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What’s that? You STILL follow me? Even though it’s been months since I’ve posted anything baking related and even longer since there’s been any toddler cuteness?  Welllll, I’m sorry for that. We’ve been a little bit crazy because we are MOVING! Down to Charlottesville, which is about two hours south of where we are now in Northern Virginia. I’m adamant that it is CENTRAL Virginia, because I refuse to live in Southern Virginia. We sold our townhouse, and are currently living with in-laws up in Springfield. We’ll be moving in within the next two weeks, to the house above. It’s nice! Near a lake, big yard, kid-infested neighborhood. I promise once we’re more established, I’ll be back up with more baking, it’s just been pushed to the back burner for now. I hope everyone is doing well, thanks for putting up with my nonsense!

Hello, everypeoples! I’m sorry for my prolonged absence, but things have been kind of exploding in our neck of the woods(literally and figuratively). I’ll have more to post on that in the near-ish future. I haven’t had a chance to do much baking, but I did get to do this Elsa cake for Vengelet’s best friend A-V. A-V, like all children, loves Frozen and wanted a Frozen cake, so her mom and I decided on a princess Elsa cake. This was my first princess cake, and as Wifey’s mother used to make tons of these, she was on hand for support when things went south, which they did, at 10:30 PM the night before the party, when the top dome cake collapsed. I was a wreck about it, but Wifey helped steer me towards a sculpted 5-layer cake, which I had to get up super early the next morning to finish. All in all, I’m very pleased with it! The top part of her dress could be better, but I like a lot of the other things. The cupcakes were originally supposed to be Olaf cupcakes, but that looked stupid, so I went with snowflakes. The kids went bowling(or as Vengelet calls it, “heavy-ball-throw-game”), and they had a blast, and loved the cake. Yaaaay!

Unrelated: If anyone wants to buy an amazing townhouse in Springfield, VA, let me know, I’ve got one to sell.

On fire!

So we had a small fire scare this morning. Everything is fine, nothing happened, but the fire department did send NINE fire vehicles(they do not mess around with townhouses). Which was greatly exciting for Vengelet. As we’re watching them pack up:

Vengelet: Look! Look! Dat one fireman is on TOP of dat firetruck!

Me: Yes, he is. He’s putting hoses away.

Vengelet: (Thinking hard)….Dat not very safe.

Priorities.

I wanted to get this up before the weekend, because we all know what happens on Sunday! So this is my project I’ve been working on for months. It was my showpiece for the National Capitol Area Cake Showcase. I was in the beginner category last year, and I got bumped up to intermediate this year. Competition was a LOT harder. I didn’t place this year, but it was completely fair, and I learned a lot, and I’m proud of what I did. I got low marks for “neatness and precision”, which I also got last year. Wifey made a good observation that because I always try to do some huge grandiose idea, that I don’t get to spend time finessing little details, which is completely accurate. Next year I should try to scale down. A lot of the last minute things I did, like the lion’s mane, or the dragon teeth are the things that I’m not as happy with, because I was rushing at that point. I also got tips from a renowned professional dragon-cake maker, so that was pretty awesome. Overall, I’m pretty proud of it. The North Remembers!

I’m leaving work early today…to go home and work on this cake. Which is a step up from last year, when I needed a day and a half off from work to do cake. It took a lot to get this guy on the cake last night. I broke some of his scales, and his grip on the cake is tenuous at best, but he’s on there. This Dire Wolf might be my favorite piece so far. I have to load in on Friday, and I’m not done yet. I think I see the finish line though.

The North remembers!

I’m behind, again, I know. But Ralph mentioned Game of Thrones withdrawal today, and I just wanted to commiserate and help out a fellow fan, if I could. I am a week and half out from my cake show. I have a lot of stuff left to do on my Game of Thrones cake, but it’s coming along. This shot is from a few weeks ago, so it’s dated, but it’s the most recent I had.  I was pleased with this bird, even if his eyes are different sizes. I used junky fondant his left wing (his, not yours), which I shouldn’t have, but it’s really ok. The cake show is a week before the GoT season 4 premier, so I feel like I timed that right on. This cake is coming together.

But I’m also trying to find a new job, and sell a house. And win cupcake club. It’s going to be a busy two weeks.

On Harry Potter

A coworker of mine just asked, out of the blue, who my favorite Harry Potter character was, because someone asked her out of the blue. I had to think about it. There are SO many characters I love in Harry Potter. Even the bad guys, you just love them, because they are so well written. Bellatrix Lestrange is a fantastic villain, and her entire backstory, and her demise are just wonderfully written. I feel that way about MOST of the characters. But on further reflection, my absolute FAVORITE character is Professor Horace Slughorn.

Firstly, you’ve got to respect a Walrus mustache, I was terribly disappointed that they left it out of the movie. Secondly, who doesn’t love Jim Broadbent?  But the real meat of the story is that Slughorn is the SOLE redemption of Slytherin house. He very clearly embodies the ideal of ambition that is most important to Slytherin, but at NO point does he use that to the detriment of others. He ABSOLUTELY uses it for his own advantage, but never AGAINST anyone else. He plays favorites, but no more so than Snape, or even McGonagall. He signs on with Dumbledore for protection, but stays when the Death Eaters take over the school. More importantly, when Slytherin is given the choice to stay and fight or cut and run, he is the ONLY member to stay and fight. And he ends up dueling Voldemorte. How freakin’ badass is that? Of course you expect all of the “good and brave” teachers to stay and fight, but did you expect Slughorn, a self-serving coward to fight the Dark Lord? That’s character development. That’s why he’s my favorite. Who’s your favorite Harry Potter character?

Ok, seriously. Coworkers? I am 2 weeks shy of 30. I have a 2 and a half year old daughter. I DO NOT want to hear about you how you were just trying to get laid on your first date with your fiancee. I am not going to flip back pages in a LIGHTING CATALOG so that you can ogle the model. Grow up. I’m too old for this crap.

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