Fish Pops Featuring Photography by Aimee Wenske

Cake Pops

A few weeks ago I asked lil Phan if there was any cake pop she wanted to see. She said "FISH!" So, I made it happen.

I'm really happy with how they turned out. The pops that didn't turn out (I refer to them as the "uglies") ended up my belly.

What's better than eating the uglies? The super talented Aimee Wenske offered to photograph my pops. YAY! Aren't the pictures beautiful? They remind me of summer--delicious cake-filled summer. She even blogged about them. Read the cake pop post on her blog. Double YAY!

Cake Pops

I was lucky enough to have not just one, but TWO talented photographers shoot my fish pops. Photos from Tina Phan Photography coming soon.

P.S. For those who are new to my blog, here are some posts of cake pops past.

Today I Want: KitchenAid Artisan 5-Quart Stand Mixer - Empire Red

I should really call this post "For the Last 4 Years I've Wanted: KitchenAid Artisan 5-Quart Stand Mixer - Empire Red." Just think of all the cake pop magic that could go on if I had this stand mixer.

This is totally one of those things people register for when they're getting married. Hmm...

If I didn't already have an Empire Red KitchenAid Blender. I might consider it in Martha Stewart Blue from Macy's. GORGEOUS. I love that color. A little less classic than red, though. Had I known this colorway existed when I bought the blender, I would have gone with Martha Stewart Blue.

I love everything from Macy's KitchenAid Martha Stewart Blue Collection.

Empire Red KitchenAid Artisan 5-Quart Stand Mixer, Amazon.com, $291.16

We Come in Peace: Alien Pops at Micah's House

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My friend Micah threw a party for her husband James' birthday. Micah is wonderful and strange--the good kind of strange. Wonderfully strange. Like me, she likes to craft and bake.

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For James' birthday Micah baked a UFO cake and I made him a few alien cake pops to match. They're definitely the creepiest cake pops I've made so far.

James likes scifi and Star Wars--especially Star Wars. They both really like Star Wars.
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Chris borrowed James' highly coveted Storm Trooper mask.

Micah let me try on the Doctor Who scarf she knitted for James. It was really lengthy. It took quite a while to put on and roll back.

Did you notice that oil lamp with the roman statues behind us? My grandparents had a similar one with one lady in the middle instead of three. I remember being fascinated by it as a child.

Happy Birthday James. My sister enjoyed playing with your cats. She will be posting cat pictures soon.

Heart Shaped Brownie Roll-Out Cookies

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I totally went heart shaped crazy for Valentine's this year. Lots of baking ensued. I baked brownie roll out-cookies using Smitten Kitchen's recipe. My recommendation is to add a little bit of milk or to use extra large eggs. My cookie dough turned out on the dry side, so some of the cookies were flaky on top. Otherwise, these cookies were a delicious mix of chocolate brownie, cookie, and Valentine's cuteness.

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These cookies taste even better as ice cream sandwiches (yet to be pictured). I wish I had some mint ice cream; I'd make a chocolate-y ice cream love sandwich right now.

I hope to one day make elephant ice cream sandwiches. All I need are elephant cookie cutters.

My Cake-y Valentine

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This year I am sending edible Valetines in cake pop form to my lovely friends who live far away. I hope they don't get crushed by USPS.

Friends who live far away: I promise they're still yummy if crushed, just not pretty. See images above and below for reference as to what they should have looked like.

I haven't made it to the post office yet, so they'll be coming a little late.

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I love pink and hearts, so I went a little crazy this year pink, red, and hearts everywhere--sprinkles, cookies, cake pops. Love is in the air and more importantly, in my kitchen.

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This dog (wolf) looks like he wants to play.

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Big thanks to lil Phan for taking all these awesome photos of my cake pop Valentines.

Happy Valentine's Day. I heart sprinkles you.

V for Vermillion Cookies

V for Vermillion Cookies

This Monday marked Andrew Vermillion's 24th birthday.

I baked Vermillion velvet sandwich cookies with cream cheese frosting centers using Bakerella's recipe. It's a super easy recipe and a guaranteed hit at work parties. These cookies also make great Valentines if you don't have a Vermillion in your life. Thanks Bakerella.

My coworkers and I wore vermillion outfits. Though, some forgot - that's what happens over the weekend.

They remind me of these red velvet macarons my friend Sharon found at Williams Sonoma. Sadly, they're sold out.

Happy Birthday, Andrew Vermillion. I hope the first day of your 24th year was very...Vermillion.

Pandamonium

Pandamonium
My friend Dee's birthday was last month. Dee love love loves pandas. She wants to sit in a cage with them and watch them eat bamboo. It's
that kind of love. Dee is one of the most wonderful people I know. She's a fabulous mix of beautiful geeky fashionista, gamer, scifi-nerd, and best of all she's HILAROUS. You should follow her on twitter @deekgeek. You're really missing out if you're not.
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For Dee Day, I made Panda Cake Pops. Her sister Sam and I plotted to shower her with pandas on her 27th. Sam baked panda cupcakes and I made panda cake pops.
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After much questing for ear shapes i ended up going with regular brown M&Ms. I made the eyes and noses with a candy writer which is really just a squeezable plastic bottle with a small pointed nozzle.
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Yellow cake with chocolate frosting and white chocolate candy coating. They were a hit at Dog and Duck.

Happy Dee Day.

I'm with COCO

I'm with COCO

To my disappointment, The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien ended last week. I've always loved Conan O'Brien for his intelligent albeit bizarre humor. In support of Conan and The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien I made these COCO and Jay Leno cake balls.

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Jay Leno

I'm glad I had the opportunity to attend a taping during his first week in LA.

The Tonight Show

A New York Times article was written about how young viewership of the Tonight Show dwindled from the start despite the overwhelming amount of support demonstrated during the last week. Much to my dismay, I admit that despite my love for Conan, I, too, rarely watched. I think this is a sign of the times and it's inevitable that the traditional ways of tracking ratings will change as the traditional ways of consuming media change.

Conan's final episode was quite inspiring, and his farewell classy.

"If you work hard and you're kind, amazing things will happen." - Conan O'Brien

Having worked hard and been kind my entire life, I do hope that amazing things will happen to me, too.

P.S. My computer seems to be fixed. I'll be blogging frequently (again).