Saturday, April 11, 2009

Friendship on the Net

The sun is streaming through the blinds onto the bed,
As I rouse awake trying to get thoughts into my head.

Yawning, stretching, getting the body in a nimble state,
Contemplating what this great day holds….what is the date?

Mind is foggy, needing to clear…much to do here,
Out of the bed I climb, facing the day without fear.

The coffee is brewing for the much need jolt,
Off like a flash, to the computer I bolt,

Log on to check to see what the twitter is about,
What fun to see if you will get the fail whale to come out.

On to the blog to make a new post,
About someone you admire the most.

The forums – oh what fun!
The friends you have made and the things you have done.

Peoples lives that have crossed… changes that have been made,
Shared thoughts, kindness, prayers..all who have rushed to my aid.

Where or where would we be…if not for the internet,
And our social networking friends….lonely I bet.

Debbie L Wahl

Friday, April 10, 2009

Westernize Your Cupcakes

Smaller wedding cakes on each table, mini cakes at each place setting or cupcakes on a tiered server are popular as well as dessert bars. If you are planning a western wedding, have you wondered how to incorporate cupcakes into the theme? I'm sure you don't want to use plain ole cupcakes in your western-themed wedding. I would like to share a few ideas with you.

Keep in mind that I don’t make cakes professionally, but have dabbled in the past. You will need to take the matter up with your baker/decorator to see if the idea is feasible.

*Decorate regular cupcakes with rope-look icing edging. You could include the initial on top to look like a brand.

*Make an icing cowboy hat, saddle or cowboy boot on the top of each cupcake.

*Instead of a tiered holder, use a white enamel plate or platter to hold the cupcakes.

*Make rectangular cupcakes (using mini loaf pans) – decorate to resemble hay bales.

*The cupcake hay bales can be decorated farther by adding icing horseshoes, cowboy hat, etc.

*For a sunflower theme, decorate the top of each cupcake with an icing sunflower. Or you could use silk sunflowers atop each cupcake.

*Use mini sunflower pans to bake the cupcakes.

*Decorate the top of each cupcake with an icing horseshoe or 2 icing horseshoes slightly overlapping.

*For a John Deere country theme cupcake – Ice cupcakes yellow; add the John Deere logo either in icing or by using the plastic picks.

Frost a regular cupcake with your favorite icing – add a chocolate-shaped cowboy hat; cowboy boot; horseshoe, etc. to the top of each cupcake.

I’m sure there are many more ideas for western themed cakes and cupcakes. If you have an idea you would like to share - please feel free to post.