Thursday, December 9, 2010

It's a Quote kind of Day...

Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere. - Albert Einstein


Be yourself; everyone else is already taken. - Oscar Wilde


It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit. - Harry Truman


Before you go and criticize the younger generation, just remember who raised them. - Unknown Author


The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug. - Mark Twain


The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot. - Michael Althsuler


Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school. - Albert Einstein


Never argue with a fool, onlookers may not be able to tell the difference. - Mark Twain


My definition of a free society is a society where it is safe to be unpopular. - Adlai E. Stevenson Jr.


Honest criticism is hard to take, particularly from a relative, a friend, an acquaintance, or a stranger. - Franklin P. Jones


I always wanted to be somebody, but now I realize I should have been more specific. - Lily Tomlin


My friends tell me I have an intimacy problem. But they don’t really know me. - Garry Shandling


Quidquid latine dictum sit, altum sonatur. (Whatever is said in Latin sounds profound.) - Unknown Author


The difference between death and taxes is death doesn’t get worse every time Congress meets. - Will Rogers


I like long walks, especially when they are taken by people who annoy me. - Noel Coward


Acquaintance, n.: A person whom we know well enough to borrow from, but not well enough to lend to. - Ambrose Bierce


Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm. - Winston Churchhill


Discipline is just choosing between what you want now and what you want most. - Unknown Author


It is easier to fight for one’s principles than to live up to them. - Alfred Adler


There is a great difference between worry and concern. A worried person sees a problem, and a concerned person solves a problem. - Harold Stephens


Do not confuse motion and progress. A rocking horse keeps moving but does not make any progress. - Alfred A. Montapert


Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Albert Einstein


You can never get enough of what you don’t really need. - Eric Hoffer


If you don’t make mistakes, you’re not working on hard enough problems. And that’s a big mistake. - Frank Wilczek


The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails. - Williams Arthur Ward


It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer. - Albert Einstein





Friday, October 22, 2010

Sigh No More

Serve God, love me and mend
This not the end
Live unbruised, we are friends
I'm sorry

Sigh no more, no more
One foot in sea and one on shore
My heart was never pure
You know me

But man is a giddy thing
Oh man is a giddy thing

Love it will not betray you
Dismay or enslave you, it will set you free
Be more like the man you were made to be

There is a design, an alignment, a cry
Of my heart to see
The beauty of love as it was made to be

-Mumford & Sons


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Friday, September 3, 2010

Falling Slowly.

I don't know you

But I want you

All the more for that

Words fall through me

And always fool me

And I can't react

And games that never amount

To more than they're meant

Will play themselves out


Take this sinking boat and point it home

We've still got time

Raise your hopeful voice you have a choice

You'll make it now


Falling slowly, eyes that know me

And I can't go back

Moods that take me and erase me

And I'm painted black

You have suffered enough

And warred with yourself

It's time that you won


Take this sinking boat and point it home

We've still got time

Raise your hopeful voice you had a choice

You've made it now





Falling slowly sing your melody

I'll sing along.


- The Swell Season

Strict Joy


melts my heart and gives me chills... nothing better 



Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Listen.

"God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks to us in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: It is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world."


- C.S. Lewis 

Sunday, August 15, 2010

The Bees Knees...

I meant to blog yesterday, but unfortunately my car's transmission decided to slip (for good) while on the 91 freeway. Awesome.

So about 2 hours later, I finally was towed to my dads house and crashed. Yesterday was a ridiculously long day, and all I wanted to do after it was all over was sleep. So... I slept.

Now that I'm rested... its blogging time :)

Friday and Saturday, at Sweet & Saucy, I was able to work on bee cake-pops! I was so excited, and it turned out to be such a tedious, but fun, project... so of course I took pictures of the whole process.


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And they're done!! So cute and so much fun!!
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And here's some photos of my car adventures from yesterday.
First 27 miles: 15mph

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Second: 45 mins. on the side of the 91 fwy
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Third: Getting towed :(
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Thursday, August 12, 2010

Forever...

It's basically been forever since I've been on here...
So an update is necessary...

What I've been up to lately:

Interning at the most amazing bakery ever: Sweet and Saucy Shop (in long beach, ca)
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(photo found at bklynbrideonline.com...)


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Adopted an adorable, new puppy: Koda Levi
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Spending more time with all my lovely friends... and am reconnecting with friends I haven't talked to in forever.

Becoming more passionate about music again... mostly thanks to Maggie (magdalenebarbara.blogspot.com) and Brit.
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I finally got a cute hair cut, thanks to my friend Tay...
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Created a few little hair clips (which I think are adorable) and a headband... which were super fun, and something I think I'll continue to do for fun (and maybe to sell on etsy or something).
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Went to an Angel's game (which I haven't done in years), with Maggie, and the high schoolers from Refuge.
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Co-hosted a bridal shower with Mags... for our friend April (ya, we're great bridesmaids)
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(all bridal shower photos were taken by my friend Allison - allisonelyse.blogspot.com)

And decided to start blogging again, since I haven't [blogged] in... well, forever it seems...

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Quick and Very Easy Chocolate Kahlua Cake Pops!!!

Some of my friends, from my Spanish class, and I are getting together for a movie night tonight with lots of yummy finger foods. So, being the baker that I am, I offered to make some cake pops. Unfortunately, after my 6 hour art class today, I came home to find I was out of the lollipop sticks... so I made cake balls (w/o the lollipop sticks)!

