Butter flavored Crisco?

Ok, so I noticed the butter flavored Crisco a couple of months ago and decided to pick some up on our last trip to the grocery store to try it out. The package I bought advertised that it was great for baking, so I wanted to give it a try.

Well, I was making some lemon buttercream icing to go with the 6″ lemon cake for Cady’s party and used the buttery Crisco for the first time instead of the hi-ratio shortening I’ve been using lately. I thought maybe the butter flavored Crisco could be the best of both worlds– the consistency of shortening with the flavor of butter.

Hmm. Big mistake. At least for the lemon buttercream anyway. The flavor of the butter was overwhelming, I couldn’t taste any lemon at all. I should’ve known it would be too much when I opened the package and smelled the strength of the butter flavor.

I should’ve known better when I had already experienced a dislike for the Wilton butter flavor in making icing before. However, I wanted to give it a chance because I had loved the taste of the cream cheese icing I had made with all butter. The problem with that was that the butter is too soft and melty. The icing was sliding away.

I have two more cups of this to experiment with in the future, but for now, I have thrown out (I almost typed thrown up) the icing and will stick to what I already know works. Now is not the time to be trying new things unless I want to increase my potential for having a freakout in the kitchen in the wee hours of the night before the party.

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I was wrong about summer.

I don’t know what I was thinking when I wrote that post about how I missed summer. It’s so hot. It’s too hot to do anything. Cady sweats the moment we step outside to even walk to the car from the front door. It’s too bright sometimes even with sunglasses on as if I’m not even wearing any. The mosquitos are ridiculous.

They literally wait at the front door or even the car door for you to open up, so they can sneak inside and eat you alive. My poor bebe has been suffering from their stings as well. On top of that, the city drives around and sprays poison twice a week at about ten o’clock at night all over town to try to alleviate the problem, but it does nothing but probably just spread toxins in the air for the people living in the area. The horrible little things are literally back the next day. Honestly, what do they do that they are a necessary part of the eco-system besides spread diseases like West Nile and Malaria?

I can’t wait until fall. November should be a good month. Yeah, there will still be mosquitos, but maybe not as much? At least the weather will be cooler, and we can start leaving the house again. My husband got drenched in sweat taking the recycling out at 7:53 in the evening. I can’t imagine what it’s like when he walks the dog.

Maybe we should go to the pool more. Maybe we could get one of those popsicle molds. Now that I’ve had my chance to complain, I should think of ways we can make it more fun. We might as well make the most of it. Besides, in a few months when it gets really cold and Cady is upset about being all bundled up, I’ll probably start missing summer again.

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My grandmother passed away.

She was 89 years old.

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My first attempt at cake pops

I made my first attempt at cake pops today. I’ve seen so many sweet, simple ones online, and the tutorials made it so easy. However, they were not successful. I’m not even going to post pictures of my disaster because I’m too embarrassed. Now that I think about it, the person who wrote the tutorial I used said they had learned some lessons after making them a couple of times. I’ve learned some lessons as well.

1. Try using the frosting in a jar. That seems to be the formula a lot of people use, and it works.
2. Don’t use a microwave (to heat the chocolate). It works for everyone else. It never works for me.

I was thinking about making some for Cady’s party, but I wasn’t sure if I should and thought a dry run would give me a better idea. I don’t think I’m ready yet. It will be ok though since there will be a very high sweets to people ratio at the party as it is.

I’ll be honest. I was feeling pretty down about the whole experience at first. The cake confidence I had gained back just in time to make a baby shower cake next week all went down the drain. I probably could’ve upset myself enough to cry. My good husband cheered me up, though and calmed me down before I got too worked up. I just hate to see food or anything go to waste, but he says most of it will still get eaten, which makes me feel a lot better.

Now that I’m thinking about it, I hope I do a good job on the baby shower cake I have coming up. I hate to disappoint, especially since I’m getting paid for it. I’ll be making a square 8″ on top of a 10″ square. I’ve only made the 8″ square once before and had some snafus, and I haven’t made 10″ squares yet ever.

I wonder if the other people I know who have been doing this for longer, had these problems when they were first learning. I often call the kitchen a disaster area. I guess that comes with the territory when you’re learning to master the domestic arts. I’m lucky to have an understanding husband who doesn’t mind and who often even cleans the disaster area while I rest. He never makes me feel like I’ve failed either (even if I was thinking I failed), and that’s really the best part.

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Oh no, Asian reality show (Jersey Shore style)

My hubby sent me a link a friend of his posted on Facebook of a blogpost about a new reality show created by Tyrese modeled after MTV’s Jersey Shore. In case you’ve been living under a rock for the last year, Jersey Shore is a reality show featuring poorly behaved Italian-Americans who further reinforce stereotypes. I’ll admit. I’m guilty of watching the show. I have no interest in seeing a second season though. I’m sure it will be exactly the same.

