Merciful God, You are great in compassion and Your tenderness for us is without measure. We ask You to give us today our daily bread, and also provide for the needs of all of Your hungry children around the world. Through Christ Your Son and Our Lord. Amen.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Chit chat

I thought that I would spend my Easter Week (aka spring break) catching up my food blog with recipes that have been waiting to be posted. Where did the week go? I had also planned to do a lot of sewing for my daughter, and only managed to sew one little skooter shirt. I might need some time management lessons.

I did make 18 goody bags for a girlfriend who was hosting a bridal shower. They held chocolates, body butter and lip balm -- really good all natural stuff I make in my kitchen.

I also baked cupcakes for a family get together, and cupcakes and cookies for the same bridal shower. People often tell me that I should go into catering (not because my food is that great, but I think just because I do bake), but there is too much love involved for me. I wouldn't be good at it. (The recipe for the chocolate cupcakes is here, and the recipe for the wedding cupcakes here, buttercream frosting here.) I only do it because I love the people I bake for.

 My first foray into royal icing. I hated it, which probably means I won't rest until I have mastered it, even though I swore off it forever.

 The bride's flower is sunflowers, which I tried to make using the marshmallow/sugar technique. They turned out cute though not very sunflower-ish. This technique was very easy -- cut the "corners" off the marshmallows at a diagonal and promptly dip the cut side into colored sugar.

Tomorrow is the Feast of Divine Mercy, so please celebrate with your family. There are many ways to recognize the feast day (at Mass, a rosary service, with Confession and the Divine Mercy chaplet), but if you are celebrating with food, please make some Divine Mercy sugar cookies or a Divine Mercy Shortcake -- neither will disappoint and your children will always remember those red and blue rays!

Make sure you get your rays on the right sides (opposite mine!)

1 comment:

Linda said...

Terrific post, Barbara! It tells so much about you. I love it. :)