Since I didn't have much time between coming home from class and having to leave for my friends house, I had to use my "I'm-in-a-major-baking-hurry" special weapon: Betty Crocker's cake box mix. Some of you might be speechless now, after I just appalled you with my dirty little secret... but the truth of the matter is that cake boxes are fantastic!! And yes, even pastry chefs use them every blue moon. Ever wonder why a cake box mix always, faithfully comes out perfect, whereas your home-made attempt may be a little more inconsistent in its perfection?? The simple answer is that a cake box is designed by geniuses to be perfect every time. That's the whole point... they are pre-mixed boxes because they always work! That's why most people use them when baking... silly, right?!? Anyways, since I'm short on time I opted to use the "quicky mix", but I tweaked it just a bit - like I always do with any recipe I use. So, in essence, its still my unique recipe... kinda.

Here is the recipe, and I took some pictures so you guys could have a visual aid - I love visual aids since I'm a visual, and hands-on, learner. So here you go!

p.s. always preheat the oven first ;)

Chocolate Kahlua Cake:
1 box of Triple Chocolate Chunk cake mix
Follow the box's instructions.
However, I added 1 cup of water (from the 1 1/3 cup called for)
and then added 1/3 cup of Kahlua (Mocha flavored) in place of
the 1/3 cup water called for in the instructions...

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I prepared my cake pan (by spraying Pam Butter Flavored spray and dusted with flour), poured the mix in and then baked it for about 35 mins. Once the cake was finished, I let it cool completely.

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Kahlua Cream Cheese Frosting:
6 oz. Cream Cheese - room temp.
7 oz. Unsalted Butter - room temp.
3 tbs. Kahlua (Mocha)
2 1/2 cups Powdered Sugar



As the cake was cooling, I started on my Kahlua Cream Cheese frosting. I creamed the butter and cream cheese together until light and fluffy. Then added the Kahlua liquor until it was fully incorporated. Once incorporated, I added powdered sugar one cup at a time. *After each cup of sugar, do a little taste-test to see if its too sweet, or not sweet enough [for you], then continue adding accordingly... or stop adding. Once frosting is completely mixed, set aside.

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Get a large bowl, and begin crumpling your entire cake into the bowl. Add a dollop (medium-size) to crumpled cake and mix with a spatula. When the cake is moist, but not quite sticky, you're good to go. Have a sheet pan covered by parchment paper and begin shaping cake into balls (whatever size you desire) and place on sheet pan. When all the balls are formed, place in your fridge for at least 20 mins. so the balls can firm up a bit.

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Next, boil water in a double broiler. Once boiling, turn down the heat and just let the water remain at a simmer. Break your chocolate bar into pieces and place into a metal bowl - put the metal bowl on the double-broiler. Allow the chocolate to melt about 50% without stirring. When the chocolate is almost completely melted, stir a bit till almost all chunks/bits disappear. Then take the bowl of the heat and keep stirring - the heat will continue to melt the last little bits, but you won't burn the chocolate... which is actually easy to do. Using a spoon or spatula, cover the balls completely in chocolate and then allow them to set up at room temp. (Unfortunately my camara battery died for this part... so no pics of the chocolate business :( sorry guys).

For decorating, I literally had a minute to do something before I had to rush out the door... So I just sprinkled some white, crystal sugar sprinkles over the chocolate before it completely set up. Some of the crystals disappeared into the chocolate, but at least they looked a bit cuter. My original plan was to melt some white chocolate I had and then drizzle over the balls... for a classic b&w look. But no worries... they were still delicious - according to my friends :D
Be creative and decorate however you like!

And lastly... ENJOY THE YUMMY-NESS!!
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Kylie Rae. ♥















Sunday, April 25, 2010

Sweet and Saucy Shop...

[I know I haven't been a consistent blogger at all... but as everyone on planet earth knows, I've been insanely busy, but I have exciting news... read on]

I'm so excited for July this year!! Why, you ask?? Simply because I am blessed to say I have an internship (for July and August 2010) at the amazing Sweet and Saucy Shop!! For any of you who do not know what the Sweet and Saucy Shop is: it is the most adorable little dessert/cake shop I've seen thus far! Melody Brandon is the owner and pastry chef who runs the shop. Everything I've ever tried in her shop is amazingly delectable, perfectly moist, and insanely adorable. You are never just getting a cupcake or a cake lollipop... you are getting a work of art that simply melts in your mouth!!
And I, Kylie Rae, have scored an internship there!!! I cannot even wait to be working in a place that has become my inspiration. Melody has taken the simplistic idea of decorating cakes and desserts and turned it into a unique, artistic, fashionable masterpiece! I may be a bit biased (obviously), but its all with good reason. You definitely need to visit her site to see what I am saying... her designs are so beautiful, elegant, unique, fresh, and modern. You should also visit her blog to see all the classes she's taken, and the things she done on the side... this woman is talented! And if you live in Orange County, you MUST stop by her shop to try some little goodies! My personal favorites there are the red velvet cake lollipop and the chocolate espresso cupcake - they are totally to die for!!
Her shop is in Long Beach, CA off of Palo Verde and Stearns Street (6400 Stearns St.)... please stop by to see what I'm saying. Melody Brandon has serious skill when it comes to desserts, and I'm am so excited to learn from her!! Hopefully I'll learn a lot before the 2nd wedding cake I'll be doing in October... for a dear friend of mine. I'm a bridesmaid and the cake decorator... should be challenging and interesting - just my style :D

Kylie Rae