Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Chemo Care Pack

we have a close family member who is about to start chemo and I did a bit of research online and decided to put together my own version of a chemo gift pack...

so after getting a few ideas off pinterest and a few other chemo gift pack sights I set off with a list

first I found things like jumbo playing cards (he is getting older :P )



a notepad



knuckle bones



he's not very computer literate and doesn't go anywhere near facebook and I found this cute little note pad so he can 'update' his status :P



sudoku puzzle book



harmonica... not just good for his lungs but also at annoying people :P



bendy pen



so this is them altogether



and now wrapped with snakes and ladder paper I will just point out :P



and this is the little tag I added to the front



next I was looking for things to keep him hydrated like funny bendy straws (bendy straws make everything more fun) 



a drink bottle



mouth gel to help with dry mouth



mint lip balm



these are genius they turn cans into bottles... they snap to the top of a can and then you can just sip like a bottle... they are also good for picnics and stops bugs and bees from flying in the can



all the hydration stuff together :)



then all wrapped



and the little tag I made for them



I thought it was important to add a little hand washing reminder



all wrapped



and the little tag



my next thought was mints



ginger lollies for nausea



different flavoured hard lollies




all wrapped up



again the little tag



these are part of a long running joke and he laughed when he opened it



some of his favourite biscuits



and his favourite chocolate




all wrapped up 


the little tag




I saw this in a shop :D and thought it would be funny



all wrapped up



hehe the tag




chemo can make you cold so I looked for warm stuff like this heat pack


a neck pillow



a beanie



and warm socks



altogether



all wrapped up



the tag



I think he really appreciated the thought :) and I thought it was nice for them to be a little prepared for the tough times ahead

anyone else put together something like this for a loved one? what did you include?

Friday, May 22, 2015

Nephew's Birthdays 2015

Its that time of year again :) and my nephews again chose what cakes they wanted this year... so Hunter chose a Batman cake and Seth wanted a Pokemon cake... I did need a little clarification on which Pokemon he wanted so he went through his Pokemon book and pointed to which Pokemon he wanted


and that's when I knew it was going to be difficult :P

so I made the figurines first












Magmar took over 2 hours and batman took half an hour :P

I made 2 of each cakes... 2 chocolate and 2 caramel... and this time I decided to make a caramel sauce and a chocolate sauce to put in the middle of the layers

this was the caramel sauce

starting with the sugar








adding the butter





after I added the cream



then once it was off the stove







the more it cooled the thicker it got... I also only added 1/4 of a teaspoon of salt instead of the 1 teaspoon like the recipe





 the chocolate sauce

it was pretty much like a ganche recipe









it also got thicker as it cooled



then I needed to make some butter cream and this is the first time I've used Simply Egg Whites... but I don't think it was as good for making butter cream because it took longer to whip up

when the egg whites are over the heat with the sugar









I wait to see when the mixture is smooth and hot before putting them in the kitchen aid





the butter ready to go
  









the test to see if the egg whites are ready for the butter to be added













once all the butter was added and the vanilla... the first time I made it I thought I had stuffed it but now I realised I hadnt so I changed to the paddle attachment to whip it out



















once its ready I add some caramel sauce to one half








and some chocolate sauce to the other half



and now I was ready to assemble the cakes :)

so a little butter cream on the board to hold it on and a little bit of caramel on the bottom layer




and the same with the chocolate cake





so then some butter cream





and the second cake











and the same with the chocolate cake











the putting on the fondant





now is the fun part and I got to decorate the cakes :D

so I started with the Pokemon cake knowing that I would have to work quickly.. being that Magmar is a fire Pokemon I saw this picture and thought it looked cool



so I decided to start with yellow icing





then orange with some sparkly red



then more red









I was really happy with how it turned out

so then I started decorating Batman cake and this was my inspiration








I started by putting some yellow royal icing around the bottom (helps to seal the fondant) and then carefully cut out the bat man symbol... normally I let things like that dry before I put it on the cake but because I was molding it to the cake it was easier to do it and let it dry (it was also very thin so it dried over  night)





then I made some buildings.. I had made some buildings when I made Batman but they were too light so I made some building in black to show up against the grey background





and all good buildings need windows :) so I cut out heaps and got to sticking them on












the very last thing that I needed was some letter










and last of all adding the cake toppers

Finished Magmar Cake

























Finished Batman Cake