Saturday, January 10, 2009

Christmas Season

Well, I haven't done anything too impressive lately. No beautifully decorated Christmas cookies or intricate birthday cupcakes for Ethan. I stuck with basic chocolate chip cookies, sugar cookies, and choclate bark in my Christmas baking this year. Somehow I never found time to make anything exciting.
Oh wait....I did make a wedding cake!!!! I wouldn't say it was easy at all, but I enjoyed nearly every minute of it. There was a point when I was nearing the completion of it when I looked at it and just cried. Not because of happiness, though, I just cried. I had been working on it for about 5 hours all ready that day and didn't like how it looked. I was very happy with the end product. It took 3 days to make it. The first day was just baking all the cakes. The second day was leveling all the cakes out and icing them. The third day I stacked all the cakes and then decorated it. The entire cake was about 16 inches high and 12 inches around at the base. It weighed about 50 pounds (this was 30 pounds of sugar and 10 pounds of flour...not kidding). I'm sure any of you who got to enjoy a piece of this cake are now wishing you hadn't...hehe! It was an exciting adventure and I would do again in a heart beat.
One other exciting thing that happened over the Christmas holiday was this BEAUTIFUL 5 quart Kitchen Aide mixer from my Uncle Earl and Aunt Marian.
I have enjoyed using it. You would never believe how much faster it is. In just a few minutes I have a batch of chocolate chip cookies made. My dad gave me Hello Cupcake. This is where I got the idea for Ethan's birthday cupcakes which he took to school. It has lots of other fun ideas that I cannot wait to try! He also gave me a rolling pin that you put cold water inside of. It sounds kinda odd but works like a dream! I have a pie baking in the oven as I write. I received lots of other baking things for Christmas as well. I'll try to post a picture of all of it soon: pie plate, cookie tray, oven mit, baking utensils, cookie jar, etc.
I hope each of you had a wonderful Christmas as well!


  1. The cake was beautiful Jessie!!! You should be proud.....I never really thought about how much time it takes to do that so now I have a new appreciation!! I can't believe 30 lbs of sugar!! I bet you love your Kitchen mom gave me one when I got married and I couldn't do cookies w/o it! makes things easy! The rolling pin sounds pretty neat...I roll my cookies out on a piece of granite that your dad gave me a couple years great and keeps the dough nice and chilled...only problem is I can't lift it!! Always have to call Dan to help with that :)

  2. That cake was a certainly a beauty! Wonderful job! I love your Kitchen Aid--I think I might have the same one. :) I use it all the time! Have fun with it.

  3. I thought the cake was beautiful- I don't think I got a piece though! :(

    I like plain ol' CC cookies best, and the cupcakes were cute! It is hard to find time to bake, but you are doing a lot!! Keep up the good work :)