Giveaway: Ticket to Valentine Cake Ball and Cake Pop Class with Objects of Confection

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After a successful Christmas Cake Pop class in December, Objects of Confection and kathyphantastic are teaming up again in February to bring you a Valentine's class that is sure to satisfy you and your sweetheart's sweettooth.

Each lovely participant will bring home a dozen cake balls for themselves or love(s) of their life.

When: 10 am Saturday, February 5 
Where: Community Renaissance Market
             6800 West Gate Blvd 
             Austin, TX 78745

To celebrate our lovely second class, I'm having a giveaway for one ticket to Saturday's class.

Here's what you have to do:

Comment on this blog post with what kind of Valentine cake pop you'd like to make and check one or both of the boxes that says: "Post comment to Facebook" or "Post comment to Twitter."

If you don't want to test your luck, you can still sign up here.

Photo by Tina Phan

Cupcakes and Gas Station Girl Date at Giovanni's Pizza

Last fall Sharon Love This and I had much-needed dessert catch-up dinner at Giovanni's Pizza Stand (inside the Valero gas station).

We had our priorities straight and ate dessert first. We left our respective workplaces and drove straight to Sugar Mama's Bakeshop where I was thankfully able to tweet at @SugarMamas to save me the last Great Pumpkin (pumpkin chocolate chip cupcake). When we got there, cupcakerie owner Olivia managed to find us another great pumpkin. Bonus greatness. It may not have been willing to share such deliciousness.

After our quest for the right gas station and ordering our pizzas, I introduced Sharon to Maine Root. She liked it. Not feeling overly adventurous, we stuck to root beer, though I did spy a pie flavor. Now I know where to get my late night Maine Root fix.

We stayed for 2 hours sitting on their barstools. The owners were giving us weird looks towards the end and a random creepy guy tried to scold us for not watching the UT baseball game. Hey, we were paying customers - just taking our time enjoying our root beers and pizza. As for the creepy guy, they're everywhere. Ick.

I miss that lady. I hope to see her next time she's in Austin.

Living Direct 2010 Christmas Party Photobooth by Annie Ray

Remember how I mentioned December was crazy? One of the reasons was the Living Direct Christmas party I had been planning for months (initially with my friend and former coworker John) was a blast.

As a company with mostly north Austin based employees, we chose Maggiano's Little Italy at the Domain as our location. Our (waitstaff) captain Andrew was great and super attentive. Maggiano's offered gluten-free and vegetarian options for the protein averse like myself.

I heard little complaint about food, location, or parking and almost everyone seemed to be in good spirits. That's all I could ask for...that and Santa Claus making an appearance. The latter didn't happen.

We were even able to have Annie Ray's photobooth document the debauchery. Here are my favorites:

See the use of the diamonds from the Diamond Sweater Phenomenon. I hope this continues to be a Living Direct tradition.

Alex gets mad at me every time someone refers to the diamonds. This happens often. I think he's finally learning to accept it. I'd say he's at stage 4 in the Kubler-Ross model of stages of grief.

Oh yeah, Florent requested Alex wear the diamond sweater to the party as his goodbye gift. Nathalie's date just happened to be wearing the exact same outfit. Win!

I do regret not getting a marketing department picture together.

You can see the rest of the pictures on Annie Ray's website. Which are your faves?

Christmas Cake Pop Class Sneak Peek

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Last month Objects of Confection and kathyphantastic teamed up to teach a Christmas cake ball and cake pop workshop. We're happy to announce that it was a success (despite some bizarro background music) and there's a Valentine's class scheduled for February.


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Photos by Aimee Wenske

Sweet-toothed students including blog followers, Facebook fans, Twitter followers, a few friends, and some kids got their hands dirty (or rather, sugary) learning the ins and outs of cake ball how-to and cake pop decoration.

My good friend Aimee Wenske and my sister Tina Phan took pictures and some video.

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Photo by Tina Phan

Fellow blogger and crafty friend Monica made some of the cutest cake balls. Her penguins are darling. Check Monica's food and craft blog Sugar Stitches.

Thanks Monica for the Cake Pop Decorating blog post.

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See the little girl sneaking a bite of cake pop? I love it. Yum!

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Photo by Aimee Wenske

This is a simple penguin of my own. I need to get used to wearing these blue gloves. Luckily, I found out I only need to wear them when touching students' cake pops and not my own. Manual dexterity increased a hundredfold!

I am the Michael Jackson of cake pops (one glove).

Thanks everyone for coming to our class! I can't wait to share more pictures.

PS Thanks to the red head for getting me the layer cake apron I'd blogged about for my first class. :)

Coolhaus Ice Cream Sandwich

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via Tina Phan

I tried an ice cream sandwich from the Austin Coolhaus.

Blog followers know that I can't resist a dessert truck. This fairly new ice cream truck hails from Los Angeles. The Austin incarnation of Coolhaus is tucked away in East Austin, in the East Austin Trailer (E.A.T.) Park and Eatery across the park from The WonderCraft. Y'all know I love Wonder Craft. Check out my WonderCraft posts.

The treat: Mint ice cream with chocolate cookies.
The verdict: Yummy, but expensive at $4. Also, too much ice cream sandwich for one kathyphantastic.

This made me wish they offered half portions for $2.

Next time, I'll be getting the lemon ice cream with ginger cookies. This is what Tina Phan got. It's not that mine wasn't good, it was. It's that hers was amazing. Maybe we'll be able to share?