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Monday, January 24, 2011

Where we've been

I have obviously been distracted from the world of blog. We have had a lot going on in our lives and to be totally honest...I have thought about this blog at least three times a week. But by the time the blog came to my mind it was generally after hours (which in the world of parenting means your brain is fried and you're 99% sure if you attempted to spell anything it would come out looking closer to some foreign language than your actual native tongue). In case some of you don't know, we are expecting baby #3. This has also officially knocked me onto my backside. I used to be the woman that "loved" being pregnant. Now when people ask how far along I am, I think to myself, "Not far enough." Here's how I see things: my son, whom I will call G-Money, stripped me of any genius attributes I once had. He sucked the very life out of my brain like the Brad Pitt character in Interview with the Vampire Slayer. My daughter, whom I will refer to as The Tot, took the little shred of good looks I may have had and claimed them as her own. This one (and no we don't know what it is yet, and yes we will find out because, really, what am I trying to prove?!) has completely annihilated me. I guess baby decided to finish me off. Now, let me tell you this, I have a very difficult time admitting that I can not do it all. So, when I was asked to go full time back to work, something had to give. I could no longer keep up with two-three cakes a week, work my two jobs, Baker Man work his two jobs, raise our kids, put dinner on the table and remember where my keys were. So, we have, unfortunately, had to cut back on the world of cakes. (I'm pretending as if all of you are heartbroken.) Dry your eyes and grab a tissue! We will still be doing cakes, but you might have to book us a little farther in advance than just a week. And we might actually start charging what these cakes are worth. There you have it. Our updates will start to be slow down but we will still have them! We do plan on coming back to the world of Cakes on the Corner FULL force come August/September. Yes, we have decided I will be quitting my job after baby #3 gets here and which will allow us to cake to your hearts desire. Notice I said your. We can not do this without followers. Because really...I can't eat all that cake! Anyways, thanks for listening and here's the latest :)
Three Tier Square wedding cake

Cow print cake with barn cake (the barn was removed and used as Waverly's "smash" cake)

Three Tier Fondant Wedding cake with peonies and silver ribbon.

Race Track Groom's cake - each car was for one of the Bride and Groom's nephews.

We took one of the cars and put "Just Married" on the back and made little cans out of fondant coming off the back.

Four tier Argyle wedding cake

The Groom's cake was a Saturn 5 Rocket Cake - Baker Man had to take the reigns on this one for two reasons: 1. I was scared but 2. I was pretending that it was because I was decorating the wedding cake. That's something else this baby has taken from confidence.
So there you have it. A few more cakes for you to tell ALL your friends about. Oh yes, and the winner of the drawing was funny actually because I drew Baker Man's name. Laughed that I would even count him as a follower and then drew again...WENDY!!!! You are the winner of the $15 iTunes gift card! If you're reading this, I have facebooked you a message asking for your address...please give it to me because I cannot drive to Japan and give it to you in person. Although that would be nice because I would get to see you and your whole family. Sorry this announcement is late...who would've thought we would get busy around Thanksgiving and Christmas?!

