A Word A Week Challenge: Decadent

I may have mentioned in the past that I like to bake. So, when I see the word “decadent,” my mind immediately flashes to some of the more delicious creations that have come out of my oven.

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Double chocolate cupcakes with chocolate ganache icing, and apple spice cupcakes infused with homemade caramel, iced with ginger apple spice frosting and drizzled with caramel. NOM.

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Red velvet and vanilla cupcakes, with dark chocolate rum ganache and marshmallow cream frosting.

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I need to dig this recipe back out. It was a chocolate brownie-type crust, with a cream cheese filling, more brownie, mini-marshmallows and chocolate frosting. One bite’s really all you need.

That’s my take on “decadent.” If you have photos you think would fit the theme, and  you’d like to share, head on over to A Word in Your Ear for the rules.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Create

This week’s photo challenge on The Daily Post is “create,” http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2012/06/22/weekly-photo-challenge-create/, and I feel like I’m cheating a little bit, because I haven’t done any creating with my camera, instead using it to take photos of some of my creations. In my spare time, I’ve been known to bake and decorate cakes, but not your mom’s cakes. These are definitely creations, and because they were made by my own hands, I think they count.

The first two were for the same girl, a friend of my daughter’s. For her birthday, she wanted a ninja bunny:

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And for her senior recital on the cello, a zombie bursting out of a cello.

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Baby shower for a dear friend’s first grandbaby:

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Another friend of my daughter, two birthday cakes (I’m not going to post the third, for fear of offending someone). The top represents her love of unicorns and her recent trip to Scotland. The one below is President Taft, stuck in a bathtub (because that actually happened!

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This one was a birthday cake for a man who worked for Heinz. Got a little smushed, but still cute. And the fries.

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Halloween cupcakes:

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Last but not least, some birthday cakes I made for my daughter:

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Schrute Farms beets. Unfortunately, the cake collapsed before she saw it.

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Marie Antoinette. This was one of the first cakes I made that was odd.

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Rubik’s Cube.

That should do it. I’ve bored you all enough! I hope you enjoy. Anybody have a favorite? I like them for sentimental reasons, so choosing a favorite is hard, but I have to go with Marie Antoinette, because that really was the cake where I stretched the boundaries of what I’d done in the past. And it was a huge hit.

Not-so-deep Thoughts

Nearly a year after partially tearing my Achilles, I still have trouble walking up more than a flight or two of stairs. Ironic that I tore it running stairs …

Overheard a guy at the public market yesterday telling his friend a story. All I caught was “I said, ‘can I hold the baby while you two fight?’” At least there was one person with common sense in the group.

Heard someone use the word “carriage” when referring to a shopping cart. That’s the second time in the five months I’ve been in Boston.

Going to have to work pretty hard to top last weekend: mini-cupcakes at work, Little Shop of Horrors, a Friendly’s sundae, my first-ever cannoli, a free sailboat ride on Boston Harbor, Zombie March, pictures of kids playing in a water fountain and on a carousel, public market, and more photos of some cool architecture. And somehow, I found time to pick through a few hundred records to add 15 or so to my collection.

Thinking about making my boss a cake for his birthday this weekend, but fear that would look too much like kissing up.

Anybody else notice New Englanders pronounce “deer” as “deah,” and “idea” as “idear”?

One of the best train rides I’ve had in a while: guitarist playing “Stairway” on the red line.

I really need to find someone in this town who’ll cut my hair.