There’s a Hero in all of Us…

levi” It was late at night, our hero is tired…battered from fightin’ evil on another side of town.  All that he wants was to run to his hideout, give up the cape for night…But he knows he can’t, not just yet.  He can’t let them down…Not when so many people are counting on him. 

So he moves around in the speed of light, doing what needs to be done, picking up the pieces as he moves along his universe…

Finally it is all done.  Everyone is happy…His bones are aching, his head pounding…but as he looks around, seeing all the happy faces, hearing all the cheers, “Hep, hep…Hooray!”, he is happy that at that moment he was their hero…but the best of all was a smile from his favorite sidekick…it was for him…his belief that our hero can make it happen, that made it all worth while…”.

Some might think that I am so egotistical to view myself as a hero, and if you do then you have missed the point of my story.  I do not see myself as a hero, in fact, far from it…I wanted to say: “NOPE! That can’t be done…it’s just not possible!“… but my kids make a hero out of me and for that I cannot let them down.  They are the ones who believe that we can do anything, that we cannot fail them—so who am I to disappoint?  My son wanted a hero cake (most of you may not know Levi from Attack on Titan) which really didn’t seem like that difficult to do, but with a full time job, chores to accomplish, a house to clean for party guests, and a tight budget, it felt like a daunting task to accomplish.  But how can you say no? When he looks at you with pleading eyes, when he shows you pictures of cakes other parents have made before…there was only one answer that would not be devastating to a 9-year old boy…”Sure!” 😛

So here I was sitting in our kitchen, in the wee hours of the evening, looking at pictures, deciding which cake to make that would measure up to his expectations…Then he comes over and with a sheepish smile says, “mom I want to help!

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…and at that point I knew that I made the right decision to say yes to his request.

Now of course, everyone in the family had helped out,  Papa Bear did the laundry, Sister Bear helped with the groceries and even picked out a little gift using money she had saved! Lil’ Bear even helped mop the kitchen floor…And all the other bears in the family came, bearing gifts and food to celebrate his birthday, and make it special.

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Life is good…we should all be so thankful that there are people around us who would make heroes out of us.  Even when the going gets tough…they know that we can make it happen.

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Happy Birthday Kenzo!  We love you very much…

Til next adventure…

~CW

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Oh baby!

Hi guys! Sorry it’s been awhile…I have been working on some yummies but for some reason I can’t seem to find something that I find to be worth sharing…I know, I know, sounds like a lame excuse, right? It’s just that I seem to work on a project but just can’t seem to get the creative juices flowing enough to write about it. I guess every writer suffers from a mental block at some point or another.

But guess what?!?! I finally got an awesome project to share.  I was requested to make a baby shower cake for my friend’s brother and his glowing 🙂 wife.  It’s been awhile since I’ve been to a baby shower and I believe that the last one I attended was our own! Our kiddos are 12 and 8, so you guys can imagine how long ago that was.  But looking at it from another perspective now (sans the “kankles”, weird food cravings, and constant sleepiness), I realize how much babies really bring a family together.  Everyone was happy and excited about the new baby: proud parents-to-be, and even prouder grandparents-to-be 🙂  I can’t wait for his arrival!

So, here it is…Tada! Oh baby!

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  • Cake: Double layer vanilla and chocolate cake with buttercream frosting
  • Decoration: Shaped crispy rice cereal treats (see below) covered with fondant
  • Lettering: Melted chocolate

How to make crispy rice cereal treats:

  1. In a microwave safe bowl melt 1/4 c butter
  2. Add 1 bag (approx. 40 pieces) of puffed marshmallows. And stir until fully coated.
  3. Return the bowl to the microwave and heat at 10 second intervals until the marshmallows are fully melted.
  4. Quickly add 6 cups of crispy rice cereal and stir until all cereals have been incorporated into the melted marshmallows.
  5. Allow to cool for 5 mins. so that they can be formed into desired shapes.

Everyone seem to have enjoyed it which is always the best and most rewarding part of making a cake.

Oh my, I think I’ve just had an epiphany!  I think the other “projects” that I’ve made didn’t seem to be worth sharing because I made them for the blog (and any hungry mouths willing to taste test :P) but not specifically for family and friends…which as much fun as they were to make they weren’t as satisfying to write about.

