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September 22, 2012
I survived Chocolates and Confections class! I know you're probably rolling your eyes but it was tough an when you had multiple recipes and a time limit there was a lot of pressure to get it done on time. My chocolate box got a decent grade it wasn't perfect but here it is.
My original thought was to make it look like a skeleton was pushing open the grave lid.
Then I couldn't find the molds for the skeleton fingers so decided to make a spider praline on top of the grave
When I tried to put the legs on the chocolate praline it didn't work and I barely got the two on each side. Then the crack I made on the lid didn't come out as planned so I tried to pipe chocolate over the line. Not to mention the chocolate piece for the lid was too thin an looked like it was going to sink in but it didn't fall apart!
It was a challenge and when I would get one thing right something else would go wrong. I think the only good thing was my milk chocolate was tempered so no swirls or fat blooms, just my finger prints from me trying to piece everything together in time. The next class is How Baking Works so we'll see how that goes :)
September 20, 2012
As I promised more lovely bloggers for you to check out!
Green Eggs and Hamm is me, it's my online journal of things I adore. I'm a hippy at heart and lover of all things old. I'm a crafter, treasure hunter, and a sandwich maker. I sell records and vintage clothes on Etsy so I don't become a hoarder...because I totally could!
Let's Go Thrifting is a quirky solo operation run by blogger/freelance writer/photographer/vintage reseller and professional thrifter Jackie Jardine. Featuring tips on secondhand shopping, vintage photo galleries, impressive thrift finds and assorted vintage oddities, Let's Go Thrifting is a funny little blog with a big personality
Hello! My name is Jessie and my blog is My Mod Style. I blog about my love for life, nature and design. I hope to inspire others and meet people who have the same interests!
I'm Katherine, and my blog is Of Corgis & Cocktails, which I assure you, is not about feeding my corgi alcohol, that would be bad! I am all about quirky style, adorkable pups, and great food - which of course includes yummy drinks. I love to adventure in cities and you will always see new places on the blog!
Hello there! My name is Carli and I blog over at Sweet Dreams! My blog is a collection of photographs, music, passions, crafts, and how I am turning my dreams into true stories. Come on over
I'm a stylish biker, surfer, avid thrifter and a tattoo apprentice/designer and city birds nest is where I show all the adventures I go on with my husband. I love to sew, am obsessed with flowers and vintage fabric. I run my own shop filled with my original illustrations!
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September 19, 2012
I know it's been quite boring over here since school started but I thought I'd share the most ultimate awesome find. It's been months since I found some real good pieces and I lucked out last Saturday at the thrift store.
Paint by numbers set!!
It's pretty sweet and the frame is in excellent condition. Also it is one of the scenes I've been looking for on ebay and etsy plus I got them both for under $5. Now I just need to find a space to put these beauties up!
Today in class we made our chocolate boxes an mine didn't turn out nearly as great as I wanted it (I'll post pictures later). So many little things went wrong but I got a decent grade on it. Tomorrow is my practical which is a written test and to finish a specific praline recipe we worked on in class today. I'm so nervous but yet so relieved this class is almost over!!
September 18, 2012
Hello again :) It's that time of the month to introduce you to your new favorite blogs! Check out these lovely ladies and let them know how awesome they are.
DMae is a line of hand-painted tee, totes, and soon more by me, Naimah. A 28 yr old desk zombie by day, and music junkie, writer, and crafty gal by night. My blog features my life, and the things i love, like, and loathe all at the same time. I have an all-in policy where honesty comes first, no lies...just the truth. Hardships, happiness, and all! DMae began as a hobby, and is now blooming into a full-fledged indie biz. In the coming months, you can look forward to a new line of totes, hoodies, and a special project I've cooked up all coming to the shop.
My name is Hannah and I blog over at Hey Zombot! about my adventures in crafting, thrifting, and style. I also have a lovely little shop where I sell handmade jewelry. Come say hi!
Hey everyone, I'm Jenny. Blogging is new to me but I'm really liking it so far! What my blog is about is the process, the 'how to', the behind the scenes, and all that is independent. In addition to this blog, I vlog every Wednesday on my YouTube channel of the same name (MagicCatJenny). I have also started selling my own brand of plush monsters, Nerdy Monsters, on Etsy! I will be blogging about their story and all other DIY adventures and more! Come say hi!
