All posts tagged Baking

Cake Competition in Chicago

Published March 23, 2016 by emmaperez1961

Well, I finally made it to the Cake Competition at the Chicago Flower& Garden Show held at NavyPier this year. Had been wanting to go for the last 3 years. When I come next year, definitely going to bring or buy lunch. I didn’t think  it was going to be an all day affair. I should have known better!

Got there a little late but did stay for three hours. Enough to pick up some decorating tips and talk to the contenders. Wish I could have stayed longer but had other pressing matters to care of at home. You know how that is when you have family!

And of course I didn’t want to leave my followers out! So I hope you enjoy the little bit that I filmed. I ran out of data room in camera, so it was cut short. I actually had three recording devices. And old camera that was totally dead, my I-phone and Bloggie. Thank God those two worked. I’m definitely going to make sure all my devices work before I head out onto my next adventure. lol

For some reason I can’t get the video on the page just the link. The html does not show on my dash board. But click on the link and it will take you to the video from Youtube. Enjoy! And don’t forget to check in on my next post.


Closing out February

Published February 26, 2016 by emmaperez1961

This month is coming to an end already. These months are just flying by. But no time to waste right! And all the holidays hit you like no tomorrow. I learned that one this Valentines day. The last of all the holidays towards the end and new year.  Boy, did I have plans for that one. Ya, well. It didn’t happen. Decorating heart cookies was my intention, but time and other circumstances didn’t let me. So here I was stuck with all these heart shaped cookies, and thought ‘boy, what a waste.’ but then I had remembered someone who had made use of them and I did the same. She made thong cookies. Now this was like, what? A good five years ago! And now their popping up all over at bachelorette parties. Who’s to know when an idea can take off like a rocket, right!

So I whipped some different color royal icing and went to town with it. I had fun and gave some away. I posted them on fb and heard nice comments. And like I said they’ve been out for awhile so I thought everyone has seen them by now, but I was wrong. Not everyone had and it was their first time seeing them. Now that surprised me. Not everybody sees things at the same time, obviously. What was old to me was new to them. Now that’s alot to consider when being creative or crafting. A lot to think about this year, I’d say!

With that being said. I’m taking a small break from baking. And definitely taking ample time for Easter. Usually March is a slow month and we can all take a deep breath and relax. Oh, wait! Its also craft month. So look out for all those new invention and package deals.

On my next post I’ll be talking about card making. So make sure you check in. Happy Crafting!!!



Published February 7, 2016 by emmaperez1961

Talk about forgetting things. Couldn’t figure out how to upload picture from my new phone. Finally just went to wp and took it from my gallery. Geez, that was upsetting.

So here we are February already. Paczki day or known as fat Tuesday for most and Valentine season is here. I see it as the ‘Red’ month. So who has their cookies and cakes going? I started my holiday by making a card for a friend. Actually, I had two other cards that I wanted to post with this one but it went off my camera as I tried to free up some data on my phone. Upset about that too! Trying to jump on the band wagon of making several cards for the year. Get well cards, birthday cards, baby shower cards, Christmas cards and so on, so I could have them ready for when one pops up. And believe me, they always do. Their becoming more easily to make. And all I want to do is make a whole bunch of them. They do save time and money. And you could always find sentiments on-line if you need them.

Have to take a small break though because I do have Valentine cookies I want to make for my grandchildren and wanted to try my hand at some cakepops as well. I can’t wait to get those done. I only have this week left and I know I should have started earlier. I realized when it comes to baked goods, you really have to be ahead of your own schedule. Now its going to feel like more of a rush job. And I really don’t like rushing in anything I do. For the fact that a lot can go wrong!

My card is not great but I like the way it came out anyway. And I know she’ll like too. When I can, I’ll dig for the others and post them. Their saved in my computer somewhere. lol

I’ll be back when the cookies and cakepops are done.20160206_201711.jpg

Coming to an end!

Published December 31, 2015 by emmaperez1961

So here we are. Seeing another year coming to an end. I’ve read  a lot of post of how many didn’t do all of what they set out to accomplish. But that’s OK, because you came closer than last year. And now you know what it takes. So as we count down the days to the new year, all we can do is ask ourselves “What did I learn this year?” Or you! And take that into the new year as a lesson learned.

The one thing I did learn this year was that ‘There’s no time to waste time!’ When you think about all that has to be done, (work, family, grandchildren, birthdays, holidays, not to mention all the classes your taking). It’s like a whirlwind going around your head. And all you want to do is scream ‘Stop!’

I read someone who wrote that between after Christmas and New years theirs nothing to do. Right! Because you spent all year going here, going there, planning this, planning that. Some are probably still doing it rolling into the new year but for most we just stop! Everything has been done. And we sit twiddling our thumbs as to say “Now what?”

So, here we are thinking of regrets, disappointments, what we got done and what wasn’t. At least I do. If only I would of done this or that. Would of, could of, should of! But hay! Theirs always next year!

So don’t kick yourself. You did the best you could. And I’ll give you an ‘A’ for putting in the effort and trying. Who can ask for more than that?

And after doing my own review, like I do every year. I decided to take on little journeys here and there. So, I’m looking  forward to filling in my 2016 planner for that. And yes get a planner! Its not the same as writing stuff in your phone. Odds are your not going back to look unless your on the go and have a business. No, seriously! So make that a priority on your list for next year.

I am happy to say though, that I was finally able to make my ‘snowflake cookie’ this year. Came out cute and my grandchildren loved them. It only took two years! Couldn’t get hold of the darn cookie cutter. I guess there is a time for everything. Is that Ecclesiastic or Lament? Its one of those.

What I was really looking for though, was a cookie cutter for the Star of David. Which I didn’t find. Maybe thru one of my journeys this year, I’ll find one. So, I stuck with the snowflake instead.

I’m also looking forward to writing more through out the new year. So, until then keep being productive and creative. Believe me everything you learned last year won’t be wasted.

Have a Happy Blessed New Year Everybody!!!!!wp-1451322633036.jpg





Yap, two more cakes!

Published April 15, 2015 by emmaperez1961

Easter was a quite holiday for me this year. My kids are grown, so no more Easter egg hunts. That’s over. And as for my grandchildren, My daughter took them out for the day. So I didn’t see them. I was able to make them some little treats from Easter baggies that I had from last year and filled them with Easter candy. But wasn’t able to give it to them until the Friday after for that’s when I babysit.

I really did wanted to try my hand at some  bunny shaped cake pops, but that didn’t happen. My timing management was just so totally off and I felt so disappointed that I didn’t get nothing done. As for my anniversary coming up as well as my son’s birthday, I decided to just make up my baking time with that.

So as I was underway getting my anniversary cake ready, I realized I had a bunny cake mold. I was so mad. I had completely forgot about it. I could of made one for the grandkids and taken it over to them. Definitely taking time to reread my time management book, because I felt it was just unexcused.

My anniversary went well. Chinese food and cake. My son’s birthday too! My husband a made a puerto rican dish for him called Ventura and chocolate cake. It all came out good!

Still working on my butter cream flowers. I’ll get there, eventually!wpid-img_20150407_181004109.jpgwpid-img_20150411_234244933.jpg