Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Thanks to My Readers

Hi everyone! I'm back, and I just wanted to say thank you for all the comments and questions and very kind words I've been getting from you all lately. I know my blog's been boring for the last week, but I'm back now, and pretty happy to get back into the swing of things.

First up: pictures of the shower cake. As you can see, the mom-to-be overruled the vote and I went with the random sprinkling of flowers. But thank you all for voting! It was very appreciated.

The cakes are six inch (white), eight inch (chocolate), and ten inch (spice) leveled, filled with buttercream and stacked. They're on cardboard cake circles, and frosted smooth with buttercream. After the icing crusted, I put them on the cake plates from the stand, piped the bottom borders, piped leaves, and stuck on the royal icing flowers. The fondant shapes were made ahead of time, "glued" with royal icing to the lollipop sticks and then had curling ribbon tied around each stick below the shape. I stuck them into the tops of the cakes after I set them up on the stand. If there's anything else you'd like to know about how these went together that I didn't address, just ask.

Also, I hope everyone had a great St. Patrick's Day! I'm going to keep the celebration going through the week here, because we're having people over for the corned beef and cabbage on Saturday. Yesterday to celebrate I made Irish Soda Bread and we had nachos and guacamole for dinner. Not Irish, but at least green. For dessert I made a no-bake cheesecake we had in the pantry and I dyed the filling green with my wilton icing colors.

I know there's a lot of people who take the corned beef for St. Patrick's Day very seriously. When we lived in Phoenix, it fell on a Friday during lent and the bishop there gave us a dispensation to eat it! But I don't really like it, and I don't know if all my guests will, so I'm planning a baked potato bar as well for that day. Anyone have any suggestions for potato fillings that would help make that meal company worthy?

I'm excited to be home, and can't wait to get back into the habit of posting everyday. Things you can expect in the coming week or so include some finished embroidery, a few reconstruction sewing projects, pictures of plants coming up and getting green, baking (and some food packaging ideas for gift giving) and possibly some chicken pictures!

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Captain's Wife - Jennifer said...

Bethany, that cake is gorgeous! Glad you had a good trip and are home again! :) Looking forward to your daily posts!

Worknprogress said...

Welcome home! Your cake looks great! For your potato bar: what about taco/nacho like items, as if the potato were the tortilla (mechanism for deliver of the goods). :o)

Or, you could set up a corned beef hash bar--cooked onions/green peppers, roasted garlic, cooked carrots, etc. Anything you'd find in a hash.

Like you, to me, corned beef is okay, but not my favorite (unless it's hash.) One thing you'd be happy about is that corned beef and cabbage isn't necessarily traditional Irish as it is Irish American. Back in Ire, they eat fish, sausages, and lamb with abandon, but we were hard pressed to find corned beef and cabbage when we were there. When Irishmen came to American, many didn't have the $$$ for fish, etc. Or refrigeration. So, it was out of necessity that corned beef was born. :O) Maybe corned beef brisket could be a reliable agrument for socialism? hee hee

Mrs. Mordecai said...

Those cakes are amazing! Welcome back.

siteseer said...

Beautiful job on the cakes. Love you site.

Bethany said...

I'm so glad everyone thinks the cakes turned out cute! I was a little worried they wouldn't be professional enough, but I think everyone liked them.

And thanks again for all the kind words about my blog! I'm so glad people find it useful.

Adam J. said...

just glanced at the pics but, "BABY" was the best you could come up with? lol

Blue Castle said...

Wow. You could make a wedding cake, those look so great! Awesome job. :)

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