Green Juice

So, yesterday I woke up and said to myself “I feel like starting the day out on a healthy note!” and if I do say so myself, I did just that!p1l4mldM4DcxFANdISaKNdc2NkiIn7LbH_1eXhAfiuR5dNjvrUAZslPiXWFmlq8v-C2Xsg=w1332-h537

I made a green juice smoothie!  And let me tell you…it was REALLY good!  No, it was not a legit veggie filled smoothie, but do you see the color of it?  There is a lot more green stuff then not green stuff!

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If you enjoy smoothies for breakfast loaded with yummy things, then I encourage you to try this one!  Put whatever you want in it!  I used what we had.  A handful of spinach, 3-4 slices of peach, a quarter of banana, half a cup of yogurt, half a stick of celery, 2-3 ice cubes and fill the cup half up with water.  Very simple, if you have a blender, and very good, if you enjoy smoothies!

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My family got home yesterday from a long weekend road trip where they picked up a sheepdog and some sheep to go with it.  lol!  The sheepdog puppy, you guys…I don’t even know what it is!  Is it alive?  Is it a panda?  Am I actually on the verge of saying I LIKE it?  What is this?!?!  Truly, I don’t know what to think!  *Picture coming soon!

Pixie Part 2 is coming soon as well!  I am discouraged when I go through my pictures and my drafted blog posts and see all the awesome ideas I never shared!  Sigh…my intention and “plan”, if you will, is to re-do those ideas and actually post them because I love sharing things on my blog and I adore writing and, in complete honesty, I miss it!  Not to dwell on what I didn’t do…anyway.

Here’s to a beautiful day!  Have a great week and I will be posting soon!  Much love and God bless.

Jenny~

French Macarons and Masquerade!

Hello Blog!  I am back with things to share…finally!  So lets get started.

First off, this morning my sister Esme and I made French Macarons (<— click to go to a tutorial on youtube!)!!  I watched and read probably 15-20 different videos/recipes and decided to settle on this one by Honeysuckle Catering. 🙂  There are only four ingredients.  Well, five if you add a pinch of salt which you should because the other ingredients are: Almond flour, Powdered sugar, Sugar, and Egg whites…sweet!

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I did not take step by step pictures because I have other things to share, but I did take some pictures to show you guys.

So, for our first time these turned out very nicely.  I mixed them a little too much and then I baked them for a little too long which is why they are lightly brown instead of green.  We were going to make blue and yellow, but I separated it unevenly therefore we mixed the colors together and got a light green color.  Oh well!

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For the filling, since they are sandwich cookies, I just made some good ole’ Butter Cream Frosting!

(^^ click above and it will take you to another macaron video which also has a butter cream recipe, which I used today^^)

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I think they turned out really cute and even though it was a rough batch for the first go round, they taste REALLY good!  The tops and bottoms are very light and crunchy and the insides are chewy plus the filling is gooey and yummy!  I forgot to add a pinch of salt to the macarons, but I made up for that by adding a pinch to my frosting.

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Perfect bite size treat!  Two bites actually.

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Yum!!

Next time I will be making Petit Fours!  So stay tuned! 😀

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Ok, on to the next subject…Masquerade!

My sisters Sylvie, Esme and I are going to a costume/masquerade party tomorrow!  It’s at a church and will be an evening of bible reading, food, and dancing!  And , like I said, we will be dressed up in a costume of any sort.  Fun fun!

I’m not completely sure what I’m going to wear (I need to decide since it’s tomorrow!), but I made a mask just in case I decide to dress up like a real masquerade attendee!  Below is a quick picture tutorial on how I made it (or click here to watch the video I watched!)

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You’ll need:

  • A piece of white paper
  • A piece of any color colored paper OR paint
  • Some cardboard (a cereal box would be good)
  • Measuring tape
  • A pencil or pen
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • Hole Punch
  • Ribbon of any kind
  • and any kind of decorative stuff like glitter, glitter glue, buttons, etc etc etc!

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Measure the width and height across your eyes to see how long it needs to be.  You can make it as long or tall as you want, but make sure if you want extravagant cutouts on the sides you need to leave extra length across.

