Monday Musings….

Happy Monday!  I hope everyone had a great weekend.  Here are a few things that are on my mind today…

  1. I know I haven’t posted in over a week but I’ve been in a little bit of a baking rut.  First it started with my camera, not being able to upload any pictures to my computer really bummed me out.  I finally figured that out so I was ready to get my baking on but then a baking disaster occurred .  Last week I was in the mood for something sweet with rum as an ingredient, which is strange because I am not a rum drinker!  Anyhoo, I had a few bananas that were past the pretty stage (you know what I’m talking about) and I really hate throwing food out so I decided to make a banana bread with a little rum twist to it.  I had the hubby buy me some dark rum and I was all set…I get all my ingredients out, turn on the radio and off I went into my own little baking world.  I’m not sure if it was all the dancing I was doing or what but somehow I managed to use baking powder instead of baking soda (disaster #1).  And to make matters worse, I made a bad judgement call and took out the banana bread a little too early (disaster #2).  I let it cool for several hours before eagerly slicing into it only to discover the middle was not cooked all the way…I was so upset….so much for not throwing food out.  That really put me into a funk and I hung up my apron for a few days.  Does anyone have any baking disasters they’d like to share??
  2. Speaking of cameras, I’ve always been into photography and I’ve purchased some pretty nice cameras throughout the years but I’ve only taken pictures in the “auto” setting.  It wasn’t until recently that I’ve started reading up on the other settings my camera has to offer.  Aperture priority….what the heck is that?!  During my brief baking hiatus I kept myself busy by reading countless websites and blogs regarding photography and camera settings.  All of them were quite helpful but there was one blog  in particular who really broke it down in plain English and it finally started making sense to me.  I’m currently shooting with a Canon PowerShot S3 IS which I bought in 2006 (maybe its time for an upgrade) and this is the first time that I’ve taken pictures not using the “auto” setting (see practice shot below, aperture was set at 2.7 if I remember correctly).  I’m so excited to be learning more about photography and how to take decent pictures!003
  3. This picture brings me into my next thought – Nielsen Massey Pure Vanilla Extract!  My vanilla has finally gotten an upgrade, I’ve always used pure vanilla extract from the supermarket but I’ve been reading so much about this good quality vanilla that I decided to just take the plunge already…I haven’t used it yet but I can’t wait to try it!
  4. Lastly, I enrolled in a Wilton decorating course…I had to take course 1 as a prerequisite for the fondant and gum paste course I really want to take.  This past weekend we had to bring in a cake (I used box mix, don’t tell anyone) and decorate it with some of the techniques the instructor has shown us thus far.  I’ll be honest, a lot of what we are covering I learned in my pastry arts class in high school but I’m still picking up a couple new tricks here and there which is always nice.  However I’m really anxious to start learning about fondant next month!

Well, I went on and on…I think that is enough for one day!  I’ll leave you with this cute little egg holder I found at Target over the weekend…isn’t he adorable?