Hey there, so glad you popped by! I've moved to a new address, however, and you can find my new blog at: The Weaver's Apprentice as of Monday, January 26, 2015. I hope you'll come visit me there! See you soon! XOXO

Sunday, June 23, 2013

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So I've been having a rather difficult time as of late when it comes to blogging. I'll start a post, then hit "Save" and then never publish it. It's like my brain is like, "Here! Post THIS!" And then is like, "Wait, what was I doing?"

Totally annoying.

I was wondering to myself today (and lots of days other than today too...) what exactly my issue is. I love blogging. I love the connections I've made, friendships that have formed, and all the other fun stuff that's happened because I started blogging.

It struck me today that part of my "problem" is that I've been doing a lot of self maintenance. A lot of soul searching. A lot of reforming myself, my ideas, my beliefs about myself, etc. I've been very introspective so far this year, even more-so than I usually am.

Since January I've been working with Pixie Campbell and all the wonderfully awesome women who are also participating in SouLodge. I'd started back in January a post about Wild women, Wise women and how things kind of smacked me in the face & then fell into place... but never finished writing it, let alone posted it.

Sometimes it feels like my thoughts are the oak leaves the Sibyl writes on, but when I try to gather them up, they blow away in the breeze, get jumbled & mixed up, and I can't sort them out again. So I leave them in a heap, a pile in the corner of my mind, and hope that maybe I'll get them straightened out someday.

Since maybe May, Britt & I have been doing a lot of talking about, reading about, etc. body image. Self love, fat acceptance, Health at Every Size, and all sorts of things that fall in with those.

The Militant Baker has been a favorite blog for a while, and now her skyrocket to the forefront of public awareness has launched a national attention shift to size, weight, self love, self acceptance...

Speaking of the utter fabulousness that IS Jes of TMB, take a few moments to read the article I've linked to below. No matter your size, weight or level of self love, read it. And love your amazing self some more. ^-^

Things No One Will Tell Fat Girls... So I Will.

Okay. Awesome, right? Yep.

So perhaps it's been my hang up on writing... I don't really know.

I do know that I'd like to get back on my own little blogging wagon, simply because it makes ME happy. And that's why I started this whole shebang to begin with. ^-^

So yeah... that's kind of where I'm currently at. Slightly absent minded & obsessed with loving myself and everyone else exactly as they are, because we're all fucking gorgeous.

Hope to see you soon... XOXO

Friday, June 07, 2013

The much anticipated asparagus cake!

I meant to get this post out a while ago... but, um, yeah... I never seemed to be able to find the time. Until now, at 2:56 in the morning, as I begin. There's lots & lots of pictures for this post, so I'm sorry if it takes a bit to load... ^_~

First off, I'm a huge admirer of Rosie who writes & shares her amazing concoctions over at Sweetapolita.

She makes some of the most amazing cakes, cookies... and any and everything sweet & sugary that you could imagine. And she has tons of recipes & snazzy tutorials. If you've never been over there for a visit, I highly recommend stopping over to say hi. ^-^

One of her most amazing (and in my humble opinion, insane) confections is her asparagus cake... and HERE's the tutorial on how to make one of your very own, should you feel so inclined. Or possessed... probably by some kind of strange spirit... but I digress...

Alrighty, folks... that's the first little 'ol spear I made. ^-^

But why would I want to make a cake that looks like asparagus, you ask? Well, I shall tell you...

Britt's birthday was back at the beginning of May, well, I suppose it's really closer to the middle, but whatever...

And I had been bugging her for a month or two about what kind of cake she wanted. She didn't know. So during one of my perusals of Rosie's blog, I ran across her amazing asparagus cake. Yes, all eight layers of a full sized, 8-inch cake. The woman is mad, I tell you, but in a good way.

And I fell completely in love. And instantly knew what cake I was going to make Britt, who harbors a vast love for asparagus. I'm pretty sure it's her favorite veggie... ^-^
So we bought some white fondant from the craft/hobbie supply store & set to work dyeing it green. Thank the gods for latex gloves...

I'd never actually used fondant before this cake, but I'd heard many a horror story... lolz... but it seemed to pretty much do what I wanted it to, so I was pleasantly surprised. ^-^
My only concern was as to how I was going to shade the little things... since Rosie had suggested using petal dust, and I couldn't find any. Then I remembered to check Michael's, and was rewarded with every color of petal dust I could ever want. But I was good & only bought purple & brown. ^-^

Each of the "leaves" are made by making tiny snips with embroidery scissors in the fondant... which is a time consuming task. But I had a blast, snipping away while Britt rolled out, measured & cut the fondant into the sizes I needed. 

I did the shading with the dust via paint brush. It took me seven hours to shade them all. I shaded them all in one go, taking a brief break after about three hours to go buy a soda. ^-^

I think there were like 26 or so full spears, and about four or five times as many tips.

Crumb-coating the cake... I got two awesome little 4-inch spring form pans that I used to make two little cakes. I then cut those two cakes in half so that we'd have a four layer cake.

The full spears went around the outside of the cake, while the tips went on top. 

And there we go! A nice little bunch of asparagus that even the most vegetable-hating child would love to eat. ^-^

I had waaaaaaaaaaay too much fun making this cake... ^-^

Here's a close-up of the spear tips... 

Cake time! =D
We'd waited for a day and a half for the fondant to dry before we could bake the cake... but it was so worth it. ^-^ 

Britt wanted a purple, vanilla flavored cake, so that's exactly what she got. ^-^
Besides, everything tastes better when it's a fun color. 

And here ends my asparagus cake tale... Needless to say, the fondant is not delicious (at least not the store bought kind), so the spears themselves didn't get eaten. As I handed Britt her piece of cake, she wanted to know what to do with the spears... and her eyes bugged out of her head when I told her to toss them in the trash. She was like, "Oh my god. You just spent like three days making these, and now you want me to just throw them away?!?!?"

And yes, we did throw them away, because really, what would I otherwise do with them? o_O

Anywhom... I had such a good time baking this cake, and everything went well from start to finish. The next round of goodies I'm going to be baking is for my friend Jae's baby shower... So depending on what exactly I decide to make, perhaps I'll have something else fascinating to show all y'all. ^-^

I hope you're having a lovely week so far, and if it's your Friday, yay! If it's not your Friday, then you and I can pout together... it's not my Friday either. ^-^


Saturday, June 01, 2013

Mad Tea Party 2013!!!

Ah, my darlings!!!

The announcement has been made!

We are going to party like no other on July 13, 2013...

...For the 6th Annual Mad Tea Party, hosted by Vanessa at A Fanciful Twist! 

(Feel free to join me in my mad happy dance)

Head over to her place to sign up and snag yourself a snazzy banner like the one below... and a button too. ^-^

And then throw a party & come join in the merriment on the 13th of July. See you there!