Next get a ruler (I forgot to put that!) and your white paper and measure out a rectangular shape with the measurements you took.

Now cut out the rectangular shape and fold it in half.

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Once folded, take your pencil and sketch out what you want it to look like.  The eye cut out should be about an inch or half an inch from where ever you make the nose arch (the little curve over your nose at the bottom).

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Now cut it out!  This is your guide to making your mask.

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Ok, if you choose to use colored paper then pick a color and then trace your guide mask onto the colored paper.  If you choose to use paint skip this step.

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Next trace your mask onto the cardboard.

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Cut both of them out and now you can set you guide aside.

After you cut these out (cut out the eye space too), get your clue stick and cover the cardboard with it then attach the colored paper to the cardboard.  If you choose paint, now is the time to paint a background color on the cardboard.

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Next, to get a rounded shape take your mask before the glue dries all the way, put it on the edge of a table and curve it around the edge to make the circular shape.  If you use paint wait for it to dry then round it off.

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Now you can draw a design on it and trace it with glitter glue, glue and then sprinkle glitter over it, metallic paper, thin ribbon, whatever you want!  Then you can continue decorating until you are satisfied. 🙂

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After you decorate, or before (it doesn’t matter) cut two holes out on the sides if you choose to make a mask that wraps around your head.  Then attach ribbon or string or present ribbon and there you go!

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I attached it to a skewer with hot glue and then I curled some ribbon by wetting it and spraying it with hairspray and then I wrapped the damp ribbons around the skewer, put paperclips on the ends to help it stay, and put my hair dryer on high, hot, heat and dried the ribbons!  It was SO simple and took probably 3 minutes.

I also put my white paper guide on the inside of my mask because I used a cracker box and the inside had the brand name and pictures of crackers on it! 🙂

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There ya have it! 🙂  If you ever need to make a masquerade mask, you’ll know where to find a tutorial!!

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And here it is “on”.  lol!  I was trying to see how much eye make up I should wear.  The eye cutouts are a bit big, but it turned out well I think.

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I hope if you try to make macarons that you have great success and enjoy making them, and also if you make a mask for a mysterious ball or party, I hope it turns out wonderfully whether you use the tutorial above or experiment on your own!

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Have a wonderful, warm, and blessed day!  Much love and I will be posting again soon.

Jenny~

Jay Silver’s Cafe

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Today at lunch time my sister, Sylvie, and I put together a walk-in restaurant lunch for our siblings!  Our little cafe was called Jay Silver’s (a mash-up between both of our names, kind of). 🙂

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We served turkey sandwiches, grilled cheese sandwiches, chicken soup, biscuits, fresh squeezed lemonade, and cookies that were served right out of the oven!

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It was a lot of fun!  We use to do this quite often, Susanna, Skylar and I.  Today Sylvie was the waitress and sandwich maker and I was the “head chef”. 🙂

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I used the Toll House/Nestle cookie recipe which is on the back of the chocolate chip bag, but I used our good wheat and sugar and I also put chocolate chips AND white chocolate chips.  They tasted so good!

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Sylvie, Skylar, Esme and I went to the park today.  Skylar and I brought our roller blades and the girls brought their bikes.  It was very nice to get outside especially on such a nice day like today!  It wasn’t too cold, but cold enough to bring scarves and hats and jackets!

The past three days Sylvie has had her hair curled.  The first day she curled it with a flat iron, the second day with sponge curlers, and the third day with socks!  Yes…she tied socks in her hair, clean ones that it.

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Here’s her hair with the flat iron.  Sarah came over and practiced hair stuff on all of our hair, except mine since, as some of you know I don’t have much right now!

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(Yay!  Awkward picture!  I’m actually trying to grow it out a bit longer.  Right now it’s longer then it is in that picture, but not much.)

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Esme’s hair, which is already naturally curly, looked beautiful!

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Here’s Sylvie’s hair with sponge curlers (sorry for the bad picture quality!)

