I love being a redneck. For instance, if you are a redneck, it is perfectly acceptable to use the phrase “stuff ‘n such.” So it’s cool.
Anyway, I went out on my front deck this evening to stain my deck and came upon the coolest thing ever! Our neighborhood has some sort of gnat infestation. My personal opinion is that they are attracted by the sweet gum trees. At any rate, they are particularly bad this year because we had such a mild summer. So I found this spider web with about 1000 gnats in it. Looks like he has lunch for the next few weeks!
And here’s another picture of the same web, but I was playing around with my camera settings and turned on the flash. I like the effect (or is it affect?); well, whatever it is, I like it.
We celebrated my sisters’ birthdays this weekend and I was in charge of the cake. I went on flickr.com and looked up “cake” hoping to get some ideas on how to decorate mine. I browsed for hours and envisioned my square red velvet cake with beautiful white icing with gorgeous red flowers and butterflies fluttering across it. I even bought a coordinating plate.
So I went to the Price Chopper and got the ingredients for my cake. But, when I was standing in the cake mix aisle, I had a revelation. I thought, “Self, do you even know what the heck fondant is?! No, you do not. So how the heck do you propose to make this mysterious fondant?” Then I replied, “Don’t worry, we’ll get some frosting in a can and it’ll be all good.” On a whim, I picked up some red icing to outline my cake with a beautiful border.
As it turns out, I not only don’t know how to make fondant, I’m not real clear on how to apply beautiful red borders either. Here’s the final product. Mmmmmm. Appetizing. Or not. At least it tasted good. In case you want to take baking advice from a woman who doesn’t know how to make fondant – I add a box of instant pudding and a cup of sour cream to the mix to make it taste richer and more scratch-like.
But lest you think I’m totally lacking in Marthabilities, I’ll show you the gifts I wrapped. I really do enjoy wrapping gifts. And the plus side is that one doesn’t even need to know what fondant is in order to do so!
So how was that post for being totally random ass? Does it make your head hurt to try to follow my train of thought? You should try being Me sometime. I totally drive Self crazy!