Hello. My name's Oleah. I'm a 17-year-old blogger, traveler, dreamer & amateur photographer. I made this blog to inspire others, document my adventures & post general bits about everything. Stick around & see what I'll post next. It might just be something that interests you. Well, that's all for now.
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September 15, 2012
I promised you all a surprise for today an here it is! Thanks to Hannah from Hey Zombot! you all can...
Yes you can win the owl ring, flower cameo pendant, glittery owl brooch and the glitter galaxy pin crafted by the awesome Hannah. You just have to complete the first entry below then the extra points will appear :)
This giveaway will be open until Sunday September 30th at 12:01 am Eastern Standard Time and a winner will be announced later that day!
September 14, 2012
This isn't nearly all the chocolates we have in class but sometimes it's hard to remember to take pictures when you're trying to get stuff done in the time limit.
Some white ganache pralines rolled in pistachios and in the back more white ganache pralines with dark chocolate drizzle. My group didn't do these but I think the ones in the back have mint flavored filling.
Here are some of the dark chocolate ganache pralines that I hand rolled in dark chocolate
Seriously so much chocolate and the teacher encourages us to eat them! The past few days we finished dipping the apricot pralines, made mocha sticks (mocha ganache dipped in milk chocolate and sprinkled with confectioner sugar.) I made caramel for my group that they put in round chocolate molds, sealed with more chocolate then we all hand rolled in milk chocolate. Other groups did a chocolate ganache filling in some of the round chocolate molds and made a "spiky" designs. Today we set up a few ganaches for pralines that we will work on Monday. I can't believe I only have four more days of this class!
September 12, 2012
*title is meant to sound kind of like the cha-cha-cha-chia commericals*
I know I said in my last post I wouldn't be posting as much and it's true but I do want to show you some of my progress in class (I know it's only been 3 days but I'm a little excited) They were taken with my phone so the image isn't that great.
These are the almond pralines
Next are the Apricot Pralines they aren't quite done.
To finish them we had to dip them in tempered milk chocolate.
My group started tempering the chocolate for dipping the pralines right off the bat but it still didn't temper in time for us to get them all done. I made a mocha ganache yesterday that set up over night and we piped them out then cut into little pieces. Our group also had to do the caramel pralines so I made the caramel filling for that today. We still have a lot to get done tomorrow plus we're making hand rolled truffles. How everyone is having a good week!
September 7, 2012
September 5, 2012
Hi! I know I've been kind of boring the last few days but I have been having some bad insomnia lately. I've been trying to lay down before it gets too late but I still can't sleep. Then for some awful reason my body wants me to wake up at 6 or 7 am even though I didn't go to bed until 3 or 4 am! So I end up sleeping too long an next thing I know its time for work. I doubt you all really want to know about my crazy sleeping schedule.
I had asked for Sunday morning off and was considering checking out the local flea market and ended up with my Mom and her husband going to two flea markets. The first one was tiny but I found a good couple of things.
$1 Chimney Rock Souvenir Tumbler (I can use for the bathroom design)
$1 Set of Witch Salt & Pepper Shakers for Halloween :)
$0.50 Set of 4- 5inch table legs
The second flea market was much bigger, really crowded and it had already started to get hot. So we just walked around, grabbed some nachos, and browsed the outside covered tents. Mom found a blue Ball Jar but aside from that we didn't get any other good finds.
Monday I had the whole day off and after being unsuccessful at getting rid of some old clothing earlier that morning I went with Mom to Michael's Craft Store and Ross's. Per usual I tried on a lot of things that looked so adorable on the hanger but not on me, however, I did find some really nice wine/maroon colored skinny jeans to match a silky scarf style open cardigan I got earlier that day. Next was Michael's where my main objective was to get some Halloween decor. And they had plenty of it, if only I had that kind of money/room but I came home with some good pieces. I picked up some "freaky fabric" as the label calls it but looks kind of like eerie cheese cloth, some spiders to hang on to the fabric, a small skull RIP headstone figurine and a DIY bat banner kit.
I put the banner together yesterday and tried to hang it up. I was too short on the step stool to hang up the ends so I volunteered Dustin to help hang it up. My plan was to hang up the ends then hang them up at two more points but with everything in the way he couldn't reach but so far. I'm hoping to get a step ladder very soon that is a lot taller and I can get the bat banner up a bit higher. I'm so excited to be decorating for Halloween :) Has anyone else started decorating for Halloween or Fall?