Thursday, October 16, 2014

Updates and Continuations

I have been caking and cookie-ing much more frequently as word of my return to the kitchen has spread. I am back to updating the blog and hope to share finished pieces as well as recipes and who-knows-what-else. Since I have separated my family posts from the baking posts with a separate blog, I will begin by re-posting old works. I am doing my best to back-date the posts so my work can be shown in chronological order.

Look for new works to appear soon.


Friday, May 9, 2014

Dear Friends, It's time to bring this blog back to life. It will take time and it will take patience, but I'm here and I'm thinking. A lot has been on my heart since I started baking again. I have more time for baking, for reading, for learning...and I'm changing the way I do things. I will still run my business "as is" for now, but I see many new things on our horizon. Get ready for some fun eats!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Time for a Change

Dear Fellow Followers,

It's time to change this blog.  Let's face it - I'm not caking as much as I used to and that's why I originally started Act of Sweetness.  I'm not even baking as much as I used to, and I'm definitely not sewing so much these days.

Please update your blog readers to the address: http://www.hawleydaygreetings.blogspot.com 


I will switch this blog over to that address in the next few days.

Until then, I'll leave you with this most awesomely-wonderful photo:



Yes, it's a foot.  And it's mine.  Okay, not really mine, but I have possession of it.  This foot is the reason I haven't blogged in months--I've been too busy sleeping, eating, and finding new clothes that actually fit me. 

I can't wait to meet the owner of this foot--sometime in November!

Until then, change your bookmarked address for this blog and I'll keep you updated with pictures and stories.

Friday, June 6, 2008

Congratulations Katie!



* Reposted from personal blog - 2008

Katie's getting married!
A wedding always calls for a shower, and a shower calls for cake. I was asked to make the cake, and following Katie's great brainstorming session, I came up with this. The design is not new. I looked at divaricks' and other cakes on CakeCentral and chose the gown because of its simplicity.
As we were talking, Katie mentioned chocolate, white, strawberry, cream cheese, and on and on. She wanted to make it easy on me by letting me choose what to make, but sometimes doing that makes it a lot harder. I finally settled on most of what we talked about.

Behold the strawberry cream cheese cake.

Stats:
  • Yellow cake
  • Strawberry buttercream filling (the VIVA recipe)
  • Cream cheese icing
  • Fondant decorations

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Happy Birthday, Amy!


* Repost from personal blog - 2008

Happy Birthday, Amy Anderson!
I missed Amy's birthday last week--it was a bit too close to the exam for me to think about doing anything. I promised her a make-up cake sometime after the big day and here it is. She mentioned how much she loves "that white cake...you know, the one under the lemon coffee cup at Christmas...with the raspberry in it." (Side note--I'll talk about the lemon coffee cup another day). What Amy meant to say was that she LOVES the WASC (doesn't everyone) with my homemade raspberry jam for filling. I made this cake a very small 6 inches so Amy won't have to share with anyone. Just for her, I torted it twice so she gets twice as much raspberry, too.

Stats:
  • WASC
  • Raspberry jam filling
  • Crusting Buttercream (VIVA) --hey, I don't make up the recipe names, I just eat them
  • Royal Icing flowers made in Lyda's class

Friday, May 16, 2008

Lightning McQueen, Take 2




* Repost from personal blog - 2008

Here's Josh's Lightning McQueen. I like this version better. The really shiny fondant on the other one was a bit too much for me. I do not, however, like the front end of this one. I must have been thinking of a different car when I carved it because the front curves under instead of out. You can't even see his smile. Luckily Josh didn't mind my oversight. The tires are sandwich cookies dipped in melted black icing.


Stats:
  • Betty Crocker Chocolate Cake
  • Wilton decorating icing
  • Satin Ice fondant
  • Royal Icing details

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Thank You



* Repost from personal blog - 2008

I made this cake for school this week. Jen and I wanted to share a treat and say thanks to everyone who has supported us through the National Boards process this year. WASC is my most requested cake flavor--and for good reason. It is delicious. I prefer to pair this cake with homemade raspberry jam although this time I did not torte and fill. I'm not a fan of the spirals and dots design but that is what I came up with at midnight after another grueling study session. After the exam I'll be able to take more time to plan and execute my designs.

Stats:
  • WASC
  • Crusting Buttercream (actual name of the recipe) with peppermint
Thanks to Cakery from cakecentral for inspiration--I'm finally trying new border designs. Next time I use this board I will make sure to switch the border colors as the pink on the bottom faded into the board and is difficult to see in pictures.