Monday, October 4, 2010

~~~Give Away!~~~

Alright, it's Monday night. And as promised we have a surprise!!!! We are going to be doing a drawing for a $15 iTunes gift card. Who doesn't like free stuff?! I know what you're thinking, "How do I win this most amazing FREE perfect for anyone gift card?!" Well, don't fret. I will tell you! Become a follower of this blog and your name will get put into a drawing. If you are already a follower, your name is already in the "hat." Wow, you didn't have to do a single thing and you could possibly be the lucky winner of this life changing prize! Now, there are more ways to get your name into the pool and increase your chances! I know you're getting all excited now thinking of all the things you could do with this could take it to dinner, to a movie, or use it for all it's worth and kick it to the curb when your done with it like yesterday's trash. Whatever your heart desires. Come back to me now because I still haven't told you the other ways to win. Follow us on Twitter and your name gets entered again. Become friends with us on Facebook, and you guessed it, entered again. Post a comment on your facebook or Twitter and tag us in it and, OH YEAH, entered again! As you can see the opportunities are ENDLESS! Ok, one more chance...tell a friend...if they win TOO! So if Sally tells Cindy to become a follower and Cindy wins...we'll check with Cindy to see how she found out about us and when she says Sally...Sally gets one too! Isn't that amazing! Alright...ready? Set...GO! The drawing will be held on November 21st. Why such a random day? It is the day that all people should remember that's why!

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Why you haven't heard from me this week...

We've been a little busy this week. Here's how the schedule went down..Saturday September 25th, I, Cake Lady, had to work my part time job as a Special Events Manager for the Saratoga Event Group. I arrived to The Dunwoody Farmhouse at 2:30 for the wedding that was to begin at 4:30. It was one CRAZY BRIDEZILLA! However, because I love everything that has anything to do with weddings, I handled her quite gracefully, even when she got out her measuring tape to make sure the tables were positioned properly. They were because she was kind enough to provide a layout that was to scale. I got home from the happiest day of her life at about 1:00 AM, in bed by 1:30, wake up at 7:00 AM with Baker Man to head off to South Carolina for the Culbertson family reunion. The Culbertsons are Baker Man's family on his dad's side. We had a great time with his brothers and sister!
This was actually the first time I was able to meet his oldest brother David. It was hard to get a picture of these five. They just couldn't stop making eachother laugh! We were unable to get a picture with Baker Man's Dad. Maybe we'll see him again soon. Drive home since I must work know...Bills. Monday evening drive down to the Cake Art Store. Tuesday-Work. Baker Man is working his second job tonight and must be there by 7:00 PM. He will get off at 3:00 AM home and in bed by 3:30 we hope. He wakes up at 6:00 to head off to the Fire Department. I have a day home with the kids. Thursday-Baker Man home from Fire Duty at 8:00 AM, I'm out the door to work. I get home at 4:30. He's out the door to work another shift in the ER. This time he gets off at 11:00 PM and we're both in bed by midnight. This might be the first time this week! Friday morning, up at 6:30 try to finish up a few cake details before the kids get up (did I mention we had several cakes this week?!), 8:30 AM- wake Baker Man, I'm out the door for work. 4:30 I'm home load the car deliver cake one. Eat dinner on the road, home in time to get the kids to bed and finish up the rest of the cake line up which is as follows:
Yuengling Wedding Cake - I didn't even know what Yuengling was. I had to Google it.
The Bride did want something that resembled a wedding cake in order to cut

There they are together.

Sesame Street Birthday Cake

Cake Trio - Happy 1st Birthday Mary Stewart!

The Cake Trio was inspired by the adorable napkins at her party.

That was it for this week. But here's what we forgot to update you on...
Lassiter High School Interact & Rotary International Club Cake
So there you have it it's time for us to take a week off...but we have a little something to surprise you all with. So make sure you stay TUNEd. There's a little hint there, although I don't expect any of you to get it. Check back Monday night to see what's going on at the Corner!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

I found "my precious"

Do people get it when I say "my precious"? It's from the Lord of the Ring or was it Harry Potter? Some how I get those confused. Regardless...

Does everyone have something that they want for no real reason other than you were completely smitten with it the moment you laid eyes on it? The only thing that is stopping you from purchasing this cannot live without thing is the ridiculous price tag. You even dream for a moment that your husband finds it in a thrift store and realizes that this is it, the thing, the precious, and it's in the Good Will store for two dollars. Then the moment fades and you're sitting in your living room, watching Grey's Anatomy, remembering the cotton top old lady that drove up next to you yesterday was nice enough to inform you that the hub cap that FLEW across the road causing the truck behind you to swerve was in fact yours. I will never be able to afford it, but this is my precious...

Monday, September 20, 2010

Second guessing...

