My 2 potted plants died this year...I left them, refusing to believe it was over! A few days or rain and they are back alive and happy! I realize the root systems survived the dry weather but still, I like to think they are zombie plant.
One of the ways I show love and affection is through cooking. I will admit baking is a therapy for me as well, so my loved ones always know I'm stressed when they are suddenly bombarded with apple crisp, cookies, pies etc.
Sometimes I'll pick what to make and just put a call out to see who gets it. Made 4 apple crisps and asked if anyone's favorite treat is apple crisp, then delivered to those who responded. I love being able to bake and cook for those I care about and seeing them enjoy what they receive. That being said, I have so many friend who live far away and wish I could send things without them getting stale. A good friend of mine is big into fitness and really careful on what he eats. Due to this I have yet to bake for him. Through conversation I discovered that his favorite treat is caramel. This got me thinking, I'm a talented baker, but I've never tried candy and that would be something I could mail to people as well. Challenge accepted!
Candy making is...interesting. Caramel is pretty basic when it comes to ingredients, sugar, sugar, sugar, dairy, dairy, vanilla. Put it in a pot and mix together as it melts. Watch the temperature, when it reaches a certain point remove from heat, stir in vanilla and poor into a pan to cool, cut and wrap. Sounds easy enough.
I'm stirring away, temperature rising, ingredients well mixed and looking good. Then the temperature seems to plateau. I turn up the heat a bit, no change. Hmmmm...then the mixture begins to boil. A rolling, bubbling, sticky boil. Of course I imagine the horror if this pot were to spill on me, or if the mixture were to boil over.h The water starts to evaporate, stirring constantly for about 20 minutes, as the mixture thickens the temperature suddenly starts to rise. Remove from heat, stirred in vanilla and pour into prepared pan. Looks good, smells amazing, I think we're good!
The pictures I took of the mixture boiling in the pot didn't save, but I did get some process!
Cooling away. The recipe stated to cool completely and then cut. I decided to start cutting as soon as it had cooled enough to hold it's shape. Next time I will cut sooner and more diligently. As it cooled it became harder, like the toffee in a Skor bar, it was difficult to cut and due to the butter in the recipe and the oil coating the pan I had greasy sticky fingers, while using a large sharp knife, trying to cut hard/sticky caramel.
I made it this far, it finally reached the consistency where you can drop it and it will shatter. When I make apple crisp tomorrow I'll place this on my stove so the heat generated by the oven can soften it and I'll keep cutting. Pieces wrapped and ready! I've learned some things and I'll for sure continue my candy making adventures. I've already learned so much. What should I try next?
I buy shirts as you all know. Some people buy shoes, others booze, jewelry, trinkets, dolls/action figures...I buy shirts. I know I have a problem when 3 arrive on the same day! That being said, 2 of them I ordered months ago! Love all 3.
I've been waiting for months, waiting for years, waiting for you to change. Aw, but there ain't much that's dumber, there ain't much that's dumber than pinning your hopes on a change in another. And I, yeah I still need you, but what good's that gonna do? Needing is one thing, and getting gettings another.
So I been sitting around, wasting my time, wondering what you been doing. Aw, and it ain't real forgiving, it ain't real forgiving sitting here picturing someone else living. And I, yeah I still need you, but what good's that gonna do? Needing is one thing, and getting gettings another.
I've been hoping for months, hoping for years, hoping I might forget. Aw, but it don't get much dumber, it don't get much dumber than trying to forget a girl when you love her. And I, yeah I still need you, but what good's that gonna do? Needing is one thing, and getting gettings another.
I want to hide my faded hair! My most recent color idea bombed, I feel I overestimated the colors I picked and the ability of my stylist. Oh well...Saturday it shall change! Now to decide what to do. I do see my natural color in the near future, getting tired of the maintenance of color.
Wings ordered, custom order deposit posted, it's coming together! A steampunk Tinkerbell is also not complete without a jetpack to boost her wing power! I wish I could just sell my body for people to put costumes on, then it wouldn't be so expensive to build my costume collection. I hope this turns out as epic as imagine it will be!
I'd love this costume and would save up for it but I see no commissions are left to have it before Halloween. So my costume would basically be a steampunk corset with red skirt and the red cape. Not nearly as cool as this.
I'm always in search of a good Songbird shirt. Bioshock Infinite is by far one of my favorite games and I have yet to find a shirt that truly does Songbird justice. In my searches I found 2 amazing pieces of art.
This would look incredible on my wall! Art done by Giogiogio4