I know that to build a successful blog, I should be more consistent with my postings, but for now, I think that I owe it to my few readers that I stay true to myself and my writings. The posts may not come every week but I promise to make it as a worthwhile experience for you to read and for me to write 🙂  I hope that you can see through my writing that they all come from the heart…and hope that you continue to share with my experiences by reading through my posts….

Congrats to the expecting parents and looking forward to meeting the new baby 🙂

Til next adventure…

~CW

*** Author’s Note: This design for the cake was not an original design, my friend found it online and provided me with a picture to copy using my own rendition.

** Photography by Sam (featured image) and Giselle (cake)

Cake pops, and cakes and pie…Oh my!

Hi Everyone!  Surprised to see me?  Although it seems like I was in hibernation for a month…but on the contrary, these last few weeks had been such a blur from all the events going on around our house…we’ve had a birthdays and graduation and Father’s day celebrations left and right.

I’m posting here the final yummies because it seems like before I can finish a post, another project/event comes along and I can’t seem to keep up.  So I’m posting each one now and hopefully, when all the craziness dies down, I can write a separate post detailing each one.

Last post, I had mentioned that a birthday event was on it’s way.  It was for my sister-in-laws’ husband (is there an easier, shorter way to say that?!??).  Here’s a lemon ombre cake that I made for his birthday. It took a lot of time, and some really steady hands but it was worth it.

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We had an OVER ABUNDANCE of lemons in our tree so I made some lemon merinque pie for the family 🙂

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Up next was my sister’s friend’s son’s graduation (WHEW! that’s another mouthful…I’m almost positive that I broke some grammar rules there…TSK!TSK! Please don’t tell my kids..)

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Remaining cake pop dough was made into…Mini cupcake cakepops! 🙂

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This next one was a tough one but my most favorite accomplishment…took me a few days to complete, and that’s even eliciting the help of my kiddos 😛  It’s Daddy’s birthday cake! 🙂  Can you guess what it is?

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Yup!  It’s an Octopus cake!…And it moves 🙂  Check out the short video below (sorry if blurry, resolution isn’t that great)   Oooops scratch that, I guess my WordPress plan does not allow me to upload a video boohoohoo…(I’m hoping that maybe I can post it elsewhere and link it here later???)

Up next…Bread pudding for the family :)… I made 2 versions: one with chocolate chips and one with raisins and both drizzled with my very own caramel 🙂Bread pudding

Lastly…and this was made for Hubby for Father’s Day…Neapolitan Mirror Glaze cake

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This was something that I’ve recently learned from Pinterest…seems like bakers have shown lots of interest in this type of cake, and I wanted to see what the hulabaloo was all about 🙂  It’s my first attempt so I haven’t quite perfected the look…but I think all in all not too shabby 🙂  But as my luck would have it, (and one of the reasons why I decided to blog, because we can only learn from our mistakes right???) after I made the first slice for the kiddos I had a Brilliant idea of covering it with Saran wrap to keep the cake from drying out. BAD, BAD, BAD idea 😦  Even after the cake has chilled for awhile in the fridge, the glaze stuck to the plastic like glue.

Well, again sorry for the late post…Hope all these yummies make up for my tardiness…I’ll try to get the specifics for each on a separate post.  Let me know if there’s one in particular that you are most interested in.

Thanks for visiting!

Til next adventure

~CW

 

 

 

 

Happy Birthday…(Part 2)

It’s Sister Bear’s friend’s birthday today —let’s call her Panda Bear—and my daughter requested that we make her some panda cookies!

I thought this was an awesome idea because: A) she loves pandas and she’s such a sweet girl, B) I think we have a cookie cutter that would work perfectly for making the bear and C) what a great excuse to work with cookie dough (and have a little bit of nibble for the chef :p).

For the cookie I decided to use the same recipe I used for the Snickerdoodle Brownie, except that I added 1/4 cup of butter and 1/4 cup of sugar to make it a bit more moist. Ok… I admit, these are the leftover dough from the last project which I had frozen since I didn’t use much for the brownie.  But while I was kneading it, it was very crumbly and not easy to work with especially when I needed it to be rolled out and cut into shapes.  After the addition of the creamed butter and sugar, it was the perfect consistency 🙂

I used my Mickey Mouse cookie cutter to get the shape of the bear’s head but as my daughter pointed out, it doesn’t quite match a panda bear’s head so we reshaped it a little bit by pushing down the ears closer to the head so that it wasn’t so circular.  Lastly, we used a rounded tip to create a dip on where the ears would be.

