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Life Lately

Hey! So, life lately. It has been filled to the brim with all sorts of stuff. I feel a bit all over the place, actually, but that’s nothing new around here ๐Ÿ˜‰

Life

us

See that picture? We look happy right? We’ve both been sick.

It started with Jimmy getting a bad cold, then I caught it and I’m pretty sure I have a sinus infection. I’m trying to wait to see if it will get better on its own, but I think a trip to MedExpress is in order very soon.

Work

working

My new job working for my family’s real estate brokerage has been great! The fact that I get to have business meetings with my dad at my house is awesome. I feel so, so blessed.

I’ve been getting used to my new role, so I haven’t had too much time to blog or work on my book. Hopefully as I settle into a good groove I will get back on a more normal writing schedule!

Baking

Chocolate rosette cake with chocolate buttercream

After months of deliberation, testing, and practice… I’m not making a cake for my sister’s bridal shower. My mom told me the total guest count, and it’s over 70.

I don’t think I’m confident or skilled enough to make a cake for 70 people and transport it 45 minutes from my house, soo I decided on cupcakes. I think baking, frosting, and transporting cupcakes will be less nerve wracking than a giant cake. Now, I have about a week to practice cupcakes. Full speed ahead!

I’m still making cookies as the favors, though, and those have been quite fun to test out!

Sugar cookies with royal icing

Animals

Walking lola

Why yes, animals totally get their own category in my blog posts ๐Ÿ˜‰

Lola and Malcolm are doing great and I catch them cuddling together almost every day now! It has been so nice to have warm weather here in Pittsburgh. I cherish my walks with Lola and try to squeeze them in as much as I can.

Also, I bought new shoes for the first time in over a year. Does anyone else put off buying shoes? I feel like they’re just so expensive these days.

Last but not least, I have to share the cutest picture ever.

Hannah holding a baby goat

Hannah holding a baby goat! Seriously… look at the goat’s arm all tucked into Hannah! Han’s fiancรฉ, Josh, has a goat who had babies and they’re so adorable ๐Ÿ™‚

Tell me about your life lately!

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Cake Mode II

I am still going strong on practicing baking cakes and cupcakes for Hannah’s bridal shower. I think I have finally nailed down what I’m going to do.

Rosette cake!

The rosette cake before the roses. It’s a chocolate cake with a pink buttercream crumb coat.

Game plan

  • 1 three layer vanilla cake with strawberry filling and buttercream rosettes
  • 1 two layer vanilla cake with buttercream filling and ombre stripe buttercream
  • Vanilla cupcakes with vanilla buttercream rosettes
  • Chocolate cupcakes with chocolate buttercream rosettes
  • Sugar cookies with royal icing (for favors)

Here’s an example of the ombre stripe cake. Just imagine it without the rosettes on top! I tried that it didn’t like how it looked, haha.

You can’t go wrong with sugar cookies as a favor, right?!

I think my next step will be to do a practice round of everything at least one more time to smooth out all the details and fine tune my decorating skills. I feel like I could always use more practice to make things sharper, ha.

I am getting so excited! I can’t wait to celebrate Hannah banana โค