26 02 2008

At my WONDERFUL office (yeah right), I had the task of buying birthday cakes for 4 (!) people. Two wanted homemade (yay!) and two wanted store-bought, which I didn’t bother to photograph and didn’t mind either since I didn’t so much care for those fellow co-workers, truth be told. So, Cathy and my boss wanted two different cakes: chocolate vs. something light but liqueur-esque. Both are geeks. So…VOILA! : The cake 🙂 Enjoy!

So the bottom layer was chocolate and the top was a orange liqueur yellow cake with Nutella (!) filling/icing and fondant with the from-the-can frosting… 😀 I was tight on time and…well too lazy to make my own frosting.

It’s even got a Power button! (even though the camera was shaky)

Once again, this time with the toothpick/candle holes:

Oh and I made a duplicate cake for Cathy’s friend’s birthday…lol 🙂 Same cake…except that one was viewed 200 times on …geeks, go figure lol just kidding! Check it out here:


Pumpkins? Enough!! (Until Thanksgiving!)

28 10 2007

So last weekend we went a-pumpkin-picking…very cute 🙂 and we scored 2 very nicely sized pumpkins! About 10 lbs each or so. Since Jay was bugging me to make pumpkin pie, I decided to just do it this weekend. And quite frankly, I am now totally pumpkin’ed-out! No more! (Until Thanksgiving, that is lol)

The damn pumpkin hurt my hand during cutting only because it was so darn big! Of course, we can’t forget the fact that our oven is broken! We only had a toaster oven…and we were out of propane for the gas grill. Sooo, I tried one plate of roasted pumpkin but it took a while so then I did the steaming. Worked fine BUT caused the pumpkins to be somewhat watery. The fix? Compensate with less liquid of other types. I still needed to run to the store before I started baking everything so I measured everything out and set it all aside. And thank God for that! Anyways, my creations went like hotcakes! I was going to take pics this morning but, well, I was lazy! 😛 But here’s the list:

1. Pumpkin Walnut Biscuits (recipe from – First attempt at biscuits and they turned out very nicely 🙂
2. Classic Pumpkin Pie (recipe from – Recipe originally called for eggnog…couldn’t find it so I substituted milk. Was able to make 6 mini pies (in little baggies already) + one regular 9″ pie 🙂
3. Pumpkin Walnut Cranberry Bread (recipe from – Well, the batter that was placed in the bread pan…did NOT work out. The outside was crisp and tasty but the inside was still raw 😦 However, shockingly enough, the batter placed in the mini muffin tins were perfect! Tasty but browned a bit too much. So it suffers from the doesn’t-look-great-but-tastes-awesome syndrome…
4. Cranberry Walnut Pumpkin Cookies (recipe from – Yes there is a trend here! (Jay loves cranberries, walnuts and pumpkins…see?) These turned out AWESOME! I made about a dozen as regular cookies but since I only had my toaster oven (and it was getting late) I opted for the mini muffin tin to speed things along. And the mini muffins? Turned out awesome as well!

The cookies were for the little “Secret Boo” thing at the office 🙂 Oh and that went over UBER well! Paired the cookies with choice Tazo tea and candy. The muffins and the 9″ pumpkin pie are just for work, which disappeared super fast (kind of shocked too but all good!). The mini pies are for Cathy & Rob. The biscuits are for me for breakfast! And the bread? For the garbage 😦 I put it back in, hoping to cook the inside, but that didn’t work. Oh well! And what did Jay eat? Only the biscuits 😦 Not even a bite of the pies! Sigh…maybe Thanksgiving then?

But yeah, it was fun as anything to be back in the kitchen like that 🙂 Instead of just making the usual salad + beef request. And of course, watching Food Network afterwards with their Iron Chef America reruns…ahh the kitchen! 🙂

Addicted to Collecting? aka Online Pack Rat?

10 08 2007

I signed up for a bunch (read: too many) recipe newsletters from Truly a large collection in a great many categories. So I get about ….15 emails a day from (roughly). What do I end up doing at night? Sitting there, copying all these recipes that I’m interested in. Anyone got suggestions for recipe programs?? I found CookWare Deluxe for Mac so that’s a possibility. But wow is my collection messy! So the Chef Wanna-Be hits again! Hopefully I’ll be able to make everything once I have my own place =) I’m really focusing on Italian recipes (hmm I wonder why!)

I’m so tired and sleepy. I really do need to sleep now. This whole collecting recipes thing is almost as addicting as collecting knitting patterns! Oh and I’ve started with non-knitting craft “recipes/patterns”! Found a bunch on such as: DIY with Your Own Photos Journal and Silhouette

Hopefully I can find enough prints of my own to create the journals…and with the silhouette project? Probably Jay as the model in a gift to myself (how corny!)