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Then off to the oven they go which was preheated at 325F.  Since we were making panda bears, I wanted to make sure that the cookies stay light in color and not brown too much as they bake.

While the cookies were baking, I placed about 1 c of semi-sweet chocolate in a piping bag and 1 tbsp of shortening.  I microwaved the bag for 30 seconds and as it softens I “massaged” the shortening into the chocolate so that it is mixed in completely.  You may warm up the bag again in 10 seconds interval until you get the desired consistency.  Be patient (there’s that word again, it keeps popping up every time I’m in the kitchen)…do not rush the process of melting the chocolate because you can actually end up burning it.

Once your remove the cookies from the oven, allow to cool.

Once it has cooled long enough, you can start to pipe the chocolate to form the ears, the eyes (I used white chocolate to dot the eyes) and the snout.

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What I would’ve done differently?  Hmm, I think that it would look much better if I had used a layer of white chocolate on top of the whole cookie before adding the darker accents to make it really stand out like a panda bear…as it is, it kinda looks like a racoon! Hahaha

But the most important thing was that Panda Bear liked it, which equals Sister Bear being happy which ultimately equals Mama Bear being Happy 🙂

Anyway, til next adventure… Would love to hear back from you guys…Happy Birthday (Part 3) is in the works.

~CW

 

 

 

Greek Butter Cookies (Kourabiéthes)

Some of you are probably wondering: “Hmmm, did Willyummsbakery decide to call it quits from the world of blogging?”  The answer: a big fat NOPE! But I am truly sorry if it seems that I have completely forgotten about my millions of followers…Hahaha! One can dream right?

Actually I’ve already had something planned to write about 2 weeks ago, but that 4-letter word got in the way of me actually posting it…WORK!  😛

Anyway, I am glad to say that I finally got a chance to have a minute to myself and compose this blog.

I would like to give our 8 yr. old boy credit for this project because it was actually his idea to make these yummy cookies!  He came home one afternoon and said: “Mom, I took (I’m hoping he meant borrowed :p) a book from our library  and it’s about foods from around the world.  We should pick something and make it!”

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Awww isn’t he cute?!?! He could’ve picked a comic book or some other fictional book to entertain him but instead he picked something that he can do with Mommy 🙂 so, here we go…

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose floor
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 ts salt
  • 1 c (2 sticks) of butter, softened
  • 1/2 c sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp almond extract (we used less because Sister Bear hates anything with nuts and we were hoping we could mask it, without going too far off from the original recipe)
  • Powdered sugar for sprinkling

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 oF.
  2. In a small bowl, combine all dry ingredients.
  3. In a medium bowl, cream butter and sugar.
  4. Add egg and beat until light and fluffy.
  5. Add vanilla and almond extract.
  6. Add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until well blended but do not over stir.
  7. Using your hands (which was probably the funnest part, if you ask Little Bear), form the dough into balls.  Traditionally they are shaped into crescents or S-shapes but we were not very good at shaping (the dough was a little crumbly) so we decided the balls would be just fine :p

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  8. Place the dough 2 in. apart on a cookie sheet and place in the oven for 15-18 mins until the edges a slightly browned.
  9. Remove from the cookie sheet and allow to cool in a wire rack for 5 mins.
  10. Once cooled, use a sifter (or in our case a mini strainer) to sprinkle with powdered sugar.

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According to the book, these cookies are eaten year round but are most popular around Christmas time.

I think that this recipe was a perfect, simple project with my Little Bear and the result was yummy!!! It is similar to a sugar cookie which most of us in the US are familiar with but not as sweet, which is just the way we like it. He was pretty happy with himself for baking these cookies and I was a proud Mama Bear.  It was definitely baked with LOVE ♥

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Anyway,til next adventure…and thanks to everyone who has followed my blog (through thick and thin :P), and have been very gracious with all the likes and comments…You are awesome 🙂

~CW

Related literature:

Baruth, P. E. (1988). Holiday cooking around the world. Minneapolis, MN: Lerner Publications Co.

