The Holiday Rush is Just Too Much!

Many people have told me I’m crazy.

Especially when it comes to baking.  I would like to disagree… but in all reality, I cannot.  😦

I feel like I get especially crazy during the holiday season.  Being the poor gift giver that I am (gift giving is NOT my love language), I always resort to the baking and delivering of baked goods.  Unfortunately for me.. I tend to get a bit overambitious.  And when I mean.. overambitious.. I mean OVERAMBITIOUS.

Yeah.  I may or may not die this upcoming week.  Whether from lack of sleep, burning myself on hot pans, choking on cocoa powder and fine sifted cake flour, or just sheer craziness.  But oh how fun it is! 🙂

Here is a sneak peek at what (one of the things) I’m up to…

I am behind on posts… so some posts will be out of chronological order. 🙂

But hurray!  Christmas is ALMOST hereeeee! 🙂

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Sneak Peak: Cake Scraps are Delicious!

Yup.  You’d think that after my last crazy baking experience (the mini cakes from the last post) I wouldn’t want to bake anymore.  You’re right.  I don’t want to bake. haha.

But what to do with bowls and bowls of cake scraps?!  Well… here is a little sneak peak!

Cake Scraps                           +                                 Frosting

And what do you get?!

CAKE BALLS!

They are obviously not decorated yet.  haha.  A more thorough update shall come tomorrow night, I promise! 🙂

Time to wash dishes and sleep. sigh.

A New Love: SURFAS & Mini Cupcakes

Again, I know I’m the obsessive type.  I did post awhile back how I love Sur La Table (which I still do, just not my current obsession), but I’ve found a new place!  Surfas!  It’s right down the street from me (how did I not know this place existed?!) and not only is it an awesome place to shop for baking/cooking supplies, but it has a cute cafe with free wifi too?!  OMG.  Future hangout spot FOR SURE. 🙂

I didn’t take pictures because I was too amazed by the sheer selection of bakeware, cookware, dinnerware, ingredients, and what not! I also felt that it’d be a little silly to take pictures so… perhaps next time?  Or you should take my word for it and just go for yourself! 🙂

So four of the things I bought today were a 24 mini cupcake pan, 5oo gold mini cupcake pans, and blue and yellow sanding sugars.  And no.  This isn’t actually the secret I was referring to in one of my previous posts.  🙂  But I may be making something something for certain someone someones. haha

Want a sneak peak? 🙂

I shall post up more pictures when they are all decorated! 🙂

And I really really like mini cupcakes.  They are so precious! YAY.

😀

Sneak Peek: Sugar Cookies & Chocolate Cupcakes

Exciting baking plans this weekend! 🙂

I have agreed to bake cookies and cupcakes for a bake sale to help support the Community Service Commission at UCLA.  In a few weeks they will be hosting their annual PITA (Promoting Individuality Through the Arts) Day at UCLA to encourage children/students from at-risk communities to pursue higher education.  I was part of  CSC for the last 2 years of my time at UCLA and since I’m still cool with the staff/support and love all that they are doing, I’ve agreed to help out.

So this Sunday afternoon/night I shall be baking 200 to 300 sugar cookies and a few dozen chocolate cupcakes with buttercream icing or chocolate ganache. 🙂  YUM.  I will be sure to post up some pictures once I get around to it.  OH.  And I plan on buying my very own camera too!  I’ve never owned one.. so this is QUITE exciting! 🙂

Oh yeah, the other night I made Ginger Cookies (MY ULTIMATE FAVE!) and more of those Lemon Blueberry Cupcakes.  I love ginger cookies.  Especially when I roll them in vanilla sugar and they are soft and chewy and sparkly and sweet with a nice little kick to it. 🙂

Sorry that I’m all over the place.  I haven’t been sleeping much lately (due to a number of reasons) and I can’t really seem to focus as well. 🙂  But I really wanted to post something tonight that’s related to baking… so you’ll just have to put up with my rambling.

OH.  I’ve been thinking about starting another blog too!  One that showcases my obsession with license plates.  Strange… I know.  But everyday I see an average of 3 to 4 fun/interesting/weird license plates that make me LOL in the car.  (Yes.  I actually do LOL.. even when I’m by myself… ) And even if you think I’m crazy.. I’ll share one I saw today.  Ready? JODAD E. Read it out loud.  HIL-ARI-OUS! 😀

O-K… that’s enough rambling for one night! 😉  Please stay tuned for update/pictures!

sneak peek: coffee cake & lemon blueberry cupcakes

Too tired to post a real entry.   Hope these pictures suffice for now! 🙂

I think there are about 4 to 5 cups worth of coffee in that sucker. 🙂

I just love the idea of lemon and blueberries! Plus.. it makes me think of blue and yellow. My two most favorite colors followed by.. well basically every other color in the rainbow! 🙂

And because I can’t help but share/gush/rave about the flowers I bought today…

Aren’t they gorgeous?! GAH.  They made me want to die at the farmers market today. I JUST HAD TO HAVE THEM.  Ranunculas 🙂

SWEET PEAS.  They make me giggle and squeal like a little girl. HAHA.

Oh how I love baked goods and flowers! Those two things can make me VERY happy for a LONG time. 🙂

Kiss me, I’m a baker! pt. 2 :)

Here are the pictures as promised! Aren’t they adorable?!

i love green! 😀

guinness is actually pretty yummy.

getting them ready!

all ready to go!  the cupcakes.. the stout stayed at home. 🙂

These are really fun to make.. but unfortunately I made too many and now they are all melting.  Alas.  People just don’t appreciate.  😦  But I did really like decorating these little guys!  Just gotta love frosting and sprinkles! 😀