The Boastful Baker

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105.365 : Our state flower.
Here’s another list of things on my mind/agenda this Spring. Believe it or not, I do have things to do other than takes pictures of Spring flowers.

Song I can’t stop playing over and over and over again: Grapevine Fires by Death Cab for Cutie. I’ve had the album it’s on since it came out last year and I didn’t notice this song until recently.

Made for dinner tonight: Blueberry walnut whole wheat waffles – adapted from a recipe in Mark Bittman’s How to Cook Everything.

Currently drinking: Horizon 2% organic lactose-free milk. I’m not lactose intolerant but this milk is tasty. It’s sweeter than the regular organic milk.

Playing on the iPod right now: This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody) by The Talking Heads – it’s the Stop Making Sense version. And it’s pretty much my favorite song in the world. And it’s the source of my subject line.

Currently reading: The Tenth Muse by Judith Jones, The United States of Arugula by David Kamp, A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson, and the latest issues of Saveur, Martha Stewart Living, and Everyday Food.

Laughing about: The woman a coworker talked to this afternoon. The woman kept telling my coworker about a nudist colony in our area.

Currently knitting: Nothing. I’ve got a lot of works in progress but it’s bordering on too hot to knit here at the moment.

Anxiously awaiting: A vacation. Too bad that’s not until August. At least there are a few 3 day weekends in the next couple of months.

In need of: A mouse for my MacBook. Sometimes I get tired of using the touchpad. But not tired enough to buy one just yet…

Playing on the iPod now: Who Will Stop the Rain? by Creedence Clearwater Revival.

Will soon attempt to learn: Photoshop CS4. It’ll soon be on my computer and I’m going to a seminar on it for work next week. With luck I will no longer have to ask the boyfriend for assistance with hard to edit photos.

Currently checked out from the library: The United States of Arugula by David Kamp, Frank Stitt’s Southern Table, What to Eat by Marion Nestle – Yes, I like to read about food.

What’s keeping me busy: Life in a house. The yard needs work, I need to paint more rooms, and I should probably clean something. It never ends. But it’s much better than living in a tiny, crummy apartment.

Hyped up about: The Where the Wild Things Are movie. The trailer grabbed me. The Arcade Fire music in the trailer probably helped. Too bad they’re not doing any music for the movie itself.

Waiting for: The opportunity to see my sister’s new old house. She and her husband are nearly moved in and I want to see the house!!

Something I need to do tonight if it kills me: Order some shoes. I ruined my nice pair of flip flops with paint. I still need sneakers and black sandals for work. I think I’m going to bite the bullet and order them all at once. Just to be done with it.

Craving: Five Guys french fries. I’m not even hungry right now….they’re just that delicious.

Hell hath frozen over because: I might actually make a Paula Deen recipe. I need to experiment with red velvet cake and this recipe looks good. Shockingly it contains no butter. How very un-Paula Deen of her.

Playing on the iPod now: Rock & Roll by Eric Hutchinson. So catchy. It makes me dance despite the fact that I don’t dance.

If I had magical powers: I wouldn’t have allergies. I’m tired of my sniffly nose. Without allergies, I think it would be a lot easier for me to get up in the morning.

Can’t believe: I’m actually on day 114 of 365 with the Flickr photo project of taking one picture every day for a year. I thought I’d give up by now.

Looking forward to: A brief trip to New York in late June for work. I get to go to the Summer Fancy Food Show. I’m pretty pleased that I get to go.

Also looking forward to: A trip to DC the weekend of my birthday. I should start looking for fun things to do. With luck the temperature won’t be 8,000 degrees that weekend. Does anyone have any good (but not grossly expensive) dinner recommendations?

Trying to decide: If I would use the Beater Blade if I got it. Yes, the stuff that doesn’t get mixed in the bottom of my Kitchenaid does bother me. But is it worth another the price of another attachment? Probably not.

Must figure out: How much money to charge for a wedding cake for 250 people? I’m new to baking cakes for money, I want to charge a fair price and I worked with both the bride and groom. So what’s a good price?

98.365 : No partridge in this pear tree.

5 Comments

  1. Ohhh wedding cake, that sounds fun good to hear you are getting orders. Jealous about the photoshop class, need help badly over here.

  2. Mmm.. The red velvet recipe looks good! I can’t wait!
    By the way, will you keep an ear out to when it’s time to pick strawberries in your ‘neck o the woods’? πŸ˜‰

  3. With the wedding cake – I’m making one for 150, charging $150. That’s based on prices for all the ingredients (yes, I went through each ingredient in the store, how much I would need, and how much it would then cost) as well as tools that I don’t currently have because I’ve never made a wedding cake that size. Basically, I told them I’d do it “at cost,” and they threw in a little extra for my time.

  4. The Beater Blade is worth every penny. Seriously, I waited to buy it and wish I didn’t. It’s such a time saver! What other attachments do you have?

    I’m struggling with the same issue regarding the wedding cake. Since I’m so new at it and I’m really just doing it for the experience, I think I’m going to charge $60 for supplies and then $1 per person/serving. Although the cake I’m going to make is fairly simple, so perhaps more if it requires a lot of detail work? It’s a tough call.

  5. One piece of advice, buy the beater blade. You will NOT be sorry. Just know that you still have to scrape – just the blade though, not the bowl.

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