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Rainbow Cake!

My good friend and fellow blogger PUCK just had a birthday. For this blessed occasion, I wanted to make her a cake. But not just ANY cake!

We are very good friends, and often joke about my being GAY. It’s all in fabulous fun – so I thought I’d return the Fun-Favour!

Enter: RAINBOW CAKE! I did a little google-ing and found this awesome recipe. My girlfriend and I got started baking!

The cake mix – Betty Crocker, of course!
Add a bunch of eggs to the cake mix
Whisk the cake mix !
MEASURE and separate into bowls
Add food colouring to each bowl – MIX
We need it to be bright!!!
Beautiful, brightly coloured batter!!!
Bake cakes separately-cut off the tops!
Put a thin layer of icing between each mini-cake! Keep stacking and icing!
Ice the outside, and decorate as you wish!
Surprise your friend with candles and a song!
PUCK cutting into her cake – about to find the surprise layers!!!
Time to eat cake! What bright colours!!! We love rainbows!
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Christmas Leftovers

Christmas OrnamentsNope, not sick of the decorations yet! I love turning the lights on and seeing the glow fill the room. I’d also like to point out that on Monday night, when my girlfriend came home from work she asked me why I hadn’t turned the lights on yet. I think the Christmas spirit is spreading!!!

So… we put lights up on the balcony ๐Ÿ™‚ I ended up standing on a chair and tying wire to existing screws in the cement at the top of our balcony so we could string one strand up along the edge. It wasn’t too cold out, so my hands didn’t freeze, and the job was done quickly. We had to run an extension cord out one of the windows, but it lets in minimal air, and we have a bar to lock it just in case ๐Ÿ™‚

The one strand fits perfectly on the outer rim of the top of our balcony! But if you remember, we bought two strands… We’ll have to figure out what to do with the extra string of lights!

It’s perfect out on the balcony now, with the warm glow of classic frosted Christmas lights shining! I made a suggestion that we just keep them up, because it’s nice to have that extra light on the balcony when you’re out enjoying the view. I think it might fly! ๐Ÿ˜€ With the exception of that last strand of lights, the Christmas decorating is done. I have a few presents that I already purchased that I can wrap and slide under the tree. Then it will REALLY look festive!

Next up? I’m thinking of making a wreath for the door. And of course there’s always holiday cookies and baking to do!!! The holiday cheer continues!

Balcony christmas lights
The lighted balcony!

Chopped – Home Edition (Part 3)

Welcome to the third and last installment of Chopped – Home Edition! Today’s post is the last course – dessert – prepared by my girlfriend’s amazing twin! I think it may have been a little unfair that she got the dessert round, considering she’s a regular Betty Crocker, and can make the most amazing cake poppers ever… but that’s the way the chips fell. Maybe it’s a good thing – because the dessert turned out to be very tasty. WIN!

Be sure to check out Part 1 and Part 2 to see the appetizer and main course. Not only that, but check out this dessert chef’s hilarious website: Outdoor Voice Blog! On with the photo journal of this cooking adventure…

The dessert round - and the basket is revealed!
The dessert round – and the basket is revealed!
I think that smile means she's not too pleased about the ingredients...
I think that smile means she’s not too pleased about the ingredients…
The basket - Pomegranate juice, marmalade, and pre-formed cakes!
The basket – Pomegranate juice, marmalade, and pre-formed cakes!
Wasting no time, the chef gets started. Looks like she has a direction already!
Wasting no time, the chef gets started. Looks like she has a direction already!
The pomegranate juice and marmalade are combined in a pot to be reduced.
The pomegranate juice and marmalade are combined in a pot to be reduced.
Strawberries and chocolate have been procured from the pantry, and are being chopped and shaved!
Strawberries and chocolate have been procured from the pantry, and are being chopped and shaved!
She's plating already! Looks like some kind of parfait or trifle is being assembled.
She’s plating already! Looks like some kind of parfait or trifle is being assembled.
The cake cubes are now being drenched in that reduction...
The cake cubes are now being drenched in that reduction… Some booze would have been a nice addition here.
A special technique is being applied to the dessert in these glasses.
A special technique is being applied to the dessert in these glasses.
Another layer is being added to the parfaits... fresh strawberry!
Another layer is being added to the parfaits… fresh strawberry! A drizzle of
Drambuie or orange liqueur? Unfortunately, no.
The finishing touch of shaved chocolate on top of some ice cream round out this dessert nicely. How will it taste?
The finishing touch of shaved chocolate on top of some ice cream round out this dessert nicely. How will it taste?
The finished product! These desserts definitely tasted as good as they looked!
The finished product! These desserts definitely tasted as good as they looked! (Still not booze-y enough for me, but everyone has their own taste ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

What a great adventure in cooking! What have you done differently in the kitchen lately???

How to make cookies – Pixel Holiday Edition

It’s the holidays, and making cookies is part of everyone’s to-do list, so I thought I’d post a photo diary of exactly how to make the PERFECT holiday cookies!

First you take STUFF (also called ingredients)

Buttah
Buttah
Sugah
Sugah
Bakin Sodah and Cinnamonz
Bakin Sodah and Cinnamonz
Some cups o Flowah
Some cups o Flowah

Then you Mix them all up in a bowl. (I forgot to take a picture of that). Then get someone to roll them into nice balls for you. And then roll them in cinnamon and sugar!

Balls o dough
Balls o dough
Roll dem in cinnamonz
Roll dem in cinnamonz

Always test taste your cookies before you bake ’em. Don’t worry, you won’t get food poisoning from the raw eggs (*NOT an actual disclaimer).

Always test taste the battah
Always test taste the battah
cinnamon ballz
cinnamon ballz

Then you must juggle the cookies to ensure that they are evenly balanced. Any cookies that fall on the floor are fair game to be eaten before baking!

cookie juggling is essential to ensure the correct balance
cookie juggling is essential to ensure the correct balance

Then you place them on a cookie sheet. Oh yeah – don’t forget to preheat the oven to something or other (when in doubt, 375 is the bestest!).

place dem on da tray
place dem on da tray

Put the little cookies in the oven. Watch them as they bake – they CRACK! Also – watching them helps prevent burning… which happens FAST, especially when you’re super distractable, like me!

put 'em in da ovenz
put 'em in da ovenz
mmmmm cookieses
mmmmm cookieses
watch dem bake... and Crack!
watch dem bake... and Crack!

Then take the cookies out to cool….. Check out the cool cracks!

cracky cinnamon goodness
cracky cinnamon goodness

Then stack them nicely on a plate so that you can eat them all yourself so that you can serve them to friends!

stack dem artfully on da plate
stack dem artfully on da plate
serve dem to frienz (or eat dem all yo-self!)
serve dem to frienz (or eat dem all yo-self!)

And that is how holiday cookies are made!!!

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