My wonderfully creative friend and fellow blogger Dot of Dabbled.org created an awesome tutorial for making your own super creep-tacular vintage undead photos just in time for Halloween. Reminiscent of the spooky decorations found at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom ride The Haunted Mansion, these pictures are sure to garner interest at a Halloween gathering. One could also create a few of these from existing photos of friends and family and tuck them around the home for a discreetly dark vibe.
This is an amazing and inspiring story, not just for the visually stunning images created by artist Kirsty Mitchell, but for the reason behind their inception and creation. Losing one’s parent is a tragedy, yet part of the cycle. Grief can express itself in so many ways, but rather then being yoked by negativity, Kristy channeled her emotions to add something beautiful to share with the world. No doubt, escapism can be dangerous. Retreat to far from reality and one can lose their perception of what is real and what is make-believe. Here though, it seems like this artist has found the edge of balance.
These photos speak to me. I want to be one of the subject of these images. To be dressed in beauty and nature and to shine with exoticism but also have hint of the familiar. I could stare at the images for hours. Someday…
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I know you are all probably tired of seeing cake pops by now, but I am still stuck on these delicious little delights.
After finding out a friend I was hoping to get feedback from on my Lemon Dream Cake Pops disliked citrus flavored desserts, I got to thinking about what flavor I could do for my next batch of pops. Valentine’s day was on the way and The Man is a big fan of red velvet desserts, so its was a no brainier what to try next. My other challenge with these was that, unlike previous pops, I wanted The Man to be able to enjoy all the decorative iterations, which meant they could not be coated in white chocolate, as that is a migraine trigger and something he tries to avoid.
Thus I present to you Valentine’s Day Chocolate Red Velvet Cake Pops. What you can’t smell or taste through the computer is the cream cheese flavoring oil I used in the milk chocolate coating. Red velvet cake just isn’t right to me without the cream cheese frosting. What you get from this little additive is just the hint of a cream cheese aftertaste once the sweetness and creamy flavor of the chocolate subsides.
There was also a fortuitous accident when baking these pops. I was using my awesome Cake Pop Maker by Babycakes for these, along with their recipe for Red Velvet pops from the instruction manual, however this batter was much thicker and stickier then the lemon batter I used previously. This cause me to overfill or underfill a number of the wells in the cooker, resulting in odd shaped balls that would not have been optimal for putting on sticks. They were not overcooked and their only issues were ascetic, so I went back to my cake pop roots and shredded these ill-looking balls in my food processor, added some whipped cream cheese frosting I just so happened to have on hand and using Bakerella’s patented method and a heart-shaped cookie cutter, made perfect heart pops that were ideal for the Valentine’s Day theme.
I can only hope the family and friends I present these cake pops to will agree to be my Valentines this year.
My wonderful husband (AKA ‘The Man’) got me a shiny new appliance for the kitchen this Christmas. Behold, the Babycakes Cake Pop Maker!!
Now, don’t let the name fool you, it only does part of the work for making cake pops. Having made cake pops the original Bakerlla way, this does cut down considerably on the time to make the balls of cake. The time spent sticking, dipping and decorating is still the same however. One concern I had with this new contraption was that the cake balls would not be as dense as those mixed with frosting and rolled by hand and thus not hold as well to the sticks, but I was presently surprised on how well these stayed on the sticks. I had far fewer of these try to fall off during the dipping process then for the previous pops. I’m sure some of that was due to lessons learned, but I think these balls from the Cake Pop Maker were of a good density to hold themselves to the sticks.
In a reverse of tradition, I decided the inaugural use of my new best kitchen friend (who am I kidding, my BKFF is my KitchenAid Stand Mixer) would be to make a batch of Cake Pops for my birthday that I could give out to my friends and family. Since lemon is my all-time favorite flavor and the book that came with the maker had a lemon cake pop recipe, it seemed like fate was telling me to make these.
Thus I give you….
Lemon Dream Cake Pops
A friend of mine found this post and I thought it was just gorgeous. I have personally always been fascinated with terrariums; tiny little worlds unto themselves. I hope I can find some time to make on of these for my tree this year and maybe, if I am really lucky, make a few to give as gifts.