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Friday, November 16, 2012

Save Money on Cupcake Stands and Cake Dummies!


This company ROCKS!! They have the most reasonably priced cake dummies/cupcake stands and cake pop stands! They'll even drill holes in stands for you and you can't beat the price or the awesome customer service! Check them out!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

"SHARE-A-NIGHT"!




Families with seriously ill hospitalized children face many hardships....where they will sleep, should not be one of them.



 


Donate a minimum of $40 and get a 6inch Christmas cake (Santa not included) just for opening your heart and making a generous donation to The Ronald McDonald House charities.




 
Your gift of $40= 1 Night Lodging
 $160 = 4 Nights Lodging
 $280  = One week.
It’s as simple as going to the Ronald McDonald website of “Southern Colorado” click the link on our blog, (location: 311 N. Logan Ave.) to donate! Click “Donate” and under “PROGRAM”  type: “Teresa’s Oatmeal Overboard” for donation verification. Any questions please call:
719 510-2729.
Place your Christmas cake order starting 30 November!
Thank you in Advance!


Wednesday, November 14, 2012

SEIZE THE DAY!...DON'T THROW THAT CHOCOLATE AWAY!

"MY GANACHE HAS GONE KER-PLOSH!"

Every time I make Ganache it always turned out just PERFECT (with the exception of yesterday).


I was melting my 60% chips, poured cold cream over them stirred and...SEIZE!!!!! I almost panicked....well, I actually did because like I said, it always turns out perfect....no kidding.

As always I start goggling and come upon thousands of different opinions about how you basically CAN'T save seized Ganache!! or chocolate period...the more I goggled the more discouraged I became until I stumbled upon this blog that said YOU CAN SAVE IT! It said to allow your Ganache to cool completely and place it in a FOOD PROCESSOR!

Well, being the impatient person I am...I didn't have time to wait for that bad boy to cool and my motto is:, "Hmm..well, lets just see what happens when you do this!". I've had a lot of luck (should I say grace) with that motto.

I took the hot mess and plopped it in my food processor and gave it a whirl....WALLA! IT'S SMOOTH AGAIN!

 What a relief! It was still too thick for dipping and not enough volume so...

 I continued whizzing while  slowly pouring more cream to increase the volume, then I added vegetable oil a little at a time until it was the consistency I needed for dipping.
 
"SEIZE ON PURPOSE???.....WHY THE HECK NOT?!
 
 
I have tossed out SO much of this chocolate when I first began melting chocolate and failing at flavoring because I didn't get the connection of "water and Oil" not mixing! Chocolate is oil based and you don't go just adding any ole kind of flavoring all willie nillie (but I did, time and time again...with the same results).
 
 
I melted two blocks of chocolate....
 
 
Added a tablespoon of flavoring and....
 
 
My hot mess!
 
So I added about 3-4 tablespoons of oil (you can also add hot coffee to bring out the chocolate flavor), stuck  that warm hunk of hot mess in my mini food processor to get it the right consistency for dipping.
 
 
And WALLA! Smooth, creamy chocolate again...SAVED!

 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 


 




Monday, November 12, 2012

RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE DONATIONS


 
 
 
 
Check out this cookbook! 100% of the sales are donated to the Ronald McDonald houses everywhere! You can buy them at Dillards here and in Pueblo, would make a great gift for that Baker maniac (oh...my bad, referring to myself) but...anywho, it would make a nice gift for someone and you'll be helping to keep seriously ill children with their families.

The Ronald McDonald house here in Colorado Springs can host up to 11 families. The cost is $40 per night. The families are only asked to give $10, the Ronald McDonald house does so much for families in need 365 days a year, won't you consider making a $40 donation? It would be one of the best investments you make this Holiday Season! GUARENTEED!

Hobby Cake

Happy Birthday Meghan! This woman LOVES to knit so I thought this would be the PERFECT cake for her. Made of all edible materials. The cake is a vanilla and chocolate layer with yarn made from chocolate cake balls.