Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Barely made it - Happy Halloween

The trick-or-treaters have come and gone. We just moved into our new place and are still living out of boxes, but that does not stop the ghosts and goblins from coming to our door screaming "Trick-or-Treat!" There were more kids than we expected, even with 7 large bags of candy and $50 dollars worth of sugar, we ran out of candy just after 8PM. The porch lights have been turned off and now I am sitting here trying to get my Halloween blog post in before the holiday comes and goes.

We had a Halloween potluck contest at work and of course, I entered the dessert category. When in doubt about what to bake, I tend to lean toward my good ole Tiramisu. This contest was no exception. But this time, I put a spooky twist on things and made my favorite dessert more Halloween-ie :)

I made individual servings of tiramisu topped with a dark chocolate Oreo-style cookie. The theme for my dessert was the song "Monster Mash."

♫ It was a graveyard smash, ♫ they did the mash, the monster mash! ♫

I don't even want to admit how much time I spent preparing all of the 30+ individual servings that I made. I was really hoping that all my work would win me first place in the dessert category... but unfortunately my graveyard smash only got me second place. The sad part of it all was that I never even got to try the cake that beat me, but I did get a picture of it because it was placed right behind my dish. See that big purple monster cake behind my graveyard? Yup, that was the dish that beat mine, just a classic white cake with buttercream frosting. I was told that the judges went back and forth between the tiramisu and the white cake but for some undisclosed reason the classic white cake beat my tiramisu by a hair. Oh well, can't win 'em all...

Happy Halloween!!


Thursday, October 4, 2012

Yellow and Gray Baby Shower

One of the last orders that I took before moving to Austin was a lovely yellow and gray themed baby shower.  A friend of mine was throwing a baby shower for her sister who, bless her heart, has been on bed rest since about month 5 of her pregnancy.  The least we could do was throw her an awesome baby shower!! :) The theme was cute elephants and color scheme of yellow and gray.

This was the first time that I experienced the dreaded color bleeding between dark and light colors. It may be hard for you to tell, but as the creator I can tell you that the gray bleeding into the white stands out like an elephant in the room, hehe, at least to me. Given that I made these cookies in the thick of Houston summer heat, I will choke it up to the humidity in the air, but honestly I have no idea what the cause is. I will have to investigate the color bleeding situation further, and I'll report back.

Welcome Baby Ethan!!

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