Thursday, July 28, 2011

People in my house

I didn't blog about my 2nd Wilton Basics class because it was AWFUL! I found that all my cakes were falling. Just in the last 5-10 minutes of baking, so that was awful. On Wednesday I did the cake, and once again, it fell  through the center and wasn't usable. I googled a homemade cake recipe and found one that contained ingredients I actually had in the house. I made it...and with 5 minutes left it looked beautiful with just a slight crown! At 2 minutes left, it had sunk in the center, almost all the way to the bottom. I was livid. I was done. Who can't make a boxed cake?!

I showered, got in my jammies and laid on my bed and watched NCIS while I cried. My wonderful husband encouraged me and cut into the cake to find that it was cooked all the way through, just super dense. With less than 15 minutes to spare I headed to the class. Angry, and not feeling especially creative. The decorating that night was awful. I just wasn't in my groove that night. I refused to take a picture of the finished product.

Last night was awesome! We worked on flowers and borders. Everything went smoothly (probably because I had extra couplers :) ) The cupcakes looked so awesome. Until I got home. The container they were in tipped to it's side during transport and they were all smashed up and destroyed. Soooo no pictures of those either.

Next week is the last class and we are learning ribbon roses! Can't wait!!

We also had a little bit of an odd thing happen on Monday. Justin was off work for the Holiday and we were out running some errands. Around 1:30 we pulled onto our street to find our front door open, and a car sitting in the driveway. I quickly went inside to see what was going on and was met by a lady, an older man and 2 young kids with just shirts and diapers(who were jumping on my couch)


There aren't enough angry words in the English dictionary to describe how furious I was. The man looked surprised to see us there and asked if we knew there was a showing that day. I informed him that we did not, then I asked him to move out of my way so I could put my kids down for a nap. The lady he was with piped up and said "We called the Realtors office and they said to knock. If you didn't answer then we could just come in" Nothing in this entire world could send me over the edge quite like that comment!!!!!

I told her we were never notified that there was a showing. She seemed irritated that we had the nerve to interrupt her snooping through our house, but she left. We immediately called the Realtor who said he wasn't even in the office that day and his assistant said a realtor called wanting to see the property. The assistant said they could look if they didn't hear back from the office (who tried to call our home phone but not our cell phone) when she couldn't reach us, she tried to call the Realtor who didn't get the message and took it upon herself to come into our home. The call from the Realtors office was made at 12:20 and we got home at 1:30, so there was potentially over an hour that they were in the house. Without our knowledge. The lady that was here was the Realtor, but she never told us that. There was also only 1 vehicle so we assumed they were together. Another weird thing was the guy was whiter than white. The kids and the lady were hispanic. Hmm..

Someone is lying and I'm inclined to believe it was her. Either way, we are totally creeped out and don't feel comfortable in our home anymore.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Being prepared

I have my 2nd cake class on Wednesday and this week we have to bring in a cake, torte, fill, and decorate. I thought I would practice using some things that are totally foreign to me (piping gel, for one!) and make a rough draft of what I'll be making on Wednesday.

I can't seem to get the icing super smooth and to cover up a couple of bare spots I just dabbed some icing on the edges. Bad idea. It looked better bare. I guess now I know :)

Oh, and I forgot to color the gills and fins green so they ended up the same color as the lips. Another mistake I won't duplicate in class this week. I also discovered that when it's hot and humid outside, icing melts pretty quick.

So the cake turned out delicious (Butter Golden cake with butterscotch pudding in the center) and the icing is incredible. Not too shabby for my first attempt at decorating a cake!

My husband calls it being an overachiever. I call it being prepared.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

A new hobby

I've been an admirer of beautiful cakes and cupcakes for a long time. I even attempted a fondant cake about 2 years ago and it turned out great. Not super creative, but I was just trying to get the fondant recipe down.

A few weeks ago we were at Joanns and I saw flyers for the Wilton Basics class and thought "I'd love to do that!" I had tons of encouragement from my awesome husband and signed up last Saturday. I start tonight and I'm super nervous, but very excited!

Hopefully I don't totally suck at it. Otherwise it will be a waste of a lot of money.

I'll be taking you on a journey through the next 4 weeks as I take the 4 Basics classes!! The good, the bad AND the ugly!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Finding Happiness

I read an article, or a General Conference talk, or a blog (I honestly can't remember which!) that talked about happiness. It surprised me because when I think of "finding happiness" that usually involves lots of soul searching and making major changes to your life.

To my very pleasant surprise it was an incredibly simple 3 words. Are you ready for it?


That's too easy, right? After reading this, and feeling slightly disappointed that it wasn't some profound piece of advice. I didn't give it another thought for quite some time. Until recently. I have so many 1/2 finished projects that I just don't have time for. It really gets to me to know that I have a blanket I need to finish crocheting. A scrapbook that desperately needs pictures, paint that needs to be touched up, and closets that were only organized on 1 or 2 shelves.

As I made my list of things I need to complete, it dawned on me that I felt truly happy when I would check those things off my list and know they aren't looming over my head anymore. Having 3 boys, 2 dogs, and a husband keeps me busy from sun up to sun down. I put in long hours keeping kids entertained, the house clean, meals cooked, laundry done, dogs groomed, fed and played with. I made the excuse for so long that I couldn't possibly finish making that blanket because I had no down time to myself. The truth is, if I am organized, I can multitask with no problem. If I can stay focused I can finish all the things I need to get done everyday with a little bit of time left to spare to do the things I really want to (or need to).

I started making a balloon wreath last week and it was a slow process that left a callous on my thumb. I really wasn't interested in finishing it. I hung it up on the hook at the top of the stairs and let it sit for a few days. Every time I opened the door, I'd see that wreath staring at me. Unfinished. 2 nights ago I made myself sit down and finish it while I watched a movie. It was nice. I didn't get to bed until almost midnight but I FINISHED IT! I can't even tell you the radiating joy I had when I held it up and inspected it to make sure there were no bare spots. For a moment, I was truly happy.

Such simple advice but I've found, upon finishing up my little projects, that it really does bring peace to the soul. There are so many things to worry about these days that we can't control. I'm doing everything I can to take care of the little things that I have control over.

I can testify to you that you will feel so much peace and feel less stressed if you complete those unfinished projects!!