I think I might need to use more solder, and I want to figure out how to even out the edges, but overall, I'm quite pleased.
Saturday, October 30, 2010
Thursday, October 28, 2010
See what you can do when you improvise?
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Then, I made radish and olive eyeballs with Mel and Julia. They turned out well, too. Later, Mel and Julia moved on to making Jell-O shooters. It was a good time.
Sunday, October 24, 2010
For our pregame show, we performed Thriller. What's different about this show is that we even did the dance. You can watch the pregame show at this link on Facebook. For halftime, we formed an XXXV on the field, a tribute to the Ravens' SuperBowl team (it's the 10th anniversary this year). I was in the first X.
Saturday, October 23, 2010
Friday, October 22, 2010
What a night it turned out to be. It started out where I kind of panicked on the drive to Washington, D.C., because on the route I took. Traffic was heavy, and then I wasn't sure where I was going. The only other time I'd driven down there by myself, I went interstate all the way, but this time I thought I knew a better way, the way Dad takes us when we visit. Not as easy as I thought. When one road ended, I turned the wrong way onto the next road. When I got myself turned around, I was so hopelessly flustered, and I was upset because I was so late that Donnie had to cancel our dinner reservations. Then, I decided to find the interstate, but I wasn't sure which direction was the right way to go. Argh, turning 40 hasn't helped my sense of direction at all. When I finally got to Donnie's place, we walked two blocks to a local eatery and ordered take-out (I got a turkey, Havarti, and green apple sandwich on 9 grain and a side of potato salad). Then we made our way to the National Harbor for the show. It was really cool. The costumes and make-up were fabulous, I especially liked the grasshoppers. My favorite acts were the Ants and the Wall, but they were all great.
Monday, October 11, 2010
Sunday, October 10, 2010
Saturday, October 9, 2010
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
He gave an inspiring talk, and let us know how much we're appreciated by the team, even though they don't get to hear us unless they're in our end zone.
Someone made a video on their phone, and you can see it on Facebook here.
And, on a more important note, Happy 40th Anniversary, Mom and Dad!
Saturday, October 2, 2010
Turtle Fudge Cake with Caramel DrizzleAshley enjoyed the cake.
Turtle fudge cake:
One 18.25-ounce box Duncan Hines Moist Deluxe Dark Chocolate Fudge cake mix
One 3.9-ounce box Jell-O Chocolate Fudge Instant Pudding and Pie Filling mix
½ cup vegetable oil
4 large eggs
1 cup sour cream
1 cup pecans, coarsely chopped
25 caramels, such as Hershey's Classic Caramels
15 caramels, such as Hershey's Classic Caramels
2 tablespoons heavy cream
1. Make Cake: Position rack in center of oven and preheat to 350°F. Lightly spray 12-cup Bundt pan with nonstick cooking spray.
2. Place cake mix, pudding mix, oil, eggs and sour cream in bowl of electric mixer fitted with paddle attachment. Mix on low speed until ingredients are just combined, about 1½ minutes, stopping mixer once to scrape beater and sides of bowl. Remove bowl from mixer and fold in pecans with rubber spatula, mixing just until nuts are thoroughly distributed. Batter will be thick.
3. Scrape batter into prepared Bundt pan, smoothing and levelling top with rubber spatula. Bake for 25 minutes. Remove cake from oven and place caramels on top of cake in ring, pressing them down gently just into top crust of cake. Do not push caramels entirely into cake. Place cake back in oven and bake for another 25-30 minutes (total of 50-55 minutes), or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
4. Cool cake in pan on wire rack for 10 minutes. Turn cake out of pan onto wire rack and let cool completely.
5. Make caramel drizzle: In small saucepan over low heat, melt caramels and heavy cream together until completely smooth. Place sheet of waxed paper under wire rack holding cake and pour caramel over top of cake, allowing it to drizzle down sides and center.
After work, Amie and I went to the casino. She'd asked me last night if I'd go with her, since this was the last night she'd have a chance to go - she's been having a hard time finding a babysitter for her daughter. We had a good time and I left with $32 more than I walked in with. Much better than the $16 loss on Tuesday night.
Friday, October 1, 2010
I've been having a hard time getting the stuff I wanted for the cake (Wal-Mart is redecorating and reducing the size of their crafts section, so I had to go to Bel Air for the pillars and flowers). Yesterday, it rained a whole heck of a lot, and Huber was closed for the day, so I ran to Bel Air to pick up the stuff to make the cake. I assembled it today, and I think it turned out well.
I had hoped for blue flowers, since she's having a boy, but there weren't many to choose from, so I went with the fall blooms, which worked out well since she went to the University of Maryland, and her favorite football team is the Washington Redskins, both with the same colors.