Friday, October 22, 2010

Making A Girly Fondant Cake

Nearly 2 years ago I started to get this craving to make and decorate a fondant cake. The Food Channel was deadly for this craving and the new Cupcake Wars episodes didn't help either. But, let's face it, fondant is gross. I always peel it off at weddings and parties. Not to mention it's physical form of pasty diabetes due to the sugar overload you'll acquire if you are bold enough to swallow it with your cake. Yuk! So, I kicked Wilton's expensive trash and made a homemade marshmallow fondant. 
Of course, with the help of my super cute sou chef ; )
Since this was my first cake and I honestly didn't know what the heck I was doing, I only did a two-tiered cake. I decided on a red velvet cake for the base and a triple chocolate chip cake for the topper with both slathered with cream cheese filling. 
Mouth watering yet? Ummm mine sure is.
I crumb coated the cakes and put them in the freezer. I made the marshmallow fondant, rolled it out, and had then Aaron help me decide on what colors to do. For some reason, he didn't like my original teal/blue, black, and white color scheme. 
Can I just say that forming this fondant to the cake is NOT easy. At all.
But i did it! And i'm sure I strategically placed the cake in this position for a snapshot to cover any...imperfections. 
Phew! The hard part was over and now I could breathe and decorate.
I used a pizza cutter to get the stripes and bottle caps and glass rims to get the polka dots.
I was really happy with the outcome and how great it turned out! I'm realizing that I like to be alone in the kitchen when I bake. It was so hard to think clearly because there were tons of people, haha. I had one meltdown that i'll shamelessly admit to. Definitely a favorite hobby that i'll continue.

Yours truly, Little Bakin' Blonde

Friday, October 15, 2010

My New Life

I see beauty whenever I see this video of Stephanie, in every sense of the word. After viewing so many Mormon Messages my heart wants to explode. I have been craving for things that inspire me. This story transcends all denomination and shows the very real relationship one broken heart can have with Christ. I felt that she reflects the Savior as she reminds the world that everything beautiful and inspiring is deeply rooted in the way we live our lives. I felt such love and peace as I watched her story and my entire soul was humbled at the extent to which my life is blessed. Enormously blessed. Because I have a marriage.  And a best friend who loves me and would "fly to the moon and back while waiting 20 years for me" if he had to. I have a good, explosive, strengthening, enduring, and loving family that a girl could possibly hope for. My friends and family have been nothing but a blessing to me and ultimate lifesavers. I have a growing testimony of my Savior and His church and the reality of His existence. He supports me. He really loves me as if I was His everything. And He listens to me. I know He listens because I see the answers come. And, I feel beautiful. I know that I can be more patient, more kind and loving towards others, more dedicated to reading the scriptures because I know these things will help sustain me when challenges and life happens. But my Savior lets me feel beautiful as I try. What a blessing and privilege it is to be apart of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. And this makes me feel incredibly happy. I think "My New Life" is more fitting than ever for Stephanie's story, wouldn't you agree?

We had a fabulous time visiting Plano. I loved having good heart to hearts with my best loverlies.
I just love them a whole lot.
My baby sister Kayla is pretty dang cute, huh?!
And I'm convinced he thinks I'm just as cute to boot!
We played near a park and Kayla Whala wanted this cool shot. Ha! 
(Thats right I did, like I would not strategically crop out my bum? Foreal.)
Aaron and my baby bro Michael always get a few matches in whenever we visit.
Aaron and I went to his interview at Baylor dental school in Dallas.
Nearly 1,500 applicants apply. 210 appear intelligent enough to score an interview. 90 receive acceptances. Aaron rocked the interview! EeeeKKK! We're hoping to hear back on Dec. 3 when notices are sent out. Presumptuous? Maybe we are, it's border-lined with a whole lot of faith!
I should've split this post into 2 so you could avoid a Crossley overload. But anyways, here you have us!

Yours truly, Me

Friday, October 8, 2010

Two Years of Wedded Bliss

Aaron and I celebrated mid- August our 2nd anniversary in Galveston. Shown above is the noted paradise. And my heart aches to go back right this second. We jetted off to our paradise island to get some much needed rest and relaxation. We had the absolute time of our lives. Since watching a Grey's Anatomy episode featuring Meredith and 'McDreamy' on a romantic fairy boat outside of Seattle nearly five years ago, I knew I had to do it one day with my own 'McSteamy'. And I totally did!
We parked 'Boo'(our Cheve Malibu) on the first floor and quickly went on the second deck to catch the breeze and see beautiful scenes. The white sand and deep blue water contrasted perfectly with the clear skiess and hot weather was a much needed slice of heaven. I felt as though we were at Sea World as the dolphins tried to keep up with our fairy ride. The seagulls were swarming all of the tourists in hopes of finding some amused child wanting to watch birds go crazy for tossed french fries. Serious amusement.
Finally getting to the island was a breathe of fresh air. Just the two of us. Reminiscing the new feelings of becoming husband and wife. Watching my boyfriend-turned-fiance-turned-husband wearing a sexy tungsten band around his ring finger and suddenly feeling more qualified as a person and growing man.
Aaron and I had an absolute blast riding on this darling, little cart that made us squeal. Every twist and turn made us laugh and giggle as we found our selves zipping down a hill or on uneven and crumbled roads.
Oh boy, do I cherish these moments.
I love the afternoons we left the beaches soaking wet while covered in sea salt and sand to hurry back to our hotel room to get ready together for a fun night out on the town. Getting dressed up together. Another fun and new, exciting thing to do as husband and wife. 
Sometimes I feel like we are the only two people in the world.
We dined at a southern-style restaurant called Suga's. Complete with a Louisiana jazz band. I have a confession. I love fancy dinners. There is something to say about fancy dinnerware, impeccable service, a cute outfit and the best company around that makes my heart skip a beat or two.
We then strolled over to a theater to watch Brian Regan in action! He's my favorite comedian. Ever.
After the show, we headed back to our hotel and my Sweetheart had sneakily adorned our room with everything romantic. Chocolate and Blue Bell. You make my taste buds dance.

They say the best kind of love awakens the soul and makes us reach for something better than who we are. This brings peace to my soul. And that's what I hope to bring to you forever. Within the first few weeks of officially calling myself your girlfriend, I knew that you were the man I would someday marry. I fell in love not only with your smile, patience, gentleness and sincerity but your genuine heart and giving soul. Somehow you've made me feel like the luckiest girl alive.
As your wife, I promise to be completely in love with you like how I do now.  I promise that when we're eighty years old that we'll have as much fun now even if we like to go to bed at 9 o'clock at night. I promise to never forget the importance of back rubs, love notes, extra long glances, winks,  or a batch of your favorite chocolate chip cookies. With every ''yes'' we share, I promise to respect and care for you not only as my husband but as my best friend and partner for the eternities. 
Thank you for saying "Yes."

Yours truly, Me