Thursday, October 30, 2008

Um....The Best Popcorn Balls....EVER.



3/4 cup light corn syrup
1/4 cup butter
2 tsp. cold water
2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 cup Marshmellow fluff (or Marshmellows)
1/2 tsp. Vanilla

2 bags popcorn (popped)

1. In a saucepan over medium heat, combine the corn syrup, butter, cold water, powdered sugar, marshmallow fluff, and vanilla. Heat and stir until the mixture comes to a boil. Boil for one minute stirring constantly. Carefully combine the hot mixture with the popcorn, coating each kernel.

2. Wearing gloves, or ziplock bags over your hands, grease hands with butter/oil and quickly shape the coated popcorn into balls before it cools. Wrap with cellophane or plastic wrap and store at room temperature.



* I made these today.....they are SO good!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

I'm sad.

I ordered a roulette table for our party - for Candy Casino. It's going to be a freakin' blast, but only if it gets here on time. I just found out the wheel might not get here in time :( But don't worry, it'll still be a ball!

Here is a new cupcake: (Kinda blurry)

Monday, October 27, 2008

This is Halloween......

First of all: This is mainly for Derek's family, or my family if you haven't done it yet. Before I forget: The link to register for the Thanksgiving 5k is right here.


Alright, to business...So, I have never carved a cake before in my life. Meaning, you stack a tall cake, and carve it into a unique shape. A man called last week asking us to make a 3-Dimensional Witches Hat Cake. I'm not going to lie-- I was pretty worried. So the fact that it didn't fall apart was enough for me:



Also, here is a Halloween Cupcake cake I decorated:



And some musical-note cupcakes:




And lastly: We are having a Halloween Party on Friday, so Kristin and I finally combined our candies for the party into one large pile, we were all overjoyed when it was so big. I decided these pictures really don't do it justice:




We threw the pile of candy bags on Basil - he of course was loving it! So cute.

Friday, October 24, 2008

The Monster Cupcake.

So...I can't take credit for this one, because my boss Kevin at work invented it, but it was still too cute to not put up. We got a bunch of gummy tongues, fingers, ears, noses, etc to decorate our cupcakes with, so he came up with this masterpiece:



They sold out in a matter of minutes today. The best part was that all of the kids were loving them, but when we showed Celina (My boss's daughter) the Monster Cupcake, she said in a very unamused voice, "Ha ha. Very funny." Ha, it was great....


SIDE NOTE: I lost my wedding ring for over a week. Most of you probably know this and most of you probably know I found it. I just have to thank King of Queens for inspiring me to find it. After a very melancholy week without it, I was watching the episode where she almost buys a new ring but decides she can't live without her original one....and it made me so depressed that I rummaged through the whole house and found it hidden nicely in one of my dresser drawers! SO HAPPY.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Sunday Nights Can Be Traumatizing.

Since Derek and I obviously live alone together, we have no parents to boss us around. No one tells us to stop doing one thing and start doing the next. No one tells us when to go to bed, or that we should probably eat something healthy for dinner. As a result, we end up indulging in a number of unhealthy things, completely unaware of what the outcome may be. Let me paint a lil' picture for ya.

Last night. Derek and I were burned out from our long week (as we usually are), so we decided to have dinner at home and catch up on Heroes.



(Our favorite character, as I am sure he is to many -- maybe its the Japanese thing, ha, but he reminds me a lot of Derek, I feel like Kelsy would agree). Anyways, we really wanted to finish Season 1, so we ended up watching 5 HOURS worth.

We felt pathetic (yet satisfied) at the end, so what do we do? Watch more T.V. We turned on the Food Network and they were showing a challenge called "Cereal Bridges". It was so awesome to see them make the Brooklyn Bridge, etc. out of cereal. So much that we decided to make some Muddy Buddies to eat while watching. We made a whole box worth and ate about half of it. No need to explain the bellyaches that ensued.

We went to bed to settle our stomachs and turned on the TV to help us get a little more tired. With no help to our stomachs (in a nice way) the next two ours would change our lives. First: we watched a documentary on the "Treeman". This was the story of a man who had a disease that had gotten so bad, his hands and legs had turned into this:



He had 6 lbs. of this fungus/wart on each hand/foot. Don't get me wrong, it was a very very sad story. But the doctor's were able to get rid of 90% of the warts, so that was good. I was in tears for this one.

I was in tears for the next one too. We ended up watching a SECOND documentary called "The Man with No Face":



I was deeply depressed after these two shows, really gives you some perspective on life. It was amazing that these two men had actually quite optimistic views on life. It is crazy that both of them live normal lives with bodies like this. I no longer have any need to complain. The only sad part about this one, was the guy was Jehovah's Witness and couldn't receive blood, so they could only remove small parts at at time (We never got to see that part)...

As you can see, Derek and I were pretty traumatized at the end of the night, getting to bed at about 12:30 - 1:00 a.m. (Pretty late for us, haha).

