Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Loki and Z-Bo

 In forty-eight hours, we went from having eight animals in the house, to having ten. Ten animals! Honestly, this is a new record for us. So, without further ado, I introduce Z-Bo and Loki!

Loki and Z-Bo are excellent guys... a real hoot to be around! 

We found out that Z-Bo has Heartworms, but SOAR Doggy Rescue agreed to take him on as one of their dogs so the money we raised will go to them and Z-Bo will get HW treatment as well as all of the other stuff he needs. We just had to agree to foster him until he finds a new home. Have I said before how awesome SOAR is?

The first couple of days were chaotic, but now we've got a nice system set up and he likes schedules and consistency. But I still can't believe it... 

Loki is healthy, just has a bit of an unbalanced stomach. And so the vet gave us some medicine to help get him balanced and although he doesn't like it, he takes it like a champ.

Thursday, May 14, 2015


A couple of weeks ago, my Mom asked me how I expected to get better at piping if I only piped every now and then. And the more I thought about it, I knew she was right. She's always right, I think it might be one of her superpowers! :-)

So last night, when she said I could bake a cake, anything other than chocolate, I was determined to pipe something on this cake (then I wouldn't mind it not being chocolate ;-). Then I remembered a rosette covered cake I saw on Pinterest. 

The finished cake

The tip I used was 1m. I was delightfully surprised at how easy it was... It was just like writing a lowercase "e". One thing I need to work on is keeping the piping bag clean. By the time I was done the whole inside was coated with frosting, it started coming out the opening on the top. And I also noticed that the size of the rosettes was not consistent.
My crumb coat.
But, overall, not bad for my first rosette piping job!

Monday, May 4, 2015

Homemade Butter

Yes, you read that correctly.

 We made butter! It was soooo simple! All you need is...

  • 1 Glass jar with a lid
  • Heavy Whipping Cream
  • People to take turns shaking

That's it. It's like magic.

You pour the whipping cream in the jar, filling it up about halfway, screw the lid on and shake. I highly recommend playing music, because then you can shake it to the beat... it's highly entertaining.

Also, I almost forgot, this makes butter and buttermilk. It's a one-two punch!

As you shake it, you're going to notice it go thru a couple of stages: 1) whipped cream, 2) clotted cream (it's gonna feel like you broke the whipped cream), and 3) butter with buttermilk. Once you get to stage 3, you drain the buttermilk into a container to save for later, and then you plop the butter out of the jar and knead it under cold water. This last step makes sure that you just have butter, that all the buttermilk is gone. And then, you have to try it of course! It is delicious! You can add a little salt to the butter, but we like it as is.

We found the recipe here.