 

Liebster Award

 

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Hi guys!

I am so pleased (and quite shocked! to be honest…) that I was nominated for the Liebster Award.  I looooove food…and so far, I looooove blogging as well.  However, being that I’m such a newbie and have very few posts and followers, it was really quite a surprise when Taylor told me that she had nominated me for the award.  What an honor! especially from such a gifted writer…If you guys haven’t checked her out, please visit her page at https://peasromainecalm.com…I know you would love her posts and my favorite characters Samson and Mona 🙂

So for those who are not familiar with the Liebster Award (like myself until up about last week :P) it is a way of connecting bloggers, new and old, so that we can help build and discover each others page…what a cool idea 🙂

Here are The Rules :

  1. Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog.
  2. Copy and paste the Liebster Award badge to your post.
  3. Nominate 10 new bloggers.
  4. Answer the 10 questions the person who nominated you asked you.
  5. Create 10 new questions to ask the bloggers you nominate.
  6. Notify the bloggers you have nominated by leaving them a comment on their blog.

My Nominees:

  1. Greencookingblog
  2. Foodbycamilla
  3. Dosirakbento
  4. Cooking without Limits
  5. Twin Days
  6. GrowTasteCreate
  7. Mrs. Twinkle
  8. Lazymomcooking
  9. Mercer Creative
  10. IceCreamMagazine

OHHHH so many, many more talented bloggers, and food photographers out there…wish I can nominate more…

My Questions for the nominees:

  • What made you decide to blog?
  • What do you think is your most important blogging tool (except for the internet ;p)?
  • Who is the most influential person in your life?
  • If you were only to rely on one thing, do you enjoy food that looks good or smells good?
  • When making decisions, do you go with your gut or do you like to research every detail?
  • What is your favorite past-time, other than blogging? (I’m borrowing this from Taylor :))
  • What was your first project?
  • Was it a success or a failure? Either way, what did you learn from it?
  • What was the most important decision you’ve made so far?
  • What was your most favorite project?

Peas Romaine Calm’s Questions:

Why did you start this blog?

~I wanted to have a place where I can chronicle my baking projects.  Initially it was just something that I wanted to be able to share with my family, especially my kids when they got older, but I was lucky to find other bloggers out there who have visited and appreciated my musings.

What is a great memory from your past?

~ Oh, there’s really way too much that I can’t even begin to decide which one to write about.  I have selective memory :p I remember tons of happy events and forget about everything else

If the sky’s the limit, what would you like to do next?

~ I would like to be able to open my own bakery business someday…but at this time, I think I’m spread out too thin to be able to focus on such a big project…

Are you a planner? Or are you spontaneous?

~ I am both actually…is that possible?  I like to plan for important things or things where other people will be affected by my actions…For myself, I like being spontaneous and I guess “flexible” is a better way to describe it.

What makes you smile?

~ Nice people make me smile.  Seeing that there’s goodness in a lot of things, in a lot of people, out there makes me happy.

What was your greatest failure and what did you learn from that?

~ Hmmm, I can’t say it was a failure…but not taking the time when I was younger to really think about what I am passionate about, and to go for it.  I learned that sometimes, a bit of a risk might be necessary to get what you want in life.

What do you do in your spare time? (besides blogging😛 )

~ I love reading…and spending all day watching movies with my Hubby…working on some projects with our monkeys (a.k.a kiddos)…and of course baking 🙂

Favorite place you’ve visited?

~There’s lots of places that I’ve visited that I liked a lot…probably Japan being on the top at the moment.

What are your favorite sweets?

~Anything  with dark chocolate and ice cream 🙂

If you were stuck on a desert island and could only have 3 items what would they be?

~ Just 3??? a picture of my family (I’m assuming, I’m alone in the island?), something to make fire with, and my cellphone (hope there’s WiFi hahaha j/k)…although quite frankly, I don’t think I’ll survive too long on a desert island :P…if it’s a DESSERT island then count me in 🙂

Thanks again for the nomination…and hopefully you guys can visit all the other bloggers that’s been mentioned here.

Til next adventure

~CW