Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Monday, February 25, 2008
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
- Line 2 cake pans (8 or 9" round or square) with plastic wrap, fill about 2/3 full with softened ice cream. Cover with more plastic wrap, freeze overnight. (For this cake, I used cookie dough ice cream, froze it, then put chocolate ice cream over top of that, so it looks like it has even more layers.)
- Make your favorite cake in the same size pans (if necessary, you can pop the ice cream out of the pans once it's frozen, leaving it wrapped in the plastic, and return it to the freezer, then use the same pans for baking.) Make a recipe for a double layer cake, but divide it into 3 pans (or you can use 2 pans and split the layers once they're baked.)
- Use a knife to level off the tops of the cakes if necessary. Place one layer of cake on a plate. Remove the ice cream from the freezer. Unwrap one ice cream layer and place on cake layer, then add another cake layer, then another ice cream layer, and one more layer of cake. (Cake-ice cream-cake-ice cream-cake).
- Return to freezer, allow to set up for a few hours.
- Working quickly, frost cake with whipped cream or Cool Whip. If ice cream begins to melt, you can return the cake to the freezer for a few minutes and then continue frosting. Just remember that if you do return the cake to the freezer the frosting will have frozen when you take it out again, and the section of the cake that you have already done will be difficult to re-work. If you want to decorate with sprinkles, this needs to be done before the frosting is frozen.
- Place frosted cake in freezer for several hours. Decorate with buttercream frosting if desired. Return to freezer.
- Once cake is completely frozen, it may be covered.
- To serve, remove cake from freezer and remove wrapping. Leave at room temperature for about 20-30 min. Cut with a sharp knife dipped in hot water.
I made 2 of these last week. I made a square one for a friend at church, and a round one for my daughter's birthday (which she decorated). They were a hit!
Sunday, February 17, 2008
Today in church we had a dedication for a family adopting 6 children under the age of about 7, including a set of twins. The kids looked so happy to be with their new family. I am in awe of how much courage these people have- I mean, adopting 6 kids at once? Wow! And then it kind of makes me feel like a slacker, like what have I done lately? I wonder what kind of adventures God has in store for me, if only I would take a leap of faith? I know there are some things He has been nudging me about, that I have been hesitant to act on. I am trying to draw courage and inspiration and faith from this incredible family.
Anyway, this video is by one of my favorite artists, Nichole Nordeman from her album Woven and Spun. It is a song about how the world tells us what a meaningful life is- big career, expensive lifestyle, fame (or nowadays, pseudofame or notoriety)- but that God has a really different idea about what a "big" life is. It makes me stop to think if what I am doing will have lasting impact. And it challenges my ideas of what lasting impact really means, because most of the time the smallest things have an impact that we can't see, that we may never see. We have to have faith that God will take it and make something beautiful, that He will create a ripple effect with it. Because that's how He works, anyway- not through people and events that are big and noisy, but in the quiet moments and "little" people that will probably never be recognized or acknowledged in this lifetime.
Thursday, February 14, 2008
- How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! 1John 3:1
- God is love. When we take up permanent residence in a life of love, we live in God and God lives in us... There is no room in love for fear. Well-formed love banishes fear. Since fear is crippling, a fearful life...is one not fully formed in love. We, though, are going to love- love and be loved. First we were loved, now we love. He loved us first. 1 John 4, The Message Bible
- For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38-39
Monday, February 11, 2008
I have mentioned before that I am really not a technical person, but lately I have become aware of how perfectly technology and artistry can mesh. If it weren't for technology, I wouldn't have any idea of how many kindred spirits, people like me, there are, all over the world. It is so inspiring and humbling. It reminds me of our Creator, the originator of everything beautiful and perfect. It says in the book of Ecclesiastes that there is nothing new under the sun. This is true, for the most incredible works of art are reinterpretations and imitations of what He has already done. And yet it is so completely amazing that God has given us gifts to take ideas and raw materials and our hands and love and passion and somehow reinterpret it all into wonderful creations of our own. It makes me thankful and grateful and humble, that in some small way, I can be a creator like The Creator. It reminds me that I really am made in His image, and that when I use the gifts of creativity He has given me, He smiles, because I am doing what He intended for me to do.
I would like to thank Nyta434 (aka Norma), the first person to ever "favorite" me on Etsy! She has delightful illustrations, please visit her Etsy shop.
Tuesday, February 5, 2008
What you can't see are the staples in her back, a result of the wart removal she underwent last week. Sort of a grisly sight. We have nicknamed her "Frankendog" for the time being, until the staples are removed and she regrows some fur.