For the record…

For the record regarding the cookie/cupcake self induced dilemma

 

I actually got the stuff to do the last idea of the petal cookies and the cake ball. 

I rolled out the dough… used my perfectly petal shaped cookie cutter… 

 

And they massively changed shape on me when baked. Like twice as wide as the cutter.

This did not work. Especially when I wasn’t sure they wouldn’t be overly cramped anyways.

 

I needed to do one of the other sugar cookie recipes that was better suited to small sized cutouts… but never got around to it.

 

I thought about purchasing and frosting ladyfingers… but I didn’t end up with the time. 

 

I thought about going back to the cupcake idea and making them myself, but the two cake mixes I had on hand would not have mixed together well, meaning it would be two separate rounds of cupcakes.

 

Had I originally ordered from walmart, they would have had time to make specific ones that I ordered with sunflowers. But by the time all this was finished, I didn’t.

 

So she has walmart cupcakes. 6 dora, 6 cars, 6 hulk, and 6 rubber ducky.

Long live the creative domestic goddess.

And they said?

Matthew 17

 1 Six days later Jesus took Peter and the two brothers, James and John, and led them up a high mountain to be alone. 2 As the men watched, Jesus’ appearance was transformed so that his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as light. 3 Suddenly, Moses and Elijah appeared and began talking with Jesus.

this is another section that drives me nuts. tease us with knowing the conversation happened…. but give us no details. 😦

i know… they are supposed to be symbolic of the law and the prophets… but still… even as symbols, they clearly said something.

what does a person who actually got out of experiencing death, and one that god himself both killed and buried, say to one who is soon facing an awful and undeserved death at the hands of the human sinners being saved by the process?

not that anyone really could relate to what he was going through entirely… but still…. these guys got out of here probably the easiest of anyone.

Skitch happiness

 

i can’t say my hopes are up on the cake being right even with the pics… but, well, the top one is rather ugly… so i’m aiming for anything better than that. lol

 

 

i am loving skitch though! Which is what made the image from the two cake images on their website.

I’ve got several different image capture programs… including image capture that came with the computer, and even one that isn’t freeware/shareware… but for some reason I decided to download skitch last week anyway. ( http://skitch.com/ )

 

And I’m actually really really impressed! The most impressed i’ve been with a program in a while actually.

 

It runs really smooth… doesn’t add any delay to startup to leave it running in the background like my other primary program did… doesn’t take a second to process… its just there. and has an option to hang out entirely in the menu bar so it isn’t taking up dockspace.

But besides being there quickly and smoothly, it runs just as quickly and smoothly. to crop something, grab a corner and drag it where you want it, and suddenly its cropped. to resize it, grab the window corner and its instantly done.

 

it lets me put arrows and text, and circles and lines, whatever on it.. different sizes and colors with one click… and when you click, it briefly displays a transparent hints thing above the window telling you what keys do with that tool, like the common shift to make a square vs rectangle… cntrl to start circles from the center not an edge… etc.

and its freehand tool rocks…. it smoothes over all of the jaggedness created because i’m using a touchpad.. (see the ? on the image on here yesterday…)

everything you add is moveable and erasable on its own.. no need to switch layers, or flatten layers… 

even with a bunch of windows open, its still much less taxing than having one of my image programs open to do edits.

 

one click, and its uploaded to your account… at a speed i really have no idea how it manages on my connection… and a page opens with buttons to click to copy the links to the image itself, to the page with the image, etc. 

but you can still click on the history button in the program to pull it up easily… no save to forget… no close button even, you grab a new image and it just moves that one to history and you can flip back to it and between any of them. (and there is a save as button in the history if you do want to move it somewhere else under a different name.)

 

and you can add stuff to any other random image on your computer that isnt a screen cap. and take webcam shots.

and can send pics from your phone directly to your account, and pull them into the program from there.

 

oh… and it has a button to send the pics from the program to bluetooth… which my phone wasn’t a big fan of accepted, but did try to go through…  besides just the send by email and print and the like.

 

the one thing that took me a bit to figure out was how to change the font to not make everything look like a lolcat. (its in the drop down menu to show fonts)

 

and the one thing that it lacks, that my other programs have, is the ability to capture video instead of just a still snapshot. but… well.. i’ll keep the other program on the computer for that one, but skitch has already taken its place as my primary image capture.

 

ok… and as my primary playtoy right now too. anyone need a lolcat?

 

 

Connecting the stories

its sort of interesting to me where the story of joseph usually ends.

i mean, the common story seems to always end with the happily ever after… in egypt after the brothers have moved there and now have food… and god has turned their evil into good.

and i suppose we like happy endings. 

but it leaves a gap.

 

Exodus 1

 

 6 In time, Joseph and all of his brothers died, ending that entire generation. 7 But their descendants, the Israelites, had many children and grandchildren. In fact, they multiplied so greatly that they became extremely powerful and filled the land.

