So I am finally giving you a glimpse into all the stuff I got into two weeks ago. Back before most of my kids were born, I was way more into crafting than baking. Mostly because it is way easier to craft at night. If I cook or bake at night for the blog my pictures turn out terrible. However, it still is a good time if I have baked goods to take somewhere. I still craft from time to time but mostly it is the odd barrette for one of my girls. I used to take plain boxes and use wallpaper borders to decorate them and make little toy boxes, cut out shapes and decorate all over. It would have worked better if I had Mod Podged them all but…no one complained (they were just for close family) and they still held toys so… Then I started painting them which for overall effect, worked out way better. I think it ends up being just a bit more time consuming though because you want to paint a few coats for bright colors but you need to wait for colors to dry in between coats. I mostly like painting because it is fun. I feel like a first grader painting a school project. I do it with an adult eye but mostly it is just fun. Then I stopped. I didn’t make one for one of my baby cousins or my son. Things just got too busy for a few years.
So I was doing all the desserts for my cousin’s baby shower and I decided that I was going to make a toy box for her too…and a diaper cake…the week before the shower that I had to do all the desserts for. Luckily for me the desserts were not too elaborate. She wanted the pie that I had made for my Grandmother’s birthday in November. She decided on Oreo cupcakes (sorry, no pictures) for everyone else and I decided I would make some cookies. I used the New York Times Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe which is my favorite for an event. It requires that you make the dough ahead of time and so that helps if you have lots of things to do. I used the Pioneer Woman’s recipe for Angel Cookies too. See, simple, a chocolate chip and a sugar cookie, some cupcakes and a pie. Everything worked out really well and timed just right. Except for one thing. The caramel that went in the pie. I tried that at least three times till I was almost out of sugar and for my last attempt typed “foolproof caramel” into my search bar then Alton Brown came to the rescue. I don’t think I will ever use another caramel sauce recipe again. Again as with my first attempt in November, the pie fell apart upon serving (this time I am SURE it was the heat) but was still AMAZING! That pastry cream is just the best ever! She took about a quarter of the pie home and so did I. It didn’t make it another whole night in my house.
I love the way the toy box came out and so did my cousin and I could tell by her reaction when she opened it and that is always a good feeling. The only thing I didn’t like was the lettering. I wish I could have gotten wooden lettering and put those on but outlining the letters helped hide some of the flaws. The painted animals I ordered from Hobby Lobby but they do have them at Michael’s (just not my Michael’s and they didn’t know when they would get more). I had to pay extra for shipping but it is my own fault for starting a project last minute. The lion on the diaper cake was from JoAnne’s Fabric. The diaper cake was way easy. I used to roll them separately but found a way to make a spiral diaper cake on Pinterest. It took NO time at all. I would’ve decorated it more but by then I was out of money. I still like how it turned out.
So not only do I bake but sometimes I get the urge to craft. A great thing to do while crafting late at night is to catch up on some TV. My GeekyLink for this week is a Robot Chicken DC Comics Special coming up on September 9th. Robot Chicken always cracks me up! And of course let us not forget the premiere of Series 7 Doctor Who Asylem of the Daleks Saturday September 1st! Also, don’t for get to check out the Nerdist Channel’s All Star Celebrity Bowling featuring the cast of Doctor Who, premiering on Friday August 31, and while you’re there check out all their other programming for Doctor Who premiere weekend.