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And here it is after being wrapped up in socks! 😀

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I personally like how this worked out the best.  It was SO simple and worked really well, especially if your hair holds a curl.  It probably turned out so good because her hair was curled the two days before!  I had fun wrapping her hair in socks too (and I made that hair bow which I shared in a post from March, 2013).

I also played around with heated curlers on Skylar’s hair and it looked beautiful!  I’ve just turned into quite the stylist! 🙂  Probably because I’m missing having longer hair and can’t do curls and braids, etc, on my own hair *sigh*.

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So, all in all, today was a very good day.  I didn’t have high hopes for today just because I felt bogged down and tired and all that, but it was really fun to “own” a restaurant for a while then go to the park and then come home to cookies and a nice cup of tea; I love tea! 🙂

I hope you all are having a great January so far seeing that its already one week into the month!  I’ve got to get cracking on some things!  Well, God bless the rest of this week and stay warm and safe!  Write soon…

Jenny~

Christmas Treats

So, as Christmas gets closer and closer, literally TWO days away, the Barger house is usually quite excited for that wonderful day!  We draw names for Christmas so everyone gets one specific person a gift, and on Christmas eve we open that one gift so that’s always a lot of fun!  Then, on Christmas day (!!!) we wake up earlier then usually (around 5, 6am…you know.)  then we go downstairs and see if Santa brought anyone coal or treats in our stockings and then we wait and wait and WAIT until everyone who wants, for some reason, to sleep in on Christmas morning, wakes up and then we have breakfast and get settled down a bit and then open presents!  It’s all fun and exciting and I am truly grateful and blessed.  But…

The real “reason for the season” is to remember and to celebrate Jesus’ birth.  God’s only Son, sent from heaven to dwell on earth, God in the flesh having equal trials and tribulations just like man.  To eventually save and redeem us from our sins and give us salvation and a chance to live eternally in heaven with Him!  Wow!  It kind of gives me butterflies to think about it!

“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16

So, as you get excited and hyped up for Christmas (or maybe that’s just me), remember to be grateful and so thankful to God for sending us His Son!  Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill towards men!  (Luke 2:14 NKJV)  Remember also to love those around you and be thankful for any gifts that you receive.  That is very important which I am sure everyone here knows. 🙂

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Well, the title of this post has a reason!  I have some yummy and sweet pictures to share with you, blog!  You might be thinking “What?  Pictures on Jennafifi??!?!?!!?!” but yes, it is true…I am going to share some pictures!  So without further ado, here are some pictures for you!

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Stockings hanging by the fire…now that Bess and Sarah are gone we FINALLY have room!  (Just kidding!  I love you both! <3)

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Decorations!  We decorated the tree a few weeks ago, but I forgot that I had pictures from that evening, so I’ll share them before the ooey gooey pictures! 🙂

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My mother has accumulated some of the prettiest ornaments!  I love them!

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Skylar made this.  Isn’t he’s so cute!

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This is my baby ornament. 🙂  Precious Moments…I think I shared that last year.

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(Having some difficulties with my manual settings…)

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Voila!  Lovely tree this year.

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Little Bubba’s profile…ignore the coats hanging on the wall!  lol! 🙂  His birthday is today!  Little Cael is growing up *sniff*.

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And here’s John!  He has a nice profile.

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Annddd…Cael put the star on the tree this year, with a little help from dad.

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(Random story!)  There is a video game that I play called Animal Crossing and I’ve played every version of it since the first one came out in 2001 on the game cube (for those of you who don’t know what that is, it’s a video game system which you hook up to the TV and it was shaped like a cube. 🙂 )  Anyway.  During winter you can make snowmen, so I made some Animal Crossing snowmen cookies.  I know I didn’t have to explain that, but oh well!

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I drew this a few days ago.  Not finished with it yet.

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And here it is again traced over with pen!  I was very pleased with how it turned out!

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I decorated my room the other day too! 🙂  Hee hee.

Okay, the moment you’ve all been waiting for, maybe…

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TADA!  Well, I didn’t make this, but isn’t it pretty?!

I did make this though…

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Caramel!  My very first time making caramel and it turned out super good!

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Can you guess what I’m stirring up here with caramel and pecans?

