Tuesday, June 30, 2009

4th of July Reunion Time !

With the 4th of July knocking at our door, it can only mean one thing....Family reunion time !!!

With that being said, I'm really conflicted as to what to take this year in the way of goodies. I won't have time to bake up a cake. I'm a little bummed because I had a super cute idea for a "family" cake. I've decided to skip any baking and look for any make-ahead dishes. I think I've settled on a few dips, but I'd like to hear your thoughts. Any awesome dip suggestions would be great !!!

Let's not forget about our homemade ice cream. We'll be headed to the reunion armed with our white Chocolate Matcha Ice Cream mixed up and ready to freeze ! I can't wait for that ! Or, maybe I can....it may taste terrible ! Who knows ! I do know one thing...we are going to have a blast at the reunion. I look forward to spending a weekend with distant family and catching up. It's always loads of fun. We will have a silent auction and for the 3rd year running, we are having a white elephant gift exchange. I picked up a few ultra cute items at the Dollar General, where everything is NOT a dollar, and I hope I can end up with them ! (sneaky, huh).

On another note. I'm loving the retro items found on http://www.unique-vintage.com/ I do not love the prices, but hello ! Love the stuff ! My birthday is right around the corner.....

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Ink 2

After several years of wanting another tattoo, I finally got one. It seemed only fitting since James recently got one too. Our friends, Vince and Amy, also went and each got one. I must admit, it hurt WAY less than I remembered. I guess I just had a better, more skilled artist this time. It was a fun experience. James and I kept thinking the entire time that we knew the tattoo guy from somewhere....it didn't hit me till we were leaving.....Duff ! From Ace of Cakes ! This guy looked a lot like him and even spoke like him. It was pretty funny. I'm very pleased with the end results !

Almost done....

New tattoo
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All finished

New tattoo
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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Love Notes

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I LOVE love notes....this was waiting for me when I got up this morning. It made my day.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009


James' new tattoo
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You just never know what you could get if you come to my house. You could get a song, a cake, a Bible lesson, a tattoo.....ya just never know. James' good friend Rollo came by yesterday to give James a tattoo that he's been wanting for a while. I don't have a picture of it once it was complete, but i snapped a few shots during the fun. I had forgotten how loud a tattoo gun really is. It echoed through the house. It was quite entertaining and I like the way it turned out.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Grooms cake

Grooms cake
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This is my 3rd fondant cake, and my first tiered cake and it did not come without issues as well ! Heat is not a friend of fondant and we all know how steamy it was this weekend. Well, the plan was to drop the cake at the reception site before the wedding. I was assembling it on site. A few minutes before James and I were loading up, he got a call and a transformer had blown and the power was out at the KC hall. SO, we ended up taking it after the wedding. The power was back on, but hadn't been on long so it was still pretty warm and humid in the hall. I broke the heart before I put it on, the fondant had a tear in it...among other things that I see that I don't care for. All in all, it turned out ok, and I thought it tasted really good. The bride and groom loved it and that's what matters most. James was awesome. He helped me out a lot, but he was very encouraging and that helped the most !

Annie's princess cake

Well, I survived the weekend ! This was Annie's princess cake and I was very pleased with the results despite the issues that I had with it. It was a lot of fun to make !

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Falling Slowly

So beautiful. Makes me feel lonely and loved all at the same time. Makes me miss James, but fall in love all over again. I want to sing this. From the movie ONCE.....