All I can say: Wow.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

2 Years and Counting.....


As of yesterday, Derek and I have been together 2 years. Yeah, to a lot of people that's a pretty short time, but still, I think it's worth some acknowledgment.

In order to celebrate, I cooked him the competition meal I made in high school, and we had a really great dinner. Then, I wanted to check if I had written anything in my journal about our first kiss, and we read about the whole thing. It was quite hilarious to see how nervous we were. I am surprised we made it this far, because we are both very prone to awkwardness.

Derek and I often say we had high-hopes for marriage, and it more than surpassed our hopes so far. I blame a lot of how good it is on account of Derek's amazingness. If I come home exhausted he's already massaging my feet. If I'm feeling sick he's got miso soup on the stove. If I just need to talk, he knows what to say. And if he doesn't, he knows to let me talk anyways. If I say I think I might want a new car, he's got four picked out he thinks I'd like. If I crack a stupid joke, he's the one the gets it.

When I pictured who I would end up with, I'm not going to lie, it wasn't at all like Derek. To be honest, I didn't know there was someone out there so good for me. It really seems like he was handpicked. I had no idea that almost a year in of living together, I would still be anxious for him to come home, cause we consistently have a blast.

Babes: Thanks for being brave enough to ask me out back then, thanks for being patient with me through school, thanks for scraping off my car everytime I left your house, thanks for getting addicted to nighttime television with me, thanks for surviving the food fight, thanks for living with me, and running with me, and laughing with me, and loving me, etc, etc. Thanks, you'll never know how much I love you for it.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Playing Soccer Mom.

Derek and his family are big into soccer. When I say big, I mean BIG. It seems like every night of the week some one in the family has a soccer game, if not three. This year they decided to do an outdoor team with all of the cousins....it added up to like fifteen people.

Well, Derek has school on the nights they play, so he had only been able to play one game. But Wednesday was the championship game, so he played what I would call "healthy hookie" and joined in for the game.

I, being athletically handi-capped, sat on the side lines to enjoy the game. It was a lot of fun to watch, not only because all of his family was playing, but because they are all actually really good. Needless to say, they won the championship. (Woo hoo!)

I had run out of time to bring orange slices and Capri Suns for half-time, so they had to settle with cupcakes (I am sure everyone is getting sick of them by now).....

Anyways....here is Derek's Rec-League Picture:

(The plaque-version is in the mail as we speak ;)


And here is the entire team (I accidentally deleted the non-blurry picture). Derek looks like he's mid-teleporting.



Congrats guys!!

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Adventures in Babysitting.


Yesterday was my day off, and after lunch with Derek my day was looking pretty free. I hadn't seen Ozzy in about 2 weeks, and I was about to have heart attack. I called up Malia and asked if I could babysit him for a couple of hours. (Anyone who knows me knows that I haven't babysat in YEARS. What inspired me to ask this? I don't know. I'm crazy.)

So....Malia drove him over at about 3:00, and he was going to stay till 5:00. But the second Malia even thought of leaving, Ozzy started crying HYSTERICALLY and totally freaking out. I was about to say "Wait! I can't do this!" When I heard the door slam and realized that I was alone with a balling 10-month-old baby.

I had pulled a few "toys" aside(below), meaning the few things in our apartment a kid could suck on or that involved buttons...and let Ozzy play with them. However, the crying didn't end until one brilliant idea popped into my head: Guitar Hero.

I propped Ozzy on my lap and played guitar hero, while he helped me strum. He wouldn't let us stop playing for the next 1 1/2 hours. (I had no idea a baby could stay interested in this so long!) He was laughing the whole time, it was a major blast. Us playing G-Hero:

Here are some pictures of the great time Ozzy had using our (Mainly Derek's) toys:


The Disney Channel on the big screen:


Ozzy with his new fav. toy:


And last, but not least, the Rubik's cube:

Monday, October 6, 2008

Two-faced.

An almost-bride came into our work asking us to do a cupcake cake that was half decorated pretty for a wedding, and half decorated with a golfing theme. I guess the groom was obsessed with golfing, you would assume, and she wanted to rub it in a bit. I was a little intimidated, but it was fun to make nonetheless.



That was the best picture I got of it.


Then...we had conference weekend, so of course we went to my moms and had her D-licious homemade donuts. YUM. Basil was in the weirdest mood ever, crawling on his head all over the floor, he was really being quite hilarious.

I said CHEESE, and his reaction was a little odd when he gave me this smoldering look:




Then we went to Desmond's baby blessing, which was a lot of fun to see Derek's whole family, since many of them were in town for a wedding. I wish I had gotten some pics, but it was a little too crazy there. Good food though! Ah....sweet and sour wings.....

I guess that's it for today, I hope for your sake something more exciting happens this week......

Thursday, October 2, 2008

From the Cupcake Deck....

Some cupcake updates from the store:

These were for an Alice and Wonderland themed birthday party.....


For a very particular 2-year-old's birthday party.....




For Halloween of course!




(I actually came up with this one, yay!)
Chocolate cake, filled with chocolate ganache, with Butterscotch frosting