Thanks everyone. Rosie, your fondant figures are so perfect! Are they wet? They look so shiny. Today I have a young girl coming over for a baking lesson. We are going to do cake pops...I think she is 7 or 8???
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Thanks Cat- this was my first gingerbread project and I procrastinated for 2 weeks before I finally jumped in. Once I got startted- I was only going to make one house- I couldn't stop! It was a blast. The best part was that it was for an elderly living facility and the residents just raved about the displays we did. Can't wait til next year!
Cat, I didn't realize you had broken fingers, either! That's what happens when you mostly lurk, I guess! I didn't know you were left handed. I am, too, strictly!! There's very little I do with my right hand and I do remember having problems in third grade with my teacher. He refused to have a left handed person in his class and kept grabbing the pencil out of my left hand and forcing me to write right handed.....then flunked me in handwriting because it was so horrible!!! My mom finally believed that he was doing that to me when another girl told her that he did it all the time. She finally went to the school and said she'd sue if he kept it up, that I was left handed and that was the way it was going to stay. They transferred me out of his class and into one where the teacher didn't care what hand I wrote with as long as I learned how to write! All my borders on the bottom of cakes go in the opposite direction of everyone else's because I do them with my left hand. No one I do cakes for seems to notice, though, so I don't let it bother me.
But back to your fingers....hope they heal very quickly for you and you're back to normal soon. You have a wonderful family to support you the way they do, so enjoy that, too. Have a wonderful New Years no matter what you do!!
Auntginn, LOVE your masks! They turned out beautiful! Batterup, I agree with K8-Memphis about the cat's face reflection on the board. I, too, like the cat layer, but I also love the teapot on top. Cute cake overall. And Rosie, one of these days I'm going to tackle gingerbread houses. Yours are very cute and inspirational!
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New Year's Eve:
I have vague memories of when Johnny Carson taped late enough on New Year's Eve to go out live to the East Coast, and include a live Times Square remote at midnight. Then I remember watching just enough of Guy Lombardo's program to catch the live-to-the-East-Coast remote.
In my family, New Year's Day was always a much bigger thing than New Year's Eve: we're teetotalers, and heavy drinking isn't exactly a very entertaining spectator sport; besides which, my maternal grandmother was born on January 1st, so the typical drill when I was a kid was (1) watch the Rose Parade at least once, (2) Grandma's birthday dinner, which was also a chance to exchange Christmas presents with those we didn't see on Christmas Day.
Then I grew older, and realized that the Rose Parade was slightly less entertaining than watching paint dry. So I started a new tradition of not leaving my room, New Years Day morning until I was sure I'd missed the last rebroadcast of the Rose Parade.
And my grandmother eventually died, which kind of put a damper on her birthday dinner.
When I worked part-time for the late lamented Costa Mesa Ice Capades Chalet, I found out that we had a church group that rented the place every New Year's Eve, for a combined skating/broomball party. I had nowhere else to go, really, and they needed responsible staff to work the party, so I started working it, and eventually served as acting manager for it, since none of the real assistant managers particularly wanted to work the party. They were nice enough people, and it was good to be surrounded by a group that was every bit as stone-cold-sober as I was.
Eventually (not all that long before I quit the part-time job altogether), that got old, and I started spending New Year's Eve in Disneyland, since I was an annual passholder. That ended in 2005/06, when I got there, and overcrowding had put Disneyland into the fullest lockdown state I've ever seen it in (I understand that for a time that evening, they weren't even allowing re-entry of passholders or hotel guests. I had to forfeit a dinner reservation at the Blue Bayou, and spend the evening wandering Downtown Disney and Disney's California Adventure. I had a lot of time to introspect, that evening, and I realized that I was no longer getting enough use out of my pass to justify keeping it, so six months later, I let it lapse.
Since then, I've deliberately ignored New Year's Eve, and done my best to be asleep well before midnight.
Sorry about your finger, Cat. I broke an arm once, and it wasn't much fun. Also slammed a finger in a car door once, and ended up having to regrow a fingernail, once the swelling went down.
Haven't baked a cake since this year's Leland Award cake. But I've been baking lots of cookies, including a batch of oatmeal yesterday afternoon (with which I refreshed that portion of the last undelivered gift bucket).
"BatterUp": is your Alice in Wonderland cake designed so that the Cheshire Cat tier disappears, leaving only the smile?
"Rosie93095": I sincerely hope the "birthday cake for a friend" didn't end up "tasting like Pooh." And that gingerbread display is amazing. Is it on top of a sheet cake, or just on top of a board? And how big is it?
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BatterUp, I love your cake, especially the cat.
Rosie, your winnie is adorable, is that chocolate clay (modeling chocolate)? Great job on the gingerbread houses.
Here's the finished cake. I made the mistake of not covering the bottom tier with fondant only because I thought it would be too much. My bc softened way more than I expected.
Also I placed the magnolia on the cake without thinking about he mask. A mask should have been there, sigh.... My my little neighbor, her family and guest were ecstatic over the cake.
Edited by auntginn - 1/2/14 at 9:57am