Thursday, 29 September 2011

Also.... I got a new hair cut

Two posts in one day! I'm a woman on a mission today. 

This was just before I got the chop. (this is my room btw)

I'm on of those people 'blessed' with thick curly/wavy hair. I've been letting it grow and grow and grow, not because I'm one of those people that desire to have super long hair and panic at the sight of scissors... it just kinda happened.

Then I realised it grew TOO long. Now I'm not saying that I'm one of those people that have to keep an eye on where their hair is when they go to the loo... it was never that long but long enough to take too long to style. Not only was it too long to style but too thick and heavy to put 'up'. So I decided to get the chop. BEST THING I EVER DID.

I actually have a hairstyle now, I can brush it without ending out looking like a lion, it doesn't take half a week to dry or straighten.
I took this photo just then, so it's not even salon fresh and shiny and I still love it!

Gotta give the credit: 
If you live in Adelaide and want a decent 'do, this is where I go:

Anyway, just thought I'd share. It excited me, thought it might excite you.

So if you've been finding that you hate your hair right now and keep contemplating  new 'do but keep putting it off, I say go for it! Hair always grows back, you can always get extensions or re-dye it.

I wonder if it's possible to get pink polkadot patterns in your hair.........

just kidding, I hate pink.

Jim Beam Cake

So I'm perhaps a little slack at posting, that's what most people are like right?

Well... this post is about my third cake. It was a friend's partner's 21st and she asked me to make a cake for him in the shape of a Jim Beam bottle. 

I was quite apprehensive about it at first because the two other cakes were simply me making them because I wanted to experiment with making cakes, no one actually depended on me being successful!

This cake was actually really easy as she ordered the edible image label (I'm from Adelaide so we got it through and ordered a mud cake slab from Woolies. So my job was pretty simple, I just had to make the fondant and cut the cake down to shape. We went with a pretty basic shape, without cutting in too much in case we went wrong. 

I didn't have the right colour tint to colour the fondant brown, so I just sifted in cocoa powder with the icing sugar. The icing tasted like chocolate marshmallows, yum! The only slight problem with using cocoa powder is that you can see the tiny dark granules of cocoa if you look closely but it's not very noticeable at all.

I brushed the cake with water afterwards because it was powdery from all the icing sugar. Here's a picture of the cake after we finished it. This is pre-prettying it up because I did it at night and by this time it was 11:00 and I had to work in the morning so I didn't stick around for the clean-up, lucky me, I got to make the mess and didn't have to clean it up!

The next day was his 21st, so I went and received many compliments on the cake. With some of the cut off's we had made a small square of cake and iced it with fondant to stick the candles in... and when it came time for cake they refused to cut the cake! The square with the candles was cut and handed out but the Jim Beam cake remained untouched all night because no one was game enough to cut it because it was too pretty? I take that as a compliment of course... but what good is having cake if you can't eat it too? (Pardon my pun). I was later informed that within the next few days it had been cut and eaten with enjoyment. So overall, whilst it was a pretty basic cake I think it was a success. :)