Friday, January 19, 2018

What I'm Working On... Red Velvet Cake for a Crowd

I'm working on a large Red Velvet Cake for a party this weekend. I've been researching the history of the cake and am finding out that there is more to it than just red food coloring.
The cake dates back to the 1800's where the "red" was credited to the chemical reaction between the buttermilk and the alkaline cocoa in the batter. The resulting product was a velvety textured cake with a hint of cocoa and a unique color.
When the formula for cocoa became less alkaline, beet root was added to make the brilliant color, but the texture from the cocoa and flour remained. Today, most batters call for red food coloring to obtain the brilliant shade, but it makes it no less intriguing to me.
Red Velvet Cake is a favorite southern recipe and now that we're in Florida, "when in Rome"...
I have come to find out out that a few of my friends ADORE Red Velvet Cake.
So, I am making a large, very fun cake for a party this weekend. It's two delicious layers of Red Velvet Cake, topped and filled with Cream Cheese Frosting and decorated with Red Velvet Cake Crumbs.
Historically, the cake can be frosted with buttercream or cream cheese frosting. I think the tang of the cream cheese compliments the subtle cocoa flavor beautifully. Stay tuned for pictures of the actual cake.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Daily Drawings: Northern Cardinal Day 17

Day 17 is another male cardinal. I like the easiness of this one. He's rounded, lightly shaded, and looking backwards.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Daily Drawings: Northern Cardinals Days 13 and 14

Day 13's drawing is another female cardinal perched on a branch.
Day 14 is a simple male cardinal, reminiscent of a Christmas card.

Sunday, January 14, 2018


"When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around." Willie Nelson

I am so blessed.
I went back to tennis practice after a two week break. It was exhilarating and enjoyable. I am so glad I took the time off and so glad I was able to get back to it.
I spent a day in the glass studio working on a few new projects. I enjoy the process of creating new pieces and coming up with new images.
My mixed partner and I played a rather interesting tennis match. It was not a enjoyable time, but we were able to get through the match, chat about it and feel better about our strategy and partnership.
My Thursday partner was away this week, so I played with a player whom I had not met. We had a great match and a great time together. It was so enjoyable and rather rare, to click with a partner on the tennis court right away. I was grateful to have the opportunity to play with such a good sport.
The winds have been super fierce this past week. The waves on the gulf of Mexico have been huge with 10- 12 foot swells. It's been unusual and quite the sight.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Daily Drawings: Northern Cardinal Day 12

Here's another female cardinal drawing. This one is a simpler version of a bird resting on a branch. It's one of my favorites.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Daily Drawing: Northern Cardinal Day 11

Day 11 is another female cardinal. This one has more of a variation in the color, from light to dark. There is some texture for the feathers, but mostly simple shapes.