The 2010 Book List

2010 Book List

Finally getting around to changing my booklists. Here's the result of the 22 books I read in 2010.

Time of Your Life
A Female Nomad
A Reliable Wife
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
Light on Snow
The Jungle
Hyacinth Blue (read for the 2nd time)
The Queen of the South
The Help
Night Train to Lisbon
The Giver
The Persian Pickle Club
Have a Little Faith
Love Walked In
The Art of Racing in the Rain
The Old Buzzard Had It Coming
Prodigal Summer
The Goose Girl
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
My Sister's Keeper
The Shack

Cake Decorating Class

It was definitely not my choice. It was not my choice to take this cake decorating class, but I'm glad I did. My prior cake decorating technique consisted of no technique, so I've come quite a long way (baby!), after looking at the pictures you'll see that I also still have a long way to go. For just four lessons, it's amazing how much you can learn in this class. I griped and complained the whole time I was in the class simply because I really didn't have the time to squeeze it into my schedule. Now that I'm finished, I'm so glad I did it, especially because Justin and the kids are really impressed :)

So the first cake we decorated was a plain white cake with a cupcake made of frosting on top. Although the cake looks pretty simple, there was a lot of technique involved and I learned so much. The second cake had a flower design, so I have a small bouquet of pink roses in the center of mine. The third cake was supposed to be a character cake, but I since I already had a silicon pan that had an Easter egg design, I decided to make Easter egg cakes in grass. I threw the roses in only because I wanted to use and display all the techniques I learned in this class on the final cake. Unfortunately the Easter cake came out looking a little like a three-ringed circus, it just had too much on it. I'm usually much more restrained and prefer a minimal approach, but I really wanted to practice all the things we learned. Anyway, I'm all cake'd out. Tonight Justin said he was slightly disappointed that I didn't sign up for the next class because he'll miss all the cake.