I LOVE this product from Marvelous Molds and I've finally had the time to sit down and play with it and perfect my technique.
My first few tries were incredibly frustrating. I watched several instructional videos, all done by different people and they made it look so easy....I however....ya, I had a few issues. My biggest problem was how to get a clean sharp cut edge. Finally I realized that fondant and gum paste has to be rolled thin so that the silicone mold cuts through completely. Once I figured that out, I was golden.
(There's a little gold spot on my white fondant, this was FIXED prior to the event)
For this cake I used 50/50 mix (fondant/gumpaste) and colored it a deep yellow then painted it gold with Aztec Gold luster dust. It took a few coats to get the shade of gold I was looking for but it went much faster than expected.
So at the end of the day, I really enjoy this product my only complaint is price! My heavens they are so over priced its silly. I paid around $28 bucks for a flimsy little piece of silicone.
I also made a batch of Café Rio's Creamy Tomatillo Ranch Dressing. To Die For.
There are many recipes on the net which are all very similar. This is my own combination of what I have found online and what my boys like.
1 packet dry Hidden Valley Ranch dressing mix
1 C. buttermilk
1 C. mayo
1 jalapeno chopped, remove seeds
juice of 1 lime
2 tomatillos, husked and roughly chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 bunch cilantro leaves coarsely chopped
Place all ingredients into a blender.
Blend on high for 2 minutes
Refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving
*My boys like to see a little 'chunkiness' in their dressing so I pulse the mixture a few times until I have small enough chunks that will pass through a squeeze bottle. I remove about 1/4 cup of the dressing and set it aside. Now I blend the rest of the dressing for the full 2 minutes.
After 2 minutes I add the reserved dressing back into the blender and pulse everything together a few more times.
This is mainly for appearances.
**This dressing will go FAST. I always make a double batch or more.
Spring is here and its more beautiful than ever! This is my favorite time of year and I love decorating in new fresh pastels with flowers and buds everywhere. Since tulips are one of my favorite flowers ever, I just adore this project.....
I have a super busy 13 year old son and keeping track of his schedule has become tricky. My solution? I purchased a big ol' framed picture from our local thrift store, removed the glass, spray painted the frame red, applied chalkboard paint directly to the picture itself....that's it, a quick easy DIY chalkboard calendar was born! Best part... total cost was under $10 bucks. Winning!
(I'm doing several very thin coats of chalkboard paint so its not quite finished. I will post pics when complete)
I love Chef-in-training, she has amazing recipes! For some reason the Chinese Chicken Salad just screams spring to me. I cant wait to try this, I think I'll add cucumbers and sprouts. I think I'll even maybe try a different dressing like ginger sesame or even a yummy raspberry vinaigrette....
I think most of us can agree that we get stuck in ruts when it comes to meal planning. Kids have their favorites but they can get old, right? Cooking.com just offered up some really amazing Meal Makeover Ideas that I cant wait to try. The basic dish is there, its just jazzed up a bit. Yay!
This is my first try at detergent concentrate so I still need to test it out a bit but I think I'm going to like it.
Here is my concentrate recipe.....
2 quarts water
2 bars grated soap (I use ZOTE or FELS NAPTHA)
2 C Borax
1 C Washing Soda
1 C Baking Soda
*Purex Crystals - optional
Pour water into a LARGE pan and bring to a simmer. Slowly add grated soap and stir until it is all dissolved. DO NOT WALK AWAY. If it gets too warm you will have one heck of a giant soapy mess to clean up and you will be kicking yourself in the fanny whilst yelling WHY? WHY? WHY? Seriously. Don't walk away. Once soap has dissolved, remove pan from heat and gradually add your dry ingredients. (I put all the measured dry ingredients into a bowl and mix it up good before incorporating into your melted soap)
Stir for several minutes while ingredients are dissolving.
No place the whole pot in a cool place and set a timer for 5 minutes. After five minutes, give the mix a good stir, it should be 'gelling' up. Again let it sit for another 5 and stir again. Complete these steps until your mixture has cooled. It will turn into a rather odd texture, kind of like ice cream but the final product should be slightly dry.
Pour your laundry detergent concentrate in to a large container with a scoop or tablespoon. I use 1-2 tablespoons per load.
I'm always looking for that 'something special' and I definitely found it at Put Me In The Story. I ordered the sweetest personalized book for my granddaughter and I'm incredibly happy with the final result. Its so darn cute that I couldn't even wait for Valentines Day to give it to her, I wrapped it up and gave it to her the very next day!