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The temperature had to reach 240 degrees!  Hot!

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I made chocolate/caramel turtles, and for those of you who have never had one I advise you to go and try one!

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Yum! 😛

Skylar made all sorts of goodies!

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Macaroons,

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Rocky Road Bars,

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Peppermint/chocolate wafers, and that loaf of bread above!

Well that’s all of my sweet Christmas treats.

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Susanna, my sister, flew back home from New York last night!  She went there last Sunday and stayed for a week, obviously, and it was so nice to see her and have her home again.  She was very happy to be home.  Very kindly, she brought (or should I say bought) us each a little gift.

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This is what I got!  A pocket sized metal notebook WITH a pen and with the Empire State building on the front!  Awesome! 🙂

Well blog, I must get a move on with my day!  Time to celebrate my little brothers birthday and then before you know it, time to celebrate my Saviors birthday and a fun holiday!  I really can’t wait until Christmas even though, for me, it seemed to come so quickly this year!  I hope to be able to savor every moment of it and Christmas eve too; this whole week I want to savor!

Much love and Christmas cheer to you.  I hope your holidays are wonderful and blessed and that, where ever you are, you stay warm, dry and happy.  God bless and Merry Christmas!
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Jenny~

Last Cake Class

Today Sylvie and I attended our last cake class *sniff*.  We’ve learned a lot and are definitely able and ready to make a cake whenever need be!  Our last class was very enjoyable and we each got a certificate and some papers saying that we “passed” course 1!  Yippee! 🙂

My cake is inspired by Halloween.  I thought that was appropriate!

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The last thing we learned today was the Ribbon Rose and how to write on your cake.  Writing is probably the hardest because you don’t want to mess up and you have to make the icing very thin and the tips are really small, etc…I practiced a LOT before I wrote what I wanted to write on my cake!

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The roses are so fun and super easy to make!  I’ve said this before, but it’s much too much frosting for me!  They turned out pretty though.

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I went all out for the last lesson!  I even added candy eyes on the top where it says “BOO!”! 🙂  I’ve really enjoyed the Wilton Method cake decorating course 1 and I recommend anyone to take a class like this one or a different kind of crafty class sometime; it’s really fun!

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Sylvie’s cake was so pretty, but, alas, it took a fall and got pretty messed up. 😦  Her roses were really good though and as you can see we all thought it tasted yummy!

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Yesterday I went to get my hair trimmed and I actually like the way it looks better then when I first got it cut short (a few posts ago)!  Maybe it’s because I’ve warmed up to the short style, I don’t know.  I’ve decided to share some of my cakey knowledge, so to start off I will share with you a recipe (and some links) for some butter-cream frosting!

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup of Vegetable Shortening (Crisco)  NOTE: You can use butter instead of Crisco.  I will have a few links at the end of the recipe for some other recipes!
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla (or any other flavoring you desire)  NOTE: Wilton sells clear vanilla if you want stark white frosting, but it’s an imitation vanilla so I prefer just normal.
  • 7-8 teaspoons of water or milk NOTE: using water will allow it to last longer, but using milk tastes better.
  • 1 Pound of Confectioners Sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon of Meringue Powder (to make it stiff…if you don’t know, meringue is an egg substitute an you actually don’t have to use it in your frosting if you don’t want to!)
  • A Pinch of Salt (Optional: so it won’t be so sweet)
  • (To make chocolate add 3/4 cup, or less, of coco powder and 1-2 Tablespoons of water or milk)

With a hand mixer or electric mixer mix together shortening, flavoring, and meringue power.  Once mixed slowly add liquid and sugar.  Mix together until all blended.  Ta da!!!  You know how to make frosting!  If you need it thinner then add more liquid and if you need it thicker add more sugar and don’t forget that pinch of salt because it can get pretty sweet!  With Crisco you can store it in the fridge for 3 weeks and in the freezer for about 3 months.  Also this recipe makes enough frosting to ice a two layered 8-9 inch circular cake with a little left over.

