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Merry Christmas

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It has been a while but I wanted to come here and wish everyone a Merry Christmas and share this fun idea.

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I bought this cake mold, you all know how I love cakes…  It is silicone and super easy to use. You can also use it for Jell-O, chocolates, or molding other types of food besides making cakes. I recommend if you want an easy, quick, cute and festive dessert for Christmas. Thanks everyone for this year and hope 2014 is a better one 😉 Love
Ale

 

 


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Craftsy Class Homemade Croissants and More

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Craftsy is a community of crafters from around the world.  They offer online classes on everything from quilting & knitting to gardening & cake decorating.

I have taken many classes from them and I always learn something new. I also enjoy the networking. I can ask questions to the teacher, post pictures of my finished projects and connect with other crafters.

The last class I took was on making classic croissants at home from Colette Christian.

(classic croissants and ham and cheese croissants)

(Pain au Chocolat)

I thought the class was very informative. Colette explains all the little details to making croissants.  Even the basic details, so it is great for people who may be afraid to try or have never baked before.  You can be sure that you will be taken care of in this class and will be able to make these delicious croissants from home.

If you are an expert baker, you may find the class to be a little basic (a little slow) at times, however even then I believe Colette shows some interesting techniques, good reminders and a fail proof recipe.  I highly recommend it for everyone at any level.

Craftsy classes are great because you can take notes, the videos are in HD, it is interactive and really fun.  I enjoy that I can stop and come back to it later in the day when the kids are naping or I have a quick minute to myself.  The classes you purchase are  yours to watch whenever you like, as many times as you like.   If for any reason you aren’t completely satisfied, Craftsy will refund 100% of the cost of your class, no questions asked.

Now for a little DEAL :

From 11/23-11/26, Craftsy is running its Black Friday/Cyber Monday Sale and all classes are being offered at $19.99 or less. Sweet huh! I usually purchase my classes at this price and keep them in my account for when I can watch them. Hope you enjoy it.

Here are some pictures of my projects from classes I have taken:

Classic Croissants

 (Croissants,Pain au chocolat, andHam and Cheese)

Decadent Chocolate Cakes

Dipped, Dusted & Rolled: Handmade Chocolates

Advanced Fondant Techniques 

Handcrafted Sugar Flowers

Topsy-Turvy Cake Construction

Classes I have purchase are are waiting for me:

Artisian Bread Making

Artisian Cheese Making

Fashion-Inspired Fondant

Modern Buttercream

Vintage Cakes, Modern Methods


Cakes

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These past couple of days have been way fun for me. My dear husband gave me the gift of taking a couple of cake classes from Carrie’s Cakes.  It was a great time away and an amazing experience.  Carrie is an amazing instructor. Willing to share her knowledge, experience and expertise.  The classes were fun and full of learning experiences for the beginner as well as the more advanced students.

Here are some of my projects.  I tried to make each side of my cake different so I could learn as much possible.

I highly recommend her fondant class.

These next pictures are using the Cricuit machine.  I am not quite “friendly” with that machine yet, but I am working on it.

Front:

Back:

Check out Carrie’s website http://www.carriescakes.com/. Her cakes are a work of art: inspiring and amazing….

Topsy Turvy Class

 

 


Playdough

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This is such a fun activity to do with the kids. My little one loves to help measure the ingredients and watch the dough come together. It is a fun time from beginning to end.  The best part is to see their imagination while they make all sorts of things with the playdough. Enjoy!

 

1 cup flour

1/2 cup salt

2 tsp cream of tartar

1 cup water

1 Tbsp vegetable oil

 

Cook approximately 3 minutes on medium heat. It will start to leave sides of the pan.

Knead until it is nice and smooth.

Dive the dough and color (I use Wilton paste colors)

Let the kids have fun.  I usually get all sorts of kitchen gadgets and let their imagination run wild!

Store in the refrigerator in a container or zip loc bags.