Pups on the Patio!

So, I work at a bar one night a week, Blind Bob’s, which I talk about here from time to time. Well, we decided to have a night where people can bring their dogs and come mingle with their favorite two legged and four legged friends. So Tuesday night was dubbed for doggies!

I was commissioned to make some treats.

But… I’m me. So I don’t do anything halfway. I go all out.
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Quite a few people came out, despite the cold. I think it’s safe to say, good times were had by all.
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Soooo if you’re not doing anything tonight… you know where to find me and Eddy!
Here’s a photo of him in a boat.
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Want to make your own yummy dog bones? I pulled this recipe off the web. It’s pretty easily customized though! I used beef broth instead of chicken and I added a couple of finely diced up organic carrots. I’ve made these before with a dash of liquid smoke for flavor as well!

2 teaspoons dry yeast
1/2 cup lukewarm water
2 tablespoons dry parsley
2 tablespoons minced garlic 1 1/2 cups chicken broth
3 tablespoons honey
1 egg
5-6 cups whole wheat flour

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 ° F (180 ° C).

In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Stir in the parsley, garlic, broth, honey, and egg. Gradually blend in flour, adding enough to form a stiff dough.

Transfer to a floured surface and knead until smooth (about 3-5 minutes). Shape the dough into a ball, and roll to 1/4-inch (6 mm) thick. Using small bone-shaped cookie cutters, make biscuits! Transfer to ungreased baking sheets, spacing them about 1/4 inch (6 mm) apart. Gather up the scraps, roll out again, and cut additional biscuits.

Bake for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and turn over. Bake for an additional 15 minutes, or until lightly browned on both sides. Let cool overnight.

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My Little Slice of America

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So, it’s the Fourth of July and what better time to tell you all about the place I live. I had a wonderful weekend. We biked on some of our area’s hundreds of miles of connected bike trails (we rode probably close to 100 miles in the past three days), we went to a baseball game at our local minor league baseball stadium, we visited the United States Air Force Museum (the largest in the nation!) and we spent a lot of time with friends, family and well… a lot of time catching up one some much needed sleep!

So, let me tell you about my wonderful slice of America… Dayton, Ohio!
This is where I live… the Cannery Lofts!
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This is my wonderful kitchen where I get to create my cakes!
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I really love Dayton because it feels small enough to be a community, but large enough that living downtown feels urban and fun.
We have amazing architecture and a huge love of the arts here in Dayton.
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Our sky line might not be massive, but gosh it can sure look pretty!
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We have SO much history here in Dayton. The Wright Brothers did so much for our city and the world! They created amazing bicycles and invented the airplane! This all happened just blocks from where I live! Now that’s awesome.
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We have a minor league baseball team, the Dayton Dragons. There’s not much more American than baseball!
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Riverscape has so many wonderful things these days. We have concessions, fountains, spray grounds, amazing landscaping and awesome views.
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And of course, it’s the entryway to most of our amazing bike paths!
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We have the Oregon District… a great little district of shops, bars, restaurants and art galleries.
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I work here at Blind Bob’s on the weekends.

And I work here! At Hauer Music!
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Tonight we went to an all American BBQ at Blind Bob’s and I baked, decorated and brought in some festive cupcakes!
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I rode them over to the bar on my bike!

The next time you think Ohio sounds boring, think about all the amazing things Ohio has done for America and all it has to offer!
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Tutorial Tuesday: Fondant Flowers

Alright, so I know you’re all dying to know who won the contest, right??
Well, I used random.org to choose a random number for me. You were all in order of who commented first. (sub-comments didn’t count on this number line, just your initial comment, so one chance per person.)

Well, 15 of you entered and random.org picked #2… who is… STEW!!!!
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Congratulations. He’s already been contacted for his address :)

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For those who didn’t win… there’s always my brand new etsy shop! I joined Etsy in 2008 with intentions of selling and I’m just now posting my very first listing. Oh sheesh. I hope I can sell some other things on there soon like some custom made fondant items. Maybe even make and sell fondant by the lb or something? I don’t know! We’ll see what happens lol.
In any case, thank you guys for participating, I’m so happy with the feedback. Two people asked about making flowers. So here we go!

Now there are a LOT of kits and things for making flowers. It’s not like they’re wildly expensive. That one is around $20, but I’m on a super budget here! So… I don’t have those fancy things. I don’t do flowers SUPER often, so I use what I have and I get by. So, I suppose this is my “how to make fondant flowers on the cheap” tutorial. lol
I love my Wilton tool kit, but I’ve seen some cheap alternatives you can totally get by with online like this one. If you look them up on ebay, you can score a cheap set for around $10.

In any case, maybe you can find some thing around your house that you could use, I don’t know, a spoon end, a q-tip, I don’t know… hahaha be creative.

