Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Wordless Wednesday

Pretty Little Niece <3



Stay Sweet!
Tammy
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Monday, September 23, 2013

Music Monday

For your Monday viewing pleasure.......A little Kenny Chesney - Come Over.



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Tammy

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Sunday, September 22, 2013

Super Star

While both my girls love sports, Daughter B is obsessed! She'll play anything but soccer is her passion. We spend our summers on one pitch or another.

Yes the house league she plays is long done and over with, but the school team has just started.  She's so excited to be playing again. Good luck in your tournament tomorrow super star!








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Tammy


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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Wordless Wednesday

Fall Fair - The end of summer



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Tammy


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Music Monday

Clarity by Zedd


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Friday, September 13, 2013

Pictorial

Here's a few pictures of cakes I've done in the past.



















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Thursday, September 12, 2013

Experimenting

One day when I was in my local dollar store I stumbled upon Wilton's Sugar Sheets.  I had seen them before in my usual cake baking supply store but never had a reason to purchase them.  At those prices, it seemed silly to just buy them to play around but for a dollar it was well within reason.

Today's post is a test of Sugar Sheets and a tutorial on how to work with caramel as a filler instead of the usual butter cream filling.









I just used boxed cake mix & canned frosting for this little gem. But here's what else you're going to need to copy what I've done here.





1 pkg Wilton Sugar Sheets (fyi - there's only 1 roughly 8.5 x 11 sheet per package)
1 container Caramel
Handfull of Chocolate chips







1. Bake your cakes as normal and let completely cool.
2. Level the tops and put the first layer on your cake tray.
3. Make your fav icing or pull out that can!  If using the canned icing I recommend that you give it a whip with the mixer.  You can double the amount and it makes the icing fluffier.
4. Put a small amount of icing in a piping bag with a #12 round tip. Pipe a dam around the edge of the top of the first layer.



5.  Spoon the caramel into the centre of the dam - use as much or as little as you like.








6.  Add the second layer of cake and lightly press down to seal both layers together.

7.  Ice the top and sides of your cake with about half of the remaining icing.  You're definitely going need some for decorative edging.

8.  Measure the height of your cake - I just held up the sheet to the cake and marked with a small slit of both edges, roughly where it needed to be.  For less seams use the sugar sheet length wise.

9.Use a pizza cutter and a straight edge to cut the sheet.  Remove the cut piece from the plastic backing and gently press into the sides of the cake.

NOTE:  Keep the sugar sheet in the packaging & seal it (it does has a zipper seal) when you're not using it or it will dry out and get crumbly.  Once on the cake the icing will keep it moist enough.

10. Repeat step 9 until you have enough to go around your cake.  If needed use a little icing to "glue" the edges down.






11.  Add a decorative edging to cover up the raw edges at the top & bottom.  And finish with some fun curly Q's and the chocolate chips.






I loved using Wilton Sugar Sheets!  It was fun and easy to handle while still making a beautiful cake.  If you're ever in a crunch to make a special cake I highly recommend them.

Stay Sweet!
Tammy



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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Wordless Wednesday

Furry Friends



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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

First Days

Gone are the days when the first day back to school is met with excitement and wonder.  Around the Life and Food household there's grumbling and dismay and the girls aren't happy about it either.  We get so out of the early morning routines while on summer vacation that coping with 6:00 (did you know they have two of those in a day? I didn't LOL) get up times is damn near almost impossible.We're now in to week 2 of the routine and things seem to be going well.  Much better than last year.  No one's been late yet! 

However, there's the constant fight about taking the bus.  Neither of them want to enjoy the crowded, smelly, big yellow limo.  So, it's Mom to the rescue to drive their butts to higher learning every morning.  Both have after school activities; Daughter A works and Daughter B is trying out for every sport team offered.  Thankfully, we live close enough & they're old enough that, when required, they can walk home or Hubby can pick them up when he gets home from work.

I'm optimistic about the coming school year and a little excited but sad too.  There's college applications to fill out and high school courses to select - big changes on the horizon.  "A" will soon be off to post secondary education and "B" will be thrown into the mayhem of high school. Nothing will be the same.



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Tammy
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Monday, September 9, 2013

Music Monday

As stated in my profile, I love music.  All kinds from Classical to Metal.  I always have music playing where ever I go.  Complete silence is eerie to me - I don't know why... So I thought that I'd start Music Mondays and post a fav song or two to share.  Some will be main stream, others will may be a little obscure to you.

The very first is Make up your mind by Final State.







This is the Official video with the french lyrics:



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Tammy



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