Monday, April 27, 2015

Update

I have been meaning to write. I had several subjects to talk about but I am having problems with the camera on my phone. It will not upload to may computer. It is all Suzie's fault. She chewed on one cord and now none of them will work. So I have to take pictures and then upload through Michelle's computer and I just don't want to bother her with that all the time. Those of you who are on my facebook page have probably seen these photos but they are the ones I have to work with today.
Here is the latest cake. I am quite proud of it. I was so stressed making it though. I never thought making cakes could be that terrible on your nerves. It was a dreary rainy day when I made this cake though and the fondant wanted to stretch too much but I finally got it just right and was pleased with the results.

In other news, the chickens are all doing well and I have more eggs than we can use and have started giving some away to friends and the new chicks aren't even close to laying yet. The meat birds are growing nice and fat as well. I have moved them to a larger pen and my brother was kind enough to make me two feeders. I was going to take pictures of them to show you but that will have to wait until the next post.
Spring has definitely sprung here in Georgia and all my roses are blooming.





So far we have been spared any terrible heat or humidity which is unusual for us. I have not done any gardening at all this year...just can't seem to get into that this year. Maybe someday when we have a better...more sunny, place to grow things.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Easter, Smoked Pork Roast

We don't usually eat pork roast on Easter. We always eat ham on Easter but money was a bit tight this week and I had two pork roasts in the freezer already and just couldn't see worrying about buying a ham. I did want it to be a very good pork roast though, so we got out the smoker and, starting at about 9:30 this morning, we put it in and smoked it with apple chips.


The picture looks rather ugly but the smell was absolutely wonderful and so was the taste! I still think that smoker was one of the best purchases we ever made.
For dessert I had a cake, of course. It did not turn out as nice as I would have liked as I had a problem with the cream cheese frosting being too soft for decorating but it is a carrot cake and it was very, very good.


I hope your Easter is turning out just as nice as ours. The only thing that would make it better would be if they boys could be home.

In other news, all the chicks are doing great. The meat birds will soon have to move to an even larger cage though I don't know where I will put them.

We also have a new addition to our family. This is Suzette (Suzie).


The local shelter had some dogs at Tractor Supply last weekend when we went in and Suzie was in a pen with her brother. They were the only two left of a litter. She is 11 weeks old when we got her (making her 12 weeks old today).  She was a bit too thin (hip bones sticking out) and smaller than her brother..she may have been the runt..but she has put on a little weight just this week so you no longer see her hip bones. She is a very happy busy little puppy who loves to chew up wires (we are learning to try to get all the cords and wires out of her reach but she still finds them). Our other dogs are not real fond of her. Romeo and Scooter tolerate her better than Echo does which we found surprising since Echo wanted puppies so bad that she adopted the chicks but even Echo is getting better with her. She loves to play with any of the cats who will play with her (some of the younger ones will) and it is funny to see her chase them and them chase her back.

Anyway, here's wishing you all a lovely Easter!

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Getting Better At These Cakes

Yesterday and today I made this cake for my sister-in-law. Her birthday is Tuesday. Every birthday is now a chance to get more practice making cakes. My sister-in-law has become really interested in chickens since I gave them the three at Christmas so it had to be a chicken cake.
I did a lot of looking in the last few weeks to find a cake that I liked and felt I had enough skill to make. I settled on this one, and I think it turned out pretty good. It is a chocolate cake with cotton candy flavored frosting. They had the little flavor packets at the store for the cotton candy so I thought I would try it with my own buttercream frosting. I only used one packet and I think it could have used another one but it was still really good.



The chicken, leaves, flowers, and her name are done in fondant. The straw is buttercream icing.