 8 Eventually, a new king came to power in Egypt who knew nothing about Joseph or what he had done. 9 He said to his people, “Look, the people of Israel now outnumber us and are stronger than we are. 10 We must make a plan to keep them from growing even more. If we don’t, and if war breaks out, they will join our enemies and fight against us. Then they will escape from the country.”

 11 So the Egyptians made the Israelites their slaves.

 

we pick it up later with moses leading them back out… but sometimes it seems like the connection between the various sections of the story gets lost.

for moses, we forget how they got to egypt in the first place… for joseph, we forget that the happily ever after ended after his life did, and that his descendants had consequences for being in egypt instead of back home.

 

i guess it just seems like a connection of more importance than we give it in our chopping into shorter sections of story.

Cookie overwhelmed

And I’ve run upon another creative barrier… by complete accident.

I get myself massively overwhelmed by possibilities.

 

It started with kiddo’s birthday treats. 

 

Both her preschool and the school where she went to pk both had rules that all treats had to be store bought and still sealed. One of those rules I understand for safety, but hate anyway. How far have we gotten when cookies baked by random PTO mothers are banned for no other reason that the possibility of someone using them to harm a group of 30 or so kids? And it’s not like the recalls of things like even spinach and tomatoes haven’t proved that even store bought things can have health issues too.

So I was glad when her current school didn’t have that rule, only to run into her kindergarten teacher’s rule of no frosting, no cupcakes, no cookies. Sigh. Again, I suppose I understand having a class of 24 kids around the age of 5… but still. (I annoyed her I’m sure… I sent packages of otis spunkmeyer small chocolate muffins… which are about as close to a cupcake as you can get without frosting, but very technically still fit her rule)

 

But this year… no such rules. Open door.

So kiddo was still looking at store cupcakes… asked if we could do buffalos. Ummm… buffalos??? 

Yes. Buffalos. Because as it happens, her birthday is on Kansas day, the day kansas became a state…. aka one of those holidays you entirely forget about outside of grade school. And the state animal is a buffalo. 

I bargained. State flower is a sunflower. Even the walmart bakery can surely pipe some sunflowers. And when I’m not expecting to be in the state next year at this time, why not let her go for the state theme.

 

But then I got to thinking… it’s a sunflower. Even I can make a sunflower. 5 petal-ish shapes in yellow and a brown dot. 

And since we have no silly rules this year, and I’m home to have time to mess with them, sure, why don’t I just make some sunflowers on some cupcakes. Simple enough.

 

Until I ended up on a blog mentioning something about cookie pops for valentines day.

And that reminded me of a project using flooded icing for smooth cookies, something I’d wanted to try. Which was on the same site as a marshmellow fondant I’d also wanted to try that is supposed to actually taste good.

So now we’re on to making fondant covered cupcakes, with fondant sunflowers. Except… um.. I’ve never actually made non-flat shapes with fondant before. 

So I suppose I can make flat petals and a flat circle and make them as a flat sunflower.

 

This was fine for a few hours, until I was by the sink for something while making dinner, and I spotted a bowl full of cookie cutters. I’d been clearing things out the other day, these ones had been in the wrong place, and I decided they probably needed washed before being put in with the other ones. 

As it happened, on the top, was one of the metal easter egg cookie cutters that I hate because they easily smoosh into non-egg shapes. Today it was flattened a bit, making an oval about 3 inches long and 1 inch wide. 

A perfect shape for a petal! Yay! 

 

But then, it would be too long and droop about an inch over the side of the cupcake. Which might look kind of odd for cupcakes in wrappers. 

So then it hits me… I can make petal shaped cookies, put the fondant on top of them, then put those on the top of the cupcake and then the petals will stay firm.

But wait! If I’m using cookies, then why don’t I make some of those little cake balls like I tried to use for snowmen, and roll them into brown sprinkles.. and use those for the centers. Perfect!

 

For about an hour. Until I realized this means I’m making cupcakes, making fondant, baking cookies, and baking a cake to crumble up and make the balls. 

And… I’m putting what is essentially a 6 inch cookie on top of a cupcake. This teacher is gonna hate me!

 

Ok.. we can lose the fondant and make the flooded icing for the cookies petals. But then I’d have to make another frosting for the cupcake still.

So then, I wonder about losing the cupcake. But I’m not real confident in the cookies staying together without the help when they are made out of 6 different pieces.

But then it comes to me.

 

I can take the cupcake wrapper, put the cake ball into it, and put the petals around it.

But will it stay? And will it be big enough, or so scrunched that it will just make the petals go vertical and look stupid?

 

 

Why in the world am I making this so difficult on myself? 

Hello? It’s a birthday treat. 

Just because I can do things, and want to try various things, doesn’t mean that I need to, or should… or even that 10 hours of effort is going to be better than plain cupcakes with basic frosting.

Maybe letting walmart make the simple piped sunflowers wasn’t such a bad idea.