As promised, some photos!
This is the only evidence of the cheesecake I made for Thanksgiving. I got the recipe from the PPK (always so many good recipes) and it was insanely good. You can definitely make it without the crunch topping if you wanted to have a plain pumpkin cheesecake. What’s nice about this recipe is that it doesn’t use vegan cream cheese, which can end up making one cheesecake really expensive. The creaminess comes from a mixture of silken tofu, cashews, and banana. For whatever reason, the banana was a really prominent flavor (at least for me). I might cut down the banana a little bit next time. I also realized that since this was a marbled cheesecake, the regular cheesecake parts that didn’t have pumpkin in them were probably the more banana-y tasting bites. There you go. Analysis.
Some vegan goodies at the farmer’s market downtown.
My smoky potato “sausage” breakfast taco. Yummmmm.
We went hiking at Mt. Bonnell, Austin’s highest point!
Merry Crimbus! (Thanks Jetski for taking this picture.) We are so excited to go home for Christmas. I love Austin but it’s been rough being away from friends and fam.
I’ve got some ‘za in the oven, and it smells heavenly. Have a good weekend.
Here are a few more photos from Zach & Steph’s wedding. Once again…credit goes to Skyler & Alycia Photography.
Here is our wonderful cakestand in all it’s glory. It’s so pretty!
Me with the cake! I’m excited!
This obviously isn’t cake..it’s Steph’s wedding dress at The Loft! It’s one of the prettiest dresses I’ve ever seen. And I’ve never seen lace like what was used on the skirt. Anyway, this is relevant because Steph and I co-created the window display in which her dress is hanging!
Cool! I need to go to bed. Sweet dreamz, y’all.
At the beginning of June, Jessie and I baked cupcakes for Zach and Steph’s wedding. We were also bridesmaids! I had never been a bridesmaid before so it was a cool experience. The whole day was awesome, because we have such rad friends.
All photos courtesy of Skyler & Alycia Photography.
We made 200 cupcakes…50 each of plain chocolate, lemon blackberry, red velvet, and root beer. Here are the chocolate and lemon that Jessie made, and the little cake on top that I made, complete with flags.
I was so nervous to pipe that cake! But it turned out to be a lot easier than I had expected. I wasn’t sure how thick the frosting needed to be, so I did some experimenting. My first idea was to use a vegan royal icing but that didn’t work. I ended up just making a thicker buttercream. Too thick, though, and it won’t even come out of the bag!
Close-up of the lemon blackberry cupcakes. Aren’t they adorable?!
The cakestand that the cupcakes are on is now OURS! Steph’s uncle made it for us! It’s so beautifully made. All of the tiers come apart so you can make it as tall or as short as you like. CAKESTAND HAS A CAKESTAND! We plan on using the bottom tier as a little table in our future Austin, TX apartment :) That’s right, we are moving. Very soon. I’m hoping to find a baking job and then hopefully once we get settled in we can continue baking for Cakestand.
More pictures coming soon from the other wedding we did this summer! We also have another one coming up next weekend! Yay!
…on a little something for Zach and Steph's wedding, which is one week from today! Cake toppers! I've been wanting to make these for a while now. Steph gave me a box full of fabric, too, so I've got lots of options! There's more to see, but that will have to wait until after the wedding! Suspense!
(Please excuse the glasses glare. Dumb Photo Booth.)
I had kind of a crappy day and this little craft session made me feel better. Now I’m going to bake some test cupcakes. SATURDAY! NIGHT! PARTY!
Just some thoughts…
Strawberry-Lime Filled Cupcakes (courtesy of Food Network)
Recycled paper notebooks! Via Design*Sponge. I made one the other day, using a page from a book on prairies & plains for the cover. It had a little groundhog on it. It turned out nicely, but I can definitely improve. I hope to make more soon, to give as gifts and (hopefully) sell.
Jessie and I went to Grand Rapids, MI, this weekend to watch my boyfriend Houston and his brother Dallas (Yep. Real names.) run a 25K race, and to celebrate Jessie’s 21st birthday. Dal and Hou were awesome! They both ran 15.5 miles in less than 2 hours. Sooo crazy. Houston, Jessie, our friend Steve and I all went to the art museum on Sunday before we left town. Our local museum in Peoria had a John J. Audbudon exhibit but I never got to see it, so I was really excited to see that GRAM had one!
In one of my art history courses, we studied Audubon for a bit, and I fell in love with his watercolors-turned prints. The details are incredible! If you can ever see these in person, do it!
Ok, I’m done. I hope you enjoyed my little list of things I’ve been into lately. Also loving (forever loving): Simon & Garfunkel.