Sunday, July 5, 2015
Friday, June 5, 2015
If you, like myself, have always had white modeling chocolate not turn out so well, then you should try this recipe. Ive never had many issues with chocolate but white? Makes my hair gray! Here's the recipe:
16oz. White chocolate chips (Hershey's is the best and most economical if you want it to taste good)
1\2 cup of Corn syrup (I use Karo light with REAL Vanilla)
Heat white chocolate in microwave for about 50 seconds at a time (you can gage this according to your microwave). Stirring each time with a spatula till melted. Heat corn syrup in microwavable container for about 11 seconds, this just makes it a little above room temp if cold. You'll need to heat longer in winter months but 11 seconds in warm weather should be good. I use a glass measuring cup and plastic bowl for the chocolate.
If coloring you can add it to the finished product or to your syrup before, just depends on if you're making more than one color. The problem with white chocolate is it contains more oil than dark or milk chocolate which is why the damage occurs when you OVER MIX...don't do that. Once you add the corn syrup to your chocolate use a rubber spatula and gently "fold" it until you see 1. The syrup is combined and none is still floating around the edge of the bowl AND...2. It begins to seize (stiffen). That's when you know its enough.
Cover your chocolate in plastic wrap, afterwards press it into a round, flat (not too flat) disc. This will help it cool faster if you need it pronto. You can leave it on the counter for about 1 1\2 hours to cool or refrigerate for an hour. When you take it out to knead it shouldn't be "oily".... If so, let it sit longer. You'll know its ready when you can knead and its not dripping with oil but resembles smooth fondant (like my photo) while kneading. At this time you can lay it on the mat and using your thumbs, press out any lumps.
Wrap tightly in plastic wrap (I also put it in an airtight zip lock bag) and store in a cool dry place. Mine stays good for a couple of months. Just take out what you want to use, knead till smooth again and its good!☺
Monday, May 4, 2015
Wednesday, April 29, 2015
This cake was made for my neighbors wife for her birthday today. Her husband has been sick for a while now and all she does is care for him and spend a lot of time in the Hospital with him. So I thought it would be a nice surprise to make this cake for her birthday. She said this cake just made her day....and I didn't even know she loves Tea Pots! :-) The cake is a strawberry swirl filled with strawberry jam.
Friday, March 27, 2015
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Shortly before giving birth to Briaunna I remember confessing to my Doctor that I was afraid. He said only 5 words to me that I would never forget...."Remember, my grace is sufficient". I was like..." Is that all you got?!", and he just smiled. The definition rang crystal clear when I came close to losing my life while giving birth (I'll spare you the details...you're welcome 😅). But, grace is something we don't and will never deserve (unmerited favor). God put the right Doctor on staff that day to save my life and the next morning he recounted the details of how grim my situation had turned. I saw tears in his eyes as I told him I was all prayed up before giving birth and part of that prayer was having the right Doctor on staff and thanked him for being there. As Military Hospitals go, basically,..."Ya git what cha git and you don't throw a fit!". So the more I read this scripture and apply it to the things that occur and have occurred in my life...the more crystal clear it becomes. I believe that the best times of our lives will surface, when we give up our limited abilities to handle our problems and just surrender them to God and watch Him work it out better than we EVER could!
Friday, February 13, 2015
Happy 16th birthday to one of the greatest blessings I've ever received. My daughter loves physical fitness and there was a time when I had to drag her out of the house to go for one of my 5 mile walks. I mean she would literally whine the entire way until we were about 10 minutes from home! She would make my walks miserable at times on beautiful days when I loved to be outside and I'd hear this kid in the background stopping every 10 minutes to drink water, fix her shoe anything to try and convince me to turn around and go back home LOL!
Well, today she is thanking me and I never prompted a thank you either. She just came up to me one day and said "You know, I'm glad you didn't let me sit at home, snack and watch television everyday but made me go exercise with you...now I love it!" Almost too much to the point where she tries to exercise at midnight and I'd have to make her go to bed! (hmm...wonder where she got that from?) With her Dad being insulin diabetic and HIS Dad and MY Dad, I told her the only fighting chance she had of not getting it is to get up and move! I'm 52 and have always taken care of my health (not eating the best things but you didn't have to make me workout :-)...now my doctor tells me that I could become diabetic because of genetics as I have issues with low BS. He say's I'm doing all the right things and the only thing that will predict I do become diabetic or not, is Genetics and time.
