Wednesday, August 31, 2011

September Photography Challenge!

It’s been a while since I did a challenge and seeing as I just got my new camera (a shiny Sony one that I’m in love with!), a photography challenge is just the thing! I spotted one on Pinterest and decided to give it a whirl.

Hopefully posting every day will give me back my motivation to post. I have so many ideas but just can’t seem to write anything!

 

Challenge was found on Pinterest but was from here.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Golf Cake!

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For my sister’s birthday back in March, I made her a pig cake. So when my sports mad brother turned 13 on Friday and seeing as he’s on a golf kick at the moment, I decided to make him a golf cake! A It was my first time experimenting with sugar craft so go easy on me. It’s a golf ball, tee and flag in the rough.

For the actual cake mix, I made a simple Madeira batter that I used to make these cupcakes for my sister last year, divided the batter into two cake pans.

For the buttercream icing, I used the same recipe in the link above. To make it chocolate flavoured, I mixed one dessertspoon of cocoa powder with a teaspoon or so of hot water to make a very thick paste , added it to the icing and mixed until incorporated. I used a small about to sandwich the two cake layers together and used the rest to cover the entire cake. It doesn’t have to be perfect.

For the ‘dirt’ effect, I crumbled two Flakes in a bowl and the fixed it onto the cake.

For the golf ball, tee and flag, I bought some fondant icing sugar and made the paste and dyed some of it with food colouring. I used liquid colouring, though I think gel would work better. I don’t think I fully succeeded to get the right consistency so I would like to try it again. But it did the job! I carved in 13 into the flag (which is on a cocktail stick) and

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Last thing was the grass. I melted some white chocolate, dyed it green and then dripped it onto grease-proof paper to make ‘blades’. With that, some I stuck into the cake and the rest I chopped into small pieces and sprinkled over the cake for shorter blades.

My brother seemed to like the cake. I’ve now got to put my thinking cap on for ideas for cakes, 18 year old, 21 year old and 9 year old! So plenty more cakes for September.

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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

August Resolutions Update

 

Oh, so I really wish I could say I haven’t updated in a while because I’m super busy being awesome and doing my August resolutions but it’s been quite the opposite. While I started off well, there was unfortunately a bereavement and then once everything had settled down after that I got with a stomach bug. I’m feeling better today though so hopefully I can really plough on and get stuck into this.

On the food front, it’s been up and down. Some days I’ve done really well, others I’ve caved and ate rubbish foods. Like today. And I feel yucky after it to be honest. I just need to keep this feeling with me, so that I remember how sluggish I feel when I don’t eat right or when I overeat.

On the exercise part, I’m doing even worse. I only managed to do one day’s proper exercise so far. I know, I know. But there’s no use beating myself up about it. The day after I exercised I really wanted to go again and I was so pleased with that. It was just unfortunate that I couldn’t get going that day. But it excites me that I wanted to do some exercise. I’m just unfortunately back at stage one again, trying to motivate myself to do the first step. It’s true what they say, the first step is always the hardest.

Other than that, I’ve built up a fantastic network of people on Twitter and on forums who are all helping to motivate each other. I’ve been reading their posts and they’re doing so well, it’s inspiring me to get going. And it’s great to know there’s someone there for me once I do. I just need to push myself out the door!

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