I prefer using butter because I don’t like knowing that I’m eating fake, hydrogenated, lard (for lack of a better description)!  I haven’t tried using milk though.  A suggestion for decorating would be to make sure your frosting is not too thin.  If you use butter it will become room temperature and melt a little which will make an extravagant decoration run together or mess up!  Play around with it though and see what works for you! 🙂  I will definitely share more tricks and things that we’ve learned this past month.  (Here are some other frosting links I found.  They are literally all the same, just different sites!)

http://savorysweetlife.com/2010/03/buttercream-frosting/

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/gale-gand/quick-vanilla-buttercream-frosting-recipe/index.html

http://www.marthastewart.com/336452/billys-vanilla-buttercream

http://www.food.com/recipe/vanilla-buttercream-frosting-from-sprinkles-cupcakes-222188

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Thank you for stopping by if you’ve never been here before, and thank you for stopping by again if you have been here before!  Much love and God bless.  I will be posting again soon!

Jenny~

 

 

Wednsday and Cake Class #2

The past two days have been gloomy and giving the impression of rain, but it’s just overcast; no rain!  This morning though there was a very lovely sunrise before the gloom set in.  I enjoyed that.

Cake class today was very fun!  We learned how to transfer an image onto a cake and decorate it all nice and pretty!  Sylvie’s turned out really good!  Of course, you are your worst critic, so I personally think mine could have been a bit better, but it turned out pretty well.  It’s really fun even if we don’t use these skills or techniques in the long run.

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Here’s Sylvie’s cake!  She did a cute little turtle and our instructor had some candy eyes to add!

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She did a pretty border and everyone like it a lot. 😉

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Cael liked it too!

I wasn’t sure at first what picture to use for my cake, but I finally settled on Joe Cool…in other words, Snoopy!

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I thought it was pretty cute! 🙂  What I would really like to do is experiment with more icing recipes.  Next time we have to bring a cake to the class I’m going to try a homemade recipe because our cake mixes were too dense!  lol!  You think sometimes that you can’t mess up a cake mix, but we didn’t beat it enough and they didn’t rise very well.

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I finished the decorating once we got home, so we haven’t eaten my cake yet…besides, two of these cakes is a LOT of sweets and cake to eat in one day!

Today my sisters and I went on a walk and it was a very nice walk.  I wish I could go on a walk everyday, but I don’t like going alone and the people who want to walk work most of the day!  I highly recommend doing yoga or stretching really well before going on a walk because you feel so elongated and stretched and able to walk for hours!  I love doing yoga and stretching.

Well I am going to play Mario Kart with my siblings now, and I hope that Thursday is a wonderful day for you all and that you will notice the beautiful changes of the season and be happy, safe and eat more cake! 🙂

Much love,

Jenny~

Thursday and Cookies

Thursday was tolerable.  Nothing went wrong, but it wasn’t as nice as Monday was…or Tuesday or Wednesday for that matter!  The weather was sunny and slightly breezy; very enjoyable.  I was kept inside for most of the day.  I chose to stay inside for most of the day because I had a project that I had to finish before this weekend!  I woke up late, but the day seemed to linger away which I was happy about.  Usually if you miss your alarm clock the day seems to tick by in a few second!  That’s all I have to say about Thursday.

My plan was to say something about every day this week, but I missed the passed two days!  Oops!  I will say something about yesterday though.

Yesterday morning Sylvie and I took our first cake and cookie decorating class!  We were introduced to all of the tools that we had and we learned how to make butter cream frosting which, I hate to say this, but it’s made with a lot of Crisco…..oh well!  It still tastes good and I’m excited to experiment with it (I’ll post the recipe sometime)! 🙂  We learned some basics which we will be learning all month and then we can take the second, third, and fourth sessions to learn more advanced decorating!  It’s really fun!

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We used the star head and frosted a bunch of homemade cookies, which we brought, with star patterns and little rosettes!  We can’t wait for next week because we will be decorating a cake (and we get to bring everything home)!  Yum! 🙂

Well, I will definitely be posting tomorrow!  God bless and I recommend signing up for a cake decorating class sometime!

Jenny~

P.S. Post #181!!!  I forgot to post 180 on my last post.

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