Tuesday, March 15, 2011


When I think of contrast that old Three Dog Night song comes to mind... the ink is black the page is white...
This week I've been working on a photography challenge using contrast.  I didn't want to do a traditional kind of black and white photograph but when I tried to think outside the box I had quite a bit of brain block.
Baking to the rescue! Contrast chocolate cupcake, white frosting.  What do you think?
I made these little mini's this morning. Cute, huh. They taste pretty good too.
I'm taking them to a small group dinner tonight along with the left over chocolate chip pistachio cupcakes I made yesterday.  I think I have baking out of my system for a few days anyway.
This is my other latest thing, I do this whenever I'm waiting at the Dr. office or in line somewhere or waiting for something to come out of the oven.
It's called zentangling.  Just use a square piece of paper and black pen and some basic lines and for a doodler like me it adds up to hours of zen fun.  There are several great sites on the internet that give instructions on how to do it and the philosophy behind it.  I'm thinking about starting a before school group with some of our early bird students.  Anyway, that's it for contrast today.  Have a great evening and I'll talk to you again soon.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Going Green

A green birthday that is...
My sweet husband's birthday is this month, today in fact.  So in honor of the month and because green is one of his favorite colors, I made cupcakes, chocolate chip pistachio. From scratch even.  Something I like to do but rarely have the time.
I found these cute cupcake papers in the $1 bin at Michaels.
Cupcakes baked and cooled. (slight green tinge is good)
Cupcakes in profile.
On to the White chocolate frosting.
Lots of butter (shhh, don't tell) I never said these were lo-cal did I?
Tinted a pale green then swirled on.
Little custom topper.  Too much fun! Verdict:  Yum.  What shall I bake next? It's spring break so there is no telling what I'll come up with.  Stay tuned.  I'll talk to you again soon.