Sunday, June 26, 2011

My first blog award!

This morning I woke up to an awesome email. Michelle from Kissed By Sweets had given me my first blog award! I was so happy to receive this. Seriously, the smile on my face was ridiculous. Michelle and I seem to be on similar pages right now, which is awesome and pretty great to see someone else in the same boat as me.

I know I am supposed to mention a lot of blogs for this award, but I am going to have to come back later and update that part.

I guess the tradition goes that when you receive an award you have to list 7 things about yourself, so here it goes:

1. I am 25 and still in school. I am getting a general degree because I know baking is what I want to do with my life. It is pretty difficult sitting through classes when I would rather be at home in my kitchen.
2. I am obsessed with the show Felicity. For real. (Editor's note: Bri is not kidding. This lady continually quotes the late 90s college drama).
3. Anything baking-related makes me happy. Whether it's spending hours reading baking blogs or making a disaster in my kitchen, it all brings a huge smile to my face.
4. I love the blog world, I am so thankful for how many doors twitter and my blog have opened. Every time I see a new view on my blog, it makes this road that much more exciting.
5. I am very passionate about organ donation. I do not understand why people choose not to be part of this. You are more likely to receive an organ donation then you are to give one. It's a proven fact. I am more than happy to talk with anyone about it.
6. My siblings and mom are my best friends.
7. Thank you to all who look/have readat my blog. This is such an exciting journey for me and I love that I can share it with people as I learn and grow in this process.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Oh macaroons...

Macaroons come with a pretty negative baking rep. many bloggers that I have found have had nothing but failures when it comes to making these airy delights, but I stumbled upon this blog that did a great job of putting my fears at ease. Please take a mental image of the above picture. Now continue on to see what mine looked like.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

The wait is over!

Brace yourselves, I know you have all been on the edge of your seats waiting for this post. I am happy to report the wait is over. My first fondant cake is here! Try to contain your excitement. My friend Mark graduated from college back in December, but one weekend I really wanted to make a cake, so he received a very late graduation cake. I used the same fondant from my last post to cover this cake with, and I did have to microwave it for a few seconds to get it nice and soft again. When you do this, make sure you only do a few seconds at a time. Ok, where was I?

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Premade fondant=yuck. Homemade fondant=marshmallowy goodness!

I feel like I have been a big tease with the "no more cell phone picture" topic, but I am happy to announce that it is finally true! My friend Mark found a memory card reader for me, so now I can easily pull the pictures off an ACTUAL camera!! Since I now have this device, I can finally update on what was stuck in the camera.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Advice needed!!

I was sitting here pondering to myself about how to get my name out there a bit. Is it a good idea to go around to local businesses and give them a few cupcakes to enjoy? I figured I could include my info (as well as a list of ingredients) and at least add some sweetness to some peoples day. To people that work at legit businesses, it this a good idea or no? I just don't want to waste my time if people can't take baked goods from people or something. Please, any advice would be greatly appreciated!

Monday, June 13, 2011

"You wanna know what the difference is between a cupcake and a muffin?"

"Nothing. A muffin is a bald cupcake!" - Jim Gaffigan

There's a little comedy to help start out your Monday. I have been dying to try and experiment with the lavender that my mom bought for me, but sadly I am lacking the money to go crazy baking right now. So today while I was searching and searching for things I could make with the ingredients I had on hand, I stumbled upon blueberry muffins and my mouth started to water.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Tiny Brownie Pops!

I never intended to make these, I actually am going to blame these little guys on boredom. Sometimes for me, boredom can make me want to snack. A lot. This particular night when I opened my cupboard, the only thing that stared back at me was a box of brownie mix. Well, it may have been the only thing I wanted to see!