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I’ve kind of been taking a break from baking. It hasn’t been intentional, it’s just the way the cards have landed lately. Between my car getting totaled (without me in it, luckily!), finding mold in my apartment, dealing with job stress, dealing with TMJ issues, dealing with more job stress and now, finally, apartment hunting… you could say I’ve been a bit preoccupied.

Even with my world spinning slightly off of its axis, I’ve managed to squeeze in a few different cakes/ cupcakes since my last post. Here’s what y’all missed:

whimsical college graduation cake

My good friend from college asked me to do a graduation cake for her younger sister. Within this cake, she asked for a variety of elements to be included. See if you can find them all: a grad cap, UC Davis colors, Banghra (Punjabi) dancing, elements of “college life,” and something relevant to dental school. This cake was a challenge, but very fun and every bit of whimsical as I’d hoped it to be!

 

25th birthday cupcakes (1 of 2)

bootie cupcakes (2 of 2)

In January, my friend R threw herself one hell of a 25th birthday party. She asked me to provide a variety of treats including 2 types of cupcakes (shown above), a few trays of chocolate whoopie pies and 1 large cupcake cutting cake. The vanilla cupcakes were topped with a marshmallow cream frosting, and decorated with handmade chocolate accents and edible glitter. The red velvet cupcakes were frosted with a thick swirl of classic cream cheese frosting and decorated with fondant butts.

Yes, butts. You heard me right. When I accepted this order, R had mentioned that she’d been working out really hard for the last year or so, and wanted everyone at her party to, “have a piece of my ass!” I love her confidence, enthusiasm and the fact she’s so secure in her own skin! You go girl!

PS – These toppers would be great for a bachelorette party too… 🙂

 

TokiDoki birthday cake

In March, my buddy G asked for a couple of cakes. For his wife’s birthday, he asked for a small, super chocolatey cake. He mentioned that TokiDoki is one of her favorite things, so I did some research and designed a simple cake with hand cut fondant TokiDoki accents.

Two of his friends also happened to have a birthday during the same week, so he asked for a casual cake for the guys to take on a weekend trip. I knew that this group of guys were all die hard Giants fans, so I couldn’t resist surprising them with a hat cake. Just like my earlier hat cakes, it was decorated in fondant with hand cut accents.

Giants hat cake

 

My cousin, M, is an incredible kid and I was super excited when her mom asked me to do her birthday cake a couple weeks ago. Along with the cake, she was going to be surprised with new archery equipment for her birthday. I designed the cake to go along with her fabulous birthday present, making the archery target out of fondant and the arrow out of gumpaste.

archery-themed birthday cake

 

A couple of weeks ago, one of my neighbors emailed and asked if I could do two dozen chocolate cupcakes for one of her employee’s birthdays. She requested the cupcakes to be as chocolatey as possible, and decorated in a “dog” theme. These hand cut fondant decorations might be my favorite cupcake toppers to date!

birthday "pupcakes"

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My grandma is an astrologer and has been for as long as I can remember.  As a kid, I remember being so entranced by the things she saw on my chart and even more so once I began to see how accurate it was.  At the same time… I’m a realist, and so as much as I love the mystical elements of astrology there’s still a lot that I take with a grain of salt.

Lately Grams has been sending me daily, “horoscopes,” if you will from one of her newsletters, and all summer they have been eerily accurate.  So she sends me one this afternoon, and given my earlier post and the state of my current feelings, the nail has been hit on the head.  Again.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19):  You could make a long list of the people who have been unkind to you; who have abused your trust; who have acted in ways that affect you without concern about the consequences. This is called neglect. These events, some of which you didn’t notice, shaped your personality, primarily affecting the part of you known commonly as the inner child. The coming weeks present you with an opportunity, perhaps inner or perhaps in a relationship, to let go of some of that pain, which has, in a strange way, taken over your identity from below. In the scenario described in your charts, a veil lifts and reveals the source, which you will need to acknowledge for the healing to take place. Look directly; call it what it is; pause for a short while; and walk on.”

Touche Grambino, Touche.  I guess its time to rework Caty3.0.

xoxo

Happy Birfday Amurrrrrrica!!

When its somebody’s birthday you celebrate… and that was essentially the theme of the weekend:  celebration.

We kicked things off on Thursday evening for a Beehunt’s pre-birthday celebration.  Pitchers at Pyramid lead to Zya Daquiri’s at Kona, and ultimately Blackout Town, Population: Beehunt.  I’m pretty sure that my favorite shenanagans of the night were where Bee & Stillings went missing for a couple of hours only to find they had taken off to Adesso, and were evading some Bobcats who were smitten by their charm.  Heh… Bobcats… apparently thats the word for a Cougar who’s under the age of 40.  Nice one Bee.

Ummmm on to Friday.  Friday was an AMAZING day!!  Had a bit of a girl’s retreat with Tori, Ashley & Carrie.  We headed over to Corte Madera to pick up Tori’s car from the shop, and then from there we headed west to Bolinas, CA.

If you’ve never heard of Bolinas, don’t feel bad, because unless you know how to get there you won’t.  Legend has it that it used to be a hippie retreat, and when the state of California started putting up road signs for travelers the residents started tearing them down.  Its a pretty cute place though… reminds me of Stinson Beach, yet, smaller (if you can believe that is possible!).  Once we found a miracle parking spot, we dragged our stuff to the beach and proceeded to have a wonderfully lazy, champagne-filled day.  Ashley and I girl-talked, and spied on man candy while Tori & Carrie took to the task of creating a giant sand turtle.  There were dogs everywhere, and once the sun finally started peeking out behind the clouds it was a fantastic day.

Tori & Ashley

Tori & Ashley

Champagne on the Beach!

Champagne on the Beach!

It jumped up on its own!

It jumped up on its own!

Saturday was a little more busy.  After having a yummy BBQ with some of my favorite Natives, I headed up North to visit the family.  Aunties & cousins were in town from Seattle, so we stole a few beers from Grandma’s fridge and headed out to watch the fireworks.  We had a great view, and surprisingly, the fireworks were pretty cool as well!  Not bad for little ‘ole Redding.

Lydia is such a mini-model!

Lydia is such a mini-model!

The whole gang!

The whole gang!

Sunday was what I had been waiting for… Lake Shasta!!  AAAAand I can’t find the pics so I’ll add some more later.  🙂  Enjoy!

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