19 August 2013


I was recently contacted by someone who has asked that I share
her incredible story, and after watching the video,
I am happy to do so.

Heather was diagnosed with cancer a few months after
having her first baby; she was told she had just over a year to live.
Fast forward 7 years, and now she is cancer free.
You can see a great video about her by clicking here.

She is trying to raise awareness of Mesothelioma (cancer caused by asbestos),
and also to encourage people to continue to hope as they struggle with
whatever problems they are dealing with.

12 August 2013

It's a Winner!

We went to the fair on Saturday, and I was excited to see
a blue ribbon next to my cake.
It's not my best work, and I definitely had some problems
when I was putting it together....
(for some reason I bought an off-brand shortening - big mistake!
And I know better than that...)

But it all worked out beautifully.
As you can see, I went with the taller, more realistic bluebirds.
My husband said that they were better.
When I went to pick up my things yesterday evening from the fairgrounds,
I received an envelope with my prizes in it.
I brought home a blue ribbon, a sample of Red Star yeast,
a coupon for more yeast, and my score card for the cake.
I scored Excellent in each area (Appearance, Creativity,
Craftsmanship, & Appropriateness).

At the bottom were the following comments - "Swirls on top
coordinate well with bottom layer; contrast of color is good; 
piping is uniform; roses look like fabric - very nice & pleasant to look at."

I was quite pleased with everything.

01 August 2013

Sneak Peek

The county fair is next week.
I've decided to make a cake to enter.
The top layer will have two bluebirds, but I couldn't decide which kind I 
wanted to do.  So I came up with these two sets.
I think both sets are adorable, and I can't decide which one I want to use.
It might come down to which pair dries the best.  I still need
to try to add the legs (the sticks on the plate), but I want to make sure that
the beaks stay in place first.

Which one do you like the best?