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Cake, anyone?

I must admit I’ve been feeling a little nostalgic lately for my Wilton cake decorating classes.

After I graduated college,  I went through pretty much the entire run of Wilton courses at my local Michael’s craft store. I really enjoyed learning all of the techniques and recipes, and my teacher was wonderful. She has had her own cake decorating/wedding planning business for decades, and she was a fantastic teacher. I highly recommend seeking out Wilton classes in your area if you are interested in adding some pizzazz to your celebrations – and I promise that no one paid me to say that. I’ve made tons of special cakes for parties for family and friends since ending the courses, and I have a frighteningly large collection of specially-shaped cake pans now. If you need a 3D octopus or a rubber duck, I’m your girl….

In terms of the cost of the classes, Michael’s craft store had a number of special offers that made the classes cheaper for me (sign up with a friend, get your class for free when you buy the course materials, half-price tuition for the month, etc etc).  I think JoAnn’s craft store has special offers similar to that as well. And even if you can just use a 40 or 50% off coupon to purchase your course materials, the classes and/or the course books are pretty affordable. You’ll learn a lot, and you’ll probably never be satisfied with a store-bought cake again…

And another plus is, the courses are usually once a week for a month or so, and it’s kind of a nice social event where you can meet other like-minded craft-enthusiasts without too much pressure around work or school. But be prepared for weeks of eating practice cakes. I know, it’s tough, but someone’s gotta do it. ;-)

Above is a picture of one of my practice cakes from Wilton course 3, the fondant course. (I tried to crop out most of the kitchen debris that found their way into the background.) If anyone is interested or has any questions about my experiences with the Wilton classes, please leave a comment on this post, and I’ll be happy to talk about it with you.

Happy Summer everyone!

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In my world, protests are pink and furry.

A few short weeks ago, I learned the dreadful news that one of my favorite shows of all time, Ugly Betty, was not going to be renewed for another season. Now, for YEARS, I have declared my undying love and admiration for this show. Week after week, I would laud the writing and acting abilities of those employed with the show, and remark as to how great it was for young women to have such a fantastic role model on television.

Many people might criticize the show for its crazy telenovela-esque plot turns and outrageous fashion don’ts, but I think the show is wonderful. The plot twists keep you glued to the television week after week, and almost every episode feels like a season finale. But at its core, the show really has heart. Betty is a young woman trying to make a life for herself, in and out of the business world, without compromising her principles, and without losing sight of her long term goals of changing the world. Betty’s family is a loving and supportive unit, composed of Betty’s widowed father Ignacio, Betty’s sister Hilda, who lives at home, and Hilda’s son Justin, who was born when Hilda was still in high school. Underneath all of the hilarity and the drama that occurs in Betty’s life and in the lives of her family members, there is a real undercurrent of unconditional love amongst these characters. They accept each other, flaws and weakness and all, no matter what. And at the end of every episode, you have the sense that you’ve learned something about humanity, without feeling like you’ve just sat through an after school special.

So in protest of the cancellation of this wonderful masterwork, I have re-created this bunny, which Betty-philes may remember from a season 1 episode of Ugly Betty called “The Box and the Bunny.” To find out more, and to learn how you can make your own bunny, please continue reading “behind the scenes”: Continue reading ‘In my world, protests are pink and furry.’


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