Tuesday, January 5, 2010

I don't belong to anybody

How was your Christmas vacation? I spent a lot of mine being very domestic or receiving domestic gifts. I made a double batch of cupcakes and used extra batter to test out my "tasty-fill" mini caked pans. White cake with homemade lemon curd filling and blackberry butter cream frosting. They didn't last long; the cupcakes were eaten and the mini cakes fell into a pile of crumbs. (Note to "tasty-fill" pan users: take the cake out of the pans asap or they'll be too moist to stand up.) I also made marshmallows and creeped my family out at the same time. They were shocked that marshmallows could be made at home. I was shocked they came out tender with all the whipping and the cooking to high temperatures. I used almond extract instead of vanilla and I thought they turned out better than any store bought marshmallows I've had.

I also spent a lot of time working on my applique. And turning 80. When we were in Hawaii my mom bought me an applique pattern of my favorite fish from our snorkeling adventure. I then coerced her into directing me while I made it. I ended up liking it so much that I used the extra fabric to make two more. One for my mom and one for my aunt.

(This is just to prove that I really made this piece by piece)

Mine. WARNING: If you come to my apartment I will make you look at it. Please be nice to my fledgling applique-ist feelings.

Version two.

Anyone want to come make marshmallows with me? I want to try different flavors and try using the marshmallows to make s'mores and other sundry treats.


  1. I want to come make marshmallows and see your amazing artsy skills. When and where, seester?

  2. That is so cool! What recipe do you use to make the mallows? They look soooo good!

  3. Uhm, no. I don't want to make marshmallows. I want your mother to make the bean dip and you to make me those mini cupcake masterpieces. I'm still salivating!

  4. I printed a recipe for marshmallows a few weeks ago. I fully intended to make them so we could use them in hot cocoa on Christmas morning. It didn't happen. I still want to try it.

    Another thing that hasn't happened, and may never, is applique. I am too impatient. I've tried,but...I have passed over many awesome quilt patterns because of it. So I'm proud of you!