tip is my oven also sucks.
  • The icing that bakeries use is like the icing I make, only ... made with special stuff.
  • Bakers have amazing toys. I mean, tools.
Next week we're to make a cake based on their instructions, and we're going to learn how to make different kinds of borders and accents. This means a trip to the store for special, top secret baker's ingredients, and probably a trip to Wal-Mart or Bed Bath and Beyond (with those handy 20% coupons) for my first batch of toys.