So...I add this little story to this cake to anyone reading out there who hasn't gotten up off that couch and hasn't stopped eating junk that you know isn't good for you (in excess, I do believe in moderation you can eat anything). But maybe somewhere inside you hear that little voice saying "just try it, 20 minutes a day". You can even do it while watching television if that is what you like to do. If you have a 30 minute program you like to watch each day, get a glass of water, get up and just jog in place while it's on! Take water breaks during one commercial and keep going! You can do it! And nobody's watching. Take care of your health and by the grace of God...you'll learn to love taking care of your temples that God has given you and maybe even one day share your story to encourage someone else :-).
Cake: 1\2 vanilla vanilla, half Red Velvet.
Saying farewell to one great Karate Instructor, you will be missed Instructor Grimmett! I started taking Kempo Karate with my daughter when she was 10. I did it because I wasn't getting any younger and wanted to stay in shape and share something special with her. I enrolled her because she was so shy and I thought that would help...well, IT DID! The girl is AWESOME and ready for that "First Date" LOL!
I've taught my daughter since she was school age not to take any crap from any man (or woman I might add). I've taught her to respect others and be kind, even to those who may not be so kind to you because you never know what they may be going through. I've taught her that no one has the right to touch you without your permission and if they do, that's when you have full rights to defend yourself.
I love martial arts because we are taught that violence is the "Last resort" and you don't go around picking a fight just because you can defend yourself (or you think you can). When taking martial arts some folks get cocky but actually it's pretty humbling because they teach us things that can take a life in a instant. I believe that is why our Instructor Professor Johnson is always so calm, he rarely gets excited or angry because if you come up against him? Unless you are a sniper and he doesn't "see" you? You're going down! And he's teaching us everything he knows.
I say it's humbling because the more I know the more humble I become, it makes you sit back and evaluate crazy people or people who just react without thinking. You know, those people who get up in your face and wait for "YOU" to make the first move as if you were in elementary school where you'd dare a person to knock the chip off your shoulder? I giggle when I think about that because those people where actually the most fearful ones and most were hoping you wouldn't knock it off LOL! A wise thing my Father said to me once about guns (as he owned one), he said "If you ever pull out a gun you'd better be ready to use it, you don't flash it or pretend, when you take it out...so should your enemy be".
It's like one female instructor told me once "If you start fighting...DON'T STOP UNTIL THEY ARE DOWN". And so, I remember that because our skills aren't something to "flash" and show-off....that's just dumb and anyone who would do that should not be taking martial arts. We take it seriously and just like a gun owner...you don't take it out unless you are going to use it.
Cake: Vanilla vanilla, decor made from all edible material.
Thursday, February 5, 2015
Since Teresa's Oatmeal Overboard is closed for the month of February, I still would like to do a giveaway just to show how much I appreciate you guys liking my page. So to enter, just post a heart and your State, (UNITED STATES ONLY PLEASE) on my page and tell your friends! Locally for one lucky winner in Colorado Springs I'm giving away a delicious red velvet heart cake and for the persons name selected who's not local I'm giving away one, $50 Wal Mart e-gift card . Contest starts February 4th and ends on February 11th so start posting and don't forget to post your State! GOOD LUCK! Click on the link below to enter or copy/paste. :-)
Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Wednesday, January 7, 2015
Don't miss the opportunity to follow this ladies blog (Kara). She lives here in Colorado Springs and is writing a daily journal of her battle with cancer. The good bad and the ugly. If this doesn't touch your heart and make you think if you don't have Christ...nothing will. We all will face this one day and only by His grace will we have the presence of mind to do as she is doing. Not wallowing but still following Christ as He leads.
Check it out.
Thursday, January 1, 2015
It was an absolute pleasure to make this cake as Jackie is an AWESOME Nurse and friend who's leaving for bigger and better horizons. When I was taking an IV Therapy course Jackie went above and beyond the call to make sure I passed and I did with a score of 100%. For that and other things I will be forever grateful. Many blessings Stevenson Family Cake: Vanilla sponge with dark chocolate ganache filling.