Before I was hurt in the second accident, I got all 3 Wilton cake decorating certifications with the hope that I could work as a cake decorator to put myself through film school, either as a decorator or as a teacher of cake decorating. I can’t do much in the way of cake decorating now due to the arm strength needed and back pain from bending over the cake. I do still try and decorate for family and friends as needed. Though it tends to end in agonizing pain and even missing the event for which I tried to make a cake.

For my little brother Scott’s birthday, he was getting together with a few friends to drink, play video games, and generally just have a wild time. I really wanted to do something special. I had cake mix already which I talked my mom into baking into cupcakes for me since my power mixer and such wasn’t at her house for me to use. I can’t make cake batter by hand anymore either. Since I’m perpetually broke, I had Scott pick up some cream cheese frosting at the grocery store. I felt bad he had to buy his own frosting, and it’s much better to make your own frosting so you have better consistancy, but I couldn’t manage that either. I put color into the tubs he brought over and he whipped in the color by hand for me. He helped me to then decorate all the cupcakes to look just like beer bottle caps! It was really fun to teach him about cake decorating and get to make something nice for his party. We didn’t have time to google any pictures, so all these bottle caps were done from our collective memory.

The little bit of decorating that he and I did that afternoon still ended up being too much for me, but I think you’ll agree, it was worth the pain! Don’t they look great?

cupcakes decorated to look like various bottle caps

Scribbles’ Igloo

March 24, 2010

Some days you just have to show off your mad survival skills. Unfortunately due to melting snow and pain issues, this was all I managed to do today. I’m very proud…even if I was laid up afterward.

schnauzer mix in small igloo