I think this is terrible because Asians on television, in my opinion, have yet to break into the mainstream shows as normal, everyday people. By normal I mean main characters who are not mere comic relief characters or one dimensional stereotypes such as the martial arts master, the math nerd, or the gang member. Whites, Hispanics, and African Americans all have shows where they are regular working people who have friends, families, and day to day mishaps or conficts we can relate to. The characters are people, not just a race.

For example, Monk was a breakthrough because the main character is an Arab-American who did not play a racial stereotype, and race was not even a defining characteristic for him. We focused on his quirks, his relationships, his personal demons, and his ability to solve crimes while being humorous and entertaining.

Well, I guess it wouldn’t be fair to hold Asians to a higher standard than everyone else, and it seems this is the era of reality television. They might as well join in with everyone else that will have their worst moments made fun of on The Soup and parodied on Saturday Night Live.

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Facebook “Friendship” Dilemmas

I have too many Facebook friends. This is problem is mostly of my own making.

When I was in college and first started working, I friended pretty much everyone that I met either because I wanted to see their profiles or I thought we might need to conact them again later. I did talk to them on Facebook at first, but now that I’m not working or going to school with them anymore, I’ve lost any reason to contact most of them.

I’ve de-friended that people I’ve found on my friends list that I don’t remember anymore. I’ve de-friended people who have shown up on my newsfeed or birthday list that I don’t talk to anymore. I’m slowly narrowing my friends list, and it is still out of control.

I’ll probably seem crazy unfriending people that I friended in the first place (mostly since I wanted to just see their profiles), and I feel bad unfriending people that I only friended because I didn’t want to offend them with a rejection in the first place. I don’t friend people I don’t know, but it’s even worse being asked by people that I do know but secretly dislike. I wish I had just said no in the first place though because it’s even worse saying yes and then having to rescind.

When I was in school, it made sense, but now that I have a family and spend my time at home, I really don’t need to be in contact with all of those people. Furthermore, I don’t want them all having access to my information anymore. I wish there was a way to purge huge amounts of friends and then just start over with the people I really do need to talk to. I guess when I think about my reasons for removing people, the reasons are good enough to just suck it up regardless of what people think.

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Tutu Drive with Samster Mommy for the Princess Alexa Foundation

Samster Mommy Tutu Drive

One of my favorite bloggers, Samster Mommy, is holding a tutu drive for the Princess Alexa Foundation. The organization was started by Crys, in honor of her daughter, Alexa, who died of cancer two years ago. Alexa loved playing dress up and finding joy through imaginative play during her illness and became known as, “Princess Alexa.” As a mommy myself, just thinking about it chokes me up. The Princess Alexa Foundation now brings the joy of imaginative play to other seriously ill children, and Samster Mommy’s goal is to send them 100 tutus next month. She’s going to need some help, so buy and make tutus or any other dress up items. There are lots of easy to sew or no sew tutu tutorials online and some great websites to purchase inexpensive tutus for as little as $2 each!

TUTORIALS
Samster Mommy’s Ten Minute Tutu
Samster Mommy’s Ice Princess Tutu

INEXPENSIVE TUTUS
Halo Heaven

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90 Calorie Soda

I love the new 90 calorie Cokes and Sprites.

I don’t even care about the calorie count because if I were counting calories, I wouldn’t be having any soda at all. I just like their cute little cans, and I think it’s a much easier portion to manage than the regular sized cans that I always shared with my husband because I could not usually finish them. I guess I’m not a really big soda person, but I do enjoy the taste sometimes. I suppose that’s all I really need is a little taste. That’s why sometimes I don’t even finish the little cans. Luckily, my husband makes sure they don’t go to waste.

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Air Conditioning!

It’s so hot here in Texas, and the air conditioner isn’t working! AH! Tim and I are about to pack up and spend the night at my parents’ house (down the street) until someone comes to fix it tomorrow. I remember this happened at my parents house, too, last year. Luckily my dad knew a guy who knew a guy who came out there at like 11pm and fixed it. I’m sure it’ll be better tomorrow when someone comes, but this is really inconvenient! I like being at home. It’s more comfortable and all our stuff is here. I’ll miss my computer. I guess that’s one good thing about having a laptop, but I haven’t been too keen on them after my last one died.

On the bright side, Cake Club meets tomorrow! I’ve been looking forward to it since our last meeting!

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I’ve been sick…

I was sick this week. Now Tim is showing similar symptoms. That leads us to believe that it is contagious. Good thing we considered that possibility and took Cadence to my parents. I’ve missed and worried about her a lot of course, but I would worry more if she was terribly ill. We’ve been miserable, and we’re adults. It would be too much for a little baby.

[ Poor pumpkin ]

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