My.. It’s been awhile..

Indeed.  Almost a full year since I’ve updated.  haha.  I didn’t mean to neglect my blog.. but life has been very busy.  🙂

A good kind of busy.  Since last July… I’ve moved back to West LA, got a new job teaching preschool, gotten engaged, and am now busy planning a wedding and moving into a new apartment.  Crazy busy.  🙂

I’ve been meaning to post for a really really long time.  I mean, I’ve still managed to bake some over the past year.  But definitely not as often.  And since I’ve been so short on time, I’ve mostly stuck with my favorite recipes.  Haven’t really tried any new recipes lately.  Boo.   I’ve definitely bookmarked a bunch of new stuff.. just haven’t had the time to make them.  Bummer.

I’m hoping after the wedding and transitioning-into-married-life-business is over, I will have lots of time to bake and blog!  There were some tasty baked goods I’ve created over the past year that deserve a spot on this blog.  Just need to remember to take pictures.   And actually upload them.  And then write a post about it…. mmm yeah.  Maybe after May?

But there’s one thing I can tell you about!  I am attempting to make my own apple butter!  YES!  It’s so delicious and ridiculously easy to make.   Seriously.  Chop up the apples, toss them with some sugar and spices, and let them cook in the crock pot!  Let it sit for 8 to 10 hours, maybe some stirring, and some whisking at the end.  VOILA!  Yummy apple butter to spread on biscuits and bread and other delicious carb-y things.  🙂

The aforementioned apple butter is cooking in my crock pot as I type.  I also have dozens of apples sitting on the counter awaiting their scrumptious fate.  🙂 It is funny how I love to bake/cook fruit.  Just not consume them in their natural state.  I feel like it’s such a waste of potential. hahaha.

I feel like I should stick at least one picture in here.  How about this one?

Isn’t it so cute?!  It’s my future kitchen.  Don’t you LOVE the yellow walls?  I fell in love with this kitchen/apt.. the minute I walked in.  I saw the yellow and was like… I LOVE IT.  I WANT IT.  It was only the 2nd place we checked out.. but I knew that I didn’t need to see anyplace else.  🙂 I can’t wait to bake lots and lots in here!

OH.  I forgot to show you my “engagement ring”.  hehehe.

Won’t she go SO well with the new kitchen?!  So exciting!

Okay okay.  One last picture and I will be satisfied with this post. 🙂  A picture of me and future Mr. Angry Little Baker.  😛  It’s one of the outfits we wore for our engagement photo shoot. hehe.

All right.  I’ll try to post up pictures of my apple butter making adventures.  But chances will be that you won’t hear from me until after May.  🙂

Hope you all have been baking lots and lots!  😀

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Cake Pops Cake Pops Everywhere!

Ah yes.  The craze has finally reached me.  Since Bakerella released her cake pops book, I fear such an insane mania has swept the nation.   People from all over (even Starbucks!) have fallen victim to this cute bite-sized cake on a stick.  How is it different from a cake ball, you may ask?  Nothing.  Except it’s on a stick.  Simple.. and yet it seems to add a whole new dimension of cuteness and consumer demand.

I have had one experience making cake balls.  I came out of that experience with a couple of thoughts, but one main thought was… this is a lot of work for something so small.  haha.  But it’s interesting how it seems to blow the minds of those who don’t bake…I’ve gotten plenty of questions from people on how to make this little suckers.  Pretty funny ideas too.  🙂

But the main point of this post was to share about my (insane) experience to make 300 cake pops as wedding favors for Carrie, my old roommate.  I foolishly thought that I would make 2 cake pops per person.  But after hearing that the guest list was about 300 people… I quickly scratched that idea, because making 600 cake pops would make anybody go crazy.  Especially me…. and possibly even a little bit angry.  So, I decided to just go with one per guest, alternating between green and pink (which were her wedding colors).  🙂

To put it simply… I may did go a liiiiitle bit crazy, but I was so happy that everything came out wonderfully.  The packaging of the cake pops took me a VERY long time, but they came out so cute!  I guess it made all the long hours of work worth it.  haha.  🙂  And besides, they made Carrie happy.. so it’s win win for everyone!  yay!

I made chocolate and red velvet cake pops!  And as you can see…I had many casualties along the way.  Sad.  They could not be saved.  😦

Isn’t the packaging super cute?  🙂

I also made special cake pops for the wedding party!

So pretty right?  But Bakerella’s are still prettier.  Sigh.

Anywho, the wedding was wonderful and beautiful and fun!  And lots of people actually really liked the cake pops… so that made me very very happy!  🙂

Congrats again to Carrie & Mike Saechang!  😀

Memorial Day Weekend Fun Part 2: My First Wedding Ever!

I know.  Unbelievable right?!  I am 23 and I went to my first wedding EVER this past weekend!  GAH.

I didn’t take that many photos because I really wanted to just soak it all in. 🙂  I didn’t cry, but the ceremony was sweet and beautiful.  The reception was yummy-in-my-tummy.  And the bride and groom were so precious!  It was a nice reunion of old college fellowship friends too. 🙂

Here are a few of my favorite pictures! 🙂

Oh.  I feel like I’ve been sharing a lot of my life with you, my dear readers.  Can you guess which person is me?! 🙂  Well.. unless all of my readers are my friends who happen to pity me and read my blog.  hahaha jk.

Hurray! Only one more part to go!  But I think I’ll save that.. for another night! 🙂  I have a lot of food pictures to sort through.  I am excited! 😀

Practice practice practice!

Hello everyone!

Sorry for being MIA. 😦  I’ve been quite busy lately with work and church fellowship and playing and being sick.  Yes.  My nasty death cough is back.  Le sigh.  Still not sure what is it.. but I’m thinking that 4 times in under 6 months is NOT a good thing. 😦

But onto more happy/exciting news!  I have finally gotten around to practicing with the final tier of Tritia’s wedding cake!  I have already baked several times with the top and middle tiers, but now I’ve finally tested the bottom tier.  Not only is it the biggest tier, but the biggest cake I’ve ever baked!  I wasn’t too sure how long to bake it, but it came out quite beautifully!  Since this is just practice, I made Dark Chocolate Fudge from the box but frosted it with homemade Chocolate Buttercream.  Yummy chocolate-y goodness. 🙂

And of course.. I covered it with fondant.  Rolling out fondant is a serious workout.  I worry that I might pull a back muscle one of these days. haha.  I don’t know if I’m going to decorate it or not yet.. that’s more of my roommate’s specialty.  But if she does, I’ll be sure to post up pictures.

Speaking of pictures.. my camera came in!  But I forgot to get a memory card.. so until that comes in next week.. no playing with the cam just yet.  Oh well.  Once I get my hands on my apartmentmate’s camera, I will dutifully post up pictures of this cake!  🙂

And I stumbled upon some awesome and cute recipes that I’d like to try (one of which is POP TARTS! AH! HOW EXCITING!).. so here’s to hoping I get to them within the week!

Until next time!