September 2010 - The Dainty Squid

The ever growing Professor!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

He is getting so big. I can't believe this is the same sickly little kitten we rescued just over two months ago. I don't realize how much he's growing until I look at pictures. His legs look too tall for his body, it makes him walk super cute. He's gained 4.2 pounds since his first vet visit. and he just got his last set of shots including rabies and will get neutered in November.

He still has his same bad habits (trying to get in the fridge, sleeping in the clean laundry basket) and developed a ridiculously dangerous one too. He tries to get into the oven...while it's on! When I open it to get out my baked goods that little kitty comes running!  Everything involving the oven is now done with haste and one foot out to push him away.

He likes boxes and baskets, just like the other kitties in the house. He still loves cuddling and absolutely loves to rub his little wet nose all over my face. He is the biggest cuddlebug I've ever met. This morning I woke up with him on my neck like a scarf. He is still having issues with knowing when to quit playing. Even when Leaf is hissing, growling, and biting at him, RayRay still continues to chase him, and try to play. He also has a slight attitude problem. "Professor, stop it" usually gets the response "mew mew squeak", he always responds when you talk to him. Sometimes it just sounds like he's being mean, like when you scold him, but it's so stinken adorable you can't be mad!


tips and tutorials

Colorful Cupcakes - A Tutorial

Thursday, September 09, 2010

That's right! A tutorial on the cutest cupcakes around! I don't have a "go to" white cake recipe yet so this tutorial is only about coloring your cupcakes. You will need your own recipe or a box of cake mix.  

Supplies needed:
▴ Food coloring. I used this. It's really bright and doesn't leave a gross taste in your cupcakes!
▴ Four bowls and four spoons.
▴ Cake batter. White cake will do best. With yellow cake your colors will look dingy and not so pretty.

After you cake batter is all mixed up separate it equally into four bowls (or more if you're doing more colors!) 

Now put a dab of food coloring in each. Remember a little bit goes a loooong way with food coloring.  Make sure to stir thoroughly, you don't want to be eating little chunks of unmixed food coloring later and you also don't want to find a section of white cake batter in your bowl when you're scooping it out.

Tip: try mixing colors to get that perfect shade if your brand of food coloring doesn't have it.

Now it's time to scoop the batter into the papers. There are two different ways you could do this. You could do one layer per color, it takes approximately 3/4 of a spoonful per color for four colors. Or take quarter spoon fulls and make lots of layers.

Whichever you choose, make sure not to mix the colors when putting them in the paper. I like to let me spoon drip into the paper while shaking it in an up and down motion. When you plop the colors down you may want to flatten it out if just doing the four layers but make sure not to stir! Use your finger to make layers flat even layers.

Above left- quarter spoon fulls in lots of layers. Above right- 3/4 spoon fulls in only four layers. 
Tip: White papers work best. You'll be able to see how pretty the cupcake inside looks through white. With other colors it looks kind of gross, trust me!

Super easy right!? Now bake them, frost them and enjoy them!!

Another tid bit of information:
With these cupcakes I get significantly less cupcakes than if I were to just make white ones. The box says it'll make 24 cupcakes, when I color them I usually get 15 or so. I suppose it's from small amounts of batter getting left in bowls and it just adds up.

I hope whether or not you knew how to do this previously you learned something new or it simply inspired you! If you make some leave me a link, I'd love to see!

where I work

Craft Room Close Ups.

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

After clearing out some fabric in my destash shop I felt inspired to organize! All it took was some moving around of small items to make my craft room feel new again.
I've got a busy day with my iron and some interfacing so I must be going. Have a great day!

Have you ever seen a kitten play with yarn?

Saturday, September 04, 2010

I hadn't. Until Rayray and Leaf carried a ball of it upstairs from the basket in my craft room.

It was thee cutest thing I have ever seen. Rayray was a nut! He was flipping, and flailing and just acting a fool.

Leaf and Doc weren't quite as amused. Leaf played a little bit, but Doc was like "ugh, u guyz r such babies". Squid, of course, wanted nothing to do with it. She was too busy napping in the sun to be bothered with such activities.

I love my kitties so much!

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