So, I fully intended to post something the Monday after my last post... and here it is, the end of January already. Oh, well. Maybe someday I'll be able to stay on top of keeping up my home and my blog. For now, though, I'm trying to keep the home my first priority, so I don't regret the time I've been spending on all sorts of things... and speaking of firsts, there have been a ton around here. Like...
1.) Last week, I made my first cheesecake from scratch. It was fantastic! Some friends from church had invited us over for dinner after Sunday service, so I was nervous about its debut. The cheesecake did crack, but since there was a decorative drizzle over the top, I think that helped to camouflage it a bit, LOL! Besides, when there are 3 layers of cheesecake-y goodness, who cares how the top looks, right?! ;o)
2.) I was asked to make the cake for a baby shower a few weeks ago. It was my first try at actually baking and decorating a cake from start to finish. (Well, take that back; I have baked a cake from scratch before. But, this was my first one to be decorated. Like, with colored icing in a pastry bag with a tip and everything!)
I used this recipe for the cake, and this one for the frosting. It was "oooh"ed and "aaah"ed over, and then it was devoured! I've never had any classes, so taking that into consideration, it turned out pretty decently -- if I do say so myself! :o)
Click here to see the tutorial I used.
I asked my honey if maybe sometime I could take the cake classes that Wilton offers at Michael's, and he agreed; I'm really excited about that! I do hope I can take them soon...
I have it in my head that, if we decide to re-enlist (which is the direction we are leaning), and go overseas again (another thing we are seriously considering), I could try a small home-business of making/decorating cakes...
Even if I don't, it was still fun making that cake for the baby shower, and I do hope to get better at it. I'm trying to decide now what to make for the little man's birthday... just a few weeks, can you believe it?! Where does the time go?
3.) My Airman has finished the first half of his ALS (Airman Leadership School) classes. His graduation ceremony/dinner is on Valentine's Day of all things! I guess that's 2 date nights rolled into one, huh? Saves my honey some money, I guess! :o)
It's going well so far, but it does take a lot of time and effort -- on both our parts! My honey is doing a lot of work on his speeches and uniform(s) and I'm doing what I can to help make things easier on him... a lot of laundry, too, as he only has one set of blues! Thankfully, they wear the blues only twice a week, so there is a break in between for me!
I have been keeping his classmates supplied with a steady stream of sweets. First, I baked some chewy Molasses Cookies; last night, I packed him some Peanut Butter Blossoms to bring in; and, last week, I made these delicious berry bars (the recipe calls for cranberries, but I used some frozen mixed berries instead).
4.) I've been making our own bread for almost a year now, and have been looking for ways to incorporate more whole wheat into other baked goods. On a whim, I decided to take my pizza dough recipe and substitute half the white flour with wheat flour. Thankfully, it worked wonderfully! I had even splurged and bought some whole-milk mozzarella cheese on our last commissary trip and that made the pizza even tastier!
In case you're wondering, the pizza has ground beef, onion, garlic, mushroom, cheddar, and mozzarella. It's my honey's favorite. Yeah, I know; the picture is making me hungry, too! LOL!
Anyway, those are just a few of the recent happenings around our home. It's been a busy month, for sure! I'm hoping to be able to keep things a bit more updated in the coming months, but I'm just trying to take things as they come.