Monday, April 14, 2014

Sugar Art in Michigan

It's been a very busy start to April for me.  Michigan Ices had their Great Lakes Mini Class and Michigan Sugar Art Showcase.  Amazing how many talented instructors that traveled from near and far all in one place.

We arrived Friday evening for class registration: received our class schedules, and our goody bags.  The showcase competition theme this year was Steampunk with the public viewing on Sunday.

The goodies

My class for Friday evening was a Bas Relife class with Ms. Dianne Gruenberg. 

Bride in Garden 3-D Art

Saturday's class was The Pine Branch and Chocolate Pine Cone Class with Ms. Jennifer Dontz


It is all molded from chocolate. 


Yes chocolate! And the pine cone has a realistic look to it. 

The Mold
Working with a mold is how we accomplished the pine cone.

Our Sunday class ended with mini classes with The Cake Girls
In this class we were shown how to make a modern baby carriage topper.  



A trip to the vendor's room and a delicious banquet dinner is how we ended our wonderful and creative weekend!

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Baby, Baby

With a little fondant, a mold and some editable dust you can create a sweet little sleeping baby. 

Blending the dust to flesh tone and sweeping it along the baby's folds gives dimensions to his little body.

With a little more fondant you can create a fuzzy soft blanket for the little guy to rest his head on.  

Best wishes to Sarah and Jeff on your little bundle of joy.  

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Chocolate Ganache glazed brownies.

Nothing says 

"I love you" 

like a 

Ghirardelli Chocolate Ganache glazed brownie.  

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Christmas treat for your table.

 Lets see just what we can create with this group of goodies.

Wishing you Joy and Peace at Christmas and throughout the New Year.  
A time to treasure your family and friends you hold dear. 

Leave me a note if you'd like a step by step how to, to build these snowmen and women.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Dinner with Mr. Turkey

Here's a sweet little bird you can set next to your thanksgiving day plates.  

What you'll need:
Wilton Candy eye's
Ghirardelli Chocolate squares
Pepperidge Farms Signatures Chocolate Medallion cookies
Lindt Lindor Chocolate Truffles
 Brach's Candy Corn
Whoppers Malted Milk Balls
Chocolate for melting

Melt some chocolate for attaching you bird to the base.  Take a food safe paint brush and dip the end in you melted chocolate and adhere you truffle to your base, let stand for the chocolate to set.
Now do the same for your malted ball heads and candy eyes, let stand for the chocolate to set.
Cut the tip off a candy corn and adhere to the face for the beak.   
Dipping the small ends of your candy corn in the melted chocolate and a fix them to the back end 
of your bird. Let stand for the chocolate to set.
Last, using a darker chocolate brush on wings and let set.  

Now your ready to set the table.

"Blessed are those who can give without remembering and take without forgetting."

 Author: Unknown

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Mum's the word....

Long ago on a very dark and stormy night, in an old and dusty kitchen, the Mad Franklyn Baker was busy mixing up all kinds of concoctions, day and night.  Odors of all sorts penetrated the air. A green vapor glow could be seen miles away through the cloudy windows in that tall house on the hill.  All of a sudden, a thundering bang violently erupted from within the house!  Then, seconds later an unnatural shout of joy rang out from the Mad Franklyn Baker, who then emerged with the greatest creation ever; little mummy mini cakes!

You and your little ghouls can now make the Mad Franklyn Baker creation.

The following is what you will need:

Devil's food Cake Mix (no shame in a box mix; your not the Mad Franklyn Baker)
Wilton Mummies
Spooky/festive Halloween Sprinkles
Mini Cake pans and cup cake paper liners
Electric Green/Monster Green food coloring
Butter cream frosting (the Mad Franklyn Baker says you can use a can)

A cookie scoop is helpful in filling your mini cup cakes.  

Following your cake mix box directions, and once cooled frost with butter cream frosting, add mummies and sprinkles.  Enjoy eating your creations!!

Wishing you and your little ghouls, a very spooky night.  

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Autumn in Michigan

Fall is in the air here in Michigan and farmers markets are in full swing.  We've been to the Greenfield Village Farmers Market twice this month. If you have a chance you should check it out.

At home our garden tomatoes are turning ripe faster than we can keep up with. There is just nothing like  homegrown tomatoes fresh from the garden.

Wanting to prolong the fruits of summer I put on a pot of tomatoe sauce to simmer the day away. Once its cooled, I put it in bags and freeze for pasta's and soups.

I love knowing what food I preserve is wholesome and free from chemicals, just pure rich and delicious. 

What are you cooking in your kitchens this fall?  Anyone else wanting to hold on to their summer gardens?