Friday, April 30, 2010
Sunday, April 18, 2010
Music saved my life. Really. Literally. Because of my personal involvement with music and singing and sharing my talents, my life was saved from a very unhappy existance. My music involvement came at a very early age. My Mom loved to sing, and we were constantly singing; in the car, at the piano, at church, everywhere we went. We always sang the alphabet-nursery-rhyme song, and my mother always sang a special song titled "The Alice Blue Gown." I grew up listening to the classics, Bach, Beethoven, Rachmaninoff, Chopin, and also the greats-Benny Goodman, Glen Miller and others. I know all the lyrics to the popular Broadway plays of my childhood-The Sound of Music, Oklahoma, My Fair Lady, Peter Pan. My parents loved music. I love music. My Mother made sure that I could understand all those little markings on that strange lined paper by arranging with my Aunt Cec (who was also our next-door neighbor) to teach me how to play the piano. Although I wasn't the best student (I hated practicing) she was successful in teaching me to read music, appreciate good melodies, and hear beautiful harmonies. I am indebted to Aunt Cec because she patiently taught me the fundamentals. As a teenager, I could have gotten into a lot of trouble, but instead, I chose to sing. Every opportunity that I had to sing, whether it was with a school group, or at church, or with friends, I sang. So, when my friend Laura asked me to make Weecakies to celebrate her daughter Sara's Senior Concert, in preparation for graduation from the University of Utah with a Music Performance Major, I jumped at the chance. I was able to do this because I was taught how to make a treble-clef as a child by my wonderful Aunt Cec. So.....in celebration of music, I have designed Music Weecakies. They are simply deep, rich chocolate cake truffles dipped with white chocolate with a piped treble-clef on the top. The red-rose-topped ones are choclate cake truffle, dipped in milk chocolate and drizzled with dark chocolate, topped with a hand-rolled red rose. Happy Senior Concert Sara, and a big THANK YOU to my parents and my Aunt Cec for making music an important part of my life. Happy Music Weecakies!!!
Saturday, April 3, 2010
It is Easter all ready! It's sooooo early this year and I haven't been very organized lately. We've been very busy at work. Although I drew up this idea last year after seeing some great ideas at bakerella .com, I just couldn't get my act together this year. There are lots of methods to use for the bunny ears. This bunny has modified pastel candy-corn ears. Other foodies use everything from cut marshmallows dipped with pink sanding sugar to cardstock (not a food item at all. C'mon....you remember putting paper ears into a store-bought coconut covered chocolate snowball cake when you were a kid?) I settled on the candy-corn. Then the nose. Well, did you know that mini M&Ms don't come in pastel colors even though they are packaged in pastel colored packages this time of year? It seems that my Weecakie Bunny was having a hard time being born. The first ones that I did looked like little white piggies. I tried buck-teeth, I tried other features. Then, quite accidently, I settled upon this. The Bunnies are chocolate cake, dipped in white chocolate, topped with pastel candy-corn ears and a molded pink chocolate nose. Eyes and whiskers are piped on. It's my version of a chocolate Easter Bunny. Combined with last year's Easter Lemon Chick, the Easter Bunny Weecakie will be a great addition to our Easter treats. Hope everyone has a very Hoppy Easter!