Don’t Try This At Home….

***UNLESS YOU HAVE TONS OF EXTRA TIME ON YOUR HANDS AND NO CHILDREN AND ARE A GLUTEN FOR PUNISHMENT***

 

Professionals always have a way of making things look neat, beautiful, and simple….

Like these Cake Pops!!!!!

Chocolate Cake Balls

No Offense to http://www.bakerella.com/ It just wasn’t happening quite like it was suppose to on this end!

The making the cake, mixing it with icing and forming into balls was about the only thing that went smooth over here!!!

I decided to do these for our Sunday School Classes Valentines Banquet for our dessert bar. What I wasn’t planning on was our fondue pot burning the dark chocolate (fondue pots worked well for candy making why not this right?)

Next, the tiny crockpot also was a fail in keeping the white chocolate just the right temperature. I ended up putting it back into my double burner which still kept the chocolate too hot. (the yellow lighting is compliments of our stove light, sorry)

After a whole pan of cake balls officially self destructing, melting, and uncoated, I gave up. Keep in mind this endeavor of coating said cake balls and turning them into pops started around 8:30pm (after the children were in bed). This is what I had to show at 9:30 after an hour of battling these things and the chocolate.

 

Nothing to write home about! Right?

Well, Hubby entered into the picture to try and rescue me from my hair-brained idea. He had way more patience and was able to think outside of the box. He started to microwave the chocolate. These seemed to work as long as the cakes were cold enough. The crock pot (mentioned above) soon became the dumping ground for the flops.

Once there seemed to be a routine established things went a little smoother and cake pops actually started looking like they were suppose to.

With the pops being two different flavors, I made sure that the sticks were labeled appropriately.Red lines for the red velvet and blanks for the white cake. There were also two different sizes to add some dimension to the arrangements that were going to be put together.

The sprinkling station seemed to be set up almost perfectly. Almost because no matter how hard we tried those pesky little nonpareils kept bouncing out of the bowl that was meant to catch them.

As hubby kept cranking out the pops, I began to work on getting the display pieces together and organizing the pops in them.

That project proved to be complicated in its own right. Though I was grateful for my buying several different sizes of foam. (I ended up returning more then half of what I bought though). Anyway. At 12:30am we did a number count and decided that 1 pop a person was more then enough and began calling it quits. So while hubby cleaned up some, I finished my arrangements and photographed them.

We headed to bed at 1:30. That is after clean up and packing these arrangements to transport them to the Old Manheim Railroad Station. The next evening they transported fine and we enjoyed setting up and displaying and eating our edible delights as well as the other 10 desserts there to sample.

It was definitely a learning experience! One I will not be quick to try again!! I was grateful for my ever patient and loving husband who endured my insane project with me and helped immensely to achieve our goal!

 

This experience reminded me of this verse. Though maybe taken out of context it reminds us to work as diligently (if not more so) on spiritual things and we will reap the things God has for us! Endurance and patience are truly virtues to hold dear and to work on continually!

(Gal 6:9 NRSV)  “So let us not grow weary in doing what is right, for we will reap at harvest time, if we do not give up.”

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When In Doubt…

TAKE PICTURES!!!!

 

It never fails, a child’s curiosity will always overpower their sense of reason and wrong/right!

Case in point, Moose!!! I have been spending some time lately while folding clothes marking our boys clothing with one or two dots so we know without a doubt whose article of clothing it is, and the boys would know as well. So, after folding all the clothes last night I threw the marker in the bottom of the wash basket for safe keeping! I poured my morning coffee and was getting ready to enjoy it when my oldest boldly stated “Moosey’s writing on the table.” So upon inspection sure enough he did….

But it wasn’t just the table…

There was no getting away with it this time. The proof was there–In black and white–

–Sigh–

I am getting better at just rolling with the punches and taking things as they come, and learning to take pictures to document! More then anything else, taking pictures helps to relieve any stress that may have shown up due to said situation…

On a lighter side….

WHAT TO DO WITH ALL THOSE LEFTOVER POTATOES???

I made Au Gratin Potatoes last night for dinner and had quite a few left over. So hubby decided that homemade potato chips were in order…

Drop ’em in…

Fry ’em…

Place on a paper towel (to soak up grease)….Salt….

Place in a bowl and enjoy!!!!

 

 

Some of life’s random happenings in the Ebersole house!!!!

 

GOD HAS BLESSED US WITH MINDS…LET’S USE THEM TO THE FULLEST TO ENJOY THE MANY GOOD and BAD HAPPENINGS THAT MEET US DAY IN and DAY OUT!!!! LIVE LIFE TO THE FULLEST FOR OUR SAVIOR TODAY!!!!