As most of you know, I like a recipe. If something goes wrong, I have someone else to blame. It wasn't my recipe so obviously it's not going to be perfect :) Well, my sister is pretty much my Food Network Channel. She could whip up the best dinner out of elephant dung and it would put the Barefoot Contessa to shame. I envy her cooking mastermind. Brillance in fact. I clearly don't have the cooking confidence My Contessa has. Now, Baker Man and I have been in the world of couponing for quite some time. If you're not hooked like we are, you should be! Southern Savers has kept our pantry STOCKED! While it has changed our way of shopping, it has inevitably changed our way of cooking. Yesterday afternoon I sat gazing at a bag of black beans. At first I was trying to come up with something for dinner when my mind quickly drifted to how similar those black beans looked to the "coal" in the back of my son's Thomas the Train toy. I was quickly brought back to the bag of beans when Baker Man interupted my happy thoughts with asking me what's for dinner. Dinner...I loathe figuring out dinner. I would eat cereal every night of my existence if it weren't for my offspring. I could take the survival of the fittest approach but I'm affraid DFACS would be knocking at my door faster than I could say "what's for dinner?" Back to the pantry. Black beans and rice. My Puerto Rican bother-in-law would be so proud. Since I've never cooked any type of vegetable that wasn't canned I had to read the directions. And it's a good thing I had this idea at lunch time because who knew you had to soak those things for SOOOO long?! Now I wanted some Mexican rice but the only way I knew how to do that was with a Rice-A-Roni and we only had Uncle's what's on sale ;) I decided to be adventurous and make my own...from plain ol' white rice. A little bit of this spice, a little bit of that...follow the instructions on the bag for cookings and BAMB! Mexican Rice! As I stare in aw at my rice perched there on the stove in it's perfection...I glance over to my drab, insipid, boring black beans. Back to the shelves! Can of corn...diced tomatoes...a little sour cream...a few more spices...mix, mix, mix...throw down some flour tortillas in a caserole dish...layer with my marvelous mixture...another layer of tortillas...marvelous with cheese...bake...and my own version of Food Network. My three year old cleaned his plate! This never happens. Oh dear, what's that...a thought. Is it really that delectable or did I forget to feed my kids lunch? No, Baker Man has given me praise for my dish as well. And surely we both would not have forgotten to feed our little angels. I must call My Contessa! She would be so proud. I have created a dish from nothing. No recipe. Have I turned a new leaf? Probably not. But I can't wait to eat my leftovers!

News from the Corner
Baby Dress Cake

Beach Birthday Cake - Foot Prints in the Sand Cake

The Tot is Two. This is the cake we did for our little girl. But we were short on time, so it was a quick one.
Well, that is it I think. Stay tuned for what the Corner Crew has coming up!

Monday, August 16, 2010

News from the Kitchen

We've been so busy I haven't been able to update any of you on our cakes or life. So which one do you want first? Cakes! Because who really cares what else we're doing, right?! Alright, here they are...
Black and White Damask 18th birthday Cake

Golf Bag Cake

Dora Cake
(the Dora is not edible)

Happy Cowboy Camper Smiley Cake's not the Wal-Mart Smiley. It was actually the logo of a summer camp.

Electric Guitar Cake

Electric Guitar Cake from another angle

Boston Red Sox Cake
We finally rescued this one from Baker Man's phone!
So, that's the latest from the Corner Crew. Maybe I'll have some time one day to update you all on us...but probably not.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Wedding Cake Marathon and then some

Ok, so last time I updated you all (all 12 of you - one of which is Baker Man) I was telling you about our first wedding cake fiasco. Well the week after that we had another wedding cake, the week after that we had a wedding cake, a groom's cake, and a birthday cake. Can we say exhausted?! Oh, I failed to mention, Baker Man and I did not take any time off for these. In fact, Baker Man is back to working his two jobs...

Mental side note: I just heard the toilet upstairs flush for the 5th time, pretty sure Little Man is trying to avoid sleep.

...And on top of him working his two jobs, I realized the triathlon I signed up for is less than a month away. Are you supposed to train for those? Pretty sure you are if you don't want to DIE! So, we've been playing our little game of tag-here's the kids-hand off and I've been waking up every morning Baker Man is home (which is only every third morning) and going running. I choose to listen to music so I can't hear myself breathing because I sound like a train trying to make its way up the side of Mount McKinley. I even created my own station on Pandora - Family Force Five - AWESOME!
Off that rant, here were the cakes...that didn't nose dive:
Beach Sea Shell Wedding Cake for Chris and Natasha Ginn

Chocolate Sea Shells

You might be wondering why I chose to put this picture on the blog...well, actually all of these pictures were done by Nathan Fowler Photography. See, the reception was indoors and was really dark. I couldn't seem to get a very good picture of it because I had to have my shutter speed to slow to allow enough light and I kept shaking. Plus I am by no means a professional photographer! He offered to send us the pictures of the cake. Uh, YEAH! Thank you Nathan!
Now the next is the wedding/groom/birthday cake week, so here goes:

Black and White Wedding cake for Mr. and Mrs. Bias, thus the 'B'

Castle Groom's Cake for Brett and Lori, thus the 'L' & 'B'

The letter/monogram emblems on these two cakes were taken off their invitation and wedding program, how did we do?

Baseball Cake - sorry the picture is a little side ways ... I was rushed ok. Don't judge me.

So, that's it in a nut shell...well, we actually did another cake this week but I had the camera at work and Baker Man took a picture with his phone...yet another picture lost in the abyss never to be seen again.

This is me signing out!