First, I made my first ever fondant cake! Yay! I think I've been drooling over pictures of fondant cakes and dying to try to make sugar flowers and watching Cake Boss, etc for about two years now. I was just too terrified of how hard it might be. I've never even eaten a fondant cake! I had no idea about the consistency or anything like that but I finally had a reason to jump in head first; my niece Maliah's birthday.
I don't think I've ever been so excited and so frustrated all at the same time before. The cake itself was no problem. (It may have something to do with the fact that I used a box cake. Don't judge, I wanted to make sure that the cake would at least taste great even if the rest flopped.) But the fondant. Oh the fondant. Maybe because it was home made, maybe it was because it had melted marshmallows in it, or maybe that's just how fondant is, but it was so sticky! It wasn't actually that bad but I had to use a TON of corn starch to make sure it didn't stick to the counter. (Ya, that happened a few times.) And picking it up to place it on the cake takes a master I think. But I managed. See...
Then, I got to make the sugar flower. Oh my, that was so much fun! Looking back I should have made a bunch to cover the top. ...next time. But I had so much fun making that flower. It was seriously a BLAST.
I definitely learned some things along the way and am looking forward to my next opportunity to make a cake. All in all, I think it was a major success!
Second thing that needs to at least be mentioned is that Aaron's family came to visit for a week in July. It was sooo good to have them here and spend some time with them. Aaron's Mom and Dad flew in from Texas on the 6th and then his Uncle Lynn and Aunt Sharon rode up on their Harley from Reno later that night. We spent the time going to the river, enjoying downtown Boise, playing games, and eating...lots of eating. I won't go into too much detail of the trip, I'll just add pictures. Lots of pictures!
|Dad at the Idaho Fish and Game hatchery place.|
|At Boise's 8th St Farmers Market|
|Dang, spouse is sexy!|
|Uncle Lynn and Aunt Sharon took us to Tucanos! Thank you!!!|
(So now we are mostly up to date. I still have my garden and my craft room. I'll get to those soon!)