I start with my fondant, my fondant roller, my flower cut outs, which were super cheap!, powdered sugar and my tools and an empty egg box. I scored this awesome one from a flat of eggs I bought, it actually was the top section that cradled the top of the eggs, the cups are more round more shallow. It’s awesome.
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I sift some powdered sugar all over the counter and the fondant and roll it flat. Then I cut my shapes.
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(ignore those big ones, I just got that cutter set… I didn’t like how they came out. Will revisit that set later lol)

Then I take one of my rounded tools and gently press it into each petal. It flattens the petal and adds shape.
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Then a quick poke in the middle to add a little dip…
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Then everyone goes into the egg crate. To dry. Over night. MINIMUM.
They really need to get totally dry. They need to sit out some place cool and dry over night. Don’t put them in the fridge.
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Once I get them in there I lightly brush them with high proof vodka to dissolve all the left over powdered sugar. Don’t brush the bottoms or they’ll stick. You can do that after they dry.
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The next day, I like to spritz them with the ol’ airbrush. I go over them with a few sheen colors. A little pink, a little yellow, a little edible glitter. Very faint, just enough to give them a shimmer.
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I let them dry for a few minutes and then I brush off any extra powdered sugar on the back of them that I think might show when they’re on the cake. I pipe a little buttercream or melted chocolate on the bottom and place them on the cake.
Then last but not least, I pipe a little yellow dot in the centers of the flowers with a small star tip!
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That really makes them pop. If your dot pulls up too far, give it 30 seconds to a minute to set up and then you can lightly take your finger and smoosh it down a bit.

And there you have it!
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(also, in case anyone wants to know, the rossettes on the sides were done with a no. 74 tip. You just sort of make a spiral from the center out.)
Lovely. :)
And happy birthday to Lisa! She and her husband own the bar I work at on the weekends, Blind Bob’s. I’ve made several cakes for the bar before!
Their one year anniversary cake and a cake to commemorate the one year anniversary of their open mic night! Also known as one of the most insanely awesome cakes I’ve ever made! That thing was epic. Heck, I even made a cake for the bar when I quit in September of 2009! Hahaha. I couldn’t do the waitress thing anymore, but after a lot of chatting with Nate the manager (son of Bob and Lisa) about it and then replying to a text for an offer for the job while pretty intoxicated, I became the normal weekend door person.
Anyhow, I adore Bob and Lisa and I love their bar. Blind Bob’s is totally responsible for helping revive the Dayton, Ohio music scene and I’m more than happy to be a part of it.
When Bob called me with a super secret mission to make a super special spring cake for Lisa’s birthday and bring it over to the bar on Monday, there was no way I could say no!
We love you Lisa! Happy Birthday!

Rock n’ Roll and Cake

My husband is a great guy… like, seriously. He’s very talented. I know that I sort of have to say that… because he’s my husband, but I really mean it! He is in several bands at the moment. One of those bands is called Auburndale. He sings and plays guitar in the band. They’ve spent a long time working on their new record and even after some issues with the pressing of the cds (the company sent them their cds packaged in cases that belonged to a band from GERMANY!), they worked out all the kinks and last night we celebrated with a great rock show at Blind Bob’s, where he and I both work.
I knew I had to make a cake for them! And what better than to try to replicate their album artwork!

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Auburndale CD release party cake

Granted, I didn’t match the color so well, but I don’t think I’ve ever painted something this large with food color and I wasn’t even sure it was going to work! I mixed food color gel with a bit of vodka and painted it all by hand. The vodka evaporates, so no, this cake will not get you drunk!

The inside of the cake was red velvet!
The bar is right by our house, so I decided I didn’t need to put the cake in a box. We made one stop before the bar and by the time we got back into the car, I completely forgot that the cake was in the back seat. My husband slammed on the breaks at a stop light and I felt something hit the back of my seat… I just knew. I knew RIGHT AWAY what it was. I freeeaked out and jumped out of the car right there at the light. The cake was teetering on the edge of the seat and had slid forward on the cake board. The left corner hit the seat and was slightly dented, but the fondant didn’t tear. Holy cow. I can’t explain to you the heart attack I had!

Once we got to the bar I got some great ego boosting attention from everyone about the cake. People all wanted to eat it and by the time the second band started, I knew I had to go ahead and cut the cake before someone cut me!

By the end of the night the cake was gone and everyone was thanking me. It was a great night!

Auburndale’s album Alive in a Dying City is for sale on itunes and on Amazon.

Here they are playing acoustic at the local radio station (interview here.)

More music on their myspace.

I feel so lucky to live in a place where people still support local music. Some people might think the music scene here is dead, but working at this bar has shown me that we still have a great little tight knit community of people who just genuinely love music. I can’t thank everyone in Dayton, Ohio enough for that. <3

Cake Week!

Obviously, at my house, almost every week seems like cake week, but last week was CAKE WEEK… like… whoa! I made tons of cake and it was awesome!

I made a baby bottle cake for a baby shower:
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Yellow cake with fondant and fondant accents.

I made a HUGE guitar cake for Blind Bob’s one year anniversary of open mic night.
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Chocolate and vanilla cake covered in fondant. Some hand painted details, buttercream details, dragee details and fondant details. All 100% edible except for the 6 tooth picks holding the tuning pegs on! It was a huge hit. I had a piece the next day. SO GOOD. I was at the bar the next couple nights and received tons of compliments. It made me feel awesome about what I do!

I had a birthday cake for a little girl with a horse on it!
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Pretty adorable. I love the combination of brown, blue and white. :) The birthday girl was thrilled. That makes my life every time.

And then Addison’s birthday cake! It turned out really perfect!
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I love making the cake so much that I can forgive him for hiding under the table while we sang happy birthday. I got him Toy Story crayons, Toy Story sand toys, a 3-d reptile book and an alligator mask. haha. When he hugged me for making him his cake he pulled me on the floor and rolled on me hahaha. I love that kid.

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