Slowing down

I never thought I’d be one to be longing for work.  After all, my career is in healthcare.  So when my husband said his company wanted to move his job from Texas to Louisiana, I was totally on board.   After all, my job is mobile right?  

Well not completely.  Jobs for occupational therapist are MUCH harder to come by here.  So I’m still looking, even 3 months after our move.  In the mean time, I’m trying to enjoy the slower pace of life. Its weird how you can get caught in such a grove that when everything slows down its actually HARDER to deal with.  I suppose we are always learning, its a human thing.

Road trips are one of those slow things.  Something I would never had time for when employed, I mean a plane can get you there so much faster.  But since I’ve got the time, my cousins and I decided to indulge in a cousins road trip.  Despite growing up together, we have not all been together in over ten years.  So last week we changed that with a road trip spanning from Texas to Louisiana to Georgia.

road trip collageWhat did we do in Georgia?

Visit the Peach factory of course. 

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Icing Basket Weave Tutorial

Today, as promised, I bring you the icing basket weave tutorial from my level 2 Wilton cake decorating course.

basket weave cake

My first icing basket weave on a cake – surprisingly, it turned out alright

When I first learned that we were required to do a basket weave for our final cake in my cake decorating course, I was a bit, oh I don’t know:  petrified, bummed out, unenthused, ready to run away…

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1.  Before this I thought the basket weave was super complex.  I mean, I still can’t braid my hair without first wanting to pull all of it out.  And 2.  I thought the look was a bit old school.  Ok so I still think the look is a bit old school.  Probably not something I’d put on a modern themed cake, but all the same the basket weave is so pretty, easy and super versatile.  You could put almost anything as the centerpiece in your basket cake.  We used flowers, because it was what we learned, but I can think of a million fun things (sugar cookies decorated like fruit – how much better is that than a real fruit basket??, picnic themed sugar cookies or fondant objects, gum paste puppy or puppies, store bought candies to represent any theme you’re going for, ect).

On to the 6 step tutorial:

First, I am going to set you up to practice.  After a few minutes of practice, you are ready to move on to the cake.  Here is what you will need:

  • Wilton icing bag (disposable or non-disposbable)
  • Wilton icing tip #21
  • Tip ring and coupler
  • Lots of icing (basket weave technique is an icing hog).  Use thick to medium texture butter cream icing.  Wilton has a nice recipe here.  But don’t feel limited to chocolate.  You can use any flavor, or better yet use two different colors and get crazy.
  • Ruler (if you’re into measuring things)
  • Paper (or go directly to a cake if you don’t want to practice)
  • Marker
  • side note:  all of this can be purchased at a craft store like Michael’s or Hobby Lobby
  • Can you smell the chocolate from there?

    Can you smell the chocolate from there?

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